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- Print Length: 443 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0998415502
- Publication Date: August 19, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B074LW7K1C
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #378,731 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The story starts off well. Get a glimpse of old time New Orleans and Nepal. This is the first book in a series. The story is mostly an introduction to the characters and how the relationships between the characters develop and sets up the situation for book 2. Once Sorcha is turned, the story is one grand party after another with implied threats threaded within.
The bones of this story is an interesting read with a few flaws. I thought the fashion described did not fit the time period. Sorcha said her father was killed in the war, but I am left wondering what war. There were parts where I did not feel the dialog matched the actions of the characters. Although Sorcha was born and raised in New York, she has a light Irish accent that comes out when she's stressed. This is shown by the occasional words Em and Jayz which did not add to the story, but did interrupt the flow.
I did want to skim a few parts, but I was afraid I would miss something important. I had no problem putting the book down at any given part. I also didn't have any problem picking it back up.
The end was quite exciting and a thrill to read. I'm glad I stuck with it. I had a good laugh at the last sentence.
You know the feeling you get after reading a novel, the feeling that you are still at the place or setting? I will say I still have the feeling of old New Orleans atmosphere hanging about a few days after having finished the novel. I still feel the essence of the characters. The author must have done something right to make this reader feel this way.
As Sorcha herself puts it: "That (Sorka) is the true Gaelic pronunciation, but my Mum preferred Sor-sha."
And now you know.
Let's start with the review.
The first chapter was sped through. There was lack of details sometimes and I feel a bit lost. In one moment she's in one room and in the next, without us being told she'd moved, she's somewhere else. This happens less in the next chapters though. Also, I got an ARC copy so maybe this was later edited for the Kindle version.
The writing style is aimed at adults. No, I'm not talking about foul language; I'm talking about style. No teen feels here; I can almost hear the book whispering "Hello, twenty-something or older person; wanna curl up with a blanket and read me?"
Okay, I know books don't whisper - even books about the supernatural - but that's how I felt while reading Monsters & Angels: like an adult.
I also felt hungry.
Anne Marie Andrus made me want to taste the New Orleans cuisine and grab a mug of coffee, even though I'm not much of a coffee person.
After reading this book, yes.
I'd recommend Monsters & Angels to adults who are not in the mood for a very touchy-feely Romance and could use a dose of Paranormal.
Sharing Anne Marie’s background enhances the reading experience. Her list of interests include being an equestrienne, chorale singer, candy-striper, EMT, baseball fan, a roamer of New Jersey backloads absorbing her images of historical locations for her writing, and a fascination with New Orleans and the associated richly endowed story trunk of strange customs an events that city’s name conjures. And it is New Orleans she chose as the chief locale for this her debut novel – MONSTERS & ANGELS’
The flavor of her prose is evident in the opening lines ate New York 1935 - ‘“A nurse is the Lord’s fiercest angel.” Sorcha recited script painted over the double doors as she plucked hairpins from her handed-down nursing cap. Malarkey. We’re much too exhausted. The hum of voices giving orders and answers swirled down the hall behind her like invisible fog. “No more exams.” Sorcha let one hand fall on the worn door handle, drew a long breath and followed with the deliberate grasp of her other hand. “No more school.” She burst through the hospital entrance, and shook her hair free to warm in the sun. “I’ve done it.” “So, you’re gainfully employed?” The security guard tipped his cap. “Starting tomorrow, I’ll help put food on our table.” Sorcha turned her face to the sky and savored the last of the brilliant, late October air. The streets of her neighborhood were crowded with residents dragging themselves home from work. On a whim, she stopped at a bodega to splurge on a few flowers. “Congratulations on your graduation.” The shop owner’s eyes crinkled as he added extra blooms to her bouquet. “Nurse Alden.” Sorcha waved her hands in front of her face. “No, no. Nurse Alden is my mother. Though, perhaps I’ll get used to it.” She plunged her nose into the petals and jogged the last block to her grey apartment building.’
Anne Marie has condensed the plot as follows – ‘ Fledgling nurse Sorcha Alden knew she had the skills to save lives, but she never dreamed that her own life would be the one in danger. Driven by tragedy to honor her family name, Sorcha embarks on a journey that takes her from the bleak but familiar streets of New York, through the sultry and seductive city of New Orleans, and into the brutal jungles of Nepal. Forging friendships and carrying on her mother's mission of healing was her dream. Plunging into a love affair with the mysterious Dr. Ashayle, could have been a fairytale. Being murdered and waking up as a blood-thirsty monster---became her living nightmare. Torn away from a life that had just begun, Sorcha returns to New Orleans as a newborn vampire, forced to start over in a cutthroat underworld of devilry and decadence. Complicated politics, bitter rivals and jealous ancestors stand between her and the promises she's still determined to keep. In a realm where the boundary between good and evil is as murky as the Mississippi River and immortal does not mean invincible, will Sorcha ever risk her shattered heart and love again? Can the magical harmony of the Crescent City give her enough courage to fulfill her eternal destiny? Sorcha's final word will make your jaw drop!’
Vampire novels are a challenge to see if the author can mix reality with fantasy in a fashion that hooks the reader. Anne Marie Andrus demonstrates that in this long novel she is capable of writing books of the Undead with the best of them. A very fine debut! Grady Harp, October 17
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