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She Speaks to Angels Paperback – April 12, 2012
About the Author
Ami Blackwelder is paranormal writer. Growing up in Florida, she graduated UCF and in 1997 received her BA in English and additional teaching credentials. Then she packed her bags and travelled overseas to teach in Thailand, Nepal, Tibet, China and Korea. Thailand is considered her second home now. She has always loved writing and wrote poems and short stores since childhood; however, her novels began when she was in Thailand. Having won the Best Fiction Award from the University of Central Florida (Yes, The Blair Witch Project University), her short fiction From Joy We Come, Unto Joy We Return was published in the on campus literary magazine: Cypress Dome and remains to this day in University libraries around the USA. Later, she achieved the semi-finals in a Laurel Hemingway contest and published a few poems in the Thailand’s Expat magazine, and an article in the Thailand’s People newspaper. Additionally, she has published poetry in the Korea’s AIM magazine, the American Poetic Monthly magazine and Twisted Dreams Magazine. http://amiblackwelder.blogspot.com
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Ali is a high schooler who tries to keep a low profile. While in class, admiring the new boy Dameon, she witnesses the apparent suicide of a fairly popular football player. Something doesn't feel right about the suicide and, as she has a journalism report to do anyway, she and her two best friends decide to investigate. This leads Ali into the middle of an ongoing conflict between Angels and demons, with her being the next target.
Although some reviewers thought that the first part of the book was slow, I actually enjoyed the slow development of the investigation and the development of the characters. This part seemed, to me, to be the most natural part of the story. Once the angels and demons become known, the storyline believability quotient takes a serious nosedive. There is a list of rules governing the interaction between mortals and the paranormal that is presented in an awkward manner (an actual list is presented to Ali), not once, but twice. Symbolism, especially involving names, is painfully transparent, which lessens the impact of events that reveal allegiances. Grammar also suffers in several places with omitted words, improper homonyms and incorrect verbiage. Essentially, if you take "Twilight" and parts of "Breaking Dawn", substitute Angels and Demons for the vampire factions and strip out a lot of the development of the story to speed things up and get to the action, you have this book.
That's the basic premise of this book. Shy, smart, bookish Ali goes from wall flower to center of attention as two new hot guys compete for her attention. Little does she knows that one is a demon who wants her dead; and one is an angel who is there to save her. But which one is which? It took the books spelling it out for me to figure it out. And can I just say, these boys are hot!
I give these books 4 out of 5 stars for originality and writing.
The story starts off with the death of Ali's classmate Tommy. Supposedly there are a lot of suicides at Ali's high school, so they rule Tommy's death as a suicide. Ali, on the other hand, beleives it to be something else, so she starts her own little investigation with her two best friends. During her investigation, she starts to learn of Angels and Demons.
There were a lot holes in the story. Like if there were a lot of "suicides" that were actually demons killing humans to gain back their Essence why didn't the angels stop them if they're supposedly winning the war? On top of that Dameon was at Ali's school for three months. Why did it take the death of Tommy for Kien, Krysta, and Nathaniel to finally enroll? Especially if there were already mutiple deaths at the school. Wouldn't that cause more angels to hang out there? I know its a paranormal book, but the grenade attack at the school was kind of out there. Ali's mom pulled her from school after that, but allowed her to go back? No real parent would allow something like that.
The main character Ali was hard for me to like and I didn't care for how her character was portrayed. It was irritating when most of Ali's text messages started with "OMG". Allie was conceited, naive, and childish. I didn't understand how Dameon and her relationship even started. one moment she has a secret crush on him and them bam they're together. On top of that Ali talks about how she had her heart broken and promised herself not to let it happen again, so how did she fall for Dameon so quickly. There wasn't enough time invested in the relationship for her to be seriously hurt over a betrayal. Once she realized Dameon was actually a demon trying to kill her she immediatly falls in love with Kien once he saved her?
I didn't enjoy this book at all. It was too slow in the beginning, once it picked up and started to become a little interesting the story was over. I found myself skimming through pages trying to find a point that would get me back into it. I don't see myself reading the second book or re-reading this one.
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