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Unnatural (Archangel Academy) Paperback – March 1, 2011

3.7 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Archangel Academy Series

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Product Details

  • Series: Archangel Academy (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington -Teen (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758253389
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758253385
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.4 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,079,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book was not what I expected after reading a few reviews and am glad I read it despite the "gay Twilight" labels I kept seeing for this book. If Twilight had been even a small percentage of this book, it would have been greatly improved so if, like me, you're not a fan of Twilight, you may just enjoy this book.

I read this book on a recommendation from a client when I asked for a good gay YA series for my teen son to read and was not disappointed. I want him to read about strong male leads whose sexuality can be part of their conflict but not a death sentence. This is definitely a series I'm encouraging him to read.

This book has a slow start and it really didn't grab me until Chapter 8 but realized when got there the importance of having the background to Michael's story fleshed out for the reader to understand the choices made. I love that the book starts out with same sex attraction described beautifully and still evident that it was a teen's POV. Lots of great symbolism in the story and I really enjoyed several scenes I could really envision seeing in the big screen, if the movie industry would be bold enough to actually bring a good gay YA story to the silver screen that is.

I had issues with formatting in my Kindle version of this traditionally published book which made it difficult to read without feeling a little lost at times as the POV switches were numerous and often. There were also issues with the quotes and line breaks not being accurate despite purchasing this book directly from my Kindle. So be warned that this could be a problem but the writing is so strong, you don't want to stop reading. At least, I didn't.
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This was not what I expected at all, or maybe it was, and I just liked it too much to care. I was very very apprehensive because of the lackluster reviews I've seen so my expectation bar was non existent. That may have been a factor.

First let me tell why I gave this book 5 stars. One, it was constantly on my mind once I started. Two, I carried this almost 500 page monster (and affectionate term) in my bag just in case I had a miracle five minute break to read some of it (it never happened). Three, I stayed up until 6:30 in the morning finishing it and couldn't sleep afterwards.

Is this book filled with 'cliches' of the genre? Of course, but what young adult vampire novel this day and age isn't? Actually, some events were kinda refreshing, but they are spoilers and I don't kiss and tell.

It also took me a while to get used to the omnipotent voice, but I liked it by the end. My favorite thing has to be the cover. Real life photography aside (I'm not a fan when you have a picture of what the characters are supposed to look like. I rather my imagination do that). The publisher obviously wanted to appeal to (or in this case bait) the Twilight fan base, and a lot of people probably fall for it. I'd pay good money to see when they realize this is not Twilight, but gay Twilight (another affectionate term). To be honest I'm not even sure if the girl in the cover is supposed to be Brania or Phaedra.

Overall, a fun read, I had a smile through most of it, and I always like it when a book makes me yell at it. That's always a good sign. And last but not least don't read the author comment at the end. It contains spoilers. And spoilers are evil!
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In the insular town of Weeping Water in Nebraska, teenager Michael Howard feels alone and alienated. His peers taunt him about being gay while his mother keeps her distance from him and his grandfather, whose house he lives in, is always on his case.

When his mother dies, his father Vaughn takes him back to his country England only to dump the lad at Archangel Academy in Eden. There he meets enigmatic Ronan, a gay teen. Each realizes they have met their soulmate, but wanting a strong foundation to their relationship, they take it slow. Michael has secrets he hides from his beloved, but Ronan conceals a humongous one that he is a hybrid vampire whose exiled clan is at war with the popular version of the vampire. Ronan worries about how his Michael will react when he tells him truth; he also knows the American is his Achilles' Heel. When the time comes, Michael will have to choose between hurting Ronan (and himself) or embracing their love. However, first they will have to outwit their enemies who look at Ronan's species as an abomination.

Ironically titled Unnatural is a creative imaginative and enthralling vampire thriller that targets young adults though readers should be aware there are same sex scenes. The strong story line focuses on the impact of a teen who is a part of a shammed minority group. Filled with action, Michael Griffo also cautions parents to be there for their children regardless of their sexual preference even when it differs from yours so that their offspring will not be like Michael ashamed of himself until he finally makes friends at the Academy. Everyone needs to feel they belong somewhere and with someone.

Harriet Klausner
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Here we go...again. Another young adult series that is based on the world of the vampire with a love triangle worked into the plot for all readers to enjoy. What is different about this one, you ask? This...is actually a good story which offers all different kinds of mysteries, characters, and plots that will keep the reader engaged throughout the story.

The author has dared to be different by writing about a young man named Michael who lives in the nowhere town of Weeping Water. This is the type of place where the only excitement available is to watch the leaves change and the cars rust, and the only thing for Michael to think about is how the heck he's going to get out of here. He lives with his grandparents and his mother - who is a woman with extreme mental issues who regrets what she's done in the past. Michael's father lives in London, England, yet he was pulled away from him by dear old Mom and brought to live in a town where he doesn't have a friend in the world. Michael has an even bigger issue than the fact that his own family treats him like a bit of an outcast; he actually has a true desire to be in love. Yet the desire he has and the images of his perfect soul mate are that of a male, and he has no idea how to make his family understand that he is, in fact, gay.

The people at his school pick on him constantly, and he is completely ostracized because of his passionate nature and the need to be who he truly is instead of going along with the crowd. Almost at the beginning of the story, Michael's mother is placed in a hospital and ends her life, and Michael's British father appears on the scene to take him back to London.
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