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Voices of Angels Kindle Edition
"Take a fascinating journey with Lizzie and her angel...lose yourself in this magical tale as I did myself...I loved it". (Jacky Newcomb, Sunday Times Best Selling author of An Angel Saved My Life) --This text refers to the paperback edition.
From the Author
The answer is quite a long time... I wrote a rough first draft during a writer's retreat in Sydney, Australia and finished it in Andalucia, Spain about 4 years later.
The story of 15 year old Lizzie is a universal one of love, loss and coming of age and hopefully just like all my readers, you too will find it inspiring. It's meant to show us that no matter what or who we are, we're still loveable and we can still shine our light. And because I'm just a teeny bit obsessed with all things spooky and paranormal, a theme you'll find in this book and all of my books is ghosts, life after death, angels and the idea of the unseen...
Finally thank you for reading, a book is nothing with you, and I really hope you enjoy it! --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B00719Z3VE
- Publisher : John Hunt Publishing (January 27, 2012)
- Publication date : January 27, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 1119 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 272 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
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Lizzie Fisher is a bit of an odd duck. As is typical in the genre, she's an outcast tormented by her gorgeous, vapid nemesis Belinda (Bee). But when Lizzie's classmates discover she can predict death (and a few characters meet untimely demises), Lizzie escapes to Spain to live with her estranged and lovingly eccentric grandmother--where she meets Rafa, an enigmatic Spaniard.
The obvious caricatures of the London characters are distracting at first, but Davis soon finds her stride and the novel blossoms in the second act. The Spanish countryside, posing like a sexy underwear model in the background, really gives Voices of Angels outstanding color and flavor. Ariadne, Lizzie's grandmother, owns an exotic mountain villa that Davis paints in masterful strokes. Not to mention that Ariadne herself is a fabulous character: she reminds me so much of my own grandmother that it was sometimes hard to read about her. She is genuine and free, a personality that speaks to the troubled and yet passionate Lizzie.
The romance almost explodes off the page in Voices of Angels. Rafa, a young flamenco guitarist, is vibrant. (And I don't just mean his sexy Spanish accent.) Let me just say that Davis knows how to write a real, raw kiss. It's been so long since I read one that good, I'd almost forgotten what it was like. (It's awesome, in case you're wondering.) Not to mention that Davis's exploration of death and the vibrance it can bring to life gave me tingles.
But, as is so often the case with dramas, the conflict between the protagonists--Lizzie and Ariadne--and the antagonists--Bee and Lizzie's mother--becomes a bit of a trope. Bee is an obvious caricature of "that popular girl," to the point of unbelievable. Lizzie has an equally irritating habit of gloating her victories over the other girl; it seems to me that a teenager like Bee, who parades her body around and survives on attention, is experiencing just as much insecurity and self-doubt as the outcast. Taunting her is like rubbing salt in a wound.
My last complaint, which is less about the story woven by Davis and more about the editing job, is in regard to the sheer number of typos and editing errors. I was a bit disappointed in the publisher, O Books, for the volume of obvious mistakes they allowed into this novel.
Nevertheless, for an indie book, Davis's "Voices" is--shall I say (in the cliché language of movie reviewers)--"a triumph." Check it out. And it's only $2.99.
Lizzie is a not-so-typical 15 year old girl living and attending school in the far northern suburbs of London. Like many girls her age, Lizzie has trouble making the transition from primary education to secondary. High school is just not sitting well with Lizzie. Her best friend and next door neighbor, Bee, who has been there for her from kindergarten through year six, has deserted her and gone over to the other side; the side populated with girls who have no trouble with the physical and emotional changes the teenage years bring.
To make things even more difficult for Lizzie, she and her mother live alone. Her father left them so long ago that she doesn't even remember him. Her mother is estranged from her own mother so Lizzie has never even met a grandparent, and to top it off she is an only child. She isn't making friends and the only time she is happy is when she is with her dog, Joopy, or when she is talking to the stone angel in a local cemetery.
Just when things seem to be at their worst and nothing could make her life any more difficult, Lizzie develops an unwanted paranormal gift. Lizzie knows things. Things she shouldn't know, and finds she is helpless to stop the events from happening. Lizzie's life spirals out of control and she faces the hardest emotional trauma she has known up to this time.
In a last desperate attempt to save herself, she convinces her mother to send her to live with the grandmother she has never met. Not sure it is the right thing; she knows she can't go back to her local school where she is now the biggest target for the bullies. She has to find answers for herself and has to find a way to start over.
Meeting her grandmother and the local people in the beautiful area of Spain known as Andalucía, Lizzie begins to find the person she is meant to be. She gains in strength and tolerance while accepting her special gift and finding a young man to fill her empty heart. While there are many twists and turns in Lizzie's journey, in the end she finds that true happiness comes from within and that she must live her life for herself not to some arbitrary High School popular standard.
Voices of Angels is a coming of age novel in the best sense of the term. Well written and tightly woven, it showcases the trials all young people go through as they learn to accept their differences and individuality. Hannah M. Davis has explored these subjects with sympathy and understanding of the adolescent years. This is an excellent book to gift to any young girl between the ages of 12 and 18. Five Stars to Ms. Davis for a touching and heartwarming story.
Karen Bryant Doering
Parents Little Black Book of Books
As difficult as it is for Lizzie to accept her unique ability to "see" death, it becomes impossible to share her frightening experience with others. Already somewhat of an outcast among her peers, when this strange new ability manifests in her life, she becomes ridiculed and shunned by her classmates.
Her struggle with reconciling this "gift" and the subsequent revealing of a deeper purpose, becomes Lizzie's journey into adulthood by way of interesting characters, places and circumstances.
The book moves well in its unfolding of her story. It is rich with the textures of its characters and the change of environments. The story also delivers a spicy romance in this coming of age tale based on substance in its moral underpinnings rather than fluff.
In short, its a well written, engaging story. Looking forward to the next edition in this trilolgy.
Top reviews from other countries
Oh yes, I loved it. I can't see it having the same cross-over success as that Potter boy or the vampire/werewolf stuff and nonsense but it's spot on for the target market.
Fifteen year old Lizzie Fisher is an outcast at school after falling out with her best friend and neighbour who just happens to be one of those annoyingly popular girls at school. Her secret trysts with a stone angel in a cemetery start to look positively normal when she starts to see black marks over her teacher's head. Seven days later her teacher is dead.
After being the centre of trouble Lizzie is sent away to live in Andalucía with her bohemian granny who she hardly knows. In the blistering heat of Spain she falls in love with a talented goat herder and discovers that the insular world of her school and home town is not nearly as important as she thought.
The plot moves quickly, Lizzie's struggles are instantly recognisable, and the laid-back Spanish approach to problems should strike a chord with people of every age.
I would say that I wished there were books like this when I was 15 but I wouldn't have read a book about a girl then and I was already devouring adult books. This is a shame as this type of book would probably have given me the confidence I have now much earlier in life.
The male characters in Lizzie’s family are physically absent – her father left when she was young and her grandfather died years before. This is balanced by the appearance of Rafa, a charismatic Spanish boy Lizzie falls for. Her emergence from ugly duckling to swan should keep any teenage reader turning the pages, to see how she copes with her transformation.
The premise of the book - a girl who struggles with her newly found psychic gift for knowing when people are going to die, is skillfully handled, without being sensational or gimmicky.
Whether you're a young adult or just young at heart - this is a fabulous read and, as I finished the last page, I immediately wanted to read the sequel...hope it's out soon.