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2.0 out of 5 stars Angelic twilight clone, April 11, 2012
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This review is from: She Speaks to Angels: YA Urban Angel Romantic Thriller (AngelFire Chronicles Bk #1) (Kindle Edition)
This YA book has an interesting concept, but soon falls flat.

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.
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