Wednesday, June 27, 2012

{Review/Giveaway} Don't Call Me Angel by Alicia Wright Brewster

ISBN #: 978-0985023034
Page Count: 128
Copyright: June 15, 2012
Publisher: Dragonfairy Press

Book Summary:
(Taken from Amazon)

After crawling her way out of Hell, Six is ready to cast aside her angel wings and all the responsibilities that come with them. But Earth is not as peaceful as she imagined it. Demons, dark angels, and other hell-beasties escaped before her, and they're not as content as she is to live a quiet life on Earth.

A fellow angel who escaped Hell with her commits a series of soul-murders, destroying human souls so they can't go to the afterlife. Although Six has conflicting feelings about humans, she goes after the other angel to keep their escape a secret from the one she fears most.

Mandy's Review:

I have a strong affinity for books about angels and demons. I think it began with the first angel/demon fiction book I ever read as a teenager: Frank Peretti's This Present Darkness. So, when this review came across my desk, I had to say 'yes!' despite my overflowing TBR pile.

Sorry waiting authors, but a girl has her weaknesses ...

What I like about this book is that it is unlike others that I have read. Six is a fallen angel who manages to escape her way out of Hell. She's very open to the emotions of humans and winds up helping one almost immediately after coming to Earth. Then she winds up severing the wings from her back. Afterward, bloody, alone and destitute, she encounters a college student willing to help her by giving her a place to stay, food to eat and clothes to wear.

Alden, on the other hand, has gone crazy. When Six escaped hell, Alden was right behind her. She helped him escape because she owed him a debt. Six and Alden are both amazed at how ungrateful humans are and how unsatisfied they are with everything they have. While Six is annoyed with humans, she still feels the urge to help them. Alden, however, decides he wants to kill their body and their soul.

You see where this is heading ... ???

Yep! Alden and Six duke it out fallen-angel-style. Of course, Six is at a slight disadvantage because she cut off her wings. Never fear ... Six can still hold her own.

While reading this book, I kept seeing where other beasties and demons were afraid to confront Six and I wondered why that was. Well, near the end I found out why ... but, I'm not going to tell you because that would ruin it for you!!!

Okay, now the things that made me wonder ... Six had been in hell for a long time. The summary above said that other demons and beasties escaped Hell before her. However, she had never heard of anyone escaping Hell. I'm wondering how that's possible. Six had a very prestigious position in Hell. Surely Lucifer would've gone crazy looking for an escapee and Six would've heard about it. So, I do find it a little unbelievable that she hadn't heard of anyone else escaping.

Also, when Six escapes Hell, she is as naked as a human baby is born. She walks around town this way AND with wings coming out of her back yet all people do is stare?! Maybe if this was a rural, out-of-the-way town I could probably imagine that, but this was a major city! Cops should've been stopping this girl and taking her to the station for indecent exposure. That, or at the very least, some horny guy on the street definitely would've been trying to tap that ... I'm just saying ...

One thing I would've like to have seen sooner was the city Six and Alden arrived in. At first, there was mention of a city park with trees and such, so I'm thinking Central Park. It's a major city, a lot of authors like to write about it ... it seemed feasible. I was happy to see that the city they landed in was actually Atlanta and I only knew that because the book mentioned The Underground (which I've been to) and Midtown. I don't believe the city name was actually mentioned until close to the end. This is a tiny infraction amidst all of the wonderful storytelling. I only mention it because when I read a book, and I'm sure a lot of you are the same way, I have a mental picture in my head of the place and setting. While NYC and Atlanta are similar in that they're both major cities, they each have their own unique aura that affects the storytelling. So it's a little disconcerting to have NYC in one's mind while reading only to have to stop and revamp the mental image when you realize it's actually Atlanta.

Overall, Don't Call Me Angel is a wonderfully unique book. Even though there are angels in it, they are fallen angels, which lends them a nice/naughty air. I like my sweetness with some spice, don't you?

If so, you have a chance to win an ecopy of this book. All you have to do is fill out the form below. I'll close this out Friday, June 29th, and select up to two winners on Saturday.

*An ecopy of the book was provided by Dragonfairy Press in exchange for an honest review. Permission was also granted by the publisher for a giveaway.

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