Book of Love (Knight Angels, #1)by Abra Ebner Published 26 Apr 2010
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When seventeen-year-old Jane Taylor witnessed her father's death, something happened to her. Ever since, her thoughts have been consumed by death, going so far as to foresee the ever-changing deaths of those around her. Sixteen-year-old Emily Taylor resented her sister's closeness with their father, who died when she was six. With the strange ability to read minds, she drowns the voices out with drugs, sending Jane over the edge. When seventeen-year-old Wes Green was adopted, he moved in next door to Jane, finding in her a childhood friend turned high-school crush. All summer, the pain in his bones seemed unwarranted. He was done growing long ago. When senior year starts, however, the pain only gets worse. The foreseen changes are not expected, and far too animal for his taste. When Max Gordon found himself standing above the dying body of an innocent seven-year-old girl, he saw in her eyes something he hadn't seen in the century he'd spent roaming Earth. Her father was already dead, but there was hope to save her. Jane was her name, and already she was all he ever wanted. It was his job to bring her back, and it was his job to protect her - the biggest mistake of his life. When these four teens enter Glenwood High their senior year, no one but Max could understand the future ahead of them. Drawn together by blood and friendship, they each hide a dark secret that will soon bind them together. Max has to protect Jane, Jane wants to be normal, Wes wants Jane to love him, and Emily just wants the voices to stop... But their fate just wants them dead.
"Book of Love (Knight Angels, #1)" Reviews
Who knew love could be so confusing?! An addictive romance/paranormal/good vs evil kind of novel, The Book of Love is another angel-based story that will have you on the edge of your seat.
The book starts out intruiging, but then it starts to get boring and cheesy and predictable. The characters are distinct, but not particularly new, interesting, or likable, especially Jane, who is selish and mean and annoying. Emily is mildly more likable than Jane, but she doesn't have as big a part in the story as Jane, and her personailty is twisted by the supposed baddie of the book, Greg, who is totally uninteresting and cliche. I mean, the guy who kills his family because he thinks they don't love him as much as his shining star of a twin brother? Not to mention the fact Greg is the "evil twin." Riiight. Never seen that before.
As for Max...he's all right, I guess. He has no life of personality outside of his obsession with Jane, who he fell in love with when she was a little girl and he...well...wasn't. If that isn't creepy, it's so corny I'm practically blowing popcorn out of my ears. And the dialogue Max has...? Um. Lovestruck idiot, much? Jane can insult him until the sky falls and he'll never get mad at her.
Wes is extremely boring. Although I liked the idea of a shapeshifter that can turn into anything; that was cool and fairly original. His sudden realization that Emily is the sister he loves and not Jane was random and unbelievable, as well as...silly. I don't see them together, don't see their connection. I don't see Jane and Max's connection either.
The book is sooo long. By the time I was halfway through, I was bored with both the characters and the story. It had no...emotion. I felt nothing when I read it.
There are also a lot of grammatical/formatting errors that are rather distracting.
Knight Angels: Book of Love won me over from the first page. I became addicted to the plot and the well developed characters. The chapters were broken up into narrations for each character throughout the book. This method made it easier to keep up and it also gave me a chance to visit each of their minds. The storyline was refreshing and heart-warming. The love and passion was perfect, especially for a hopeless romantic as myself. Now, the book focused on five major characters, Max, Greg, Jane, Emily and Wes. Max was the good angel while his brother Greg was the evil one. I thought Max was so sweet and good-looking. He always knew how to make a girl feel special. On the other hand, Greg was a cocky, self-centered, cold-hearted snake. However, I was ironically attracted to him the most. I guess I'm a sucker for the bad boys even when they want to kill and make humans suffer (haha.)
Jane and Emily were total opposites. Jane was a goody-goody while Emily was the fearless, emo girl. They both had unique abilities: Jane could see a person's death and Emily could read mind's. Throughout the book Max told us the story of how he became Jane's guardian angel by saving her from a tragic accident. The way he spoke about fate and how he belonged with Jane was breathtakingly moving. I knew from the moment he opened his mouth that he was different compared to Greg. All of the character's powers were introduced right away but, Wes's abilities were a great surprise. I had no idea as the suspense was building up. Abra is a fantastic writer and storyteller. I am so happy to have found her books and look forward to reading what happens next in the sequel, Book of Revenge coming this Summer! Overall, an extraordinary romantic, supernatural YA book with an addictive premise.
“What once hurt, eventually helped me to heal.”
Books involving Angels have always been a fascination to me.
There are a couple of Angel books that I love like the Unearthly series and Hush Hush.
And Knight Angels made it to one of my favorites.
It was told in multiple alternating POVs which was executed flawlessly.
This book deserves more attention.
There are a lot of overrated books nowadays that books like these are barely noticed.
Jane and Emily’s life changed forever after their father died.
Jane was with their father when he died.
After that she gained the ability to see how people will die which changes every time their actions change.
Emily on the other hand also had a gift but was trying to drown it down by getting herself high on drugs.
She could read minds which others would treat it as a gift but she doesn’t want it.
Then Max enters the picture.
Max seems to know much about the sisters but was specifically attached to Jane.
When their father died Max was there.
Max was an angel and he spared Jane’s life which was why she was still alive today.
But the consequence of that was her ability to see how people will die (not really a very nice gift if you ask me).
Max’s brother Greg was the darker angel.
Greg was there to make Max’s life miserable enough to make him join his cause.
He wanted Max to join the dark side which Max didn’t want to despite the many attempts.
Wes, Jane’s best friend, was also special.
He was raised by his foster parents and he didn’t have a clue of what he was until recently.
Why did Max spare Jane’s life?
Why did Jane and Emily have these abilities?
What power did Wes have?
What will happen when Jane found out about Max and Greg?
What things would Greg do to make Max join him?
All these questions unfold itself in a steady pace as you go through the book.
I don’t want to reveal anything in this review because it really would best to experience the whole rollercoaster ride.
First of I would have to say I was pretty impressed with how unique the plot of this story was.
It was fascinating to read something like this one.
Here are the things I liked and did not like with this book:
1. There were parts that I felt was a little cliché-ish like the INSTA-love between Max and Jane.
That didn’t fit well with me
Some books could get away with it without it being annoying but this book was not one of them.
2. As per character development I think it was pretty okay.
There was a bit of stereotyping.
Jane was the good girl while the other sister Emily was the bad one.
Max was the good boy and the brother Greg was the bad one.
I would have preferred Emily to not be the way she is but still Emily would have to be my favorite character.
I liked her more than I do Jane.
Jane was a little boring and I liked reading Emily’s POV better.
Wes was a little whiny for a guy.
Greg interests me like Emily did.
He was the bad guy but I wanted to read more about him.
3. The alternating POV would probably be my favorite part of this book.
It was written so flawlessly that it was like watching a movie with little thought bubbles on top of each character.
There were not a lot of authors that did this and succeeded in making it this flawless.
For me it was one of the good things about this book.
4. Interesting take on good and bad angels and everything supernatural in between.
5. The ending was pretty good too.
It was packaged in a way that you’d crave more about what happened to them rather than being glad that the book was over.
6. Jane would have to be included in my disliked heroine list.
I wasn’t really rooting for her at all.
She may be the main character but there was very little to be liked from her.
I prefer Emily to be the lead heroine here I liked how edge she was although I hate the drug abuse stuff.
I love him.
Need I say more? :)
All in all I thought this book was good.
It was an attention grabber from start to finish.
There were tons of details that would keep you hooked in its pages.
The plot was executed in a good way although most of the time I feel that there were some irrelevant scenes here and there but still I thought this book was pretty good for a self-published book.
Will I recommend it?
Yes I will. It is a very promising series and hope that the next books will be just as good.
I give this book 4 stars!
Are you a fan of Angels, be they guardians or fallen? Do you root for the shape shifters and sympathize with the mind readers in the stories you've read? Do you ever wish you could see the future and know how you and your friends and family will die...or at least perhaps when? Well if any or all of these questions interest you, look no further because Abra Ebner has it all. It's like one stop shopping with Book of Love (Knight Angels #1), Ebner leaves almost nothing out.
Readers get four main narrations and perspectives in this tale. First we have Jane, who I would consider to be our main character because everything seems to revolve around her or circles back to her in some fashion. Poor Jane has it tough, she lost her dad when she was young and witnessed the death firsthand. Now she's overwhelmed by death. She's seeing it everywhere, when she's awake and having a conversation with friends, and she's even seeing it when she sleeps. Why you ask? She doesn't have the first clue but someone may be able to enlighten her. And if that wasn't enough to handle as a teenager, her mother has made her responsible for her screwed up sister Emily.
Emily in my opinion has the classic tag line attached to her; "don't judge a book by it's cover." She appears to be a rebellious girl who dresses in the stereotypical goth fashion, with her skirts too short and her makeup too heavy. She's also acquired the reputation of having an addiction to taking pills in order to get high. Look a little deeper though and Emily has a secret just like Jane does. Emily may not be consumed by death but she's overwhelmed all right. She's a mind reader. Any thought anyone has and Emily can hear it, whether she wants to or not. The only way she can get a little peace and quiet is to numb herself with the assistance of pharmaceuticals, and why not play the part if she knows that's how everyone already sees her right? Will she ever be able to confide in any one and try to go without the help of the drugs?
Emily's not the only one in need of a confidant. Poor Wes, forever to be the boy next door that will only ever be the best friend to Jane, whom he's loved for as long as he's known her. Just like Emily he needs someone to turn to, he's in pain...literally and he doesn't know why. His body feels like it's growing too fast for him to catch up with and he's going to need help fast, he just don't know what kind. Will Emily and Wes lean on each other or will his pining over Jane drive Emily away?
And if that isn't enough for readers, Ebner introduces us to two brothers that couldn't be more different. Max epitomizes all that is good and noble, saving Jane's life all those years ago forever bound the two of them together. She's his whole world, he loves her and will do anything to protect her. And protection is something she's going to need with his brother Greg gunning for her. To him it's all just a game. Cause enough heartache and destruction and soon the world will be his for the taking.
Can Jane, Max, Emily and Wes overcome all that's going on with them in order to drive Greg away? How far will things go and who will be hurt along the way? Ebner's writing is fabulous and intriguing and downright addicting. She hooked me from start to finish and I can't wait to read on in the Book of Revenge (Knight Angels, #2).
This is a great start to an exciting new series. It was fast paced and engaging read. It had a great blend of supernatural characters that worked really well together as did the multiple narrations.
The characters were well written but I felt a connection with Emily and Wes the most, and found myself excited to read their parts in the story. They weren't perfect characters by far and thats probably why I liked them so much, especially Emily. Max and Jane I'm sure will have lots of fans though. Greg, the evil twin, I found myself wanting to know more of his story especially he reasons for being they way he is and hopefully we will in the next installment.
It had a great ending wrapping up nicely but leaving a few unanswered questions for the next installments. I can't wait to read Book of Revenge.