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Airel: The Awakening (The Airel Saga Book 1) Kindle Edition
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This is a book of two parts which merge well. The first is the tale of Airel and seems initially fairly mundane despite the odd hints that things aren't quite normal. Airel is a teenager falling in love for the first time, who is unlucky enough to witness a murder and the killer knows she can identify him. The second is far more magical. Set in 1250 B.C. it tells the tale of Kreios; an angel who chose to fall in love and fall from heaven. He is dealing with the grief of losing his mortal wife, whilst he and his beloved daughter are at risk from angelic enemies the Brotherhood.
The 2 stories quickly merge as Airel discovers her unusual heritage. The pace, action and fantasy elements all work well, plus the histories of Kreios and the Brotherhood are interesting and creative. I did though easily anticipate the several twists these authors produced fairly early on in the book; however "Airel" still proved to be a highly entertaining read despite the lack of surprises.
Airel is your average seventeen year old girl, her best friend is Kim and on the whole they're happy but then Airel starts to feel unwell, a gorgeous new boy, Michael starts at school and Airel suspects that she's not normal.
The other part of this book which weaves itself between the modern tale is set in 1250 B.C. in Arabia where Kreios is an angel who found himself in love with a mortal and 'fell' only to lose the woman he loved in childbirth leaving him with a daughter to protect from the evil forces of the Brotherhood.
This all sounds fantastic and I've struggled to understand what didn't really work for me this time and it comes back to Airel, I didn't really feel any real spark or chemistry between her and Michael and some of the decisions she made were 'interesting' at best and that was the problem she's seventeen and 'normal' yet she takes everything on herself. So I liked the 'past' more than the present because I didn't really buy Airel as a real character.
I'm sorry to say that I was disappointed, although there were some parts that I enjoyed there just wasn't enough of them and on the whole I found it really difficult to stay interested. Normally when I'm reading nothing can distract me from the book but with this I was very easily distracted and didn't feel the urgent need to carry on to find out what happens next.
I did like the idea for the story and some of the parts I enjoyed were: Airel's reaction when she first saw Michael, the cinema scene that got my heart pounding and raised lots of questions, and the final battle where everything seemed to happen so quickly.
This book jumps back and forth from the present day to 1250 B.C. and while this history was vital to the rest of the story I think this was one of the problems for me, I found myself rushing through the 1250 B.C. parts because it just didn't interest me, there was too much of it.
Towards the end of the book there were a few unexpected twists which piqued my interest for a while and I felt that the characters were finally who they should be, they seemed to be much more confident in themselves.
This is a dark story with some surprising twists that I'm sure plenty of people would really enjoy with its battles and history, unfortunately it just wasn't for me.
I was enjoying the present day part of the book so through my confusion I continued on. But then I realized how little of the book I had left to read and when I did finish I was more than extremely disappointed. The final chapter did not relate to anything that had already been written. Furthermore the penultimate chapter seemed to end quite suddenly and did not have any more to carry on with.
Over all I enjoyed parts of it however I didn't feel as though it was a complete book
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Global rating: 8,5/20 - Disappointed overall but contains some good ideas.
PLOT: 8/20 – SUFFERS FROM MULTIPLE LOOPHOLES, EASY SHORTCUTS AND TOO MANY UNANSWERED... Read more
I really tried with this book, even finished it. I found it unnecessarily long winded and just took too long for anything to happen. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Reading addict
Good start to the saga, lots of unanswered questions. Such as which characters to trust, what is going to happen next, is Airel's dad Really a salesman or something more???Published 9 months ago by magicmyst
Not really my thing but I read as part of my goodreads reading challenge. It was ok but won't be rushing out for the next onePublished 10 months ago by P. Pierce
A well-written story about (another) 17yr old whose life suddenly changes. Aimed at YA, but would be enjoyed by adults also. Read morePublished 11 months ago by astrofox
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