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5.0 out of 5 stars Angel's Fury - A Review
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I finished this book over a week ago now, but I've been unable to fathom how to review it. I mean, I really enjoyed this book; it has big themes, a strong female heroine and its pretty dark for teenage fiction. Yet something niggled at the back of my mind, telling me that nothing I possibly say could get across how...
Published on 15 Sep 2011 by Various Altitudes
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3.0 out of 5 stars Angel's Fury
I hadn't heard a lot about Bryony Pearce's debut novel, Angel's Fury, when it landed on my doorstep but after reading the synopsis and press release my first impression was 'wow! This sounds so good!' It seemed to offer so much packed into one book, I couldn't wait to get started. And it does have very many elements, blending paranormal, historical and psychological...
Published on 1 Aug 2011 by Vicki @ Cosy Books
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Angel's Fury - A Review,
This review is from: Angel's Fury (Paperback)(Taken from variousaltitudes.wordpress.com)
I finished this book over a week ago now, but I've been unable to fathom how to review it. I mean, I really enjoyed this book; it has big themes, a strong female heroine and its pretty dark for teenage fiction. Yet something niggled at the back of my mind, telling me that nothing I possibly say could get across how much I like Angel's Fury.
All right, so maybe I should start with the protagonist. Cassie Farrier is having nightmares, those terrible nightmares where you wake up terrified, only hers are about one-hundred times worse than anyone else's. (Apart from the dream I had where my father drove me off the side of a multi-storey car park, that was pretty horrendous, and I refused to speak to him for a week afterwards.) Yet she soon begins to realise that what she's seeing in her dream actually happened.
There was something incredibly real about Cassie. The way she spoke, and behaved, you could imagine yourself feeling the same uncertainty, and I have to say that if I were her, I think I'd have fallen down at the first hurdle. The characterisation of Cassie could have gone way over the top, yet it didn't, she did what all teenagers do when they think there's something wrong with them: she hid it. She kept everything bottled up, and I think this is another reason I enjoyed Cassie's character.
The book also has an incredibly fast-pace. If you wanted to, you could finish it within a few hours. This was another of those books where I held my breath and didn't realise I was doing so until I was completely out of breath. It encompasses a thriller, a romance and fantasy fiction, as well as making the reader debate about the possibility of reincarnation.
You might be shying away at the mention of romance in teenage novel, but in this novel, it's tentative, and isn't the be all and end all of the world. Seth and Cassie's lives are intertwined in a big way, but there's a rather hefty question over whether they can be together or not, and I was pleased how Pearce handled the relationship, and the repercussions their past lives have on them now.
There are a great many cultural references that give the characters depth. Cassie isn't reading Wuthering Heights she's reading a Meg Cabot novel, and in my opinion this is much more believable for a teenager. Then we have the mention of Blackadder Goes Forth, and its finale, and how it would affect Cassie, and that, to me, was just brilliant.
Throughout the novel, I was unsure who Cassie could trust. Pearce keeps the reader waiting until the last possible moment before revealing who the villain of the piece is, and it was a big `oh yeah, I should have seen that coming moment.'
I met Bryony at a signing on the 16th July and she's extremely kind and approachable and offered me book recommendations. She even led me around Waterstones looking for a book, and yes, I am now the proud owner of a signed copy of Angel's Fury.
Until next time, that is all.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Debut Novel,
This review is from: Angel's Fury (Paperback)Angel's Fury whilst being aimed at a teenage audience certainly deserves much wider recognition. This is the debut novel from Bryony Pearce and it's a very confident start. Cassie is a feisty loner who suffers vivid nightmares and through a quirk of fate discovers that not all of her dreams are fiction. From there we are sent on a spiralling journey as Cassie tries to make sense of her dreams , discovers past secrets and finds herself in serious peril. As her life starts to come apart at the seams a mysterious doctor from her past comes to help her. Cassie then learns that her own fate is entwined with the past and a particularly determined villain is hell bent on carrying out his quest and it won't just affect Cassie but all of us. Angel's Fury is well written with well rounded out characters. Our heroine Cassie is very identifiable and the supporting characters are more than just background.. The villain is truly memorable and there are more than a few shocks and chills on the way. I myself am a particularly slow reader but even I couldn't put the last third of the book down. I had to follow it to its conclusion. If I have one criticism it is that the book has been marketed to the "Twilight" crowd which is exclusively aimed at teenage girls, but boys will enjoy this book too and certainly adults. It deserves to stand on its own as it's a very well-crafted story. I heartily recommend it to all age groups.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book,
This review is from: Angel's Fury (Paperback)Angel's Fury is not the genre of book I would normally read but I have been very pleasantly surprised by it. When it arrived in the post I decided to have a quick look at the first chapter intending to put it aside for another day to read the rest since it wasn't my kind of book anyway. Just a few sentences in I was hooked and finding any excuse to stop what I should be doing to read some more. The characters and story are so real I found myself thinking about the story even when I wasn't reading it. There is enough historical fact to make the potentially implausible seem perfectly possible and I strongly recommend not starting the last section of this book without the time to finish it- a very late night was spent in my house because I simply could not leave the book unfinished.
Overall this is a brilliant book and I look forward to more from the author.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic,
This review is from: Angel's Fury (Paperback)Gripping book from start to finish. Very clever story, told in an exciting and at times bail biting way. Thoroughly recommend.
4.0 out of 5 stars Angel's Fury,
This review is from: Angel's Fury (Paperback)Cassie suffers horrific and vivid nightmares that make her terrified of falling asleep as she knows she will wake up screaming. Suffering with sleep deprivation she is finding it hard to cope but things come to a head on a school trip to Germany when she realises there is more to her nightmares than she ever could have expected. Returning home things are worse than ever and her parents are forced to reveal a secret they've been keeping from her. They have strong evidence that Cassie's dreams are in fact memories from previous lives. Cassie makes the decision to seek out a doctor who specialises in people with past life experiences and for the first time she meets people who have similar issues to her. As her treatment progresses and her symptoms get worse instead of better Cassie starts to wonder if everything at the clinic is really what it seems.
I have to say that Angel's Fury was nothing like what I was expecting but I mean that in a good way. I'm not sure why I thought it was going to be a fairly typical paranormal romance but I'm very pleased to have been proved incorrect and the story is so much more than that. Although there is a little romance that is by far one of the smaller elements of the story. Instead Bryony Pearce gives us a supernatural thriller with touches of historical fiction and a dash of romance.
The story is fast paced, has believable characters and some of the historical back story is heart wrenching to read. There were plenty of twists and turns making it hard to know what to expect and almost impossible to put the book down. I loved the fact that by the end of the story we get answers to all of our questions and don't have a cliffhanger ending leading us into a sequel, it makes such a nice change to read a stand alone story. I'm impressed with Bryony Pearce's debut and am looking forward to seeing what she comes up with next.
5.0 out of 5 stars A compulsory read,
This review is from: Angel's Fury (Paperback)Managed to read this even with the kids around, whilst on holiday, couldn't put it down. Loved it from begining to end, a great read, twists and turns with an unassuming ending, highly recommended!
5.0 out of 5 stars Blown away by this book,
This review is from: Angel's Fury (Paperback)I am a slow reader and often start a book, then put it down. With Angel's Furry, I started it and was hooked immediately! I threw it in my bag and read it every spare minute I got. I love the character Cassie. She is a strong girl who is hovering on the edge when we first meet her. Her dreams are so intriguing and intense that they keep you guessing until the end what they are really all about. When she joins the other "past life" kids, we meet more believable characters and really get a feel for why they are the way they are. Cassie's love interest is very mysterious and a revelation about him at the end comes totally unexpected. More of the other reviewers have given better descriptions of the actual story, but I don't want to give anything away. I just want to tell you, as a dyslexic and very slow reader, it takes a lot to keep me reading a book, and the fact that I couldn't not read this book was amazing. I hope she has something else in the works because I am a fan for life!
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read,
This review is from: Angel's Fury (Paperback)I really, really enjoyed this read. It was so original I couldn't not.
It had everything I like in a book. Great characters - every single one of them had their own story and own distinct personality as a result of an interesting backstory.
Angel's Fury immediately starts with one of the dreams the protagonist, Cassie, frequently has which prevents her from sleeping.
The dreams are described throughout the book and they get more and more detailed and descriptive and sometimes, downright creepy. However, the focus of the story was the Doctor who is supposed to help with these dreams at a retreat. I felt that too much focus was on Cassie's home life at the start - it lasted for quite a bit of the book so when Cassie did eventually go to the retreat and meet the characters the were important to the story, it seemed irrelevant because I had already read so much about Cassie's home life.
The rest of the novel more than made up for it though. It was a brilliantly intense and original read that always had me on the edge of my seat. I loved it and it's definitely a must read!
4.0 out of 5 stars Angel with a difference,
This review is from: Angel's Fury (Paperback)Well this was a rather dark book that I really wasn't expecting! Very good, but very dark. In fact, the story line completely took me by surprise as I was expecting something along the lines of Fallen or Hush, Hush, where the angel falls in love with the beautiful but flawed girl. Although there is a little bit of a love interest in the book, it is just a fraction of the story. The angel is this book is a nasty piece of work, hell bent on revenge after thousands of years. Not one you would as your guardian in times of need. Out of all the angel books I have read, (and there seem to be a lot of them) the flavour of this book reminded me more of Anne Rice's Angel Time than any other. It has that dark, historical tone to it, which really made the book stand out from the others.
Told from the point of view of Cassie, a young girl who suffers from horrific repetitive dreams, who has come to a point where she cannot cope anymore. Her parents no longer able to watch her suffer, decide to tell her the truth about elements of her past. After showing her a video of when she was little, it becomes quite obvious that Cassie is an old soul, who has experienced many life times which are now repeatedly haunting her. These life times were filled with violence and hatred and it is no wonder the poor girl cannot sleep.
Within the book there are lots of references to World War II where we witness the suffering of the Jews at the hands of the Nazi's. This was quite difficult to read at times and played with my emotions quite a bit. I tend to steer clear of books that deal with the suffering that occurred as they just upset me too much. However, the author isn't too graphic with her descriptions, so you only get a sense of what occurred.
There is a religious undertone to the book, but as my knowledge of the Bible is limited, I couldn't tell you if the information provided was true or not.
I really felt for the children in the book, who were supposedly being treated for their unusual conditions. Their parents had paid for them to be kept at the facility and left them hoping that their children would be cured. They were completely unaware of any torturous behaviour that might have occurred. These children suffered at the hands of evil.
I was a little slow to work out who was the antagonist within the book, even though they were blatantly waving out at me from the pages. I think the reason I struggled was because of the author's clever use of gender that had me completely fooled.
I did enjoy reading this book and found myself reading so fast, my note taking got sidelined and aborted. I think this was definitely an original and cleverly written story. I don't think I have read anything quite like it and it really gave the angel genre a new twist to it.
What I also enjoyed about this book, was it's stand alone status. The story was wrapped up and I felt I knew everything I needed to know. In this day and age, stand alone novels are become more extinct than the dodo!
This book made me grateful that when I turn the light out and lay my head on the pillow, I sleep peacefully!
A promising debut from an author who I know has lots more to offer us in the future.
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to put down.,
This review is from: Angel's Fury (Paperback)I wasn't quite sure what to expect before I actually read the book, but I found it to be a thoroughly enjoyable read. The story is very compelling, cleverly written and is well paced.
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