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Angel's Fury Paperback – 4 Jul 2011

4.6 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Egmont (4 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405251352
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405251358
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 746,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A taut plot and sympathetic characters will draw in most teens." "School Library Journal""

About the Author

Bryony Pearce Bryony Pearce was born in 1976 and has two children. She completed an English Literature degree at Corpus Christi College Cambridge in 1998 and was a winner of the SCBWI anthology Undiscovered Voices in 2008.

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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 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.
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First things first is the plot. And to be honest I wasn’t really impressed. It was imaginative and original with a storyline that sounded so promising but while I can’t say it was farfetched (excluding the angel parts (that’s not a spoiler by the way because just look at the title...)) it didn’t fit together properly, in my opinion and that killed it for me. The brainwashing of young minds was disturbing but I was always trying to connect it to the title and synopsis, until I actually figured out what was going on and what would happen next at which point I had lost a lot of my original interest.

The idea of reincarnation was I think what kept me reading (and the hope something dramatic would happen because of it). The idea of past lives filled with atrocities including murder; catching up to the present is enthralling. Especially the way they can twist the person into half versions of themselves and half the evils of their past so they lead lives that they otherwise wouldn’t have. You were always wondering how much the past had taken over each person so there was a dark atmosphere following the events in this novel.

The characters on the other hand were really great most of the time. They all had a lot of hidden depth including the main protagonist Cassie. She is barely functioning and tired, but not just because of her lack of sleep. The nightmares are taking their toll on her body and spirit and when she uses books as her way of escape you can relate to her in a way I haven’t found I could in the last few book protagonists I’ve read about. Even with this though there could have been better relationships developed, between her and the other characters, and more emotion other than the usual tiredness.
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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.
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Angel's fury was a totally different kind of book. Not quite romance, not historical, not a thriller but a weirdly satisfying combination of the different genres that worked really well. The press release compares it to the book thief, which is fairly accurate in its style and tone but not necessarily in content or storyline as such, but if I had to compare it to another book that would be the book I would probably compare it to as I would say for me they had a similiar feel to them.

The book's main protagonist Cassie is a teenage girl who has dreams which are terrifying and nearly always violent and she is desperate to find a way to stop them. Whilst on a visit to Germany a chain of memories are stirred in her which leads to a chain of events which make her realise that the dreams are actually scenes from her past lives that she is now remembering and she starts the hunt for someone to help her to get them to stop.

The solution to solve her problem appaers to come from a specialist doctor who runs a facility for young people with past life experiences. Cassie moves into the Manor in the hope that she can find the respite she so desperately is after but ends up dealing with a much wider and more sinister problem along with the manor's other residents as the treatment they are often becomes more and more extreme and Cassie experiences increasingly more frequent and more disturbing dreams.

I loved the ideas behind this book. I thought it was clever and well thought out and original in its execution. I loved seeing and hearing about the characters past life experiences and how they affected each of the residents of the manor differently. As the story goes on it becomes clear that the children have been brought together because of something far greater at work than them.
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