Angel's Fury Paperback – 4 Jul 2011
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I thoroughly enjoyed spending my time reading this book, in fact I was annoyed when I had to put it down before I could finish it ! Read morePublished 10 months ago by Emma 42
I quite liked the concept and the characters felt real enough to make it difficult to put the book down. I will look for more books from this author.Published 22 months ago by Brigitte
Gripping book from start to finish. Very clever story, told in an exciting and at times bail biting way. Thoroughly recommend.Published on 21 April 2013 by Dean
Cassie suffers horrific and vivid nightmares that make her terrified of falling asleep as she knows she will wake up screaming. Read morePublished on 20 Dec. 2011 by Sarah (Feeling Fictional)
From the moment I read the blurb I knew that I wanted to read this, however, the story is not what I expected. Read morePublished on 10 Oct. 2011 by Emma
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,... Read morePublished on 7 Oct. 2011 by Sutty
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. Read morePublished on 23 Sept. 2011 by Mrs
I really, really enjoyed this read. It was so original I couldn't not.
It had everything I like in a book. Read more
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... Read morePublished on 12 Sept. 2011 by Serendipity Reviews