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Starfire Angels (Starfire Angels: Dark Angel Chronicles Book 1) Kindle Edition
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I liked the concept of the story, and there were a number of really quite good sections of writing. However, I was a bit bored by much of the rest, as they seemed to be a too much like many of the US TV High School dramas. I felt that the plot kept drifting without really explaining why and I found myself fast forwarding through many pages. I consider that it could have been improved quite a bit, by cutting back on some of the less relevant material, and then perhaps focussing more on the core story; but perhaps that's just me.
The story ends leaving many things unresolved; well this is meant to be a series of stories, so that could be appropriate, but I didn't really feel that the book would encourage me to seek out any others.
As well as dealing with the reporter Raea must come to terms with her true heritage, her parents came from another world and she has wings! The crystal she wears around her neck, given to her by her mother, is extremely important to her world, there are those that would protect it and those that would steal it.
This isn't too bad a story, there are some interesting elements such as the Starfire's power, Raea's discovery of who she is and her learning to use her power, flying lessons and in all these make the book worth reading. Raea's homeland is described only in brief snatches which adds intrigue and may be developed in further books. I thought that some aspects of the novel were very obvious, you will probably identify which characters are god and bad very quickly, much quicker than Raea who doesn't appear to be the best judge of character. Similarly there were a lot of times where Raea's thoughts were included and although this helped me to understand her character, she was, at times, very immature with her inner thoughts and fairly fickle with her emotions as well. I thought that the rape aspect was drawn out and not a particularly useful addition to the narrative, surely a simpler catalyst could have worked as effectively. I think this book is readable and that overall it was pretty good, there was enough good points that I would recommend this book particularly whilst it is at a low price and if the sequel is also low priced I will purchase that as well. This is a young adult/teen read and I think it will appeal to anyone who enjoys fantasty elements to their reading. It's not perfect but it's worth a read.
Raea Dahlrich is a character I really liked. She is a seventeen year old with the usual angst issues. But, all is not what it seems and her life is about to change forever. I liked watching this character grow throughout the story.
I downloaded this book a while ago, but never seemed to get time to read it. I found myself in between books and decided to give this story a try. I am glad I did, because it was a really fun story to read.
Raea is not the only great character in this story. I really liked Josh, Raea's best friend. He is a wonderful guy, if a bit obsessive about finding the "Dark Angel" who had been spotted helping people in the town. His enthusiasm made me smile. Then there is the mysterious Elis, who lives next door to Raea. He is full of secrets, but as the story progressed I found myself liking him a lot. I didn't really warm up to Pallin, the new student in Raea's class. And with good reason, as it turns out.
This story is very similar to some of the other YA romance books I have read over the years. However, this book has a unique twist. This twist gave the story a freshness that was surprising to say the least. The author has taken the concept of aliens, known as Inari (or Angels to us humans) using Earth as a sanctuary in a galactic war. This war has raged for millennia over the Starfire Crystal, a powerful collective of entities. Raea is thrown into this war and finds herself pitted against the Shirukan, who are after her piece of the crystal. There is plenty of danger and adventure in this tale, but not all of it from the Shirukan; there is also a nosy reporter digging around. The story is action packed and fast paced. I was sad to reach the end of the story, and I am now looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
Melanie Nilles has written a wonderful young adult paranormal romance. I loved her fast paced writing style, but some of the scenes didn't seem to flow as smoothly as they could have. Nevertheless, her book was an enjoyable read.
I highly recommend this book to teens aged 15+ and to adults who love reading the YA Romance genre. - Lynn Worton
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