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- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0985656220
- Publisher: Inkspell Publishing (22 Nov. 2013)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00BMBM360
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- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
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This story was truly unique. Voisin created a rich world of angels and demons, and approached the battle of good an evil with a fabulous twist. The love between Mia and Michael was heart-poundingly sweet with the right combination of passion and yearning. I loved how it touched on past lives and spiritual love versus secular love, and how both play a part.
Perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series, Lauren Kate's Fallen and Becca Fitzpatrick's Hush Hush, The Watcher is filled with enough adventure and romance to thrill Young Adult Paranormal Romance readers of all ages.
Maybe it's time to say goodbye to Y/A paranormal genre. Seriously....
The Watcher is mostly Y/A romance and, unfortunately, not very good at that. Of course Michael is an angel and we got to meet one handsome demon, hence the book categorization as a fantasy/paranormal, but it still doesn't change the fact that this novel has no interesting plot, poorly developed characters and average writing style.
So, we have damsel in distress that is boring, average, crying at every turn, single and, of course, a virgin. And we have a hero - deadly handsome angel, mysterious, with dark past, etc etc. What else? They fall in love, their love is epic, but they can't be together because of whom he is and their circumstances. Sounds familiar? There is also bad villain, love triangle of sorts, a few fights where Angel can show his fighting skills and background story which could have saved this story, but didn't. Because what happened in the past was almost as boring as their "present" story, or at least written the way that makes being interested or emotionally invested simply impossible.
Maybe this book is really bad, or maybe I have grown out of Y/A paranormal novels. Either way, if I wanted to write an honest review, I could not give it more than two stars.
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Two new boys arrive at her high school this year: the first is mysterious Michael, who experienced death after an accident but came back. He is beautiful, strong, and seems to show an interest in Mia, always showing up at just the right time. She quickly develops strong affections for him, but he does not reciprocate her feelings. Instead, he pushes her away, disappointing and confounding her, giving rise to her insecurities.
Damiel, the other new boy, shows up dashing and debonair on his vintage motorcycle. All the girls swoon under his attention, and he pursues Mia persistently. Michael warns her to stay away from him, and she really doesn’t like Damiel. However, she is inexplicably drawn to him, in spite of being in love with Michael.
Mia loves the study of ancient civilizations and literature. She lives out her painful crush through a classroom reading of Shakespeare’s "Hamlet." Sometimes she has visions of another world, seeing at times a meadow, a loom, and large birds circling in a fight to the death. She also knows she has some kind of connection with Michael, and that he and Damiel have a history. But nothing could prepare her for knowing the truth of that history, and her role in it.
Things become heated when Michael and Damiel confront each other in an other-worldly fight over Mia. When she finally discovers the truth, it sends her on a soul-searching journey of love and redemption, and into a supernatural battle of good and evil, involving angels and demons.
Voisin transports us visually into Mia’s world with rich details, from places as mundane as a wall locker in a school corridor, to a thrilling winged flight high above the city. We ache with Mia for Michael’s touch when he is near, and feel Michael’s pain for resisting.
The mundanity of high school life and petty spats gives way to an other-worldly realm with life and death significance. Mia and Michael have a tragic past that occurred before recorded history, resulting in Mia’s early death and Michael’s fall from his fold into hell and guilt-ridden remorse. Only Mia’s strength can save them in this lifetime; is she up to the task?
The author draws from principles of many different sources, from the Bible and the Quran to Tarot cards, giving none any greater importance than the others, and without judgment. "The Watcher" will keep you guessing, and feeling, and leave you with great hope.
The Watcher is story about angels and demons, but I love how it’s different than others I have read. It’s not your simple forbidden love, but the seven deadly sins come into play and for me I just loved that. I know we only see two in play in this book, but I loved the angle the author came from making it stand out for me more than other books of its kind.
I loved some of the descriptions that Mia gives us while she is in awe of Michael’s wings, or the sound of his voice. I could almost feel what she was saying, it was very well explained.
The plot itself was really good it wasn’t just forbidden love, but the twist at the end with Damiel was just brilliant and one I didn’t expect, and Mia’s understanding of how envy worked really blow me away, it was great thinking and I loved it.
But in saying all that the reason I gave this book only 3.5 stars was the characters. I just for the life of me couldn’t connect with Mia or Michael. Mia was understanding in so many ways, that I found myself disagreeing with her. I couldn’t picture her at all, and I felt nothing really for her. As for Michael I felt he was weak and his love for Mia overshadowed everything else. The one Character I loved and she wasn’t in it much was Michael’s sponsor Arielle, I found she had a strong voice, she was willing to get the job done, and most of the explaining of what was going on came from her. She was a character that I could connect with and see. Also Heather and Fiona just seemed selfish to me. But this is just my opinion and mine alone.
While reading some of the other reviews I see a lot of people compared this book to Hush, Hush and I didn’t like that book at all I think I rated it like two stars. So for lovers of Hush, Hush and Forbidden love with Angels - you may love The Watchers.
I received this book from the Author for an honest review.
Poor Mia is walking through the park minding her own business when she comes across a dead body. Or what she thinks is a dead body. She is without a cell phone and too freaked out to try and feel for a pulse. What seems like minutes pass and a black mist starts to form. Then the foul smell of rotten eggs hits her. Then before she knows it there is a big ass ‘dog’ snarling and snapping at her. She is smart, she runs like her ass is on fire and she needs to get to the nearest water hole. Running through the woods she thinks she is safe as she stops to listen to her surroundings… but she isn’t. That big ass dog is at her heels again. When she gets to the clearing she falls and cowers. Waiting. But nothing happens. An instant later she hears voices, static then silence. As Mia sits up to look around she is alone. No dog. No people just her. Maybe seeing that body flipped her out enough that she is losing it? Maybe. She does notice as she gets up that there is the figure of a man a ways off but its as if he can hear her when she wonders if he saw the ‘dog’ too. He walks off and she carries on with her mission to get to the mall to meet her friends. She is a mess when she gets there but is able to call the police and get someone to go see about the body. She should be worried about school starting on Monday and not the big black dog she thinks she saw.
When school starts on Monday she reunites with friends and then she sees him again. The man from the park, who she also spotted at the mall that same night… weird? Yes. Freaky? Yes.. does she let that fact consume her along with all the other crazy things she starts to feel and see. Yes. Is she cracking up? Maybe but with Michael (the guy from the park/mall and now school) filling up most of her spare room in her brain what else is there to worry over? Michael is hot and cold with Mia. Wanting to talk one day then ignoring her for days on end. The only real change she sees in him after a week is how he reacts when a new guy comes to school. Damiel Lucas is hot, rides a motorcycle and wears enough leather you’d think he was in a biker gang but what is it about him that sets Michael off? Seems that Damiel now has his eyes set on Mia. Michael of course isn't pleased but instead of being a big boy he smarts off to her and walks off. Again. At least Damiel is all up in her personal space though Mia isn't sure she likes that. If he is around its like she forgets what she is doing. But Michael is on her mind constantly.
Finally yet sadly it takes Mia seeing Damiel speaking to her friend Fiona and then Fiona getting hurt for her to finally start to wonder about him. The next day Michael walks with her to school saying they ‘need to talk’ but its really just him telling her to watch out for Damiel he’s dangerous. That only sparks more worry and wonder in Mia. When Mia gets inside she finds a necklace has been left in her locker and she decides that no matter who its from she will return it. Though she thinks its from Damiel. But its not. She finds out Friday night while out with her friends that Farouk’s sister (who has visions) has sent it to her. Its a blessed necklace to ward off the evil eye. seems his sister seems evil coming after Mia. Comforting right?
Saturday morning while she is with Fiona and Heather, at Fiona’s home she decides to go on the date and ask Damiel about what he did to Fiona. It was set. She would get answers from him. But minutes before Damiel is due to arrive Michael shows up. He has been ‘sent’ to talk to her. But she has to cancel the date with Damiel. She agrees. That welcome feeling that Michael evokes in her has returned. She agrees to cut the date off so she and Michael can talk. When Damiel shows up though, things go bad fast. The shadows around him are more prominent. Why hadn’t she seen them before. The necklace vibrates against her chest the closer he gets. Then all hell breaks loose when Mia tells Damiel to leave. He doesn’t and when he touches Mia, Michael goes after him. Damiel and Michael go at it in the front yard. Good vs. Evil. Demon vs. Angel. (HA… damn men)During their fight Mia gets flashes, things she has seen before. Her, Michael and Damiel.. but how. As they fight Michael takes Damiel down. He strikes him through the heart with a sword he had pulled from behind him. The body the darkness once occupied now lay in the yard. Michael revived it and the boy woke confused and out of sorts but recovered enough to get himself in his car and get out of there.
Michael announces to Mia that Damiel was a demon and that he would be back… after that settled in they went to talking inside for a bit Michael admitted what he had been sent back to do. To face her. Seems thousands of years ago Michael, the Angel had seduced a poor human girl. It was then forbidden for Angels to mate humans so he was punished. And now it was time to fess up. They went out to dinner to talk more and try to piece this all together. Seems they were just as easy together as they had been before. Mia held nothing (at least so far) against him. What happened thousands of years ago didn’t matter now. Right?
Mia questions Michael about the Watchers he has mentioned. They are called Grigori. That is the order name. He is not one at the moment because he’s… well he says in ‘rehab’ but I guess they are pacing him out to see what he does. The blonde beauty (Arielle) she had seen a few times now shows up while Michael and Mia are kissing on the beach the next day. He was about to cross that forbidden line again. He was enthralling Mia and himself. Their need and desires were becoming an obsession, an addiction that they could not easily fight. Arielle is Michael’s ‘sponsor’ while he settles into his new human body. This is new for him and Angels in general. He’s like the test dummy (for lack of a better word). She keeps Mia company the next night and shows her what Michael does. The good that he tries to do for people. Its enlightening and she feels guilty for wanting him but she is still drawn to him. She wants Michael.
The past makes its way into the little moments that Mia has. The quiet times she spends trying to piece it together finally sparks something inside her when Michael is before her one night. After they are attacked by a nasty demon by the water front. As Mia sits and lets the images plague her memory she sees it.. she had a child. A demon. That is what was made of the union she had with Michael in the beginning. The enthrallment caused that. Its hard to swallow at first but Mia, being Mia lets it not be a thing of the now. It was the past. No matter what happened then. The Michael before her now is who she loves. No matter what he could have done to her. As Arielle helps Mia, the only witness left from that time, see what really happened so she can help Michael see what he really needs to see to help himself more and more questions arise. But in her own mind Mia knows Michael needs to hear the good, he needs this to keep from torturing himself again. Its the only way to keep him safe and from falling again to be prayed upon by Damiel and the demons of hell.
Damiel, the evil ass shows up at Mia’s home after she breaks up with Michael. She did it to keep michael safe but now that Damiel was so close to her it was all coming together. She was Michael’s weakness. Her pushing him away was going to more painful than she thought. Enthralling her Damiel took Mia away into the far hills to a cabin. This is where visions of what he had done to her in the past flooded her mind. Them together. Harsh sex, rape. The darkness surrounding her. Its enough to break his enthrallment over her and now she has to find a way to escape. Is that even possible? No, she tries but he is too quick for her. Then more images of the night Mia died so many years ago come back to her. It wasn't Michael's child that had killed her.. it was Damiel’s. (blinks) (Just dayum….. makes so much sense though.. lol) As a fight started outside Damiel proceeded on with his ‘wooing’ of Mia, only to be interrupted by his minions to say the intruder was dead. When the body was brought in, Mia -who was immobilized on the bed- saw it and her biggest fear came to life. Michael lay beaten, bloody, broken and dead on the floor. Damiel believing what he saw was real went back to Mia but Michael was far from dead. Mia saw it but as Ariel came in and killed the minions a fight between Damiel and Michael broke out. Hellhounds were called in and the fight of their lives was on. Mia could only hear the fighting but she had fighting of her own to do.
Could she outsmart the Demon? Yes, she works at it and as Michael and Arielle come back in battered but alive Mia tries harder to get Damiel to see her side. Anything to save the Angels. With a memory of her reading she had with Fatima she knows what she has to do. Damiel has a chance to go back to heaven. It could work. As He is pulled from the humans body he forms in his true nature before them. With a touch of his hand Michael pulls his angel side forward. Something divine comes over Mia and she approaches the demon/angel and speaks to him. Love. Does he remember love? A struggle starts inside him and with Mia’s help Michael is able to kill the demon side of him. Damiel is free of his darkness. He has a second chance.
The look on Michael's face was one of awe and reverence as he encircled me in his arms.
“Do you know what you did? You gave a demon a chance at redemption.”
The light that filled me began to fade. It was replaced by the warmth of Michael and an incredible sense of peace.
“Is that good?”
“Very.” He smiled, his gaze tender as it held mine. “That took real courage. I wish you could hear the celebration on the other side.”
I blinked back tears. His shirt was ripped, his hair messy, but he was alive. Even covered in blood and grime, he was the most beautiful thing I’d ever seen.
“Fatima told me to love, and I just remembered it.” It probably didn't make any sense, but it was all I could think to say. “What will happen to him now?”
“There wasn't much of his angelic self left. We had to time it right; if you hadn’t gotten him to feel any remorse, he would have just been sent back through the gates of Hell.” He pulled me closer to him. “But you did, and he had that slightest bit of remorse that made it all possible.”
I didn’t say anything, waiting for Michael to continue. From his answer, I still didn’t know what would happen to Damiel.
“We cleared the darkness off of what was left of him. That is really big Mia. We seldom reclaim demons as far gone as he was. Not even I went that far.”
Now that what is good in Damiel is back where it belongs Mia and Michael have to work out how they can be together. With any luck they will figure it all out.
I have to say, I am very impressed with this novel. Not only was it a constant thrill from page to page it was well written, demanding of your feelings but in a good way. It was like a car ride on a windy mountain side with no guard rail. You had to hold on and wait to see what was around the next corner. To say I enjoyed it would be to down play it. I loved it and I can’t wait to get my hands on The Angel Killer, which is book 2 in this saga. And I really can’t wait to see what Lisa comes up with in the future!
The Watcher is a vast canvas of love, betrayal, past lives, and reincarnation. It embraces classic concepts and renders them a contemporary and engaging tale. Chilling imagery sets the strong pace. A great read for any season but particularly good for cool autumn nights.
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