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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Review: Calling for Angels by Alex Smith

Calling For AngelsPaperback: 152 pages
Publisher: Bridge House (October 29, 2010)
Language: English
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Em never believed in angels. That was until she met Zak and Kai…

Em - shy, sensitive, with her head in the clouds - and Caitlyn - gorgeous, popular and talented - have been best friends forever, in a sleepy, nondescript town called Philiton.

But when new boy Zak moves into town, Philiton suddenly becomes a much more interesting place. With his meltingly hot looks, sense of humour and a smile that has even the hardest-hearted girls falling at his feet, Zak has the female population of Philiton Comprehensive School convinced he's an angel.

Usually, Caitlyn has the boys worshipping the ground she treads on, so it’s a shock when Zak seems to be more interested in Em. Cracks appear, tensions arise, but surely Em and Caitlyn’s lifelong friendship can survive?

Em feels beset by demons. At home, she’s looking after her grandmother, who is slowly deteriorating, whilst despairing at her normally sensible brother, who is going off the rails just to fit in with the ‘right crowd’. Even Zak’s unexpected attention causes jealous girls to shower Em with spite – not least Caitlyn. If only she had a guardian angel…

Then a second boy steps into Em’s life. Dark and brooding, a captive to the secrets of a past he’d rather forget, Kai, who has appeared as if from nowhere and fallen head over heels in love with Em, is the exact opposite of Zak.

And although he may not seem like it, Kai is the real thing. He really is an angel.
My Review:

     I really enjoyed the plot of this book.  I loved the idea of guardian angels and I really loved Kai.  But, what I didn't love was how he was explained as "dark and brooding" I just really didn't feel that with his character.  Also, his "big secret" seemed like it was a little over sold, especially because you never actually learn what it is.  And maybe I'm just sick of love triangles, but I really wasn't crazy about this one.  It just seemed too average.  Two gorgeous, nice boys fall in love with one girl, she picks one. Yes, I realize that's the point of a love triangle, but there was no guessing, no surprises, I knew from the beginning how it would end.

     I do think that many people may like this book, it was short and cute.  It just wasn't my favorite.  I thought Em was sweet, and I liked that she had her own style.  I liked that she read, and she didn't change to be able to fit in with Caitlyn and her friends.  She stayed true to herself, and I respected her for that.  The only thing I wasn't crazy about was that she seemed sort of negative towards the fact that most girls wear makeup and fix their hair, and I understand that all of the girls like that she knew were jerks, and treated her awfully, but I don't think those are the qualities that she should have disliked about them. 

     I'll be honest though, Zac was pretty much perfect.  I really loved how his relationship with his sister was explained.  How much he cared about her and took care of her.  Also, how he wasn't really swayed by ALL the girls that threw  themselves at him.  He loved Em and that was it, which made me love him.

All in all, I'm kinda undecided about this book, there were parts I wasn't too crazy about, and parts I loved.  So basically, if the synopsis sounds good to you, then definitely give it a try, and thanks for reading my rambling! 

1 comment:

  1. This is available for UK Book Tour and l am so unsure! It kinda sounds good.
    Its always a shame when the characters is described in a way you don't want them to be.
    Thanks for the review


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