Series: Angel Academy #1
Published on April 2, 2013
Published by Entangled Teen
I was born to slay Crossworld demons.
Big black flappy ones, little green squirmy ones. Unfortunately, the only thing getting slain these days is my social life. With my high school under attack, combat classes intensifying, and Academy instructors dropping right and left, I can barely get my homework done, let alone score a bondmate before prom.
Then he shows up.
Jackson Smith-Hailey. Unspeakably hot, hopelessly unattainable, and dangerous in all the right ways. Sure, he’s my trainer. And okay, maybe he hates me. Doesn’t mean I’ll ignore the wicked Guardian chemistry between us. It’s crazy! Every time I’m with him, my powers explode. Awesome, right?
Now my teachers think I’m the murderous Graymason destined to bring down our whole race of angelbloods. Everyone in New Orleans is hunting me. The people I trusted want me dead. Jack and I have five days to solve the murders, prevent a vampire uprising, and thwart the pesky prophecy foretelling his death by my hand. Shouldn’t be too difficult.
Getting it done without falling in love? That might take a miracle.
Be warn, tons (code-hidden) spoilers ahead
So, I was told you either going to love this or you are going to hate this. I’ve done my homework as usual, and read reviews about this book, and couldn’t help but to be curious. There were a few novels mentioned in the reviews that Prophecy Girl shares similar themes. But what sort of books out on the market right now doesn’t, right? As it turns out I did like the book, oops.
I like boarding school novels, and when I saw “Angel Academy” I thought this was going to be one as well. Wrong! This was not a boarding school novel. Neither it truly focuses on the school part either. So, if you were looking for boarding school type of novels, you probably will be disappointed as I was.
So there is a prophecy about Amelie, although we don’t know about it until later in the book. Basically, the prophecy said Amelia is going to end the Gabriel bloodline. Interesting huh, wait till you learn more about the prophecy, the conspiracy and the twist in the book.
Angel Academy is where the human of angel blood learn and train to become demon hunter Guardians, and in their senior year the students will find a suitable watcher to bond with and become life partners. Now what’s interesting is that each angelblood came from different angel bloodlines, and certain bloodline does well with each other (the book did explain a little about this). So a female angelblood (Guardian) and a male angelblood (Watcher) will bond, and together they will hunt demons down and etc (hopefully the next book will explain more about this bond and relationship).
I thought it was weird that Amelie’s best-friend Lissa kept pushing and trying to talk Amelie into asking a guy, any guy as a date to the dance. From the start I find myself disliking Lissa’s character, she was not a good friend to Amelie, she was actually quite rude and often voice her opinions that I don’t care for. Like when Jackson joined the school, I thought Lissa bad mouthing Jackson, and oddly has a strong hateful attitude toward Jackson were all very inappropriate. Lissa is shallow and annoying, that I couldn’t help but wonder if she was always like this, or is this a new behavior of hers View Spoiler »because of her true identity « Hide Spoiler. If Lissa was always behaving like she is in Prophecy Girl, then I couldn’t but wonder what sort of character Amelie would be like if she allow a suppose best friend bully her as such.
I want to say Jackson is quite a contradicted character. Before we learn the truth behind his behaviors, he goes hot and cold in a complete polar opposite manner. I thought it was obvious that something supernatural was going on between Amelie and Jackson, not just the attractions, but how their power interacted and enhanced with each other. But for the most part of the book, Jackson was mean to Amelie, and Amelie, well she was like a lost puppy carving Jackson’s attention.
Amelia, given her family background, she seems to have loads to prove herself. She has quite a school record of pranks and troubles, to sum up Amelia is rebellion and has problems with authority. View Spoiler »So it turn out Amelia isn’t Angelblood, she actually has Luciferblood (so I am guessing her mother also has Luciferblood? The book didn’t explain). « Hide Spoiler Because of her bloodline Amelia is also something else utterly unique that can bring people’s soul back and revive them from death.
I did like the story, it was interesting and has a fast pace (perhaps sometime a bit too fast, loads of things happened within a matter of a day). Although there were times I was confused by what’s happening, like when Amelie woke up after her field test. This part was a bit fuzzy, since Amelie passed out after the jump. View Spoiler »She woke up and find out she was framed for killing the headmaster and the angelbloods. « Hide Spoiler Then all the sudden they were on the run, and with Jackson’s help and Amelie’s close friends’ help, Amelia and Jackson were able to escape the school. The transaction isn’t quite smooth, the story can get a bit messy from time to time.
I thought it was weird that while demons are killing angelbloods left and right, but the elders are so hung up on Amelie and the prophecy, that they couldn’t give a rat’s ass about what else is going on. How weird was that?View Spoiler »Anyone else think it’s weird that Lissa being Amelie’s evil twin, however not even Lissa’s own father realized that Lissa was he suppose dead daughter?! Really?! « Hide Spoiler
As it turn out, as evil as Lissa is, she was just a pawn in a supernatural racial war, what a let down. But I am sure we haven’t seen the last of Lissa yet.
I am not sure about the whole View Spoiler »Amelie is being part Angelblood, part Luciferblood, and part Vampire. How does this work? What does it mean? I see that Amelia will have to play by Vampire’s rule. And if you’ve read plenty of vampire novels as I did, you know vampire is all about rules, hierarchy and politic. Also, what about Jackson? I wish Amelia and Jackson were fully bonded in this book, so I don’t have to be stressed over their relationship. But of course that would be too easy. And given how obsessed vampire with their bloodline and such, I can see Luc would be quite a problem for Jackson and Amelie. I suppose we will just have to see how this will play out in the next book. Since I am a fan of vampire novels, I can’t wait to see how up and personal we will be getting with the vampires in the next book. « Hide Spoiler
I can see why readers can easily go either way with this book, but for me, I quite enjoyed it.
Happy reading! XO