Author: Michelle Johnson
Genre: YA Paranormal
Series: Oleah Chronicles #1
”What would you do if everything you thought to be true in your life were a lie? Sixteen-year-old Angel Seriki is forced to face overwhelming truths about her so-called ordinary family when she meets Zander Black; a new student to her high school who is smart, charming and devastatingly beautiful. The revelations he uncovers to her about a danger that threatens to resurface from a past she never knew was her own, changes everything. Life as she knows it will never be the same again. In order to keep her family safe she has no choice but to trust Zander, despite his connection to her enemy. He’s the only resource she has if she ever expects to understand the true reality of who and what she is. However, things become complicated when neither can ignore the magnetic energy between them. As their relationship and feelings deepen, so do the risks involved. She must now accept her fate, even if that means giving up everything she knows, including being human.”Goodreads Synopsis
Follows some the classical features common in YA books with supernatural creatures, and shows that they still work. But I did notice my age here, because I got more of a sense of nostalgia reading it than any other emotion. Nothing really surprised or chocked me, but I still enjoyed the ride.
What I did enjoy most was the friendship and family relationships between the characters and how much space they took up compared to the romance. A great balance between the two if you ask me. And I also really liked how the normality of life goes on for a long time and does not just blow up the first chapters.
Except for our world, we have different planets and dimensions ruled by creatures that are predisposed to be good or bad depending on their creator. Some of these worlds are at war with each other because of jealousy between the creators, and our main character Angel is moved to earth to be hidden here because her kinds powers becomes dormant in this atmosphere.
I can’t write much more about this without giving away huge spoilers. But it’s a new take on a mythology and I really enjoyed it.
Angel – Such a sweetie. Her name is pretty much a perfect representation of her.
Julie – I love her no nonsense take on life. Why overthink everything when you can just act on something that does not really have great consequences other than a little bit of embarrassment if it goes wrong. (I was like this, and my friends jelled at me constantly. Still don’t get why..)
Zander – He’s supposed to be the great love interest, but all I see is a selfish prat. But I see potential of him growing on me.
The flow is interrupted by the text in the chapters
sometimes being divided by
paragraphs like this. So the layout of the text could use to be polished a bit to make the flow of reading a bit easier. But other than that I don’t have any negative thoughts about the writing. What especially appeals to me about the writing style is what it’s not. It’s not overly flowery or to try hard, I like that it’s simple and straight to the point. Really fits the story and world, and the fast pacing is perfect for this story.
This book was sadly not really for me. I can see my teenage self absolutely loving this book, but my adult self does not swoon that much over it. Everything is morally just a bit too neat and black and white for my taste. With that said, will I recommend this book to other readers? Hell yes! The story and mythology are interesting, the writing good and the characters are well developed. This was a really good debut and I want to know what happens in the next book.
3,5 stars, but for the teenage me this could have easily been a 4+ star book.
I was sent a free copy of this book for an honest review. This has in no way influenced my feelings on the book or my review