Rayna struggles to piece her life back together, but hiding in plain sight from the police, the SS Crazy, and the Fallen isn’t a foolproof plan—something Kade, the World’s Worst Roommate, reminds her of everyday. The late nights of failing to teach Ray how to protect herself against the Fallen are getting to Kade, changing him in ways he doesn’t like, and after a family emergency sends Ray back into Cam’s arms, Kade decides he’s had enough. News of Rayna’s resurfacing brings both angels and the Fallen to San Francisco by the dozens, all eyes scouring the city for the girl with the gray wings. Rayna will need both Kade and Cam’s help to ensure her family’s safety, navigate the new dangers and enemies springing up all over the city, and manage the surprises that arise with her new set of wings.
About the Author:
Lisa M. Basso was born and raised in San Francisco, California. She is a lover of books, video games, animals, and baking (not baking with animals though). As a child she would crawl into worlds of her own creation and get lost for hours. Her love for YA fiction started with a simple school reading assignment: S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders. When not reading or writing she can usually be found at home with The Best Boyfriend that Ever Lived ™ and her two darling (and sometimes evil) cats, Kitties A and B.
So, this is the 2nd book in the series, and I was thankfully given both by the publishers to review – phew! as you really do need to follow on with the story, these are not complete books in that sense. So I’ll review both together.
Firstly, the concept of Angels is an old one, but its just really starting to hit through on teen fiction. I’m a big fan of the Mortal Instruments series and the theme of good vs evil is a common one, that most readers can really get behind.
From a writer’s perspective, the main character was a little weak for my taste – The story and the character set-up is very Twilight-like (not a bad thing, as it’s the set-up for most teen paranormal books – even before Twilight!) but there seemed to be nothing totally new in there. There was a love triangle, the main character was just wet enough to make her endearing but highly slap-able. There was the friend that should have been more, and the epic struggle of finding out that you’re not mad, just supernaturally inclined. The plot and pace was very good, and it did read very well, so definitely a talented author driving the book series forward, I’d just like to see something different in the third book, something outside of the normal teen read box…
The front covers of both books are great – they are well branded and attractive – and really do express the essence of the protagonist – so well done Month9 books for that!
Overall, I’d give both books 4 out 5 stars – a teen read that ticks all the boxes.