Author: Aaron Patterson, Chris White
Publisher: StoneHouse Ink
About the book: All Airel ever wanted was to be normal, to disappear into the crowd. But bloodlines can produce surprises, like an incredible ability to heal. Then there s Michael Alexander, the new guy in school, who is impossibly gorgeous...and captivated by her. Somewhere in the back of her mind, she can hear the sound of pages turning, and another, older story being written. It is the story of an ancient family, of great warriors, of the Sword of Light, and the struggle against an evil so terrible, so far-reaching, that it threatens everything. Airel knew change would be an inevitable part of life. But can she hold on when murder and darkness begin to close in and take away everything she loves? Will she have what it takes when the truth is finally revealed?
My thoughts: Where to start? This was a very complex story - actually two stories. The book opens in the present day in Idaho. You begin to learn about a young girl named Airel, with all the typical teenage angst that is normal. What is not normal is that seemingly overnight Airel's appearance is changing. Her complexion is becoming flawless, her hair luxurious. Even though she sees the changes in the mirror, she still questions when the boy of her dreams, Michael, appears to be infatuated with her. When she discovers that she has the ability to heal quickly, she wonders who or what she really is.
The second storyline takes place in Arabia in 1250 B.C. Kreios, a fallen angel, has lost his wife right after the birth of his daughter and is on a journey to now save his daughter's life. In order to achieve this, he has to, quite literally, take flight. This flight attracts the unwanted attention of The Brotherhood. These are demons whose mission is to destroy all the angels who came to earth and married a mortal. The description of these demons, as well as the angels and the world they live in is told in great detail.
Even though the stories are thousands of years apart, they are eerily similar. You see, the demons are on the trail of Kreios in Arabia, and there is a killer on the loose in Idaho as well. Airel and Michael are kidnapped soon after Airel witnesses a killing while at the movies. They are taken to an unbelievable house seemingly buried in the forest. Airel doesn't know whether the killer has kidnapped her or saved her from being killed. What she does know is that she is falling in love with Michael and learning about who she really is.
I did enjoy this story, but felt like I kind of got bogged down in the center. The beginning grabbed me, but when it first flipped to Arabia, I kind of got lost. I stuck with it though and am glad that I did. The ending left me wide-eyed with - 'You can't stop there!' on my mind.
Michael, is due out in May of this year.
~I received a complimentary ebook of Airel from StoneHouse Ink in exchange for my unbiased review.~
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Publisher/Publication Date: StoneHouse Ink, August 2011
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