~*~ Review ~*~ Dark Angel Box Set 1-3: Angelfire, Angelstone, Angelsong (Dark Angel #1-3) by Hanna Peach

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This is a box set of books 1-3 of the Dark Angel YA fantasy series: Angelfire, Angelstone, Angelsong.

A gifted mortal. His angel Guardian. A love written in the stars.

Forget everything you know about angels.

You’ll likely find Alyxandria slicing demons with her blades rather than plucking at harp strings. Whether it’s with weapons, unarmed or with the “borrowed magics” of distilled angel-blood tattoos, she trains harder than any other Seraphim warrior to prove she is nothing like her parents who abandoned her to become Rogues.

When Alyx starts displaying the signs of a strange new magic, most don’t believe her and no one has answers for her. The web of lies she uncovers will shatter her world and she’ll be forced to risk everything for Israel, a gifted mortal she barely knows.

Alyx and Israel will soon realize that their destinies are inexplicably tied – and that their choices will determine the fate of Earth itself.

It begins in Angelfire.

The series is now complete! Angelblood (Dark Angel #4) and Angeldust (Dark Angel #5) and both out now (not included in this box set).

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My Reviews:

Angelfire #1

Alyxandria – AKA Alyx is a Lightwarrior, not particularly gifted but nonetheless she is an exceptional fighter. She has a troubled past, is stubborn and kicks more ass often than not. Still, its nice to see her flaws and weaknesses. Though Alyx has a very strong ‘voice’ throughout Angelfire, she can be indecisive and too trusting at times. Even within this low class system of Angels she is an outsider. Abandoned by her rogue parents she feels she must always work harder than every one else to prove her worth.

Alyx has been having visions of a man who is going around killing Darkened (demon spirits who possess human bodies) and through this link she develops a bond, later on in the book we find this is called a Guardian-Bond.

This bond is a rare thing to happen and with that comes emotions and feelings she doesn’t understand. The night she feels him in danger and flies to rescue him marks the night that everything in Alyx’s world is turned upside down. She finds out that those she has trusted all her life have lied to her, and in the biggest way possible. She learns that the teachings her Elders/Leaders have taught her have been fabricated and beneath it all is she starts to uncover an evil plot and betrayers are found in every corner.

Alyx is at the very centre of it.

The Blood Tattoos were an interesting concept that I really liked. The angels tattoo themselves with the ink of another Angel so that they can use different magics that may not be in the bloodline. The author even writes small paragraphs in between chapters to detail the use of each magic and I found it really helpful in grasping the whole Angel/magic idea.

Alyx is strong, brave and fights to do what she feels right at the time. Peach has developed her character incredibly well, here we have a delicate little warrior who is beautiful inside and out. She stands tall in the middle of chaos and runs head first towards challenges, who is loyal and passionate about every decision she makes, who inspires others around her to become better.

Israel, the guy she is Guardian-Bonded with is entwined with her destiny completely.

I enjoyed this book from cover to cover. There are plenty of lies, deception, action and of course lust. Just when I thought I knew what was going to happen, BAM – Peach would throw in a twist which would take us in a different direction. There were times I was saying “Don’t do it!” and the characters would, of course do it – Totally frustrating!!!!!

Angelfire was an entertaining read and I can’t wait to see what happens next because that ending left me craving more!!

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Angelstone #2

Angelstone is the second instalment of the Dark Angel Series and one that I’m hooked on and I get happy-1clicking when I’m hooked on a series, so much so I’ve gone and bought the final 2 books to end this series. Although I can’t wait to finish this I’m apprehensive at the same time.

Alyx, Israel, Jordan & Mini have all escaped with their lives but not to safety, not yet – for their battle is only at the beginning.

Alyx is struggling with her feelings for Israel and even though she ended it at the end of book one, she finds it hard to shut her emotions down. Whilst Israel’s heart and attention seems to be solely on Adere – thus leaving Alyx to believe Israel can never truly be hers  – tangling her thoughts and emotions.

Jordan further complicates matters when he reveals he wants Alyx for himself.

Who will Alyx choose?

The mortal vs The Rogue Seraphim

Dealing with robberies around the world, black stone seems to be the only thing missing from those places, this of course is lethal to the seraphim as it slows down the healing process they have. On top of that, Samyara is planning something huge with his army and he wants the Blood Prophecy to take place soon, it would seem he will stop at nothing to get what he wants and by no means will try any trick in the trade at getting it.

This was a great sequel, the action and plot really got into the swing of things and kept my interest all the way through. I really liked Alyx & Israel’s progression as characters both as a pair and alone. Alyx, whilst still kick ass, showed a softer more vulnerable side as her emotions came to the forefront, she is finally realising and coming to terms with the depth of her feelings she has for Israel, she even took on a maternal role towards little Mini…..maybe they will be little pitter patter of feet in future books 😉

I really, really, really look forward to the third book with anticipation

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Angelsong #3

Angelsong picks up exactly where Angelstone left off, Israel is very close to death due to the demon poisoned blade he took to the back for his old friend Adere-as an act of love this would free her of the darkened who was possessing her body. Unfortunately this now leave Alyx desperate. She has to find a cure to the poison that is slowly killing Israel.

Its all becoming too much for Alyx and while she is distracted by her fear and helplessness, her memories of loving Israel are stolen. At first, it helps her to make tough & right decisions….but it also opens the door to other feelings to manifest for another person – the rogue seraphim Jordan

Jordan has always cared for Alyx, always wanted her and now Alyx is noticing him. She seems to be seeing him clearly- why the sudden change in her feelings?

Their feelings for each other are believable and Alyx gets from him the opposite of what Israel offered. Where Israel longed to be the one that protected Alyx, longed to be the strong one, the hero, Jordan understands her strength and trusts it. He doesn’t hold her back but encourages her to embrace it.

When so many things can go wrong & the life of her beloved on the line, can Alyx make it?

Can she overcome the many obstacles in her way?

Angelsong was remarkable… to put it quite simply.

It has everything I love from the paranormal world.

We travel to numerous destinations and into the dreamscape once again 🙂

The characters are great and the plot was well planned out.

A great and must read!

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~*~ Review ~*~ The Only One (End of Days #3) by Meg Collett

The Only One (End of Days #3)

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Source: Goodreads
Blurb:

In the final installment to the popular End of Days series, Heaven still belongs to a mad tyrant, and Michaela is losing her battle to save the dying world.

But the tides are turning.

With Gabriel’s fallen army, Michaela can finally start a war with the holy angels, which means she has to take care of the Watchers once and for all. Michaela doesn’t realize her best friend has his own vengeful plan for the Watchers.

Even amidst a war, Michaela and Gabriel bask in a sliver of happiness. With every touch and kiss, Michaela discovers a new home in Gabriel’s arms.

Yet happiness is ever fleeting, and Michaela learns of a vision that foretells of the greatest sacrifice she’ll ever make for Heaven. But what is sacrifice in the face of tyranny and madness? It’s a lesson Michaela may not live long enough to fully understand.

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My Review:

Holy mother of all things Holy!

What an epic finale to an epic series, like the second instalment I am lost for words. I can’t possibly write a review that would give this the amount of justice and deserve it truly is rewarded, but I will give it a go.

The end is upon them and there is only one way to do it – that’s fight

The biggest battles are yet to come.

New sacrifices must be made in order to win the war.

I felt like I was right there fighting with the gang:  Michaela, Clark, Gabriel, The Archangels and The Fallen, supposed enemies coming together as one, overcoming their past to fight in a battle that they are all gleaning towards, they all want to end result – Heaven restored.

Micheala is an amazing heroine..I love her strength and her compassion it’s what makes her the perfect General of Heaven, But it’s them qualities of hers that caused her down fall. This book shows how Micheala redeems herself not only in her own eyes but in Heavens eyes.

Loki , The Angel Of Death, literally had the weight of the world on his shoulders. This man broke my heart, especially at the end.

One mistake may have caused a thousand consequences but One heart mended it all

Gabriel and Michaela’s relationship grows stronger in the midst of chaos, but how long with their happiness last?

Clark is trying to recover and learn his place in the world. His magic is growing at a rapid pace but is it enough to help those he still cares about?

Will the sacrifices be too great to win Heaven back?

But Meg Collett has written a truly unique and epic story and managed to tie it up nicely. Her writing is so beautiful and vivid which only adds to the already wonderful story line. I loved the ending where Meg gives you a little hint as to how Clark might find his slice of happiness – I shall be keeping my beedy eyes out for this….

The feelings that emanate from your very being when you read Collett’s End of Days series are the exact reasons why I adore reading so much in the first place. Collett’s books are pure love, and pure magic.

 I am honoured to have had a chance to read this series. It was a well-thought out and well-executed series with all the details that one could ask for in a story of Angels and a possible End of Days.

The gift of forgiveness and sacrifice is beautiful.

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About The Author:

Meg Collett lives deep in the hills of Tennessee where the cell phone service is a blessing and the Internet is a myth of epic proportions. She is the mother of one giant horse named Elle and three dogs named Wylla, Mandy, and Drax the Destroyer. Her husband is a saint for putting up with her ragtag life. Her paranormal romance series, End of Days, is currently available in its entirety. Fakers, a contemporary romance, is also available.

~*~ Review ~*~ The Lost One (End of Days #2) by Meg Collett

The Lost One (End of Days, #2)
by Meg Collett

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Source: Goodreads

Blurb:

They say some things must be broken before they can be fixed. But when Michaela hoped to cast doubt on the Aethere, she never thought things would fall apart like they did. Now the Aethere have turned their attention to the End of Days, and they won’t rest until they obtain the tools of Earth’s final destruction: the Seven Seals.

The world is falling apart at the seams, and Michaela finds herself clutching the threads. She alone understands what will happen if the Aethere ever get the seals, and it’s the one thing she will fight to the death to prevent if she has to.

Even amidst the devastation on Earth, Michaela struggles to restore her faith in Gabriel. Together, they’ll need to decide if their love is strong enough to erase the line she had fought so hard to draw between holy and fallen.

Michaela said she wanted a war, but when the End is looming, what will she fight for?

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My Review:

WOW!

I can’t possibly think of any words best to describe how I’m feeling right now, I’m at a total loss, so I will try and give this the justice it totally deserves.

As the fight for Heaven will wages on, we become even further enthralled in this broken world and I found myself ignoring the outside world so I could tear right through this story, good thing it’s the weekend eh!. With such an enthralling world and story, I was not able to put this down.

 I didn’t believe it when Collett said she liked The Lost One better than the first book, The Hunted One, BUT now that I’ve finished The Lost One, I believe her and completely agree, I should never have doubted her in the first instance. Collett has completely outdone herself and destroyed everything I once know and believed, totally torn me apart. I don’t know how she’s going to get any better with the third and final instalment – The Only One

I think each and every character, even Lucifer had a HUGE role in this book. I have fallen in love with Clark and Michaela and cant get enough! I absolutely adore this series so far. The story itself is AWESOME!! Michaela is my all time favourite heroine. She totally kicks ass.

Don’t get me started on Clark, oh my pink haired friend is a total snarky smartass and I can’t get enough of him! He totally cracks me up when he opens his mouth. Even in a serious moment he has some sarcastic comment that will leave you laughing. I love and I mean FLOVED his interactions with Lucifer – unfortunately my heart broke for him too…….

I sort of had a love/hate thing going on with Gabriel  – I mean on one hand it was amazing that Gabriel is always trying to protect Micheala and trying to help her through whatever she is facing. I could not get over their love; they are such a magnetic couple. BUT on the other hand the things he said/did was unforgivable and I could understand Michaela’s reluctance. Gabriel tries to come to terms with who and what he is now.

He fights for Michaela but will he end up helping or hurting her?

While battle plans are being formed and executed the true test comes when Michaela has to decide to either love or hate Gabriel. Her choice could mean the chance of winning this war or losing it before it has even started.

Will she make the right choice?

Will she be able to set aside her preconceived notions about the Fallen and truly love?

The Lost One had me crying, laughing, and on the edge of my seat! I can’t wait to find out how The Only One will carry the ending, but if it’s anything like the first two it will be another Five Star Review!!

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About The Author:

Meg Collett lives deep in the hills of Tennessee where the cell phone service is a blessing and the Internet is a myth of epic proportions. She is the mother of one giant horse named Elle and three dogs named Wylla, Mandy, and Drax the Destroyer. Her husband is a saint for putting up with her ragtag life. Her paranormal romance series, End of Days, is currently available in its entirety. Fakers, a contemporary romance, is also available.

~*~ Review ~*~ The Hunted One (End of Days #1) by Meg Collett

The Hunted One (End of Days #1)

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Source: Goodreads
Blurb:

The fallen have trespassed into Heaven for the first time in eternity. Prepared for battle, Michaela and her Archangels open Heaven’s gates to confront the fallen. Only, Michaela’s Archangels—her brothers and sisters in Heaven—betray her. And when the fallen attack the sanctuary in the skies through the gates Michaela inadvertently left open, the holy angels accuse Michaela of planning the invasion.

One simple mistake with a thousand consequences.

Dragged to Earth by an Archangel turned fallen, Michaela will do anything to return to Heaven and save it. In her fervor, she kills the Archangel—something no angel has ever done before. Wingless, without any hope, Michaela welcomes death when an unlikely human ally, Clark, finds her. With the help of Clark and Gabriel, an innocent Archangel whose friendship deepens into something far more torrid and unexpected on Earth, Michaela must prove the holy angels have their own plan for Heaven, and it is one that may prove to be the End of the Days.

It may be too late to save herself, but Michaela is the only one who knows the truth about the holy angels. If she fails, she may never be able to return to Heaven. But even that may be a hopeless dream.

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My Review:
OMG!
I don’t know why I didn’t start this series sooner. I’ve literally had this on my kindle for a few months now and I’ve only just got round to reading it….totally kicking myself for depriving myself of such awesomeness!
This is my first time reading anything by Collett but I am enthralled and bewitched to read more from her.
Archangel Michaela has been serving as General to the Archangels since the beginning of her existence. She is the kind of angel a girl can look up to, flawed, but strong willed.
Unfortunately she was betrayed by those she deemed closest to her, her friends, her fellow archangels, brothers and sisters.
It’s the ultimate betrayal leaving Michaela destroyed and hanging by a thread
Fighting is what Michaela does best and this time, she fights for her home and her family.
What would you do to save what is most precious to you?
How far are you willing to go to succeed?
Will she have what it takes to regain the trust of Heaven?
Can she bring down the forces of Hell and save the human race?
Collett paints the absolute most amazing picture of Heaven from the very beginning, and she continues to paint imaginative pictures throughout this entire book.
Thank you, Meg, for your unique spin on the good, the bad and the ugly. Heaven and Hell….I enjoyed every minute and can’t wait for more!
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