~*~ 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 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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