Wednesday, July 18, 2012

♥♥♥♥♥♥♥: Earth Angel by E. Van Lowe

Earth Angel (Falling Angels Saga #2)
E. Van Lowe

Release Date: December 8th, 2011
Publisher: White Whisker
Page Count: 188
Source: Complimentary copy provided by author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review

Destiny Binds Him 
Just because Megan Barnett recently defeated Satan, has a fantastic new best friend, and has won the love of deliciously handsome Guy Matson, doesn't mean her troubles are over. Far from it. For Megan doesn't realize it, but in her possession is a powerful weapon, one sought after by both angels and demons and everything in between. They will do ANYTHING to get it.

In E. Van Lowe's humorous, romantic, and thrilling sequel to Boyfriend From Hell, Megan winds up in a gripping life or death battle to save herself, the angel she loves, and all of mankind from unspeakable evil.
What Stephanie Thinks: Though Earth Angel is the second book in the Falling Angels Saga series, it works fine for a stand-alone novel because the previous book's situation is explained really well throughout it. This is both a great reminder for those who've read the prequel, and a nice catching-up for those, like me, who haven't.

Megan's special—it's the only reason why demons are chasing after her and her possessions—but she doesn't know exactly why. All she wants is to live life as a normal teenager, one who does well in school and can just have a few moments alone with her super-hot boyfriend, Guy, without being interrupted, but it just so happens to be that said boyfriend is a fallen angel, one who's clipped his wings just to be on Earth with her, and that itself comes with tremendous limitations. The angel council won't leave her and Guy alone; they seem to want to do everything to split the two up. Megan and Guy love each other too much for this to happen, she knows, but with the responsibilities piling up on the both of them, she wonders if the angels just might be the end of her only meaningful relationship...

Megan's voice is straightforward, I'll give it that. But it's also incredibly choppy and not teenage-girl-like. I know Lowe attempts to make her sound really witty, but that falls flat—her opinions are actually quite mediocre and she has a tendency of stating the obvious. She is relatable in terms of her high school dilemmas and boyfriend woes, which is an indicator of strong characterization, but her voice is just weak. Lowe's style itself just doesn't flow very well, making the read pretty rough. I did, however, like her friends. Angel and human, they all are portrayed beautifully; definitely the ideal gaggle of acquaintances, ones that I want, myself!

The action is fast and the story fast-paced, which I kind of liked. Scenes aren't dragged out and there isn't much suspense, so the plot progresses nicely, and the reader doesn't get bored. It, however, doesn't pack that big of a punch as Lowe would like it to. I mean, it deals with Satan, the Underworld, and forbidden love, but for me, it wasn't all that poignant. The story kept moving forward, so yes, I did keep reading, but Earth Angel's story isn't one that's going to stick with me.

I enjoyed Earth Angel fairly because it has some original paranormal scenarios involving angels and their forbidden territory on Earth, as well as because it is a quick read. However, I won't say it's really anything remarkable. Both the awkward writing style and lack of conviction make this one kind of dull. I will give Lowe props to an inventive creation of a paranormal world, as well as a pretty realistic high school setting, but the stale dialogue and failed attempt at making everything sound so dramatic, make the novel overall a pretty unmemorable read.

Stephanie Loves: "'No one should push their problems off on others. It's cowardly. You're not a coward, are you? ... If more people shouldered their own problems instead of trying to pass the buck and push them off on others, the world would be a much better place.'

Radical Rating: 7 hearts: Not without flaws, but overall enjoyable. ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥