Series: Angel Academy #1
Genres: YA Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Published by Entangled Publishing on April 2, 2013
Reviewed by: Kate
Amelie Bennett. . . . Ending the world, one prophecy at a time.
I was born to slay Crossworld demons.
Big black flappy ones, little green squirmy ones. Unfortunately, the only thing getting slain these days is my social life. With my high school under attack, combat classes intensifying, and Academy instructors dropping right and left, I can barely get my homework done, let alone score a bondmate before prom.
Then he shows up.
Jackson Smith-Hailey. Unspeakably hot, hopelessly unattainable, and dangerous in all the right ways. Sure, he’s my trainer. And okay, maybe he hates me. Doesn’t mean I’ll ignore the wicked Guardian chemistry between us. It’s crazy! Every time I’m with him, my powers explode. Awesome, right?
Now my teachers think I’m the murderous Graymason destined to bring down our whole race of angelbloods. Everyone in New Orleans is hunting me. The people I trusted want me dead. Jack and I have five days to solve the murders, prevent a vampire uprising, and thwart the pesky prophecy foretelling his death by my hand. Shouldn’t be too difficult.
Getting it done without falling in love. . . that might take a miracle.
PROPHECY GIRL is a breath of fresh air in the currently crowded paranormal young adult field. While it was by no means perfect, it was a light, fun read, and managed to keep me up way past my bedtime. Set in an interesting, original world, it has familiar vampires and werewolves, but new additions, like the magic wielding channelers and their partner watchers. There’s also tons of action, political intrigue, and two enjoyable lead characters, Amelie and Jackson, to hold a reader’s attention.
The world created in PROPHECY GIRL is one I want to learn more about, specifically about the channelers and watchers. The partnership between them is a close one, and with Amelie as a channeler, and Jackson as a watcher, it creates a magical chemistry aspect in their relationship. There’s also an interesting political hierarchy, with the main event at the end of the book being like a kind of “supernatural United Nations,” with werewolves, vampires, and Guardians getting together in order to sign a peace treaty between themselves. And while I’m usually turned off by angels as a general rule, they were mainly used as an explanation of how the channelers and watchers came into being. There wasn’t a heavy emphasis on the angelic aspect. That being said, the history of the descendants of the various specific angels is interesting, and I’d like to see more in future installments, especially as Amelie finds out more about who she is and her ancestry.
There was never a dull moment in PROPHECY GIRL. There’s action right from the beginning, and the story is paced so that it doesn’t feel rushed or jumpy. One complaint I do have is that it feels like the ending somewhat fizzles out. After the main stories are tied up, I felt like some of the characters disappeared with little to no explanation. Since this is the first in a series, I hope that we can expect more explanation in the future. Another issue is that while there were some plot twists I wasn’t expecting, there was one that was super obvious from about 50 pages into the story.
Though similar to other young adult books I’ve read recently, PROPHECY GIRL has plenty of original aspects and fewer of the annoying common elements (like instant inexplicable attraction) that can be frustrating. All in all, this was one of those books that if you don’t think about it too much, you’ll have a blast while you’re reading it. I will definitely be picking up the next book in the Angel Academy series, as I’m eager to find out what happens next!
1. Prophecy Girl