Airel by Aaron Patterson and Chris White
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Genre: YA Paranormal with an Adult mix
Description from Goodreads: All Airel ever wanted to be was normal, to disappear into the crowd. But bloodlines can produce surprises, like sudden mysterious illness. 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 she hopes for even now. Airel knew change would be inevitable as life went on. 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?
Airel would technically be classified as a YA book because one of the main characters is seventeen years old. There is another story unfolding about Kreios. This is more of an adult story. I would say that this is a book that can be enjoyed by all ages.
Airel is a young woman who's life begins to change suddenly when a really cute boy moves into the school and her body begins to undergo changes that are abnormal. Then to top off everything she witnesses a murder and then she is stalked by the killer. She begins to fall into the obsessive love pattern that we see in many YA novels and also learn about who she is and her role in the universe.
Kreios is a fallen angel. His story is told about his fall , the woman he loved, and their child. He is trying to preserve the lives of the rest of the Fallen Angels, their families, and his daughter. He fights evil to see the good prevail. He is a leader and an inspirational character.
Somewhere in the middle the two stories merge and the destinies of Kreios and Airel collide and become one. Airel learns what the true meaning of love is, and to be able to truly love she must be whole and healthy emotionally.
I found the beginning of Airel's story to be trite and predictable. I was pleased that the author's turned the story around. It is definitely worth taking the time to read this story. I plan on reading the second, "Michael", and any that may come after.
I had the opportunity to interview Aaron Patterson as part of a Pump Up Your Book blog tour. You can find my review here (Sorry, a winner has already been chosen for the giveaway portion). This book intrigued me so much that I purchased my own copy from Kindle. You can purchase it now on Kindle. The expected publication date is August 31st.