Sunday, May 13, 2012

Review: Few Are Angels by Inger Iversen


Title: Few Are Angels
Author: Inger Iversen
Series: Few Are Angels #1
Publisher: Inger Iversen
Publication date: May 2012
Genre: Young Adult ~ Paranormal Romance
Format: Ebook, 366 pages
Cover Rating: 4/5
Overall Rating: 5/5
First Sentence: Laurent could feel her, newly awakened by a memory.


After a fatal hit and run accident, Ella Monroe fears that she’s lost more than her beloved parents. Horrifying visions of a past life and a disturbing voice in her head have psychiatric professionals convinced that she’s lost her sanity as well. But when Kale--a dark and handsome stranger with a mysterious past--reveals the true meaning of her visions and the tremendous power she wields through them, Ella must come to terms with the devastating truths of her own past, while eluding an ancient Dark Prince who seeks to control not only her future, but all of mankind’s, by means of abilities that Ella is only beginning to understand.

Enter the shrouded world of an age old battle between an ancient race known as the Immortals and their bitter enemy Laurent, the so-called Dark Prince, who commands an army of half-breed vampires known as Chorý. Both sides have been desperately searching for the prophesied emergence of the Arc, a clairvoyant with unparalleled power to recall the past and a soothsayer with clear vision into the future.

The Council of Immortals has sworn to protect the Arc, whom they have identified as young Ella Monroe, a college freshman from Virginia living quietly and unaware of her powers or her past. But a renegade Chorý has other plans for the protection of a girl he has loved through the ages. Can Kale convince Ella of who she is, what she is destined to become, and what he once meant to her? Is he truly the best protector to shield the world from the devastating misuse of her powers that Laurent is bent on controlling? Or will the forbidden love they share and Kale’s cursed condition as a retched and hated Chorý be used against them both?

This paranormal romance told from the heroine’s perspective builds in intensity and intrigue to a finale you won’t see coming. Heart pounding action mixed with heartwarming friendships and heartbreaking romance will leave you breathless and begging for more.





My thoughts: 

Ever since I did an interview with the author last March I've been SO excited to read this book. So when she send the ebook to me, I was thrilled. Few Are Angels by Inger Iversen is one of the best books I've read lately. I loved every page of it. The book caught my attention right from the prologue all the way till the epilogue. It was that good. Beautifully written, with interesting dialogue and equally interesting characters. Iversen created an impressive world in her book that I would love to know more about. I felt myself not being able to stop thinking about Few Are Angels after I finished it.. Even now two days after my mind keeps returning to the story.

The story is about nineteen-year-old Ella Monroe, who after the death of her parents starts hearing a voice in her head and starts having visions she doesn't understand. Everyone thinks the loss of her parents is to blame. But we learn the visions as well as the voice are very real. When she meets the dark and mysterious Kale her world is thrown upside down. Through Kale she finds out what exactly the visions are and who she is and how the Dark Prince, Laurent is after her and her powers to use for evil. Enter Jace, an immortal who wants to bring Ella to the council to protect her and a best friend who develops feelings for her and  wants to know what Ella is hiding exactly.Throw in some memories of a past life and you got an amazing story full of mystery, danger, new friendships and romance.

Few Are Angels was really well written and I could clearly picture all the characters and their surroundings which I think is really important in a novel. I loved reading about Ella. I could relate to her and wonder with her about what was going in her world. Lately in lots of YA genres the main character can be quite whiny and annoying. Thankfully, Ella isn't one of them. She just wants to live a normal life without the visions and the voice in her head. She's  cares for the Carltons, the people who she lives with now. And she tried her best not to hurt them with everything that's going on. One of the side characters I really liked was Sarah. She and her husband Eric used to be best friends with Ella's parents. So when they died, of course they took Ella in, which I thought was really nice of them. They have two other children. The younger Lea and Alex, who is Ella's best friend, but he's away at college in the first part of the story untill he comes home for Thanksgiving. Alex. I really really liked him. He just sounded so cute and very protecting over Ella. Of course you can guess how he develops feelings for her, which she doesn't know about. Typical best friend, unrequited love. I can't wait to see where that'll go in the next book. And then we have Kale. Mysterious and dark Kale Grey, who seems to have a lot of secrets. I fell in love with him from the start. How could I not? He's amazing. He keeps fightng his feeling for Ella but we all know he can't. They are meant to be together. Him, being a vampire also gives him that dangerous edge we see a few times in the story. I also was quite interested in Jace Vesco. He's incredibly sexy in my mind. He's kind of more a side character but I feel there's so much more to him. The way Jace and Kale can't stand each other is sort of funny. And I loved how Jace and Mia kept flirting. I liked Mia too. She seems vain and not nice at first but I bet that also more to her inside. The book also had a few POV's with Laurent. I loved them. To read what he is thinking and doing to get closer to Ella. There wasn't as much about him in the book of course but I have a feeling that might change in the second one.
The end I had seen coming from miles away. I do't know why I knew it would end like that but I don't really minded the predictability. I was freaking out too much for that. This is one of the reason I couldn't stop thinking about it. I keep wondering what's going to happen now, with not only Ella but all the characters. Alex, Mia, Jace, Kale...

The romance between Ella and Kale seemed a little bit rushed in the beginning, because after maybe two days Ella had serious feelings for the guy, but thinking about how they share a past it kind of fits for them. The romance wasn't overdone in anyway and I loved seeing them together.

I can' t say anything negative about this book because it was so good, other than that it ended to soon. It made me want more. All in all the book was wonderful. It's really impressive how the it's a self-published book. I enjoyed reading it so much even that I went back to reread a few scenes. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who loves books about vampires, immortals and people who just love paranormal books with a good romance.




~Favorite Quotes~
I lie in the dirt and pretend his words about my love don’t hurt, but they slice me like the ice cold winds of winter. It takes all of the power I have left to lie there quietly and not remind him of the promises he has not kept.
Though he’d treated me like crap, I fell asleep thinking of how his bottom lip was slightly plumper than the top—perfect for kissing—and how those onyx eyes glittered when he first glanced at me. I knew he wouldn’t be there in the morning, but I still hoped that I’d see him again.
“You can see in the dark, move incredibly fast, you don’t spar—”
“Are you listing traits of fictional vamires?” he asked, amused, smirk still plastered on his face.
I almost felt embarrassed, but why should I? I didn't know about his vampiric traits, or until a few weeks ago, that he even existed."
"Of course there are urged that I fight against, but none stronger than the urge to hear your voice, touch your face, or now you are near. I will never want anything as much as I want you. Nothing in this world could taste better than your kiss." -Kale


~About the author~ 
KRISTEN IVERSEN WAS BORN TO ANNE IVERSEN AND KAII IVERSEN SR. ON AUGUST 22 IN VIRGINIA BEACH. 

I FIRST DECIDED TO WRITE WHEN I WAS EIGHT YEARS OLD AND MY MOTHER READ A STORY TO ME ABOUT A PRINCESS AND A FROG. MOST LITTLE GIRLS SWOONED OVER A CUTE PRINCE AND DESIRED TO BE THE PRINCESS, WHEREAS I WANTED TO CHANGE THE END OF THE STORY. I PLAYED WITH MY DOLLS AND FRIENDS INSTEAD OF WRITING AND AS I GREW UP I CONTINUED TO PLACE WRITING ON THE BACK BURNER. UNTIL I WAS 18 AND A FRIEND EXPLAINED TO ME HIS DESIRE TO WRITE A BOOK. IT BOUGHT BACK MEMORIES OF THE EIGHT YEAR OLD THAT HAD A PASSION TO CHANGE AND CREATE STORIES, BUT I STILL DIDN'T ACT ON IT. WRITING WAS A DREAM AND REAL LIFE WAS HAPPENING THEN AND THERE. I WAS IN BETWEEN JOBS AND WITH THE RECENT LOSS OF MY FATHER I DECIDED, IN A BATTLE OF FOLLOWING DREAMS VS. REAL LIFE, REAL LIFE WOULD WIN HANDS DOWN. OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS I MADE AND LOST FRIENDS, WENT TO COLLEGE , CHANGED MY MAJOR, FELL IN LOVE, CHANGED MY MAJOR, DEALT WITH LOSS, CHANGED MY MAJOR, FELL IN LOVE AND WROTE A SHORT STORY. THAT WAS WHEN I REALIZED THAT WHETHER OR NOT I WAS SUCCESSFUL OR NOT, I WOULD WRITE AND WRITE UNTIL I RAN OUT OF IDEAS OR LOSS THE USE OF MY FINGERS.


Click here to read my interview I held with her in March.

You can find Inger on her  Website / Facebook page / Twitter





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12 comments:

  1. This sounds like a pretty awesome book. I've never heard of it until now and I think I might just nip over to Goodreads and add it to my TBR!

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  2. OMG! Where has this book been hiding??!! It sounds great. I love the paranormal books, especially when they add in a little romance, danger, and the Prince of Darkness.

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  3. I've heard of this one before. I glad you loved it. There's only been a few books that I'vethought about afte days of reading them. Love the cover.

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  4. Sounds really good Steph and great review. :)

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  5. Thanks for your review, it sounds great!

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  6. sounds amazing! I hadn't heard of this book before but I'm looking forward to reading it now!

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    1. It really is amazing. I'm still thinking about it daily. About all the characters and everything that happened. :D

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  7. I love paranormal books of all kinds, and I feel like this is one I would love. I seriously can't wait to read it.

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  8. first i love the cover...make me want to read it ...
    after i read the riview ...i can't wait to know more about ella and kale...

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