April 30, 2012

Review: Until Next Time by Amy Lignor

Until Next Time: The Angel Chronicles, Book 1
Author: Amy Lignor

Summary: How does a girl choose between the one who steals her heart and the one who owns her soul?

Matt and Emily were created for a specific job. Raised and trained as the ultimate angel/warrior team, they are sent down to save, defend, judge and forgive, depending on the 'life' they've been assigned. What they don't realize is that the power of human emotions, such as love, anger, passion and fear can take over even the best of souls, causing them to make mistakes and follow paths that lead to confusion and heartache.

When the reason for their training is finally revealed, the angel/warrior team find themselves thrust into a world they know nothing about. Matt takes over the life of Daniel, a young man with a great deal of baggage. Emily becomes Liz, a girl living in a remote village who relies on nothing more than her own strength to survive. A violent storm erupts one night, and framed in the window of Liz's establishment is a frightening face. Let in by the soul of a Good Samaritan, the two visitors bring with them a past full of secrets that could literally change an angel's path and a warrior's plans.

From murder to redemption, this angel/warrior team must find a way to keep the faith they have in each other in a world that's ripping them apart. 
Review: I was really excited to be asked to join in this blog tour! I have heard about this book around the blogging community for awhile now and thought it sounded interesting. Plus - the cover is awesome! 
This book is among many in the YA genre that is tackling the paranormal beings of angels. This had a different feel to it - instead of fallen angels or angels trying to get back into good graces, this deals with a team of angels who are sent on their first trip (mission) to Earth. I thought the concept of angels and the kind of reincarnation ideas mixed in was pretty unique and worked well for the story. Some of the characters seemed flat - I felt there wasn't enough backstory to them, even though they were not the main characters. Faith, for example, had a mysterious past that I was very curious about, but didn't get any explanations. The writing style was really good and the story itself flowed great. It was a fun and easy read. There did seem to be a lot of foreshadowing going on, probably for the upcoming books in the series, but it confused me a bit and distracted me from the plot of this book. The ending also became a bit religious in tone, which didn't bother me because it fit with the theme of angels and Heaven. Overall, this was a great read featuring angels and I really enjoyed it!
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Author Bio: Amy Lignor began her career at Grey House Publishing in northwest Connecticut where she was the Editor-in-Chief of numerous educational and business directories. Now she is a published author of several works of fiction. The Billy the Kid historical The Heart of a Legend; the thriller, Mind Made; and the adventure novel, Tallent & Lowery 13.

She is also the owner of The Write Companion, a company that offers help and support to writers through a full range of editorial services from proofreading and copyediting to ghostwriting and research. As the daughter of a research librarian, she is also an active book reviewer.
Currently, she lives with her daughter, mother and a rambunctious German Shepherd named Reuben, in the beautiful state of New Mexico.
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  1. Ooh, we had a mind meld. I posted on angel books too!

  2. Steph, I'm glad you liked the combination of angels and reincarnation. Thanks for the review.

    Jen, I hope you have a chance to check it out as well.