This novel has a LOT going on, but the pacing is a little strange and the first two-thirds seem to take twice as long to read - perhaps because Mr. Speer has created such a detailed world. Jackson is wonderfully conceited without realizing it and the transition between the self-involved boy he starts as and the thoughtful young man he becomes is realistic. Maddy's character is an interesting blend of confidence and insecurity that many a teenage girl will relate to and the fact that this mix wins her the heart of the hottest angel on the planet is sure to appeal as well.
Overall this is a decent first novel and there is potential for more novels set in this universe. Readers looking for a quick paranormal read should find this one worthwhile.
Book Source: Local Library
Recommended Ages: 15+ Underage drinking, violence
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