Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Angel Star by Jennifer Murgia

Summary/Cover from Goodreads:

Seventeen-year-old Teagan McNeel falls for captivating Garreth Adams and soon discovers that her crush has an eight-point star etched into the palm of his right hand-the mark of an angel.

But where there is light, dark follows, and she and Garreth suddenly find themselves vulnerable to a dark angel's malicious plan that could threaten not only her life, but the lives of everyone she knows, and now, she is torn between one angel's sacrifice and another angel's vicious ambition.

Divinely woven together, Angel Star takes readers on a reflective journey when one angel's sacrifice collides with another angel's vicious ambition in a way that is sure to have readers searching for their own willpower

Review:

Going into Angel Star I wanted to love it. I mean, it's about one of my favorite topics in YA (angels) and it seemed like it had a unique premise. Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy Angel Star nearly as much as I hoped I would because not only could I not really connect with any of the characters, but everything always felt a little too clich├ęd and predictable for my liking.

As Angel Star begins timid and shy Teagan has just received yet another spiteful e-mail from the Miss Popularity in her grade. But soon everything begins to turn around when Teagan meets Garreth, a delightful, alluring, and mysterious guy who picks her to crush on out of everyone in their school. Teagan is thrilled because she finally feels like everything is going her way. But Garreth, her beautiful charming Garreth, is hiding secrets from her, one that might even change her entire life.

The characters in this, especially the secondary ones, were not nearly as developed as they could have been, leaving for me to not be able to relate to them in many ways. And even the one who was developed the most-Teagan-left a lot to be desired. I felt that for most of the book she was in many ways a coward, especially in the part dealing with her best friend, though I will admit that she stepped it up a lot in the last few chapters but, overall, it didn't really change my whole perspective of her. Garreth, on the other hand, was someone I felt I didn't learn nearly enough about. Instead I just got one rushed relationship between him and Teagan.

Further more, while I did feel like the plot had a lot of potential, and was interesting enough, Murgia made it be predictable with obvious twists and turns, which never really left for me to be on the edge of my seat, enamored in the world she had created. Though, her writing was decent enough and moved smoothly.

In all, Angela Star just wasn't the book for me, sadly enough. I will admit I can see why others enjoyed it so much, but I just didn't see the same spark in it they obviously did. And I have to say I'm not really sure I'll be picking up the sequel to this, but who knows maybe if I do give it try come it's release, I'll love it a lot. I mean weirder things have occurred, right?

Grade: C-
 
Angel Star is now out!

Source: Publisher/Author. Thanks, Jennifer!

3 comments:

  1. Aw, that's a bit of a bummer. I can usually get over predictability if the characters rock, but...thanks for the honest review :)

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  2. I've read some mixed reviews on this one so I've been putting off on reading it. Thanks for the honest review.

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  3. This is a great review--so honest and fair at the same time. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I haven't read this yet myself but I appreciated your insight.

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