Monday, July 26, 2010

Review: Book of Love (Knight Angels, #1) by Abra Ebner

New characters, New world, but old enemies. Emily struggles to ignore a new friend with emotions that temp her, Wes delves deeper into his past and family while finding friendship isn't reserved for the human race alone, Jane finds out her dear Max isn't what he seems, Greg's friendships cost him more than he expected, and Max forgets that the truth is best. But then again, someone always has to be the liar... Emotional baggage, begrudged enemies, and the bitterness that comes when the honeymoon of their friendship fades... Will the love survive, or is it all just a game?

Are you a fan of Angels, be they guardians or fallen? Do you root for the shape shifters and sympathize with the mind readers in the stories you've read? Do you ever wish you could see the future and know how you and your friends and family will die...or at least perhaps when? Well if any or all of these questions interest you, look no further because Abra Ebner has it all. It's like one stop shopping with Book of Love (Knight Angels #1), Ebner leaves almost nothing out.

Readers get four main narrations and perspectives in this tale. First we have Jane, who I would consider to be our main character because everything seems to revolve around her or circles back to her in some fashion. Poor Jane has it tough, she lost her dad when she was young and witnessed the death firsthand. Now she's overwhelmed by death. She's seeing it everywhere, when she's awake and having a conversation with friends, and she's even seeing it when she sleeps. Why you ask? She doesn't have the first clue but someone may be able to enlighten her. And if that wasn't enough to handle as a teenager, her mother has made her responsible for her screwed up sister Emily.

Emily in my opinion has the classic tag line attached to her; "don't judge a book by it's cover." She appears to be a rebellious girl who dresses in the stereotypical goth fashion, with her skirts too short and her makeup too heavy. She's also acquired the reputation of having an addiction to taking pills in order to get high. Look a little deeper though and Emily has a secret just like Jane does. Emily may not be consumed by death but she's overwhelmed all right. She's a mind reader. Any thought anyone has and Emily can hear it, whether she wants to or not. The only way she can get a little peace and quiet is to numb herself with the assistance of pharmaceuticals, and why not play the part if she knows that's how everyone already sees her right? Will she ever be able to confide in any one and try to go without the help of the drugs?

Emily's not the only one in need of a confidant. Poor Wes, forever to be the boy next door that will only ever be the best friend to Jane, whom he's loved for as long as he's known her. Just like Emily he needs someone to turn to, he's in pain...literally and he doesn't know why. His body feels like it's growing too fast for him to catch up with and he's going to need help fast, he just don't know what kind. Will Emily and Wes lean on each other or will his pining over Jane drive Emily away?

And if that isn't enough for readers, Ebner introduces us to two brothers that couldn't be more different. Max epitomizes all that is good and noble, saving Jane's life all those years ago forever bound the two of them together. She's his whole world, he loves her and will do anything to protect her. And protection is something she's going to need with his brother Greg gunning for her. To him it's all just a game. Cause enough heartache and destruction and soon the world will be his for the taking.

Can Jane, Max, Emily and Wes overcome all that's going on with them in order to drive Greg away? How far will things go and who will be hurt along the way? Ebner's writing is fabulous and intriguing and downright addicting. She hooked me from start to finish and I can't wait to read on in the Book of Revenge (Knight Angels, #2).

I gave Book of Love (Knight Angels, #1) 3 shamrocks!!!


  1. Wow, sounds like a truly amazing book! I love the topics that it deals with. I've got to check it out sometime soon. Great review!

  2. Great review, you've got me excited to read it!



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