Book Review: Blood and Feathers (Lou Morgan)

Publisher: Solaris

Pages: 384

Release Date: July 31st 2012

Summary (from Goodreads):

“What’s the first thing you think of when I say ‘angel’?” asked Mallory. Alice shrugged. “I don’t know… guns?”

Alice isn’t having the best of days. She was late for work, she missed her bus, and now she’s getting rained on. What she doesn’t know is that her day’s about to get worse: the epic, grand-scale kind of worse that comes from the arrival of two angels who claim everything about her life is a lie.

The war between the angels and the Fallen is escalating; the age-old balance is tipping, and innocent civilians are getting caught in the cross-fire. If the balance is to be restored, the angels must act – or risk the Fallen taking control. Forever.

That’s where Alice comes in. Hunted by the Fallen and guided byMallory – a disgraced angel with a drinking problem and a whole load of secrets – Alice will learn the truth about her own history… and why the angels want to send her to hell.

What do the Fallen want from her? How does Mallory know so much about her past? What is it the angels are hiding – and can she trust either side?

Caught between the power plays of the angels and Lucifer himself, it isn’t just hell’s demons that Alice will have to defeat…

Review:

Earlier this year I read Sleepless by Lou Morgan and really enjoyed her writing. So when I received this book for my birthday earlier this year I couldn’t wait to get stuck in.

I have to start off by saying how beautiful is that cover?! I could just stare at it forever, it’s absolutely stunning.

The book plunges straight into the action and gets the more awkward bits over very quickly. You know the kind I mean: when you’re trying to explain something fantastical and unbelievable to someone who’s lived in the real world and doesn’t believe in that kind of magic (the whole “You’re a wizard, Harry” moment). I can find these really awkward to read sometimes as it’s tricky to get the right level of disbelief and skepticism, followed by gradual acceptance. Morgan handles this very well though and I felt Alice accepted quickly enough for it to be believable but didn’t take so long that it became irritating.

The world building was really incredible, and you could see that Morgan had really done her research into angels and the mythology but also used this to create her own story and characters. There was a depth to it that I just loved: it really made things come alive for me and I felt completely sucked into the story. The angels aren’t what you’d expect: they’re not the good guys sweeping in on their beautiful wings to save the day. It’s more complicated than that. And I love that the angels weapons are mostly guns. It adds a whole new badass-ness to their characters!

I love that the focus of the book was more on Alice adjusting to her new life and saving the world than any romantic aspect. I feel there’s too much focus on finding love in YA at the moment, and I think it’s brave of Morgan not to include a romance line in her book. It didn’t need it, there was enough going on to keep anyone’s interest without complicating things with romance!

This worked well as a standalone book, as it solved the main story line set up in the beginning, but there’s also plenty left to be done, and I’m very much looking forward to reading the sequel.

4

If you enjoyed this, you might like Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

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