Review - No Angel

Monday, November 4, 2013

Title: No Angel
Author: Helen Keeble

Goodreads
"Rafael Angelos just got handed the greatest gift any teenage boy could ever dream of. Upon arriving at his new boarding school for senior year, he discovered that he is the ONLY male student. But what should have been a godsend isn't exactly heaven on Earth.

Raffi's about to learn that St. Mary's is actually a hub for demons-and that he was summoned to the school by someone expecting him to save the day. Raffi knows he's no angel-but it's pretty hard to deny that there's some higher plan at work when he wakes up one morning to discover a glowing circle around his head.

Helen Keeble's debut novel, Fang Girl, has been praised for its pitch-perfect teen voice, and VOYA called it "refreshing and reminiscent of Louise Rennison's Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series." No Angel brings you angels and demons like you've never seen them-complete with the wry humor of Vladimir Tod, sinfully irreverent romance, and some hilariously demonic teenage dilemmas."
*won a copy of this book through goodreads first reads for an honest review*

I am not entirely sure what I was expecting when I saw this book, but I know what I got was not that. And, strangely, I think that is a good thing. I do not normally read angel books. Too often they are too cliche or preachy to allow me to get into the storyline. No Angel had the right blend that made it a good, humorous story that doesn't follow the traditional angel paths.

No Angel follows Rafael Angelos as he end up the only boy in an all female boarding school. What should have been any teenage boy's dream quickly turns into a battle of good and evil. Sitting on a Hellgate, St. Mary's is a demon hotspot with possessions waiting to happen. Together with Faith -who was highly annoying at times- and Krystal -who somehow managed to sneak in there and make me like her- he has to find away to close the Hellgate before a big bad manages to win.

Rafael was interesting. He wasn't what I normally except with a male p.o.v. I found him rather humorous, and yet a bit juvenile at times. Certain parts of the book, while they fitted with his age, felt like they were geared to a young audience. While I may be older than some YA readers, I do not often come across this issue.

Faith was really annoying with her martyrdom act. Or rather it was her attitude toward the whole thing that bothered me. Really girl? I did like Krystal. But at times, she was very similar to Faith, minus the attitude. I liked Michaela. She was interesting, if a bit predictable in the role she plays.

I would have enjoyed this book more if it was shorter. There were a times where information outweighed the action, and a few parts where it felt very similar to previous scenes. If it wasn't for that bit and well the fact I wanted the baddies to get Faith, I think the book would have been stronger and could have earned a better rating. Do I recommend it? Sure if you are looking for a humorous angel story.

2 comments:

  1. I've read a number of books recently that I felt had the same problem with juvenile POV that seemed more suited for MG or skewed towards younger YA, even though other things were definitely in the YA category. It's jarring, to say the least! I'm glad you enjoyed this overall despite a few quibbles--sounds like it's a fun read when you're in the mood for something undemanding.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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    1. I've noticed that as well, I'm glad it's not just me. It was starting to make me feel a bit old.

      Thanks for stopping by.

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