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Review: Prophecy Girl by Cecily White

Friday, May 31, 2013

Prophecy Girl

(Angel Academy #1)
by Cecily White

Genre: YA Paranormal
Paperback: 368 Pages
Publication: April 2, 2013 by Entangled Teen


Amelie Bennett. . . . Ending the world, one prophecy at a time.

I was born to slay Crossworld demons.
Big black flappy ones, little green squirmy ones. Unfortunately, the only thing getting slain these days is my social life. With my high school under attack, combat classes intensifying, and Academy instructors dropping right and left, I can barely get my homework done, let alone score a bondmate before prom.
Then he shows up.
Jackson Smith-Hailey. Unspeakably hot, hopelessly unattainable, and dangerous in all the right ways. Sure, he’s my trainer. And okay, maybe he hates me. Doesn’t mean I’ll ignore the wicked Guardian chemistry between us. It’s crazy! Every time I’m with him, my powers explode. Awesome, right?
Now my teachers think I’m the murderous Graymason destined to bring down our whole race of angelbloods. Everyone in New Orleans is hunting me. The people I trusted want me dead. Jack and I have five days to solve the murders, prevent a vampire uprising, and thwart the pesky prophecy foretelling his death by my hand. Shouldn’t be too difficult.

Getting it done without falling in love. . . that might take a miracle.

◆ A copy was provided by Entangled Publishing for review ◆

Amelie reminds me of Rose from Vampire Academy, only I liked Rose more. Amelie is stubborn and headstrong, and she's not quite human. She's a troublemaker, much like Rose is. Only, I didn't find her as real and believable as Rose. It may be in the way that she's presented or how her personality is so out of there. I never felt as though I really got to know her. At the same time, she has something about her that can help her relate to teenage readers. Despite being a Guardian, she's a regular high school girl. She doesn't let any of this Crossworld business shape her personality or force her to mature too soon.

I didn't like the romance in this novel. Amelie acts overly familiar with Jake. It would have been all right with me given her character, but she pushes Jake far past his comfort zone to the point where he has to put the equivalent of a restraining order on her. It doesn't seem like a good way to develop a romantic interest, and yet it happens. Out of nowhere, and the paranormal reason for their chemistry isn't working for me. It still doesn't explain how a love from years ago can still be there when they've had so many life experiences since they last met and aren't the same people they were back then. I also don't like what Jake sentences Amelie to at the end of the novel because of his selfish desire to keep her (and, yet, he can't keep her because of the circumstances).

The strong part of this novel is the dialogue. It's real and often filled with witty banter. My only problem was that I didn't understand a lot of the movie references. I never was much of a movie buff, but that's me. I also liked Amelie's friend well enough, though they don't show up enough for me to be able to glean much of their personalities. My favorite character is most definitely Luc. He shows up later in the novel, but he's also the one who I had more time to get to know. I love his eccentric personality.

Prophecy Girl doesn't particularly stand out to me in the wave of paranormal romance books out there. Still, it is a fairly solid read for the most part. The plot isn't anything particularly original or action-packed, but it has steady pacing. I recommend this for those who enjoy a down-to-earth paranormal romance read.

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