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Monday, May 19, 2014

My First Book Review - Evolution: Angel

I can't even count the number of times I've said something to that effect. I always have something to work on (whether it's my own novels, artwork, music or videos) and I'm either too busy to read, or if I do try to read, I get bored & restless after a few minutes & stop. It's not that I don't love the books I try to read, it's just books in general. I still have books from friends that I have started & fully intend to finish one day, but I just haven't yet. 

The statement at the beginning of this blog used to be true, but I can no longer use it. Because when Starla Huchton held a contest on Twitter for someone to win her book Evolution: Angel, & I won said contest, I finally found a book I could stick with. Was it because it was easy to read? Was it because of the strong characters & believable relationships? Was it the super hero theme? Or was it just good timing? Maybe it was all of the above, but either way, I suddenly found myself reading numerous chapters at a time, unable to stop for the fear I might miss something. I found myself reading every chance I got, sneaking off whenever I had a free moment to delve back into the world Starla had created. I even found myself thinking about the book while doing other things, & wondering what would happen next, impatient until I could finally read again.

What happened to me? I had suddenly gone from being someone who hates to read, to being someone practically obsessed with a book. Honestly I think Starla is just that good. Her use of witty dialogue & realistic character flaws, combined with her "just enough" descriptions that are long enough to get a mental image but not so descriptive that I want to stop reading (which has happened before) combined with the clever mixture of romance, action, & cliffhangers - all of these things kept me hooked until the very last page. That's right. I finally finished a book. That makes Evolution: Angel my first.

They say you never forget your first, & I certainly won't be forgetting this book. I'm excited to read the next book in the series, & I hope you will want to read it too. I would also love to see the series made into movies, as every scene and character action played out in my mind just like a movie, and the powers that the characters display make for some really cool visuals that would look epic on screen. I'm just saying. ;)

If I have to pick one thing I didn't love about this book, it would be that there was too much sex. But that's just a personal preference. I tend to avoid sex in my own novels unless it's necessary, because I feel like it doesn't advance the plot. BUT that's just me, & in Starla's novel, often times the sex DOES actually advance the plot (at least the romance aspect) & there is definitely enough action and mystery and other stuff to balance out the sex. So if you like both romance and action, this book is definitely for you. Be warned though, the book does have some sex as well as some graphic language. Now no one can say I didn't warn them ;)

Overall, I was very impressed by this book, and very attached to the characters and the plot. If it can hold MY attention, it must be good. Right? So take my advice and see for yourself. You won't regret it!

I leave you with some of my favorite quotes from the novel:

Evolution: Angel by Starla Huchton

Evolution: Angel by Starla Huchton

Evolution: Angel by Starla Huchton

There you have it! Buy the book here to read more. Hopefully this is the first of many books I'll read. Thank you, Starla, for starting me on the path of a writer that also happens to read books, and for writing a wonderful book that I will never forget. :)

Be the lightning,
Kylie Kerosene.


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