Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Until Next Time, Amy Lignor (4.5 stars)

Until Next Time: The Angel Chronicles, Book 1 Summary
How does a girl choose between the one who steals her heart and the one who owns her soul?

Matt and Emily were created for a specific job. Raised and trained as the ultimate angel/warrior team, they are sent down to save, defend, judge and forgive, depending on the 'life' they've been assigned. What they don't realize is that the power of human emotions, such as love, anger, passion and fear can take over even the best of souls, causing them to make mistakes and follow paths that lead to confusion and heartache.

When the reason for their training is finally revealed, the angel/warrior team find themselves thrust into a world they know nothing about. Matt takes over the life of Daniel, a young man with a great deal of baggage. Emily becomes Liz, a girl living in a remote village who relies on nothing more than her own strength to survive. A violent storm erupts one night, and framed in the window of Liz's establishment is a frightening face. Let in by the soul of a Good Samaritan, the two visitors bring with them a past full of secrets that could literally change an angel's path and a warrior's plans.

From murder to redemption, this angel/warrior team must find a way to keep the faith they have in each other in a world that's ripping them apart.

For more information, visit The Angel Chronicles website or on Facebook.

Torn between two men and struggling with parts of herself, Emily is an angel with a purpose. She, along with her warrior counterpart, is sent back to Earth to save others. On Earth as Liz, she doesn't fully realize her angel side at first. She struggles with her faith and a feeling of being torn.

I fell in love with Emily, both as an angel and as Liz, and the intriguing concept of this book--that the Saints and angels above want to better understand what about the human condition sways us from faith, makes us hardened. Emily's journey (as Liz) through the trials and tribulations of humans was compelling and thought-provoking.

I am drawn to strong female characters, and this story gives you two for the price of one. Emily becomes a better version of herself by having been Liz. She loves two men, and knows she always will. Throw out any preconceived notions you have about white-as-snow angels, because there's an interesting complexity to both Emily and Matt as angels. Making them human only adds to the depth of the characters and the story.

Plus, there's the added benefit of two unique , yet intertwined, stories playing out. Each was equally engaging. I would become so engrossed with Emily's tale, I wouldn't want to switch back to Liz. Then, I wouldn't want to leave Liz's tale.

I highly recommend this book to readers who search for a strong, memorable female character and a deep story with heart and purpose. Just don't give up during the more convoluted and confusing parts. The journey is worth any stumbling blocks. I, for one, can't wait to read the next in the series.

The more I digested this novel, the more I came to appreciate it. It'll stay with you. By the end, it is a 5-star read.

Rating: 4.5 stars

About Amy Lignor:
Amy Lignor began her career at Grey House Publishing in northwest Connecticut where she was the Editor-in-Chief of numerous educational and business directories.

Now she is a published author of several works of fiction. The Billy the Kid historical The Heart of a Legend; the thriller, Mind Made; and the adventure novel, Tallent & Lowery 13.

She is also the owner of The Write Companion, a company that offers help and support to writers through a full range of editorial services from proofreading and copyediting to ghostwriting and research. As the daughter of a research librarian, she is also an active book reviewer.

Currently, she lives with her daughter, mother and a rambunctious German Shepherd named Reuben, in the beautiful state of New Mexico.

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Note: I received a complimentary copy from Tribute Books for review purposes. No other compensation was received. A positive review was not guaranteed or asked for; the views expressed are my own.

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HelloWriters said...

Tia! Thank you so much for giving the angel/warrior team a spot on your incredible site and your amazing words! I am extremely honored, and next time around there will be far less 'blocks' because the backstory is there :) Matt has his time in the sun as well in the Gilded Age of NYC! So I hope you enjoy that too! It's because of people like you and your readers that the publisher has put togetehr a huge Twitter party for the characters and I hope you and your readers can join us for some fun, as well as CASH and BOOK giveaways!!!

Twitter Party
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
8 p.m. Eastern

Follow hashtag #UntilNextTime as author Amy Lignor answers your questions for 90 minutes live on Twitter. A $50 cash prize will be given to the person who has a receipt confirming an ebook purchase of Until Next Time and tweets at least once during the Twitter Party. We'll also be giving away a variety of ebooks and print books throughout the event. Let us know if you are planning to attend by tweeting @TributeBooks or @HelloWritersAmy to RSVP

Tribute Books said...

Tia, I'm with you - I always enjoy a strong female character - and Liz and Faith fit the bill perfectly. I'm glad you enjoyed Amy's book.

Tia Bach said...

I'll definitely post about the Twitter party, how exciting!

Nicole, Thanks for including me and continuing to share such lovely books with me. It's such a pleasure.

Faith, yes, another great character. I was so besotted with Emily/Liz, but Faith was so important.