8.24.2012

Book and Booze Reviews: Amateur Angel by Karri Thompson


Goodreads.com Synopsis: Only 18-years-old, Ashley is no ordinary teenager. Not only is she dead, but upon her death, she mistakenly enters the wrong line in the afterlife, a line meant for trained, guardian angels. With a pair of wings on her back, Ashley is sent to Los Angeles to replace another angel whose "assignment" was none-other-than Cannon Michaels, a current member of the band Sendher, the sexiest man alive, and Ashley's celebrity crush in life.

While exposed to Cannon's selfish, judgmental behavior and his reckless, rock-and-roll lifestyle, Ashley is far from meeting the requirements of a true guardian angel. She misses her family and friends. Will she ever be able to accept her own death? What will she do when she jeopardizes her position as an angel and Cannon's physical safety by falling in love with him?

Review: Amateur Angel  is a quick, easy read with an uplifting (but confusing!) ending. Ashley, our amateur angel, shows well-paced character development over the course of the novel and the story is set up to engage the reader. Woven tightly throughout are the threads of hope, acceptance, and love.

There were a few trouble spots in the novel that soured my perception of the overall work, mostly relating to Ashley's physical interest in Cannon Michaels. While I understand the intent of the author--to show that Ashley is still a very, very green guardian with a strong attraction to her ward--the execution came off feeling a little ... porn-y. Some of the descriptions concerning Cannon's physique were overkill; it was uncomfortable to read about the size of his manhood in a Christian-based novel aimed at a 14- to 18-year-old audience. Perhaps the descriptions would have worked in a chick lit novel, but they were a little much for YA.

Overall, I thought that the author had a good grip on her story, bringing us from beginning to end with few derailments. The minor bumps in the story are that--minor. There were a few spelling and grammar errors and the aforementioned gratuitous descriptions, but these only slow the novel down, not stop it. If you're looking for an easy read with a hopeful (but fictional!) glimpse into the afterlife, pick up a copy of Amateur Angel today.

I give it: 3 out of 5 books (a good read for when you need something to read)

About the Author: Karri Thompson grew up in San Diego County and attended San Diego State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in English, a master’s degree in education, and her teaching credential. She is currently a high-school English teacher in the East County of San Diego where she lives with her husband, their son, and two dogs. When she's not teaching, grading papers, or attending
her son’s soccer games, she novels, her greatest passion. Read more at Karri Thompson's website.

Buy the Book: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

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