Summary via Goodreads: “Seventeen is a life changing age for Emma Wise.
As her family’s sole survivor in a car crash, she is left with a broken arm and a few scrapes and bruises. But these are only outward marks; inside, her heart is broken and the pieces scattered.
Whisked away to Alaska, to an aunt she’s never met, Emma starts over. Secrets unveil themselves and now…she doesn’t even know who or what she is.
A centuries old prophecy places Emma in the heart of danger. Creatures of horrifying and evil proportions are after her, and it will take Emma, her aunt, and six, gorgeously captivating Guardians to keep her safe. But, if she can survive until her eighteenth birthday… things will change.”
I gave it a 4 out of 5 stars as shown on Goodreads. Okay so as much as I really did enjoy this – and trust me i did – I have to give this a 3.5 but its closer to a four hence the four stars you see. Why you ask, well let me tell you more about everything.
So the story is over the span of two to three days, and a majority of it happens on one. And okay it works for some books it really does but because this is the first in a series, and everything is new to the main character i really felt like it needed to be slowed down and taken even a couple more days. A few more days of gathering information, a few more days of acceptance before we thrown completely and utterly into the fray. So this is a double edge sword for me because i like when stories start off running, and i like the constant pace of the story but okay hidden wings – if you haven’t figured it out yet is about angels and what nots, so yup there i said it, deal with it. But anyways Emma doesn’t know about them until the day everything happens, and she has good freak outs but keeps moving which i love but at the same time there was just soooo much happening that the reader didn’t get time to breathe and say okay, let me get my head around this. She is in a car accident, then moved away before her parents’ funeral, so Cameo Renae its okay to slow down a bit too. I wanted her to have closure and a funeral scene i think would have been nice for Emma and for the reader. There was a lot of parts actually i felt that we could have just had a slower day.
So plot in general, most angel books i have read deal with Nephilim, so that was pretty natural but there was some new twist in this book that i really enjoyed and gave the book a different edge from other angel books. It wasn’t pushy about religion but i have only read one i think that was super pushy about it. but that is not about that book but this one. Again things moved quickly which can be a really good thing but sometimes its okay and i truly felt since this was the first in a series that it should have been slowed down some.
Okay my character rant, ready?
Emma is our main girl, and when i read the summary i was thinking okay she is going to be one of those girls that are like, my parents dying? huh don’t care i will move on. Well this happened two days ago so no, she doesn’t and thank god for that because its true human emotion, something i can connect with, well not on the i lost my parents thing but the emotions. i couldn’t possibly begin to understand how that must feel, and that i love that even if she is sad she isn’t whiny or antsy, she deals with it as best as one could after losing their parents. she doesn’t get much of a chance to grow because the time is so short and things happen right after each other she doesn’t have time to reflect but its a series or at least i know there will be a second one, so she has time i am not to concerned about that. there were times i don’t know if it was because the mood i was in today or what but i just didn’t like her? she had these moments of seemingly very mature, and witty. Look i am going to say this right now i am not a mature person when i want to be, and that is a lot of times, so i like playful fun characters but her playful fun moods came probably at the worst timings for me. it was i think suppose to going for more serious and there can be a nice balance of playfullness and seriousness i think though this book has yet to achieve it, and thats not a problem because hey its a hard thing to do. which then leads me to talk about the boys.
Kade, well i love his name, super awesome. But anyways THANK FREAKING GOD! Ugh do you know how many books i read with the main guy this broody overbearing serious, oh-i-can’t-possibly-love-you-because-of-my-past kind of guys? Seriously look at my list of books and you will see most book gents are like that, and its okay because they are fun to read sometimes and who doesn’t want the mysterious dangerous type? Well i am so thankful for Kade because he is unbelievably sweet, truly he is, but more than that i can definitely feel like he could become a very playful character. I feel like we didn’t get enough time with him in a normal, non-stressed out, crazy, action scene in order to really get that from him but i sensed it in his character and i will gladly read more to find out his character is like that!
People who hate the love triangle are going to love this!
There is: James, Malachi, Dom, Alex, Thomas…im pretty sure that is it. So… these five are Angels? I don’t know because we never get told one way or the other. I am going to assume so but they act very young, the only one that seemingly had a shiningly different personality was Malachi and i thought for a good half of the book he was in his late 20s….but i don’t think he is….character descriptions got a little lost i think, i mean don’t go on a 20 page rant about how each character looks but don’t also do character descriptions all at once… Dom was a little flirty, but we don’t get a whole lot of them separate from each other so….characters started to blend…sad but true and i was hoping that i would get to rant about each one of their characteristics but alas…there isn’t much to say….as i said before they are all angels…im pretty sure but they are hired by Alaine….i think…and oh jeeze seriously there attitudes bothered me sometimes too, i enjoyed that they could be light and fun during action scenes because it is nice with all the killing we have a bit of comic relief but like i said their characteristics became the same and it was sad we didn’t get much variety. Well can’t say that about James because im pretty sure he has two lines in the entire book….just saying…
So yeah….there are a couple other characters that i would like to rant about but i am going to because of spoilers. so moving on from that… OH before i forget, none of the other guys i mentioned up there, or any really try anything with Emma and Emma doesn’t have conflicting feelings for two guys, its Kade right away. So thank God because i was a little concerned when i started to read it that there was going to be like this super strange ass like pentagon love angle? But nope thank you very much! some harmless flirting but other than that we are good!
So the ending… cliffhanger. i think i going to be fine but at near the end so much had happened that i am just like okay i need a bit of a break anyways….but yup its a cliffhanger no doubt about that. CLIFFHANGER.
So my last piece of advice? If you like Angel stories, and you are looking for a good quick, entertaining read, pick it up try it out, and form your own opinion, because honestly what do i know?