September 1, 2013

Early Review & Book Release | The Angel Stone (Fairwick Chronicles #3) by Juliet Dark

Author: Juliet Dark (pseudonym of Carol Goodman)
Published: September 3, 2013
Publisher: Ballantine Books (Random House)
Pages: 288
Format: ARC/ebook
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Romance, Supernatural
Rating: ★★★★☆

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I received this book in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley.

I loved this book! I was surprised by how much I liked it, especially since I'm not into fairies that much, but it mostly had to do with witches. It was also really easy to follow the story even though I hadn't read the first two books. I hadn't realized this book was part of a series when I requested the egalley. It kind of reminded me of A Discovery of Witches. There were witches and vampires; they were college professors; it had time travel; and of course, they're battling evil.

The writing style was very descriptive. Enough to draw you in but not so overpowering so as to make you bored. For the most part, the story was very seriously written--the college has been taken over, and she's recovering from lost love, but it wasn't dark or dismal.

Even though he didn't play much part in it, my favorite character was probably Adam Sinclair, one of the nephilim taking over the school. I would love to see a spin-off novel about him growing up and ending up in Fairwick.

The thing I liked the least about this book was the character organization. Callie was the only character with any amount of large focus. Looking back, that is probably largely because it's written in first person, but I would have liked to have seen more focus on another character. She spends half the book in the present and half in the past, so no one really gets any real focus for that reason. William would have been the closest one, but half the time she talked about him, he was away from the house working. He seemed to mostly be absent or around the periphery.

Another reason I think this happened is because the book was so short. Only 288 pages. Most books that have plots like this go more indepth causing the novel to be 4 to 5 hundred pages. I feel like this book could have gone from great to awesome if it had been fleshed out more. The length and style of the book is more what I would have expected from a young adult novel.

I would recommend this book for those of you who like A Discovery of Witches, paranormal fantasy, time travel, witches, and/or refound love. I also recommend reading the first two books though I don't think it necessary to understand the storyline.

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