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review 2013-10-02 22:22
Unexpected For The Win!
Prophecy Girl - Cecily White

Teenage angel descendants (aka guardians) maintaining order, keeping the balance and fighting the good fight - all while trying to juggle make it through school, or in their case, angel academy. That's what I thought I would be reading about when I started Prophecy Girl. I thought I had the book all figured out within the first few chapters.

 

Um, yeah. About that.

 

Prophecy Girl surprised me. In the beginning, it seemed like a fairly simple, straightforward book. I'd even go so far as to say it was borderline predictable. But then things happened - and they kept on happening. Every single time I thought I had the story nailed down, it changed direction on me - sometimes so fast, it gave me whiplash - and no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't get ahead of it. I was always at least a half-step behind.

 

It. Was. Awesome.

 

As characters go, Amelie Bennett is, for lack of a better word, a character. She's a firecracker, that girl, almost too snarky for her own good, and yes, there are times when she really acts her (YA) age. Yet somehow, it works. I got the biggest kick out her, frequently chuckling and shaking my head and wondering what the heck she would do or say next. What was really interesting, though, was watching her evolve over the course of the story. Turns out she was a lot stronger, tougher and smarter than I originally gave her credit for, and I don't know about you, but when a character defies my expectations as completely as Amelie did, the book automatically gets a higher rating.

 

Jackson was a treat as well. He wasn't a swaggering bad boy, and yet he wasn't a too-good-to-be-true good boy either. He was just himself. In the beginning he comes off as a prickly porcupine, and at times, like a lecturing professor, but I actually enjoyed that. Maybe it was because he kept calling Amelie "Miss Bennett", but I kept thinking of Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice, and being the huge P&P fan that I am, that mental association really worked for me. Like Darcy, Jackson comes off one way, when in reality, he's so much more - the kind of guy who is really, truly worth knowing. A keeper. It may take a while for his heart and true motives to be revealed, but that's half the fun, isn't it? Getting to know the characters one delicious bit at a time? And trust me, Jackson is delish.

 

I was a little wary about the romance. The whole bondmate thing suggested instalove to me, and as someone whose eye starts twitching at the mere mention of instalove, I had my doubts about that aspect of the story. But once again, author Cecily White surprised me. Yes, there's a bond, but it's complicated and doesn't come with any guarantees. I loved that.

 

I had a lot of fun with this book. Like, a lot. Can't wait to read the next one!

 

4 Stars ★★★★

ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Source: www.thedemonlibrarian.com/2013/10/arc-review-prophecy-girl-by-cecily-white.html
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review 2013-06-07 00:00
Prophecy Girl - Cecily White I loved this story from start to finish. Excellent characters, awesome world. The magic and mythology made sense. It was awesome. Oh and the twists...so many and definitely not expected.

Well done, Cecily. :D
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review 2013-04-17 00:00
Prophecy Girl - Cecily White Review originally posted on Bibliophilia, Please.

Prophecy Girl has all of the makings of a book that I'd love - initially. Cecily White has a delightful sense of humor that saturates the novel. It is a paranormal story set in New Orleans that nods to other supernatural works. Amelie Bennett, the protagonist, is snarky, stubborn, and just has something special about her that I cannot put my finger on, but I know that I would like to see it in more heroines. However, the issues that I had with White's debut clouded my enjoyment.

Firstly, let me say that I didn't not like any of the characters. They were just the problem. It was really difficult for me to remember them from scene to scene. I could recall the name of the school's Queen Bee and clique member, but I had a hard time remembering the more important characters and what their roles were. I kept going back in the book to refresh myself on who people were. It is very rare that I have to do this when I'm reading. Prophecy Girl had enough twists that this was a pretty major problem for me.

There was, of course, a romance in the novel. I had some mixed feelings about it, but I think Ami handled it as well as could be expected. She was very honest about her feelings, and she called Jack on his bulls--- when he dished it out. (Why can't more heroines do this?!) I will say that I do NOT like the whole teacher-student romance, even if they are close in age. I think anyone who is in a position of authority over their partner, especially a younger one, creates a lot of issues, and it's just wrong when a teacher is involved. But I won't rant because it wasn't terribly offensive. Jack was a substitute teacher for all of five minutes, so I just squinted my eyes at it a little and kept reading.

Though I had a hard time enjoying the book as thoroughly as I think I could have, it was still a pretty good read. Cecily White is an author that I'll most definitely be keeping my eye on in the future, and I can't wait to read books with her fantastic writing style. I will try to read Prophecy Girl again because the positive aspects of the book are definitely worth it.

- 2.5/5 Stars -

*To satisfy FTC guidelines, I am disclosing that I received an ecopy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. It has in no way affected the outcome. All opinions expressed are rambling, honest, and completely my own.
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review 2013-04-14 00:00
Prophecy Girl - Cecily White An interesting read - definitely more complex than the title suggests!

Review will be up ASAP.
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review 2013-04-11 00:00
Prophecy Girl (Angel Academy)
Prophecy Girl - Cecily White This wasn't half bad.
When I read that this was another VA knock-off I was hesitant to pick it up, but intrigued nonetheless. It might have been the fact that I was in the mood for something like this, but even though I could see the similarities I didn't mind.
The plot was good. It seemed a little rushed at some points, but the characters were okay and the snark and sarcasm that both main characters used kept me interested for the first half and then I just wanted to see were it went I guess.

For me it was a sweet read. I had a good time reading this and if there is a second installment I 'll probably check it out.
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