“Angel, the teenager, has been evicted and Princess Angel, the Oleah, was now in control.”- Angel, Oleah Chronicles: Justice
*I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.*
Synopsis via Goodreads: After discovering the truth about her Oleah origins, Angel thought she could still have a normal life, consisting of normal things – like her seventeenth birthday party. But there is no such thing as normal for Angel anymore. She learned that the hard way after Sindrell – the most powerful sorceress in the universe – crashed her party, destroyed the city, and took her best friend, Julie, captive. Determined to defeat Sindrell for good, Angel must risk her life, along with the fate of the entire universe to get Julie back…alive. The only way she can do this successfully, is to embrace her Oleah instincts and learn what it takes to become a true warrior. Problem is, Sindrell has an insurance policy of her own that will put millions of lives in danger – including Zander’s – to ensure her quest for power is brought to fruition. One way or another. In order to protect Zander, and save Julie, Angel has to make a choice… but will it be the right one?
A few weeks ago, Angel Seriki was nothing more than your average teenager, or so she thought. Her life is turned upside down when she learns that she is actually a Princess of a far away planet known as Uforika. She is an Oleah, a creature who is half human, half lion and she is destined to save her people from an evil sorceress named Sindrell. But first, she must save her best friend Julie and that means making sacrifices, even if it means having to give her own life.
“Sometimes, you don’t realize you’re broken until someone brings you the piece that’s been missing in your life. You are my missing piece, Princess. Going back to a world that you’re not in, is not an option. My life belongs to you.”
I read the first installment in the Oleah Chronicles, Truth, last year and really enjoyed it. It was nothing like I’ve ever read before, a paranormal book with elements of fantasy, and that’s what I liked most about it. I was really excited for the sequel to see where Angel’s story was going to go, but unfortunately this book fell victim to ‘Second Book Syndrome‘ and I didn’t enjoy it as much. First, here’s what I liked.
I liked Angel in the first book and my feelings towards her have not changed. She’s a strong character who doesn’t back down. She faces evil head on and she’s willing to risk her own life for the ones she loves. I also liked her relationship with Zander, which I was initially on the fence about. I didn’t really trust Zander and I thought that he was only pretending to be an ally, but he proved me wrong and he’s not so bad after all. I kind of wish there were more scenes of these two together throughout the book.
I also like the overall concept of the story, Angels vs. Demons, Heaven vs. Hell. Like I said before, it’s different. There are a number of different paranormal creatures in this book and although you’d think that it wouldn’t work, it does. Even the the aspects of fantasy here and there blend in nicely for a book that would be classified as paranormal.
“My inner animal began to stir with pleasure knowing that no one would touch Sindrell. She was mine. I was going to make her regret the day she decided to leave Heaven.”
My problem with this book was with the writing. I felt that some parts of the story were underdeveloped, like the world-building. I want to know more about the planet Urofika and it’s people, maybe a more detailed description of the planet because I really couldn’t picture it. Also, problems were too easily fixed. I wished things were more dragged out. I was hoping for some EPIC battle between Sindrell and Angel, but that issue blew over quickly and a new one arises almost immediately. There was no time for the reader to digest all the things that were happening and it became a bit overwhelming. I also want to know more about the other characters, like Angel’s parents and even the Archangels.
I also didn’t like Julie. I didn’t like her in the first book and I don’t like her now. I can’t picture her as being a villain. She’s whiny and doesn’t care about world domination, she just cares about herself. I like my villains to be CONFIDENT, slightly COCKY, SARCASTIC and I personally don’t think she has what it takes.
“This is what you were born to do.”
Overall, the second installment in the Oleah Chronicles was okay. I expected more, but everything was just too rushed. I’m am interested to see what happens next, but I hope that there are no easy fixes to all the problems in the next book. I WANT DEVELOPMENT, a meatier storyline, because things are about to get intense and I would hate it if everything was solved with just a quick fix.