“Where to start? This was a very complex story - actually two stories. The book opens in the present day in Idaho. You begin to learn about a young girl named Airel, with all the typical teenage angst that is normal. What is not normal is that seemingly overnight Airel's appearance is...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“Brought to you by OBS reviewer Annabell Cadiz
“ Where to start? This was a very complex story - actually two stories. The book opens in the present day in Idaho. You begin to learn about a young girl named Airel, with all the typical teenage angst that is normal. What is not normal is that seemingly overnight Airel's appearance is changing. Her complexion is becoming flawless, her hair luxurious. Even though she sees the changes in the mirror, she still questions when the boy of her dreams, Michael, appears to be infatuated with her. When she discovers that she has the ability to heal quickly, she wonders who or what she really is.
The second storyline takes place in Arabia in 1250 B.C. Kreios, a fallen angel, has lost his wife right after the birth of his daughter and is on a journey to now save his daughter's life. In order to achieve this, he has to, quite literally, take flight. This flight attracts the unwanted attention of The Brotherhood. These are demons whose mission is to destroy all the angels who came to earth and married a mortal. The description of these demons, as well as the angels and the world they live in is told in great detail.
Even though the stories are thousands of years apart, they are eerily similar. You see, the demons are on the trail of Kreios in Arabia, and there is a killer on the loose in Idaho as well. Airel and Michael are kidnapped soon after Airel witnesses a killing while at the movies. They are taken to an unbelievable house seemingly buried in the forest. Airel doesn't know whether the killer has kidnapped her or saved her from being killed. What she does know is that she is falling in love with Michael and learning about who she really is.
I did enjoy this story, but felt like I kind of got bogged down in the center. The beginning grabbed me, but when it first flipped to Arabia, I kind of got lost. I stuck with it though and am glad that I did. The ending left me wide-eyed with - 'You can't stop there!' on my mind. ”
“ If you like Paranormal Romance you will so love this book. It is Book 1 in the Ariel Saga. I have always loved Paranormal SyFy type books but this one was amazing - non stop from the time you start till the end and you can't wait to get into book two "Michael". Airel is your typical teenage girl, has a best friend Kim that she shares everything with and they know each other inside and out (or do they) then in comes the man of her dreams "Michael" she is drawn to him like a magnet but at the same time shes going through some really strange things in her life, things she can't explain.
She's been getting sick a lot, but at the same time becoming more beautiful, is that possible? But when she passes out and hits her head, what happens after is the beginning of a whole new life, she has yet to even realize it. A double date, a murder, kidnapping and a secret that is unbelievable but is happening to her. Then betrayal
This story goes between times present and past and weaves them both together, and the writer did an amazing job bringing all the characters from the past to the present and intertwining them. From the main characters Airel, Michael, Kreios, Kim & the Seer, to the side characters that add to the story. Superbly written book
Get the book today you wont regret it and trust me when I say no sooner do you finish this you are running to get "Michael" ”
“Excellent!!!”Andi wrote this review Saturday, August 18, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Really liked this book. Good characters, good plot line. Only complaint is that at times it seemed the (male) authors were using every female stereotype to shape Airel's character/personality. That aside, she did finally come into her own and I can't wait to read the sequel.”Christin wrote this review Sunday, May 20, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book really confused me nearly all the way with all the twists and turns but i kept up and didnt find it all that bad. As always i have to continue with the story once i start something so lets hope this next book isnt so confusing. ”Emily H wrote this review Thursday, May 10, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Brought to you by OBS reviewer Annabell Cadiz
This turned out to be one of those books that you can judge by the cover. Beautifully done, inside and out. It starts with two stories from the beginning – the history of the war between the angels and those that would destroy them through the eyes of an ancient warrior by the name of Kreios and the modern day story of an everyday teenage girl, Airel. Both stories weave like threads interchangeably and culminate in an ending that literally had me on the edge of my seat.
The characters were well developed and I found Airel to be quite funny and awkward at times. It made her genuine. Kreios was the fighter with a heart. His pain was palpable and keeps you engaged. The wild card in this for me was Michael. Who and what he is plays a key role in the story and the reveal is both maddening and tragic.
I would recommend this book to readers of Young Adult as well fans of angels, in general. According to the Epilogue, the next book in the series is “Michael” and it will most definitely be on my reading list.
“BORING! That's all I could say about this book.”EJ M wrote this review Saturday, April 7, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I think its a great YA book! The way this was written going back and forth in time with the emphasis on different characters was almost like reading two different books, The style seemed to change and gave the book more depth.”Dianne wrote this review Sunday, March 18, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“YA clean romance and intrigue. Angels and demons and etc. Has a sad ending”Kathi wrote this review Thursday, March 8, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Brought to you by TeamNerd Reviewer Annabell Cadiz
As an avid lover of things angel related, I very my much looked forward to reading Ariel. I had been drawn by both the description of the book and the lovely cover. But sadly, the statement, “don’t judge a book by its cover” could not be any truer.
It’s very difficult to point out anything I liked about the novel. One of the only aspects I partially enjoyed reading was the story behind Kreios. His story was better developed than Ariel and was better plotted but even Kreios’s tale was weak.
Ariel’s story is told from the perspective of Ariel. She is in high school and has a pretty humdrum life-that is until one day a new boy comes to town and Ariel falls for him from the moment he deems her worthy enough to breathe on her. Michael is the typical stud jock, who can do no wrong and is constantly stalked by a swarm of lust filled girls but the only one he has eyes for is Ariel.
The biggest problem with Ariel--and there were quite a few—was the lack of originality in the both the plot and the characters. I completely understand the fact that there is only so much an author can do with plots but there’s a difference between using a basic plot line as a platform for your own plot and using a basic plot as the sole bases of your story. Ariel offered nothing noteworthy or refreshing to a tale that has been told countless times before: girl is bored with her life and dreams of excitement—new boy comes to town and offers her exactly what she wants—girl falls for boy the moment they meet and doesn’t bother asking any important questions—girl suddenly learns she has gifts she never knew about—boy turns out to have big dark secret but has a change of heart because of how he feels for the girl. Underneath that should have been thrown in the voice of the author, or in this case, authors, but there seemed to be no real stand out element to the story.
The characterization was far too generic and plagued with clichés I could hardly muster up the strength to continue reading. The only character I felt a connection with was Kreios. His story was told with heartfelt moments and a sense of intrigue but his story suffered as well because it was constantly dragged out and could only evoke lack luster suspense. Ariel, the main character and the so called heroine, was the second worse character of the book. Michael takes first place. Where Ariel’s character was written as a vapid and angst ridden teenage girl who complained far too more than doing anything worthy enough to cast her in the light of heroism, Michael had no actual personality. At least Ariel was snippy and moody but Michael was just plain boring! I would have accepted him acting as a typical jerk of a jock, at least then he would have had a semblance of a personality, but the whole mysterious bad boy went way too far because I literally can’t remember anything about his character.
The plot was barely developed. The scenes just dragged on and on. I skipped whole chapters and there was still the same scene happening. The narration and dialogue made getting through the book extremely difficult.
I can appreciate and respect the hard work the authors invested into their novel. It’s darn hard to put so much work into something and release it out to the world to be judged. But with that said, they could have used a better editor (if in fact they even hired one). The intermingled story with Kreios should have been its own book because that’s really the only part of the book that worked.
If you decide to give Ariel a try, please do so with much caution and no expectations. The book has potential but in my very humble opinion, Ariel’s story can use a touch from a skillful editor to give her world the punch that it needs to be great.
I wish these authors the best of luck in the future with the next upcoming books in Ariel’s tale. ”