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Unwelcome (Archangel Academy Series #2)

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  • Posted August 5, 2011

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    Well-written genre novel is pehaps a bit too convoluted for most readers.

    Michael and his lover Ronan are both students at Archangel Academy, a boarding school in the secluded UK countryside. And they are both "watervamps" ... kind of a hybrid between a regular vampire and a creature of the sea ... which seem to be less menacing and dangerous as the (pardon the pun) "full-blooded" vampire, although there are many of the latter species at their school as well, both as students and faculty members. Oh, my.

    This is a continuation of Griffo's first novel in the series ("Unnatural" - I think I notice a trend here), and really should not be attempted unless you have read the first book, since many of the numerous characters have "back stories" carried over that would be necessary to understand what is going on here.

    And what is going on is quite a bit. Michael is having doubts about whether Ronan is being fully honest with him, although Ronan feels he is simply being protective of his lover by not mentioning things that might worry him. We find out that Ronan has a sister, who is a mortal, and Michael has a disturbing vision about the actual circumstances of his mother's death. And did we mention that the new headmaster of the school is secretly a vampire who seeks to destroy the watervamp colony, and has an unexpected familiar relationship to some of his students?

    This novel, like the first, is an extremely ambitious, detailed and generally well-written story, obviously geared toward young gay male fans of the "Twilight" film series. Unfortunately, its main flaw is that it is somewhat overly complex, with numerous characters interacting that are not really that essential to the story, making this a somewhat tedious read for all but a diehard fan of the genre. While I am significantly older than Griffo's target audience, I don't think they'll stick with the series either, unless he tones down the complexity a bit (and the length; both books are close to 400 pages each.) Three stars out of five.

    - Bob Lind, Echo Magazine

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  • Posted July 25, 2011

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    an enthralling and totally entertaining entry that teenage readers and adults will appreciate and put on their keeper shelf.

    In the English town of Eden, Archangel Academy resides on consecrated land. The vampires known as Them are able to walk around the campus in sunlight. However there is another subspecies of vampire connected to the sacred Well, who in their other form has webbed feet and hands as descendants of Atlantis.

    The water vampires can walk outside in daylight and only eat once a month. The new Headmaster David Zachery is one of Them and vampire American Michael Howard and his lover Ronan are water vampires. Ronan knows who and what David is because of his relationship to their family. David and his kind want to destroy the Well and kill the water vamps. The headmaster has a plan to ethnically cleanse the world of the enemy. He uses his children as foot soldiers to carry out his scheme. Michael and Ronan lead the opposition along with their allies so who will prove victorious remains to be seen.

    The second Archangel Academy (see Unnatural) teen urban fantasy is a terrific tale with a beautiful star-crossed romantic subplot that accentuates the two combative subspecies. The expatriate Cornhusker has come a long way from Nebraska in a short time but his journey even with Ronan to guide him remains difficult as he must be Unafraid of his full essence for his deep psychological need to feel accepted and belong to happen. The key to the exciting story line is that readers will accept the existence of vampires as a natural species with issues and disputes as Michael Griffo provides an enthralling and totally entertaining entry that teenage readers and adults will appreciate and put on their keeper shelf.

    Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2014

    Oh dangit ._.

    Im not welcomed...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2014

    Quest of morgan le fay

    This is morgan le fay to all my daughters you have to find a note that i lost to merlin a hundred years ago. But watch out for demons those will stop you to get the note.................................but before you start your journey...................you need a powerfull wand of ancient spells but you need to find the ancient book also. Signed by ~ morgan le fay

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2012

    Pay attention!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Doesnt anyone notice the covers resembalane to twilight new moon eclispe and breaking dawn movie poster?????????????

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  • Posted March 31, 2012

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    Chapter by Chapter's review of Unwelcome

    Alrightie then! The second novel in Michael Griffo’s Archangel Academy series (and I am starting to love all the “UN*insert word here*” titles. Very rememberable if you ask me) which I have been looking forward to reading for the past few months. After the note that Unnatural left off on, I was sure that Griffo would give us something that would top the first novel and become unforgettable. But before I get into what I love love loved about the novel, I want to bring up the one issue I had.

    The only thing that I didn’t enjoy about the novel was all of the sexual content between Michael and Ronan. It felt overdone and it made me really uncomfortable really, really fast. It wasn’t like it was descriptive or anything, it was just that there was a lot of: They made out and then they did “it” or he was naked and then Michael got into the shower with him, scenes. That being said, the second Archangel Academy novel might only be for those who don’t mind the repetitive amount of “those” scenes. If you catch my drift.

    However, I did find the constant romance found in the novel admirable. Not only did Griffo get into the growing relationship between Fritz and Phaedra, but he also showed that love is in the air for almost all of the characters. Should it be Nakano and his French lover boy or Michael and Ronan, romance definitely played a major role throughout the novel. Which I loved (kind of punny, no?). But not only was there romance but there was also the constant use of the challenges that couples have to go through to become stronger. Hint, hint, I am talking about Ronan and Michael. And it isn’t just romance that is messing around with their relationship, it’s also Michael and his adjustment to being a water vamp/vampire hybrid (which played a key role in the novel as well) and the regular vamps who want to know the secret to walking in the daylight.

    As if things couldn’t get any worse for the water vamps at Archangel Academy, there’s a new headmaster with dark secrets of his own. And he isn’t human. Not one bit. He’s David Zachary a.k.a. Brania’s father a.k.a. the big bad head vampire in charge of the normal vampires a.k.a. the guy who wants nothing more than to see all of the water vamps dead. I feel like I’ve forgotten to mention that he’s a total creeper. Yeah, there’s that too.

    As the novel progressed, I found that the novel would begin to go into backstories of most of the vampire characters like Brania and David. Personally, my favorite is Ronan’s flashbacks of the night that his father was burned. And throughout the novel Edwige would also bring up the subject of her being raped as the reason behind Ciaran’s existence (this felt like a really deep part of the novel).

    Secrets were unveiled, characters true intentions were established and I was finding myself falling deeper into the world of Archangel Academy. If you loved the first novel in the series you won’t be disappointed with the sequel. I know that I can’t wait for the third novel (which I am reading as we speak *la winky face*). Oh and “go team water vamps”!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2011

    Highly Recommended!

    A great book for someone who is into the vampire series books or even just fictional romances. The story is continuing to develop through this second book and is getting better and more thrilling. I would certainly read more books by this author after reading the first two books in this series!

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