Bitter Angel

Bitter Angel

by Megan Hand

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BN ID: 2940016774374
Publisher: M Hand Publications
Publication date: 03/30/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

At twelve, Megan decided to write a novel. A month later, she quit. A reading junkie by nature, she started writing again in her twenties as a way to get the voices out, because who wouldn't want to create a Real Living Person out of thin air? Megan also plays the piano and sings. She teaches little kids and takes pictures of pretty butterflies. She eats way too much chocolate, is sort of a mad scientist with her blender, and spends an unhealthy amount of time LOLing on Facebook and Twitter. She lives in Ohio with her husband and very smiley son. Bitter Angel is her first published novel.

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Bitter Angel 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
OphionOfSamsara More than 1 year ago
I picked this up immediately after it came out and was completely amazed by the quality of the writing. This story kept me riveted from the first line to the very end. If only it could have gone on for longer! The author actually gets you inside of the mind of the characters and makes you grow attached to them. You really feel like you are there during their ups and downs. I recommend this highly!
BuriedUnderBooks More than 1 year ago
I’ve dithered over writing this review because, to be quite honest, I have had a difficult time defining my feelings about it and I needed time to let those feelings percolate, so to speak. Essentially, this reviewer’s reaction and Bitter Angel both have a bit of a split personality. I love the idea of parallel existence and Ms. Hand’s concept of having Lila “live” two sides of a horrendous event is really appealing. The plot itself, revolving around behavior that really does happen, is very well done and the author clearly has a talent for creating almost unbearable tension and suspense. It’s plain almost from the beginning of the girls’ outing what is going to happen and I barely suppressed the urge to yell at them to stop what they were doing, pay attention, get smart and run like hell—very much like those movies where you can’t believe the girl is going into the dark basement and you just want to scream, “No! Don’t do it!”. Unfortunately, I found the character development to be rather uneven in several ways. The triumvirate is appealing on its surface but, the truth is, I didn’t care much about Heather and Nilah. I cared what might happen to them but the girls themselves were not appealing to me and I thought they were too shallowly drawn. I came very close to heartily disliking Nilah just because she is so very narcissistic and I also thought both these girls were really inconsiderate for demanding that Lila immediately give up her plans when they could clearly have discussed it long in advance. I did like Jay other than his being a bit of a pushover and was glad to see him “man up” when he needed to. He’s a young man any parent would be happy to see with their daughter. As for the bad guys, I felt they were the most well-drawn in their despicableness and, while I certainly didn’t have any empathy for them (with one exception), they were the most real to me. Then there’s Lila. Hmm. This girl just yanked me left and right and I’m still not sure what I think. First, she accepts with far too much ease that her parallel experience is real when 99% of us would think it was all one hell of a bad dream. Then she apparently turns into Superwoman and, from that point on, reality takes a hike. I like a strong female character but I just found it hard to believe that she would charge right in the way she does and some of her behavior is downright stupid. Having said all that, Ms. Hand has created a story about an all too real crime that does happen and I think some of the behavior she attributes to certain characters has a point, that whether it’s a feminist ideal or not, girls DO need to take more care and that perhaps having a designated driver can also serve the purpose of one person being alert enough to spot trouble. In the end, while I had some difficulties with Bitter Angel, I still enjoyed it and will look for more from Megan Hand.
TeenBlurb More than 1 year ago
Bitter Angel was just BRILLANT!!! The total concept of this book is unique and refreshing. At first you like…weird idea….but then…BAM…you are on a rollercoaster that is going dangerously fast and you feel like there is no way to get off! I think I help my Kindle so tight the plastic started creaking! Lila is a force to be reckoned with. She is fierce, loyal, and brave. I keep thinking of the movie Sliding Doors when I read this. In the movie you see two possible scenarios that could play out because of one small choice, like making the subway train or not. I just loved the characters and the raw emotion of this story. Heather and Nilah are great friends and the connection between the group is just envy worthy. And Jay…hmm…he is just swoontastic! Lila will do anything to keep her friends and her boyfriend safe, even sacrifice herself…. Megan Hand is a talented new author that has earned herself a fan girl! Bitter Angel is her debut novel and I look forward to see what she creates next. I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
But Megan Hand's Bitter Angel begins like a rocket - full of energy - and takes you headed straight for the moon.  It begins with three friends preparing to out for the night to celebrate a birthday.  No big deal, right?  When one is confronted with a decision, it ultimately leads to a nightmare sequence that may or may not be a premonition.  Megan takes you by the throat with Bitter Angel and never lets you go! I'm not usually one who enjoys reading stories in the first person, usually because it's difficult to pull it off.  Most stories either become bogged down with boring details from the narrator's point of view or the author isn't skilled enough to keep to the point-of-view and head-hops.  Megan did it with remarkable talent and genuine accuracy.   Because the &quot;dreams&quot; (are they?) are a sort of premonition, I guess, technically, this would be considered a <em>paranormal </em> thriller but there are definitely romance elements (I think I'm in love with Jay!) It's a novel with a story that it completely unbelievable but the author seeps you in an unlikely scenario and convinces that it is not only possible but that you are in the midst of living it with the character.  That is the mark of a truly talented author and I can't wait to read more from her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This novel was AMAZING!!!! I could not put it down! It was intense and suspenseful (which I LOVE in novels) but it also had a little bit of romance in it. I connected with Lila right away. She had a silly personality but she was strong. Even when Lila was scared she still had this confidence in her to keep pressing forward and not giving up. Which made for a suspenseful, HEART-THUMPING storyline! Megan Hand did an amazing job with conveying every emotion that the characters had to face in this story. Her writing was TOP NOTCH! I cannot praise this novel enough!!! I can't WAIT to read more novels from this author!