Amelie Bennett. . . . Ending the world, one prophecy at a time.
I was born to slay Crossworld demons.
Big black flappy ones, little green squirmy ones. Unfortunately, the only thing getting slain these days is my social life. With my high school under attack, combat classes intensifying, and Academy instructors dropping right and left, I can barely get my homework done, let alone score a bondmate before prom.
Then he shows up.
Jackson Smith-Hailey. Unspeakably hot, hopelessly unattainable, and dangerous in all the right ways. Sure, he’s my trainer. And okay, maybe he hates me. Doesn’t mean I’ll ignore the wicked Guardian chemistry between us. It’s crazy! Every time I’m with him, my powers explode. Awesome, right?
Now my teachers think I’m the murderous Graymason destined to bring down our whole race of angelbloods. Everyone in New Orleans is hunting me. The people I trusted want me dead. Jack and I have five days to solve the murders, prevent a vampire uprising, and thwart the pesky prophecy foretelling his death by my hand. Shouldn’t be too difficult.
Getting it done without falling in love. . . that might take a miracle.
About the Author
Cecily Cornelius-White, Psy.D. makes a habit of avoiding boredom whenever possible. She has enjoyed careers as a hand model, GAP salesgirl, movie projectionist, psychotherapist, yoga instructor, university professor, artist, dance choreographer, eating disorders specialist, psych diagnostician, book reviewer and copy editor. None of which are as much fun as writing novels. She currently lives in Springfield, MO with two FABULOUS kids, a schizophrenic yet well-mannered cat, and rockin' cool hamster named Merlin. She can swear in Klingon, take down an alien aggressor using only her mind (or a pair of chopsticks), and kill giant spiders without getting schmutz on her shirt. When not singing to herself, she spends time creating new worlds and thinking up ways to make this one better?
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An Angel Academy Novel
By Cecily White, Liz Pelletier
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( ... five days earlier)
"I'm not going to the dance, so quit asking," I announced, extending a hand to my best friend Lisa Anselmo. "Binoculars, please."
Lisa yanked a pair of black, dual-tube goggles out of her backpack and handed them over with a calculated pout. Enough to tug the heartstrings, not enough to wreck the mascara.
"Amelie, it's our senior year. We've been planning this forever."
"You've been planning this —"
"We've been planning this," she insisted. "Katie and I have our dresses and everything. Don't you remember? We swore never to go to these things without each other."
"That was second grade, Lisa."
"Like that makes it okay to ditch a pinkie swear?"
Groaning, I stared through my goggles into the dimly lit, fish-scented night.
The evening had begun pretty normally. Well, normal for me, anyway. Out the window by midnight, encamped at New Orleans' Commercial Street wharf by twelve thirty, scoping the area for demons by twelve thirty-three. Not that there were any demons to be found. Apart from an Irish setter who tried to hump Lisa's leg, the only activity we'd seen was a drunken sorority girl stumbling along the water's edge. She looked young. Nineteen, maybe twenty. Her green sequined minidress hung off one shoulder, dyed-blond hair in rumpled disarray. Obviously trashed.
Hmm. Why would a girl like that be wandering around here?
"Seriously, Amelie, a pinkie swear is a pinkie swear. It's like BFF code. You of all people should know that." Lisa glared at me, her frosted plum lips curled down at the corners. "And don't give me any garbage about how you can't get a date."
"I didn't say I couldn't get a date," I muttered, distracted. "I said I didn't want a date. Now, can you zip it? We're on a stakeout here."
"What about Paul? He'd go with you."
"Waterfall Paul? After the Jell-O shot incident? No, thanks." I flipped the visor down to increase the power on my new night vision binoculars. (Okay, not mine, exactly. Borrowed. Certainly not stolen.)
"How about Zeke?"
"Beer-breath. And he wears skinny pants."
"There's always Matt," she suggested hopefully. "He doesn't drink."
"Matt's awesome. He's also in love with you," I reminded her.
Lisa flicked a handful of thick chestnut curls over her shoulder and gave a tolerant sigh. "I don't understand why this is so hard. We're Guardians."
"Same diff. Every Guardian Channeler needs a Watcher. We're supposed to bond with them, Ami. It's like destiny or something. If our friendship means anything to you, you'll do this for me."
Uh, yeah. Like I would dignify that with a response. At this point, Lisa's friendship was less of a choice than a fact of life. It worked out well — kind of symbiotic, actually. I beat up anyone who messed with her, and she made sure my homework got done. Fair trade, right? Honestly, if not for Lisa's constant nagging, I'd probably still be crouched in our kindergarten sandbox eating glue and playing with Neferet demons.
"Are you even listening to me?" She prodded me annoyingly in the shoulder.
I swatted her away. "Look, if it means that much to you, I can ask Keller Eastman. I'll probably get herpes from holding hands with him and die a miserable, humiliating death ... but for you, Lisa, it's worth it."
"Amelie Lane Bennett." She gave me that look — the one she reserves for small children and people who wear white after Labor Day. "You need to take this seriously. Guardian bond assignments go up at the end of the year. It doesn't matter how pretty you are, or how well you fight, or even how perky your boobs have gotten since last summer."
I frowned and shifted my ladies so they tucked benignly against the concrete wharf ledge. "Can we leave my boobs out of this?"
"I don't know, can we? I mean, look at you! Stained sweats, holey T-shirt, no makeup. And ... this." She flicked a clump of sweaty red hair poking out the rubber band at my neck. "You have so much potential, Ami. Must you waste it?"
"Lisa!" I grumbled. "Focus! This is life and death we're dealing with."
"I know it's life and death," she insisted. "There's nothing more crucial than this dance."
"Oh, for the love of —"
"I'm just saying, your mom had a great bloodline, but there's no guarantee you'll carry it. And with your parents' history ..." She trailed off, too polite to finish the sentence. "You're lucky they let you stay at St. Michael's after your mom died. I mean, you could easily have wound up in residential. Or worse, the human sector. Would it kill you to play by the rules occasionally?"
"Would it kill you to mind your own beeswax?"
"Probably," she admitted.
I tried to concentrate on the sorority girl, but Lisa's accusation drilled into me. Loathsome though it was, she had a point.
When my parents, Bud and Charlotte Bennett, abandoned the Guardian Community seventeen years ago, they'd tried to pretend things were normal. Not easy, since my dad had been labeled a defector and my mom a traitor to our mission. I suspect they planned to lie to me indefinitely — you know, ignore the fact that our family was about as human as the Loch Ness Monster's. They'd put me in a human preschool, hid the broadswords and spellbooks, let me have human friends ... right up until the day I channeled our kindergarten class turtle into the demon realm.
Thus began my career at St. Michael's Guardian Training Academy.
My parents enrolled me mid-year with the understanding that I would be properly trained, sheltered from harm, and, most importantly, they would never hear another word about "the war on demonkind." That denial lasted two years — the exact amount of time it took Mom to get shredded by a demon at a holiday PTA event. Merry Christmas, right?
I suspect Bud still awakens each morning with the faint hope I'll transform into some tree-hugging, dirt-loving hippie daughter he can be proud of. I, by contrast, awaken each morning with a nasty urge to kill things.
Big black flappy things, little green squirmy things ... We don't talk about it. It's one of many topics we don't talk about.
I lowered the extra binocular lens and tipped up my night goggles.
"Lisa, this is the third night in a row we've staked out this location. And the third night you've spent driveling about Watchers and bonds and dances. I know it's important to you but I need you to respect that this mission, sanctioned or not, is important to me. We're technically at war here. Professor D'Arcy's body was discovered not thirty feet from where we sit, and I, for one, am interested in finding out who killed him. Now, are you going to help me or not?"
She squinted her eyes, contemplative. I could practically see the thoughts processing in her head, the gravity of the situation weighing in. Finally, she spoke.
"What about Lyle? He still likes you. And he was at the top of class rankings last year. Any girl would be lucky to land him as a bondmate."
"You're not going to let this go, are you?"
I gave a weary sigh. Seriously, the girl was like a dog with a giant wad of beef jerky. "Lis, I'd rather die a cat lady than go out with Lyle Purcell again."
"There's an idea. You could borrow Brutus for the gala," she mused. "You might get a hairball off the goodnight kiss, but his kitty carrier would make a nice accessory."
"You're hilarious. Now shut up."
I flipped the goggles back down and kept scanning the horizon. A good thing, too. Sorority Sally had collapsed, giggling, against a wrought iron bench, head lolled back and throat bared like the cover of a Gothic romance novel. I guess the greasy homeless dude napping two benches down must've had a thing for Gothic romances. As soon as he heard the giggle, he pried open a bloodshot eye, emptied his rum bottle, and hauled himself vertical. Streaks of dirt clung to his coat and his shoulder-length hair dripped with sweat as he staggered toward the girl.
"Hey, Lis, we've got a situation."
"Vamp, were, or demon?"
"Vamp, I think."
She pulled a wooden arrow out of the quiver and watched as I threaded it into my bow.
"Remember," she cautioned, "you have to wait until human blood is spilled. Any unprovoked attack on a Crossworlder violates the Peace Tenets. Do you need thermal imaging for vamp confirmation?"
"Do we have thermal imaging?"
She rummaged in the backpack. "No."
"Add it to the shopping list."
Thermals or no, I was ninety-eight percent sure this was a vamp attack. Maybe ninety-seven. My hand drew back the bow as the dude crouched over Sorority Sally, a predatory look in his eye. His fingers tapped her cheek, tenderly at first, then harder. I could see his lips forming the words, Hey, baby. Want to party?
Yeesh. After a hundred thousand years of verbal evolution, could a guy not produce a better pick up line than that? I barely had time to stifle a groan before the girl's eyes fluttered open. Faster than thought, her hands gripped his collar, her mouth in a vicious twist.
That's when I released the arrow. The shaft wasn't as tight or familiar as the weapons at school, but it flew straight enough.
"Bull's-eye," I said as it entered her shoulder.
I'm not even sure if the poor schmuck noticed, he was so wasted. She definitely noticed. Her eyes narrowed to angry slits as she turned in our direction, fangs bared. Served her right. Maybe next time she'd remember to flick some water on her face before she went hunting. Only vamps and zombies wouldn't sweat in this humidity.
"Duh, why didn't you just kill her?" Lisa asked, annoyed. "Two more seconds and it would have been justifiable vampicide."
"Lis, for all we know, she volunteers weekends at the soup kitchen. Besides, it wasn't a vampire who killed D'Arcy."
"Yeah, well," she sniffed, "it wasn't a demon, either."
I was about to ask what she meant when I noticed a stirring in the distance.
The blond girl had shooed her would-be snack on his way and was in the process of working the arrow out of her shoulder when something dropped from a tree about fifty feet away. It scuttled toward her, razor sharp talons scraping the pavement, a bubbling snarl at its lips.
"Oh, crud. New target. UV arrow."
It took me less than two seconds to reload and take aim but by the time I did, the demon had already launched itself at the girl. Its skin was black and mottled, with coarse, oily hair along its shoulders — one part beetle, one part gorilla, three parts Sicilian mafioso.
"Uh, Lis? I need an ID."
Lisa slipped on a second pair of night goggles and started paging through the ginormous Encyclopedia O' Demons she'd brought along. Headmistress Smalley seriously needed to get that thing in an e-book format.
"Got it! Rangor demon, third level. Head shot only, everything else is armored. Left eye for the kill," she summarized aloud. "I hope you know what you're doing."
The Rangor slashed at Sorority Sally with manic glee. For a second, it looked like they might topple down the embankment into the Mississippi where I couldn't get a clear shot, but the girl recovered enough to get her arms up. She rolled to the ground, tossing the beast over her head. Not as fast as some of the vamp videos we'd seen in training class, but way faster than I could have moved in that dress. Impressive.
"Hey, Guido," I called.
Startled, the demon jumped to its feet (um, claws?) and ran toward us, gathering momentum. Arms raised, it let out a howl of fury. Its whole face seemed to fold open, rows upon rows of teeth bared in serrated ridges.
That's when I sent off the second arrow.
The shaft pierced the beast's left eye, spilling bright UV liquid down its face in a trickle of purple acid. A cry ripped through its throat. Inhuman. Screechy. Like the emergency brakes of a railway car. Lisa clamped her hands on her ears.
"Wow, this is super subtle," she yelled over the ruckus. "Maybe next time you could take out an ad in the Times Picayune?"
In hard lurches, the demon writhed and twisted on the ground. Rangors weren't known for their passive deaths, but really, it seemed to be taking longer than necessary. In the distance, horns honked and garbage trucks clanged, sure signs of human approach.
"We're so gonna get busted."
I sighed. Lisa was right. If a Guardian caught us, that would be one thing. But involving humans was a whole other enchilada.
"All right, give me a knife," I ordered.
She handed me a hooked blade about the size of a banana and stood back.
It took less than twenty seconds to separate the crucial parts, at least enough to stop the twitching. By the time I finished, my arms were scratched, my hair was clumped with mucus, and the vampire had fled into the night.
"You're welcome," Lisa yelled after her. She humphed and turned back to me. "Omigod, did you see that? Ungrateful toads, every last one of them."
"Tell me about it," I said, wiping the demon goo off my arms. "You want to get the body or the weapons?"
"I'll get the body. You'll probably end up summoning a demon horde if you try to dismiss it. Remember Veronica's sweet sixteen?" She smirked. "Priceless. I thought she'd never get her hair back to its normal color."
I frowned. "It's not my fault I have allergies."
"Oh, is that what we're calling it?" Lisa gestured to the boardwalk where the drunk human lay, passed out in a pool of vomit, not twenty yards from my pile o' demon. "Amelie, how many times do I have to say this? Birthday parties are one thing, but it's illegal for unbonded Channelers to mess around with Crossworld beings. Not without a Watcher present, and certainly not around humankind. Our handbook specifically says, The fist of eternal damnation shall fall heavily upon he who knowingly reveals the existence of the Guardians. Didn't you read it?"
I had read it, actually. That handbook was where I got my best ideas.
"Well, technically, we didn't channel anything. And that," I said, pointing at the Rangor pieces, "is not a 'fist of damnation.' That's just an obese demon. There's no law against killing obese demons."
"There is, actually," Lisa noted, "for trainees. Which we aren't going to be anymore, unless we get this mess cleaned up and get to class."
I grudgingly gathered the weapons and spread some fallen leaves over the sticky, tar-like substance that had oozed out of the Rangor demon. Gulls flew in slow, lazy circles overhead, pastel light glinting off their wings.
Lisa called open the Crossworld channel. "Inergio."
As soon as the word was spoken, yellow flickers appeared and a narrow gash of light tore through the air. Chill winds swirled around the rift, spits of black fire lapping at the demon body.
Lisa sank to her knees, out of breath. "I'm done. You're up."
Instantly, the flow of power shifted to me, a hard fist in the middle of my chest. Fingers of Crossworld poison trailed over my skin, reaching into me with claw-like insistence. Without a Watcher to drain it, my defenses were weak. Lisa had done most of the work, as usual, but I still couldn't shake the unsettling sensation of drowning in darkness.
When there was nothing left but a few gloppy demon chunks, I collapsed next to her. "That sucked."
"My thoughts exactly."
"Maybe we should take tonight off."
She rolled to her side just enough to shoot me a nasty look. "Maybe you should get a boyfriend."CHAPTER 2
Play With Fire
The eastern sky had begun to lighten as we stumbled back through the French Quarter toward Lisa's Prius. That was good news, at least. Third level subterraneans tended to dissolve in sunlight.
Cars were pouring into the Quarter now, the usual rustles and clangs echoing over the cobblestone streets. I tried not to think what would happen if someone had seen us disposing of the demon. Much as I joked, the secret nature of the Guardians' existence was nothing to laugh at. Guardians and demons and Crossworlders had been around for thousands of years with only minimal security breaches (thank you, Anne Rice). It clenched my stomach imagining I might be the one to upset the delicate balance we'd struck with humanity.
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I received a free copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for review. Cecily white has made a work of pure brilliance, and adventure that you won't want to put down. Between battling Demons, and having a great kick of romance; this is a work of paranormal art unlike any other I have read. Great writing for one, and another is the imagination of this story that seems so real, that I found myself living in the story as I read it. I also became part of the story until the very last page. I can't wait for the next book! There is so much that made me love this book. Amelie is a strong female character, she may have her childish moments, but that is what makes her such a great character. Real people have their childish moments that soon develop into more mature moments, so of coarse that made her just so much more real in my mind. I was able to love all aspects of Amelie, because she felt real in every aspect, which means that you can get to know the characters better, and build a great bond with them, and that makes the book much more exciting. She grows into her full self in such a great way. You get to know every part of her in the end, and yet you still need more of her character at the end of the story. The mature, and spunky woman she becomes ensures how much more you need of this character, and her story. The romance in this book was so realistic. Not only did I read about the romance becoming something real in the book, but I also felt every hungry for love moment, as well as the parts which can also be complicated. In the end true love is something great to have, and Jack and Amelie have it. That being said I would definitely recommend this book to both teens, and adults that want a wonderful book to read.
Reviewed by Aubrey Book provided by the publisher for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book I had a hard time getting into this novel but once I did, I really enjoyed it. Amelie is a bit of a trouble maker and her friends Lisa and Katie are always there to help her. Things go awry when she finds out that she is not who she always thought she was. She is in her last year of high school. She is an angel but hasn’t found out what bloodline she descended from. She soon finds herself on the run with Jackson. Her examiner and teacher. They share a couple kisses but Jack keeps holding her at arms length. Or does he? Amelie is an awesome female character. She stands up for herself and never does the poor me about her life. She does what she wants even if it will and more than likely get her in trouble. She isn’t overly interested in boys and dances are not something she enjoys. I would recommend this book to anyone. The writer has great skill in world building. It was very engaging and imaginative. I really liked how she made all the characters different and not all cookie cutter high school stereotypes.
I’ll be the first to admit I will judge a book by its cover and that is probably the major disadvantage hard copy books have against ebooks. This book has an exquisite cover that begs to be picked up. With its velvety soft feel, the red hair against the darkened background gives it major appeal to potential readers. “He frowned. ‘I prefer to believe you kissed me. If you’d like to apologize I’m happy to hear you out.’” Cecily White does a superb job in bringing her characters to life. While at first I thought the characters were a bit too superficial and reality TV-like, I quickly realized that is a lot of the behaviors and mannerisms of my peers, and while often super annoying, White has a firm grasp of writing from a teenage perspective. I easily saw myself in Amelia, the main character who is snarky and confident, taking no flack from anyone, yet at the same time this leaves her vulnerable, especially when the guy she really likes is around her and she finds out it has been prophesied she shall kill him. There is no lull in this book whatsoever from the get-go and White fills the pages with twist after twist keeping readers always on the edge wondering what is around the next corner. Will Amelia be able to kill the guy she thinks she loves and convince everyone she isn’t a murderer marked to ruin the entire angelblood race? Definitely pick up this book, if not for the nonstop action (my favorite), then for the quirky pop-culture references (least favorite) as there is a bit of everything in this book to appease all readers. *This book was provided in exchange for an honest review* *You can view the original review at San Francisco Book Review
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.
What does one do when you are the enemy you seek to destroy. Amelie is the typical high school senior with demanding classes, great friends, and nights spent demon hunting. Well wait that is a little less than normal but Ami wants to be a Guardian and will make that happen regardless of who is standing in her way. She is looking for a Watcher to bond with her and take her to the next level, but so far, no one seems to be a fit. That is until the day that Jack comes to her high school as an "instructor" creating a best and worst day of her life. There is something going on between them she cannot quite put her finger on, but one thing is a definite she likes this man too much. During her training finals, it appears that using her gifts created a portal for disaster. Ami and Jack are sucked into a scenario with a death sentence over Ami’s head. While Ami and Jack fight back from the nightmare existence, they are residing in the relationship heats up and Ami starts to question what can she offer to this man she is bonded to. Ami comes to terms with who she really is, the forces that control her, and the merging of past and present. Jack struggles to figure everything out wondering if there is something between them stronger than magic. Strap in and take a great reading ride with a well-written story wrapped around amazing characters
Amelie reminds me of Rose from Vampire Academy, only I liked Rose more. Amelie is stubborn and headstrong, and she's not quite human. She's a troublemaker, much like Rose is. Only, I didn't find her as real and believable as Rose. It may be in the way that she's presented or how her personality is so out of there. I never felt as though I really got to know her. At the same time, she has something about her that can help her relate to teenage readers. Despite being a Guardian, she's a regular high school girl. She doesn't let any of this Crossworld business shape her personality or force her to mature too soon. I didn't like the romance in this novel. Amelie acts overly familiar with Jake. It would have been all right with me given her character, but she pushes Jake far past his comfort zone to the point where he has to put the equivalent of a restraining order on her. It doesn't seem like a good way to develop a romantic interest, and yet it happens. Out of nowhere, and the paranormal reason for their chemistry isn't working for me. It still doesn't explain how a love from years ago can still be there when they've had so many life experiences since they last met and aren't the same people they were back then. I also don't like what Jake sentences Amelie to at the end of the novel because of his selfish desire to keep her (and, yet, he can't keep her because of the circumstances). The strong part of this novel is the dialogue. It's real and often filled with witty banter. My only problem was that I didn't understand a lot of the movie references. I never was much of a movie buff, but that's me. I also liked Amelie's friend well enough, though they don't show up enough for me to be able to glean much of their personalities. My favorite character is most definitely Luc. He shows up later in the novel, but he's also the one who I had more time to get to know. I love his eccentric personality. Prophecy Girl doesn't particularly stand out to me in the wave of paranormal romance books out there. Still, it is a fairly solid read for the most part. The plot isn't anything particularly original or action-packed, but it has steady pacing. I recommend this for those who enjoy a down-to-earth paranormal romance read.
Imagine the local high school, full of teens and teachers, but they are Guardians, or really Guardians in training, and protect anyone with a soul from demons. Upon graduation they are paired together - bonded - to kill demons. Usually those bonded end up falling in love as well - so bonding is sort of a really big deal. There is a lot of thought that goes into the bonding decisions, one of which is what bloodlines a person has descended from. Amelie is known to be somewhat of a troublemaker. Her spells usually end up backfiring in some big way. That is how she meets Jack the first time - she is trying to put out a fire that she has created on accident. The connection between them is immediate and Jack does everything he can to keep his distance from her. That isn't meant to be though and before they can blink they are on the run together. I loved their chemistry and hope to see more of them in the future. The book flowed nicely and I found it easy to follow the storyline. There were some twists at the end, some I had figured out, some I hadn't. All in all - good quick clean read.
A big thanks to Entangled Publishing and NetGalley for a digital copy in exchange for an honest review. This book was a roller coaster ride of ups and downs, hating and enjoying it, the whole way through. One minute I found myself enjoying trying to guess what would happen next. And then the next moment I was screaming at it to not do something stupid. And unfortunately I was a little disappointed with some stupid moves. Amelie is the main character of the story. I found her amusing and just like a teenager as she should be, and some teenagers are annoying. Her character wants to kick butt and save the world, but she is ill equipped to do it. But there comes a very good reason why she has been the only girl in school that could not get her powers to work right, often ending in disasters. She has been given drugs to hold her back most of her life. I found her to be very oblivious, impulsive, and frustrating. Yet something about her makes me not hate her completely. She tries to be strong and save the day, so that gives her points in my book. But she could shut up and listen for a moment. Jackson was my favorite character. He just tries to do what is right and follow the prophecy he has been taught to follow. He also puts up with Ami, and keeps her as safe as he can. He was easy to fall in love with. He did angrify me near the end and I almost threw my iPad with how the writer was taking the story. But the end redeemed it for now. One more character I need to mention is Luc. He is a vampire. He was slowly brought into the story, but ended up having a big role in the end. I love how he was a vamp with a grumpy attitude. Yet he was loyal to Jack who is like a brother to him. I am very interested to see where the next book takes his part in the story. I think this was a good start to a series, that is definitely geared toward young adults in high school. There was enough mystery and fighting to keep the pages turning, and enough left open at the end to have me waiting for book 2.
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Entangled Publishing, LLC and Netgalley.) 17-year-old Amelie is a channeller. Descended from angels, channellers channel otherworldly energy to kill demons, and Amelie knows that this is what she was born to do. Before chanellers can graduate from their special school, they are put into pairs or bondmates – one channeller, and one guardian, but Amelie isn’t ready to be paired with anyone at her school, until Jackson Smith-Hailey shows up. The problem? He’s not a student, he’s a teacher! Strange things are happening though, and after several people turn up dead, the finger ends up pointed squarely at Amelie, even though she has nothing to do with it. There are things that Amelie doesn’t know though, things her father has hidden from her, and a prophecy that does not look good for her. Will the prophecy concerning Amelie come true? Why is she so attracted to Jack? And what has her father been hiding from her? I enjoyed this book. Even though some of the ideas might be considered cliché by some people, I liked the little touches and the writing style that made this a really entertaining read. Amelie was a truly kick-ass heroine! She was stubborn and bold and often did exactly what she wanted to do, even if it wasn’t the thing she should be doing! She totally held her own, and wasn’t afraid to make sacrifices for something she wanted. Jack was a real sweetheart! I liked him right from the beginning, and I loved how whilst keeping Amelie at a distance, it was also pretty obvious how he felt about her. I liked the romance between Amelie and Jack. There wasn’t a lot of it, but the teasing and arguments between them were like flirting, and I loved the idea of bond-mates. Even though the soul-mate idea is not new, I liked how Amelie and Jack created yellow sparkles when they touched, and I liked how they both showed that they cared for each other without words. I liked the rest of the storyline, and I liked the brief glimpses of demon hunting that we got. The ending was pretty dramatic, and fitted with the rest of the story, although the thing that happens to Amelie right at the end was a little strange! Overall; a good YA paranormal, with a dash of romance. 7.5 out fo 10.
Amelia is a demon slayer and also a young girl. She goes to an Academy to learn demon hunting and also to find her bondmate. It is very important to find a bondmate. problems start when her professors begin getting killed. She begins to snoop to figure out what is going on. She also has to figure out who just may be her bondmate. More problems occur when she meets Jackson. He wants nothing to do with her and is also a trainer. Amelia feels attracted to him and should stay away but some things are harder to figt\ht than demons. Her powers are stronger around him and that usual only happens when you the right Watcher and Guardian are together. Things turn even worse when her field test go bad. Now she is on the run because it is believed she is the one killing people and the one told to fulfill a horrible prophecy. Can she prove she isn't the prophecy girl and not fall head over heals for Jack. She has five days to do it all in. It is going to be very hard. Amelia is so freaking amazing!! She has it all going on. Powers, funny, tough and not afraid to get right in the middle of things when they get rough. Her life hasn't been perfect but she doesn't let it get her down. Even when it seems like everyone is against her she takes it in stride and she sure isn't afraid to let it be known what she thinks of the other paranormal creatures. Jackson is a double side of yummyness!! Strong, good looking, can be funny at times, smart and so much more. I see a lot of people falling in love with him when they read this. He should be afraid at times but he doesn't let it slow him down. He does what he thinks is right. I so fell for him. It is hard to put into words just how much I enjoyed this book. It is has a different twist on the paranormal world with new things. The writing is very awesome and draws you right in. From the start you get to see just what type of girl Amelia is and as the book progresses you get to see so much more. There is plenty of action as she runs for her life or they are all battling demons. You also get the sparks between Amelia and Jack. They are enough to light up the pages they are on. There is plenty of other characters to get to know and enjoy. There is also plenty of twist and turns many I didn't see coming and was shocked by them. No spoilers from me but seriously read this book!! You won't regret it if you love paranormal YA books. I can not wait to see what happens next.
When approached about reviewing this book I was super excited and accepted right away. The synopsis had me intrigued. Demon slaying, a mystery, murders, and a romance! I'm not typically an angel book reader, but this one caught my attention and it was a really great read! I have gotten away from reading a lot of paranormal so I think it was a nice change. Amelie is a character that took a bit to grow on me. She is impulsive, a bit annoying, and a total rule breaker. She could be really funny at times though, and she is not about to take anyone's crap or listen to what people say if she doesn't agree. She is a bit obsessive over Jack upon just meeting him, which at first made me roll my eyes because it screamed insta-love, but I give the author props for having a good reason behind it. Anyways, there is much more to her than even she knows, and with Jack's help she unravels things. She is also a little naive about some things, but she is a teenager and her whole crush and stuff does cloud her mind. She's also in danger so ya know. She's not exactly thinking straight. Jack was just okay to me. He's got a lot of stuff going on and he knows some questionable people. He is also keeping quite a big secret from Amelie. Honestly he was a good guy and all and he's strong and smart, but he just didn't really do much for me. He was good for Amelie though. He somewhat kept her from doing completely stupid things, though just barely. This was a little predictable, but an interesting book. There was plenty of action and adventure, and just enough mystery to give it that extra push of awesome!! I thought that the romance was done well. It didn't overshadow the main story, but it was very much there. More so because Amelie is so insistent on it even if Jack is trying to keep her at a distance. When it all came together I thought it was really well done. It wasn't anything that blew my mind, but I really did enjoy this book and will continue on with the series. *Actual rating on my blog was 3.5 stars.
Copied from Goodreads: Awesome debut! I have to admit, I'm not a huge reader of YA books and I know the author personally (full disclosure). I'm also not crazy about the title of this book (reminds me of a Marvel comic superhero or something), but it does tell you what it's about, so I suppose it works. That said, I picked it up and didn't stop reading until the very last line. The writing was engaging, clear, and funny. I loved the characters. Amelie and Jack sizzle with tension, even as they try to fight it for practical reasons. Cecily left the ending open for more, and I'm looking forward to seeing what happens to these two as their story continues.
Love love love anything Cecily writes so I might be biased but, yeah, I'm going to do this anyway. You gotta pick up her debut. Seriously. The woman's a rock star. You can thank me for the recommendation later :)
Angel Academy: Prophecy Girl has a rocking heroine who knows how to give and take, has a rapier whit, and can kill a demon without getting too much goo everywhere. Cecily writes with clarity, humour, and verve. This book sucked me in and didn't let me go. I cannot wait for Angel Academy Two. BTW: Team Luc anyone? This is the perfect book for anyone who enjoys adventure, some romance, and a great story line. S.K. Jarkins
Wow! This was a fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat read! Amelie had me at me at "Death is a lot like prom-" and she was my fast friend until the end. I love, love, loved her snarky quick wit and stalky tendencies. I'm cool with stalking. It's a trait I admire in the less-creepily inclined. This young adult, paranormal read left me starving for more. I found myself trying to slow down the read so I could savor it and make it last. It didn't work. It pulled me in and didn't let go until the last blessed page! I totally didn't see the plot twists coming (trusting soul that I am). Nicely done! Think Beautiful Creatures meets Buffy The Vampire Slayer and you have Amelie. Amelie is no Girl Scout, but she has a few of their better qualities: loyal, brave, strong and RESOURCEFUL. I would follow her into battle any day. I can't wait for book two! Write faster, Cecily White!
This book is AMAZING! Amelie is a kick-ass heroine with just the right amount witty snark, the world-building is fantastic and the plot is non-stop action. Throw in a drool-worthy hero, and I couldn't put this book down! More, please, and quickly!
Finally a main character that can make me laugh without making me want to slap her. Amelie is smart and funny and strong at the same time. This is one paranormal book with a heroine I REALLY rooted for. It's a fun ride from beginning to end and best yet, it's the start to a new series. (SQUEAL!) I can't wait to see what's coming next!!
I usually love stories with a strong female protagonist and Prophecy Girl is no exception. Look forward to reading the rest of the series!
I loved Prophecy Girl, and cannot wait for the other books in the series. Amelie is a wonderful main character and I appreciate that she is a strong female lead. I think it sends a great message to young girls. I also really enjoyed the fast pace of the book, but was never confused or lost in the story. the imagery really brings the town and Amelie to life.
'Prophecy Girl' is the first book in a new series that follows teenage main character - Amelie Bennett - as she tries to maneuver a normal life with high school problems, boy issues, and friend troubles, along with the additional troubles that slaying demons brings to the picture. To make matters even worse, a hot new guy moves to town - Jackson Smith-Hailey - possibly the only guy in the entire world who is completely off limits. Because Jackson isn't just any gorgeously dangerous guy - he's Amelie's new trainer. Soon, Amelie finds herself being hunted by the entire city of New Orleans and is also being accused of murdering people and trying to bring down the entire race of angelbloods. Now Amelie has five days to figure out who the real murderer is, along with preventing a vampire war and deal with the prophecy that states she will kill Jack. Will she be able to do it all in time? This was a really fun and witty beginning to a great new series. Amelie is an awesome main character - her attitude is the right amount of snarky and sarcastic without being whiny. I loved her inner dialogue - it sounded really genuine and helped me to connect with her. The writing was incredibly crafted and I was hooked immediately. The plot was an inventive twist on fantasy and paranormal with some romance and action thrown in for good measure. There's a lot going on throughout the book - different storylines and various characters being introduced - but the author is able to weave everything together in a way that flows effortlessly and doesn't confuse the reader at all. The plot is really fast paced but it just made me turn the pages faster to find out what would happen next. This is a really enchanting first book in what promises to be an epic series that fans of YA paranormal fiction will definitely not want to miss. I will definitely be eagerly awaiting the next book to be released! Highly recommended!! Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.