Author: Erin M. Leaf
Title: Angel's Honor
Series: Angel Shifters 1
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
Rating: Two Petals
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Raphael had no idea what he was getting into when he went to Castle Archangel to study the People’s oral history. He didn’t expect his wings to suddenly change from brown to the purest white—the mark of an Omega, the destined mate of the Alpha. There has never been a male Omega before, not in all the millennia angels have flown the skies of Earth. However, when Raphael meets ebony-winged Gabriel, the true leader of the People, he knows he wants this man more than anything. Change is not always bad.
When Gabriel’s wings suddenly turn to startling ebony, he must deal with the knowledge that he is an Alpha, a leader of the angels. When he discovers that his destined mate is a man, he must accept that being Alpha of the People means accepting more than he’d expected. When their current leader challenges him, accusing Gabriel of committing one of the People’s most dishonorable crimes, Gabriel must fight: for his honor, for his mate, and for the survival of the angels.
I thought this book showed an amazing amount of creativity. The world and the powers Leaf created were very interesting and I really enjoyed reading them. The rest of the book unfortunately fell short in comparison.
Angels are another kind of human that evolved with wings and strange powers. They lived in hiding for generations until they were recently revealed to the human world and have since been trying to integrate their societies. The angels are unfortunately led by an evil despot, which added a political edge to the story that I really liked. I thought the angel's wings were also very interesting. When an angel is in human form the wings are beautiful tattoos, but when the angel returns to angel form they become real, feathered wings big enough for flight. The feathers change color based on an angel's ranking and on their powers.
Aside from that, I found this book to be utterly vapid. There is absolutely no depth at all. When Gabriel and Raphael come into their powers, they both suddenly know the other man is their mate. They meet, almost for the first time, and without even having one full conversation they're flying away to have ridiculous airborne sex that indicates they'll be together and happy forever. This wasn't just insta-love, this was missing the entire buildup to any sort of real relationship. I also thought the fight with the evil leader of the angels was terrible. Gabriel came into his powers and the evil leader immediately said let's fight. There was so much potential for political dealing, for sabotage, or even working the court, and instead they have a meaningless fight. And then, poof, suddenly there are demons. There's no buildup, no explanation that more than just angels and humans exist, and there's no description of the consequences of what demons in the human world means. Leaf just stated that demons are bad and must be defeated. I didn't find it to be believable at all.
This book had so much potential that it didn't live up to. The angels were very interesting and I liked the description of their wings. However, the rest of the book utterly lacked depth. The romance was too fast and the fight against the enemy completely unrealistic. I have decided to read the next book in the series because of the angels, but I still can't recommend this book.
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