Author: Erin M. Leaf
Title: Angel's Power
Series: Angel Shifters 2
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
Rating: One Petal
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Ariel doesn’t understand why her wings are changing colors. She doesn’t know why energy flickers through her and she doesn’t have time to worry about it. Demons are loose and she must help her brother lead their People.
When Suriel, the angel sorcerer, arrives and offers his help, Ariel’s immediate attraction to him confuses her. She wasn’t looking for a mate and is afraid to commit to anyone while her wings are damaged. And the demons are out there, waiting for the angels to show weakness…
Suriel doesn’t want a mate. His power is strong, but very unstable and he is terrified that he will hurt someone if he lets anyone get too close. The only reason he came to Castle Archangel is to help defeat the demons. However, Ariel, the Alpha’s sister, draws him like no other woman ever has. And when she is injured in a battle, he will do whatever it takes to take care of her.
The previous book in the series, Angel's Honor, showed potential. It made the angels and their strange powers sound very interesting and I wanted to learn more about them. That is the only reason I picked up Angel's Power and I regret it. Angel's Power had every weakness I disliked about Angel's Honor and squandered any chance I had of liking it by adding in vapid characters to the terrible plot.
Ariel starts off interesting. She's a strong female character sitting on the council of angels and advising their leaders on how to go about rebuilding their society and fighting the demons that are plaguing them. She is also struggling with strange powers manifesting. Aside from the fact that in a book with any depth claims of nepotism would be flying (Ariel is Gabriel's sister and that's the reason she got the council position), Leaf appears to quickly forget all of Ariel's strengths. Once she meets Suriel, the insta-love of her life, she turns into an utter idiot. She tries to snare him by wearing low cut shirts and batting her eyelashes and then doesn't understand why Suriel thinks she's a moron. But that's okay because they're insta-meant for each other so the happily ever after sex happens despite the fact that they haven't bothered to work out any of their differences.
There's also a side-plot about demons invading the human world. Like the previous book, this one doesn't bother to give any explanation about what demons are, why they're bad, and why the angels have to fight them. Instead, Ariel and Suriel automatically jump into a fight that had no meaning to me as a reader.
There was zero depth in this book, the characters were vapid, and the plot was almost nonexistent. I struggled to finish reading it because it was a painful experience. I cannot recommend this book and will not be continuing with the series.
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