Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy Publication.Date February 1st 2012 Pages: 295 Published By: Tribute Books | Website Amy Lignor |
Until Next Time - Goodreads My review copy: Finished copy received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
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Matt and Emily were created for a specific job. Raised and trained as the ultimate angel/warrior team, they are sent down to save, defend, judge and forgive, depending on the 'life' they've been assigned. What they don't realize is that the power of human emotions, such as love, anger, passion and fear can take over even the best of souls, causing them to make mistakes and follow paths that lead to confusion and heartache.
When the reason for their training is finally revealed, the angel/warrior team find themselves thrust into a world they know nothing about. Matt takes over the life of Daniel, a young man with a great deal of baggage. Emily becomes Liz, a girl living in a remote village who relies on nothing more than her own strength to survive. A violent storm erupts one night, and framed in the window of Liz's establishment is a frightening face. Let in by the soul of a Good Samaritan, the two visitors bring with them a past full of secrets that could literally change an angel's path and a warrior's plans.
From murder to redemption, this angel/warrior team must find a way to keep the faith they have in each other in a world that's ripping them apart. (Goodreads)
Soulmate - what a dumb word. A soulmate is the eternal partner you have in every lifetime - the one created just for you. Easy concept, right? Unfortunately, what Matt and I didn't know is that when you're human, you can fail to recognize your soulmate. You can end up feeling attracted to other people. It's easy to get all messed up and confused. Hearts are broken fast that way.
Anger is the enemy. It can cloud issues and make people do unspeakable things. So can love. True love is the most powerful thing, but it can prevent a man from seeing clearly.
Their souls were one, keeping each other on the right course, oblivious to the rest of the world.
Totally captivating, a powerful and entertaining read that will make your heart pound. Amy Lignor's writing style is engaging and full of charm, making it easy to loose yourself in the magical world she created, and connect with all the fabulous characters. Dealing with love, duty, destiny, and difficult choices, Until Next Time is a beautiful book in many ways.
Matt and Emily are angels sent down to Earth on a mission to stop bad things from happening, all the while leading a "normal human lives" in their human shells (human bodies they're inhabiting). They've been training for that their whole lives, they have skills and unique angel powers, they're well prepared for anything that could happen. The only problem is once their souls are placed in human bodies, their own memories are wiped clean. They don't remember anything, including each other and their meant-to-be relationship. Overwhelmed by human emotions no training could ever have prepared them for, Matt and Emily will need more than faith to survive their time in human world.
What sets Until The Next Time apart from all the other angel books I've read so far, is that the concept behind the story is entirely unique and fresh. And, let's face it, that does not happen very often when it comes to angel books. Sure, the general idea remains the same, but at the same time Amy Lignor puts a very original spin on it, giving us something exciting and new. Something that is very hard to dislike. I liked the idea of taking over someone else's body at the exact moment of the person's death, to ensure that their purpose in life is fulfilled. It was fascinating to read about, thought-provoking and very emotional.
I found the plot line very interesting and mostly well thought out. I say mostly, because there was a couple of instances when I scratched my head and wondered "hmm.. how did that just happened?" or thought to myself "well, I'm not quite sure if that was entirely necessary". For instance, I wasn't quite sure why all the angel warriors had to train so hard in preparation for their missions, just to have their memories wiped clean before being sent down to Earth. And don't get me wrong here, it's not that I don't understand why their angel memories needed to be removed, as Amy explained all that very well (they needed to start fresh and go into their missions with open mind), I just didn't see why the extensive training was necessary in the first place.
But that's basically all I could possibly complain about. Everything else - from the wonderful mythological backdrop that Amy so skilfully builds on and expands, to the complex, convincing, likable characters, to the incredible depth of the story and the profound messages it carries - was simply fabulous. I devoured Until Next Time. Touching and thrilling, it's an excellent angel book, and one you should definitely have on your shelf (or eReader).
About the AuthorEvie is the Blogger behind Bookish. She enjoys reading many different genres, especially YA, Paranormal, Contemporary Fiction and Fantasy.She loves talking to authors and is always happy to welcome them for interviews, and guest posts. She also likes spreading the love for awesome books and chatting with fellow book-worms.