Let’s have some Australian angel loooove today, blogglings!
Thanks to the author for the copy in exchange for an honest review. FALL FOR ME released in January, 2013.
“Angels aren’t supposed to fall in love, especially with each other. But for the record, you were worth it.”
Grace Tate is a Protection Angel and Vampire Hunter, and she has always followed the rules. But some rules are made to be broken…
Until now the fight against evil has been simple, and falling in love was never part of the plan. So what happens when it’s beyond Grace’s control, and when she least expects it she falls for the wrong person?
All hell breaks loose, that’s what.
At Hopetown Valley High, not everything is as it seems, and the one person Grace thought was her enemy becomes her most important ally.
Blood will be shed, lives will be lost and friendships will be tested. It all comes down to one decision, and when Grace tries to save all those dear to her, she realises not everyone can be—or wants to be—saved.
K. A. Last was born in Subiaco, Western Australia, and moved to Sydney with her parents and older brother when she was eight. Artistic and creative by nature, she studied Graphic Design and graduated with an Advanced Diploma. After marrying her high school sweetheart, she concentrated on her career before settling into family life. Blessed with a vivid imagination, she began writing to let off creative steam, and fell in love with it. She now resides in a peaceful leafy suburb north of Sydney with her husband, their two children, and a rabbit named Twitch.
I’m beginning to think if you write angel books you have to a) have an incredibly sassy sense of humour, and b) have a wild imagination, and c) mash-up genres. I do love that. Genre-mash ups are becoming my new favourite thing of all.
Instead of cranky birds of heaven, Fall For Me has guardian angels and vampire hunters. Which I think is a fabulous mix. I think, though, that the vampires could have used some guardian angels of their own (because they got flattened…ouch). Actually, come to think of it, the guardian angels weren’t so good at guarding… Pay rate must be slack for being a guardian angel? We have the normal high-school setting, but it’s in AUSTRALIA, MATE. Bonus points from me.
Plot? It’s not the most original thing I’ve ever read. High school dramas? Seen it. Angel-oogling-at-human-boy? Read it. Party gone wrong? Only a million times. While the book didn’t stand out with plot (to me, and for you it could be totally different)…
…I absolutely loved the characters! Mainly the twins: Archer and Grace. They’re fantastic together! Their humour is sarcastic and sassy. Their relationship is realistic: they argue and call each other names and would die for each other. Fabulous. I cracked up several times at their exchanges.
Grace and Josh dual narrate. I have to admit, I’m not such a fan of multiple POVs anymore. I find it hard to invest in a character I know nothing about when I’m being jerked back and forth. Particularly when, oops, here it comes: I just didn’t like Josh. He had issues, okay? He dumps his girlfriend in his first chapter and is with Grace in the next chapter. And I could never ship their relationship because Grace spent her time saying: “Why can’t angels be with humans? I just want to have some fun too…” Aw, so deep and loving Grace. Are you using him?! They fall head-over-heels in love with each other until…
…Seth, the fallen angel, walks onto the scene. Now here’s a dude I can ship with Grace. While Josh spat fumes every time Grace looked at other guy (calm down, grasshopper), Seth was just all round fallen. I’m not sure why. (I believe there’s a prequel for that.)
It’s not the best love-triangle I’ve ever read. I wanted more out of the characters. I wanted backstory and depth and commitment. But the boys seemed happy to punch each other and….Grace just let them. I don’t blame her. It was actually refreshingly hilarious how she just watched them punch each other at one stage and just rolled her eyes. I’d have been happy getting more into Grace’s brother, Archer’s, character. He was awesome.
The dialogue is hilarious and Grace-and-Archer are a fabulous brother/sister duo. It’s a pity all the relationships were so, um:
Josh: “Go and find Seth, and when you’re done with that, come back to me.”
Grace: “I promise I will.”
Josh: “Don’t make promises you can’t keep.”
Cait had a rough start with angel-paranormal-stories, but after reading Angelfall and Fall For Me, she’s decided she likes the genre. There’s a lot of falling involved in angel books, apparently. Maybe someone should get them parachutes? Then we could have Fall Partway For Me and Angel Parachutes: A Midair Love Story.