Monday, May 01, 2017

Dream Angel (#1 Angel) by Jane West

Author                       Jane West 
Publication Date      30 April 2017 
Genre                         New Adult Paranormal Romance 

After the death of Stevie’s father, life becomes hard growing up. Stevie’s mother, Sara, an alcoholic, and diagnosed with bipolar disorder, has forced Stevie to live a life of uncertainty, bouncing from town to town, living in cheap hotels and barely scraping by.

On the eve of Stevie’s eighteenth birthday, Sara announces that they are moving once again. This time, the place of destination is a small town in the Deep South of Louisiana.

On the first day of the new school, the alluring Aidan Bane swaggers into Stevie’s English class and from that point on, Stevie’s life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn.

Thrust into a magickal world of extraordinaire, Stevie begins to unveil her true inheritance and that nothing is what it seems. And as tension builds, Stevie becomes suspicious of the charming Aidan Bane that he may be the mastermind behind the strange and eerie events encircling her.

When Stevie comes to live at Aidan’s castle, she stumbles upon a private conversation. As her mistrust becomes real, Stevie discovers that Aidan has been keeping dark secrets that he is a member of the occult, known as the Illuminati, and he and his vile uncle are conspiring to take her life.

With the stakes high and surrounded by evil forces threatening her life, Stevie must make a life altering decision that might cost her her life. No one can be trusted, but despite the risk, Stevie turns to Aidan for help.

Can Aidan be trusted or is he truly the prince of darkness?

Darkly romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful, Drea
m Angel captures the struggle between defying our hearts and quenching our desires. 

The first part of the Angel Trilogy takes place in a small town where gossips spread like wild fire. There is an interesting mix of the occult and science. 

Stephanie who goes by the name of Stevie lives with her mother and they never stay in one place for long. Stevie's friends have organised her eighteenth birthday party, only she won't be there because her mother has decided that they have to move on that day. She doesn't have a choice. Another town and another new school. 

Aidan is the mysterious, rich and popular bad boy. He wears designer clothes and drives a flashy car! It just so happens that he starts at the new school on the same day as Stevie. He strikes a conversation with her but she is not impressed. Why would a rich kid be interested in her? She leads a poor life. She starts her day with a job before going to school to help her mother pay the bills and any food is a luxury. 

Stevie is befriended by Sally who introduces her to her little click but one of her friends is not very keen and takes an instant dislike to Stevie. She seems to know more about Stevie than she should and her insults spark a near "cat fight". Luckily, Aidan intervenes and then something strange happens. From then on he seems to be there whenever she is in trouble and he doesn't take no for an answer when she declines his help. 

As the story unfolds, it becomes apparent that some of the strange occurrences are way out of the ordinary. Stevie is a sceptic and doesn't believe in the paranormal, even when her new friend Ms Noel holds a seance and gives her information about her father. Something that she is very sensitive about. Sara, her mother is never very forthcoming with information and she is far from being a model mother. Her behaviour is appaling and the more is revealed about her, the worse it gets. She always puts herself first and doesn't care that she has led Stevie is a dangerous situation. There is something that others want from Stevie and would go as far as killing her to get what they want. Besides Ms Noel, the only other person who appears to have her interest at heart is Aidan or does he? 

Aidan is a contradiction in term. His moods swing from one extreme to the other. He is one of those characters who brings out the love hate relationship in the reader. Stevie tries to be independent but she is very naive and impulsive, getting herself into more and more trouble. She stomps her foot once too often but she has a good heart! Her relationship with Aidan is unpredictable. He is unpredictable! 

This story revolves around the occult and as soon as a mystery is solved, another one rears its ugly head. Most of the characters are not who they appear to be. The revelations about some of them are quite shocking. It's an intriguing storyline which kept me guessing. I found it a little long winded in places but then again it could be just me. Otherwise, it's a captivating read. It ends on the most disturbing  and unexpected cliffhanger. What happens next is anyone's guess! I would recommend to those who like the paranormal with a mix of the occult, science, romance, mystery, suspense, dark and evil magic . 

I received a complimentary ecopy from the author. The views expressed are my personal and honest opinion.

When Jane's not hard at work writing, she spends her time, reading, playing Mario-cart, watching movies, and spending time with family. She has raised three children, grown now. Her dreams of becoming an author started as a child, where she spent her time writing short stories and poems. Jane writes Young Adult Contemporary, Urban Fantasy/Paranormal and Romance and children's books.