- Publisher: Stonehouse Ink
- Format: Paperback | 379 pages
- Dimensions: 137mm x 216mm x 33mm | 499g
- Publication date: 5 December 2011
- Publication City/Country: Boise, ID
- ISBN 10: 0982607865
- ISBN 13: 9780982607862
- Edition statement: Reprint
- Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
- Sales rank: 269,025
All Airel ever wanted was to be normal, to disappear into the crowd. But bloodlines can produce surprises, like an incredible ability to heal. Then there's Michael Alexander, the new guy in school, who is impossibly gorgeous...and captivated by her. Somewhere in the back of her mind, she can hear the sound of pages turning, and another, older story being written. It is the story of an ancient family, of great warriors, of the Sword of Light, and the struggle against an evil so terrible, so far-reaching, that it threatens everything. Airel knew change would be an inevitable part of life. But can she hold on when murder and darkness begin to close in and take away everything she loves? Will she have what it takes when the truth is finally revealed? "It takes rare talent for a man to write a novel from a male POV and have it published to great critical and commercial acclaim. But it takes a miracle for that same male, or in this case males, to write a novel from the POV of a teenage girl and have it turn out as incredibly as did the new StoneHouse YA by Aaron Patterson and Chris White, Airel. From the first sentence, I felt compelled to dive into this young woman's story and just as importantly, I felt like I personally knew her, which means I laughed, stressed and cried right along with her. A beautifully written and crafted fiction about teenage innocence, faith, loss and love. A must read for teens and adults alike." --Vincent Zandri, International Bestselling Author of The Remains, The Innocent, and Concrete Pearl.
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Aaron Patterson is the author of the best-selling WJA series, as well as two Digital Shorts: 19 and The Craigslist Killer. He was home-schooled and grew up in the west. Aaron loved to read as a small child and would often be found behind a book, reading one to three a day on average. This love drove him to want to write, but he never thought he had the talent. His wife Karissa prodded him to try it, and with this encouragement, he wrote Sweet Dreams, the first book in the WJA series, in 2008. Airel is his first teen series, and plans for more to come are already in the works. He lives in Boise, Idaho with his family, Soleil, Kale and Klayton. Chris White has an award for reading 750 books in one school year - from the 3rd grade. So yes, he's more of a nerd than Aaron. Chris loves history, Sherlock Holmes, and anything that's not virtual, like old motorcycles and mechanical typewriters. He also doesn't get why we have these things called "smart phones" when all they do is make people dumber. Chris recently celebrated 10 years of marriage with his wife, April, and has two boys: Noah, age 8, and Jaden, age 3, who inspired the Great Jammy Adventure series; the OK-to-color-in picture books. Chris is working on a short story called The Marsburg Diary that will further explore the prologue to Airel, and he is finishing up his first novel, entitled K: phantasmagoria, due out in 2011. Chris has a major crush on Audrey Hepburn, who is now dead. His wife is okay with all of this.
By Stormi Johnson 19 Nov 2011
Okay so I am not a huge Angel story kind of person but I agreed to review this book so I thought I would give it a try. I found it to be a decent read, although I am not a huge fan of flashing back between the past and the present. Sometimes I seem to get lost in what was happening in the past but my favorite parts were what was happening to Airel in the present, not her ancestors in the past.
Airel is pretty much your typical teen who has a awesome best friend Kim, who was my favorite character. When Airel meets Micheal she starts feeling sick all of the time but she doesn't understand why, also her skin starts clearing up. She goes from looking like a typical teen to a model in just days and she doesn't understand why, some other things happens to her and she has no clue what is going on.
She witnesses a murder and has a creepy guy stalking her and all sorts of things will happen to her as the book progresses but I can't tell you what. Airel is a fairly strong character and it was surprising to find that two male authors wrote this book about a girl.
Micheal is a hot, sexy guy who shows up to school one day and turns Airel's world upside down in more ways than one. They have a instant attraction to each other but Airel still gets a bit conflicted about him. Sometimes he looks like he is in love, then its like a mask comes over his face and he won't let it show. Their is a good reason for this that you will find out towards the end if you don't figure it out while your reading. I think he might get to redeem himself in the second book as it is called Micheal. I am a little curious to know more about him.
Over all I think if angel books are your thing that you would really like this book. I liked the first half more than the last half, but over all I think I will still check out the second book because I like Micheal and would like to know more about him.