The Angel (Paperback)
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Short Description for The Angel No safe word can protect the heart. From the author of "The Siren" comes the second novel in The Original Sinners trilogy. Original.
- Published: 25 September 2012
- Format: Paperback 410 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780778313991 ISBN 10: 0778313999
- Sales rank: 25,318
Reviews for The Angel
Oh. My. God. This book. I have to say, The Angel was a shock. A delicious surprise, which may seem surprising since I've read and enjoyed book one, The Siren. I feel silly for being surprised, but typically, "seconds" in a series tend to be a bit of a letdown. The Angel, though, was not only as good as The Siren, it was beyond incredible. It was a gorgeous piece of work that has left me feeling slightly obsessed with The Original Sinners.
For those who've read The Siren (and if you haven't, please remedy that ASAP.), I'm sure you're dying to know what happened after that sad ending. (Poor Wes. Poor Nora.) The Angel resumes over a year later, but thankfully, Reisz slowly and seamlessly fills in the blanks throughout the story. Nora and Soren are together and happy. But an investigation into Soren's past sends Nora and her new student Michael out of sight, to stay with Griffin. Though she loves Soren and misses him desperately, the time away from him forces, or allows, Nora to rehash her past, and confront unresolved and painful feelings for the love Nora turned away. All the while, Michael, whose desperation pushed him to drastic actions, is finding himself. An eager student, a willing lover, an Angel, this story is as much Michael's as it is Nora's.
What I loved the most about The Angel was the fact that author Tiffany Reisz surprised me on almost every page. I felt that I knew Nora so well, and Wes, to a large extent, and that I had a true grasp on them. Even though I didn't get to know Soren, Kingsley, and Griffin particularly well in The Siren, I dismissed them, particularly Griffin, as easily-pegged characters. Ohhhh, how wrong I was, and I am happy to admit it. What Reisz has mastered is the art of creating fully dimensional characters. Her characters are good (sometimes), bad (a lot of the time), and always so good at being so bad. Take Soren, for example. He's a Priest. A very, very good Priest who has done remarkable things for the Church. And yet, he has broken vows. He's a Sadist. He has been in love with Nora since she was fifteen. He has given the very best parts of himself to the Church, and yet he is the head of the Underground. He's Complex. I also love that characters I originally thought of as marginal, are not marginal in the slightest. Griffin is a character I dismissed as a fun, "fill in" character in The Siren. But in The Angel, Griffin is magnificent, becoming my favorite in the story. And Michael. Who could forget poor Michael? I thought his appearance in book one was a device used to wake Nora up. I never imagined he would play a central role in The Angel. I'm left feeling blown away by these characters.
Speaking of blown away (heh), The Angel is one of the most erotic books I've ever read. Sometimes it was playful, sometimes it was scary, but it was always seductive. Reisz has a remarkable way of writing sexual scenes. Her seduction lies more in the implication than in relying on an actual "description" of the act. The scene works as a whole; the type sheets on the bed, the color of candles lit, the color of lingerie worn, the whisper of a breath on the back of a neck, the placement of a hand, a sigh... It all works beautifully together to create an intensely erotic atmosphere that will leave you feeling heady and completely satisfied.
The Angel has helped secure The Original Sinners series on my "Must-Read-or-I-Will-Die" list. The clever, sharp, beautifully seductive writing; the characters that I love, like, and am terrified of; the story of a group of Sinners, these complicated, worthwhile characters, have all combined in this perfect storm to create what I consider a perfect book. The ending left me crying...on a bike...at the gym. Sad tears? Happy tears? I'll never tell, but I will tell you that I will cut someone to read book three, The Prince. by Andrea Thompson