by Addison Moore
Series: Celestra #1
Published by Addison Moore Release date : March 26th 2011
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Source: Purchased | Format: eBook
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Sixteen-year-old, Skyla Messenger is a dead girl walking.
When her newly remarried mother moves the family to Paragon Island, to a house that is rumored to be haunted, Skyla finds refuge in Logan Oliver, a boy who shares her unique ability to read minds.
Skyla discovers Logan holds the answers to the questions she’s been looking for, but Logan’s reluctance to give her the knowledge she desires leaves her believing Logan has a few secrets of his own.
Skyla’s bloodlines may just be connected to the most powerful angelic beings that roam the earth, and the more she knows, the more danger she seems to be in.
Suddenly an entire faction of earthbound angels wants her dead, at least she still has Logan, or does she?
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*Spoilerish and rantish
I don’t even know where to start.
Ethereal was one of those books I “purchased” and completely forgot about. Only to stumble on it when I was adding titles for my freebie picks. In any case– I was excited to start this because I love angel lore and this sounded so good. I wish I could say this is one of the better self pubs. But I can’t.
I am typically one of those readers that could care less about grammar, mistakes and typos. It isn’t as if it doesn’t bother me; but I usually don’t rate the book based on that, nor does it hinder my judgement of the book as a whole. In this case though; I was so irritated, confused and put off by all the mistakes in the story. On top of that, this book had all my pet peeves under one title. Insta love, info dump and chalky pacing. I was not a fan, y’all.
The story starts off with Skyla and her family moving from L.A. to Paragon, an isolated Island off the coast of Washington State. (I think) Skyla is a bitter girl, still grieving over the death of her father. It’s obvious she isn’t happy about the move since she makes that know right off. Once arriving at their new house, she meets, Brielle, her new neighbor. They become instant best friends. Not long after, we meet Gage and Logan, insta love ensues and everything else goes down hill from there.
Before I get into the niddy gritty about all the things that bothered me; I shall discuss the good. I really enjoyed the lore. This is what saved the book from my DNF pile. I love angel lore and here, it’s so different. Confusing yes, but different non the less. The hierarchy of the angels and their power was fascinating to learn about. The powers are all different, which just adds to the appeal. Also, there are some sort of sinister creatures out to kill off Celestras, though they weren’t elaborated on much. My only tiff about the lore was there wasn’t much back story. Yeah, angels wanting to get frisky with the human girls but other than that, nada.
Ok, now that THAT’s done.
When writing a book, there has to be some consistency. And you have to keep your story straight. You can’t change events that happen to add to the drama or emotional state of the characerer. And it happens throughout the entire book. One minute, Drake was her half-brother. A few pages later, he was her step brother. Her father died in a car wreck. Then later, it’s mentioned a fire. WHAT? Which one is it? There are several times this happened and it was difficult to follow when there were SO MANY different answers given or it would change. I couldn’t keep everything straight.
Skyla is one of the worst MC I have read about in a long time. She is selfish, bitter, mean, shallow and completely judgmental. Upon learning about the girl who died in her house, she sees her in her dreams and INSTANTLY is on the defensive saying “You can’t have him”, meaning Logan. WHAT? She leaves her sisters alone, ALL DAY, in a mall, so she can have some time alone with Logan. Also, she is mean and unfair to her step brother, Drake. She strung along Gage, which to me, had way more personality and was a lot more likable than Logan. I have to admit, she was funny at times but that in no way, could save her character.
There was no build up with ANY of the relationships. Brianne, Gage, Logan. There has to be some development to ANY person or relationship. It was like she had known these people all her life instead of JUST meeting them. There was no climax to the story, so resolution.
Overall- This book had a lot going for it. But with undeveloped characters & relationships, the inconstancy and ever so irritating insta love, this was not for me. I’ve been told the series “gets better”. Sadly, I wont know because I wont be continuing the series.