by Adrienne Kress
Published by Diversion Books Release date : June 4th 2013
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
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After six years of “angels” coming out of the sky and taking people from her town, 16-year-old Riley Carver has just about had it living with the constant fear. When one decides to terrorize her in her own backyard, it’s the final straw. She takes her mother’s shotgun and shoots the thing. So it’s dead. Or … not? In place of the creature she shot, is a guy. A really hot guy. A really hot alive and breathing guy. Oh, and he’s totally naked.
Not sure what to do, she drags his unconscious body to the tool shed and ties him up. After all, he’s an angel and they have tricks. When he regains consciousness she’s all set to interrogate him about why the angels come to her town, and how to get back her best friend (and almost boyfriend) Chris, who was taken the year before. But it turns out the naked guy in her shed is just as confused about everything as she is.
He thinks it’s 1956.
Set in the deep south, OUTCAST is a story of love, trust, and coming of age. It’s also a story about the supernatural, a girl with a strange sense of humor who’s got wicked aim, a greaser from the 50’s, and an army of misfits coming together for one purpose: To kick some serious angel ass
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I love angel books where they are the represented as “bad guys”. I like stepping out of the symbolism box. While this does remind me a lot of Angelfall and Angel Burn, Outcast sets it own standard in originality.
I had a few.. expectations heading into this book and what I got.. wasn’t AT ALL what I expecting. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I was hoping for more action. Full of Creep-tastic angels. That’s not to say they weren’t there but; it’s more a story of a girl and boy, falling in love, being yourself and fighting back when no one else will.
For 6 years, “The Angels” have been coming once a year for a Taking. Over the course of these years, the towns folk have went from fear, to acceptance to worship. Riley finds herself the outcast, not believing in the Glory and seeing what these “angels” for what they are. Takers.
Riley was hilarious. She is brutally honest and witty. I found myself cracking up at lot. She does have her moments of self loathing and pity– that I felt were completely unnecessary. She is determined to fight back and find Chris, her best friend, who was taken. She’s tough and smart. I loved it when she really stepped up and organized this band of “mis-fits” to fight back.
I loved the relationship between her and Gabe. It was a slow build up, which in this case I really enjoyed. Honestly, I thought he was a self-absorbed ass hole at first. Now, looking back, his character is so realistic. Honestly, how would you react if you realized you just kind of… jumped 50 some odd years? He was scared. Lonely and just felt like he didn’t belong.
Kress’ take on angels was purely fascinating. Yes, there was the stranded Nephilim term mentioned and while there was no info dump on the lore, there wasn’t too much elaboration either. Which is fine. This is one of those times were minimal information is better. I also loved the writing. Everything takes place within a year, so there are time gaps. Usually, I don’t like it when this happens, but it was so well done I had no qualms.
As far as the ending goes- it’s bittersweet. It threw me for a loop and tugged at the heart a little. *feels*
Overall- All fans of Angels will enjoy this. It’s different, fun and just all around a great read!