Monday, October 16, 2017

ARC Review: Familiar Angel by Amy Lane

Familiar Angel
One hundred and forty years ago, Harry, Edward, and Francis met an angel, a demon, and a sorceress while escaping imprisonment and worse! They emerged with a new family—and shapeshifting powers beyond their wildest dreams.

Now Harry and his brothers use their sorcery to rescue those enslaved in human trafficking—but Harry’s not doing so well. Pining for Suriel the angel has driven Harry to take more and more risks until his family desperately asks Suriel for an intervention.

In order for Suriel to escape the bindings of heaven, he needs to be sure enough of his love to fight to be with Harry. Back when they first met, Harry was feral and angry, and didn’t know enough about love for Suriel to justify that risk. Can Suriel trust in Harry enough now to break his bonds of service for the boy who has loved his Familiar Angel for nearly a century and a half?

Jewel's rating:

Familiar Angel was such a cute story of magic and angels and demons and cats. Yes, cats. There was a ton of world-building and not as much romance as I would have liked, but I've got to say, I do love Amy Lane's vast imagination. It had a "once upon a time..." feel to it, and I rather enjoyed the storytelling.

Familiar Angel is not only the story of Harry and Suriel, but also is used to introduce a cast of secondary characters and build out the world. The MC's aren't together for all that much of the story, but I could still feel their connection and their longing. It takes 140 years before they are able to be together for more than a few hours at a time, and Harry spends those decades learning how to live and love and overcome his past and help others to do the same.

Suriel is an Angel -- beautiful, caring, and protective, but bound by duty. He loved Harry, and had since the moment they met, but he needed to wait before falling. Harry wasn't ready. And Suriel wasn't ready. Spending time with Harry comes with a painful price, but no amount of suffering could keep Suriel away for long, so they danced around each other for decades. Until it was time to choose. Everything has a price and being together comes with a steep one.

When they finally get their chance, Suriel and Harry were so so sweet. I loved just how sure Suriel was and how now matter the outcome, they both decided to take the chance on love.

Familiar Angel is about, not only facing your fears, but conquering them. It's about learning that love is worth the risk and pain of losing. It's about believing in yourself and those you love.

This is not the heavy, angsty, Amy Lane story. No, Familiar Angel is much more lighthearted in its execution and was delightful. I loved the world-building and it does look like at least two other books have been set up for the other two brothers, so I have something to look forward to!


ARC of Familiar Angel was generously provided by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

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