Sunday, April 1, 2012

Until Next Time, by Amy Lignor

Emily is an angel, and Matt is her warrior counterpart.  They have been tasked with the mission to go to Earth and inhabit human shells.  Emily inhabits Liz, while Matt inhabits Daniel.  Their path on Earth is complex and painful for both of them.  When Liz befriends two strangers who show up in her pup, she encounters human evil like she has never known before.  What will this earthly situation mean for Emily and Matt?

I thought that the storyline and idea behind this book was unique and amazing.  Emily and Matt are powerful and memorable characters, and I particularly enjoyed the scenes in which they interact with other heavenly figures.  It made for a unique view of the Christian figures I knew so well.  However, the whole execution of the descent to Earth to become Liz and Daniel seemed a little clumsy.  I found it a bit difficult to follow.  The concept of Emily's soulmate being Matt, but her being in love with someone else seemed like it did not make sense to me.  I think that this will provide a convoluted concept of love to young adult readers.

I think that this series would have been better served with the introductory book thoroughly explaining Emily and Matt's heavenly lives, their creation, and the concept behind their purpose as an angel/warrior pair.  Then, at the end of that first book, the would be preparing for their first descent to Earth.  I think this would have made the concept much less confusing.

Despite the confusing action at times, I did enjoy the book.  I found it hard to put down, and I was really drawn to the Emily/Liz character.  As the book closes, it made me really want to learn what happens next in Emily's story, so clearly the book succeeded in pulling me in.  The book is appropriate for young adults, it is fairly clean, and will definitely appeal to fans of romance.

I received a review copy courtesy of the publisher.  See the rest of the tour schedule here.


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