Wednesday, November 20, 2013

New Adult ~ THE LAST HYBRID: Bloodlines of Angels

Can I just say, as a children's author how much I love this new category of New Adult literature?!!! I really do love that the literary world has found a place for what I like to call 'the lost years'-- the three or four years after a young adult graduates from high school.

Although I do not write NA, I do enjoy it and respect all those who write it. So without anymore jabbering from me, here's my latest New Adult spotlight - a book the publishers asked me to read before the summer months, but hit some snags and the whole deal got delayed. I'm excited to share this one with you now!


The Last HYBRID: Bloodline of Angels by Lee Wilson
Genre: Dark Fantasy
Publisher: William and Keats Publishing
Released date: April 2013
Pages: 324

I'd like to thank the publisher for supplying me with a copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.

Favorite Line/Passage: "I got in a fight at the mall. I think it was a set up. He was probably trying to take me to the ones he works for. Or maybe he was going to kidnap you and force me to do something for them to get you back. I'd rather run, than risk your safety." (Daniel, pg. 131)

Description: When Hannah Sawyer dropped out of college after losing her scholarship she spent five years weaning herself of alpha males and alcohol, but when she decides to return to finish her degree she finds those things rolled into one in the intoxicating blue eyes of fellow non-traditional student Daniel Keith. 

What she soon learns is that her newfound addiction to Daniel impairs her judgment beyond any mixed drink a frat boy could have handed her. She should have left when he cut his arm with a car key to show her his white blood. Or when he had a run-in with a dark angel on one of their dates. But Hannah stays, entranced by this man who remains a mystery to her. 

Who or what is Daniel? And why does the small town of Spring Hill, Tennessee seem to summon his enemies? As romance lures Hannah further into a shadowy world most people never see, she realizes she s gotten herself in deeper than she knew possible. And this time there's no option of dropping out.


NIGHTSTAND WORTHY!

My Splats: Enter the energetic world of the twenty-somethings, filled with teasing, mystery, passion...and in this case, a world most cannot see yet has touched every life since the beginning of time.

Prologues are elements of a story that I can live with, but also live without. It all depends on the story. In this story, a prologue was used to capture attention and tease the reader to piece together what could possibly follow. It did its job - I wanted to read on and did.

From the onset, I felt a mature voice telling the story, which added stability to the somewhat chaotic and tumultuous age of new adult material. Clues, of the everlasting yet unseen world to most humans, dropped subtly before me as I read, working their magic to add intrigue and a need to discover what happened next. Odd glances or gestures by certain characters filtered in more clues about the underlining elements brewing below the surface of what could be seen. 

The concept of fallen angels or them being referred as vampires is nothing new; however, Wilson adds a unique twist to their 'becoming', which flavored the world created - as well as the world the reader begins to foresee evolving. Relationships complicated this already troubled hidden world of angels and rebels (angels), who want to forge their own path. As Daniel and Hannah, along with most of their friends, sink deeper into prophecies and Daniel's true heritage, dangerous bargains are offered; some made, while others are refused, leaving the reader parched as the final few chapters approach and hoping for the thirst to be quenched. 

The writing is crisp and eager, as is the dialog, which is often punchy and quick witted. I really enjoyed the flirtatious verbal rants between Daniel and Hannah - lead characters. Both showed tendencies to keep their relationship playful and free, with real passion brimming slowly beneath the surface. This tease yet feisty touches is classic NA and what sets it apart from mere young adult literature. There is a fine line between the two and in this case the line was walked carefully and eloquently, shown through gentle embraces as well as subtle nuances that upped the heat - all tastefully done.   

Another element that was fully NA was the sense of dipping deeper into the emotional entanglements of the characters. Whether characters one on one or a multitude, the reader is given full knowledge that they are in their real world, making real decisions for themselves.

My only negative about the story was my confusion because of a few underdeveloped elements like those explaining the human - hybrid (half/angel) - angel - vampire (dark angel) relationships. In defense, there was a ton to explain. Overall, it was well written, described, and delivered. I'd recommend this book to any paranormal or angel enthusiast, romance lover, and even physical fight scene admirer-due to a few of Daniel's impressive fight scenes-of the upper teen, college, or adult age. Oh, and also for any sequel lovers because there will be a Book II to this book! I will definitely read the next book. I need to find out what happens to Daniel and Hannah. 

Two questions: What do you think of this newer New Adult literary category  and have you read a NA novel recently? 

20 comments:

  1. I really need to read more books outside my beloved NA contemporary romances. Thanks for the recommendation, Sheri!!! This one sounds really good. I used to love fallen angel stories in YA.

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    1. It always helps me when I read outside my genre. Totally agree, Stina! Thanks for stopping by.

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  2. I like that there's room for new genres/labels. I wish there was one between MG and YA...

    Sounds like a great story!

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    1. That is a great point. I've often wondered that. I'm finishing up with my MG novel, right now. Honestly, I stumbled at points about how to stretch my MC because of the audience that will be reading the story. There are two angles to go from: a younger less mature view and then the opposite. I ended up choosing the older view point but still giving my female lead a younger attitude toward boys and a few other issues girls think of at that age.

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  3. I think it's great! My latest new adult read was Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover. Loved it. =)

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    1. I've heard of that one. I'll have to look it up!

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  4. Like you, I enjoy NA and am glad to see books in genres other than romance which really isn't my favorite genre. And I agree with Barbara about there needing to be something between MG and YA, maybe upper MG.

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    1. Yes! That was my exact response to her.

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  5. White blood? You don't see that every day...

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    1. Hmmm ... exactly what I thought. Lee found a unique way to put a spin on the whole angel-vampire idea.

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  6. Oooh! I like angel books--and this sounds right up my alley. NA definitely has its own niche on the spectrum, and while I really like with the more mature voice, I still cling to my YA. There's something so wonderful about first experiencing the world--and both these genres tap into that.

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    1. Oh, I know. Why to you think I'm stuck within the entire KidLit realm? I love every stage of toddlers to elementary ages to MGers and lastly - and my fav - the YAers. FYI: that is, as long as I NEVER have to live through them again. lol

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  7. This one sounds good! I actually have a new adult novella coming out soon with Inkspell (under my pen name, Kitsy Clare) so I am reading NA like crazy now. I've mostly read contemporary realism, but I'm eager to read some magical relaism. Maybe I'll get this one! Thanks for the alert and recommendation.

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  8. I enjoy the NA books I've read and would like to get a chance to read more (just so many books out there) as well as write more. :)

    This one sounds really good! Thanks for the review!

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    1. There are so, so many books out, and so little time to just read. *sigh* I'm really liking this newer genre of NA.

      Have a great weekend, too!

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  9. Like you, I'm SO happy to see the advent of the NA category. It's the perfect cross-over between kids' books and adult's. I love unique and original "monsters," but you're right, they take more explaining than if you're just writing standard vamp/werewolf stories. Your review was excellent, as always. Have a great weekend! :-)

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    1. Thanks for the compliment. It's nice to hear, once and a while. ;)

      Taking the 'average' monster and changing it up does take a bit more effort than in the past. Readers expect it, now. Can't blame them, either.

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  10. I'm very intrigued by NA! I might try wetting my feet (as soon as I get a chance LOL).

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