Sunday, April 6, 2014

Angelstone (Dark Angel #2) / Hanna Peach

Reviewed by: ?wazithinkin

Genre: Epic/ Urban Fantasy

Approximate word count: 85-90,000 words

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“Hanna began to write at the tender age of seven, starting with a daring and questionable autobiography entitled Go Suck a Lemon. Perhaps it was a little before its time.

After leaving school she agreed with everyone who said she needed to get a degree and a real job to become a proper adult. She kept writing as a hobby. After starting (and never finishing) several degrees and switching from multiple careers, she finally decided that being a proper adult was overrated. In 2012, she sold everything, moved to Europe and began to write full-time...She is currently residing in England.

She is addicted to coffee and chocolate and would one day like to own a dragon.”

For more, visit Peach's website or Facebook page


“After escaping from the Hollows, Jordan takes Alyx and Israel to Aradale, a secret Rogue community, where they appear to be safe − for now. But did they bring the enemy with them? ’Mini‘, the strange and speechless young girl they rescued from the Hollows, is not as she seems. Why was Elder Michael keeping her locked up? What is she hiding?

Out in the mortal cities, pieces of Black Stone, the only material that can disrupt the angels' healing abilities, continue to be stolen to make weapons for Samyara's dark army. Alyx and her friends must stop them, but this means infiltrating holy and guarded places to steal the Black Stone − a monastery in remote China, a mosque in Saudi Arabia, an art gallery in Florence and a cathedral in Peru. Can they win this deadly race against the Darkened?”


Angelstone starts off where Angelfire left off. Alyx, with Jordan’s help, is learning to refine and control her new powers by manipulating the DreamScape, but she must get a handle on her anger. I liked that the fact that these angels are imperfect beings. They are not all-knowing and they each have their own strengths and weaknesses.

The plot in Angelstone is fast moving with a lot of twists and turns as Alyx, Jordan, and Israel stumble through relationship problems. The die is cast with Alyx as Israel's guardian, but how personal that relationship becomes remains to be seen. As Israel learns more about who he really is there is a lot of emotional turmoil. Can you imagine how hard it would be to stand up against an angel? I really liked that Israel is coming into his own in this book. Jordan also has an eye for Alyx, who may actually be a better match for her since he is Seraphim, but the chemistry isn't there like it is with Israel.

Keeping Samyara from stealing the remaining pieces of Black Stone is the main plot thread in this book though. Samyara is a shifty devil and seems to be one step ahead of our heroes. Several things turn dark and deadly even though new alliances have been made and should have been called upon but never were. Things are always darkest before the dawn, right? Old friends are brought back into the story where the angels may be over extending their welcome by putting them in danger. Honestly, you would think that some of the older angels may have offered a better suggestion here, but Alyx seems to be calling all the shots. The end of this book is devastating and abrupt with a huge cliffhanger.


Angelstone is the sequel to Angelfire (Dark Angel #1). You can check out its review here.

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Rating: **** Four stars

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