Title: Calling for Angels
Written by: Alex Smith
Release date: November, 2010
Source: For Review, The Red Telephone
Part of: Horror & Urban Fantasy Challenge
Em never believed in angels. That was until she met Zak and Kai…
Em - shy, sensitive, with her head in the clouds - and Caitlyn - gorgeous, popular and talented - have been best friends forever, in a sleepy, nondescript town called Philiton.
But when new boy Zak moves into town, Philiton suddenly becomes a much more interesting place. With his meltingly hot looks, sense of humour and a smile that has even the hardest-hearted girls falling at his feet, Zak has the female population of Philiton Comprehensive School convinced he's an angel.
Usually, Caitlyn has the boys worshipping the ground she treads on, so it’s a shock when Zak seems to be more interested in Em. Cracks appear, tensions arise, but surely Em and Caitlyn’s lifelong friendship can survive?
Em feels beset by demons. At home, she’s looking after her grandmother, who is slowly deteriorating, whilst despairing at her normally sensible brother, who is going off the rails just to fit in with the ‘right crowd’. Even Zak’s unexpected attention causes jealous girls to shower Em with spite – not least Caitlyn. If only she had a guardian angel…
Then a second boy steps into Em’s life. Dark and brooding, a captive to the secrets of a past he’d rather forget, Kai, who has appeared as if from nowhere and fallen head over heels in love with Em, is the exact opposite of Zak.
And although he may not seem like it, Kai is the real thing. He really is an angel.
Calling for Angels sounded pretty good to me. I mean I adore paranormal stories and there is an angel involved, but unfortunately the story didn’t grabbed hold of my attention for the entire time.
Kai is supposed to be dark and brooding, keeping a very dark secret to himself. But he just isn’t. The secret, I still have no clue what it is, yeah he was an angel, but that wasn’t hard to figure out. After finishing the book I was disappointed that I didn’t really knew who Kai was.
And then we have the main character Em. Em is such realistic character, that a lot of teenagers can relate to her. The ups and downs of high school is described very well. I also liked that Em really grow throughout this story and starting to believe in herself.
The story is told trough two different perspectives, Em and Kai’s. I thought this was a fun way to get to know them better.
Even though I felt like there where many questions unanswered and it didn’t grab hold of my attention the entire time I still enjoyed reading Calling for Angels. It’s a very nice read for middle graders and young adults.
Title: Calling for Angels