Author: Adrienne Kress (http://www.adriennekress.com/
Genre: Teen Fiction, Paranormal Fiction
Publication Date: June 2, 2013
Publisher: Diversion Books (http://www.diversionbooks.
ISBN Book: 9781626810921
Disclosure: I received a copy from the publisher to review. This is my honest review!
Outcast by Adrienne Kress
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A year ago during the Taking, Riley’s best friend Chris was one of the people taken by the “angels.” While the powerful Pastor Warren says she should be happy for her friend, she misses him and longs to have him back. When it is time for the Taking again, Riley refuses to go to the town’s celebration, and when one of the “angels” come for her, she takes matters into her own hands and shoots him. What happens next surprises her. Instead of a dead angel, she find, Gabe, a young man from 1956, who is very hot, and a lot more than Riley can handle. Can Gabe and Riley unravel the mystery of what is happening to her town, and will she ever see Chris again?
I have read many angel novels, and I must say this one is unique. The “angels” take people, but only from Riley’s town. No one can explain it and Pater Warren, the pastor at the Church of the Angels insists that their town should be honored, while he uses his place in the community to grab more and more power for himself.
The characters in this novel are great. Riley’s grief over Chris’s taking is believable. For the past year, she has given up putting forth any effort either socially or in school. She misses Chris, her first love, terribly. Then when she sees the angel waiting for her, her grief turns to rage, and she shoots him. What happens next is both humorous and weird. Eventually, Riley finds an ally in the mysterious Gabe, but it is clear she doesn’t fully trust him right away.
The story is interesting and engaging. Kress’s pacing is perfect and keeps you interested throughout the novel. This one is a quick read and very different from the other angel novels I have read. I appreciated the uniqueness of this novel. I don’t want to give too much away, but this one is definitely worth the read.
An interesting and unique approach to angels in ya lit. Pick this one up if you love the angel stories, but are looking for something different in the angel genre—this one definitely doesn’t fit the mold.
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