Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Review: Until Next Time by Amy Lignor

Title: Until Next Time
Author: Amy Lignor

Publisher: Tribute Books
Publish Date: Feb 1, 2012

How does a girl choose between the one who steals her heart and the one who owns her soul?

Matt and Emily were created for a specific job. Raised and trained as the ultimate angel/warrior team, they are sent down to save, defend, judge and forgive, depending on the 'life' they've been assigned. What they don't realize is that the power of human emotions, such as love, anger, passion and fear can take over even the best of souls, causing them to make mistakes and follow paths that lead to confusion and heartache.

When the reason for their training is finally revealed, the angel/warrior team find themselves thrust into a world they know nothing about. Matt takes over the life of Daniel, a young man with a great deal of baggage. Emily becomes Liz, a girl living in a remote village who relies on nothing more than her own strength to survive. A violent storm erupts one night, and framed in the window of Liz's establishment is a frightening face. Let in by the soul of a Good Samaritan, the two visitors bring with them a past full of secrets that could literally change an angel's path and a warrior's plans.

From murder to redemption, this angel/warrior team must find a way to keep the faith they have in each other in a world that's ripping them apart. ~ Courtesy of Goodreads

Until Next Time by Amy Lignor is the first book in The Angel Chronicles. I want to say that enjoyed this book, and I did to an extent, but I did have a few problems with it, as well. From insta-love to confusing narratives to vague plot points, Until Next Time just didn't strike home for me the way I think it could have.

The biggest mistake Lignor made with Until Next Time, was not taking a little more time to develop her characters. Everything in the novel moved too fast. No matter what drama or danger surrounded the characters, I just didn't care, because I never got to know them. If I don't know them, how can I care about their problems? There was a chapter or two in the beginning of the book where I started to care about Liz, but then it felt like everything started to happen all at once and I didn't have time to care about who Liz or Jason or anyone else was.

I'm not a huge fan of insta-love, which is why I just couldn't understand Liz and Jason's relationship. They'd known each other for fifteen minutes before he kissed her. It wasn't chemistry or attraction or whatever you want to call it. It was just pure insta-love. And I get it, they're souls were connected and all, but sometimes in order to believe two characters are in love, I need to see them fall in love. You can't just tell me, "Okay, they're in love now." That doesn't mean anything without the actions to back it up.

There was a whole supernatural element to Until Next Time that I wasn't expecting. I mean, sure the book's about angels possessing human bodies in order to learn about life on earth, but I wasn't expecting Liz's "gift". It made the story just a little bit confusing. Sometimes I wasn't sure if what was happening was Emily's doing or Liz's body's. Even after finishing the book, I'm still not sure if it was the angel's gifts or if Liz herself had some sort of power.

Some parts of the book just made absolutely no sense. I'm not sure if Lignor intended it that way or if poor editing is to blame, but it made an already confusing story much more confusing. At one point, Liz is about to ride away on a horse with a boy, Jason. He asks her her last name and she tells him and then he tells her his name and then it says,
"A smile danced on her lips as she fell into a peaceful slumber." {Until Next Time, Ch. 12}
What? Did she just go to sleep on the horse before they even left town?! She'd just woken up twenty minutes earlier. Why would she go to back to sleep on the horse? (That one little bit just bugged me so much. Sorry if I'm ranting.)

Anyway, I've always hated books where whenever something bad, good, or intense happens to the heroine, she faints. Well, almost everyone in Until Next Time feels like fainting at some point or another. It makes no sense to me. People don't just faint all the time. Maybe if they're out in the hot sun for a long time without food or water they might faint. But you don't faint from "seeing the passion in your lover's eyes"! That's just ridiculous. And if Liz did faint from something so trivial than she has no business being called "strong". And Jason passed out because Liz left him a goodbye note? What? Get out there and find her, don't take a nap! Does anyone know what the word strong even means? Because it doesn't mean "Hey, something bad is about to happen. Instead of stopping said bad thing, I think I'll just pass out until it's all over and done with."

Sending Matt and Emily to Earth to learn about humans just seems incredibly mean to me. The entire time I was reading, I was intrigued, don't get me wrong, but I kept thinking "Why?!" The angels don't ever give any real explanation for why Matt and Emily must be tormented. They usually just talk in circles. Like, "When your on earth you won't remember your an angel and everything you've been taught, but your responsible for everything you do down there so choose wisely." Those poor kids! They were dropped into the bodies of people who didn't want to live any more. How can they possibly make any good decisions if all they have to work with is their bodies memories? Aren't they basically just being set up for failure? That's kind of what it came across as. Like they were test dummies for some great experiment (which I guess they sort of were, actually). But still, sometimes I felt so bad for Matt and Emily it made me want to punch an angel!

All in all, Until Next Time is an interesting read, but it could have been done better. The writing was confusing and I felt like certain things, even simple things, could have been explained or described in a much clearer way. But towards the end of the book I did finally get into the story. And, even though it felt rushed and a little confusing, it was still intriguing enough to have me flipping pages late into the night. I'd recommend Until Next Time to anyone who likes angels (the angels in this book are kinda awesome, by the way!) and is looking for a quick read.

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  1. This review was unflinchingly honest, which I've come to learn to respect from your reviews. I've put this on my to buy list and I cannot wait to see how my opinion compares with yours.

    Rebecca @ Vicariously!

    1. Thanks so much, Rebecca. Can't wait to see how you like the book!


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