Friday, April 8, 2011

Book Review: Calling for Angels

Media Type: Book
Title: Calling for Angels
Author: Alex Smith
Publisher: Red Telephone Books
Pages: Paperback; 149
Release Date: November 15, 2010
Source: Publisher
Intended Reading Group:
Young Adult

Content Screening:
Nothing out of the ordinary. This is a clean read!

HDB Rating:
4 Keys to My Heart

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.
Every now and then I'm presented with a book to read that I really don't know a lot about. It hasn't gotten crazy amounts of buzz, I don't see it plastered all over other blogs, and in fact were it not for it being offered to me I likely would have missed it. These books often turn out to be real hidden gems. Books that I want to sing praises for and share with others. True to form, Calling for Angels definitely fits this bill!

Centering around the life of Em, this book was pure joy to read. Em is a character that we can all probably relate with, no matter our age or country of origin. She is lost in the world of "clones" at her school, unwilling to conform to their standards and feeling like she is average in all aspects. What I loved about Em was how clearly not average she was! Alex Smith created a character who has her own pizazz, her own sweetness and snark, and yes this girl likes books which makes her a-ok in my book! Suffice it to say it was easy for me to fall in love with Em. She's my kind of character.

Em's life changes drastically all at once. She finds herself facing the clear reality that we all are thrown into at some point, realizing that the older she gets the more things will change. Her grandparents are getting older, her brother is drifting away, and Em isn't sure where she fits in anymore. Enter Zack and Kai. To say that there are two sweeter boys anywhere else would be tough for me. These two were both so amazing that I had a hard time declaring loyalty to one. Both adorable, both sweet. What's a girl to do with two such amazing guys around?

At the end of the day this book has a little bit of everything. I think younger readers will see themselves in Em and understand what she is going through, while older readers will appreciate the subtle way that familial relationships and the trials of growing up are woven into this book. There wasn't a page I read where I wasn't smiling at some point. Between Em's wit, Zack's adorable awkwardness and Kai's sense of humor this book is one sweet and amazing read. I really couldn't imagine a better way to spend 149 pages.

FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated in any way for my opinion.


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