Sunday, October 13, 2013

No Angel by Helen Keeble

Series: Standalone
Genera: Paranormal Romance/Humor
Subjects: Angels, demons, supernatural, boarding schools, England
Age/Grade Level: Teen
Length: 371 pgs.
HC/PB: Paperback
List Price: $9.99
Publisher: HarperTeen
Summary/ product description: “Rafael Angelos just got handed the greatest gift any teenage boy could ever dream of. Upon arriving at his new boarding school for senior year, he discovered that he is the ONLY male student. But what should have been a godsend isn't exactly heaven on Earth.
Raffi's about to learn that St. Mary's is actually a hub for demons-and that he was summoned to the school by someone expecting him to save the day. Raffi knows he's no angel-but it's pretty hard to deny that there's some higher plan at work when he wakes up one morning to discover a glowing circle around his head.
Helen Keeble's debut novel, Fang Girl, has been praised for its pitch-perfect teen voice, and VOYA called it "refreshing and reminiscent of Louise Rennison's Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series." No Angel brings you angels and demons like you've never seen them-complete with the wry humor of Vladimir Tod, sinfully irreverent romance, and some hilariously demonic teenage dilemmas.”

My Review: This book started out so funny and I totally thought it was going to be a parody of Fallen by Lauren Kate at first, but it was completely unique on so many levels. First, Raffi is the first and only boy to attend this all girls school in England called St. Mary’s. That is ridiculous and would never happen in real life. He meets Faith, who’s not very smart, but she’s pretty and nice and the reason why Raffi really wanted to come to St. Mary’s. He also meet Krystal, this geeky girl who claims that she summoned him.
When Raffi finds out he’s an angel/angelic things get really crazy. He has wings and a halo. He tries to hide his halo with a hat he borrowed from this younger girl. I laughed when he said it was a My Little Pony hat. The story delves deeper into angel mythology, mentioning the different ranks of angels and how they’re supposed to look. Something really funny and crazy happens when Raffi’s power level up. I though it was awesome and odd at the same time. As I mentioned in many other reviews, I love angel books, so I love it when an author does a different take on angels. And also, there were demons. And magic (kind of). This book was so full of awesome supernatural stuff that if I say anymore about it I’ll spoil everything!
No Angel is a fun, lite, fast read that will keep you laughing all the way through. I loved the narration. Raffi is a great main character. The author does a great job with the 1st person male POV. The characters are well developed for a book that’s only a standalone. I wish there could be a sequel from Michaela or Faith’s POV, or even a novella. I haven’t read the author’s previous book, but I’ll be sure to read it since I did win a copy last year.
I recommend No Angel to fans of Fallen by Lauren Kate, Hush, Hush by Becca FitzPatrick, Unearthly by Cynthia Hand, A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies, Embrace by Jessica Shirvinton, Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton or any other angel books or even just paranormal romance. If you like humor or parodies in your books. If you enjoyed books by Kiersten White, Rachel Vincent, Sarah Reese Brennan, Heather Brewer, Ally Carter, Maureen Johnson, or Richelle Mead. If you liked books about British boarding schools. This is a book to check out.
Cover Art Review: Funny to have a cover with a costume halo. It’s very simple. Not to crazy about the devil horns on the O because the drop shadows is in front of it.

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