Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Book Review & Giveaway: Consoling Angel by Denise Alicea

Consoling Angel by Denise Alicea
Genre: Young Adult, Time Travel, Paranormal, and Romance
ISBN: 9781483507491
Book Length: 24 pages
Publisher:Book Baby (self published)

My Review:
Consoling Angel was a quick enjoyable read with an interesting premise. What a sweet way to deal with death of a loved one and the aftermath of getting over that death in a book.

This is a novella, so there is not a huge amount of character development. However in the short span of the story I loved getting to know Mira. Mira is dealing with the loss of her father and throwing herself into everything she can to pretty much ignore it. She carries her Dad's and her shared love of all things James Dean as her one way to hold onto him which I thought was sweet. Then the plot really starts and Mira falls asleep and dreams. I loved the dream aspect of the plot and how everything happens and the explanation at the end. Every aspect worked well together and kept me turning page to find out how this story would turn out.

For a short novella, there is a lot to process in a good way. Denise Alicea doesn't overload you with too much but gives just the right amount of plot and character development to fit into the novella framework. But the nice thing is you don't feel shorted by the shorter number of pages. The story fits perfectly into the novella framework and was one I really enjoyed. I look forward to more reading of Ms. Alicea's work in the future.

My rating: 4.75/5.0

Mira did not know what she had in store the day she fell asleep while wanting to escape her current situation. Overcoming a death from someone so close and burying herself in school and an internship has kept her somewhat awake and alive. An admiration for the actor, James Dean was all that kept the memory of her father alive. If she couldn’t be with her father, she could at least remember what they shared an admiration for together. She always wanted to meet James Dean… she didn’t know it would come true. Be careful what you wish for. It may just come true.

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Born in Manhattan, New York and raised in Connecticut, I found that I was more interested in what went on in the past, than in the future. This makes me a huge history buff. I’ve always enjoyed reading books starting from ancient history, fantasy, science fiction, poetry, and of course romance. I also loved the arts so my first love was once drawing and painting until I found a new medium that would inspire me to try something new.

What led me to write? I started to write poetry when I fifteen years old. This was all due to a family member sending me a poem that she had written and sparked a fire that has never gone out. I began to write my heart out and went from writing poetry to my own stories. I love to write with a bit of everything from romance, humor, and of course adventure. Everything inspires me from art, people, and music

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My life couldn’t be more complete. As we reached the apartments, I slowly got off the bike, surprised at myself that I had done this. Ordinarily, I’d never get on a motorcycle. James leaned over and caressed my cheek. Before I could open my mouth to tell him what was to happen to him, he gave me a quick peck on the lips. I couldn’t let James walk away, not now.
    Something in me grasped his wrist; my breath caught in my throat. I no longer cared about the rain. I must have looked like a drowned rat to him. “I have to tell you something,” I blurted as I waited for his reaction.
    James smiled, then chuckled as he caressed my face.  The rain was preventing me from seeing clearly. “Sweetheart, it’s raining and you’re soaked. I hope this is important.”  Pulling him toward me, I faced him. I could change history. I could have him live out his life as he was meant to. If I couldn’t save my father, I could save him.
    “In the future, when you become famous, please be careful. Remember this: there will be a day that you are off to a race. You will not see a car until it’s too late. James, please promise me. It could mean your life.” I must have sounded like a complete and total idiot to him. Geez! I think I watched Back To The Future too many times. I sounded like Marty talking to the professor about his impending death.
    Chuckling, he shook his head, expelling the rain off his head and onto me. Laughter erupted between us as I covered my face. He then cupped my face, kissed my forehead. “Are you sure you’re not an angel? I cannot promise anything, but baby, I can promise I’ll see you tomorrow. I’ll pick you up here and you can ditch your responsibilities. Ride with me.”
    Sighing, now I knew how all those girls felt when they looked at him. What an offer that would be. Ditch school to ride with the man who was loved by so many. I was determined he’d listen to me.  Gripping his hands from my face, I gazed into his eyes. “I’m serious!”
    Before I could utter another word, his lips descended on mine. My body went toward him and melted. I couldn’t help but respond as I brought him closer.  I was lost in his warm lips as they caressed mine. Lingering near my lips, he breathed, “I know you are.” Then, winking as he kissed me again, smiling that beautiful smile of his, “How else can my angel guard me if she isn’t with me?”

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***I received this book from the Paranormal Cravings Book Tours for an honest review.  I was not compensated in any other way except receiving the book for free.  ***