Book Review: Angel’s Heart: The Keeper by Lisa Bilbrey
Angel’s Heart: The Keeper by Lisa Bilbrey
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Renaissance Romance Publishing
Released July 24th, 2012
Unaware of an age-old prophecy, secret societies, and an enemy she doesn’t know she has, Sophie Crenshaw thinks of herself as just being average. Along with her two best friends, Deva and Tabitha, Sophie sets off on what she thinks is a normal vacation. What she doesn’t know is that everything she thought she knew about who she is, and what she can do, is about to change. Thrust in a world she knows nothing about, Sophie tries to find her true self, without losing her grip on her own sanity.
Henry Chang lives in world full of magic, where the stories over the legendary Angel’s Heart are spoken in whispered conversations, and midnight meetings. His job is to protect the Heart, keep it safe from anyone who wishes to hurt it or its Keeper. In a divine moment, he’s tied to the Keeper’s heart forever. While trying to understand his own feelings, Henry does what he can to support Sophie, and keep her from falling apart.
With the help of Willow Crest members, who are sworn to protect her, without ever meeting her, Sophie will struggle to get control of her feeling and new found powers. Or will it be too much for her to handle? Will their growing love give Sophie the strength and courage to face the greatest challenge of her young life?
I should have learned by now that the first chapter of a book typically reflects what to expect in the rest of the book. The first chapter of Angel’s Heart: The Keeper was boring with cliche characters and an overused backstory. If I had stopped after the first chapter, I would never have guessed how bad this book could possibly be. It was the literary equivalency of Honey Boo Boo and felt like fan-fiction of all the popular paranormal books mixed together. In fact, if you piece together the worst parts of every paranormal book on the market, it STILL might be better than this book.
Sophie is a depressed, unemployed orphan with a beautiful best friend that stinks of narcissism and another one that really didn’t have a personality. Her best friends decide to surprise her with a vacation to Hawaii. On the plane flight, the three girls meet three sexy, mysterious boys…and surprise, surprise, guess what happens?
Well, apparently Sophie is the most magical being to ever walk the Earth and her magical powers are unlimited. Not just that but her parents aren’t dead but rather being held captive by a villain that has less character development and personality than Maleficent in Disney’s Sleeping Beauty.
And that mysterious boy Sophie meets on the plane she falls madly in love with and loses her virginity to him twice – yeah once on page 86 and once on page 124. The only other character I’ve ever seen do this is Rhapsody by Elizabeth Hayden. Not only that, but they become accidentally marked for life, which is a very rare thing (yet half a dozen characters in the novel also had it happen).
The end reminded me of Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer. There’s a huge buildup to the final battle and when it happens, you’re like “that’s it?”. Also, the plot is nicely wrapped up 2/3rd of the way through the book. What happens after is nothing more than Sophie whining about how much her life sucks, despite there being NOTHING wrong with her life at this point. And every character coddles her. There’s one character that calls her out for being childish and she whips him into shape with her Mary-Sue powers.
The only reason I was able to finish the book was because it had, at least, been properly edited. If the author does the exact opposite of what she did with Angel’s Heart: The Keeper, then the sequel will be phenomenal. (F)
(I won a copy of this book from the author in a Goodreads giveaway.)
(Picture and information borrowed from Goodreads.)
Obsessive, compulsive, slightly crazed, but enough about her personality. First and foremost, Lisa Bilbrey is a mom to three and a wife to one. She loves to write, and spends the majority of everyday writing. It’s who she is, and what she’s meant to be doing. Words are her life, the air she breathes, and the nutrients of her soul.
Finding a love in the written word, Lisa Bilbrey started writing as a way to express herself and let her voice be heard. From the first word she wrote, she’d found her heart and soul.Always willing to learn, she’s spends much of her time trying to improve as a storyteller.
Lisa has been blessed to find Michele Richard and Laura Braley, both of whom she spends hours everyday writing with. In October of 2011, they opened Renaissance Romance Publishing, hoping to be able to give other the same change to let their work shine.
Lisa’s works include:
Life is More than Candy Hearts, Book One of the Candy Collection:
–Life’s Unexpected Gifts
Summer Confections, Book Two of the Candy Collection:
–A Season of Change
Angel’s Heart Series:
Harvest Treats, Book Three of the Candy Collection:
–The Journey Home
Sugarplum Dreams, Book Four of the Candy Collection:
–Broken Hearts & Dusty Dreams (coming December 11, 2012)(