Brianna's Review - The Archangel Agenda (Evangeline Heart Adventures #1) by A.K. Alexander and Jen Greyson
*I received a copy of this book from one of the authors, in exchange for an honest review.*
When Jen Greyson, one of the two authors of this novel, approached me for a review and showed me the synopsis, I was greatly intrigued. The summary mentioned archangels, an assassin as the heroine, and a mission to rescue said heroine’s dead fiancee’s soul. Right away, I agreed to a review of this novel, and i’m happy to say that this book didn’t disappoint.
Immediately, I felt sympathy for Lina. Her fiancee was killed, because of someone she had assassinated during her work. Also, she wasn’t a cold-blooded killer, as she had a code by which she conducted her job. Lina was fierce, determined to succeed, and totally loyal to her family and friends. As Lina was the narrator of the story, I felt like I got a good understanding of her personality and why she acted the way she did. However, I do believe that there is more to her character. She wasn’t exactly unique in the urban fantasy genre, so I’m hoping that in the next books in this series, she becomes more so.
The side characters varied from angel, to thief, to old scholar. Clay was someone i very much liked. He was flirtatious, usually making jokes or laughing at something, and someone I could definitely see being good for Lina. Even if any kind of romantic relationship isn’t something that should happen yet. Thankfully, any of those feelings were just physical in this story, and they made Lina feel quite guilty. Then, there was Ralph, the old scholar who collected relics, specifically religious ones. He was endearing, a kind of grandfather figure. The fact that his memory wasn’t all that great just made him seem that much more “wise old man”, but I liked him anyway. Lastly, there was Metatron. An archangel, and the one who put Lina on the mission that this book involves, he isn’t one of the most trustworthy characters. I felt that he had some kind of agenda, and am just waiting to find out what that is in the next book of this series.
This story follows Lina as she comes back from her fiancee’s funeral, meets Metatron, and then becomes entrenched in the world of holy relics, and the war between archangels. Then, there was the search for a relic which her mother had uncovered before her murder. The book was filled with action. It wasn’t as dark as I felt like it would be, but I liked it. The fast pace, mystery of Metatron’s true motive, and the action kept me reading.
Overall, this was a good urban fantasy. Books involving archangels and a war between them aren’t quite as unique as they used to be, and this book wasn’t wholly new in the genre. But it featured a heroine who I could get behind, with some intriguing and likable side characters. Plus, the action was quite well-done. If you’re looking for something easy, quick, and paranormal that isn’t vampires or werewolves, go for this book.
Writing under the pen name A.K. Alexander, Michele explores the darker side of storytelling. With her daring, frightening and suspensful novels, A.K. Alexander writes for those readers who like to be thrilled and kept in the dark up until the very end…
A.K.’s gritty thrillers keep you looking over your shoulder as the suspense mounts with each turn of the page. Mingling her love of horses with a world of deceit, violence and desire, A.K. brings to life murder mysteries that engage her readers.
Her gripping books are impossible to put down, featuring strong characters with complicated lives. A.K.’s books have appeared on The Wall Street Journal’s and Amazon’s Kindle bestseller lists.
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From the moment she decided on a degree in Equestrian Studies, Jen Greyson’s life has been one unscripted adventure after another. Leaving the cowboy state of Wyoming to train show horses in France, Switzerland, and Germany, she’s lived life without much of a plan, but always a book in her suitcase. Now a wife and mom to two young boys, she relies on her adventurous, passionate characters to be the risk- takers.
Jen also ghost writes billionaire legacies and romance novellas when she’s not enjoying the wilds of the west via wakeboard or snowmobile.
She's a mama writer, unleashing stories.
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