Angels of Moirai (Book One) by Nicole Salmond
**I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review**
3 ½ stars
Life for 18 year old Lila Kingston has been far from happy…while her family may have a lot of money, it certainly hasn’t bought happiness for her or her little sister Hayley. Raised by maids and nannies, the sisters have always know they may not have their parents around very often, they would always have each other. At the prestigious top school of Eden College, Lila is constantly harassed by the “popular kids”, but she is satisfied with just getting through high school and go to a local college to stay near her sister while she finishes school. However, when Lila’s success-driven parents insist that she fit into the mold they want her in, she rebels and pushes her parents even further away. And when Lila begins having weird yet wonderfully haunting dreams of a beautiful angel whom she is vaguely able to communicate with, she begins thinking she is crazy – that is until he walks into her class, as real as the nose on her face.
With the strange and sudden appearance of James – the angel/ boy from Lila’s dreams – she is unexpectedly drawn to him. And bizarre things start happening to Lila now that James has mysteriously emerged from her dreams to her real life – like seeing beautiful lights that no one else can see, sudden bouts of lightening out of the blue, and finding out that not only are angels real, but so are demons. And when James reveals himself to Lila and they begin developing feelings for each other, the two must keep their love a secret – or face the consequences that knowing the future can hold. While James and Lila’s world continues to be flipped upside down, the demons are clandestinely showing up to destroy them and everything they care for…their forbidden love included.
Let me start by saying that sci-fi and ya are two of my favorite combinations. Add in a good forbidden love for good measure, and it’s should add up to the right number. Unfortunately, this story – while enjoyable – fell flat in some areas for me. The dialog and conversations were a little stale and at times difficult to follow. I adored the story of James and Lila, but never felt like there was a “why” with regards to their connection or even why James came into Lila’s life. I loved the cliffhanger ending – while they infuriate me, they also tend to peak my interest into the next book in the series.