Happy Wednesday, everyone!!!
Today I’ve got something super duper exciting to share with you because it’s finally my stop for a highly anticipated new release NEXT YEAR, written by a brand-new author I’ve never featured before. And yes! You guess it right; I’m talking (and gushing) about FEATHER, the first book in Angels of Elysium series, magically written by Olivia Wildenstein. ❤ First thing first, this is a new adult paranormal romance with the whole story surrounding the Angel’s politics and its complicated world in general.
All I can say is that THIS BOOK HAS EASILY BECOME ONE OF THE BEST READS I’VE HAD THIS YEAR and I so do not expect that in the first place. :DDDDD Anyways, before I start fangirling (and bawling my eyes out) about our beloved main characters, Leigh and Jarod, let’s get this blog tour party started, shall we???
Series: Angels of Elysium
Author: Olivia Wildenstein
Publication Date: Jan. 16, 2020→MARK YOUR CALENDARS, FOLKS!!!!!!!!!
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal Romance
It was supposed to be a quick mission. The only thing quick about it was how rapidly I failed.
With only a month left to earn her missing feathers, twenty-year-old Leigh embarks on a trip to Paris to meet her newest project, twenty-five-year-old Jarod Adler, leader of the Parisian Mafia and the worst kind of sinner . . . a Triple.
If Leigh can get Jarod to accomplish a single act of kindness, she stands to win 100 feathers, more than enough to complete her wings and ascend to Elysium, the land of angels.
What she doesn’t count on is Jarod’s dark charm costing her feathers.
She’s dead set on saving him, and he’s dead set on destroying her.
Until he realizes destroying her wings is also destroying her heart.
A heart he longs to hear beat only for him.
Trigger warnings: graphic sexual scenes and a difficult ending. Not recommended for Young Adults.
A modern ROMEO & JULIET retelling featuring an epic sinner and the angel who’ll stop at nothing to save him. Perfect for fans of NALINI SINGH and BECCA FITZPATRICK.
***Actual Rating: 5/5 Très Incroyable Étoiles***
HOLY MOLY. THIS BOOK, GUYS, THIS BOOK IS WHAT I’VE BEEN CRAVING FOR FOREVER. I’m always in search of a story that’ll break my heart cruelly, leaving me hopeless and helpless right there even long after finishing it. And I’m so, so, so surprised that I’ve found it. Seriously, people, my heart is not okay right now. And by now, I mean, 3 weeks after reading and embracing and getting over with that ending of this book. 😥
All right, let me start with the basics and briefly run through what this book is about for you, ‘kay? To begin with, FEATHER is a modern retelling of Romeo and Juliet, which truly impresses me with its intricate plot design and creativity of the characters as well as their experiences in the story. It all starts with Leigh, a Fletching, a.k.a. a pure-blood Angel youngling who still has to accomplish several missions of doing something good to earn feathers, in order to complete her full pair of wings. She has roughly 82 (or 84) feathers left before being eligible to ascend to Elysium, the sacred place Angels dwell in.
To fulfill Leigh’s dream to successfully ascend to Elysium, she picks a Triple, someone with the highest rank of misbehavior and evilness, mostly due to their wrong deeds and poor intentions. Thus, Leigh’s mission is simple: try to reform the Triple, a.k.a. the most notorious man on Earth, Jarod. If she succeeded in lowering his score, then she’d be granted 100 feathers, which will give her direct access to Elysium, and hopefully, marry the Archangel who’s “winged” her from the very beginning.
Even though Leigh has 14 months to achieve her goal, what she would never ever expect is that the harder she tries to save Jarod’s rotten soul, the more feathers she loses. As an Angel, she’s pretty much a saint. She can’t tell lies, feel anything close to jealousy or anything negative, and she certainly cannot experiment on such sinful desire as sexual pleasure before marriage. However, when she’s spending time with Jarod, she soon realizes that nothing is impossible, and that what she’s been taught in the guild may be all wrong.
To my amazement, this book turns out much more intriguing than its synopsis sounds. The writing style is utterly refreshing to me, and I absolutely adore the French references and phrases in this book considering that the majority of the story takes place in Paris. Jarod is such an elegant Parisian, too. *wink* What makes me fall in love with everything is the characters, main and supporting ones alike. Leigh and Jarod are undoubtedly one of my top favorite OTPs; Archangel Asher and Leigh’s younger best friend, Celeste, are whom I’d love to befriend with. The entire Angelic Politics and hierarchy entice me from the first page till the end.
As a huge paranormal romance lover, I’ve got to say FEATHER is a rather successful story in this genre. It’s not easy for such a seemingly simple story to have so many delicate details of protagonists, plot twists, and difficult endings all seamlessly woven together, shifting the direction of the entire novel into this hypnotizingly magical realm of Elysium-on-Earth. Besides, this book also reminds me of a Spanish TV series I adore called Ángel o demonio, which I believe features many levels of Angels and Demons from old times.
Despite the fact that the very ending of Leigh and Jarod’s story shatters my heart into a million pieces and kills me completely, I still love this book tremendously for that there’s a light even in the ultimate darkness. What’s more, the author kind of guarantees us that there’ll be a much more deserving HEA for these beloved characters, so I’m so down for whatever Olivia has in store for the readers. ❤
All in all, FEATHER is not only an enjoyable read for me, it’s also an unforgettable retelling of Romeo and Juliet that I’m sure YOU’LL ALL LOVE IT AS MUCH AS I DO when you get the chance to pick it up. Needless to say, I HIGHLY, STRONGLY recommend this book to everyone because seriously, guys, there’s no reason not to give Olivia’s new book a shot!!! I mean, how can you possibly turn down a sexy, angelic French man?!!! Just kidding, now please do yourself a favor and head straight to Amazon to preorder your copy of FEATHER! Its sequel, CELESTIAL, is set to be published in 2021.
***Thanks to Xpresso Book Tours and the author for providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.***
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That’s all for today’s blog tour, and I had so much fun composing this post! I hope you had a great time dropping by and adding this book to your TBR, if not one-clicking it already. Thanks so much for reading!
Until next time,
stay warm & cozy!