Review: Prophecy Girl by Cecily White

Posted 12 September, 2013 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Prophecy Girl by Cecily WhiteProphecy Girl by Cecily White
Series: Angel Academy #1
Publisher: Entangled Teen on April 2, 2013
Source: NetGalley
Pages: 368
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Amelie Bennett. . . . Ending the world, one prophecy at a time.

I was born to slay Crossworld demons.

Big black flappy ones, little green squirmy ones. Unfortunately, the only thing getting slain these days is my social life. With my high school under attack, combat classes intensifying, and Academy instructors dropping right and left, I can barely get my homework done, let alone score a bondmate before prom.

Then he shows up.

Jackson Smith-Hailey. Unspeakably hot, hopelessly unattainable, and dangerous in all the right ways. Sure, he’s my trainer. And okay, maybe he hates me. Doesn’t mean I’ll ignore the wicked Guardian chemistry between us. It’s crazy! Every time I’m with him, my powers explode. Awesome, right?

Wrong.

Now my teachers think I’m the murderous Graymason destined to bring down our whole race of angelbloods. Everyone in New Orleans is hunting me. The people I trusted want me dead. Jack and I have five days to solve the murders, prevent a vampire uprising, and thwart the pesky prophecy foretelling his death by my hand. Shouldn’t be too difficult.

Getting it done without falling in love. . . that might take a miracle.

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Favorite Quote(s):

“‘What did I tell you? Mr. Fantastic reappeared in the doorway, dark eyes alight with amusement. ‘Much cleaner than a fire extinguisher, and no need for an incident report.’ My jaw dropped. No indicent report? Will, that settled it. If I wasn’t in love with him before, I definitely was now.”

Favorite Character: Jackson. Le sigh.
First Line:

“Death is a lot like prom—loud, overdone, and although the guy you came with was cool, you never know who’ll end up taking you home.”

My Musings: I’ve had this novel sitting in my kindle app for a while now. I got it on Netgalley, but then got completely swamped. So when I finally got the time to read it, I was so excited. The synopsis sounded amazing, and I loved the concept of angelbloods. And so I dove in with high expectations, and I wasn’t disappointed.

Amelie Bennett is a trouble maker. An angel-blood, Amelie is always using her Channeling powers to execute pranks. When professors at her school begin dying, of course Amelie is snooping to see what’s happening. When Jackson Smith-Hailey comes as the substitute for one of the late professors, Amelie and he have an instant connection with each other. But a prophecy ends up ruining everything—once Amelie is deemed guilty as a murderer, Jackson and Amelie have five days to prove Amelie’s innocence. Oh, and disprove the prophecy that states that Jackson will die by Amelie’s hand.

Now I’ve read my fair share of angel-oriented novels. But this one was unique in itself, and I absolutely fell in love with the plot. Between bondmates, Channeling, Crossworlds, and Inferni, I was completely enraptured. White created a world that was completely unlike anything that I’ve ever seen. The plot was full of twists and turns, and there was a never a dull moment. I found myself completely surprised at many points during the novel, when something was revealed that I wasn’t expecting. Especially during the end. Something was always happening, something always keeping my heart rate up. Having to put this novel down in order to get some sleep killed me. I wanted to live forever in White’s fantasy world.

“‘Jackson,’ I asked carefully, ‘are you on any illegal substances I should know about?’ ‘Nope.’ ‘Eaten any strange looking mushrooms?’ ‘Not lately.’ ‘Any near brushes with eternal damnation that might be affecting your judgment?’ He grinned. ‘That hard to believe, huh?'”

Amelie was our narrator in this tale. Amelie was the snarkiest character that I’ve read to date. Seriously, she was the master of sarcasm and witty replies. Her comments kept me laughing, and she kept a smile on my face the entire novel. She was a headstrong girl who fought for what she wanted and what she believed in. She was selfless and she loved hard. She was a fantastic female lead who definitely kept up with all the curveballs White’s world was throwing at her.

“He’s super smart, cute in a brutal-yet-bookish way, and a kick-ass fighter.”

“In the crowded space, our bodies nearly touched. I couldn’t see his face, but I knew it was scrunched into that adorable ‘you’re nuts’ expression he wore so often.”

Jackson stole my heart. I’ll admit that at first, I really didn’t like him. He was rude and mean for what seemed like no reason. But I should have known better. Like Amelie, Jack was headstrong. He was a fighter, and that shined through the pages of the novel. He was unyielding, yet he was sweet in his own way. His moments of tenderness were what I lived for. He was just as selfless as Amelie, and although he wasn’t nearly as snarky or sarcastic, he and Amelie were definitely made of the same cloth.

“Clearly, Jackson Smith-Hailey wanted nothing to do with me. Caring about him was like trying to love a tree stump—a cold, mean-spirited, paternalistic tree stump. With fungus.”

“‘And yes, we. You can’t deny we work well together. I could be your sidekick, if you want. Like Superman and Lois Lane. Or Peter Pan and Tinker Bell.’ ‘Tinker Bell isn’t menacing.’ ‘Which proves how much you need me,’ I insisted. ‘Fairies are terrifying.’”

I really loved the romance in this novel. It felt like a forbidden love, even though it technically wasn’t forbidden. Jack hid his feelings for a majority of the novel, but you could tell that he cared about Amelie strictly through his actions. It was actually kind of adorable. Usually, I only like books with some outright romance in them, but this novel was an exception. I also liked the idea of bondmates. Although some may think it’s a cliché knock off of soul mates, I beg to differ. I just really enjoyed the concept of choosing someone who complements your power. The Watcher and Channeler, each relying on each other for something different. I loved it.

The novel was written in Amelie’s point of view, so the commentary was very sarcastic. But somehow, it worked. The writing was hilarious and flowed very smoothly. There was no awkward wording or anything. The writing really allowed me to connect to Amelie and understand the things that were going on in her mind.

Prophecy Girl exceeded my expectations. A novel overflowing with magic, sacrifice, and betrayal, it’s one that you definitely don’t want to overlook.

5 Stars
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