This book really drew me in. It fits well into the supernatural young adult genre, but it doesn’t descend into cliche. Neither does it just try to copy the formula of other succesful stories.
The plot moves quickly, and the characters feel well-rounded. The story deals with a lot of different themes and issues.
Megan is a sympathetic protagonist, who is struggling to learn how to live with her newfound abilities. The dark angel Jude is the ideal villain for a story like this, chillingly evil and yet charming so few people can see his true nature. He’s on a mission and he believes in it just as much as Megan belives in hers. This leads to high levels of conflict and tension. Having recently read Demon: A Memoir by Tosca Lee I can well understand the motivation behind such a character. The character of Johnny provides support, assistance and mentoring to Megan, but he doesn’t come across as the convenient solution to every problem either.
While not a sterotypical paranormal romance, there is romance in this story, and it is handled well.
This story was written in first-person present tense. I’m not a fan of unusual styles like this. I tend to find that they pull me out of the story, but I must admit that in Angel in the Shadows, it worked. The story kept me intersted so that the present-tense thing didn’t bother me as much as I thought it would.
The tension never really lets up in this story, right up to the suprising cliffhanger ending. After finishing it, you’ll want to move on to the next book.
You can find out more about the angel series at Lisa Grace’s Website