Thursday, March 31, 2011

"Ordinary Angels" by India Drummond

From Goodreads: "Most of Zoe’s friends are dead, but she doesn’t mind because they died long before she met them. Then one Tuesday night an angel takes her salsa dancing and turns her world upside down. Grim reality closes in when she discovers a body in her company’s boiler room and Higher Angels accuse her best ghost friend of murder. Knowing she’s the only one who can stand against them, Zoe resorts to lying, stealing and summoning. In the end, getting blood on her hands forces Zoe to question herself."

Okay, can we please take a moment to squeal over this cover? Isn't it gorgeous?!? This is hands-down my most favourite book cover in quite some time. Everything is just so soft and romantic looking. Okay, cover-loving-squeal-moment-over...

Because I have now just started to seriously dip my toes into the world of adult paranormal romance I am still getting a feel for the genre and have yet to form a really concrete opinion of it. As a newbie PNR reader I did like the book quite a bit and as for hardcore PNR readers? Well, I think that you are in for a treat!

This book combined all sorts of paranormal critters in it, from angels to ghosts to seers to demons and I love it when an author doesn't just stick to one paranormal critter- I figure the more the merrier! But while I love lots of paranormal creatures being included in one story, I did feel like there were a few instances when there was too many plot elements going on in general (magical knife, magical keys, weird hallway, weird timeless area, garden of Eden type home, western town, etc.). I think that had all of the elements been toned down a bit I would have enjoyed the book a bit more (because less plot elements= less chance of me getting everything mixed up= less having to reread parts of the book).

I find Zoey to be a really intriguing character, not only is she super snarky/ sassy, but there is much more than meets the eye with her (specifically in her potential abilities). I thought that Alexander was also an intriguing character, I thought that it was really cute that he didn't fully understand how humans are to act and whatnot, plus, the guy is kinda smoldering. 

I hope that India has plans for another book because I'd love to see how everything continues to develop!  

This book will released on April 4th, 2011.

Rating: 7.5/10

I received this e-book from the author and was not compensated for my review (Thanks India! And thanks Carmel for the recommendation!).


  1. I agree, that is a beautiful cover! Glad your venturing into the world of adult PNR, it's one of my very favorite genres. I like to have a break from some of the teen angst now and again and experience more mature relationships that usually have an entirely different set of problems. Sounds like this is a great read, and now I'm looking forward to meeting a "smoldering" Alexander:)

  2. Never read an adult paranormal romance before but I kind of want to, just to see what it's like and if I would enjoy it. I'm not positive that I would... but I would have to read to find out! This one sounds like it would be a good one to start with. I also love when there are multiple paranormal creatures instead of just one!

    Re: Missie's guest post. I like paleoanthropology too! I'm taking Hominid Evolution right now as an Arts credit. I have a term paper due soon on the difference between H. erectus and H. ergaster. I'm a total lumper so I know where I'm going to go with this :)

  3. Look at me! I'm so freaking excited now. I hadn't heard of this book before and I'm loving the cover and the premise.

    The combination of all types of PN 'critter' (cute word) and a snarky protag are definitely what I like to read. Plus, I love to smolder over soldering guys. ;)

  4. Oh I thought this was a YA. Hm... me needs some more steamy PNR. Yes I do! Thanks for the review. I may have skipped it thinking it was just another YA PNR.


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