Review: Angel Crest series offers complex fantasy romance

The first two books in the Angel Crest series introduces a world where humans unknowingly live alongside Zoku, angel/human hybrids. Each book focuses on numerous story lines that ultimately converge as the novels progress. The opening scene in book one was a great premise.

This, however, is not a series for the faint of heart. There are a lot of characters to keep track of. Written in first person, the two books are told from more than ten different characters’ points of view. I’m not sure if it’s the first person POV or just the amount of characters that made it difficult for me to always keep track of who’s head I was in when as the complex story lines unfolded. Kudos to Ms. O’Neal for bringing all the different stories together, but I feel that some character development got lost along the way. I admit I prefer more character-driven books, but if you like high fantasy, you will probably enjoy this high fantasy/romance hybrid.

I found the writing style, particularly in the first book, to be a tad slow. There is a reliance on adverbs to tell us what or how a character does something instead of showing their actions or reactions. I found myself skimming a lot of book one. The second book showed definite growth in writing style, and I enjoyed it much more.

Overall these books delve into the good vs. evil dichotomy that is a staple of fantasy in an interesting way. I anticipate that as Ms. O’Neal continues to grow as a writer, this series will become ever-more intriguing. I give the series so far 3.5 cat kisses.

3.5 cats

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Daniah is different, she always has been and now her dreams and visions of the future are increasing, she knows her life is changing. She just doesn’t know by how much…

Jaiden is different, but he knows why and he knows his responsibilities. He must find the saviour of his race, the angel human half-breeds who are fighting a war for humanity’s souls. If he can’t convince Daniah she is more than just a little different – she is the princess of their people – they are all going to die.

Unfortunately Daniah doesn’t have many reasons to trust Jaiden, especially when he is caught in a web of his own lies.

In a world where half-breed angels walk among us, fighting an evil for our souls, Daniah must find the strength to become the princess we all need.

Chelsea O’Neal has a unique voice in storytelling, threading the characters lives together intricately to give us a complex web of good versus evil in a world descending into chaos…

After Jaiden found Daniah in Juniper, they returned to Garnet City. Daniah is destined to become Queen of Zoku, a race of angel half-breeds who protect the humans from a soul-stealing evil. Now, Daniah is learning of her abilities and responsibilities as queen. Just as things seem to be going smoothly, a group of Zoku show up to help, led by an angel, Shelly.

Mallory has been on her own for most of her life, trying to protect and save those around her.  She is Toyek, and she’s been hiding in plain sight while fighting for her life. She is intent on finding her friend’s daughter, whatever it takes, when an innocent trip to the supermarket takes an interesting turn.

Orion has been hired to find a female and, as a Tracker, finding people is his specialty. He discovers much more than he was looking for when he runs into the beautiful Mallory. While pursuing both his target and the resistant Mallory, he finds himself fighting to defend Princess Daniah and the Zoku.

Can Orion and Mallory work together to help Daniah be the hope the Zoku so desperately need? Or will a few surprises and a tragedy be all it takes to break the united front of the Zoku fighting against the evil Meikal?

About the Author

Chelsea O’Neal lives in her fantasy world where people can fly, vampires could be real, money is never an issue, and the romantic meeting of your true love is a normal happening.  When not relaxing in Chelsea-ville, she enjoys talking with animals that talk back and taking long walks with her Prince Charming…

Actually Chelsea lives in the United States in Nebraska, where she was born and raised, with her black lab Daisey, who hasn’t spoken actual words, but she is pretty sure Daisey understands her. She is yet to meet her Prince Charming, though she is quite sure he is out there. Chelsea enjoys working in a library as well as a cosmetologist. She is an avid reader and writing has always been her passion. Zoku’s Hope is her second novel, and she is working on her next book now.

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