Title - The Watcher
Author - Lisa Voisin
Genre - YA Fantasy
Publisher - InkSpell Publishing
Release Date - March 4th 2013
Source - From Publisher
Millennia ago, he fell from heaven for her.
Can he face her without falling again?
Fascinated with ancient civilizations, seventeen-year-old Mia Crawford dreams of becoming an archaeologist. She also dreams of wings—soft and silent like snow—and somebody trying to steal them.
When a horrible creature appears out of thin air and attacks her, she knows Michael Fontaine is involved, though he claims to know nothing about it. Secretive and aloof, Michael evokes feelings in Mia that she doesn’t understand. Images of another time and place haunt her. She recognizes them—but not from any textbook.
In search of the truth, Mia discovers a past life of forbidden love, jealousy and revenge that tore an angel from Heaven and sent her to an early grave. Now that her soul has returned, does she have a chance at loving that angel again? Or will an age-old nemesis destroy them both?
Ancient history is only the beginning.
At first it does shed some light on the cliche of a typical angel novel. Like Angel, Hush Hush to a certain extent the genre of angel novels have their similarities and there differences. However the concept of The Watcher was surprising for me as it held a uniqueness to those that I have read before. What was also nice is that I showcased this as a 'WoW' and I'm glad is surpassed by expectations.
At the beginning Mia is faced with finding a dead body in the local park, finding herself at the peril of a large monster coming straight for her. All she remembers is a beautiful boy in the distance... But Mia sees him in the Mall and then a enrolling at her school. Mia senses that there is more to him that meets the eye. Michael Fontaine, is way to good to be true and has a history with Mia in her past life. But you know that there will be someone to stop them... Damiel, a fallen angel has more in connection to Mia and Michael than they are letting. From my description it doesn't appear very inspiring or remotely enjoyable, but please give it some time because this is only a smidgen of the mystery, drama, forbidden love and timeless era's that you will endure. The only thing that did let it down in the beginning was the the pace and consistency of the storyline, it went a little bit to quick, I think critically I would say I would have liked a bit more context of Mia's life presently!
Mia is an intriguing character but nothing spontaneous that I haven't seen before. For me she got more interesting when her past lives begun through her eyes, how each layer is represented by the many generations of living in the different eras that made her the character she is currently. The cliche is that she has to falls head over heels in love with a secretive, secluded and the hottest new guy at school. There is no surprise to the love that both Michael and herself share. For what caught me was the history and depth of the relationship that they have shared for eternity became almost real.
What I did find surprising was my excitement, constant smiling and how I felt for the male protagonist rather than a female. For me this novel was based on the depth of love that you endured and the feeling that Michael passes through you, the reader. Michael is an earth-shattering angel that you fall completely in love with. In beginning he appeared insensitive, rigid and somewhat cold to Mia trying to make out that 'its not you it me' theory which is typically annoying. But as he characters progresses we see his humanity and the reality of the story through him.
The Watcher offers an old-fashioned, thrilling and mysterious concept to the endure Voisin's intuition and inspiration of the novel. Her description and fortelling of the novel is simply brilliant. I'm looking forward to reading more of Lisa's work and loved being part of this tour.
Rating - 4 Stars
Thank you to InkSpell Publishing for the review copy and the chance to be on their Tour.
Lisa Voisin and Inkspell Publishing are giving away print (US/Canada/UK) and ebook (INT) copies of The Watcher as well as this lovely angel wing necklace.
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