Monday, October 16, 2017

Monsters and Angels Anne Marie Andrus Review

Monsters & Angels
Anne Marie Andrus
Publication date: October 11th 2017
Genres: Historical, New Adult, Paranormal Romance
Fledgling nurse Sorcha Alden knew she had the skills to save lives, but she never dreamed that her own life would be the one in danger.
Driven by tragedy to honor her family name, Sorcha embarks on a journey that takes her from the bleak but familiar streets of New York, through the sultry and seductive city of New Orleans, and into the brutal jungles of Nepal. Forging friendships and carrying on her mother’s mission of healing was her dream. Plunging into a love affair with the mysterious Dr. Ashayle could have been a fairytale.
Being murdered and waking up as a blood-thirsty monster—became her living nightmare.
Torn away form a life that had just begun, Sorcha returns to New Orleans as a newborn vampire, forced to start over in a cutthroat underworld of devilry and decadence. Complicated politics, bitter rivals and jealous ancestors stand between her and the promises she’s still determined to keep.
In a realm where the boundary between good and evil is as murky as the Mississippi River and immortal does not mean invincible, will Sorcha ever risk her shattered heart and love again? Can the magical harmony of the Crescent City give her enough courage to fulfill her eternal destiny?

What I Really Think of This Novel

Quick synopsis: The story begins in 1935 where Sorcha has graduated nursing school at the top of her class in New York. She's excited to follow her mother's legacy, but tragedy hits home and she flees to a new life in New Orleans. A visit to Nepal changes everything for Sorcha. Her life as a nurse ends after she is attacked and she is changed into a vampire. Sorcha becomes a vampire of an elite royal family. Unfortunately someone wants the family destroyed. 

The story starts off well. Get a glimpse of old time New Orleans and Nepal. This is the first book in a series.  The story is mostly an introduction to the characters and how the relationships between the characters develop and sets up the situation for book 2. Once Sorcha is turned, the story is one grand party after another with implied threats threaded within.

The bones of this story is an interesting read with a few flaws. I thought the fashion described did not fit the time period. Sorcha said her father was killed in the war, but I am left wondering what war. There were parts where I did not feel the dialog matched the actions of the characters. Although Sorcha was born and raised in New York, she has a light Irish accent that comes out when she's stressed. This is shown by the occasional words Em and Jayz which did not add to the story, but did interrupt the flow. 

I did want to skim a few parts, but I was afraid I would miss something important. I had no problem putting the book down at any given part. I also didn't have any problem picking it back up. 

The end was quite exciting and a thrill to read. I'm glad I stuck with it. I had a good laugh at the last sentence. 

You know the feeling you get after reading a novel, the feeling that you are still at the place or setting? I will say I still have the feeling of old New Orleans atmosphere hanging about a few days after having finished the novel. I still feel the essence of the characters. The author must have done something right to make this reader feel this way.

About the Author
Anne Marie has been an equestrienne, chorale singer, candy-striper, EMT, and baseball fan. Roaming the back roads of New Jersey with her family, she found great respect for antiques, historical locations and the stories they hold. Her current list of favorite pastimes include coffee, bourbon, and Les Miserables--which requires more bourbon. She has been known to attend sporting events just for the flyover. The boat she and her husband christened Glory Days, is her escape from the chaos of everyday life.
The inspiration for Anne Marie's debut novel, Monsters & Angels, is her fascination with vampires and her passion for everything New Orleans. When she isn't writing, she can be found working nights with the critical care team in a busy trauma center.


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