By now you would all know I’m a self-published author, and I love to support other self-published authors, especially if they’re Australian.
Jessica Louise released her debut novel, Angel of Mine on August 18th. Check out the book details and my review below.
If you had the ability to heal with just one touch, the capability to absorb other’s pain by making it your own, would you do it?
The gratifying feeling she gets from helping others intoxicates Ally; the glowing warmth within constantly simmers, incessant on bursting free. Ally was born to do this, but how much more damage can her body take?
Theo finds himself getting close to the girl that continues to inflict pain on herself. When he discovers her secret, his overwhelming concern drives him to do everything in his power to prevent Ally from getting hurt, no matter how lovely her intentions are.
Theo also has secrets and will take any measure to keep them hidden from the girl he is falling in love with. He knows better than to let her get too close. She can never find out the information he conceals because she cannot help him anyway.
Devastating circumstances. Helpless love. Where there’s a will, is there actually a way?
First of all, I’m sending out cover love for this book. It is really pretty. The tone and colour are gorgeous, and look at those eyes!
“How is it possible that the most caring, loving and selfless person on the planet is gifted with something that can only bring her pain?” –Theo
“I allow myself to get lost in the love I see in his eyes because looking anywhere else hurts too damn much.” –Ally
The premise of Angel of Mine is quite unique, and one I have never come across before. Ally has the ability to take people’s pain away. She can heal them instantly, whether it’s a scraped knee or a broken arm—pretty awesome, right? Well, there’s a catch. Ally is compelled to help, she almost has no control over the urge, and whatever happens to the person Ally is helping, it’s transferred to her. She ends up with all the pain.
Because of her ability, Ally has been sheltered pretty much her entire life by her over protective and paranoid mother. Each time she helps someone and there are witnesses, they run. That is, until Ally meets Theo.
The book is told in multiple POV via Ally and Theo. Ally and Theo’s relationship develops relatively quickly, and it’s pretty cheesy at times, but it is a teen romance so I guess it can be expected. There’s the instant physical attraction between them, but they don’t jump in feet first. They do take some time to get to know each other, although neither party is completely honest with the other. At times Theo was a little possessive of Ally, but I liked the way they fitted together.
I admit it took me a little while to get into this book. I don’t think it was the book’s fault, it was probably a combination of time, my work load, and a whole lot of other factors. At times I got frustrated with the dialogue as it seemed a little forced and unnatural, and Theo’s voice was not as strong as Ally’s. But, once I hit the half way mark the story started to pick up. Theo has a secret that I won’t spoil for you, but it sends him and Ally on a roller-coaster ride of emotions. Despite the great pick up in pace in the middle of the book, I wasn’t a huge fan of the ending. We do get a HEA, but it was all a little too good to be true, like a fairytale ending.
Overall, I enjoyed Angel of Mine but there were a few niggly things that didn’t quite work for me. As a debut from a self-published author, I think it’s a great start, and I guess things can only get better from here. I’m looking forward to reading more from Jessica Louise.
Due to language and some situations, I recommend this for upper YA and NA readers.
About the Author:
Jessica Louise is a hopeless romantic and the epitome of a girly girl.
She thinks pink is the new black and that hair crimpers never went out of fashion.
In her spare time she enjoys the simple things in life like the smell of the air before the rain or a swim at the beach on a hot summer’s day.
She is an avid reader and an aspiring writer, who believes whole heartedly in the old English proverb; the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
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