Listen on Apple Music. Actually the single force of one Rob Haigh, Omni Trio's sunny brand of intricate, orchestrated drum'n'bass has been growing in acclaim since the onset of "ambient" or "intelligent" jungle in the mid-'90s brought names such as L. By his thirties, Haigh already had a decade on most of those names, a fact made evident in the often more eclectic influence behind his tunes, from Carl Craig and Mantronix to Miles Davis and Can. Following on the heels of early hardcore and darkside techno, Haigh's tunes were among the first composed outside of jungle's immediate dancefloor loop, and were early examples of the music's potential to draw on a wide range of sources ambient, house, jazz, soul for influence.
His first full-length album, The Deepest Cut: In addition to his increasingly successful career as a recording artist and remixer, Haigh also owned and operated a record shop in Hertford. Mar 16, Adina rated it it was ok Recommends it for: Christian teens and preteens. I won an autographed copy of this book on Goodreads.
This book would be great for a young Christian who enjoys reading thrillers. As an Agnostic, I was a bit put off. The main character, Megan, seemed far too naive to me, and I admit that I rolled my eyes many times while reading this book. Despite feeling like the characters were cheesy and unreal, I actually didn't mind the story. When I finished the last page, I wanted to know what would happen in the next Angel book. The more I think abou I won an autographed copy of this book on Goodreads. The more I think about it, I would say that Lisa Grace did a decent job with her characters - they're just so far from my generally secular world that they seem unrealistic to me.
Overall, I would say that this book is good, but really meant for a niche audience. Oct 28, c a t h e y rated it it was ok Shelves: Before I start my review I would like to thank Lisa Grace and Goodreads for making it possible that a free autographed copy of Angel in the Shadows was sent to me. I must admit that I am of that dreaded, widespread sin: And it's title, too, actually. So I was expecting yet another YA paranormal romance. You know the one, with the heroine who meets a new, mysterious boy.
Cue the strange, undeniable chemistry happening between them. Cue the "I'm dangerous, we should Before I start my review I would like to thank Lisa Grace and Goodreads for making it possible that a free autographed copy of Angel in the Shadows was sent to me. Cue the "I'm dangerous, we shouldn't be together".
Cue pages and pages of said girl obsessing over said boy. Cue the vapid, annoying girl getting into trouble. And then the heroic rescue, the swooning in each other's arms, and the happily-ever-after. Well, Angel in the Shadows was not like that at all -- in fact, I must admit, it was rather a bit too Christian-y for me. I'm not an avid church-goer, but neither am I the atheist. I'm the everyday story of a Catholic upbringing, which sort of fell on the way-side. But it seemed to me that Grace was trying to achieve a quick conversion of the masses through the publication of this book.
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It's not really a spoiler well, I didn't think so anyway, and did you expect it not to happen? Firstly, this book desperately needs an edit. And a lesson in using grammar and syntax correctly. It is also used to separate items in a list, to mark off thousands in numerals, to separate types or levels of information in bibliographic and other data, and, in Europe, as a decimal point. The poor comma was abused throughout the book: As the internet kindly informs us, "heir" is not interchangeable with "air" -- and neither is "to" with "too".
Okay, so now onto the writing. It makes it a hell of a lot easier for the reader when the information is incorporated into the text. It makes the writing seem jerky, as we are thrown this way and that. I also found it hard to relate to the main character, Megan Laughlin, maybe because of the lack of empathy that the book evokes.
The tension wasn't really there, I just kept on reading without a page-turning intensity. Another thing I must add is that there were a few eye-rolling, "this would never happen" moments. I mean, first of all, purity rings? I mean, come on.
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Sure, there was a Jonas Brother who had one I'm not sure which, and to be quite frank, I don't really care. And neither should you , but Sure, yeah, I get that this is a Christian book, so I guess that purity rings aren't really a far leap at all. Is it only me, or have you noticed the lack of anger in this book? People get angry and annoyed, sure, but no-one really seems to stay that way. There's an argument and what seems to lead up to a fight, but no!
Lo and behold, at the last moment it's all happy and dandy again. Once again, I attribute this to the Christian genre, and not the actual book. But yeah, I think that I might have a problem with other such books. My final point can be summed up with one word. The way that Grace went on about how dark and scary etc. I mean, people can like dark make-up and chains on their clothing without being judged, right?
I'm rambling, and not making much sense, so I think the following passage from the book will make it what I'm trying to say a bit more obvious. Megan has had a make-over by Vania in order to stay below the radar at a party they're going to. I wonder how I'm going to explain my new look to my Mom. Vania says, "You write reports for the school TV show.
Tell her you're doing a report on the life of a Goth. It doesn't make any sense. A Goth does not live a completely different and radical life from any one else. You do not need to submerge yourself in their subculture to understand them. So all in all, this turned out to be a pretty long review, but I can't be bothered trawling through and finding out all of the other things that I found fault with.
I don't know if I'll be following this up with the second book, I guess we'll see. I must add as a side-note, though, that I applaud Lisa Grace for this new channel at spreading the Christian message. Or maybe it's not so new, just that I haven't read many books of this nature at all. And also, I understand that it's much easier to criticise than it is to write a book.
Jan 07, Adam Collings rated it really liked it Shelves: This book really drew me in. It fits well into the supernatural young adult genre, but it doesn't descend into cliche. Neither does it just try to copy the formula of other succesful stories. The plot moves quickly, and the characters feel well-rounded. The story deals with a lot of different themes and issues. Megan is a sympathetic protagonist, who is struggling to learn how to live with her newfound abilities. The dark angel Jude is the ideal villain for a story like this, chillingly evil and y This book really drew me in.
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The dark angel Jude is the ideal villain for a story like this, chillingly evil and yet charming so few people can see his true nature. He's on a mission and he believes in it just as much as Megan belives in hers. This leads to high levels of conflict and tension. Having recently read Demon: A Memoir by Tosca Lee I can well understand the motivation behind such a character. The character of Johnny provides support, assistance and mentoring to Megan, but he doesn't come across as the convenient solution to every problem either.
While not a sterotypical paranormal romance, there romance in this story, and it is handled well. This story was written in first-person present tense. I'm not a fan of unusual styles like this. I tend to find that they pull me out of the story, but I must admit that in angel in the Shadows, it worked.
The story kept me intersted so that the present-tense thing didn't bother me as much as I thought it would. The tension never really lets up in this story, right up to the suprising cliffhanger ending. After finishing it, you'll want to move on to the next book. May 26, Reanne rated it did not like it. I really wanted to like this book. But this book is just terrible. Despite the huge, eternal stakes, every challenge the main character fac I really wanted to like this book. Which is incredibly disappointing. Fifteen year old Megan finds out while working as a counsellor at summer camp that she has been granted powers of light by God to battle the evil of dark angels who seek to lead unsuspecting people astray.
She has been attending the same summer camp for many years and the previous summer, had noticed a strange bright light surrounding camp counsellor, Mr. Z as she knows him. When she remarked on it, she was laughed at and so, she has not mentioned it since. However, this summer she gets Mr.
Z Fifteen year old Megan finds out while working as a counsellor at summer camp that she has been granted powers of light by God to battle the evil of dark angels who seek to lead unsuspecting people astray. She finds out that Mr. Z is an angel of light sent down to battle the forces of darkness encroaching upon humanity and that she has also been blessed with powers to battle against these enemies of man. Once camp is over, Megan will have to go home and prepare for a great battle that awaits her in her near future and will possibly affect the people she loves.
While I thought this book was written with noble intentions and attempted to convey an important message, I am sorry to say that the storyline just fell flat for me. There were many factors that affected my opinion of this story, but I think that the main one was that the behaviour of the characters, the dialogue and certain events were exaggerated and mostly unbelievable. I also felt that the book read like it was written for a much younger audience, even though it discussed issues of sex, eating disorders, teenage pregnancy and abortion, and it came across as too overtly preachy.
I found it really hard to buy into a lot of what happened in this book. Firstly, at the summer camp, I found it incredibly odd how fast Megan and Mr. Their discussion was a relaxed one, as if it were no surprise that he was an angel and she happened to have special powers. Secondly, I found it a little ridiculous that Megan would see a dark angel influencing two little boys to plot mischief and then decide to go over and warn them against whatever childish mischief they may have been plotting. The mornings when the counsellors met for breakfast and the evening bonfires provided a feeling of warmth and cosiness to the story.
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There was one thing that got to me, though. That just seemed odd and out of place. I feel that it could have been handled with more subtlety and finesse because there were times when Mr. Z was talking to Megan and it felt like a parent telling bedtime bible stories to a child. By the way, speaking of Mr. Z- him being a camp counsellor known as Mr.
Z reminded me of Mr. D in the Percy Jackson series. As I said, there were just too many things that stood out for me while reading this book and my intention is not to unduly pick apart and criticise this book, but these were just a few mental notes I made as I read along, which I felt that I could not ignore. Dec 04, Holly rated it did not like it Recommended to Holly by: I must say, thank God I finished it. Bar none, the worst published book I've read this year. It was just terrible. I like angel stories, but you have to do it just right so it doesn't come off as preachy. This completely and utterly beyond preachy and well into controversial topics.
At first, I thought it was a joke. The first couple of chapters were nearly a parody of YA lit. THere was summer camp, a boy she'd been texting for a year and liked a lot and they eventually started dating I must say, thank God I finished it. THere was summer camp, a boy she'd been texting for a year and liked a lot and they eventually started dating , bulimia, angels, dark angels, etc. I wanted to keep reading it just to see how bad it could get. By the end, though, I was sorry I'd said that. By the end, just about everything that could happen in a YA book did.
You shouldn't put all of that in one page book. Besides what was listed above, there was the following: I received the 2nd book free, but there's no way I'm reading it now. I can't put myself through it again. The writing was juvenile, like the 15 year old narrator was writing it herself. It could have been so much better. The worst part of it all?
The author asked me to read and review these for her. May 24, Cleverly rated it it was amazing. The war between Good and Evil has always been and will always be. It's a balancing act. Before I continue with my review I would like to explain something. I am not religious. I am extremely open minded to all aspects of life and yes that does include all types of religion. This book maybe considered a religious book but the synopsis drew me in and I figured I'd give it a go. I really enjoyed that this book took place in FL.
Lisa used some familiar lingo that I was comfortable with. Lisa's book The war between Good and Evil has always been and will always be. Lisa's book made me feel at home. It's not often you read Kook in a book. Megan was wise beyond her years. She had a way with people that just took hold.
I was surprised by how much happened in the book which is only pgs. It never felt rushed and it never lacked. There was religious aspects in the book but I never felt it was overbearing and took away from the plot. In fact it enhanced it. Jun 01, Angela Elmer rated it did not like it Shelves: When I signed up to get this book I did not realize it would be so religious. With a book about angels its gonna be a little religious. You can tell the author is very passionate about her believes.
It was just to much religion for me personally to get in to the story. I think this book is for very young adults I would say years old. It has very strong view points on faith, sex, and who will be getting in to heaven. I would suggest that if you get this book for your young teen you read it When I signed up to get this book I did not realize it would be so religious. I would suggest that if you get this book for your young teen you read it first there will be many things you will need to talk about after reading it.
Thank you Amanda and everyone who is reading my book. You may have to paste it into your browser in two pieces. I'm not very tech savy Getting reviews is very scary because you have no control unlike your characters over those who are reading it. View all 10 comments. Jan 07, Chris Yorgason rated it liked it. I thought the premise was interesting and I generally enjoy Christian novels and suspense novels. The story was a good one, but I struggled with some of the juvenile dialogue. I guess I got a little bogged down with the teenage lingo, etc. That said, a pretty good read for someone who enjoys the year-old world.
Grammatical errors, spelling errors, continuity errors. The story itself felt sketchy to me - as though it was the seed of a story that had not quite been grown into the story it was trying to be. Also, the cliffhanger I read in other reviews that I would find at the end? It read less like a cliffhanger and more like this was only about one third of the actual novel.
For all that the book is about a great battle, on the spiritual plane and the mortal one, Megan, This book was. For all that the book is about a great battle, on the spiritual plane and the mortal one, Megan, our main character, did not seem to really come up against and overcome - or be overcome by - any significant obstacles. When she could not accomplish something she tended not to even try, and some other event or person would come along and make it disappear.
Megan also did not wind up making many of her own decisions on large or small issues; she followed the instructions of the angels almost without question. Just as she accepted, from the very beginning, any and everything they told her, including the very fact that they were angels. I will say - I am not a Christian. I occasionally read Christian fiction, for many of the same reasons I read other books out of my usual genres.
None of my problems with this book were explicitly because of it being a book of Christian fiction. Among the many, many errors I came across among the grammatical side of things: For example, late in the book, when Max is mentioned hugging Megan and talking to her - I honestly had no idea to whom the book was referring.
I had forgotten that this girl, who is the main character and supposedly quite dedicated to her family, had a younger brother. I almost had to page back to the beginning to reassure myself that I had been introduced to him before. There were some heavy real-life issues tackled in the book, as I half expected from what I had read about it prior to beginning it - most of them were merely glossed over, even if they were focused on specifically as horrible things; serious issues that if included in a story like this really must be focused on more seriously.
The serious issues that were treated as serious issues were dealt with too quickly and too easily, sometimes in the wrong ways - and I'm thinking of an early case, a non-religious issue, when Megan eventually sought help from an adult for something she found out. It was not only Megan's worries and uncertain way of dealing with the issue that bothered me - she's a fairly sheltered teenager, I would not expect her to handle things perfectly, I perhaps even expect missteps.
An adult should do better, particularly one in such a position. An argument made - whatever side of it I happen to come down on - that has actual facts to support the argument. Use those facts - do not lie about those facts, it only weakens the argument. Included with straight-up lying in my book: It is Christian fiction, I expect it to be Christian fiction - I have no false expectations of it to be like, say, a fantasy novel. However, I do not expect things to come the way that they did in this book.
Megan's inner monologues often felt like lectures or sales pitches - and I'm not sure which is worse - directed at the reader. Leaving aside the over-the-top feel of the almost precisely the same things directed to Megan's friends, family, and acquaintances - and when they do the same - I cannot believe that anyone actually thinks in those particular pathways. It felt forced and also a little bit like I was being attacked, even on points I might agree with Megan on, by about the second time she delivered such an inner monologue or stream of consciousness.
As I said, I am not a Christian. I have attended church, and have had a number of friends who are very passionate about their faith. That was one of several issues that made me wonder about the Christians as I saw them depicted in this book, but I feel too uncertain in my own knowledge on most of these things to comment in an informed manner. Honestly, I would probably not have finished this book at all if it had not been so short.
I was curious and concerned about how Lisa Grace would handle the issues she had raised, and also about the cliffhanger I had read. I've done my best to give a fair review that does not depend specifically on my views on any religious or controversial things in the book, but opinions are, of course, subjective. Oh, and in that vein. This is honestly one of the worst books I have ever suffered myself to read in its entirety. Jun 22, Linda rated it did not like it Shelves: Could not make it past the first couple of pages, too cringeworthy.
May 21, Mary Findley rated it really liked it. Bringing Light, Casting Shadows Many friends and blog readers may be offended that I have read and am reviewing a book sometimes classified as "Christian Horror. What is appropriate to write and call Christian is a big area of disagreement. Workshops, seminars and conferences teach biblical standards.
I have different beliefs and standards from Lisa Grace. Many people will reject this book without reading it bec Bringing Light, Casting Shadows Many friends and blog readers may be offended that I have read and am reviewing a book sometimes classified as "Christian Horror. Many people will reject this book without reading it because they don't think they would agree with all it teaches. That would be a mistake. Lisa Grace has said, "Nothing is more horrible than going to Hell and being without the love of your Creator. I find Christianity and horror extremely compatible for this reason. Why do people commit suicide?
Because they lack hope and love. There are no undead. There is no gruesome violence or dwelling on the occult. She deals with both good and bad spiritual power but in a pretty down-to-earth way, at the risk of resorting to a pun. Seth, a character in the book, is a growing Christian, as any teenager might be. He joins the spiritual rollercoaster ride with his girlfriend Megan the main character and shows faith, patience and dependability not everyone would be able to manage.
Seth learns that we can sometimes fight the good fight without wholly understanding it, and grow into better understanding of our spiritual battles along the way. I found technical flaws in the book.
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The writing style is intended to be simple, to reach more readers, but I think a cleaner, more traditional attention to style and mechanics would not hurt its influence much. The handling of angels living among us and interacting with humans was also a bit clumsy at times. I am not sure their consistent physical presence, like Grace portrays, would really be compatible with an angel's mission either to help man to good or to tempt man to evil.
People in the story say they don't have enough knowledge of the Scriptures but little attention is given to more study. The book seems to portray some loose personal standards as compatible with Christianity. While we all come to the Cross with baggage, mental and physical, we need to learn what has to be left at the Cross or quickly discarded. The book shows a sex and drug party.
Little detail is given. The evil angel is active in temptations there. The lifestyle is shown as wrong, resulting in death and terrible consequences. Teenage sex is also there, without real detail, and it is shown to be wrong. Adults, even Christian ones, are portrayed as weak and are disturbingly uninvolved in their children's Christian lives. Megan's mother automatically disbelieves her account of a lifesaving event. Parents and adults are purposefully excluded from the main spiritual warfare of the book.
I did not care for this obliviousness, though I know it is sometimes true. We as writers are here to edify, not reinforce what may be true but we acknowledge is wrong. I object to running down parents and lifting up teenagers as superior beings. The book is worth reading just to see how God can work even in the most impossible circumstances and concerns an issue crucial to our times and our Christian and human natures. It is one of the best descriptions of characters and events I have ever read. Megan Laughlin looks like any other average high school girl except for one unique thing.
She has the ability to see angels. Not only is she able to see their glowing light that surrounds them identifying them no matter how hard they try to blend in, God's given her a gift into the unseen realm.