Airel is instantly drawn to Michael Alexander, the new boy in school. She is excited beyond belief when they begin to start dating, but things take a turn for the worst when Airel witnesses a murder in the movie theatre on one of their dates. Airel cannot get the image of the blonde man out of her head. She begins to fear for her own safety when she finds a message in her mailbox that says, “I know what you are”.
When Airel and Michael are both taken captive, the mysterious Kale–the man from the movie theatre–begins to educate Airel on her heritage. He also begins to train her for battle against the Brotherhood, a group intent on taking down those who are also like Airel.
When I first started to read Airel by authors Aaron Patterson and Chris White, I immediately wanted to stop reading it. Both of the authors are male, and their attempt to write from a teenage girl’s perspective was offensive and intolerable to me. Airel comes across as thinking really highly of herself, and has no substance. She’s portrayed as boy crazy (she instantly falls in love with Michael) and materialistic, though the authors try to add some depth to her with mentioning that she loves to read. Airel was simply not an enjoyable character in the first few sections of the book. Michael, on the other hand, has a lot of layers to him, but they aren’t made known until close to the end of the book.
I had to keep stepping away from Airel because my mind would start to wander and I couldn’t focus on the story. Overall, the story idea for Airel is a good one; it’s different enough from the other fallen angel/Nephilim type books that are currently published. The characters and the writing, however, needed some more fine tuning.
Airel seemed like a different character by the second half of the book, and Michael suddenly became very fascinating. The writing was very irritating to me; while they definitely captured the teenage essence to some degree, I got very tired of seeing almost every sentence in the first section of the book begin with “I”.
Airel redeemed itself in the end with a few interesting twists, but even those could not persuade me to want to read the next book in the series, called Michael.
Jennifer graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in English. She occasionally dabbles with her own fiction writing, particularly with the Young Adult and Paranormal genres. She currently resides in Utah with her husband and daughter.
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Stonehouse Ink. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.