I must say that I was beyond excited to be able to participate in the blog tour for Until Next Time by Amy Lignor (Tribute Books, January 2012). For one, it is our first blog tour here on Rampant Reads, and second, the book just sounded fun and I was really needing something fantastic to pick up after finishing Daughter of Smoke and Bone.
“How does a girl choose between the one who steals her heart and the one who owns her soul?
Matt and Emily were created for a specific job. Raised and trained as the ultimate angel/warrior team, they are sent down to save, defend, judge and forgive, depending on the ‘life’ they’ve been assigned. What they don’t realize is that the power of human emotions, such as love, anger, passion and fear can take over even the best of souls, causing them to make mistakes and follow paths that lead to confusion and heartache.”
Let me just start by saying that so much about this book surprised me. For starters, the book could have easily gone the way of “super-cheesy love triangle,” but didn’t. Emily is clearly struggling with her human and angelic emotions (which are two very different things). She knows that Matt is her soul mate, but she can’t ignore the love that she has found on Earth. This is compounded by the fact that when they are sent to Earth, they have no memory of their angelic lives, but when they leave Earth, they remember everything about the lives they lived there as Liz and Daniel. How can Matt blame her for something she can’t help? Something she has no control over? They were trained as an Angel/Warrior team, but trying to understand human emotions theoretically and experiencing them first hand on Earth would cause a lot of confusion for any teenager.
The book starts out with Emily and Matt with the Angels, finishing their training. They are young and ready to take on the world, so to speak. The humans whose bodies they are taking over (I promise this is not a zombie undead taking over body thing!) are people whose souls have left their body, even though they still have important things to do in the world. Matt and Emily need to finish that for them and while down there, they are to experience humanity and help the Angels to understand human emotion. This knowledge, ideally, can save the world from bad things to come and help the Angels find a way to give faith back to humanity. No pressure or anything.
The cherry on top is that they are not sent to a modern world, like I initially thought would happen. Nope. They wake up in 1810 in Ireland. Surprised? I was too. It was a satisfying twist early on and honestly, Amy Lignor is a great writer. I was hooked from the prologue and ready to go wherever she took me, from murder to redemption, I was there. At the beginning, I found I had to remind myself that Emily and Liz and Matt and Daniel were the same characters, but the book fell into a nice rhythm and this was quickly not an issue anymore.
Overall, this book was so fun to read and I am glad that I had the opportunity to! (Thanks, Tribute Books!) Now I just have to anxiously await the next book in the series.
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