How has your weekend been? I basically spent all weekend playing classic Sims 3 and watching anime so, its the definition of chilled. This book was kindly sent to me by YA Bound Book Tours, so a hearty thank you for that. I won’t babble any longer, let’s get straight into it.
Title: Wings of Flesh and Bone
Author: Cathrina Constantine
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Angels/Demons, Romance
Publisher: CHBB Publishing
Publication Date: April 8th 2018
Summary: An Angel. A Witch. A Demon. And A Choice.
Creatures from outer realms suck, as any gatekeeper worth their salt will tell you. Welcome to Rogan’s life, an orphaned seventeen-year-old who lives and trains with other misfits under her uncle’s roof, keeping Earth safe from non-human realm jumpers. Rogan’s biggest issue concerns her uncle’s short leash with her freedom—that is of course until she’s taken by a notorious witch, and her life begins to unravel. Soon, the supernatural beauty discovers there’s a reason her uncle kept such a tight lock on her whereabouts, and that she has more than angel blood running through her veins.
Eighteen-year-old Max is an angel, and Rogan’s mentor and guardian. He’s well aware of her tenacious inability to obey orders, though he also knows she’s a fierce fighter. When he’s involved in a scheme that ultimately gets Rogan kidnapped, he must battle his way back to her in an attempt to save her from the darkness threatening to possess her.
I hadn’t read any fantasy or Angel/Demon genred books for a while so and when I read the blurb I was intrigued. Not going to lie, the obvious hints at the relationship between Rogan and Max was a definite draw for me. After having read the book and now reading the blurb I think while it definitely covers the main plot points it doesn’t really describe the situation very well. For example, the main plot point is that they worry Rogan will turn to the darkness for various reasons. But, she never once has a reason to, she doesn’t even consider it at any point. This makes the “will she, won’t she” drama that the book’s plot revolves around, null in void. So let’s just say I definitely felt let down by the plot.
There were good bit’s where I was enthralled and couldn’t stop reading and then there were lulls where I wished the chapter to end. I also found it occasionally hard to follow and was bombarded with information rather than a gradual learning curve. Many of the plot points and relationship drama were pretty obvious and I could see it from the early moments of its hinting but much of YA is predictable so I don’t fault it for that. Also the ending I thought was odd. Yes, it was round and fulfilling but something seemed rushed and lost about it.
Writing Style: Something I did love was the writing style. Her incredible use of language has given me so many ideas for WWotW and it was fun to read because I was constantly reading new and interesting words. It was elegant and flowing and detailed which is my personal favourite. However, I definitely didn’t laugh at this book, which is fine. If it’s not written to make you laugh I’m okay with that but you still have to remember that the characters are teenagers, who often have odd senses of humour or are willing to be the butt of jokes and also use it as a defense mechanism in tough situations and the fact none of the characters was able to joke or laugh with each other made me enjoy reading it less because it detracted from the authenticity.
Characters/Relationships: I loved Max. He was an incredible character with strong goals and motives that were easy to believe and follow. He was likeable too. Of all the characters he was the most willing to laugh and joke and tease which is probably why I liked him so much.
Rogan, however, is an odd one because I feel I should like her because she’s the protagonist but there’s something that I can’t put my finger on that just leaves me cold. Her motives always seemed self-serving. She said she cared for Max but her actions showed she literally cared two flying frogs about him until the end when everything came crashing down around her and he was there for her.
Shae…I have no words. I mean I know you’re not meant to like him because he is the other option for Rogan’s love but GODDAMN HE’S A GREAT CHARACTER! He is my favourite in the whole book. Every time he was there the scenes were great and interesting and flowed brilliantly. He was so complex and deep that it really showed the lack of depth some certain other characters *cough* Rogan *cough* had.
Now the love triangle…it was an odd one because normally I ship one couple over the other 100% but in this I kind of wanted Shae and Max to end up together because they would have made such a cute couple. Cut Rogan out the picture and be happy…but I knew that wouldn’t happen so I just put up with it.
All the other side characters suffered a similar fate of not really having much depth and I was occasionally left questioning like why have they done that, that completely contradicts what they just said…but anyway,
that’s it for today’s review… I give this a solid 3 stars, Max and Shae redeemed the book greatly as well as her writing but I wouldn’t be throwing this to the top of your TBR very soon. I am really excited to read whatever Constantine writes next because like I said I did really enjoy her writing and the idea for the plot was intriguing but I think my overall dislike for Rogan just brought the score down.
That’s all folks, I’m off to play more Sims. Sidenote: if any of you play sims, I want your opinion on what your favourite Sims game was as I have played all four throughout my years, but something keeps drawing me back to good ol’ sims 3. But anyway! That’s all from me and have a great week!