Published: May 1,2012
Publisher: Comfort Publishing
Source: YA Novel Reader for Blog Tour
My Rating: 3 Stars
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Only 18-years-old, Ashley is no ordinary teenager. Not only is she dead, but upon her death, she mistakenly enters the wrong line in the afterlife, a line meant for trained, guardian angels. With a pair of wings on her back, Ashley is sent to Los Angeles to replace another angel whose "assignment" was none-other-than Cannon Michaels, a current member of the band Sendher, the sexiest man alive, and Ashley's celebrity crush in life.While exposed to Cannon's selfish, judgmental behavior and his reckless, rock-and-roll lifestyle, Ashley is far from meeting the requirements of a true guardian angel. She misses her family and friends. Will she ever be able to accept her own death? What will she do when she jeopardizes her position as an angel and Cannon's physical safety by falling in love with him?The cover of this book was really cool and the colors worked so well together. I loved seeing the image of Cannon and Ashley watching over him. It just fit so well with the story. We start this book out by meeting Ashley who has just learned she has died and must become a guardian angel. It was interesting to see how Ashley came to grips with her death. The author did a good job of making us think about how we should live our lives. As Ashley came to grips with all that she didn't do with her life it made me think of how life can be so short. Ashley makes her way to heaven and learns she has a lot to learn about being a guardian angel.
Ashley learns that she will be in charge of Canon who she has the biggest crush on. Canon is a big time rock star and I Ashley has been in love with him forever. Oh where do I begin with Canon. He was such a hard guy to like at first because he was so rude and obnoxious to people but I soon realized it was all a facade. I liked the normal side of Canon and you soon started to realize he really needed help and was just stuck with a bad deal. I liked the caring and down to earth side to him and wished we would have saw way more of that side. Ashley soons realizes she really has her work cut out for her and needs to learn quickly.
Ashley gets help in the from of some other angels named Margie and Will. I liked them both instantly. Margie was like your grandma and so comfortable and polite to deal with. She was such a cute character. I loved Will also and loved his accent and the way he had about himself. He was the exact image of a true gentleman. I loved that they both wanted Ashley to succeed and tried to help her out the best they could. They were some cool role models for her and she needed it since she was so new.
I liked Ashley feeling her way through her duties. There were a few moments that I laughed when she was learning to get a handle on her powers. She had some major hijinks and it was funny seeing her interact with Canon too and not have him think he was going crazy. I loved that she was able to help Canon deal with his issues and that they got to know each other more. The author did a great job with the world building with the concert scenes and heaven. It was great seeing all the backstage scenes for the concerts.
Overall this was a good read and I liked it. The plot flowed well and kept me entertained. The characters were well thought out and complemented each other so well. I loved seeing Ashley learn more about how great she could be and seeing her confidence build as she learned more. I loved seeing Canon realize what life was really about and grow up more. I recommend you read this book to see the fun light hearted side of guardian angels.
About the Author:
As a first-time author, I cannot express- not even in words- how excited I am about the release of my debut novel, Amateur Angel. It took a lot of hard work and sleepless nights. There were many disappointments and rejections along the way, but in the end, my persistence and determination eventually paid off. In many ways, I think writing a novel is easier than finding an agent to represent it and then a publisher to buy it. Two years ago, I almost gave up on my dream to become an author, but then my son, Kyle, wrote a special poem for me, and it inspired me to write a new book and try again. The new book was Amateur Angel.
Here is his poem:
You fail and you fail,
You fix and you fix,
You wait and you wait,
Until you succeed.
I hung this poem in my closet and read it every day when I was getting ready to go to work and each night before I went to bed. It is still there and always will be. I know what I’m about to say will sound like a cliché, but based on my own personal experience, the best advice I can give anyone is to always believe in your abilities, hold your head high, swallow your pride, accept criticism and then learn from it, and most importantly, never give up.
I grew up in San Diego County and attended San Diego State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in English, a master’s degree in education, and my teaching credential. I am a high-school English teacher in the East County of San Diego where I also live with my husband, our son, and two dogs.
Being a lover of Victorian literature, my favorite author is Charles Dickens although I haven’t quite finished reading all of his books. Someday I’ll finally finish David Copperfield- I promise. If you are one of my students, you are either laughing or shaking your head at this.
I lead a very busy life, but when I’m not teaching, grading papers, or attending my son’s soccer games, I find time to write novels, my greatest passion.