Sunday, March 25, 2012

BLOG TOUR: Until Next Time by Amy Lignor (Review + Giveaway)

Genre:Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy
Publication.Date  February 1st 2012
Published By:  Tribute Books  | 
WebsiteAmy Lignor

Until Next Time - Goodreads
My review copy:Finished copy received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Where to get:

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.

When the reason for their training is finally revealed, the angel/warrior team find themselves thrust into a world they know nothing about. Matt takes over the life of Daniel, a young man with a great deal of baggage. Emily becomes Liz, a girl living in a remote village who relies on nothing more than her own strength to survive. A violent storm erupts one night, and framed in the window of Liz's establishment is a frightening face. Let in by the soul of a Good Samaritan, the two visitors bring with them a past full of secrets that could literally change an angel's path and a warrior's plans.

From murder to redemption, this angel/warrior team must find a way to keep the faith they have in each other in a world that's ripping them apart. (Goodreads)

Soulmate - what a dumb word. A soulmate is the eternal partner you have in every lifetime - the one created just for you. Easy concept, right? Unfortunately, what Matt and I didn't know is that when you're human, you can fail to recognize your soulmate. You can end up feeling attracted to other people. It's easy to get all messed up and confused. Hearts are broken fast that way.
Anger is the enemy. It can cloud issues and make people do unspeakable things. So can love. True love is the most powerful thing, but it can prevent a man from seeing clearly.
Their souls were one, keeping each other on the right course, oblivious to the rest of the world.

     Totally captivating, a powerful and entertaining read that will make your heart pound. Amy Lignor's writing style is engaging and full of charm, making it easy to loose yourself in the magical world she created, and connect with all the fabulous characters. Dealing with love, duty, destiny, and difficult choices, Until Next Time is a beautiful book in many ways.

      Matt and Emily are angels sent down to Earth on a mission to stop bad things from happening, all the while leading a "normal human lives" in their human shells (human bodies they're inhabiting). They've been training for that their whole lives, they have skills and unique angel powers, they're well prepared for anything that could happen. The only problem is once their souls are placed in human bodies, their own memories are wiped clean. They don't remember anything, including each other and their meant-to-be relationship. Overwhelmed by human emotions no training could ever have prepared them for, Matt and Emily will need more than faith to survive their time in human world.

      What sets Until The Next Time apart from all the other angel books I've read so far, is that the concept behind the story is entirely unique and fresh. And, let's face it, that does not happen very often when it comes to angel books. Sure, the general idea remains the same, but at the same time Amy Lignor puts a very original spin on it, giving us something exciting and new. Something that is very hard to dislike. I liked the idea of taking over someone else's body at the exact moment of the person's death, to ensure that their purpose in life is fulfilled. It was fascinating to read about, thought-provoking and very emotional.

      I found the plot line very interesting and mostly well thought out. I say mostly, because there was a couple of instances when I scratched my head and wondered "hmm.. how did that just happened?" or thought to myself "well, I'm not quite sure if that was entirely necessary". For instance, I wasn't quite sure why all the angel warriors had to train so hard in preparation for their missions, just to have their memories wiped clean before being sent down to Earth. And don't get me wrong here, it's not that I don't understand why their angel memories needed to be removed, as Amy explained all that very well (they needed to start fresh and go into their missions with open mind), I just didn't see why the extensive training was necessary in the first place.

     But that's basically all I could possibly complain about. Everything else - from the wonderful mythological backdrop that Amy so skilfully builds on and expands, to the complex, convincing, likable characters, to the incredible depth of the story and the profound messages it carries - was simply fabulous. I devoured Until Next Time. Touching and thrilling, it's an excellent angel book, and one you should definitely have on your shelf (or eReader).


Tribute Books has generously offered to giveaway one eCopy of Until Next Time!
To be entered in the draw please leave a comment on this post with your email address!

Open: to everyone
Ends: April 7

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About the Author
Evie is the Blogger behind Bookish. She enjoys reading many different genres, especially YA, Paranormal, Contemporary Fiction and Fantasy.
She loves talking to authors and is always happy to welcome them for interviews, and guest posts. She also likes spreading the love for awesome books and  chatting with fellow book-worms.
You can find Evie here: Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Shelfari | The Library Thing


vanessa eric said...

Well-written review, it made the book sounded intriguing. Would love to win it, so I'm in for the giveaway!


The Teen Book Guru said...

Hey :) Great review and awesome blog!! I would love to win a copy of Until Next Time, so I'm in too!!

Michelle Chew said...

First it was the cover and then after reading your review I went "I want to read it too!".

Please count me in too!

sakuraakamichelle at gmail dot com

Angie said...

I hadn't read too much about this one until now, and it sounds pretty awesome!


Lexie said...

Ahhh! I'll have to check this one out. I'm very hesitant in regard to angel books nowadays, but the idea of a completely fresh concept makes me VERY excited. *-* Plus, the cover is absolutely gorgeous.

Also, this isn't for the giveaway. :D I can't receive e-books. This is just for the sake of commenting.

primrose said...

As always great review, Evie. I'm quite hesitant when it comes to books featuring angels but this sounds really interesting. I have to agree that the whole concept of angels taking over human bodies to fulfill their purpose is certainly intriguing and new.

Tore said...

Thanks for the giveaway. This sounds like a really awesome read. Please enter me in contest.

Bonnie said...

This book sounds pretty freakin good! I know that angel books get a bad wrap, and I haven't read enough to form a general opinion but I definitely want to check this one out. Especially since, as you said, it brings something fresh and new to the table. I would LOVE to win a copy! Thanks so much not only for your lovely review but for a chance to win a copy as well. <3

Bonnie said...

Ugh, forgot the email address- but you have it anyways.

Tribute Books said...

Evie, let me just say your blog rocks. It's a YA lover's dream.

Thank you so much for your enthusiasm for Amy's book. It's infectious, and I'm glad that your blog readers are responding to your take on "Until Next Time."

Good luck to all who enter the giveaway! :)

HelloWriters said...

Evie - I have NO idea what to say! Your comments and your beautiful review for Matt & Emily made me so proud and so happy - and I LOVE being on such a cool site! Thank you SO much for taking the time to get the angel/warrior team out there in front of eveeryone! I am a HUGE fan of YOURS! :)

HelloWriters said...

Evie - I have NO idea what to say! Your comments and your beautiful review for Matt & Emily made me so proud and so happy - and I LOVE being on such a cool site! Thank you SO much for taking the time to get the angel/warrior team out there in front of eveeryone! I am a HUGE fan of YOURS! :)

Anubha said...

Superb review... I love your blog I am happy that I stumbled on your blog while searching for someone else's... Thank you for the giveaway.... :)

Alicia said...

It's always nice to have an angel book that is different!! Great review and thanks for the giveaway!!

itlnsilver [at] yahoo [dot] ca

Margay said...

Sounds like a fun book!


Linda: Book Ninja said...

Aaah! I've been obsessed with angel books recently. Glad it's unique too! Wow, some great quotes. I can see what you mean about the writing. As a fan of mythology, I love that it plays a part in the book. Thanks for the great review!

Lindadao2060 at yahoo dot com

giddusadik said...

This book caught my atteention from the first moment I saw it! It sounded really interesting and the cover was really beautiful. And your reviwe is so well-written, Evie! It makes it sound even better :)

floriv7 (at) gmail (dot) com

Christina said...

An original angel book? You've got me convinced! I'm reading A Beautiful Dark right now, and it's okay, but definitely not original. Boo.

cynicalsapphire at gmail dot com

Steph said...

Thanks for the great review! This has been on my TBR list for awhile now, but I might have to bump it up! It sounds really interesting!!

Heather said...

This looks like an interesting premise for a book. I'm going to have to get a copy and check it out. I love the cover, too!

Jaime Lester said...

An Angel book that isn't the exact same as every other angel book out there? Really? I am IN! Along with the beautiful, unique, captivating cover and the seemingly (now proved) unique story line, and now your review, I am doubly in. I will admit to being a fan of angel books, so it will be nice to read a new spin on the story. Thanks for your great review!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a cool book! Reminds me a little bit about Halo, what with being send to earth to undo bad things only the memory thing is different. But I'm sure the whole book is much different.
Great review!

Kelly said...

I love to read your reviews. You lay it all out including the emotions. It always makes me want to read it right then, but I am usually in another book at the time. So, Gah! I like it then I hate it because I can't read it right then!!

Ligeia Ahgony said...

This sounds like a really awesome read. Great review as always!

~Jennifer~ said...

I have this book for my Kindle, and it's at the top of my tbr list. It'll be refreshing to read a book about angels rather than werewolves or vampires, even though I love those, too! :) Thanks for your review!

akiran_ahyii03 said...

I have an attachment to angel books and I think I will love this one. You gave a great review and I can't wait to read it! :)

-Karina @CouchPotatoReader

E_V_E said...

I like stories about angels and the cover is so breathtaking!
The book looks good 8)

Biondy said...

I love the cover :D and the story sounds great too.

Goodnight Carolina said...

Thanks for the great review Evie. The cover looks amazing and I'm hoping I'll be able to get my hand on this book

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