by CJ

January 19, 2023

Airel by Aaron Patterson and Chris White

“All Airel ever wanted was to be normal, to disappear into the crowd. But bloodlines can produce surprises, like an incredible ability to heal. Then there s Michael Alexander, the new guy in school, who is impossibly gorgeous…and captivated by her. Somewhere in the back of her mind, she can hear the sound of pages turning, and another, older story being written. It is the story of an ancient family, of great warriors, of the Sword of Light, and the struggle against an evil so terrible, so far-reaching, that it threatens everything. Airel knew change would be an inevitable part of life. But can she hold on when murder and darkness begin to close in and take away everything she loves? Will she have what it takes when the truth is finally revealed?”

When I first started reading Airel, something just felt off about it. The further I got into the story the more interested and captivated I became. The book is told in alternating chapters, some of present day with Airel and some from the past in 1250BC with Kreios. The past was done well, focusing on Kreios’ journey and battle. In the present, Airel is noticing some odd changes about herself and thinks she’s getting sick. I shied away from reading reviews on this book, thankfully, so I had no idea WHAT they were. I also won’t mention it here, in case you want to be surprised to, but if you do feel free to go read some reviews on Amazon.

My biggest complaint about the book was Airel and Michael’s relationship. Airel is a very opinionated character, which I love, but she contradicts herself when it comes to Michael. They slip into this obsession with one another that had me cringing at times.

Aside from my complaint, I did love the fact that Airel was well-written. She was another kick-butt heroine. Michael was a dreamy love interest, I can honestly see how she got so swept up in him, but at times he felt a bit too perfect.

I also loved the fact that the past history part was so well-developed. Often I read a book and it hints at the past, but never really developes it. I’m a reader that loves to know the background, in Airel it was very well-done.

The ending left me reeling, I can’t wait for book two, Michael to come out.

I received my copy of Airel from Pump Up Your Book for their book tour. Thanks to them and the authors for the chance to read it!


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