Sunday, August 19, 2012

Review: Amateur Angel by Karri Thompson

Synopsis:  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?

Review:  Amateur Angel is a cute read about Ashley, a teenage girl that dies and is assigned to work as a guardian angel for Cannon.  Ashley is a little whiney at first, but having died before reaching her twenties, it's acceptable.  Ashley is definitely an amateur.  She fumbles through her assignment learning along the way.  At some point she realizes that she is in love with Cannon, whom she is assigned to guard.

Cannon is on a downward spiral.  He needs saving and Ashley enters his life at just the right time.  Are Ashley and Cannon able to form a connection despite their differences?  Is she able to break through and communicate to him?  You'll need to read it to find out.

The story is a faced paced easy read.  The characters are likable and well developed.  I am interested to see what happens if there is a second book.

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 clich√©, 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.   

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