Thursday, May 24, 2012

Archangel Academy Series

I know I said I was just going to review Unnatural, it seemed necessary while writing this to review all three books in the series together as they all seem to follow the same pattern throughout each book

Series description (from
"Michael Howard and Ronan Glynn-Rowley meet at Archangel Academy, an all-boys school in Eden, a rural town in north western England. Both are outcasts and decried as unnatural, Michael because he's gay, and Ronan because he's a hybrid vampire. But when Ronan, afraid to reveal his true self to Michael, turns him into a vampire against his will, both become drawn into a dangerous new world, where traditional vampires plot to destroy hybrids, and where fellow students, teachers, even their own families have unexpected secrets..."

"Archangel Academy is more than a school to Michael Howard. Within its majestic buildings and serene English grounds, he's found friends, new love, and a place that feels more like home than Nebraska ever did. But the most important gift of Archangel Academy is immortality. . .
Life as a just-made vampire is challenging for Michael, even with Ronan, an experienced vamp, to guide him. Michael's abilities are still raw and unpredictable. To add to the turmoil, the ancient feud between rival vampire species is sending ripples of discord through the school. And beneath the new headmaster's charismatic front lies a powerful and very personal agenda.
Yet the mysteries lurking around the Academy pale in comparison to the secrets emerging from Michael's past. And choosing the wrong person to trust—or to love—could lead to an eternity of regret. . ."

"The boarding school known as Archangel Academy possesses a legacy of secrets known only to a privileged few. For in this peaceful, charming part of England lives a population of vampires at war with one another--and Michael Howard is caught in the middle of it all. . .
When Michael left his small Nebraska hometown to enroll at Archangel Academy, he couldn't have imagined how much the experience would change him. Once mortal, Michael is now a vampire with a destiny that was foretold long ago, and a group of friends with their own mysterious abilities.
But there are enemies too, some of them hiding in plain sight. Being strong enough to defend himself isn't enough. Michael must find a way to protect his entire race of vampires. Dark forces within the school will drive everyone to take sides in the escalating violence. And for all his new powers, Michael will discover that love, jealousy, and vengeance have a danger all their own. . ."

Unfortunately, this series did not quite make my list of Good Books. I started reading it expecting something completely different and was honestly disappointed. If you are looking for romance with one lover being completely dependent on the other then this is a good series for you. The main character, Michael Howard started out as a very relatable person but as he started to become interested in Ronan Glynn-Rowley, he became the predictable, cliched, lesser lover. As the series continues, Michael does seem to start becoming his own person, however, it takes until the third book for this to happen. Ronan doesn't seem to grow, but then, vampires don't really change do they? This series was interesting and I'm sure many people will want to read this, it just seemed a bit over-done at times. The best thing I can say about this series is that the setting and descriptions are very clear and well thought out

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