Review: “Angel Dares” – Joss Stirling

October 26, 2015 Book Review 0

 Review: “Angel Dares” – Joss StirlingAngel Dares by Joss Stirling
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Published on: September 17th 2015
Published by: Oxford University Press
Pages: 304
Series: Benedicts #5
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Format: Paperback

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This book is part of the Benedict Series. Check out my reviews for other books in the series below:
Misty Falls (Benedicts #4)
Angel Dares (Benedicts #5)
Summer Shadows (Benedicts #6)
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The Story

(summary from Goodreads)

Angel is impulsive. Disguising her savant ability to control water doesn’t come easily to her. Then she meets the broodingly handsome Marcus at a music festival where they’re both performing, and finds herself all at sea.

For when he sings, her soul answers with its own music. Like the tide, their mutual attraction cannot be held back, but Marcus’s mistrust of Angel’s gift is even stronger.

How can they ever be together if Marcus is unable to accept who Angel is or what they could mean to each other?

And with the net closing in on the Savant community it’s time for everyone to choose a side. A stunning new novel from the best-selling author of the Savants series: Finding Sky, Stealing Phoenix, Seeking Crystal and Misty Falls.

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My Thoughts

This book was the perfect continuation of the series and I really wish that I had had the time to reread the previous books before this one.

Angel was a great character to follow because she was always so positive. She was super fun, although a little naive at times which allowed her to get herself into troubled more than once. And although she did have to be rescued a few times she wasn’t the typical ‘damsel in distress’, and she was more than capable of taking care of herself! Her ability to control water was so freakin cool, I have always loved elemental powers and would love to have the power to control fir or water etc. Angel was the ‘perfect’ character and made a lot of mistakes (all easy to forgive), but that just made her more realistic and even more likable.

Marcus was a bit harder to like, but then at the same time I had a lot of sympathy for him as he gets an awful lot of new information thrown at him in this book that he has to deal with in a very short space of time. I felt a lot of this story swapping between routing for him and Angel and wanting to smack him because he was being a douchebag! He wasn’t the romantic hero that we all hope for, and although at times reluctant he does do the right thing in the end. As a romantic prospect he kind of fails, but as his own character, lead singer of Black Belt, he is a pretty cool character!

The thing that lets this book stand out from the others in this series is that the Soulfinder path does not run easy. In previous books our soulfinders have all accepted each other very quickly or at least felt this great love towards the other person even if they don’t understand exactly what the soulfinder bond is. In this one, even after the ‘soulfinder connection’ there is still a lot of distrust between our couple and it made for an interesting start to their relationship.

I really liked the setting of this book, the music festival was so much fun and I could totall imagine myself there surrounded by the bands and the fans. There were some great supporting characters in this one too with both Savents and Non-Savents. I really liked Angel’s friends, Summer had to be my favourite but it was also really nice to see Misty and Alex again. And then there was the non-savents, the bands at the music festival, all of whom I loved.

One thing I did miss this book was the Benedict’s. I really love the family as a whole which is why the first 2 books will always be my favourite. Stirling has smoothly managed to create new stories outside of the family whilst still keeping them involved with the older boys search for their soulfinders as a sort of sub-plot behind the main story from these younger savents, but as the thing that initially pulled me to this series, their absence in this book made me a little bit sad.

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Final Thoughts

A great addition to the series with some really fantastic secondary characters, but I’m hoping for more Benedict’s in the next book, like a BIG family reunion would be fantastic!

Re-Readability: Yes

I would recommend this book to fans of: characters with powers, families fighting crime, brothers who are besties, teen/YA romances, destined to be loves, books featuring music

Have you read any of the Benedict Boys Books?

Which is your favourite book? Which is your favourite Benedict?

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