Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
Tania's heart belongs to Orlando. Nothing can rip them apart. Until the seduction begins in a flurry of glamour and magic, music and parties all orchestrated by the mysterious and mesmerising Zoran, an iconic rock star who has retired to a remote ranch in the nearby mountains. And there Tania meets the dark side. Can she resist the temptation?
I don't like criticizing a book especially when I was a fan of the author's previous work - for that being Eden Maguire's Beautiful Dead series and for those who haven't read them yet then please do they're great reads. When I heard she was writing another book series I was really looking forward to it and while I admit that now but . . . for her new DARK ANGEL book, all I have to say is that it's not very often where I come across a book that frustrates me in more ways than one and usually I stop reading the book up to this point. However, I did force myself to continue because like I said, I loved Maguire's previous work. Unfortunately for her, this particular book title could not - at all - connect with me and it was mainly because of the main character rather than the creative storyline and the little mysteries within it.
The storyline certainly had its good points about it - what with certain dreams that were more like super creepy nightmares - but the characters were the major problem for me. The main character, Tania, and her boyfriend, Orlando, in particular. Both of them really made me mad and not to mention annoyed me on so many accounts. When it comes to Tania, she's naive to think her boyfriend really loves and respects her in a way she SHOULD be treated. But she's clearly blind through my eyes. No, no . . . Orlando is the type of guy who thinks the world revolves around him and while his character proved himself a little more towards the end of the book, but he just didn't cut it for me and I can imagine a lot of readers disapproving of him too. The way he treated Tania and even the way Tania herself foolishly thought he even gave her a second thought . . . argh! I just can't put my emotions it into words.
The reason why I'm giving two stars to DARK ANGEL is merely because of the setting and the way the twists and turns worked out. Those two mentionings are probably the only thing I liked about the book - to keep it all interesting. Except for the characters. They . . . well, I recommend this book to all fans of Eden Maguire's other series or if you like something with a little 'angel' element in it - the whole good vs. evil thing - then it's worth giving this one ago. But be warned . . . it's a little different compared to most paranormal stories out there.