Monday, November 11, 2013

Angel's Dance by Heidi Angell

I can't say how excited I am that Heidi Angell asked me to be a part of her virtual book tour this month. It not only gave me the opportunity to read a great book, but it got me back into reading since my move to Massachusetts nearly 3 months ago (how the time flies!) Angel's Dance is the second book based around Grant Anderson and Clear Angel, picking up about 6 months after the events that took place in Elements of a Broken Mind. This combination of crime thriller and paranormal/psychic fiction is seamless, and I'm giving Angel's Dance 4 out of 5 stars and a strong recommendation for anyone interested in crime or psychology.

From the author:
Psychic Clear Angel hasn't seen or heard from her one-time lover Detective Grant since their first case wrapped up six months ago, and that is perfectly fine with her! But when he shows up on her porch in the rain and in tears, she cannot hold her ground. No matter how she feels about Grant and her 'gift', she can't ignore the visions already pouring in.

Grant knows that he is no good for Clear, and has respected the distance she has kept. But when his daughter goes missing and the Chicago police have no leads, he turns to Clear and her unique abilities.

This next adventure puts Grant and Clear in close quarters as they find themselves once again fighting their feelings for one another. Thrust into the dark underworld of performance art, they strive to track down a ballerina who keeps taunting Clear in her visions. As they delve deeper into one studio, the grisly visions that haunt Clear may be more than she can handle. Can Clear hold it together to help find Grant's daughter before it's too late?

My thoughts:
Heidi Angell's books read like an episode of Law & Order, or maybe Psych. She has clearly done her research into the world of forensic psychology and criminal profiling, and as a student of criminal psychology I am more than impressed... "women feel more comfortable expressing their feelings and displaying their emotions. They also typically have a stronger network to share their emotions. Men tend to bottle things up and do not feel comfortable sharing their feelings, especially negative feelings, with others." It's nice to read a book that is both informative and entertaining.

The one issue I had with Angel's Dance was that I often had trouble distinguishing Clear's visions from reality. It was rather confusing for me to know when something was actually happening, versus something that had happened before and she was simply reliving, such as her visions of Bella in the dance studio. Other than my confusion, I was very pleased with this book and Ms. Angell's writing in general.

There was a bit more romance in this book than the first one, owing to Grant and Clear's complicated and not quite so professional relationship, and I just couldn't stop reading to find out how things were going to turn out, both in their relationship and in their hunt for Grant's daughter and the person who kidnapped her. It's very difficult to put a book down when you empathize so strongly with the characters, and I read almost the entirety of Angel's Dance in just one sitting. I dare anybody reading this to read Elements of a Broken Mind and Angel's Dance without getting sucked in.

 Don't forget to enter Ms. Angell's giveaways on the right side of my blog for the chance to win a paperback copy of Angel's Dance as well as posters and pendants!! Her book tour will be continuing throughout the month leading up to the release of Angel's Dance on November 25th, giving you plenty of time to read the first book and immerse yourself in the world of Grant and Clear. And of course, here's a link to her blog, An Angell's Life. Enjoy!

- Justin :)

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Announcement: Heidi Angell's Virtual Book Tour Now Underway!!

Tell me this doesn't look intriguing. Go ahead and try.
Hey guys, I wanted to spread the news about a talented author beginning a virtual book tour to celebrate the upcoming release of her new book! Heidi Angell's new book Angel's Dance will be released on November 25th, and she's launched a book tour to spread the word. This is the sequel to Elements of a Broken Mind, a phenomenal psychological thriller that piqued my interest thanks to its combination of forensic psychology and psychic elements. What kind of book can manage that but the best kinds? In any case, the schedule and all the information can be found on her blog, An Angell's Life, and here's a link to the launch post. I'm excited, of course, to be a part of the tour; my review of her new book will go live on November 11th for everyone to read.

To celebrate the book release, she's opened up a few rafflecopters for the opportunity to win some exciting prizes, including bookmarks, a poster, pendants, and two paperback copies of Angel's Dance. I've posted links to two of the raffles on my page (on the right hand side, right next to my blog posts), and again they're also available on Heidi's blog. I look forward to finishing the story, and posting my review of it here for everyone to see on November 11th.

- Justin

PS, I did want to link to my reviews of both Elements of a Broken Mind as well as another of Ms. Angell's books that I've read, enjoyed, and reviewed, The Hunters. So there they are. Enjoy!