Thursday, August 30, 2012

Amateur Angel Blog Tour: review

Amateur Angel
Amateur Angel
by Karri Thompson
Genre: YA paranormal
Format: paperback, 250 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Comfort Publishing

Blurb: 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? 

Purchase links: Amazon | Barnes and Noble 
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 cliché, 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. 

Author's Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Ashley died in a car accident on her eighteenth birthday. The last thing she heard was a song by her favorite band, Sendher. Then she steps into the wrong line in Heaven and accidentally becomes a guardian angel. Who is her charge? Cannon Michaels, lead singer for a little band named Sendher. As Ashley is figuring out her abilities, like flying and moving objects, she's also learning about her responsibilities and how she's supposed to be within ten feet of her human. Cannon may be a poster boy for teen girls but he's got the whole bad boy image down. A bewildered new angel who may whine at times falls for Cannon. What can she do? 

Amateur Angel is a fast paced, fun-filled young adult paranormal novel. I wanted to see Cannon's character developed some more so I could see what Ashley fell in love with, besides the hot face and cool job. Fans of the genre tired of darker tales and 'fallen' angels may want to give this lighter, brighter take on guardian angels a chance. 

Rating: 3

Cover comment: This is an okay cover.

Book source: I received an eARC from the author in return for my honest review during a blog tour.

Next on the tour:
August 31: Doctor's Notes

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