Since she was eight years old, Lilly Rayne Nightingale felt like Fate was trying to wipe away her existence through a series of odd, near fatal incidences. Luckily, her best friend Will was always one step ahead of Fate preventing her from being at the wrong place at the wrong time. Will was her knight in shining armor until he broke her heart after their one and only kiss.
On Lilly's first day of college, she meets Brand Cole. Intrigued by Brand, Lilly must decide whether or not she can give up her adolescent fantasy of being reunited with Will and allow Brand the opportunity to conqueror her heart.
Not only do Will and Brand both love Lilly, they share a dark secret neither wants Lilly to discover. Lilly thinks Fate is after her once again when a new series of attempts on her life start to take place, but she soon learns someone of flesh and blood is trying to kill her this time.
©2014 S.J. West (P)2014 Sandra Jean West
As a couple of other reviewers have commented - this book produces a bit of a love/hate relationship. The story concept for this trilogy is a really good one and will undoubtedly appeal to Twilight, Fallen, Mortal Instrument etc fans (although I wouldn’t place it in their league). I love the idea of angels living on Earth and falling in love with mortals, so was really absorbed at first and particularly keen to find out why the main character, Lilly, appears to attract so many near-fatal accidents but is miraculously spared death.
Lilly meets a series of ‘model-like’, wealthy men who fall in love with her and want to protect her from the accidents. Despite competing for her love and attention, the three male characters work together to investigate the dark forces that lie behind the attempts on Lilly’s life and their devotion to her and cooperation with each other is commendable, if unrealistic.
However, the sheer volume of men that fall in love with Lilly, the at-times ridiculous stereotypical characterisations and some of the situations the characters find themselves in were so totally unbelievable that my initial enthusiasm was wiped out by what came across as a shameless attempt to 'throw in' every assumed possible young female fantasy - I found this quite patronising.
The narrator has a fantastic soft voice that suits Lilly and even Tara really well, but is just awful as a British male as her 'British' accent and tone resulted in Brand come across as a highly patronising individual. It became pretty nauseating at times to be honest, and I rolled my eyes to the ceiling in utter disbelief at the shameless stereotyping and farcical situations which were unfortunately exaggerated by the narrator's poor interpretation of the male characters.
That said, bizarrely, I did feel compelled to buy the next two books just to find out what Lucifer really wanted with the main protagonist and what God had planned for his fallen vampire-angels and their werewolf children (hmm!)
This had all the makings of a fantastic trilogy but was let down, in my opinion, by the often ludicrous characterisations; the poor narration of the male characters, and a frankly over-zealous desire to tick the ‘appeal’ boxes for a lucrative female teen market.
"A must read!"
The story is fantastic. The characters are amazing!
I definitely loved the story the best. S.J. West tells a vivid story that captures the reader and holds you captive until the very end!
Brand Cole was my favorite character performed by Christa Lewis. She did a great job making all the characters sound different and unique.
I read this in one sitting, I just couldn't put it down! I've already picked up the ebooks for the 2nd and 3rd book.. I just wish they were available on audiobook as well!
I'm new to S.J. West's books but I'm a fan!!
I wish the audio was out on the other books in the series.
I would recommend these to all
"Very pleasantly surprised"
I don't reread books unless I need to remember a previous book before reading the next in a series. I finished the trilogy, so I won't reread.
I loved Tara's interrogation of Bran.
It was a tie between Tara and Malcolm.
Lily's vulnerability and innocence when she tried to entice Will.
This was the best narrated book I've ever listened to.
"Another good YA Paranormal"
I really liked this beginning book of a series. I'm just sorry Audible doesn't have the next ones. I have already bought the Kindle versions to read. After this series there are the watcher chronicles and then Callyins ( not sure of spelling) story and then the redemption series which starts with a book about Malcom who is an ancillary character in this series. I will admit this reminds me of a previous series I listened to by Amy Bartol which I loved. I am game to delve into this one also. I thought the narrator was great. I have said this before, but I think the best writing right now is in the YA genre-- so all of us old fogies are reading it too!
"I couldn’t stop listening???"
This is such a hard review for me to write since I really can’t explain why I kept listening to this one. I think I have a love/hate relationship with this book. There were so many things I didn’t like about the main character and many of her choices/actions were unrealistic for someone her age. I usually don’t have an issue with suspending my belief when it comes to paranormal romance but I struggled with this one. All the negative comments aside, I just couldn’t stop listening to this one. What was it about this book?? I suppose I really enjoyed the mystery and just had to know everyone’s deep dark secrets. Although not all the secrets were revealed in this book. I’m sure I will purchase the next one because the price is right and I apparently need some answers.
"Love this audiobook!"
If you liked Twilight this is better! Especially the writing style and Christa.
I love Brand and Malcolm! Cursed and all of the watcher books are my favorite books of all time (and I have read many (more like a ton) books).
Christa brought the characters voices to life. She brought expression to the words.
Everytime I had to push stop I would get so mad. I have read the book multiple times, but I think hearing it made me get the little nuances that SJ West put in her writing.
"I just ADORE this book!"
This was my first audio book and I loved it. I am one of those love to feel and smell my books, but the audio version of this one was amazing. I think the print version and the audio version of this book are equal in my eyes. I think the narrator really captured the spirit of the characters.
My favorite character in this version had to of been Tara. In the print format it is Lily. I just loved hearing the narrator's impersonation of Tara and her sassy ways.
This was my first time listening to Christa's performance and I think she did a fine job. You can tell she took her time and got to know the character's before narrating.
These books always make me laugh and cry. The way SJ took these fictional characters and brings them to life is amazing. I have read the print version four times and have the same reaction every time. I laugh when they laugh then cry when it is time to cry lol.
I recommend this as an audio read, or listen because it is one all of her fans ADORE. We love the watchers and I know anyone who ventures into these books will love them too!
"Such a great book"
I really enjoyed this book a lot and I am very glad I found the Watcher books by SJ West.
"Can someone say amazing!"
Honestly, I love to read the print version of a book before I listen to the audio version of it. I like to have a feel of the characters on my own. It's more personal in a way. After I have read the book, I love listening to the audiobook while I cook, clean, shower, just about anything, really.
I loved when Lilly first met Malcolm. I love when Tara gets sassy. And I love when Brand mans up and realizes that Lilly and him belong together and that they need each other.
My favorite scene was when Lilly learns what Brand is and who Will really is.
Yes it sure is.
I love SJ West's books, all of them. Cursed introduced me into a world of so much love and understanding. It's how I picture my child's life to be as she grows older and experiences these things for herself. It's a beautiful place that I like to get lost in from time to time.
"Wow, and I say that not in a good way."
First off, not all narrators can do the voice of black women convincingly. With that being said the narrator was horrible! In fact all the voices were horrible and if the story would have been good it would have made the difference. I give it one star and that is because the last hour the story started to make sense it was a painful listen. A odd story with no real direction the last hour an half the story got better, but by that time it was almost over. Not well written, no direction and the little life it had quickly died with the horrible narrator, I hope that if they do the other two books in the trilogy they use a better narrator. Such a Tavia Gilbert a women who is truly capable of making any book come alive. She can do any voice and draw you in. If you are seeking a good series check out the Premonition Series by Amy A Bartol
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