Friday, January 17, 2014

BLOG TOUR - REVIEW: Immortal Heart (Few Are Angels 0.5) by Inger Iversen

Title: Immortal Heart
Series: Few Are Angels Book #0.5 (Prequel)
By: Inger Iversen

More than a century after the tragedy of Hélène's death and before Ella found Kale bruised and broken on her doorstep, Kale moved through the world in a haze of personal punishment allowing it to consume him. Until his friend, Detective Deacon, a newly infected Chorý calls on him for a favor.

In this prequel to the Few Are Angels series, Kale is thrown into a world of human blood trafficking and is introduced to a Chorý that offers him a chance at happiness— in blood.


My Thoughts:

He placed his hand on his chest. His non-beating heart had ceased distracting him long ago, but even after all this time, Kale still hoped to someday place his hand on his chest and feel the familiar thump of life pumping through his veins.

The Few Are Angels series has been on my radar for a while now. I had been so keen to read them, but always seemed to pick up something else to read instead. Immortal Heart has such a gorgeously pretty cover, but I have to admit that I wasn't especially taken in by the synopsis of this one. I wanted romance, and this one didn't scream romance to me. But when the chance to join the blog tour came up, I decided that this was the perfect chance to dive into this series.

I found the story to be quite a bit slow paced at the beginning and I didn't feel a great connection to the characters. I liked them well enough, but they just weren't jumping off the pages to grab my attention. But gradually I found the pacing picked up and I found myself really beginning to like Kale and Deacon although I don't think that I ever felt like I really got to know Sola very well at all. She came across as a nice character, but for me, she didn't have a lot of depth to her.

There is a bit of a romance here between Kale and Sola. Kale was pretty honest with Sola in telling her that his heart belonged to Helene, and that may have been why I didn't really feel a great connection with them as a couple, so I was actually really happy with the way the author played things out between them. I don't deny that the characters felt attraction towards each other, I just think that Kale's heart belongs to someone else so completely, that it was never going to go further than the few kisses that they shared.

"I belong to you," he told her, meaning every word. "My soul, my heart-everything that I am, and everything that I could ever be."

Kale always came across as so stoic and in control throughout most of the book, so the best part for me was about the last third of the book, which was gripping and exciting. This is when I think we really got some great insights into Kale's struggles. Firstly with the craving for blood and secondly with his love for Helene. It was this last third that sold the book for me. It may sound strange since he's not human, but getting a deeper look at his feelings really showed his human side and vulnerability. 

I'm really keen to see how Kale and Ella's relationship is going to progress. Kale's love for Helene show's me so clearly the depths that his heart loves. His love for Helene appeared to have such tenderness to it. As I said, the last portion of the book sold the story for me and it's that part of the book that has me incredibly keen to continue with this series. 

4/5 Sweet Kale Stars

About the Author:
Inger Iversen lives in Virginia Beach with her tree-hugging boyfriend Joshua and her overweight lap cat Max. When not reading or writing she spends her time watching reruns of True Blood or killing zombies in Call Of Duty.

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