Blog Tour Stop: His Black Wings by Astrid Yrigollen- Review
His Black Wings
Author: Astrid Yrigollen
Release Date: November 2012
Claren Maidstone has been forced to flee her childhood home after the death of her parents and a vicious assault from a sadistic young man who intends to marry her. Claren changes her identity and finds employment as an assistant to the handsome Fredrick Lowood, a generous yet mysterious benefactor.
However, she soon finds out his generosity comes at a price. Fredrick wishes for Claren to befriend his disfigured son who resides in seclusion at their estate, Westwind.
Fredrick Lowood knows what the history books do not teach, that the Grand Council built this new world of peace and beauty on hidden blood and greed. He has plotted for years to bring down the family that enslaved his own people. Suddenly, he has the last living heir in his grasp.
Etrigan Lowood rejects the world that forces him to hide. He is powerful, plagued with a terrible dark beauty: WINGS. It is these wings that carry him out only at night to watch the unwanted intruder in his home. A creature of refined instinct yet little social grace, he is strangely captivated by Claren but knows nothing of how her family’s dark past is intertwined with his own . Through their blossoming friendship, Etrigan realizes he still retains his human heart and yearns for Claren’s love.
Kurten Wandsworth is the only son of the Mayor of St.Marhen. Kurten lives his life fueled by cruelty and lust. Whatever he wants he takes and he wants Claren to be his wife even it if kills her. Scarred by Claren he hunts her down mercilessly until he can set a trap which she will never be able to escape from.
About the Author:
Astrid started her writing career when she begun work for the international video game giant, Sega of America. Working her way up the ranks, she began writing companion guides for games. With a love for writing fiction since childhood, she took her short stories out of storage and had her first story ever written published. It was only after that she found out that first stories are never published!
She has resumed writing full time and has succeeded in putting out the titles, The Doughnut Tree, Mysterious Pootkins , and The Mosswoods to name a few. Her short stories have appeared in the literary Threshold Press␣ and Shock and Awe Magazine.
She finds writing for young adults both refreshing and challenging. She always wishes to provide examples of positive role models, conflict resolving methods and communication for young adults with their parents or guardians.
My Thoughts:So... When I first saw the cover of this book, I was sort of apprehensive (yes, I know, judging books by covers = bad Cierra). My sister tends to read books with Anime/Manga characters on the covers, even if they aren't the comic-book type manga, and my sister and I have almost completely different tastes in books.
I can positively say that I was wrong about the whole judging a book by it's cover.... This book was better than expected!
So, to start off, the beginning of the story was kind of slow to a point where I wanted to put the book (or rather my Kindle) down and read something else.
Next, the point of views in the book changed a lot and it kind of confused me.... as in from first to third, and so on. I'm kind of not sure if that was intentional or not but.... yeah...
I did like this book in that it seemed sort of like 'historical' romance, but it was set in the future and was Victorian. In my opinion, that's a good change in setting because not many people think to do futuristic historic novels where the people have more advanced technology than we do now.
Another thing that I didn't like was that there was some parts in the middle of the book where it was back story/flashback, and that sort of messed up the rhythm of the reading pattern because it was kind of.... dare I say it?.... random. Kind of weird, but oh well.
Before you all start thinking "Well, she's put mostly bad things, so this book must have been bad..." I have more good thing(s) to say about this book.
I think that the characters had very good development as in if you wondered something about them, then you'd find it in the reading. I do appreciate that in books, so that was a great thing.
Also: for those of you who like to read a clean young adult romance story, this is it. There is one tiny part (where an rape almost happened), but nothing came to fruition except a small scare (as in nothing happened... I'm not callous, you guys).
Now time for the rating.... drum roll please..... I have to give this book a three heart rating because, while it was okay, it wasn't just a book that I'd read a thousand times, over and over again (like I tend to do with some books...), but I would recommend it to people as a clean ya romance that I thought wasn't bad.
And people, please remember that although I gave this book a three rating other people have given it higher ones, and you might, too!