Author: Erica Crouch
Release Date: May 5th, 2015
Publisher: Patchwork Press
Pages: 98 (ebook)
Genre: YA | Angels | Paranormal
Series: Ignite #2,5
Read: on May 24th, 2015
Source & Shelf: NetGalley | Kobo
ISBN: 9781927940358 (Paperback)
Kalaziel is a terrible guardian angel: her temper’s shorter than she is, she swears, she’s missing a wing, and she sees no problem with letting man make their own choices—no matter how questionable. That’s what free will is all about, right? Her overseers disagree.
After she mishandles an assignment, Heaven strips Kala of her title and throws her back into training, hoping to reinforce the covenant of vows she swore to uphold as a guardian. But the angels’ motives aren’t as pure as they appear: they want to eradicate any opinions that conflict with Heaven’s code.
With a mass cleansing on the horizon, Kala discovers she is not alone in her insubordination; there are other angels who are restless with the stasis of Heaven and ready for change. Progress doesn’t come easily, though, especially when it means uniting ancient enemies to fight for a common cause.
Engage is a novella that prequels Kala and Ana’s story in Incite.
Disclaimer: Thank you NetGalley and Patchwork Press for providing me with a copy.
This novella presents us the background story of Kalaziel, a guardian angel who normally doesn’t follow the rules. After doing exactly that, not doing what she was told, she is stripped of her role as a guardian angel and has to re-start her classes. Again. But this time she meets Ana and the two of them not only begin to have feeling for each other but also begin to think about a rebellion, a way to change what is wrong in both Heaven and Hell.
I previously mentioned the fact that I loved both Kala and Ana in Incite but having the opportunity to know how they met and how their relationship bloomed was rather interesting. To be able to see their perspective in the war between Heaven and Hell and to know that even the angels don’t truly accept the ideology of Heaven makes the whole experience of Ignite deeper.
Kala’s character must’ve been really funny to create and develop. She can be a little bit energetic at times but she has this immense heart that makes us like her straight away. And the way she describes Ana and how her feeling grew, it was simply lovely.
Erica Crouch‘s writing was impeccable as always. She continues to hypnotise me whenever I pick up one of her books. I can’t get enough of her stories, characters, settings, her way with words… well, everything. And I guess I’m always repeating myself but it’s true, she has a truly great gift to tell stories.
Oh, just a small note before wrapping-up this review: Can I just say that the reference to Disney’s Mulan was simply the BEST?!? I laughed so hard in that part I was in tears. Only Kala to say such a thing while talking about Zophiel. It was amazing.
Of course that I recommend this story to everyone who has been following Erica Crouch‘s series and work. But I also recommend Engage to those who wish to enter Erica‘s universe with a bang – there’s laugh, romance, fallen angels and great characters.