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Friday 18 January 2013

Review: Wingless by Cydney Lawson

Author: Cydney Lawson
Publisher: CreateSpace
Page Count: 230 pages, Paperback
Date Published: March 6th 2011
Find it on Goodreads: Wingless
Source: Received from author in exchange for an honest review
Rating:  3/5

Charlie thought his summer was going to end like every other summer before it. With a growing sense of forboding and a waning sense of freedom. Until Tane landed on his front lawn in a crumpled heap claiming to be from heaven. A place much darker and much greater than he’d ever imagined. Tane is on a mission to find a Septar, a citizen of Fismuth that was left behind when she was supposed to have been taken. And when she enlists the help of Charlie and his friends, she pulls them into a world of danger, love, and ultimately, heavenly rewards.

My Thoughts: Unique and inventive

Cydney Lawson's Wingless takes a new spin on 'angel' books. It's not about angels! "Heaven" is run by a group of gifted humans who have enslaved all “angels," setting up a weird, sort of dystopian society. It was a very original book with a very creative premise and I enjoyed that aspect of this book a lot.

It was a little difficult for me getting into the book at first, but eventually I got into the rhythm of things and began to really enjoy the book! There was something so great about reading something that is so different from what you originally expected. I assumed this was going to be a typical angel/paranormal romance-y type book, but it was not! Wingless's plot is very interesting and the worldbuilding was strong. The society Lawson set up was definitely intriguing and I found it quite refreshing to read such a unique book. The lore was completely different from anything I had ever read, which made it a nice read. 

I did have a bit of difficulty connecting with the characters though. I felt that they were all interesting enough, but lacked something in them that would have helped me connect with them. There wasn't much that got me really invested with the characters, and I would have liked to have seen a lot more rounded characterization. I think that would have made this book absolutely, insanely great. But without a connection to the characters, it was hard for me to empathize with them and continue reading in some parts. 

This was a very nice, short book that I enjoyed quite a lot. It was so different than any angel book I had ever read, and I would love to continue with the story as soon as possible. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to try something a bit new, or is maybe getting really tired of angel books. 

Happy reading!

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