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Airel: The Awakening (The Airel Saga Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Aaron Patterson , Chris White
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(Airel the Awakening is book 1 of 6 in the Airel Saga)

NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestseller
Top #10 Amazon Bestseller
#1 Barnes & Noble Bestseller
Top #10 Bestseller on iTunes, and Kobo

Fans of Veronica Roth, Suzanne Collins, Cassandra Clare and James Dashner will love this series by Aaron Patterson and Chris White.

"Move over Twilight! Here comes Aaron Patterson!"
--Joshua Graham, bestselling author of Beyond Justice and Darkroom

"I was surprised by how much I really, really liked this book. I have not jumped on the whole "fallen angel" bandwagon, just as I didn't jump on all of the vampire stories that came out after Twilight. This is not your typical fallen angel story. It is one that has left me breathlessly waiting for the next one in the series. Hurry up please!!!"
--Sandra Stiles

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NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling thriller author Aaron Patterson, teams up with Chris White, in this exciting new, young adult paranormal romance series!

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

Airel: The Awakening 

All Airel wanted was to be normal...

She seems like an average 17-year-old in the anonymous
little city of Boise, Idaho: Airel. But those untroubled days are soon to end,
and the change she undergoes will be so radical she will wonder if it wasn't
all an illusion to begin with. Pursued ferociously, relentlessly by an ancient enemy
in the deepest darkness, now she will have to learn how to fight for her life.
And all because of who she is, because of her lineage. Because of this she will
never have what she wants most: she will never be normal.


* * * AIREL, The Awakening (Book 1: Part 1 in the Airel Saga) AIREL, The Discovering (Book 2: Parts 2-4 in the Airel Saga) MICHAEL, The Curse (Book 3: Parts 5-6 in the Airel Saga) MICHAEL, The Mark (Book 4: Parts 7-8 in the Airel Saga) URIEL, The Inheritance (Book 5: Parts 9-10 in the Airel Saga) URIEL, The Price (Book 6: Parts 11-12 in the Airel Saga) * * *

AIREL: THE AWAKENING (AIREL SAGA BOOK ONE) is for or readers who enjoy stories with angels, fallen angels, demons, paranormal creatures, paranormal romance, historical medieval romance, teen & young adult paranormal fantasy romance, teen & young adult paranormal urban fantasy romance, and teen & young adult paranormal romance series.

REVIEWS:
"It takes rare talent for a man to write a novel from a male POV and have it published to great critical and commercial acclaim. But it takes a miracle for that same male, or in this case males, to write a novel from the POV of a teenage girl and have it turn out as incredibly as did the new StoneHouse YA by Aaron Patterson and Chris White, AIREL. From the first sentence, I felt compelled to dive into this young woman's story and just as importantly, I felt like I personally knew her, which means I laughed, stressed and cried right along with her. A beautifully written and crafted fiction about teenage innocence, faith, loss and love. A must read for teens and adults alike."
--Vincent Zandri, International Bestselling Author of The Remains, The Innocent, and Concrete Pearl

"I am happy to say that this novel is one of my favorites of its kind. I never thought I could read a novel like this and be so swept away! I am always willing to try new books, but I usually steer clear of this kind of novel. Not anymore! Not when I can be so engrossed into the character's story, like I was with the beautiful AIREL, that before I know, it's over. I kept turning the pages , wanting to, no-NEEDING, to know what was going to happen next."
--Molly Edwards, Willow Spring, NC

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Aaron Patterson is a NEW YORK TIMES and USA Today bestselling author of the thrilling hard-boiled Mark Appleton series, (1)SWEET DREAMS, (2)DREAM ON and (3)IN YOUR DREAMS and also the Sarah Steele Series, BREAKING STEELE and TWISTING STEELE.

Follow Aaron on Twitter @Mstersmith
Friend Aaron on Facebook @ facebook.com/Pages/AaronPatterson

About the Author

Aaron Patterson is the author of the best-selling WJA series, as well as two Digital Shorts: 19 and The Craigslist Killer. He was home-schooled and grew up in the west. Aaron loved to read as a small child and would often be found behind a book, reading one to three a day on average. This love drove him to want to write, but he never thought he had the talent. His wife Karissa prodded him to try it, and with this encouragement, he wrote Sweet Dreams, the first book in the WJA series, in 2008. Airel is his first teen series, and plans for more to come are already in the works. He lives in Boise, Idaho with his family, Soleil, Kale and Klayton. Chris White has an award for reading 750 books in one school year - from the 3rd grade. So yes, he's more of a nerd than Aaron. Chris loves history, Sherlock Holmes, and anything that's not virtual, like old motorcycles and mechanical typewriters. He also doesn't get why we have these things called "smart phones" when all they do is make people dumber. Chris recently celebrated 10 years of marriage with his wife, April, and has two boys: Noah, age 8, and Jaden, age 3, who inspired the Great Jammy Adventure series; the OK-to-color-in picture books. Chris is working on a short story called The Marsburg Diary that will further explore the prologue to Airel, and he is finishing up his first novel, entitled K: phantasmagoria, due out in 2011. Chris has a major crush on Audrey Hepburn, who is now dead. His wife is okay with all of this.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 331 KB
  • Print Length: 186 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0982607865
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: StoneHouse Ink; 3 edition (May 11 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004Y72XFA
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Airel, the perfect book to captivate you May 30 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I was a bit reluctant to read this book, but the moment I started reading it, I couldn't put the book down! I was sucked into Airel's world and found myself on the edge of my seat as I continued to read about what was happening to her. This book is written in such a way that you easily forget everything else around you and delve into Airel's world. If you are looking for a book that captivates you, compels you to continue reading until the end, this book is it! I can't wait to read the next book in the series!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic story of epic proportions! April 12 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
(addition to review: Please be careful which editions you purchase. There is 1 Airel book and 1 Michael book that have both part 1&2 (A) and part 3&4 (M). There is only 1 Uriel, so no worries there.)
I originally was interested in this book because I thought it sounded like a good YA paranormal romance type book. I am expanding my book faves from vampires & shifters to also include angels, faeries, mermaids etc. I am so glad because I would have missed a fantastic series here! I THINK EVERYONE SHOULD GIVE THIS SERIES A READ!!! IF YOU ARE SOMEONE WHO LOVES PARANORMALS/ANGELS/CHARACTERS YOU CAN RELATE TO AND STORIES YOU CAN GET LOST IN, THEN THIS IS THE SERIES FOR YOU!!! I was a little leery about the part that says "..it takes a miracle for that same male, or in this case males, to write a novel from the POV of a teenage girl...". That actually made me stop and think a bit, but I came to the conclusion that a lot of books could have that same tag on it, some in reverse of course, so I chose to ignore that part. I started this book and was hooked from the start!!! It follows two storylines - one from 1250 BC and one in present day - that of course come crashing together. I love how it starts reading like a YA novel (almost kind of lighter) and then once you are hooked completely the story starts getting deeper. Since you are already following (& rooting for) Airel, when she starts going through some weird stuff, you are there with her and experiencing it all the same. I find that it also makes it easier to understand why she makes the choices she does. If you were to think about what she is doing out of context, it seems like she is making really odd/bad decisions/choices but since you are already "becoming one" with her, the things she's doing seem to be the right ones. Since I can't say much more without giving away too many spoilers, I will just say BUY THIS BOOK AND THE REST OF THE SERIES AND BE PREPARED TO BE BLOWN AWAY!!!!
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2.0 out of 5 stars yet another fallen angel story, but poorly executed. Aug. 3 2011
By the golden witch - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
While there was a very fascinating double-storyline and time-jump going back and forth with this book, I just couldn't get into it like everyone else. I don't know, I'm starting to wonder if fallen angels aren't the new vampires in YA lit.

The premise is awesome, but once you start reading, it's a bit of a let down. The attraction between Michael and Airel was purely physical, for no other reason than just looks. This told me volumes about Airel's character, and I was more than a bit disappointed with how she turned out. She starts out hilarious and original with her own internal monologue, but it soon devolves into a lot of cliches (especially concerning love at first sight and physical appearances) in terms of adjectives. Hot new boy in town! We're made for each other! And so on, and so forth, and I wanted to start screaming.

The fight scenes were GREAT. I will not deny that, and Patterson has definite talent with showing over telling in terms of scenes with a lot of action in them. I think I enjoyed Kreios' storyline far more interesting overall, and I'm pretty sure he should have been the star of the show, not Airel. The demon/angel fight scenes were the most interesting scenes of all, excluding revealing character scenes with Kreios and the ancient middle east.

I think the most disappointing thing is that this could have been so much better than it was - Airel herself had some really great qualities that were so underplayed it's like they weren't even there. It saddens me greatly when this happens.

Overall, I'm not sure what to think. I'm not sure if I'll be reading the next book, but I might give it a try if I have extra time on my hands. I'm not really excited about it. But don't take my word for it - give this book a read and decide for yourself.

(Thanks to the author for sending me a copy of the book - you rock, Patterson!)

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50 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! June 5 2011
By A. Pohren - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
An amazing story that will captivate audiences ranging from young adult to the young at heart! Airel crosses boundaries in a fascinating and unforgettable way to engage readers within a story that will not soon be forgotten!

First of all, I have to say - I LOVE THIS COVER!! Is it not gorgeous?! Remarkably, this simple, yet complex, portrait does an amazing job encapsulating the story held within. With that being said, I throughly have to commend the authors, Aaron Patterson and Chris White. The ability to tell an amazing and vivid story from the point of view of a young female teenager, while being male, is absolutely incredible. They are able to truly capture the essence of teenagers, their thoughts, attitude and use of slang. Amazing. Now, to the story...

Airel actually tells two stories, interwoven into one. The main story focuses on Airel, a young teenage girl, who has lead quite a normal life until one day she meets a gorgeous stranger and new guy at school, Michael. He is everything she had ever dreamed of and most incredibly, he is into her in a big way. However, that isn't the strange thing. The crazy thing is that all of a sudden Airel becomes more and more beautiful - not a flaw in sight, upon her skin or hair, wounds suddenly heal within seconds and worst of all - a killer is on the loose, claiming to know "what" Airel is.

The second story, which takes place throughout Airel, is about Kreios and an ancient family of fallen angels, during the time period of 1250 BC. Kreios has lost his beloved wife and will do anything to protect his young infant daughter from the Seer and their enemies. But will he be able to keep her safe forever and before it is too late?

Though there are two different stories, the transitions are excellent and done in such a way that the reader will never feel lost. On the contrary, before each time period transition, the authors have a knack for leaving the reader hanging, dying to find out what is going to happen next. Very clever on the part of the author. This also makes racing through the book a must. Can you say "Hard to put down?!"

In addition to the excellent characterization, the settings are incredibly vivid and the story is told in a way that the reader becomes absorbed within the feelings and emotions that are being played out. The flow of the story is smooth and tight and leaves the reader yearning to discover what is going to happen.

One of my favorite lines (among many) within Airel, is one that will tug at the hearts of many readers, and for which many readers will easily be able to relate to:

'I always had to buy a book, even if I wasn't done with the one I was currently reading. I loved to read. I felt like the turn of each page echoed inside the world between the covers - and each book had its own rules. There, within the mystique of that connection, was something special, and it was addictive.'

While being a story of imagination and fiction, there are many elements throughout that are truly lifelike, such as the characterizations and moral thoughts. Entertaining, provocative and mesmerizing. Airel is an amazing story that I highly recommend to everyone - male, female, young or not so young.
18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dynamic ending and unique fallen angel twist May 25 2011
By Courtney - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I have had this fascination with fallen angel stories lately and I just love them. I expected Airel to be similar to most of the fallen angel stories I've read but it is nothing like those except that it is about a fallen angel. This was such a unique twist to the common way angels are portrayed. There are two stories going on through most of the book that are woven together at the end.

First you have the story set in present day Boise, ID where an average high school girl Airel is just living her normal life when suddenly hot new boy enters and she catches the love bug! The second story is about the fallen angel Kreios dated back in 1250 BC and his struggles with losing his wife and then the battles of the Brotherhood. In Part 1 of this book having the 2 separate stories going on was a bit hard to follow but you instantly were connected to the lives of Kreios and Airel.

One of the things I liked most about this story is the main character Airel. The authors nailed a typical teenage girl with the glimpses they give us of being inside her head. I love how we see in to her mind, because it is pretty hilarious in there. There were so many quotes I loved, here is a favorite: "Sometimes I watched all the popular girls, wondering if they actually had brains or if they just ran on batteries, plugging in at night to charge their ever-so-perfect personalities. No bitterness here!"

There wasn't a whole lot of dialogue in this story; most of it is coming from the minds of the characters. This was a new way to read a story, I did enjoy it, although at times I wished there was more conversations going on. You get to see in the minds of Airel, of Kreios, and of a killer. The struggle between good and evil is the forefront of this great story!

The ending was the best! I was a bit frustrated at how things were going and wasn't sure I'd like the way it ended but the authors sure pulled out the big stuff for an ending that leaves you begging for the next book!

I loved the message that is being taught; "you don't need a man to love you and make you special, you are special because you are you...see and believe you are one of God's children; that's what makes you special."

Great YA fantasy that I highly recommend to those that love the fallen angel stories like Hush, Hush and others alike.

I received this book free from PUYB for my honest opinion and review. I would not recommend this book if I didn't enjoy it!
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unimpressed March 22 2012
By A. Luke - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
The characters were very under developed, as was the relationship between Airel and Michael Alexander. All together it was slow and underwhelming. The book seemed to be building up and trying to create a background story for the first 3/4, but then suddenly everything clicked for Airel.
Before reading it, I read reviews that said Airel was such a "real" and relatable character, and that the fight scenes were magnificent. However, Airel was more of an empty shell of a confused young girl, suddenly falling madly in love with another teenager for no apparent reason, than Bella from Twilight. He told her she was beautiful and opened her car door, and this made him a wonderful kind soul? Most of the conclusions she drew about the other characters were non-sensical and completely unbelievable. Further, the battle scenes were poorly executed, lacking detail and left me not caring and a little confused.
Don't be tricked be the high average rating and glowing reviews. This could have been an interesting story, but ended up being boring and confusing.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Fallen angel story with shallow selfish characters Feb. 14 2013
By Nessa - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This story was a slog to get through. The beginning was rather engrossing but once the heroine showed some development, it became painful to continue. Here we have a privileged girl who has supernatural powers and the point is driven home again and again about how much more beautiful she becomes. Who cares about the other awesome powers when she has the power of being model-gorgeous. The beauty factor is mentioned so often that I mourn any self-conscious young girl who reads this. The stereotypical annoying-but-too-cool-for-the-room best friend left my head scratching about how the two could possibly be friends. The love interest is a shallow lust interest with no chemistry. The backstory scenarios were the only parts I didn't skim through to finish the story. For a free Prime membership read, this was a waste of time.
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