The Watcher: Book One of The Watcher Saga Paperback – Jan 20 2013
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And this is what this book does. Voisin has created a world refracted through the unique prism of angelic perception. Each chapter left me with a visual feast of imagery with which I could play and allowed that young adult in me to run away with an angel. An angel who looked at Mia with unconditional love, a love that rides the edge of destruction and creation. I felt suspended by the magic and power of what it would mean to recognize an angel in human clothing. Waiting for book two...
The characters were all good. Mia is the main character and narrator of the story. She begins as a very innocent character and doesn't seem all that interesting. But, as we learn more about her and her past, we see that she is, in fact, a very interesting character. Michael is Mia's love interest. He is very mysterious at first and confusing at times, but he is a very likeable character. I couldn't help but feel for him and his story. The romantic story reminded me a bit of the one from Daughter of Smoke & Bone. (You'll see what I mean if you read both books.) Though, I did find the romance in The Watcher to be a bit more realistic and believable (as I didn't care too much for Karou and Akiva's relationship in Daughter of Smoke & Bone); I was definitely into Mia and Michael's relationship.
The writing was good. This novel comes from a debut author, who also happens to be Canadian (!!) -- awesome! I thought Voisin did a really good job with this story and I think she's an author to watch out for. Just a bit of a side note, though: What's with the bold letters replacing italics in novels lately? I've noticed this in a few recent novels lately...seems to be some sort of new trend. I, myself, prefer the italics; I find the bold distracting.
Anywho...overall, I enjoyed this novel. I was captivated (most of the time), the characters were loveable, and the story was well-done. I look forward to reading more from this author.
Here’s a small passage from the book that exemplifies what I mean:
“Instead of saying more, he brushed his fingertips along my cheek, and his halo glimmered. I could hear the waves slapping the rocks behind us, the wind whipped against my skin, but the touch of his hand on my face was all I could think about. It sent a current through both of us and filled me with longing for something I wasn’t sure I understood.”
I melted when I read that paragraph; it conjured up so much for me – love, longing, acceptance and of course lusciousness. The Watcher is filled with such imagery and draws you into a vivid and engaging world. With every turn of the page I am further drawn into the poeticness that Lisa Voisin brings forth. I am emotionally invested in the characters of Mia, Michael and even Damiel and I want to know and see and feel everything that they are doing and Lisa provides all of those answers.
The Watcher is a magically crafted novel with such incredible writing. Sentences jump off from the page; the book has become a movie in my mind that I can revisit anytime I like. It is alive and full and I fully recommend it.
'The Watcher' shouldn't have captivated me the way that it did.
It's the same old YA story, that's been told a hundred times, in a hundred different ways... or is it?
For all intents and purposes, Mia is a normal high school girl with a fascination for ancient cultures. A seemingly random event at the park throws her into a path that reveals more about her soul than she ever could imagine.
And into the path of the fallen angel that has loved her for a millennia. He has sworn to protect her, but resolved to build an impenetrable wall around his heart. But the return of his nemesis with his own resolve to claim her for his own has thrown a wrench in Michael's plans. The longer he is at her side, the harder it is for him to deny the strength of the ties that binds the two of them together.
He walked away from everything he was when he first met her. Will he forfeit his chance at redemption to be with her again?
The intensity between them was heart palpitating. The story line was filled with an array of emotions. From anger, to vengeance, anguish, hope, despair and undeniable love that brought the inevitable sting of tears to my eyes. 'The Watcher' had it all and more.
I was emotionally drained at the end of this, in a good way.
A YA romance that I highly recommend for YA Paranormal Romance lovers out there.
*I received a eBook copy of this book for free to review from the author/publisher; this in no way influenced my review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own.*
Most recent customer reviews
The way the author wrote this book made reading it very enjoyable. The ways in which the characters, and even the city where the story takes place, are described create a very... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Miss Lady
The Watcher is a great debut YA about Mia, an old soul in a teen body, who has a powerful connection to Michael, a fallen angel, for thousands of years. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Kelly Schmidt