Midnight Fire: Rise of the Dark Angel book 1 by Melody Anne
What did I just read?
I won’t lie, this is a pretty easy read, considering it didn’t take me too long to get through it; however what did I just read?
The basics of this story is that God and Satan (the author has given them different names, perhaps to be quirky or to make it more of an AU) have agreed that the human’s of earth will have free-will, the winner (as in if the human’s all turn towards being nasty and evil to each other, or be good and morale to each other) will have control over earth and the human’s while the other one will have to leave and start over on another planet of their choice. That part of the story was fine to me, I thought it worked well. We even see God having a chat to his favourite Angel called Chasity and he cried when she fell to earth to do his bidding, which is to look after the human’s and aid them.
So far, so good.
Then we come to the first chapter of the book and meet Phoenix, at the time a 17 year old girl – however this annoy’s me, because the author changes from 17 year old Phoenix to 11 year old Phoenix, when she is writing in her note book without any real warning, no note at the top of the page to inform the reading that it’s Phoenix’s diary they were now reading, the reader is just expected to get it. Granted I did get it over a time, but it still irritated me.
The plot in general was fine, it was decent and rather different to most stories since it had god and satan, angels and demon’s, the end of the world… But something appeared to be missing from it. There was no real spark, nothing that made the story pop for me.
Phoenix; am going out on a limb here to say that she is a special little snow flake, no idea why, sure she gets the love of a dark angel, Jayden, but there is no real reason why. There are moments when she seems an all right person and then she just seems to be a spoilt brat, before becoming this really overly morale person. And the eye rolling! With her BFF Sadie… I like the romantic areas with Jayden but there is something so wrong about Phoenix as a character. Also why is she named Phoenix? Her brother is called John and her dad is called Larry, at this moment in time I can’t remember her mum’s name but am pretty sure it’s not so out there as Pheonix is. And yes I know it’s only a name, but this name seems to mark her out as being special; Jayden is a dark angel and he has a relatively normal name! I think we can safely say Phoenix irritates me.
John; Phoenix’s older brother, they have a cute relationship, although am trying to figure out why a 22 year old would still ruffle his sister’s hair? He’s protective of her with is nice and a stickler for the rules. Can’t really say too much about him because we don’t get to know him that well.
Sadie; Phoenix’s BFF. She seems as flat as a pancake, there is no real character in her at all, nothing to mark her out as interesting or different in any respect to Phoenix, she could almost be a clone. I get the feeling that not much effort was put into these side characters as the main characters were. Which is really telling you something with my rant about one of the main characters.
Jayden; He interests me, more due to why he choose to follow satan and then why he feel out of his reasoning to follow him. I liked him at the start, he caught my eye and made me want to learn more about him and then he met up with the human’s and everything feel apart, he essentially became like another human male, he was generic when he is a dark angel; surely there should have been more focus on him not being completely pure? Surely there should have been some kind of trouble considering he doesn’t have a lot of patience (as we were told at the beginning) nor does he have a good ability to hold his temper (although it was stated that he tried to keep that under control) yet neither of these two things came out in the rest of the book.
Chasity; Jayden’s sister angel. Essentially a pure angel and yet she is rather bland as well. A secondary character who is used to have John fall in love with her.
Which brings me neatly to my next point; Sadie, Phoenix and Chasity all fall in love with three guy’s, Brain (who Phoenix had a huge crush on at the start of the book), Jayden and John; by the time the book is nearing the end these three couples are all dating and something just didn’t seem right about it too me, it was like the author was just using them to pair them up; like they can’t simply be friends with each other.
There is another character called Jessica, but she is barely important to the plot; at least not in the first book, she is just there to cause drama with Phoenix although I would think the author would have use of her in the next book.
Would I read this book again? No. The general plot is good but the character’s are just too bland and there is no real excitement in it for me, I am not at the edge of my seat when reading it, I was simply reading it to get to the end of the book.