MILAYNA by Michelle K. Pickett


From the "Milayna" series, volume 1
Age Range: 12 - 18
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Yet another half-angel book, this one focuses more on physical combat than on supernatural warfare.

Milayna, 17, has just learned that she’s a demiangel, and she’s angry at her family for keeping the secret from her. Even her best friend already knows all about it. That’s fortunate, because until Milayna turns 18, she will be vulnerable to the demon Azazel, who will try to absorb her powers and conquer the world. Demidemons, many of which populate her high school, threaten her. A goodly number of demiangels also go to her school, and these unite to protect Milayna. Chay, a demiangel with supermodel looks, takes charge of Milayna’s defense and provides romantic heat. Despite the constant mortal danger, Milayna continues going to school and to the mall. To protect her, the team accompanies Milayna everywhere, except when they don’t. Milayna knows taekwondo, and the frequent fight scenes all rely on punches and kicks rather than paranormal abilities. Suspense builds when Milayna’s allies begin to switch sides. Sadly, the childishly angry Milayna doesn’t come across as an attractive character. Pickett does add some comic relief with the hobgoblins that tease Milayna throughout the book, but the arbitrary, unimaginative plotline and the writing style remain resolutely at amateur levels, with, for example, frequent use of one-word sentences to indicate emphasis.

At least it has hobgoblins. (Paranormal suspense. 12-18)

Pub Date: March 17th, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-63422-038-5
Page count: 287pp
Publisher: Clean Teen
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15th, 2015


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