Sunday, April 07, 2013

Review: The Watcher by Lisa Voisin

Title: The Watcher
Author: Lisa Voisin
Series: N/A
Release Date: March 4, 2013
Publisher: InkSpell Publishing
ISBN13: 9780985656225
Format: paperback, 541 pages
Genre: YA, urban fantasy, paranormal, romance
Source: blog tour

Millennia ago, he fell from heaven for her.

Can he face her without falling again?

Fascinated with ancient civilizations, seventeen-year-old Mia Crawford dreams of becoming an archaeologist. She also dreams of wings—soft and silent like snow—and somebody trying to steal them.

When a horrible creature appears out of thin air and attacks her, she knows Michael Fontaine is involved, though he claims to know nothing about it. Secretive and aloof, Michael evokes feelings in Mia that she doesn’t understand. Images of another time and place haunt her. She recognizes them—but not from any textbook.

In search of the truth, Mia discovers a past life of forbidden love, jealousy and revenge that tore an angel from Heaven and sent her to an early grave. Now that her soul has returned, does she have a chance at loving that angel again? Or will an age-old nemesis destroy them both?

Ancient history is only the beginning.
The Watcher is a paranormal romance about angels. In the very beginning of the book, Mia finds a dead body in the woods, and its shadow transforms into a dog-like creature that begins to chase after her. Soon, she begins to hear voices and everything goes back to normal. Obviously, anyone'd be confused and mildly terrified so this event continues to puzzle her mind. Then, a mysterious boy shows up at her school, and he just may have the key to finding answers to her questions . . .

To be honest, I didn't particularly like Lisa Voisin's writing style. It had a feeling of "trying too hard" to it, and felt really unnatural, as if Voisin hadn't settled into character yet. The key could be the lack of subtle-ness. Things were made way too easy for Mia. She finds a dead body, call the authorities, tell her friends, and they don't completely freak out. Then, a really cute guy, who may have been at there where she was attacked by the shadowy canine, shows up, and something that feels incredibly like insta-love, but not quite, starts to develop. Everything fell too tidily into place, and the conflicts seemed unconvincingly superficial. Of course, it wasn't unbearable, but I believe that a lot of improvement could've been made by tweaking with the writing.

Another thing that really bothered me was how Voisin created her characters, which seemed to follow a recipe or formula. Mia, who thinks of herself as unattractive, especially next to her gorgeous BFF. (C'mon, where's that self esteem?) Michael, who's hot, perfect, and guess what? He has a British accent. (Of course, accents are really cute, but don't wear it out!)

In the end, I didn't hate The Watcher, but I didn't really enjoy it a whole ton either. I do like reading fluffy reads once in a while, but I felt as if The Watcher was lacking even as a "guilty read". It's a story that's a bit stereotypical, but don't knock it before you try it! Many other people loved it immensely, even if I didn't. Love angels? Give it a shot, and you just may see something that I couldn't.
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