Until Next Time by Amy Lignor
Release Date – February 1, 2012
Publisher Website – Tribute Books
Publisher Social Media - Twitter
Pages - 255 pages
My Rating- 7/10
**obtained publisher for an honest review**
Here is the Goodreads synopsis
How does a girl choose between the one who steals her heart and the one who owns her soul?
Matt and Emily were created for a specific job. Raised and trained as the ultimate angel/warrior team, they are sent down to save, defend, judge and forgive, depending on the 'life' they've been assigned. What they don't realize is that the power of human emotions, such as love, anger, passion and fear can take over even the best of souls, causing them to make mistakes and follow paths that lead to confusion and heartache.
When the reason for their training is finally revealed, the angel/warrior team find themselves thrust into a world they know nothing about. Matt takes over the life of Daniel, a young man with a great deal of baggage. Emily becomes Liz, a girl living in a remote village who relies on nothing more than her own strength to survive. A violent storm erupts one night, and framed in the window of Liz's establishment is a frightening face. Let in by the soul of a Good Samaritan, the two visitors bring with them a past full of secrets that could literally change an angel's path and a warrior's plans.
From murder to redemption, this angel/warrior team must find a way to keep the faith they have in each other in a world that's ripping them apart.I went into this novel not really knowing what to expect. I had read a great review of it and decided it would be perfect for my angel event.
Amy Lignor has created something really unique and much different from other angel novels out there. Her writing style is intriguing and the novel is certainly wonderfully written. The mythology behind the story was captivating and mostly well thought out.
I have read quite a few angel novels at this point, and I expect most people are aware of the religious undertones they often carry. This novel was one of the more religious I’ve read. It is presented in such a way that I believe even non-religious readers won't be distracted by it.
In the first chapter of the novel we meet a visibly broken Emily. Matt and some of the Archangels are trying to convince her to continue her journey and why it’s important that she do. Her faith has been irrevocably shattered and she is convinced to recall the first assignment they had.
Emily and Matt are sent to earth to save, defend, judge and/or forgive depending on the purpose they are sent there for. They each are sent to earth in place of a human, but are not given any memories of their angel life. They must not be tainted, act with their minds open and listen to their hearts. The memory glitch means Emily and Matt will not know each other down there.
The “triangle” aspect of the novel worked for me. I didn’t even feel it was a triangle. We are told that Matt and Emily are “soul mates” and are meant for each other. Emily, as Liz, does not recognize this and ends up opening her heart to a young man named Jason. I didn’t feel the connect with Matt and Emily. It felt like a sibling relationship rather than romantic. Jason and Liz (Emily) had chemistry and a spark.
The characters were all quite likable. It was easy to sympathize with Emily and how she was feeling. Jason, Charles are Faith are all great characters. Faith and Charles provided some humour throughout the novel. Faith was a fiery, driven young woman that knew what she wanted and a wonderful friend to Liz. Charles was presented as this cheeky, fun loving guy with a dark part. Jason was caring, patient, but haunted by his past.
The message that redemption and forgiveness is never out of the question, and that love is worth taking the risk for are ones that everyone can relate to. It’s a powerful message that certainly stays with you.
The only drawback, for me, was that certain things are left unexplained and while these things may be explored in subsequent novels, I wish I had known more. I enjoyed the set up for the second novel immensely. This is the story of Emily and Matt’s first “life on earth and the ending hints at a much more heart-wrenching second “life” that is the cause of the devastated Emily we meet in the beginning of the novel.
A wonderfully written novel that I wished at times would have dived a little more into the backstory. It left me curious, intrigued and willing to read it’s sequel. If you’re looking for something different in the angel genre, this certainly will provide that.