Angelic by Kelley Armstrong


Title: Angelic
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Series: Women of the Otherworld #9.3
In: Otherworld Secrets (Kelley Armstrong)
Rating Out of 5: 4.5 (Amazing, but not quite perfect)
My Bookshelves: Dark fantasyParanormal fantasy, Strong women
Pace: Fast
Format: Novella
Publisher: Orbit
Year: 2015
5th sentence, 74th page: Another example of the language for my research?

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As a half-demon master of the dark arts, Eve Levine isn’t what anyone would call angelic. That’s exactly why the Fates chose her for the job. She’s their secret weapon against the forces of evil. However after five years, Eve is tired of being the designated rebel of the angel corps, expected to break the rules, then penalized for it. When the leaderless djinn stage an uprising, Eve sees the perfect chance to get herself fired. As she plunges deeper into the demon world, though, she realizes she’s in danger of losing a lot more than her job.


Every time I read a new Eve story, I fall a little more in love with her character. Although at the beginning she seems like nothing more than a Black Witch, the more her journey is revealed, the more the cracks in this façade appear. She is nothing like what she originally appeared to be in Stolen, and Angelic just brings her further from the image that is quickly built up by others’ descriptions.

As with all double standards, Eve is constantly both rewarded and penalised for her choices in life. Even in death. Although this chafes, it also helps to liberate her from certain expectations (and punish her at the same time). These juxtapositions between her acceptance and dismissal by the Fates, and even the other angels are an interesting reminder of the double standards that often occur in our own lives. We can be both stroked and slapped for doing exactly the same thing, sometimes even by the same people. It is impossible to please everyone, but it is even more difficult when someone’s preconceptions about who and what you are colour everything you do. If someone thinks that you are a bad sort, then no matter what you do, they will still view your good acts through a negative light.

Although Eve primarily deals with these double standards throughout Angelic, she also is forced to concede to her feelings about her role in the afterlife. Being an angel comes with a variety of responsibilities and perks – but, in Angelic, Eve must decide what she really wants in life. Or in this case, the afterlife.

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