Category: Book Reviews


 

Lisa Olsen does it again! “Mercy for the Wicked” is a continuation of the story in “Angel of Mercy,” where Merceline was accidentally gifted with Grace from a fallen angel who was only trying to save her life. She is left “something new,” not quite human but not an angel either. Caught between two worlds, Mercy struggles with her forbidden attraction for bad boy fallen angel, Adam, and a safe, normal relationship with her human cop boyfriend, Ben. With angels and demons after her at every turn, both relationships seemed destined for failure.

 

Olsen has a way of creating lively, fully developed, realistic characters who draw the reader in, make you laugh, and make you care what happens to them. Their motivations and decisions are easy to follow. Their dialogue and quirky personalities are fun to read. I will excitedly await the next installment in “The Fallen” series to see how things are resolved.

Lisa Olsen Website

-A.D. McLain

www.wotpast.com

When  I read a book, I usually have one of three reactions. I may hate it and can’t even finish reading it. I may like it but find myself distracted easily and thinking of how I would write the story differently. (Those books are part of the reason I became a writer). And the third reaction: I may love it and find myself unable to put it down. For those books, I find myself thinking of the story long after I’ve finished reading the book. Every page is a joy and I can’t wait to read more. That category is usually reserved for a few of my favorite authors, such as Sherrilyn Kenyon, Maggie Shayne and Jayne Castle. I now have a new author to add to that list. Her name is Lisa Olsen and the book is “Angel of Mercy.”

“Angel of Mercy”  is the story of Merceline, a woman who unexpectedly finds herself thrust in the world of angels and demons after a near death experience leaves her healed by a fallen angel and imbued with some of his powers.

Mercy is a strong, funny and very likeable main character. Her interactions with her friends and family are believable and entertaining. When she complains of her family drama, I feel I am listening to an old friend. All of Olsen’s characters have depth and personality. In otherwords, they feel like real people.  The action of the story flowed well.  From page one, there was never a moment when I got bored and wanted to put the book down. But even so, each chapter wrapped up well enough that I could stop when I needed to go back to work or care for my children. It struck a nice balance that made it a very enjoyable read. I will gladly purchase this author’s other books and cannot wait to read the continuation of this story in “Mercy for the Wicked “

Lisa Olsen Website

-A.D. McLain

www.wotpast.com

*Warning, may contain spoilers*

I recently finished reading “Allies.” It is a Star Wars book in the “Fate of the Jedi” story arch. I’ve been reading Star Wars books since I was in high school, and this one did not disappoint. When all was said and done, it left me wanting to read the next book in the series. One thing that has always drawn me to this series is the ongoing story and struggles of the characters. My favorite part of the Star Wars universe is that the story keeps going. Even when the book is done, or the story arch is finished, there is always more to tell. You rarely get to go so in-depth with characters from a book. But with the Star Wars books, you get to follow the characters from birth through death, seeing all the obstacles they must face. You can really become emotionally invested in what will happen to them.

In “Allies,” the relationship between Jaina and Jag is tested once again. You see the depth of their love for each other and feel sorrow at the obstacles that seem to always come between them.  Jaina has become a strong and tragic character throughout the Star Wars books. Faced with the loss of both her brothers, and her responsibilities as “Sword of the Jedi,” it seems as though she is not destined to be happy. You find yourself hoping she can get a break and find some kind of happiness in her life.

Chief of State Daala begins to slip into the insanity of obsession. Convinced that she must maintain order and snuff out all chaos in the galaxy for the good of the Galactic Alliance she begins to make choices that are obviously bad ones. Her closest advisors try to dissuade her from her single-minded persecution of the jedi and dictator like behavior, but she will not listen. Like Jacen falling to the dark side for all the right reasons, Daala is becoming what she hates. She condemns the jedi as no better than sith, claims they think they are above the law, and proceeds to employ the Mandelorians to do whatever is neccessary to achieve her goals. She justifies the murder of an innocent, unarmed girl, and feels no responsibility for it.

Vestara Khai, sith apprentice and captive of Luke and Ben Skywalker, shows a lot of promise and indications that she may be swayed away from the dark side. At the same time, on the other side of the galaxy, Tahiri faces her dark past and tries to break away from the person she became at the tuteladge of Darth Caedus/Jacen. We are forced to face the issue of redemption and whether or not a person can come back from doing horrible things.  

Finally, the thing that sticks out the most, for me, in reading “Allies” is the return of Callista. I always felt that particular story line needed resolution. After her romance with Luke, she disappeared into the Star Wars universe. He went on, married Mara, had a son and lost his wife, but there was never a mention of his earlier love. I was excited to read about what happened to Callista, even if it was a sad fate.

 There are many other things I could say or talk about, but those are the main things that I got from reading “Allies.” It was a good book, worthy of the series, easy to read, and managed to resolve many issues while still leaving you wanting for more. I look forward to reading the next book soon.

-A.D. McLain

www.wotpast.com