Book of Love is the first book in the Knight Angels series by Abra Ebner. This self-published novel has everything a good teen romance should have and more.
The main characters are Jane, Max, Emily, Wes and Greg. Instead of chapters, the book is told by these characters, from their points of view, which gives us an insight into all the characters heads, and what they are feeling about a certain situation, and how it differs to the feelings of the other characters. At times, this way of writing could become confusing, but Ebner weaves the tale in such a way, that everything is clear, and it was a great way of writing the novel.
The characters in the novel were written well, and they were believable. They seemed like a mismatched bunch of teenagers, all trying to cope with things, without realising that they all had almost the same problem. I liked Emily the best, as throughout the book, she changes so much, and there is never a dull moment when reading her. Jane, on the other hand, bored me a little. She was very goody-two-shoes, and never does anything wrong. Something I did like about her though, was the fact that even though she knew that there were magickal things going on, she didn't want to believe it because the whole thing sounded like 'one of the vampire books that Emily reads', and she didn't immediately believe whatever came out of Max's mouth.
And onto Max. Max was the perfect love interest for Jane. He's mysterious and handsome, everything a good teen bad-boy should be. Max and his brother Greg really reminded me of the Salvatore brothers from The Vampire Diaries by LJ Smith. They were two incredibly hot, mysterious boys, one good, one bad. They were portrayed well, and I enjoyed reading about them, and wouldn't mind if one of them randomly appeared in my school...
And lastly, onto Wes. I didn't really care much for Wes, though when he was trying to get Jane to love him, he was very sweet. He's the character that right from the start, you know is not going to get what he wants, and that's sad, but as I said before, it didn't really bother me. He was just a character that played an important role in the book, but he didn't stand out to me.
Book of Love was more of a love story with a twist, rather than a paranormal novel. The main focus, I felt, was the love between Max and Jane, and I do think that maybe Ebner could have brought out the mythology behind the magickal beings and the action more throughout the book, as then it might have been more engaging, and would appeal to a wider audience. Although, having said this, I really did enjoy reading this love story with a twist.
Ebner has created a unique world, full of unexpected twists and turns, and I loved it. I'm definitely looking forward to reading book 2, Book of Revenge, and I'm excited to find out what will happen next.
I give it 4 feet!