Saturday, April 20, 2013

Review: The Watcher by Lisa Voisin


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.

Jessica's Review:

If I had to describe The Watcher in one word it would be luscious! Thankfully, I can use so many more words to describe it.  One might think that luscious is a strange word to be describing a paranormal romance that is filled with tension and excitement but it isn’t.  Every sentence on every page is luscious and full.   Here’s a small passage from the book that exemplifies what I mean:

 “Instead of saying more, he brushed his fingertips along my cheek, and his halo glimmered.  I could hear the waves slapping the rocks behind us, the wind whipped against my skin, but the touch of his hand on my face was all I could think about.  It sent a current through both of us and filled me with longing for something I wasn’t sure I understood.”

I melted when I read that paragraph; it conjured up so much for me – love, longing, acceptance and of course lusciousness. The Watcher is filled with such imagery and draws you into a vivid and engaging world.  With every turn of the page I am further drawn into the poeticness that Lisa Voisin brings forth.  I am emotionally invested in the characters of Mia, Michael and even Damiel and I want to know and see and feel everything that they are doing and Lisa provides all of those answers.

The Watcher is a magically crafted novel with such incredible writing. Sentences jump off from the page; the book has become a movie in my mind that I can revisit anytime I like. It is alive and full and I fully recommend it.

Now one might say that I am a little bias with my review because I know Lisa and have known her for over a decade, and we are friends.  Well I am bias!  But let me be clear, my friendship with Lisa did not change how I felt about the book. Had I not known Lisa and had read this book I still would have been totally engrossed and entranced with the world that she had built.  It is excellently written and so well presented.  I just hope that I can aspire to write as beautifully as Lisa has.

Rating: 5 Stars

Blair's Review

I wholeheartedly agree with Jessica: this book is luscious! It's beautifully written, vivid, and sensual. The words seem to rise up out of the page and mold themselves into a new world around you, one that you can smell and taste and wholly inhabit. But the book doesn't rest on beautiful writing - there's enough tension to keep the pages turning well after bedtime! I loved it from the first sentence to the spectacular, jaw-dropping ending.

There are books out there with beautiful writing but no tension. There are books with high tension but mediocre writing. I like both those sorts of books. They have their place in my (cluttered) bookshelf. But The Watcher manages to hit that magic balance between beautiful writing and high tension, sacrificing neither for the sake of the other. It is an absolute pleasure to read. And the romance is intense. Romance isn't what typically attracts me to books, but I had to see how this one played out. Especially after a certain hiking scene early on...

I loved this book, and I fully recommend it. I do have to make the same disclaimer as Jessica - that Lisa and I are friends. We met about a year and a half ago, right around the time that Lisa was submitting. I read a draft early on in our friendship, before I knew Lisa well, certainly before I knew her well enough for our friendship to color my opinion of her book. So I also want to be clear that our friendship did not change how I felt about this book. Even if I'd never met Lisa before in my life, I still would have blazed through this book and been left wanting more.

Rating: 5 Stars

Find it: Goodreads | Amazon |Amazon.CA |B&N | Indie Bound | Inkspell | Kobo

About the Author: 

A Canadian-born author, Lisa Voisin spent her childhood daydreaming and making up stories, but it was her love of reading and writing in her teens that drew her to Young Adult fiction.

When she's not writing, you'll find her meditating or hiking in the mountains to counter the side effects of drinking too much coffee.

She lives in Vancouver, B.C. with her fiance and their two cats.

Find her: Twitter | Facebook | Website | Blog

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

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