Review: BloodAngel by Justine Musk


5 out of 5

If any of you know me, are on my Facebook page, or follow me on Twitter, then you realize now how horrendously slow my reading is.  Had life and lives not gotten in the way of my reading, then this one have been a three-nighter max. 

This is the first of a two-part series.  It was published in 2005 (so, yeah, I am a LITTLE behind with my reading :D). 

Jessamy, an up and coming painter, is caught unaware as she discovers the subject of her paintings is not a figment her imagination, but a living, breathing orphan.  Their fates are intertwined as they learn that the  destiny of the worlds rests on their shoulders.  Kai Youngblood must educate Jess on her new station in this life and develops more than a student/teacher relationship.  Together, the three of them must save the worlds from Bakal Ashika. 

Justine Musk's use of imagery is nothing short of brilliant.  Her amazing ability to show verses tell is uncanny.  A taste of what I mean:  While Ramsey was in his room, he noted, through the open window, how "the air was thick with June." Additionally, when Jess was driving in the desert, she felt "Heat and dust and silence, the sky hammering itself into the flat white of noon." 

Oh. My. God.  That last one is etched into my brain.  The author uses color to lend life and character to inanimate, intangible objects.  Her use of language is masterful.  But, don't take my word for it...check it out for yourself (if you haven't already  :D).

Stoked to delve into the sequel, Lord of Bones, and her second book, Uninvited.  What about you?

Thanks, Justine, for these lessons in excellent writing...(Aren't you tired of hearing that??)


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