[Review] Almana

Friday, March 25, 2016

Title: Almana

Author: Julayn Adams

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia

Published: March 4, 2016

Source: Copy provided by NetGalley

Quicklinks: Amazon | Goodreads

In the aftermath of World War III, the world has become a dangerous place. The ruthless dictator, Equis, and his army, Armageddon, are quickly taking over major metropolitan areas on the west coast of the United States. The end of humanity is imminent. Their one hope lies in the hands of a seventeen year old girl, Alexa. When Almana volunteers to leave Heaven to guide Alexa, she never thought that her own destiny would include falling in love with a human. Now, cursed to remain on Earth forever, Almana finds that her task is much more than she bargained for.
I don't really know what I expected when I decided to take this on for my reading. It seemed interesting enough and I love the whole angel thing. The story was well written and engaging with characters that were believable. At first, it seemed like I was reading a story in the perspective of the "main character's" guide (does that make sense)? I mean, I've read a lot of books where the main character meets some person who ends up opening their world to all these changes and stuff, and that whole time, that one person is trying to make sure they fulfill their destiny in the background... it seemed like a book that took place in that guide's perspective, which was refreshing to me. 

The plot was well done; the ending scenes were climactic while ending the story abruptly (and sadly). I have to be honest, those scenes toward the end moved pretty fast which made it hard to keep up with what was going on. In fact, I still really don't know what happened and it's kind of bothering me. 

As for the romance, as you would expect with other stories of this genre, it was quick and borderline "love at first sight." When it came to the predictability of the story, I have to say that I kind of knew where everything was going and what was happening with some of the characters even before it happened. 

Overall, the story was a really quick read, but enjoyable nonetheless. I had a great time reading it and believe it to be a great story. However, the ending brings up a question; I understand that this isn't (so far) a series, but is there another book planned for this? You can't just end it with what was given and just leave it at that... there are so many questions?! 

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