Sunday, August 12, 2012

Blog Tour: Amateur Angel by Karri Thompson

Amateur Angel
Title: Amateur Angel
Author: Karri Thompson
Publisher: Comfort Publishing
Publishing Date: May 1st 2012
Pages: 250
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Series: Stand Alone
Source: Kindle

Goodreads Summary:

Only 18-years-old, Ashley is no ordinary teenager. Not only is she dead, but upon her death, she mistakenly enters the wrong line in the afterlife, a line meant for trained, guardian angels. With a pair of wings on her back, Ashley is sent to Los Angeles to replace another angel whose "assignment" was none-other-than Cannon Michaels, a current member of the band Sendher, the sexiest man alive, and Ashley's celebrity crush in life.

While exposed to Cannon's selfish, judgmental behavior and his reckless, rock-and-roll lifestyle, Ashley is far from meeting the requirements of a true guardian angel. She misses her family and friends. Will she ever be able to accept her own death? What will she do when she jeopardizes her position as an angel and Cannon's physical safety by falling in love with him?

I had a lot of fun with this book. Lots smiles, some giggles, and a couple of heartaches. I love the title and the cover. This was a real feel good, easy read. The story is cute and original, very refreshing.

Ashley had a pretty bad day, she died. She finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time and ends up becoming a guardian angel with no welcome packet and not training. She is on her own. The only redeeming part of the entire day, she is the guardian angel of her favorite rock star. Fun as it sounded to Ashley she discovers more then she wanted to about her rock idol. If it’s not hard enough to be a guardian angel without training assigned to a reckless maniac, she goes and falls in love with him.

I really liked Ashley’s characters. She is very sweet, innocent, and naïve girl who tries to make the best of a very difficult and confusing situation. She does not give up easily and tries to learn as much as she can in the field. Cannon is the guy you would love to hate but just can’t for some reason. Most of the time he is a selfish jerk but he does have his soft moments. I found myself rooting for him throughout the entire book. Even though these two characters did not get a lot of interaction, their relationship was very important to the story and I felt it was developed very well. I felt very close to both characters and found it easy to laugh, love, and live with them.

The story was well paced and moved along smoothly. The style was great, detailed but not overly and the plot was very intriguing. It was easy to get into the flow and keep those pages turning. The ending was not at all what I expected but that was definitely a plus in the end. Very unpredictable.

All in all, I really liked the book and even though it doesn’t seem to be any plans for another book, I would love to read more of Ashley and Cannon’s story. *hint hint


About the Author

 As a first-time author, I cannot express- not even in words- how excited I am about the release of my debut novel, Amateur Angel. It took a lot of hard work and sleepless nights. There were many disappointments and rejections along the way, but in the end, my persistence and determination eventually paid off. In many ways, I think writing a novel is easier than finding an agent to represent it and then a publisher to buy it. Two years ago, I almost gave up on my dream to become an author, but then my son, Kyle, wrote a special poem for me, and it inspired me to write a new book and try again. The new book was Amateur Angel.

Here is his poem:
You fail and you fail,
You fix and you fix,
You wait and you wait,
 Until you succeed.

I hung this poem in my closet and read it every day when I was getting ready to go to work and each night before I went to bed. It is still there and always will be. I know what I’m about to say will sound like a cliché, but based on my own personal experience, the best advice I can give anyone is to always believe in your abilities, hold your head high, swallow your pride, accept criticism and then learn from it, and most importantly, never give up.

I grew up in San Diego County and attended San Diego State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in English, a master’s degree in education, and my teaching credential. I am a high-school English teacher in the East County of San Diego where I also live with my husband, our son, and two dogs.

Being a lover of Victorian literature, my favorite author is Charles Dickens although I haven’t quite finished reading all of his books. Someday I’ll finally finish David Copperfield- I promise. If you are one of my students, you are either laughing or shaking your head at this.

I lead a very busy life, but when I’m not teaching, grading papers, or attending my son’s soccer games, I find time to write novels, my greatest passion.

Author's Links:

I am giving away my paperback copy of Amateur Angel 

1.US only please 

2. Must be 13 years or older

3. I will send out an email to the winnner.
Please respond within 72 hours with your mailing address.

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  1. I've not heard about this boot, but the summary is so interesting and I lived the cover +.+
    Thanks for the giveaway, I hope be a lucky girl and win it.
    XOXO, Books Down My Pillow

  2. Great review, the book sounds interesting. Love the poem!

  3. The plot sounds so awesome and different from a lot of books out there! I'd love to read this! Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. This book sounds like the perfect next read after having read some heavy dystopia and fantasies this past summer. The cover is gorgeous! Thanks for the honest review!

  5. Sounds like a great read and different from the more heavier reads I've been reading lately. Light, fun and cute and something I would love to get my hands on

  6. This really does sound like a great book to read :)


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