~ Review & Give Away ~ Autumn in the City of Angels (The Autumn Series, #1) by Kirby Howell

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Autumn in the City of Angels by Kirby Howell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Autumn and the City of Angels is a YA Romance with a dystopian/scifi flavor. It can be compared to works such as The 5th Wave and Collide and I find this a very enjoyable twist on the 'Paranormal Romance' scene, which is slowly taking a backseat and making more room for this kind of work.

The series follows Autumn who's life is thrown upside down when the Crimson fever strikes and takes with it all of her family and friends. Autumn is left with an empty apartment and no direction and ultimately faces the decision to leave her shelter and walk into a world more dangerous then ever. Her first trip does not go well and she eventually gets aid from a guy whom she cannot see. He makes her a promise, he will rescue and take her with him when it is safe to do so. On her second trip for resources after her elicit rescue, she runs into Evie and her brother Ben and they decide to stick together.

~ He chuckled quietly. "I Didn't claim to have extra-sensory gifts. Based on what I can hear and feel, I can fill in what I can't see." "Do you want to know what I sense?" " Dare I ask?" I smiled, even though I knew he couldn't see it.

Months go by and when the stranger still has not come for her and they once again get forced to venture out, circumstances separate the group and Autumn is able to find the elusive other band of people, bringing with it a whole lot of other issues.

~ "It was the least I could do to ensure his life not end in his moment of bravery," Grey said in a thoughtful voice. "That's a weird way to put it." "Is it?" he asked. "You could have just said something like, 'no man left behind.'" "I suppose I could have."

The story is a relatively light one given the circumstances the characters are living in. Even though there are deaths and tragedy, it is really only noticeable in the background. The book focuses on Autumn's connection and the secrets of the mysterious boy she meets. I'm okay with that since it is targeted to a YA/teen audience, however if you are after a bit of realism, then I would recommend you look elsewhere.

~ "It's a small plane. The kind that only seats a few people." I closed my eyes and pressed my face into the crook of his neck as I whispered into his ear. I heard another, louder crack as the pane of glass began to give. "The runway is long, and there's probably tall grass growing through the concrete." "Fòmhair..." I heard Grey whisper. Tears began spilling down my face.

Where as Autumn comes over as a little shallow in the beginning, I find she evolves throughout the book and comes more into her own at the last quarter. This is what has me curious to pick up the next instalment. I am hoping the two authors of this series have continued the trend and that we eventually get a stronger and more focused female lead.

Ben and Evie are a good addition to this story and I found Ben's reactions probably the most relatable. I can not help but feel a little sorry for him and I'm secretively hoping he will have a little bit of a bigger role in the next instalment.

The ending is not entirely surprising. Even though some of their immediate issues are resolved, the bomb that gets dropped at the end (not such a surprising one) leaves this book on a nice little cliffhanger. Personally, I hope this gets resolved swiftly in the sequel Autumn in the Dark Meadows so it can concentrate on some broader issues. The third instalment is called Autumn in the City of Lights and is currently in the make. The first chapter of this can be found here.

Would I recommend it?
Yes I would. All in all it is a very enjoyably read. The writing flows nicely and consistently and have the odd bits of humor shining through. This story would suit the younger YA audience and a great gift for any 13 year old and up.

  • A plague of epic proportion sweeps the globe, leaving less than one percent of the world’s population immune. Among the living is Autumn Winters, the teenage daughter of a famous actress.  When Autumn’s parents don’t come home and the city is overtaken by a dangerous faction, she goes into hiding with a small group of underground survivors.  They’re led by a mysterious young man who harbors an unearthly secret, and with whom Autumn feels a deep connection.

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    Autumn Winters, one of the few survivors of the deadly Crimson Fever, has escaped Los Angeles with the underground resistance and has been given sanctuary with the Hoover Settlement. They’re one of the few holdouts against the powerful and sadistic Reconstruction Front, who plot to overtake every post-plague community within their reach. But when devastating weather sparks an emergency mission to Hoover’s sister city, Autumn is forced to re-team with her estranged true love to fight for their very survival.

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About the Authors:

Dana Melton and Jessica Alexander, who write under the name Kirby Howell, have been writing together since 2000 when they met as freshman in their first scriptwriting class at the University of Alabama. Dana, a native Southerner, quickly showed Jessica the ropes and the joys of living below the Mason Dixon Line. Having lived in nearly every other part of the country, it didn't take Jessica long to acclimate to sweet tea, grits, and football. They both now live in Los Angeles with their husbands, and work in the television industry.



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