Saturday, February 25, 2012

Review - "Finding Alice" by Andrea DiGiglio




"Finding Alice" is a fiction/fantasy/paranormal book written by Andrea DiGiglio which is centered around Angels, Fallen Angels, and other related creatures.

Here is a synopsis of the book that the author has provided on her website:


"Cursed with an intense version of empathy Alice runs from a wasted life to start a new one somewhere no one will know her; Hell, Michigan. Alice works at a hole-in-the-wall bar in the middle of nowhere mostly keeping to herself to avoid the overwhelming emotions of those around her. Alice allows her best friend to convince her into taking a few college classes without realizing it would drastically change her life forever. From her first day of class she was hooked on him; his scent, his eyes, the way he talked to her inside her head.

Throughout her struggles she learns about true love, true pain and the truth of her own heritage. Alice must quickly find out who she is because after all everyone else is out to find her. With Angels and Bounty Hunter’s in constant pursuit she finds protection within a group of Fallen Angels. These Fallen Angels vow to do anything to protect her; for it is their belief she will save their kind and all of mankind." 

"Finding Alice" is a captivating, original read. I must admit, I am not well-versed in Angel lore, nor have I read many Fallen Angel novels. However, I find the subject quite fascinating, as most other paranormal/fantasy topics! Alice ("Jane"), the main character in the novel, is a strong, persevering and independent young woman who rises above her broken childhood. She is relocated from one foster home to the next, where a sense of acceptance and belonging are hard to come by. Her emotional perception is strangely awry, and there are details of her life that need to be elucidated (such as the mysterious black feathers which often materialize before her). Alice starts life anew in Hell (Michigan, that is), where she enrolls in college and starts work at a local bar. In Hell, she not only discovers her lineage, but she truly finds herself, and learns how to love passionately. Cole, a fellow classmate, ends up being a key player in Alice's evolvement. Life, though less shrouded in secrecy, becomes quite complex and dangerous. Alice rises above these perils to fight for her right to live and love. 

I loved all of the elements/technicalities of the storyline in "Finding Alice". Strong, independent female characters who come from disadvantaged backgrounds are always one of my favorites. I found Alice's history and the story of her species to be engaging, while not overly complex. Her abilities (such as a type of mind "reading") and character aspects were intriguing -- especially the way that she handled emotion. I think that the story flowed well over-all, and I enjoyed the flirtation and romance between Alice and Cole. I also liked how seemingly minor characters ended up playing a different role than I might have expected them to in the beginning. At the end, it all ties in, but I feel like there is a lot left to be said... which is probably why another book is being published! Though details of Alice's species were clear, I would like to see how she harnesses her abilities and how her relationships grow in the next book. Being that there was already such a major conflict in Alice's life, I am interested in seeing what the author can come up with that tops this in way of suspense and character development...if that makes sense. :) I recommend this book if you are looking for a new series to delve into on a species you may not have come across before.

Book Information:
Paperback: 196 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace (December 30, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1468007270
ISBN-13: 978-1468007275


And here is a book trailer...don't you just love the music and the graphics? I know I do! Once you have read the book, they seem to fit perfectly:



 *WARNING- POSSIBLE SPOILER IN PARAGRAPH BELOW*

This book is the first in the Alice Clark series; the second book, "Alice's Sacrifice", is set to be released during Spring 2013. The author has provided a blurb for "Alice's Sacrifice" on her website, suggesting that this book will focus on the illicit lives of Alice and Cole post-"war".

Andrea DiGiglio, the author of "Finding Alice", is an avid actress, writer, and mother. She was born and raised in Michigan. Here is a list of films that she has written or starred in. I hope that her list of works will continue to grow! You can find her fan page on facebook or follow her on Twitter.

You can find out more about DigGiglio, or purchase book-related merchandise on her website. She also has a very interesting blog you can take a peek at -- I'm sure you will find posts with updates about the second book in the series as time passes!

"Finding Alice" is available as a Kindle E-book for a mere $2.99 on Amazon, or in print on Amazon for $9.99. You can also find the novel at Barnes and Noble for the same price.

Disclaimer! I was provided with an E-book copy of "Finding Alice" to review. This did not, in any way, shape my post. My opinions are my honest take on the product.

8 comments:

  1. Thank you for taking the time to read and review Finding Alice! Keep an eye out for Alice's Scarifice, I'd be glad to give you an ARC when the time comes!

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