by T.L. Searle
Book: Aquila #1
Publisher: T.L. Searle
Pub Date: Jan 2014
Genre: Young Adult
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Seventeen year old Aqua Vickers lives a secluded life in the English countryside. She keeps herself that way, hiding in plain sight, out of fear. She has no idea where she came from or what she is, she just knows she isn't human. Her mother is convinced she's an angel, but does having wings make you an angel? Sharp, angular and intimidating black wings?
The only other person Aqua has let into her life is Aaron, her best friend. They've grown up together, shared every milestone and Aqua's feelings for him have developed into something more. In a moment of impulse, Aqua revels her true nature. Aaron freaks, hurting Aqua so badly that she flees into the night.
Lucas has been watching and waiting. As an Angeli Tail it is his job to be a spy; and he's been ordered to watch Aqua. Lost and vulnerable above the clouds, Aqua is reaching exhaustion. When Lucas offers her the answers she seeks, she follows him impulsively.
In a city, carved into the rock of a mountain, Aqua discovers she's not as alone as she thought; and her life has been rooted on a bed of lies and deception. In her absence, her home is attacked and her mother taken. With this new enemy intent on her capture and new family who aren't all welcoming, Aqua must integrate and train with the Angeli Guard if she has any hope of rescuing her mother from the hands of the Dragone.
The Angeli Guard Master is unforgiving and ruthless, allowing Aqua little rest from his relentless and painful training exercises. Aqua can barely stand to look at him, but can't seem to exterminate the butterflies she feels when he's around.
War is coming but Aqua's battles may need to be fought closer to home.
My Review: Aqua is a normal looking girl. Nice, pretty, works on her moms farm, oh has these black wings. Lovely big black wings and she keeps them hidden. Not just because of the people around her, but she is really scared about this one person just tossing her aside because she is different.
She isn't sure what she is right now, though the things that are told to her, aren't all true and she will come to learn that. Her mom is there and claims that Aqua has to be an angel.
Then she has Aaron, this guy she likes and a good friend to her. They get along and have a good time, but how will he act at if he found out about Aqua's secret? Be surprised and stay by her side? Or run off like he's on fire?
Besides all that, it just isn't fun keeping herself cooped up. So on her days off, Aqua loves to fly. It's her escape and just feels right to her. Which one day leads to finding out that she isn't the only one out there. There are others like her and she then learns about everything. Who she is, what she can do, the others like her, and it's finally nice to have some answers. However, she didn't expect to gain an enemy from this. While away, her mother is taken and she must get her back.
Through this all, Aqua has grown even more. She got through Aaron's freak out, finding out who she really is and getting the answers she has been waiting for. Dealing with this new life and even liking another guy. It seems like her life is going to be okay.