OutcastOutcast by Adrienne Kress

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was a rather easy, breezy read.

And let’s get it out of the way, already: This is not Angelfall.

It features angels, Thralls, girls who don’t don’t kick angel asses, but do shoot them in the face, hunter priests, and wings. Duh.

It’s been six years since angels started kidnapping people from Riley’s town. Hartwich. One year since her best friend was taken.

So what she does is, shoot an angel in the face, tie him up and interrogate him.

Except there is the teensy problem that all the angel guy, Gabe, remembers is

My baby has a bright blue Cadillac
She drives it so fast I think it could fly
And someday soon we’re gonna go to the moon
Aim that bright blue Cadillac right into the sky.

Riley is your typical un-typical YA girl. You know, the one with good grades, nerdy, no fashion sense, one friend, speaks her mind. Blah, blah, blah. Well, at least, she is alright friends with the high school cheerleader; even if they don’t like each other that much, at least they are civil. From the beginning.

She talks about how teenagers enjoy their stereotypes and don’t break out of their assigned molds. Wish she’d apply that one herself as well.

She has three of the exact same dresses.

And she is a kick-ass shot.

So you know, overall, she’s pretty cool, for a mainstream YA character. I liked her individual development and the narration was humorous.

Gabe was an adorable character as well. Adding humor to unlikely situations, making it tolerable when the plot and narration got slow. he is deemed as a bad boy, I have no clue why. These days, it seems, driving a bike is the mark of a bad boy. Riley herself comments that he acts like a bad boy when he isn’t. He does his homework, warns his keep, plays nice to adults, isn’t stupid.

You decide the rest.

However, the rest of the cast, barring a few people, feel like cardboard cutouts, not dynamic enough.

No, not really.

In fact, they are like those plastic-balloony animals that little kids play with. You know, the ones that you punch and they come right back at you. Fun and enjoyable, but when we come down to it, nothing memorable.

The craziness and religious fanaticism that gets a hold of Hartwich was amusing to observe, if a bit unrealistic.

The story and writing style has got this quite contemporary-ish feel to it, a light-hearted-ness that’s usually lacking in urban fantasies and paranormal romances. It is short and sweet, and goes down your throat damn easily.

The plot is simplistic and there are a few unexpected reveals here and there, but like I said, goes down easily. It has a linear storyline that branches out towards the end, leaving with a supposedly killer cliffhanger and lots of threads are left hanging.

But I’m hoping against hope that the author drops it, even though I probably will pick up the sequel if or when it comes.

Ultimately, this book, while affable and delightful, lacks that somethings and I was a bit let down, for I expected something more.


first I though, it was just a girl on a bike.
But I looked closer, and it was a girl on a bike behind a boy.


An ARC was provided by the publishers for reviewing purposes.



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