Today I’m excited to host a stop on the Blog Tour for The Watcher by Lisa Voisin, sponsored by Inkspell Publishing. This book has been on my radar for a long time, so I was super excited when I was asked to be a part of the tour! Continue reading to see my thoughts on the book, plus enter the giveaway to win a copy of The Watcher (e-book or print) and a beautiful angel wing necklace! Also make sure you click the banner to visit all the other stops on the tour.
Millennia ago, he fell from heaven for her.
Can he face her without falling again?
Fascinated with ancient civilizations, seventeen-year-old Mia Crawford dreams of becoming an archaeologist. She also dreams of wings—soft and silent like snow—and somebody trying to steal them.
When a horrible creature appears out of thin air and attacks her, she knows Michael Fontaine is involved, though he claims to know nothing about it. Secretive and aloof, Michael evokes feelings in Mia that she doesn’t understand. Images of another time and place haunt her. She recognizes them—but not from any textbook.
In search of the truth, Mia discovers a past life of forbidden love, jealousy and revenge that tore an angel from Heaven and sent her to an early grave. Now that her soul has returned, does she have a chance at loving that angel again? Or will an age-old nemesis destroy them both?
Ancient history is only the beginning.
Like many folks who read and review YA books, I have been burned by many an angel book in the past. So it was with some trepidation that I started The Watcher, hoping it would be more like my reading experience for Sweet Evil (pleasantly surprised) than my experience with Hush, Hush (seriously annoyed). I’m happy to report that I can easily put The Watcher into the “good” category. I enjoyed our main character, Mia, quite a lot, and found myself swooning right along with her when it came to Michael.
The Watcher has a well-developed angel lore that’s used throughout the book. I liked that Michael isn’t just saintly good; he’s a fallen angel who is recovering from his past mistakes, and that added a different sort of vibe to his interactions with Mia. I liked the nods back in time to previous civilizations, and the fact that Mia and Michael had a history. It was interesting to see Mia’s visions of her past, and to hear Michael’s explanations about what happened. Now, admittedly, because they do have this past, their relationship in the present seems rather insta-lovey, but it’s excusable because they do have already established feelings for each other. I liked how Mia weaved her way through her memories of what was and what was her current reality.
There is a definite sort of epic-ness to the plot of this book. There’s a lot of good versus evil, and Mia finds herself caught right in the center of it. It was interesting to have the inside look at what angels and demons in this universe do, and I liked the way everything evolved. I enjoyed reading about Michael’s struggles with his feelings for Mia and the way he had to fight not to lose himself (or, more notably, his wings). There’s a lot of back and forth, and nothing is completely resolved at the end, so I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw a sequel at some point. I am definitely curious as to how things are going to be satisfactorily resolved in terms of the emotional aspect.
The Watcher is an angel book, but – at least for me – brings some new ideas to the table. Those who are leery of another Fallen or Hush, Hush will probably be pleasantly surprised with Ms. Voisin’s rendition. The characters are enjoyable, and while it’s a long book, I didn’t really feel the length while I was reading. I think most paranormal fans will be quite entertained with Michael and Mia’s story.
An e-galley of this title was provided by the publisher for blog tour purposes.
Lisa Voisin and Inkspell Publishing are giving away copies of The Watcher to four lucky winners! Enter to win a paperback copy (US/Canada/UK) or one of  e-book copies (international)You could also win an angel wing necklace, pictured at left.
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About the Author:
A self-proclaimed coffee lover, Lisa can usually be found writing in a local café. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her meditating or hiking in the mountains to counteract the side effects of drinking too much caffeine!
Though she’s lived in several cities across Canada, she currently lives in Vancouver, B.C. with her fiancé and their two cats.