Praefatio (Praefatio #1)Hot
She’s not sure what’s real or not. During her time away, literally a whole new world opened up to her. She finds out she plays a pivotal role in a final battle here on Earth. Problem is will she accept the truth or run from it?
PRAEFATIO is one wild ride where Fallen angels, Archangels, and mythology collide. The first chapter hooked me right in. The author does a great job of showing the confusion that Grace feels in the hospital room. I wanted to read more to see where this story would take me.
The one thing I loved about this story had to be Grace. She’s sassy, spunky, and courageous when she finds out who she really is. There’s some great one-liners too that add humor. Grace is my kind of girl!
After a painful metamorphosis she’s reunited with Gavin, her love. In our world he’s a rock star but he’s a Fallen angel. Grace is an archangel—her mother was a seraph and her father a human. Grace and Gavin's love story has a Romeo and Juliet feel. It’s literally the kiss of death if a mortal has a child with the Fallen. Still she can’t deny the pull Gavin has on her.
I really loved her brother Remi too. His own story and his attraction to a human has it’s own tragic undertones.
There’s lots of wowza moments in this story which include a visit to see Lucifer. **He's nothing like I pictured! His home is a topsy turvy version of the Garden of Eden. Vivid images stayed with me. Even here Grace doesn’t back down. Got to love that!
There is action, suspense, and romance throughout. What I did have problems with was all the explanations at the beginning of the story. I felt that this slowed down the pace of an otherwise intriguing story. Later though I was hooked right in.
Can’t wait to see what’s in store for Grace. The cliffhanging ending hints at a sequel. Somehow I doubt Grace can be stilled for too long!
2. Intriguing plot
3. Some wowza moments that include a visit to see Lucifer
4. Nails the whole 'what's real and what isn't'
Clever yet subtle details slowly weave this tale into an inevitable and delectable whirlwind. From the interesting relationship Grace appears to have with her mother to the closeness she shares with her brother, Praefatio lays a strong foundation for the story yet to come. McBride uses poetic prose to tease the reader, as well as creating a unique teen voice to communicate it. Granted, there was plenty of snark in that young adult voice, but it was genuine and heartfelt.
Fast action, both physically and mentally, keep this story moving ahead, engaging the reader to form desirable questions of what could happen next. There was almost an adventurous feel to the dangers Grace faced, all of which were creative and plausible. I found the Biblical references accurate and the use of creative license was effective to create wonder and awe. The creation of different celestial beings were integrated into the story well, with each having his/her own purpose.
Grace must undergo many changes in a short period of time, much like the young adult life. So there was lots of humanity and realism throughout the paranormal elements of this book. She had ample opportunities to ponder the danger of who and what she really was, as well as the harm that could come to those closest to her, depending on her actions and reactions. I'm a huge fan of incorporating life lessons into teen literature, and this book definitely fits that bill.
But soon, Grace's perception of her world (both tangible and intangible) changes, and when a serious complication arises for her brother, Remi, Grace must yet again find more answers in who and what she really is, and the probability of what that could mean. Intense battling in her new Heavenly existence complicates an already volital scene, and Grace must decide what is real and trustworthy.
A surprise awaits the reader at novel's end, as McBride tied the conclusion to the opening of the story, revealing just enough to feed the reader a hunger for more.