Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Release Date: October 25, 2011
Rating: 3 stars
Fourteen-year-old Angel wakes up one morning at her desert trailer home to discover her mother has been murdered by a lowlife named Scotty, who has vanished. Angel has no water, no weapon, but she knows that Scotty, an expert tracker and hunter, will surface soon in order to eliminate her as a witness. She has to run, to disappear, if she is to survive and tell the world what happened. Her flight takes her through a harsh landscape to places she never expected to be, forcing her to trust others for the first time and strengthening her in ways she doesn’t even anticipate . . . until it’s time to take a stand.
Desert Angel by Charlie Price was an interesting read – I had absolutely no expectations going in, and I found a story that I really liked.
The story started out very disjointed. You were thrown right into the action, which was great, but once I met some of the characters I had a bit of hard time following the story due to their dialogue. After a bit though, I got into the groove of the story and everything began to make sense. There definitely was a lot of suspense at moments – I wanted to know what was going to happen, yet I couldn’t really guess a lot of the time. There were some aspects of the story I do wish had been fleshed out a bit more. I loved the way the book was written – for the most part you follow Angel’s story, but there were little snippets from Scotty and the others, which made it really cool. It definitely made me more engaged in the story when those would come along.
I really liked the characters. Angel bothered me a bit at times, but overall she was a great character. Norma and Rita were definitely my favorite two characters of the book. With all Norma had been through, I just wanted to give her a hug. Rita was just an all around great person.
Desert Angel by Charlie Price wasn’t an amazing book for me, but definitely still a worthy read. After this one, I’m curious to see what else Charlie Price has written. This wasn’t a book that I had to be real involved in; I could just sit back and watch the story pan out.