I received a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
“You have terminal cancer.”
London Patterson, a seemingly healthy young woman, had her entire life ahead of her. That was until four little words brought everything to a screeching halt. As the shock and grief begin to fade, London decides to map out her last year and embark on an epic journey to complete a bucket list. She wants to do the things she’s been afraid to do in her life, step out of her self-contained box, and see the world. What she didn’t expect was for a mysterious stranger named Adam to breeze into her life like a breath of fresh air.
Adam offers to help London complete her list on one condition…that she sees it through to the end. Agreeing on those terms, the two set out on an adventure of a lifetime. But London soon realizes that Adam isn’t quite…human. Along their journey odd occurrences happen that cause London to question who or what Adam is and why he’s helping her.
Follow London as she checks off her bucket list in this inspiring new Urban Fantasy novel from Taylor Dawn.
A bucket list that an angel helps you fill? What a great idea! I completely love the concept behind this novel. London has been given a death sentence due to liver cancer, and when Adam shows up, he’s a Godsend—literally! With unlimited resources and patient in abundance, he takes London on a worldwide quest to fulfill all of her dreams in the year she has left.
I enjoyed how the author chose to structure the chapters by month. It creates a ticking bomb effect. The reader is forced, like London, to countdown the year she has left. I did, however, wonder what and where she was spending her time between adventures. Is she with Adam? She must be since her symptoms are only held at bay by his presence, but a few sentences about their “in-between” life would have been nice.
Though I found the storyline intriguing, I had a hard time really getting ahold on London’s character. She’s young, only twenty-three, and her humor is sarcastic even childish at times. She claims to be an introvert, “blending into the shadows and hoping that people didn’t notice” her, but she took off her pants in a restaurant? She also doesn’t spend time questioning events as much as most people would. She readily goes with this stranger, Adam, without so much as asking any questions. She refuses to believe in angels in the beginning yet quickly just accepts any and all information by the end. Once she is convinced that angels exists, she then refuses to believe in an afterlife. It seems implausible as well that she doesn’t question Adam more when he exhibits otherworldly traits like miraculous healing and immense fight sequences with Caine, a fallen angel. There also seemed to be some inconsistencies in the plot, small things, which bothered me, but going into those would give away some plot twists that do enhance the novels.
This is a quick read and is full of adventure. The author hints at historical events in which the angels were involved. I’d love to see that idea explored.