Author: Chalie Teh
Publish Date: 01.26.13
Publisher: Chalie Teh
Category: YA Paranormal, Romance, Fantasy, Contemporary, Family, Action
Recommended for: 12+ young adults
Grammar/editing: book received as an unedited ARC / errors excused
Received from: Chalie Teh (in exchange for an honest review)
Goodreads: Don’t Just Speak Love
Date completed: 10.27.13
Description from the publisher:
Eighteen-year-old Averie’s life is turned upside-down when she’s instructed by her long-missing mother to enroll in an international college despite her being a local.
Soon after, Averie discovers she is a nephilim—part human part angel—and her young life drastically changes from awfully droning to incomprehensibly hectic as she juggles college work, bullying, demanding training sessions with a surprising fit seventy-year-old, family issues, and the one thing she’s most skeptical of: love.
When adults in her life don't fulfill their rightful responsibilities, she’s forced to take those neglected responsibilities into her own hands and set everyone’s life back on the right track.
With the aid of a special Japanese classmate Sasuke, and a fiercely determined and righteous attitude, will Averie be strong enough to overcome the challenges in her difficult adolescence?
I stared at him in shock; this was getting completely out of hand. At this rate, he would really be failing Ms. Psychotic’s class.
Slinging his backpack over his shoulder, he said to me, “Let’s go?”
There was a collective gasp of shock in the lab. Following his lead, I packed up as well, and before long, the two of us were out of the lab, leaving the rest of the class gawking in disbelief.
When we were out of view, Sasuke turned to me. “Let’s chill at my room until the next class. What do you think?”
For a moment, I wondered what room he was talking about, but I quickly realised it could only be his hostel. With no other idea in mind, I agreed. Sasuke led the way, and I found myself outside a boys’ toilet soon after.
“Wait here,” he said before disappearing into the toilet.
Maybe he needed the washroom badly?
Seconds later, Sasuke emerged from the toilet and indicated for me to come in. “No one’s inside. Come on.”
“What? Are you serious? This is the gents!” I told him, as though he didn’t know already.
“I need to zap us there. We can’t just walk into the hostel during school hours. There’s a guard on duty,” he explained.
“Oh. Okay…” With little choice, I stepped into the gents with Sasuke.
“Ready?” he asked, holding out his open hand.
I took it and closed my eyes. “Ready.”
The same old discomfort washed over me.
“We’re here,” he said, and I felt him letting go.
I opened my eyes to a small, neat room with two beds, two desks, two chairs, two wardrobes—all mirroring each other—and some shelves against the wall between the desks. Only one side of the room seemed to be occupied, so I asked, “You don’t have a roommate?”
Set in Singapore, this story is about several special students attending the Black Gold International College (this would be Junior High and High School to American students). Averie Teh and Takahashi Sasuke are new students who will complete the last six weeks at their new school. On the first day, they find that they are also nephilims, children with mortal mothers and archangels as their father. After school, they train with Sir Albion Savant, a 70-year old nephilim. They will need to train to help protect the world from Lucifer’s plans to conquer the world.
This is a well-thought out story with action that keeps moving forward. I truly felt as though I had traveled to Singapore, England, Japan, and Canada in this story. The scenes were well-described, but not belabored. My only criticism for this book is that it does need some editing for American children to understand and some grammar corrections, but only if the author intends to market in the US.
I enjoyed this story. This is Ms. Teh’s first novel and I hope she will continue writing. She has a fresh voice for the young adult genre. We need to maintain our open ears to listen for her.
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Chalie Teh lives in Singapore—a sunny island in Southeast Asia, which occupies only a little red dot on the world map. She is twenty-one this year and mum to a perfect Shih Tzu dog called Blythe.
Originally posted 10.27.2013 on my previous website
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