Cathrina Constantine

An Angel. A Witch. A Demon. And A Choice.

Creatures from outer realms suck, as any gatekeeper worth their salt will tell you. Welcome to Rogan’s life, an orphaned seventeen-year-old who lives and trains with other misfits under her uncle’s roof, keeping Earth safe from non-human realm jumpers. Rogan’s biggest issue concerns her uncle’s short leash with her freedom—that is of course, until she’s taken by a notorious witch, and her life begins to unravel. Soon, the supernatural beauty discovers there’s a reason her uncle kept such a tight lock on her whereabouts, and that she has more than angel blood running through her veins.

Eighteen-year-old Max is an angel, and Rogan’s mentor and guardian. He’s well aware of her tenacious inability to obey orders, though he also knows she’s a fierce fighter. When he’s involved in a scheme that ultimately gets Rogan kidnapped, he must battle his way back to her in an attempt to save her from the darkness threatening to possess her.

Author Bio

Cathrina Constantine is the Best Selling author of Don’t Forget To Breathe. Her book won Readers’ Favorite International Book Award for 2015. New Apple Medalist for 2016. Literary Classics Gold Award. Literary Classics Seal of Approval. Her Paranormal Fantasy, Wickedly They Come has been awarded the 5 Star Seal from Reader’s Favorite. Tallas from her dystopian series received Literary Classics Silver Award and Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

Cathrina resides in Western New York. I am blessed with a loving family and forever friends. My world revolves around them.

I grew up in the small village of Lancaster, NY, where I married my sweetheart. I’m devoted to raising 5 cherished children, and now my grandchildren.

I love to immerse myself in great books of every kind of genre, which helps me to write purely for entertainment, and hopefully to inspire readers. When not stationed at my computer you can find me in the woods taking long walks with my dog.

  • Critic Score:77/100

    Our Review Ranking:

    A Good Read

 

Our Review

Cover:

While the cover is from a dramatic portion of the book, it could be a stabbed man in any detective novel, and does not relate to the title very much.

Book Blurb:

Very good blurb.  It tells an excerpt of the story that pulls a reader in, but does not give away the ending.

Formatting :

Formatting was fine.  I liked the wings graphics at the start of each chapter.  And the single feather when changing time, place or character withing the story.

Grammar & Spelling:

Spelling was excellent.  There were some grammar issues, generally of the type that fits our spoken language, or they could have been typo errors.  pg 28  ... "a head shorter than him..."  Correct grammar is "a head shorter than he...".  pg 29,"...feverish beating heart ... " Should be either, " feverish, beating heart..."  with a comma,  or "feverishly beating heart...".  The other common error was using dangling modifiers in the form of participial phrases.  Pg. 47. Squinting into the slashing drafts, the rural scenery smeared by.  A participial phraze acts as an adjective.  In this sentenceSquinting into the slashing drafts  modifies "the rural scenery" , sn scenery cannot squint.  Another, which paints a hilarios picture for me is:  pg 218. " Max's knees knocked to the padded mat, grasping his head in his hands."  I pictured his knees grasping his head, and somehow having hands.  The phraze describes the nearest noun in the sentence.

Character Development:

Characters were fairly well portrayed and became more mature sexually and responsibly.  It was a little mushy, but it would please a young audience.  The heroine Rogan, did not turn into an angel in behavior... which would have been against her nature.  But she did realize that there are reasons for rules.  I enjoyed the characters in this story.  And I enjoyed the insertion of present day happenings, such as, when they compare thing to Harry Potter.

Plot & Structure:

Plot and structure was well developed.  It followed a logical line of action.  The action was feasable, and exciting.  There was a gap about pages 100 to 200, where I lost track of what was happening.  But by the end, I discovered that the author had deliberately written it this way, because no one in the story knew what was happening.  Each thought the other had caused the transport to another place.

Pacing:

Pacing , for the most part was kept lively, with timely quiet moments and lots of excitement.

Use of Language:

For the most part, language is excellent, and does not lower standards for youth.  However, the author uses obtuse and obscur meanings of words in several places, which is frustrating.  "Smoke derived from the armadillo..."  "He was exerting a cutlass sword, ..." and "Succeeding Max's clarification, Castle nodded ..."   Succeeding does mean following, but in the common use, "Succeeding the president, the VP takes over."

Originality:

The basic plot line was fairly traditional in Young Adult Fantasy.  However, the details were full of creative bits.  Such as the mention of thing relating to Harry Potter.  The details of a young girl's thoughts as she matures.  The idea of young guardians at the gates to different worlds/lands.  The ideas of gates is not new.  The young guardians is.

Overall Readability:

The overall readability is good.  It is exciting and interesting.  It has thoughts of teenagers that the 12 to 21 year olds could relate to.  The characters are interesting.  I would recommend this book .

A Note From the Critic:

Wings of Flesh and Bone is an interesting fantasy with enough creative nuances and exciting action to keep the reader entertained.  It has witches and angels, and just about any other mythical creature.  Not entirely as one always pictures them.  Plenty of excitement, fear, mystery and just plain fun. I recommend it.

Comments

This would have been much better with good editing.  However, it had good points, good highlights, and some interesting story.

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