No Angel by Helen Keeble
Published by: HarperTeen
Publication date: October 8th 2013
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Rafael Angelos just got handed the greatest gift any teenage boy could ever dream of. Upon arriving at his new boarding school for senior year, he discovered that he is the ONLY male student. But what should have been a godsend isn’t exactly heaven on Earth.
Raffi’s about to learn that St. Mary’s is actually a hub for demons-and that he was summoned to the school by someone expecting him to save the day. Raffi knows he’s no angel-but it’s pretty hard to deny that there’s some higher plan at work when he wakes up one morning to discover a glowing circle around his head.
Helen Keeble’s debut novel, Fang Girl, has been praised for its pitch-perfect teen voice, and VOYA called it “refreshing and reminiscent of Louise Rennison’s Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series.” No Angel brings you angels and demons like you’ve never seen them-complete with the wry humor of Vladimir Tod, sinfully irreverent romance, and some hilariously demonic teenage dilemmas.
Helen Keeble is not, and never has been, a vampire. She has however been a teenager. She grew up partly in America and partly in England, which has left her with an unidentifiable accent and a fondness for peanut butter crackers washed down with a nice cup of tea. She now lives in West Sussex, England, with her husband, daughter, two cats, and a variable number of fish. To the best of her knowledge, none of the fish are undead.
Her first novel, a YA vampire comedy called FANG GIRL, is out 11th Sept 2012, from HarperTeen.
She also has another YA paranormal comedy novel (provisionally titled NO ANGEL) scheduled for Sept 2013.
Title: No Angel
Author: Helen Keeble
Release date: October 8th, 2013
I haven’t really read very much paranormal YA books recently, but this one was such a treat for me. While it wasn’t without its flaws, I did find it to be an enjoyable and seriously funny novel.
This was my first Helen Keeble book, and I was very excited to dive into it after reading the summary and some reviews of her first story, Fang Girl. Apparently many readers loved her brand of humor, and I wanted to experience it for myself, as well.
No Angel is told from the point of view of its main character and reluctant hero, Rafeal “Raffi” Angelos. Rafael is attending St Mary’s school for Girls and Boys, but funny enough, there are no other boys, just Raffi. He is the first boy to be accepted into the newly co-ed school, all the other male applicants failed to meet the headmistress’s requirements.
One guy in a school with all girls? Score, right? Well, not exactly. Even though Raf thinks there’s nothing better than having all these skirt-wearing females flocking around him like an all you can eat open buffet, it can be a bit overwhelming for the guy.
Just when he thinks he’s found “The One,” he finds out that she’s the daughter of the headmistress, which makes her totally off limits, even though she is Raf’s dream come true. But besides that, Faith–The girl, is also being shunned by the other girls in school and Raf doesn’t want to be a part of that drama, even if he can’t help but be drawn to her.
That’s not all, folks! The headmistress has decided that the whackiest girl I’m school will be Raffi’s personal tour guide until he becomes accustomed to life on campus. That girl being Krystal Moon–the one who had summoned Raffi to help the school get rid of the evil lurking in its hallways.
Raffi believes none of it, however. Until he does the unthinkable–a miracle– and wakes up the next morning to see what? A freaking halo surrounding his head like a huge spotlight. I thought it was seriously funny the lengths he went to in order to go unnoticed.
And lastly, we’re also introduced to Michaela, the exotic Italian chick that Raffi just about falls out of his seat every time he sees her. Not to mention the cleavage shots she manages to flash the guy with. I actually laughed quite a bit at these moments because Raffi is such a teenage boy in these scenes.
While I did like a lot of things in this book, there were a few things that I didn’t. The mythology on angels and demons were a little bit off. But I felt that while they weren’t explained the best, I was able to overlook it due to fact that it was such a cute and fluffy story that wasn’t bogged down with unnecessary angst and overdone love triangles that drive me mad.
In the end, I would recommend this book to those who want a cute, funny and light book to sink their teeth into. The writing was great, the dialogue was witty and at times laugh out loud good, and Raffi was hilarious and adorable. He’s not overly confident or arrogant, he was just as normal a teenage boy as he could be… And a bit of a goof.