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Title: Aquila: From The Darkness
Author: T. L. Searle
Published on: January 1st 2014
Part of a series?: Aquila #1
The only other person Aqua has let into her life is Aaron, her best friend. They've grown up together, shared every milestone and Aqua's feelings for him have developed into something more. In a moment of impulse, Aqua revels her true nature. Aaron freaks, hurting Aqua so badly that she flees into the night.
Lucas has been watching and waiting. As an Angeli Tail it is his job to be a spy; and he's been ordered to watch Aqua. Lost and vulnerable above the clouds, Aqua is reaching exhaustion. When Lucas offers her the answers she seeks, she follows him impulsively.
In a city, carved into the rock of a mountain, Aqua discovers she's not as alone as she thought; and her life has been rooted on a bed of lies and deception. In her absence, her home is attacked and her mother taken. With this new enemy intent on her capture and new family who aren't all welcoming, Aqua must integrate and train with the Angeli Guard if she has any hope of rescuing her mother from the hands of the Dragone.
The Angeli Guard Master is unforgiving and ruthless, allowing Aqua little rest from his relentless and painful training exercises. Aqua can barely stand to look at him, but can't seem to exterminate the butterflies she feels when he's around.
War is coming but Aqua's battles may need to be fought closer to home.
While this story clicked well with other readers on Goodreads, I had quite a hard time reading it. The main problem was Aqua. I simply did not like her at all. Her decisions, thoughts, and actions seemed childlish to me, and I could not understand nor accept her decision to overthrow the Script, which is a set of rules that the Angeli follow. Who does she thinks she is? No, seriously! These people have been living there for all their lives and she, someone who has just started living there for a few months, plans to rid their beliefs? Her notions and theories on why she hates the Script are plausible but not in-depth. Aqua could be praised of her headstrong nature, but I say she's a tad too impulsive. Her feelings change like the weather without much explanation, and not in a good way.
I'd like to address the romance. Yes, there's a love triangle in this story -there's a little eye-rolling in there, just a bit, but not because every other book out there has a love triangle. Similar to the plot, the love triangle in this story is confusing, muddled, and not very enjoyable for that matter. There's Aqua, there's Aaron, and of course, the hot, alluring male. Sexy-hot-male hates Aqua with a passion the second he laid eyes on her because it was discovered that Aqua...is not as alike to the Angeli as they thought. He treats her like dog poop, and Aqua is caused much discomfort by this. Turns out he was just pretending, because after a few fights he confesses his love for Aqua and BAM. Everything goes back to normal, and just like that, they're having secret kissing sessions when they're supposed to be training. (Oops. Forgot to tell you sexy god's name - it's Liam.)
(and I'm so sorry if you're already confused)
The ending was a huge improvement. The story was kind of going on a monotone for me - a few interesting events would happen which levelled out the exasperation I felt for Aqua. I was waiting for something to happen but the plot twist came so abruptly I was not prepared. Now I'm simply curious as to what happens to Aqua in the next book, but for the most part, this was my reaction to the story -