Review ~ Collide by Ashley Stambaugh

Review ~ Collide by Ashley StambaughCollide
by Ashley Stambaugh
Published by Astraea Press
Release date : March 9th 2014
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, New Adult, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 256
Source: The Author | Format: eBook
Purchase at: Amazon (Affiliate Link) The Book Depository

Melina Rowe never thought her quiet, simple life could change to one full of fear and confusion just by accidentally bumping into someone. But after she collides with an elderly man named Walter, she starts to hear people’s thoughts and have unsettling visions. 

Walter reveals himself as a guiding angel and explains to Melina that she’s a rare type of human who can absorb angel powers. But her special ability is more of a problem for her than a gift. 

The powers are too strong for humans and will eventually kill Melina unless she can successfully use them to help a select individual who’s in need of guidance. Her chances are slim, though, seeing that the handful of other humans this has happened to before didn't survive. 

Scared for her life, Melina desperately tries to help a young man named Lee, but his continual resistance and her struggle with the powers make it almost impossible. Her situation only grows worse when a trio of soul-snatching demons is sent by an unknown entity to take her soul and kill her. 

As a determined Walter sets out to discover who sent the demons and why, Melina must defend herself from their relentless attacks all while trying to use powers she doesn’t fully understand to help someone who doesn’t want to be helped. If she can’t figure out how to break through to Lee, the powers will ultimately destroy her. But if the powers don’t kill her first, the demons will. 

I received this book for free from The Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Collide is an interesting and unique take on Angels and Demons. This isn’t my favorite in the paranormal world, but I took a chance on it.

What I enjoyed the most was the different Angels. We have your Guardian Angels, but there are also angels of Guidance, death etc. Melina bumps into a Guiding Angel, an Angel that is given a charge and is supposed to help guide them through whatever troubles they may be experiencing. Since humans don’t tolerate the powers well, it’s a race to control them and to find their charge and help them, before they succumb.

Ashley did a great job with the world building, but I wasn’t a fan of the execution of it. We learn about 90% of it through conversation, as Melina is informed by HER Guide, Walter. It wasn’t technically “info dump” but it was close. Also, about 30% in, we get more scenes from Walter and a few of the Elders, which threw me off for a little bit. It was necessary to get the bigger picture, but it’s a  peeve when a new POV is introduced so late.

As far as the characters go, I really wish I would have had more back story on them. We learn a little bit as the story progresses, but I am a huge character driven person, and I feel like i need to CONNECT to them to understand their feelings, reasonings and such. And I didn’t have that. Melina is nice, helpful and strong, but that’s really all I can say about her. Lee too, wasn’t someone I connected with. We know he is going through a rough time, and Melina needs to figure out how to help him. But that’s really IT.

There was also a twist at the end that I didn’t see coming. Of course, the clues are there but I couldn’t put my finger down on who exactly was orchestrating everything.

Overall –

It was okay for me. I would have loved to connect more to the characters than I did, but the overall arc of the story was good. If you are looking for something unique, this is the book for you.

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