Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Book Review: Coffeehouse Angel by Suzanne Selfors

Title: Coffeehouse Angel
Author: Suzanne Selfors
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Publisher: Walker & Company
Publication Date: July 21st 2009
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Summary from Goodreads;
When Katrina spots a homeless guy sleeping in the alley behind her grandmother’s coffee shop, she decides to leave him a cup of coffee, a bag of chocolate-covered coffee beans, and some pastries to tide him over. Little does she know that this random act of kindness is about to turn her life upside down.  Because this adorable vagrant, Malcolm, is really a guardian angel on a break between missions. And he won’t leave until he can reward Katrina’s selflessness by fulfilling her deepest desire. Now if only she could decide what that might be . . .
***** 5 stars, recommend to everyone.
The cover is so adorable. It's a wee bit cheesy, yes I know but I feel as if it doesn't capture the true story and deepness of the novel.
Katrina is such a strong character. She's selfless and would definitely fit in with the abnegation section in Veronica's Divergent series. She was such a down to earth girl that I could picture her as a real person not just a character. In fact, most of Selfor's characters are ones I could see as real people. Malcolm was such a hilarious character. Due to him being an angel, he hasn't had much experience with anything that's well, normal. Even sugar cubes are fascinating to him and reading about his actions were amusing to read. I love how Malcolm was inspired by different traditions and mythology not just made into the typical angel nowadays. Vincent was a sweet and caring person to Katrina but then he sort of got caught up in the fortune that came to him. Fortunately, the ending changed it all and you could see the change in all the characters.
I thought this book was such a nice, quick and adorable read. The pacing is great, not too fast yet not too slow. There's enough action and drama to keep you focused on the story but not enough to bore you to tears. I really liked how the focus wasn't on the romance but more on the background stories.
The romance was a wee bit hard for me to follow. Don't get me wrong, it was great but I just couldn't bear to choose between the two male characters. No, it wasn't a love triangle. It was more of a friend-guy you just met in an alley- friend thing. Katrina and her best friend had to work out their friendship over all the things happening at that time. The romance was completely cute and swoon worthy though. I was shocked at the ending but almost squealed because of the level of cuteness. Again, that might probably be just me as I love endings like the one in this book.
I recommend this to anyone looking for a light, fluffy read with romance but that also deals with deeper and more subjects.
First Sentence:
"The first time I saw him, he was laying in the alley behind my grandmother's coffeehouse."
"The receptionist asked a janitor where all the fish had gone. Other than a stream of bubbles rising in a tube, nothing was inside the aquarium.
Had Malcolm set the free? Of course he had." - Page 179
Here's how the paperback edition looks. Simple yet really cute.

1 comment:

  1. I loved Coffeehouse Angel! Thanks for the review, and glad you enjoyed it.