The Watcher by Lisa Voisin
Millenia ago, he fell from heaven for her.Can he face her without falling again?Fascinated with ancient civilizations, seventeen-year-old Mia Crawford dreams of becoming an archaeologist. She also dreams of wings — soft and silent like snow — and somebody trying to steal them.When a horrible creature appears out of thin air and attacks her, she knows Michael Fontaine is involved, though he claims to know nothing about it. Secretive and aloof, Michael evokes feelings in Mia that she doesn’t understand. Images of another time and place haunt her. She recognizes them — but not from any textbook.In search of the truth, Mia discovers a past life of forbidden love, jealousy and revenge that tore an angel from Heaven and sent her to an early grave. Now that her soul has returned, does she have a chance at loving that angel again? Or will an age-old nemesis destroy them both?Ancient history is only the beginning.
The Watcher started off a bit slow and boring and I was sure that I wasn’t going to be very fond of it. However, after continuing to read, I became surprised and delighted at how the story progressed. There were some moments when I didn’t want to put the book down and I can now say, after completing it, that I really did enjoy this novel. I thought the story was very well done. Though it didn’t have me at the beginning, it made up for it in the end. Very interesting storyline with a creative premise.
The characters were all good. Mia is the main character and narrator of the story. She begins as a very innocent character and doesn’t seem all that interesting. But, as we learn more about her and her past, we see that she is, in fact, a very interesting character. Michael is Mia’s love interest. He is very mysterious at first and confusing at times, but he is a very likeable character. I couldn’t help but feel for him and his story. The romantic story reminded me a bit of the one from Daughter of Smoke & Bone. (You’ll see what I mean if you read both books.) Though, I did find the romance in The Watcher to be a bit more realistic and believable (as I didn’t care too much for Karou and Akiva’s relationship in Daughter of Smoke & Bone); I was definitely into Mia and Michael’s relationship.
The writing was good. This novel comes from a debut author, who also happens to be Canadian (!!) — awesome! I thought Voisin did a really good job with this story and I think she’s an author to watch out for. Just a bit of a side note, though: What’s with the bold letters replacing italics in novels lately? I’ve noticed this in a few recent novels lately…seems to be some sort of new trend. I, myself, prefer the italics; I find the bold distracting.
Anywho…overall, I enjoyed this novel. I was captivated (most of the time), the characters were loveable, and the story was well-done. I look forward to reading more from this author.