Release Date: July 4th 2011
Publisher: Egmont Books
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I've started to have dreams while I'm awake. I remember music I've never heard ... I've got all this extra stuff in my head, but I'm forgetting things from my own life. I feel like I'm being taken over.
Cassie Farrier has always suffered from terrifying nightmares. On a trip to Germany she recognises scenes from her dreams and finds evidence of a sixty year-old massacre. Fearing for her sanity, her family sends Cassie to a retreat where she meets others with symptoms like her own and finds out that she has lived a number of past lives.
However, the Doctor at the retreat is not what she seems. Cassie and the boy she comes to love must escape the Doctor’s influence but can they also escape the misery of their shared past?
Cassieopia Farrier's nights have been plagued by the same recurring nightmare for her entire life. She relives a terrifying journey during the Holocaust through the eyes of a young girl named Zillah - right before she's murdered. On a school trip to Germany for her history class, Cassie becomes unsettled as she recognises certain things she's only ever seen in her dreams. Before returning home she makes an anonymous tip to the German police in hopes that maybe by bringing some peace to Zillah, her nightmares may disappear. The police make a grisly discovery but the nightmares persist and Cassie and her parents find no other solution than to send her to a Manor alongside a group of other kids, some as young as 10, each of whom are reincarnated souls and suffering their own nightmares.
Each patient has a story to tell, past lives that has managed to squirm their way into their present life. They're each receiving treatment from the Doctor who runs the Manor. She's specialised in working with reincarnated souls and insists that these treatments will help them to gain better control and to release the guilt they're holding on from previous lives.
But since coming to Mount Hermon, Cassie's dreams are becoming more frequent and disturbing. The Doctor says it's all part of the process - they have to get worse before they get better, right? But Cassie's not so sure. For each of the patients, it's almost as if they grew even more unsteady after coming to the Manor. Nightmares persist more frequently and the fears, feelings and traits of the lives they once lived are beginning to manifest within each of them - some more than others.
The past and present soon become blurred and Cassie's begins to lose grip on who she is and who she was. Intrusive, foreign thoughts slash through her mind coupled with powerful unexplained feelings toward people she hardly knows. Her past personalities are growing more and more in control of her present personality - can she stay true to the person she is now or will her soul be overtaken by the horrors of the past?
I really love the past life element. The idea of reincarnation really fascinates me, so to see it explored in a YA book? Brilliant! But scary too, having to relive those lives, the things they've done and witnessed, even their own deaths. There was one in particular where the patients past life is based on an actual person taken from a real-life sickening event in US history. That was incredible. That particular character managed to enduce a few shudder-worthy reactions from me, but at the same time.. sympathy. Because they've been twisted to morph into the evils of their past when in this life, they could have been so much more.
Throughout the novel there's a sinister undertone creeping it's way to the surface and while you have your suspicions about certain characters, you're not exactly sure what their deal is just yet. They hint at something unwholly. What we're left with is an astonishing novel that tugs at your every emotion. We see explored the horrific acts humans are capable of when under the right influence and yet their power to both forgive and seek redemption.
A light, sweet romance between Cassie and Seth simmered throughout the novel and to be honest, I really enjoyed it. While I love my hot, heavy and lustworthy romances, the progression of this fit comfortably with the main storyline and developed at a realistic pace. There's a few shocking hurdles thrown in that greatly complicate things between the pair, I think Bryony developed their connection wonderfully.
Angel's Fury is an stunning debut novel. Bryony had me on the edge of my seat and left me shuddering at the chilling acts of the past and feeling touched by the power of humanity rising against evil. I highly recommend you add this to your wishlists and grab yourself a copy in July!