Monday, June 10, 2013

Review + Giveaway: Vigilant - Angel Lawson

Author: Angel Lawson 
Title: Vigilant
Published: April 23 2013
Buy: Amazon
Source: Author
Ari Grant spends her days helping the troubled youth of Glory City, and her nights trying to feel something other than the cold numbness that has settled in her bones. For years, she satisfies this urge with trips to the tattoo parlor or late night clubbing, but everything changes when she becomes a victim of an armed robbery.
She manages to escape notice from the gunman, a former client, but only because she’s saved by Glory City’s own Vigilante. A hooded man who has impeccable timing when it comes to those in need.
It seems Ari isn’t the only one trying to save lost souls or looking for a life outside their job. She’s caught the attention of Nick Sanders, a handsome attorney at juvenile court. Solid and steady, he seems the perfect fit, but Ari has developed an obsession with Davis, the mysterious and sexy director of a local fight club that rehabilitates delinquent boys.

Each of these men fight for the less fortunate, but not everyone has altruistic motives. When Ari’s female clients begin to disappear, she can’t figure out who to trust. Soon enough it becomes obvious that while Ari watches over the kids of Glory City, someone else has taken to watching over her.
    My Thoughts

I stumbled across Vigilant on Christina's (A Reader of Fictions) Cover Snark feature. I knew I'd pick this book up sooner or later because of it's super gorgeous cover! That was until I read the synopsis. A Vigilante?! Holy Smoking Batman, I wanted it ASAP.
He was like Batman or Superman or The Green Arrow, but not the made-up fantasies of men who never grew up and who sketched their heroes into comic books. He was real, and he’d just saved Ari from four armed gunmen. He was the Glory City Vigilante.

Ari Grant was a refreshing character-Caring, reckless, flawed yet strong. She clearly cared about the youth that she worked with because she went to great lengths to make sure that they stayed out of trouble. And even when the kids did get into trouble she tried to helped them out despite the repeated threats to her life.
Her relationship with her roommate, Oliver was written quite well. They had each other's back and supported each even if it was for something completely crazy!
“I’m about to do something reckless and possibly stupid. Do you want to come with me?” 
Oliver furrowed his eyebrows for a moment. “Scale of one to ten, ten being the highest, how reckless and stupid? 

After a moment of consideration he smiled. “I’m in. Let me get my coat.”
 Ari makes a couple of decisions that were less than sensible but she does rectify these mistakes sooner or later. Her determination to make sure that these troubled kids stayed safe at all costs was something that I really admired. It was not an easy job so I could understand to a certain extent why she'd make those less-than-sensible choices.
Davis was one of those guys-Mysterious, hot, caring and completely irresistible. I loved the fact that both Ari and Davis were able to connect and understand each other because they both fought to help the troubled youth although they both did use different ways to do it.
And then there was Nick whom I disliked from the beginning. Where as Davis was mysterious, Nick was the 'steady' guy who worked as a attorney at juvenile court. This is where he meets Ari.
Vigilant is the first book that I've read that follows the super hero story line. The story line was strengthened by a set of characters who were well formed. Watching the Ari fight against all the crappy stuff that life threw at her, grow and make the right choice was wonderful. Vigilant was well-paced, I loved the fact that Angel Lawson incorporated Parkour in the story.
There were a few things that deterred me from giving Vigilant 4 stars-If there's anything I love as much as gummy bears it's a well choreographed action scene that gets your heart racing. I felt that the action scenes in Vigilant could have been a little better.
We were introduced to Davis's past, I would also have loved to see a little more of Ari's.
Overall, it was an entertaining book that left me wanting more. Can't wait to see more of Ari and Davis soon!
My Rating
Meet the Author

Angel Lawson lives with her family in Atlanta and has a lifelong obsession with creating fiction from reality, either with paint or words. On a typical day you can find her writing, reading, plotting her escape from the zombie apocalypse and trying to get the glitter out from under her nails.

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  1. Sounds like a cool read. TBR for sure

  2. This looks like a very good concept. I love the vigilante angle. I look forward to reading this. Thanks!

  3. Sounds interesting. Thank you for sharing :)

  4. Wow, how can I resist this book now? Your review is great, the second quote is hilarious, and the characters sound pretty good. Plus... that cover! *grabby hands*

  5. The cover makes me wonder about how the main characters will be

  6. Looks like an interesting book :)

  7. Sounds like a good read, but more so when it states that a "mysterious, and sexy director of a local fight club" that caught my eye. Sucks me in everytime.

  8. The her being watched part. She must be overwhelmed after catching so many attention from men but I am just curious about the part where she's being watched and how she deals with it :3


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