Airel by Aaron Patterson and Chris White
Author(s): Aaron Patterson
Publisher: Stone House Ink
All Airel ever wanted to be was normal, to disappear into the crowd. But bloodlines can produce surprises, like sudden mysterious illness. Then there’s Michael Alexander, the new guy in school, who is impossibly gorgeous…and captivated by her. Somewhere in the back of her mind she can hear the sound of pages turning, and another, older story being written. It is the story of an ancient family, of great warriors, of the Sword of Light, and the struggle against an evil so terrible, so far-reaching, that it threatens everything she hopes for even now. Airel knew change would be inevitable as life went on. But can she hold on when murder and darkness begin to close in and take away everything she loves? Will she have what it takes when the truth is finally revealed?
Airel is your average teenage girl, attending high school and hanging out with her BFF Kim. Airel is absolutely smitten with the new boy at school. After a run in with the cutie at the local coffee shop, she can't get him off her mind. Why would gorgeous Michael want anything to do with her, she is not even popular? But when Michael starts showing interest, she starts to believe she has a chance. Unfortunately Airel starts becoming ill at odd times, nightmares are plaguing her sleep, and now she is feeling 'She' in the back of her mind.
In Airel you get two stories that eventually come together. One is current day Idaho with Airel herself, and the other is 1250 BC with Kreios. Kreios is on the run trying to protect his newborn daughter from the Brotherhood. After losing his wife, his daughter's protection is his top priority.
In the beginning of the story both POVs were a little slow to start but soon took off. I found myself enjoying each one's story, wondering how they would merge together. There was a lot of detail in Kreios’ story at times and I found some was a bit much. But all in all it was a good book with lots of drama, romance, suspense and epic battles too. Towards the end, I was on the edge of my seat, so to speak, flipping through the book eager to find the answers Airel is seeking. A good read for any reader…young-adult or adult, male or female.