Publisher: Belle Books
Publishing Date: December 2013
Publisher Description: High school senior Gabe Delgado is trying to trade his bad-boy ways for clean living. He remembers nothing about the night a mysterious girl loved him and left him at a party, except . . . there was a kind of magic around her that had nothing to do with his hangover the next day. Now he finds that “magic” in a basket on his doorstep, cooing at him like a happy little bird.
Review: Although the cover art kind of gets to the heart of the matter, it is really lame-o. Baby in a basket on a doorstep….wow..zzzzzzzz. I usually don’t comment on the titles, but in this case the title is also pretty bad. This is a great read and needs some oomph to garner readers. I know I almost passed up reading this novel based on the cover and title but it was free and I was short on books. The author had a plethora of titles written within the novel more suitable. “Vanishing Gift”, “The Witching Game”, “Gabriel’s Angel”, just to name a few. I think the publishers originally came up with the “Blue Rose”, which would have been better if the babies name was Rose.
So Gabe is a high school douche bag whom likes to bang every post-pubescent girl that is half-way decent looking. He doesn’t remember banging some chick at a party who later drops their baby at his doorstep. Within the span of a few months Gabe goes from having the morals of a cannibalistic rat who wants to give up the baby to social services, to stalwart defender of magic baby. Yeah, I guess you could have an epiphany in life, but knowing high school douche bags whom are at the pinnacle of ego-centrism, I doubt it. Still it is just a story and a good one at that.
The author develops her characters with fore thought and consideration within the context of the story line. So the characters grow as the story line develops. There was a tad too much emphasis on the main characters, with just snippets of the evil woman, Samantha left to develop. Because of this, her character was not that believable as it felt compressed and a bit contrived. For example, we are given this quickie background as to why Samantha is currently in the position she is in. Killed her husband to get the wealth as he had a conscience yada yada. Villain’s should have a well developed back story that unfolds at appropriate moments. Samantha’s development felt two dimensional.
Despite my nitpicking, I had a hard time putting the novel down. There was excellent movement and the characters were well written within the story-line. The author kills off the “Baby Birdies” mother but she was never that integral to the story-line, other than as kind of a back story. We never get to know her and her death makes room for Abby who is Gabriel’s new love interest. It plays well for subsequent novels should they be developed. Samantha’s disappearance also plays well as a future threat to the Delgado family. Even if you don’t like the story, the writer is good enough to keep you reading. Get it and have fun.