Release Date: May 1, 2004
Received From: Bookstore
Series: Green Angel #1
Left on her own when her family dies in a terrible disaster, fifteen-year-old Green is haunted by loss and by the past. Struggling to survive physically and emotionally in a place where nothing seems to grow and ashes are everywhere, Green retreats into the ruined realm of her garden. But in destroying her feelings, she also begins to destroy herself, erasing the girl she’d once been as she inks darkness into her skin. It is only through a series of mysterious encounters that Green can relearn the lessons of love and begin to heal enough to tell her story.
This review was originally posted a couple of years ago, but I thought I would repost it along with my Green Witch review.
Green Angel may be only 116 pages but it is filled to the brim with story. Green has a very close relationship with her family. Her mother collects Blue Jay feathers, her father can whistle any tune, flawlessly, and her little sister is made from moonlight. They are all so interlinked that it may be impossible for Green to get over their lose.
This is my first experience with Hoffman, and it was exactly what I was expecting. Magical. It has a fairy tale feel, but almost better. It’s…more. It’s not your everyday fairy tale. Green Angel is magical realism at it’s best. I urge you to take an hour and read it! You won’t be disappointed.
Release Date: 2010
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Green Angel #2
Received From: Bought
From bestselling author Alice Hoffman, a resonant tale of overcoming grief and tragedy, as only she could tell it.
In this powerful, lovely sequel to GREEN ANGEL, Green must learn the stories of a number of “witches” and free her true soul mate from a prison as she grapples with life, love, and loss in a post-disaster world.
It’s been a couple of years since I read the first book, Green Angel, but I was excited to fall back into this magical and frightening world that Alice Hoffman has created. I can promise you that you have never read anything like these books. They’re fairy tales set in a subtle dystopian world. It’s quite remarkable.
Green Witch was just as enchanting as the first book, maybe more. It takes place a year after Green Angel and Green’s grief isn’t as consuming. It’s filled with magic and wonder. I really just can’t help but fall in love with Hoffman’s writing. It’s so beautiful.
Really you guys, you should definitely give these books a chance. They are only about 100 pages each. So, they’re a quick and lovely reads.