Friday, May 31, 2013

Outcast by Adrienne Kress

Outcast by Adrienne Kress
Published by Dviersion Books; June 4, 2013
eBook, 322 pages
Received from publisher through NetGalley --thanks!

After six years of “angels” coming out of the sky and taking people from her town, 16-year-old Riley Carver has just about had it living with the constant fear. When one decides to terrorize her in her own backyard, it’s the final straw. She takes her mother’s shotgun and shoots the thing. So it’s dead. Or … not? In place of the creature she shot, is a guy. A really hot guy. A really hot alive and breathing guy. Oh, and he’s totally naked.

Not sure what to do, she drags his unconscious body to the tool shed and ties him up. After all, he’s an angel and they have tricks. When he regains consciousness she’s all set to interrogate him about why the angels come to her town, and how to get back her best friend (and almost boyfriend) Chris, who was taken the year before. But it turns out the naked guy in her shed is just as confused about everything as she is.

He thinks it’s 1956.

Set in the deep south, OUTCAST is a story of love, trust, and coming of age. It’s also a story about the supernatural, a girl with a strange sense of humor who’s got wicked aim, a greaser from the 50’s, and an army of misfits coming together for one purpose: To kick some serious angel ass.

- Description from

After reading Outcast, I would be perfectly content with reading more novels about angels...given that they are as good as this one. I'm so grateful I was able to read this because it was amazing. The plot to the characters - everything was great. 

I'd always been wary of reading about angels because if they're not beautiful and perfect, they're evil and manipulating. But with Outcast, angels are much different. Kress actually takes research and spins a book based off of real stories. Which isn't something I've been seeing lately. The angels in Outcast are complex and it's a joy finding out more about them with Riley. There are also a couple of plot twists here which make for an addictive read. This whole book took me one day to read - and I never put it down unless I had to. 

To be honest, much of that was due to Gabe and Riley's incredible chemistry. They immediately hit it off and it was absolute torture to wait for them to get together. Ashamed as I am to say that (because I should not be focusing on romance), I loved Gabe and Riley! Seriously so much that I nearly cried at the end. 

The other characters were amazing too. I loved Lacy and Wild Frank who caused many laugh out loud moments for me! They both made this book memorable. Now, Pastor Warren - he is a creepy creepy dude. I nearly peed my pants reading about him. There's something sketchy about him right off the bat and the uneasiness he gave me while reading was amazingly terrifying. 

Completely unputdownable! Highly reccommend it!


  1. This sounds promising! I haven't read many angel books - let alone good ones - so I'm quite excited to get started on Outcast. The part about Kress putting her own spin on angels pulls me in a lot, and overflowing chemistry? Who can say no to that? ;) Lovely review, Annie! You've made me more excited for this, for sure.

  2. Hi Meg! I haven't read many angel books either but I'm super glad that this was my first. Makes the other books in the category seem much more exciting, you know? Often, I find that angels are so stereotyped and so I'm glad that this one wasn't. It was like a breath of fresh air! Can't wait to see what you think about it! :)