Monday, September 23, 2013

Blog Tour: No Angel by Helen Keeble - Review, Guest Post, and Tour G!veaway

Happy Monday everyone!! I am super psyched to kicking off the No Angel Blog Tour!! I have for you my review, a guest post, and the tour giveaway! For the full tour schedule click on the banner above to be taken to the tour page. You won't want to miss a post on this tour. It's sure to be loads of fun!!

  • Publisher: HarperTeen
  • Publication date: 10/8/2013
  • Source: ARC provided by the publisher for review
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Rafael Angelos just got handed the greatest gift any teenage boy could ever dream of. Upon arriving at his new boarding school for senior year, he discovered that he is the ONLY male student. But what should have been a godsend isn't exactly heaven on Earth.

Raffi's about to learn that St. Mary's is actually a hub for demons-and that he was summoned to the school by someone expecting him to save the day. Raffi knows he's no angel-but it's pretty hard to deny that there's some higher plan at work when he wakes up one morning to discover a glowing circle around his head.

Helen Keeble's debut novel, Fang Girl, has been praised for its pitch-perfect teen voice, and VOYA called it "refreshing and reminiscent of Louise Rennison's Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series." No Angel brings you angels and demons like you've never seen them-complete with the wry humor of Vladimir Tod, sinfully irreverent romance, and some hilariously demonic teenage dilemmas.

My Thoughts

This book was very entertaining and silly. I loved the humor and fantastic take on angels. It's amazing how Helen Keeble can make a parody type book poking fun at certain paranormal beings, but still have a great story to go along with it. It's not all about the humor, but this book is definitely a comedy. It stays true to the angels vs demons thing and I loved how the story unfolded. Some things were predictable, others weren't, and the cast of characters was awesome!

Raffi is the only boy at St. Mary's and you would think that would be awesome right? The only guy surrounded by girls. Well, not so much. The poor kid is put on the spot pretty much right from the start, doesn't even know he's an angel, and how it comes about is hilariously funny. From discovering his halo, to sprouting wings and other things, he doesn't know what to think. He is arrogant, funny, and his personality is anything but angel like. Still, he is also insecure in ways, and really a sweet guy when it comes down to it. I loved getting to know him. Especially through the awkward moments.

The cast of other characters is also great. The main ones are Krystal, Faith, and Michaela. They play a huge part in the story, and with Raffi. Michaela was one who I didn't like, but came to really enjoy. She was pretty much enemy number one for Raffi, Krystal, and Faith. The teachers and the headmaster are also quite a bunch. And no one is quite who they seem to be. There are many, many crazy fun interactions between all of them and I found myself grinning that stupid grin more often than not.

So, I don't want to go too much into it, but this was one fun adventure for sure. (Could I use the word fun more? Lol!) The story was crazy, but engaging. I wanted to know how everything would end. I wanted to know who was on the side of good or evil, and if they would all make it out alive. This was a page turner full of laughs, excitement, action and just good old make you feel good stuff. Helen Keeble does an incredible job at mixing laughs, great characters, and a great story. I will read anything that she writes! If you are looking for a book that will have you smiling, this is a good one to pick up.

*An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation. 

Guest Post

Top 5 Parody Movies

(Or, Helen’s List of 2 Movies That Are Definitely Parodies, 1 Probably-More-Accurately-Classed-As-Satire, 1 Technically-Just-A-Comedy, and 1 That Will Make You Yell “WHAAAAAT?!”)

1. Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Dennis the Peasant: Listen. Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.
Arthur: Be quiet!
Dennis: You can't expect to wield supreme power just 'cause some watery tart threw a sword at you!”

I don’t really have to say anything about this, do I? References to this film are so rife in our pop culture, I encountered a Holy Hand Grenade in a computer game (Moraff’s Revenge, for all you really old school gamers out there) years before I had any idea where it came from. Anyway, if you haven’t already seen it, watch it immediately:

Fun fact: My husband’s name is Tim. I never grow tired of introducing him as “You can call him… Tim,” in my best portentous voice. About 50% of people will get the reference. My husband himself is not one of these people, and he is still utterly mystified why people find his name so funny.

2. The Ator films

And now, the one I promised would make people go “WHAAAAAT?!” at this list.

I will defend this series to the death as one of the finest parodies of the 80s pulp fantasy genre. The alternative viewpoint – that multiple crews of film-makers created movies this bad accidentally – is simply too terrifying too contemplate.

In the first film, Ator: The Flying Eagle (Spoiler: There are no eagles, flying, or martial arts that might evoke either eagles or flying in this movie), the rippling and one-has-to-suspect-completely-stoned barbarian warrior Conan Ator must fulfill his destiny and rescue his true love from the evil Spider King, who wears a very natty tarantula toupee. Okay, so far, so generic (possibly apart from the spider wig). Except that Conan Ator’s epic romance with the lovely barbarian princess Sunya begins with this truly magnificent scene:

Ator: I love you.
Sunya: And I love you.
Ator: Why can’t we marry.
Sunya (giving Ator distinct side-eye): Ator, we are brother and sister.
Ator (with cheery unconcern): I’ll talk to our father.”
I…. I don’t think that will help, Ator.

(Spoiler: It does actually help.)

Later on in the first film, Ator battles zombies, his own shadows, and, due to constraints, all ten of the Spider King’s Horde of Evil. In the final thrilling scene, due to what I can only presume to be severe budgetary constraints, he battles half a giant spider. Seriously, you have to see this film.

… though not as much as you have to see the sequel, in which Conan Ator the Barbarian constructs an impromptu hang-glider in order to drop atomic bombs on the Fortress of Evil. No, really. This is why I maintain that these films have to be parodies.

There are two more sequels, which I am very sad to say I have not seen. I am particularly eager to watch Ator III, which apparently is so dreadful epic that the makers of Ator IV decided to entirely ignore its existence.

3. Monty Python’s Life of Brian

“He’s not the Messiah, he’s a very naughty boy!”

And thankfully, back to a film that I don’t need a wall of text to describe, because you’ve all seen it already.

(and are thus all screaming at me that it’s a satire, not a parody. Look, I’ve already put Ator-the-freaking-Flying-Eagle on this list, at which point it should have becoming embarrassingly apparent that I don’t watch many movies. Think of it as an opportunity to educate me in what I should have put on this list in the comments)

Even more than the actual movie, however, I love this Not The Nine O’Clock News sketch satirizing the controversy around the film:

(so, that’s a satire of a satire in a Top Five list about parodies. I never claimed to be able to stay on topic)

4. A Knight’s Tale

Jocelyn: Sir Ulrick. What are you wearing to the ball tonight?
William: Er... nothing..
Jocelyn: Well, we shall cause a sensation, for I'll dress to match.

This is the one that the IMDB informs me is technically classed as an action-comedy, but to me its utterly odd mash-up of cod-medieval setting with modern-day sports movie plot makes it feel more of a parody than anything else. In any event, it has Paul Bettany’s naked backside in it , and that’s good enough for me.

(It is with great sorrow that I report I cannot find a YouTube clip of the scene featuring Paul Bettany’s arse, and so you will have to be content with peasants singing We Will Rock You:

Fun fact: Thanks to this film, for a very long time I was convinced that Lichtenstein was not a real place.

5. Galaxy Quest

Alexander: You're just going to have to figure out what it wants. What is its motivation?
Jason: It's a rock monster, it doesn't have motivation!
Alexander: See, that's your problem, Jason. You were never serious about the craft.

A group of actors from a long-cancelled science-fiction TV show called Galaxy Quest get abducted by aliens who have modeled their entire culture on it, under the impression that it is “historical documents” rather than fiction.

Galaxy Quest features a ship with twin warp nacelles, a gung-ho lothario Captain and his long-suffering emotionless alien officer, and is of course in no way whatsoever based on a popular real-life TV show.

The fact that I went to Star Trek conventions as a teenager, owned a lovingly-painted collection of Enterprise models, and once won a Halloween costume competition with my home-made Spock outfit, may go some way to explaining my deep and abiding love for this movie.

(Yes, there are pictures of me in this costume. No, you cannot see them. Let us just say that I am very grateful Facebook did not exist when I was a youth)

This guest post was so awesome!! Thank you so much Helen!! 


Helen Keeble is not, and never has been, a vampire. She has however been a teenager. She grew up partly in America and partly in England, which has left her with an unidentifiable accent and a fondness for peanut butter crackers washed down with a nice cup of tea. She now lives in West Sussex, England, with her husband, daughter, two cats, and a variable number of fish. To the best of her knowledge, none of the fish are undead.

Her first novel, a YA vampire comedy called FANG GIRL, is out 11th Sept 2012, from HarperTeen.

She also has another YA paranormal comedy novel (provisionally titled NO ANGEL) scheduled for Sept 2013.


A Signed copy of No Angel
A copy of Fang Girl
a Rafflecopter giveaway

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  1. Ooh, I am reading this one right now not that I've read many pages yet but it does seem like a fun read- something I need right now. I hope I enjoy it as much as you did!

    Lovely review, hon! <33

  2. Thanks for the giveaway! I have to check out this book.

  3. Yay I'm excited to read this one, too! It sounds fun and I'm curious about her take on angels, too! I haven't had the best of luck with angel books in the past but that's bc I picked the ones with clichés and crappy romances lol. Great review!

  4. I though Keeble's take on vampires was very fun, so I bet this is good too. I'm so glad you enjoyed it, Amy. Great review!

  5. Weird, my comment isn't showing up. But I read Fang Girl and loved it! Helen Keeble is HILARIOUS and obviously this guest post proves it!

  6. congrats to helen on the new release!!! Thanks for sharing!

  7. I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed this too, Amy. I read the author's first book and it was hilarious. Silly and fun sounds good to me, so I'll probably check this book out one day.
    Fab review! :)

  8. Thanks for sharing this nice info expect some more in near future.


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