This week is about ALL the men, angels, and undead. That means I have to set my obsession for Reed aside and be fair.
I’d also like to say thank you for all the shares on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest!! It’s awesome that so many people spread their love for this series!! Especially with Iniquity coming out soon (I hope).
OK — HERE WE GO!
I gave myself a birthday gift recently – a post with some of my favorite swoon worthy fictional characters.
I will start by saying that I am Team Reed.
Are there only two teams?
Our angel, Russell; half human, half Seraph Angel. Southern gentleman, football star, loyal friend, and loves his momma and sisters.
We first meet Russell at an event for school. Evie and Russell hit it off and he nicknames her, Red. She feels like she knows him, but can’t place where or how.
Fast forward – and THIS is your first hint that Russell and Evie do, indeed, know each other.
Clenching his teeth, Reed looks at Russell again, but longer this time as his eyebrows come down slowly in a frown. “Am I interrupting your reunion?”
Hmmm. What’s up with that!!??
I’ll tell you what’s up, Mr. Perfect Power Angel – turns out your girl has a soul mate! His name is Russell and she dreams about Russell, not YOU. In the near future she will be willing to die for him. And almost does trying to save him, and in doing so changes him into a Seraph Angel – one level above YOU!
So what does it all mean??
1: Russell is sticking around now. And because Reed loves Evie, he moves Russell into his home for protection.
2: Someday Russell may, and probably will, surpass Reed in strength & speed.
3: Dammit! It’s worth mentioning again…. He’s got Evie’s soul.
And if there is a Team Russell card carrying member out there – that person has a HUGE HEART and is probably on Team Simon, Team Jacob, Team Jem, and Team _______ <—- insert name of underdog who will never measure up to Reed, Jace, Edward, or Will. No, I didn’t include Gale. I’m on Team Gale…
To a Team Russell reader I say, I’m sorry. This is the part where I slap you in face with my Reed Reality Check:
It’s never going to happen. Soul mate or not.
Look at this face….
That said – let’s discuss a few parts of this series that depending what Team you are on – your heart broke, you wanted to strangle Evie, you hated Reed, you fell in love all over again with Russell, you cursed Amy for bringing these angels into your life because NOW – you suffer from Book Hangover.
Book Hangover definition: Inability to start a new book because you’re still living in the last book’s world
Book #2 Grocery store. The plan; Russell, stay in the car and be the lookout. Evie is going shopping.
Russell …”Another growl escapes me……My hand twitches on the handle of the door. I am across the parkin’ lot and pacin’ in front of the store window in a matter of moments. I’m not even sure how I got here, but I’m here, watching the round man eyein’ my girl…… Red sees me….. she scans the parkin’ lot lookin’ for any potential threat that would cause me to deviate from the plan….. The manager does the unthinkable and puts his hand on Red’s arm….. Fantasy after fantasy of ways to main and kill him bounce through my head.”
In the two previous posts I’ve talked about all the angels’ wings communicating, the primal growls, and lightning fast speed. In that scene you see that Russell’s angel characteristics are developing fast.
If you are Team Reed – the “my girl” pissed you off.
If you are Team Russell – You are swooning over his animal-like, involuntary, protective-angel response to a man touching Red.
Book #2 Brennus’ Cave. The Plan; If we get separated, Russell, you run as far and fast as you can.
Evie — …. “I hear a deep, low growl and a voice that I thought I’d never hear again in my life. Tears of anguish spring to my eyes because he should have run!…. The image of Russell walking across the hall is nothing short of breathtaking…… He is so much more than human now. He is a dangerous and lethal assassin. He is Seraph.”
That’s so damn hot… but THIS is hotter;
“His huge frame is almost dwarfed by his bright, crimson wings as they stretch out like wide, arching symbols of vengeance.”
HELL YEA! It’s going down!
Let’s get a visual on that!!!!
Now that I’m all warm and fuzzy inside…. Poor Russell. His soul mate is now branded by Reed. And as if all this undying love inside for her is not enough, all his memories come back of their past lives together over the last few thousand years.
Let’s talk about crap thrown in Russell’s face! ie – The island!
Hey, I get it. She is Reed’s Aspire. They are reunited. The whole family is together again! Everyone is happy, aside from Russell. Russell, who was on the beach when Reed & Evie go inside their cabin/cabana – destroying it like rock stars.
I felt so sorry for Russell that I almost had trouble enjoying Reed The Rock star in action.
Ok, so I lied to you. I felt a twinge of pity for Russell. That was before clothes are being ripped off and furniture is breaking.
Russell Pity Party is FINALLY over! Enter Anya
Ho, Ho, Ho. What’s this Miss Everyone Loves Me Evie? Your soul mate has HIS OWN Aspire? Complete with butterflies. Or as Russell calls them, crickets.
How about that library!!?? Russell so hot and clumsy. Wings spread, knocking crap over. SO Russell.
Things I love about Russell:
His southern charm.
He sets aside his immense pain and jealousy, and is there for both Evie AND Reed at every turn.
Gotta give him props for the sparing on the beach that turned into Russell getting his ass handed to him by Reed. But, he tried.
After all he’s been through, he feels guilt over Anya. Not wanting to accept her story that Russell picked her over Evie. Awww.
He doesn’t let his Seraph status go to his head.
His loyalty and love for his friends is unconditional
(because I will hear about it in the comments– no, I’m not forgetting the watch switch. Not cool, Russell. Not cool.)
What do you love about Russell? What are you favorite Russell moments?
UP NEXT — Zephyr (Zee) Check back tomorrow!!