Friday, January 27, 2012

YA Friday: Anime and ARCHON, by Sabrina Benulis

Today, we're looking at a new YA urban fantasy with angels and demons and a surprising influence: Japanese anime. I'm talking about Archon, the debut novel by Sabrina Benulis, and first in a new trilogy. Read on for a chance to win a copy!


"My novel Archon...is a story of visuals, of strange and alien settings and nonstop action," Benulis says in her essay Anime and Archon. "In a nod to some of anime's intricate plots and darker stories, it is a slow burn that deliberately toys with notions of gender, identity, and Western myths. Even more so, Archon's characters fit right into the anime stereotype of tragic pasts, psychological trauma, and awesome outfits."


There's something about anime that draws people to it, says Benulis, who's loved the art form since her own days in high school. Her favorite is the sub-genre of gothic anime. "I always enjoyed how some of the best Japanese anime I watched took what could have been a run-of-the-mill fantasy story but didn't shy from giving it a dark and edgy twist."


ABOUT THE BOOKAngela Mathers is plagued by visions of angels, supernatural creatures who haunt her thoughts by day and seduce her dreams by night. Newly released from a mental institution where she was locked away for two years, she hopes that her time at the Vatican’s university, the West Wood Academy, will give her a chance at a normal life. Unlike ordinary humans, Angela is a blood head — a freak, a monster, the possible fulfillment of a terrifying prophecy of overwhelming death and destruction. Only in Luz, the Vatican’s wondrous enclave, are blood heads accepted and encouraged to discover what kind of powers or special abilities they might possess. But within West Wood, a secret coven plots, and demons and angels roam the streets searching for the key to open Raziel’s book — a secret tome from a lost archangel. Some are determined to destroy Raziel, while others, like the beautiful Supernal Israfel, one of the highest of the high, wish to free him. And when the Archon — the human chosen to possess the spirit of a dead angel — rises as foretold, they will control the supernatural universe.  Torn between mortal love and angelic obsession, Angela holds the key to Heaven and Hell — and both will stop at nothing to possess her.


I have to say that, personally, I'm not an anime fan. And I'm not an "un-fan." It's just been totally off my radar. How about you? Are you a fan of anime...or just want to read a story about angels and demons? Either way, you know the drill to win the book! One entry for comment, one for blog follow, one for Twitter follow @Suzanne_Johnson, and one Tweet or Retweet. Spread your wings!



21 comments:

  1. I actually saw this book back on Dark Faerie Tales blog and it caught my eye. I had forgot about it...I did want to read this. I've never read anime before but yes I'd like to read about angels and demons. Please count me in. Thanks.
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  2. I'm a huge fan of anime. Although, I haven't watched as much in recent years. I'm curious to read this book if it has that influence. Must add to the TBR pile. Thanks for highlighting this one.

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  3. I love anime, although I'm a bigger fan of manga :D This book sounds awesome, and that cover is gorgeous. Must add to goodreads now.

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  4. I'm just starting to get into anime. I've watched Vampire Knight and loved it! I also love reading about Angels and Demons, so this sounds like something I would love :)
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  5. I love stories about angels and demons but I don't like anime. I just don't understand it. But I'd love to read this book. By the way, the cover is very beautiful.
    Thanks for great contest!
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  6. I'm a huge anime (and manga) fan. I can sort of see the influence already in the premise alone, especially since gothic anime was mentioned Thanks for posting about this one!

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  7. I like anime...but prefer manga. Maybe because I prefer to read than to wacht t.v. This book look so good, and the cover is soooooooooooo pretty!!!!

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  8. I got a copy of this in for review! It's next on my TBR stack, it sure does sound interesting :)

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  9. i love some anime but i'm not a fan really

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  10. I have to say that I'm not a huge fan of anime. I don't dislike it, I just don't really get into it. I do love angels and demons though!!

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  11. I really enjoy anime,I think this would be an interesting read.

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  12. havnt tried it


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  13. I love anime, I watched a lot for a long time but I confess it's not the same thing for now. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  14. There are some manga books and some anime I enjoy. This reminds me to rewatch My neighbor Totoro One of these days.
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  15. Ohh, I used to love anime! I watched of them when I was a kid, but know I just read Vampire knights! Sounds a great book!

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  16. Long time anime and manga fangirl here and I'm very interested in reading the book. It's added on my TBR list.

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  17. I've never read anime before, but I'm intrigued

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  18. I'm a big anime fan. This book sounds right up my alley. Adding it to my TBR.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  19. I'm not an anime fan but I like stories of angels n demons

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  20. I am a fan of anime and manga. Started years ago and I still enjoy them :)

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  21. I've always loved anime and still do. :)

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