Mini-Review: Outcast by Adrienne Kress


For our heroine, Riley Carver, a yearly event over the past six years  sees“angels” coming out of the sky to take away her townsfolk. When her boyfriend is taken she starts to hate the status quo, and the odd Church of Angels, which asks the town to accept the strange yearly taking.

As far as her relationship with the ‘angels ‘goes, it’s not worshipping she intends, as the blurb explains “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.

From the write-up, I knew this story would be humorous. Riley’s naked, living, breathing guy is called Gabe, and he’s an irreverent flirt – and a total mystery. Riley’s determined to uncover the reason her town’s been chosen for these yearly abductions, and her journey held my attention from start to finish. Her investigations aren’t put on hold while having to cope with the annoying zeal of the Church of Angels followers, a snarky cheerleader – who won’t let her catch a break – and several unexplained phenomena.

Outcast is set in the deep South and is filled with humid summer days, drawling accents and catty southern belles. There are gun-totting and swamp-dwelling folk, as well as many supernatural beings. It’s a quirky blend of comedy, romance, and spookiness. The characters are lovable, and the plot sucked me in from the start.


  1. This sounds like a fun and interesting book. Despite my aversion to angel stories, I still want to read Outcast! Great mini-review. 🙂

    1. True Blood didn’t spring to mind, although there is the Southern setting, sort of like Beautiful Creatures too, but then again I only watch two episodes before losing track. I have a terrible track record at following TV series – except those set in space 🙂

  2. It’s nice that people who like to read about angels can find something in a different vein that includes humor. Great review! 🙂

    1. Gosh, you’re the second person to mention True Blood, I’m going to have to check out one of those Sookie books. Is it mainly the setting that sounds like True Blood? Or is there something in the plot that sounds similar? Or based on the first two episodes I saw of True Blood is the similarity the mention of a nude hunk?! 🙂

  3. This sounds completely different to what I thought it would be! Though I’m not really sure what I was expecting when all I’ve done so far is stare at the cover. 😉 I’m really glad that you enjoyed it. Adding this to my wishlist right now. 🙂

  4. I’m glad the characters and plot worked well for you, Katja! I’ve seen this book a couple of times and seriously is intrigued by the synopsis. And that cover! O_O

    Lovely review, hon! <33

  5. wow, this one is new to me, but it sounds different and I love that it has humor as well. wonderful review Katja!

  6. What an interesting premise! I hadn’t heard of this before but now I really want to read it. I think I’m going to like Riley and Gabe, and I always love a deep south setting. Lovely review! 🙂

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