When Katrina finds a stranger sleeping in the alley outside of the coffeehouse one morning, she is scared. But she also feels badly for the man. Katrina quietly leaves a cup of coffee and some chocolate-covered coffee beans next to him and hurriedly runs back into the coffee shop. Little did Katrina know that this one moment would change her life. The fact that the mystery man was an angel who wants to repay her by fulfilling her deepest desire would make one think that Katrina's life would become a whirlwind of perfection. That's what one would think. But Katrina doesn't know what she wants.
You can't just throw out random wishes just because they're what everyone else would wish for. And there's bound to be problems if the wish doesn't go as planned. Or is somehow intercepted by someone else. Can life really ever go back to being what it used to be? Can you make life not change? And if you could, what new experiences and people would you never know? And if you are always living life wanting something else, are you really living? It's a light, heavenly read.
Feb 07, Valerie rated it really liked it Recommended to Valerie by: Read this because I knew it was relatively safe. It won't blow your mind, it won't make you see the world in a different way, and it won't make you cry at least I don't think so. However, I liked it immensely. It was funny, I liked Katrina not a lot of angst , and I loved the secondary characters.
They are very realistic for a book like this. The book does have its depth. The plot was interesting and you get some nice moments. Katrina and her Grandmother own a coffeehouse that is being crushe Read this because I knew it was relatively safe. Katrina and her Grandmother own a coffeehouse that is being crushed by competition.
One day she does a good deed to a homeless guy outside their coffeehouse. Turns out the guy is an angel or messenger and wants to give her what she desires most in payment for her good deed. Thinking this guy is weird Katrina doesn't tell him what she most desires is to know what she is good at, so instead lies about what she most desires.
One thing leads to another and things go into disarray. Katrina as a character I could like because she is so lost. She isn't a geek, a jock, an outcast, or a social butterfly. She's just a normal girl. I thought Katrina's relationship with Vincent, her oldest friend, was not unrealistic but…unlikely.
Sure it could happen that a jock still hangs out with his friend from childhood but friends sometimes part way around adolescents, especially if they are of the opposite sex. Malcolm, the messenger, brings a lot of humor to the book with his strange ways and I always looked forward to when he showed up. Katrina's other friend I like a lot because she is so honest.
The rest of the characters are lovable too, from the Grandmother to the Boys. The ending was surprisingly satisfying for me. But I won't say more about that.
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In any case, I will be looking out for more from Selfors. View all 4 comments. En definitiva, esta es una historia entretenida para pasar el rato y con sus grandes escenas. Oct 15, Kristy rated it liked it. Books that you don't hate, but don't love are the hardest to review! There is no passion. I can't bash this one, I can't give it over the top praise; All I can do is shrug my shoulders and say "eh".
Katrina finds a boy sleeping near the dumpsters behind her Grandmother's Coffee shop, she is somewhat scared, but she allows her heart to do the thinking. She gives him some coffee and food. What started as an act of kindness turns out to be a wish granting spree from a Hot Angel. Only Katrina do Books that you don't hate, but don't love are the hardest to review! Only Katrina doesn't buy into it. With her first desire, she just lets the Angel Malcolm assume she wants fortune. She doesn't eat the magic bean he supplies, instead her guy friend Vincent takes it unknowingly.
He saves a man's life. He life sprials into scholarships and coffee drinks named after him followed by the most popular girl in school trying to date him. When Malcolm comes back he knows our girl didn't use the bean, so he insits on giving her another one Only this time her CAT eats at. That's right folks, her cat. The kitty kills the worlds largest rat and hence becomes famous.
Katrina decides to use the Ratcatcher as a means to save her Grandmother's cofee shop. I do like that we have a story of good winning out over evil. I had fun reading this.
It was super fast and easy to read. There was a decent storyline I would reccommend this one for a gloomy, rainy day. It might brighten your mood! Any story including the worlds largest rat is probably not going to be my bag!! Everytime he saw it I had to repeatedly tell him it wasn't I still think he thinks it's me on a book!! Dec 26, Aldana marked it as d-n-f. Ahora tengo abandonado un libro que me sonaba interesante. Porque no manejan su lengua materna. How many of us need to be reminded that living has nothing to do with trying to be as good as someone else, or trying to fit into some category, or filling in the blanks on some stupid checklist.
That it has nothing to do with punishing yourself for past mistakes. Coffeehouse Angel is about Katrina—in the midst of not knowing what she's good at, struggling for their coffee business to bloom because of its neighbor competition, worrying about overdue bills, and misunderstanding with his g Live. Coffeehouse Angel is about Katrina—in the midst of not knowing what she's good at, struggling for their coffee business to bloom because of its neighbor competition, worrying about overdue bills, and misunderstanding with his guy bestfriend—crosses paths with Malcolm, a messenger angel who she's done a good deed for and now wants to reward her for it.
Only, she doesn't know what she mosts desire. None of it was what she wanted, but she's about to find out for real. The real problem of this book was the main character. To me, no matter how engaging the plot is, how beautiful the writing and narration is, how the story is packed with underlying themes and metaphorical lessons or how great secondary characters are, the book would still suck if the MC is annoying.
Katrina is working at her grandma Anna's coffeehouse, and their neighbor, Java Heaven, is bursting with more customers than they do, even though they were the first one who established a coffee business than it. Java Heaven's owner's daughter, Heidi, is spending more time with Vincent, Katrina's guy best friend, and she's so jealous because Vincent helps Java Heaven to earn more than Anna's, and she feels like he has to choose between her and Heidi.
Katrina in the entire book was immature, selfish, overreacting, and takes too much pity on herself that it became tedious to read about. The guidance counselor wants her to participate actively in extracurricular for college and know what she's really interested in, but she can't figure it out. Over and over she kept saying that there isn't anything she's good at, and I just didn't empathize anymore.
He wants Vincent to choose between her or her Heidi, which is something you should never do to a guy best friend.
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Granted, Vincent was a kind of a jerk, too, but Katrina is exaggerating things. Her character development didn't become spot on to me because I've been far too annoyed. The secondary characters are far better than her. I love how her grandma didn't like Mr. Darling yet wouldn't stoop down to a level where she will do anything to destroy his business. I love how Elizabeth, Katrina's girl best friend, was honest, direct and open to her, even telling her what she does wrong. Don't tolerate wrong attitude! But what I really liked the most was Malcolm.
He was the only one that seemed more human than the others, and he's an angel. He had such depth and honesty to his emotions that his character became likable. I found myself wanting more because of him. There was a plot twist in this story, and everything was predictable , but not in an irritating way, just in an okay, I know keep going way. The romance felt insta-love , because Katrina was eventually attracted to him, and after a few chapters she finds she's falling for him.
The ending was great, I loved the Solstice, and everything that happened. It was a happy ending. I think one part that could've gone better was view spoiler [if Mr. Darling remained in Nordby. Maybe he could lose Java Heaven, but he would still have a redeeming moment. He was mean but he's still worth the spotlight. It's one of those that you somehow want to read, but is in the bottom of your pile. I know you get me, readers.
Feb 16, Tina rated it really liked it Shelves: Original post at One More Page Katrina lived most of her life in her grandmother's coffee shop, helping her maintain the place with another friend Irmgaard, who has been helping them out without a word because of her vow of silence.
Business for their coffee shop was dying because of the next door coffee shop Java Heaven, which is more modern than theirs, and naturally attracts more customers. Katrina generally keeps to herself, happy with her two best friends Vincent and Elizabeth, but deep insi Original post at One More Page Katrina lived most of her life in her grandmother's coffee shop, helping her maintain the place with another friend Irmgaard, who has been helping them out without a word because of her vow of silence.
Katrina generally keeps to herself, happy with her two best friends Vincent and Elizabeth, but deep inside, she's sad because she doesn't know what she's good at, unlike them. One day, Katrina chances upon a homeless guy sleeping in the alley, and despite her fears about him, she leaves him some food to tide his hunger over. Little did she know that this little act will change her life. In this time of teen girls falling in love with boys who have supernatural roots, it's easy to get jaded over the entire concept already.
That's because everything pretty much has the same storyline: It gets tiring, really, and one can only use so many creatures to fall in love with. Coffeehouse Angel was a fresh twist on that storyline. In a way, it may not even be the same storyline because the romance part wasn't the sole focus of this novel, but mainly Katrina, and finding out what she is passionate about. Malcolm, the angel, was more of a catalyst than a main character or a love interest, for that matter. I had fun reading this because all the characters were well developed, from the old men who hang out at Katrina's coffee shop to Ratcatcher the cat.
The conflict felt real, and I felt especially sympathetic to Katrina when she started to lose Vincent when he started dating someone. The story wasn't shallow either -- a lot of things were revealed as the story progressed, and I would never have guessed why Irmgaard was quiet all the time, or why Heidi, Katrina's "rival" was doing what she was doing. Important lessons were imparted in the book as well, such as being the better person by not blackmailing your enemy, living life, finding your passion and forgiveness.
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The only thing that didn't really sit well on me was, surprisingly, the love angle. I didn't really feel that much chemistry between Katrina and Malcolm, except that she was annoyed at him first, but as they got to know each other, he just had this "warm" aura that everybody loves. It was clear that they liked each other, but it was kind of hard for me to really believe it.
I probably would have believed it more if Katrina fell for Vincent or something like that.
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Nevertheless, the ending was quite good, too, and it didn't mean losing one's mortality, or going totally crazy over each other that they lose their identity. It's a good story, one of substance, and one that I would definitely recommend over the other YA supernatural romance novels out there. I end this review with this quote from the book.: Was I really going to the Solstice Festival with an angel? How do you wrap your head around something like that?
There are so many stories about girls dating vampires and fairy kings but those are dark stories, dangerous where the simple act of falling puts the girl's life at risk. Malcolm didn't seem one bit dangerous. Angels are supposed to be pure and sinless, so it would be a pure and sinless date.
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I didn't have a problem with that. It was kind of a relief that I wouldn't have to fend off blood-sucking or an enchantment on our first date. Could this be pointing to what I think it's pointing? View all 5 comments. Oct 10, Amy rated it liked it. Katrina has spent her entire life in Nordby, a cute and cozy Norwegian-founded town located in the Pacific Northwest. Business at the coffeehouse isn't so hot because the only customers they really have are the old folks in town who prefer Anna's coffee and Norwegian snacks while the rest of the town frequents trendy, always-bustling Java Heaven.
When the story b Katrina has spent her entire life in Nordby, a cute and cozy Norwegian-founded town located in the Pacific Northwest. When the story begins, Katrina is getting ready to open shop one morning when she discovers a homeless guy sleeping in the alley behind the coffeehouse. She's a little bit scared and calls her best guy friend Vincent to come over and keep watch. Before Vincent shows up, Katrina decides to slip a bag of pastries, some chocolate-covered coffee beans, and a steaming cup of coffee just outside the door to the alleyway.
The guy might seem a little scary, but he almost might be hungry.
From there we get a very sweet and sometimes funny story about wishes, dreams, and, ultimately, forgiveness. It turns out that the homeless guy might not exactly be homeless after all.
He just might be an angelic messenger who, because of her kind deed, must now give Katrina whatever she desires most. If only Katrina knew what her deepest desire is! She's not really good at anything. She's not a fantastic, medal-winning swimmer like her best guy friend, Vincent. And she's not a talented, outspoken artist like her best girl friend, Elizabeth. Does she desire money to keep the coffeehouse afloat? Or does she desire fame so that she's noticed for actually being good at something? I read this book in one sitting really!
This was a really nice change of pace from the very dark, angsty teen fiction I often read. I loved the setting, which was almost a character itself, and the entire time I read the book I swear I could smell coffee brewing! Katrina is a very likable character. She's loyal and hard-working and kind, but she does screw up and make mistakes. There is obviously a little bit of supernatural stuff going on in this book, but that's not really what the book is about.
If you need something light and sweet to read, I highly recommend reading Coffeehouse Angel. Visit Suzanne Selfors' website to learn more about the town for which Nordby is based. Want another sweet read? Try one of these! Oct 08, Alex rated it it was amazing.
Coffeehouse Angel did not disappoint. It's every bit as cute and just as easy to relate to as I thought. For a light novel, it also provides quite bit of insight and sensible passages. For example, "Our main focus as teenagers, according to just about everyone, is to jam-pack our lives with activities so that we can get into an Ivy League college and therefore succeed in life. Because that's the way it works. In other words, poverty, alcoholism, obesity, and depression.
It's enough stress to make your hair fall out. The main character, Katrina, is someone all girls probably feel like at one point, or relate to in at least some small way. She's the average nice girl-next-door. She doesn't have any special 'thing' like her two best friends, and no matter how hard she tries, she doesn't seem to excel in anything. Katrina can be a little meek and annoying, but I think her overall goodness makes her a wonderful character. I was actually surprised that the focus wasn't always on the guardian angel and wishes plot.
Sure, there is that, and Katrina is given wishes who go to others by mistake like fortune and fame. But the novel's more about growing up and discovering who you are on your own, not by some magic. I didn't feel as if I was ever really able to understand Malcolm, the guardian angel, nor some of the secondary characters, as much as I wished. Katrina is well formed, but some of the other characters remained a bit of a mystery.
The novel's relatively short, however, so it makes sense that not everything could be perfect. While Coffeehouse Angel doesn't have an oustanding and original plot- and angel coming and giving someone whatever she desires actually, pretty sure I read a series of books as a child with that exact theme -it's the details that make it wonderful. That the novel takes place in a little town called Nordby, a Scandinavian town in the middle of the US. That Katrina's an orphan, the fact that she works at her grandmother's coffeehouse. That she really is just friends with a boy. All the little details add up and make Coffeehouse Angel a delightful novel to read.
A wonderfully amazing pick-me book. Coffeehouse Angel is filled with kindness and heart, perfect for a quick read. If you love cute contemporary books like this, definitely pick this one up. Even if you don't generally like these types of books, Cofeehouse Angel may change your mind. With a combination of contemporary romance and a pinch of paranormal, Coffehouse Angel managed to surprise me.
This light-hearted, heavy on the caffeine novel tells a tale of rewarding a good deed gone wrong. It was a comedy of heavenly errors crafted in such a way that made everything happened for a reason and explicable. When she inadvertently rescues a messenger of the heavenly kind, angel Malcolm was set on rewarding her for her good deeds. Life spirals down fast as she struggles to keep everything together but with a stalkerish angel hot on her heels and the betrayal of a best friend on her mind, giving up and giving in looks mighty good from where she sits in the mundane middle.
Interestingly enough, I was looking for something to clean my palate after another novel left an awful taste in my mouth. This book just did the trick. Not every read has to take you to extreme highs or lows. Sometimes, you just have to enjoy the moment. Frankly, it was painfully obvious to everyone but Katrina. But I still enjoyed reading the light bulb go off in her head. Jul 23, Lisa rated it it was amazing. Another one of these colorful covers; crazy blue. But I don't like it very much, the coffee cup idea is cute, but its not that interesting: My Favorite; was either Malcolm or Vincent.
Their both great guys!
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Vincent is Katrina's best friend, while Malcolm is the angel she found laying in the back alley of the coffee shop one morning. Sadly Malcolm isn't in the story as much as I'd hoped he'd be, but we do see more of Vincent and the way he keeps his promise t My Cover Opinion: Sadly Malcolm isn't in the story as much as I'd hoped he'd be, but we do see more of Vincent and the way he keeps his promise to Katrina to never drink Java Heaven coffee. My Least Favorite; has to be Katrina's other best friend, Elizabeth. She has this huge crush on a guy throughout the story, never really making a move.
But when she does, she just ends up feeling bad about herself and giving up. Keep your head up girl! He didn't deserve you anyways!: D My Storyline Opinion: The story overall was awesome, Katrina did something good for someone giving Malcolm old pastries and a cup of coffee, when she found him , and that Malcolm was angel trying to reward her for this. I really enjoyed Katrina's friendship with Vincent enjoys swimming, and striving for a swimming scholarship. They've been friends ever since, but Katrina swears that she doesn't have more feelings for him.
When Vincent begins to hangout with the daughter of the rival coffee house owner, she does feels a ting of jealousy. Possibly she has secret feelings for him, or she feels left out and misses her friend. But sadly Katrina always just blames it on him making it a promise to her, that he would never set foot next door, in Java Heaven. Very action filled;I loved the ending. First your sad, because Malcolm has to leave since he accomplished his job giving Katrina a reward for doing a good deed.
But then he comes back to the girl he truly loves, and gets to become human to stay with her. But there is no neat resolution, and the twists and turns will keep readers engaged. The story brings the real message home: When year-old Katrina leaves coffee and pastries for the homeless guy sleeping behind her grandmother's coffeehouse, she has no idea he's actually an angel named Malcolm, who will change her life by giving her coffee beans that will bring her what she most desires.
Katrina is skeptical, even after her best friend, Vincent, drinks coffee from the first bean and gains fortune, and the second bean is eaten by the coffeehouse cat, Ratcatcher, who becomes famous for killing a huge wharf rat. Instead, she is too busy worrying about aggressive attempts by neighboring coffee shop Java Heaven to drive them out of business. When Vincent starts dating Heidi, daughter of the owner of Java Heaven, the friends have a falling out. Bits of Scandinavian culture lace Selfors's Saving Juliet smalltown America setting, and she ties up the loose ends nicely.
Though this airy story is slow to start, the conclusion will satisfy. Gr 8 Up-In quaint, Scandinavian Nordby, WA, orphaned high school sophomore Katrina Svensen lives above her grandmother's struggling old-world coffeehouse. College applications are due, and she's desperate to discover a true talent, like best friends Vincent, a trophy-laden swimmer, and Elizabeth, an artist, have.
Opening the coffeehouse one morning, Katrina discovers a young man prostrate in its alley. Assuming he's homeless or on a bender, she leaves him day-old pastries and fresh coffee, then locks herself inside and calls Vincent. The next time Katrina sees the handsome vagrant, Malcolm, he's declaring in school assembly that he must reward Katrina's unselfish deed with her greatest desire.
Malcolm's a messenger angel, but his several attempts to grant the girl's heart's desire go awry. Naming this desire proves difficult for her as she wonders whether she should choose to keep the rival coffeehouse's owner away from her grandmother's business and his daughter away from Vincent, find her passion, or perhaps keep the handsome Malcolm around. Readers may relate, but may also lose patience with Katrina's constant self-criticism. Sometimes this more-tell-than-show book fluctuates between frothiness and weighty drama.
The adults portrayed are often pliable, unrealistic, homophobic, or otherwise inappropriate. But a G-rated supernatural romance with interesting twists at its neatly tied up conclusion will appeal to readers looking for light chick-lit. Thank you for using the catalog. Sixteen-year-old Katrina's kindness to a man she finds sleeping behind her grandmother's coffeehouse leads to a strange reward as Malcolm, who is actually a teenage guardian angel, insists on rewarding her by granting her deepest wish.
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