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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Book Review: Angel Star (ARC) by Jennifer Murgia

 
BLURB:

where I got my copy: Lands Atlantic Publishing
where to buy: Amazon, BN
release date: May 18, 2010

Seventeen-year-old Teagan McNeel falls for captivating Garreth Adams and soon discovers that her crush has an eight-point star etched into the palm of his right hand-the mark of an angel.
But where there is light, dark follows, and she and Garreth suddenly find themselves vulnerable to a dark angel's malicious plan that could threaten not only her life, but the lives of everyone she knows.
Divinely woven together, Angel Star takes readers on a reflective journey when one angel's sacrifice collides with another angel's vicious ambition in a way that is sure to have readers searching for their own willpower.

THOUGHTS:

My obsessions with vampires are over. Replaced by angels. I have read three YA books that were angel related. Only one of them actually piqued my curiosity but that one was vampire-angel crossbreed. It was not solid but it was better than the other two. My problem with the other two ranges from lack of info about its angels, excruciating and long snore inducing story line and a disappointing turn of events. I was crossing my fingers on this new one, I had high hopes for it. After months of waiting I finally got it, an advance copy, I put all the other books aside and started reading it. The prologue captures you right away... Welcome to Angel Star.

Teagan has been seeing things. Shadows, darkness so consuming that every time she see it the world disappears. There she was minding her own business, coping with the Bitch squad, being mousy, hanging out with her best friend, when Garreth and Hadrian came into her life. A myth older than all myths has been revealed to her. Angels are real. She can see them, she can feel them and two of them are interested in her. One because of love and one because he wants power. One is her Guardian Angel and the other one... let me just say that his identity will stun you. I remember my reaction when I read that part. Bewilderment and awe. After the secrets was relayed to her, Teagan found herself leading a battle that turned her world upside down. She was forced into this mission, one that she only got fresh knowledge of and some she still couldn't understand. No pressure. The fate of mankind only rest in her hands. Nothing to worry about. The ordinary girl she knew days ago was gone. A new Teagan has been born.

I like Teagan both when she was mousy and being pushed around by Brynn and I liked her more when she started gaining the confidence that she is indeed stronger. Both mentally and spiritually. She has a lot of faith in herself that was both impressive and comforting. She did not waste time whining or questioning why she was placed in that situation. She has a very open mind. That was so refreshing. Another thing I like about her is the love she have for Garreth. The faith and the belief that connects them was so cute and tender. I find myself smiling the first time she told him she love him. Garreth and Hadrian created a perfect supporting character for her. Both were described as handsome and strong. One is dark, dangerous and provocative while the other one was simply lovable and perfect.

Guardian Angels? What do I really know about them? Nothing much. I grew up taking catecism classes as part of the catholic school curriculum but I don't remember learning anything about angels or maybe I missed the lecture either way I think it is a shame that all I know about them is the basic, they are there to watch over us. What does that even mean? I could enumerate tons of hypothetical answers but I never thought about Jennifer Murgia's concept before. Her angels can make of break their human charge. I wouldn't want to spoil it so that is all I can say at the moment.

I know I don't have to say it since it pretty much written on my review. But I want to say it. I LOVE THE BOOK!!! There are sufficient background about the characters, angels and the octagram that made the story plausible. The emotions are heavy, romance and action wise. Suspense and mystery is a part of it too. There was one scene wherein I felt really sad (even this is not a bad thing) and I kind of question why?! Not because I think it was unnecessary or cruel but I kind of felt Teagan's pain. It was a brilliant move, it served its purpose well. As far as the covers. The haters can say all they want to say. I couldn't think of a better cover for this book. It is perfect. It is simple, meaningful and it targeted the content of the book.  Remember, do not judge the book by its cover.

Jennifer Murgia did a really good job on writing the first book of this series. It has in depth exploration of symbolism, delicious prose, well thought, sweet & beautiful love story and a great aspect about light and dark. If you are still searching for a great YA angel related book, this is a book to start and end your search.

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26 comments:

Natalie (Mindful Musings) said...

Ugh. I'm on spring break this week, which means that my review copy is probably sitting there waiting for me BACK IN SPRINGFIELD!!! Which means I'm going to have to wait a week to read it.

On the other hand, I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed it. :)

Windowpane Memoirs said...

Great Review! For me Angel Star is a shining star in books about angels. The first YA book about a love between an angel a mortal that have substance and GREAT world building structure.

Sincerely

Michelle Flores

Melissa said...

Nice review. I wasn't sure if this one would be one I wanted to read, but I'm thinking otherwise now. Will have to get a copy!

Anya said...

I love this review! i cant wait to read angel star! It sounds soo great:)

elizabeth said...

Great review! Never heard of this book before now! Thanks for adding another book to my list!

MarceJ said...

These books haven't captured me but this one reminds me of the show Charmed and I am a true fan.

Great review

joder said...

Angels in stories does seem to be taking off now, which is great. I like the sound of the world building and mythos going on in this story. And after all your raving, I know that I too will have a hard time letting this story go....so I ask...is there the possibility of having this be a series?

PeaceLove&Pat said...

Joder - yes this is going to be a series. The second book is entitled Lemniscate, i don't know the release date yet. I will let you know once I find out.

Michelle @ The True Book Addict said...

This is the first I've heard of this book and it sounds really good. I haven't read any of the angel books that are out right now, but I will definitely be adding this one to my list. Great review!

jeanette8042 said...

Oooh this looks like a good read and I've been reading a lot of books with angels in them now!

Liz said...

wow! a kind surprise! i really love the history! great review ^^

I wanna read it!

Kirthi said...

I agree, I'm into angels now :D Nice review!

jellybelly82158 said...

Thanks for the great review. I want to learn more about this book

~The Book Pixie said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed Angel Star. I, myself, will be starting it soon, with any luck. I'm so excited to read it. Thanks for the review. :D

~Briana

Lynsey Newton said...

Am absolutely DYING to read this book and I'm part of an ARC tour so I'm just waiting to receive it now! I have a feeling it's going to be amazing and I'm glad to see you gave it 5 stars :) I bet Jennifer is happy :)

Angela_Cheerios and Pearls Necklace Stories said...

I keep telling myself "May is gonna be here in no time at all". But...I want to read Angel Star NOW!!!! :-)

Cherry said...

Came over from Cym Lowell's McLinky links for Book Review Party Wednesday.

This is the second review I've read of this book in the blogosphere. The first one was Natalie's review at Mindful Musings. She gave it a 3.5 rating. You gave it a 5. But both your reviews are more or less the same. It is interesting how different people relate their "book reading experience" in different ways...

Thanks for sharing your views!

Eleni @ La Femme Readers said...

Great review Pat! I can't wait to read this one soon :P

A Life Bound By Books said...

What more can I say? I thought I wanted to read this book before your review and after your review.... I REALLY want to read this book. Wish I could get my hands on it right now actually lol. I think I'm off to preorder it right now.

Thanks for such a great review.

Kelsey said...

This one sounds really cool. I love books about angels!

Not really sure if I believe there are guardian angels either. But it's a possibility!

Seak (Bryce L.) said...

Goodreads is having a contest on this book, I might have to give it a go. Thanks!

mybella said...

I can't wait for this book to come out:)

My 5 Monkeys(Julie) said...

I need to read this book after all the hype. great review

Shy said...

Fab review! And very glad that you enjoyed the book. I'm not really familiar with the concept of angels as well so, this will be something very new for me. Cannot wait for the time it hit the shelf!

InABox said...

I'm a little hesitant about angel books, but this sounds like it has promise. Great review!

Elizabeth said...

I'm Dying to read this book!
Elizabeth

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