Wednesday, December 5, 2012

REVIEW REDUX: When Angels Fall by Stephanie Jackson

Title: When Angels Fall
Series: none
Author: Stephanie Jackson
Published Date: August 15, 2012
Publisher: S.O.S. Publishing
Format: ebook
Pages: 309
ISBN: 1478195568
Copy provided by: author
Genre: fantasy, YA
Add to: Goodreads
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: 4 stars

Goodreads synopsisDanielle Coulter had never believed in anything except her mother, hard work and heartache. She never had time for religious fairytales. But when her mother died, Dani was forced to believe…or die. Not only was she forced to accept that God and Lucifer are real, but also that she is the last living descent of God on Earth. An undeniable fact when the Archangel Gabriel fell to Earth to protect her. Archangel Gabriel; banished from Heaven over four million years ago for refusing to kill his brother, Lucifer, was about to get a second chance to re-enter Heaven. He was sent to Earth on a mission from his Father to protect the last Daughter of God; the last woman to carry the Blood of God on Earth, and kill his brother, once and for all. Gabriel had never expected to feel anything for Dani, but he soon found himself willing to fight Heaven and Hell to keep her safe, even if it meant his own destruction.

Review: After reading Rapture by Lauren Kate, I've been burned for angel books. I've been so afraid that a happy ending just wasn't possible, but this book actually has a happy ending. And not to be snide or intending a pun, but Thank God! As every page progressed, I found myself caring more and more for Dani and Gabriel and hoping that there would be a happy ending somewhere in there. I found Dani to be stronger than your typical whiny YA heroine. Gabriel started out as a snotty "I'm better than you because I'm an angel.", but quickly got cut down to size. One of my favorite quotes is from the beginning of the book:
"Gabriel? As in the Archangel Gabriel?" she asked in a little bit of the awe that Gabriel had been waiting for. "Yes," he said. "Wow, you're like a really upper level angel." "I guess that's one way to look at it," Gabriel said. "It's the only way to look at it. One of the four Archangels is in my house!" Dani said. "If my grandmother was still alive, she'd shit herself!" And...the awe was gone.
There were a few grammatical and spelling errors in there that threw me, but it didn't detract from the story line at all. Totally loved the book, will definitely be reading this one again.

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