Thursday, October 6, 2011

Angel Star by Jennifer Murgia

Angel Star by Jennifer Murgia
Release Date: May 18, 2010
Publisher: Lands Atlantic Publishing, LLC

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. -

I don't read many angel stories, but when I do I always end up enjoying them.  Jennifer Murgia brings a unique new twist the concept of angels on earth, and I found myself very drawn in to this story and its characters.  Teagan's relationship with Garreth begins pretty quickly, and I really enjoyed the mysterious quality here and found him to be a great hero to this story.  Teagan's character, as well, was pretty well drawn, and I found myself really loving her strength and straightforward character.  Together, these two were awesome.  Garreth's motivations for protecting her were so, so, so sweet.  You just couldn't help but love this guy for all he's willing to do for her.

The book definitely had some moments that were slightly eerie... these being any scene in which the "bad guy" made an appearance of any sort.  Wow... great descriptions here, and awesome job making you really feel like you were there.  Hadrian, obviously, is the bad angel, and I thought it was unique to find out what his origins were.  At first, I just hated him... toward the end I had mixed feelings.

Let me just say that the last few chapters of this story blew me away and I was so shocked by what happens.  I'm also a bit shocked at where I think I see the sequel heading.  Although I am just guessing, and unfortunately, I can't share my guesses with you without giving everything away. 

Suffice it to say, I really loved this book.  The sequel, Lemniscate, is already out.  I had seen that one first and bought it, but didn't want to start in the middle of a story, so I went back and bought Angel Star and read it first.  Good move.  You'll definitely want to read this one first.  Awesome writing by Jennifer Murgia.  A definite win.

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