I usually don’t read angel books, but this came recommended. Angels are coming to Earth to try and get humanity on the right track. This is less about going to church and more about stopping violence so I thought that was a good enough reason to begin reading. It’s the first of a trilogy so who knows how into religion it goes, but considering the following titles are Hades and Heaven, I’m guessing it gets deeper. What I like about this series so far is less the idea of angles and more the budding love story between Bethany (the teen angel) and Xavier. He is School Captain and overall nice guy, but still guarded after the death of both his girlfriend and best friend. Odd things have occurred in this town, which is why Bethany and her two siblings – both Heavenly and as a cover story for their Earthly presence – were sent.
As Bethany learns the ways of a small town and stereotypical high school experiences, she sees the good in humanity. It isn’t until the (obvious) introduction of the mysterious, cute, British rebel that the storyline isn’t all rainbows and goodness. It’s obvious from the beginning of meeting Jake Thorne that he will be a demon or something to counter the good (and lazily named) sibling trio, whose chosen last name is Church.
I kept thinking this shared the obvious, and overly too perfect for each other love of the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer. Two beings, from different worlds, are both drawn to one another and in a far, too dramatic in teen angst, but too mature in adult reasoning and relationship revelations type of love relationship. In these two books, the ability to process such complex relationship issues as one would have if loving an angel from Heaven or a vampire from hundreds of years ago is not a realistic ability in maturity of the typical 17 year old. But why try to draw reason in these plots when the series is so clearly for preteen girls just beginning to think of relationships and wanting the never-ending love that they believe is the love story waiting for them?
This has an OK storyline. It certainly won’t offend most parents since it involves angels and at least in this first segment, it’s not too religious to offend this laid back Episcopalian. Jake eventually gets a following and brings some demons to earth and our angels must intervene, but I am sort of curious about the next in the trilogy…… alluring most readers with the title of Hades and with the promise that a spurned and angry Jake (demon) Thorne is returning.
Overall, this is just as over the top teen love and high school driven plot as many YA novels where the love story is between a mortal and immortal being. Not sure how religious it goes, but it is not subtle in showing how decisions (drinking, dating, sex, grades, responsibility) affect one’s life, which is probably a lesson many preteens need to be reminded of and one most parents wouldn’t mind this angle-mortal love story teaching.