This book lacked the spiritual element. Yes it had angels, but not as servants of God, an ultimate being, but merely as supernatural beings "trapped" in this world. There is a God in Heaven but it doesn't seem like He has anything to do with the story. It's about creatures or beings that are supernatural, but not all-powerful or not under the control of an all-powerful God. It taught some good lessons such as trust - Melaia has a hard time trusting those who are on her side and she is impatient, not willing to wait for wisdom, making foolish hasty choices because she can't let herself trust. But overall, it's not a "Christian" book. It's just a fantasy story that's is a lot more moral than most non-Christian fantasy stories.
This book was given to me by Waterbrook for free in exchange for my honest review.
At first I thought this couldn't possibly be a Christian book with the talk of priestesses, shape-shifters and different types of angels, but it turned out to be pretty good. Since it's the first in a series, I just might pick up the next one. Interesting, engaging story. The Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group provided this book for review.
I'm a huge fan of clean young adult paranormal books! I just love them!! The "clean" part is what makes them hard to find. I'm very much impressed by Karyn Henley's writing. This is only the 2nd book I've read on the subject of angels, but I found it very unique and very much unpredictible. And clean! Even though Breath of Angel is labeled as Christian, it had no Christian elements to it, so it can be enjoyed by everyone. The angels in this story are just as unreal as werewolves and vampires.
I immediately got caught up in the story and couldn't wait to find out what happened. While the story does have an ending, this is a series that will conclude as it continues. There's definitely a cliff hanger, but it's not so bad that you will be mad. :)I don't know when the next one comes out, but I hate that I don't already have it in my hands.
I mentioned earlier that this book is unpredictable. I don't mind predictable stories one bit, and I thought I had this one figured out pretty quick. Nope! I kept getting surprised over and over. So, for those of you who like surprises in your stories, this is a book for you.
There are a lot of characters mentioned throughout the story. If you don't pay close attention, you might get a bit lost with all of them. I don't want to really say anything about the characters, though, because you should definitely figure out for yourself who is "good or bad." If you like young adult paranormal books AT ALL, I highly recommend Breath of Angel!
*I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.
I'll admit, at first the cover design had me edgy and expecting something dark, more along the lines of paranormal or horror than fantasy. Fortunately, the old adage about judging a book by its cover came through for me and I was delighted to find an exciting story set in a unique fantasy world, built on a very intriguing premise. The dark mood set by the cover doesn't carry over into the story itself.
The story begins when a haggard young man staggers into a temple courtyard. Melaia, a priestess, offers him shelter, but before the stranger can accept he is attacked and killed by a vicious hawk, which Melaia chases away. Already shocked by what has happened, she is even more stunned to find that the murdered stranger has wings growing from his back.
She moves the body into the temple to be prepared for burial and await the return of the high priestess, Hanamel. Before Hanamel returns, however, another stranger arrivesÃ¢â¬âthe hawk that killed the stranger, this time in human form.
His arrival throws everything Melaia thought she knew into chaos, leading her to discover that what she has always been taught about angels is not entirely accurate, and there are many things she has never been taught at all.
As circumstances and events unfold, Melaia is drawn deeper and deeper into an ancient feud between two brothers, now immortal, whose battle destroyed the stairway to heaven, trapping countless angels in the world of mortals, with no way to return to their home.
I had a little trouble understanding the workings of the story world at first, until I realized that I was expecting the angels in the story to be and behave like the Bible tells us real angels do. Once I stopped trying to apply that template to the story's angels, everything made a great deal more sense and was very easy to follow.
The scenery and descriptions in this book were just beautiful. From towering cities built on the brink of high cliffs, to the joyful dance of a fire angel in the flames of a campfire, you are in for a visual treat with Breath of Angel. And the story's inhabitantsÃ¢â¬âfrom green-skinned sylvans to varying ranks of angels, each with different gifts and abilities; from shape-shifting immortals to gruesome draks (spy birds with human hands instead of feet)Ã¢â¬âform an enthralling cast you're not likely to forget quickly.
My only complaint is that a lot of the major plot points of the story almost seem Ã¢â¬Ëtoo easy'. A piece of earth-shattering, life-changing news arrives, altering everything Melaia thinks she knows about herself and her identity; she acts shocked for a while, and then just moves on, seeming to take everything in stride. And while the story's ending is fantastic and a perfect conclusion to the rest of the plot, there is little buildup to that ending, so it hits somewhat out of the blue.
Along that same line, Melaia's character definitely changes, grows, and matures over the course of the story, which is good, but there really isn't a visible turning point. There doesn't seem to be a point at which she hits rock bottom and decides "okay, I'm going to stop fighting it, here's what I have to do, now I'm going to do it". There were a couple of instances that I suppose could have been turning points, but they didn't come across that way openly. Melaia does struggle with a lot of the things she's facing and dealing with, but she seems to be just going along with it anyway, playing it by ear.
Aside from that, Breath of Angel was a very unique and exciting adventure that had me hooked from page two.
You should know that as I sat writing this review, a bird flew into the window behind me; you will have to read Breath of Angel to appreciate the heart attack it almost gave me.
Breath of Angel was nothing that I was expecting it to be, but that isn't a bad thing. The book is about angels and how the main character Melania ( a strong girl character gotta love those) finds her self int he middle of a battle that if one outcome comes true it will have horrible consequences. I don't want to give away to much but the angels have become stranded in the earthly realm. I can't wait to see how the whole series plays out I will be getting the books in the series for sure. This book: Breath of Angel is book 1 and it doesn't come out till June 21st so I know I'll have a long wait for book 2 it is due out in 2012 but don't let that stop you from reading Breath of Angel.
thanks waterbrook multnomah for allowing me to read this book I love finding a new young adult series that I love!