Bethany and her brother, Gabriel (as in Archangel Gabriel) and sister, Ivy are on assignment to Earth to spread love and goodwill. They must battle against the darker forces that are spreading hate, crime and misery. An angel’s love is supposed to be for all humans, not just one. So when Bethany falls in love with Xavier, she has a real problem. She not only risks angering her brother and sister, who trust her, but God himself who is far less lenient with his angels as he is with humans. Bethany is becoming very comfortable in her human skin, which separates her even more from Gabriel and Ivy, who long to return to Heaven. Jake Thorn’s arrival at school makes things even more complicated. He has the power to block Bethany’s healing powers. He is starting to cause chaos and you can guess where he is from.
Readers who fell in love with Edward from Twilight will love Xavier too! He is just as selfless, romantic and crush worthy as the him. This good versus evil tale is filled with hope and optimism, unlike some of the other fallen angel romance you will find. This one is much better written as well. Bethany, Gabriel and Ivy are more angelic than tragic and beaten down. I enjoyed this book much more than Lauren Kate’s Fallen and Becca Fitzpatrick’s Hush Hush. I feel very strongly for angel characters to have depth, there needs to be a religious tone and biblical perspective to the story. The characters in Fallen and Hush Hush felt flat without them. The cover is awesome! There will be two more books in this series, Hades & Heaven.
Some ideas for discussing with teens:
Is having a boyfriend worth breaking your family’s rules? Is it worth punishment?
What do you think makes Bethany more human than Gabriel and Ivy?
Why is Jake Thorn attractive to people?
If appropriate, discuss about what they think life after death means. What do you think Heaven will look like?
Are characters like Xavier and Edward from Twilight realistic in their treatment of teenage girls?
Would you rather be like Bethany or Molly?
How do angels compare with vampires when it comes to supernatural romance?