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Monday, August 22, 2011

Paradox-The Angels Are Here Book 1



Gifted
Paperback
Self-published 2011
172 pages
4 Stars


Excerpt from the back of the book:

Nine hundred years ago, under the complete cover of darkness, the Grigorian army rose silently  from their underground lair and attacked the Bulguardian Royal Palace.  The bloody and violent battle between the two most legendary houses raged on.  All but the majestic Royal City of Altair.

It was not the first war that Juliette had endured between good and evil.  And it most certainly would not be her last.


Today, a little girl's world is turned upside sown by a visitor, the Angel of Death. She finds herself trapped in a nightmare, consumed by her paralyzing loss and overwhelming grief. The haunting visions and untimely deaths of others are a constant reminder that life and death are only a heartbeat away.

Eventually she befriends an unusual little girl who moves in nest door with captivating violet eyes and a profound knowledge of things that far exceed her tender years.

A saga crossing over two worlds.  Two souls being drawn precariously together over the centuries. 

When your destiny has been written in blood, and you are left with one burning question.  Is your Guardian Angel from Heaven or Hell?

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This book was a challenge for me to read.  I love the idea of Guardian Angels protecting us, so I was very eager to read this.  The challenge was that I had a very exact idea of what Guardian Angels were and how they were supposed to be and act.  This book proved to be very different from all that I saw them to be and removing my preconceptions were difficult for me. 

The story starts out in the world of the angels and we are very quickly introduced to several different characters including Abaddon who is an "evil" Angel who is hell bent on being all things evil, even if it means stepping all over his family members. 

We are then thrown into the present day where we meet Grace and her angel Hope.  Grace is a child who is very withdrawn from other children her age and has difficulty making friends.  This is where Hope comes into play.  Hope becomes a friend to her where she has none in order to get her through her early years. 

When Grace is 11 years old, her father dies unexpectedly and this destroys her mother emotionally.  With her mother no longer to able to tend to Grace's emotional well being, Grace once again seeks Hope for comfort.  In addition to Hope, Wade, the officer who informed the family of Brian's death, becomes a very important fixture in their home.  He cooks and cleans and plays with Grace where her mother is in able to until she meets and befriends Angela, the new neighbor.  He also helps Kate, Grace's mother, to eventually find a job and begin to live again. 

During all of this, Grace has begun to have premonitions of things that she does not understand.  She has these visions as nightmares and they worry her.  She is unable to explain them to anyone let alone herself.  So she just tries to get through them.

The book to me had a very slow start, but once we got past the history of the angels and their war, it moved much more quickly.  A lot of thought and love was put into this book.  I can tell that Patti worked very hard on getting all of the details exactly the way that she wanted me to see them.  There were times throughout the book that I believe could have benefited from a wee bit more attention to character building as opposed to world building.  I understand the need to build the world to greatness was to get us hooked on the sequels and that was wonderful. 

As this is a self-published books, there were a few grammatical errors, but all of that can be overlooked if you a a lover of angels.  I will recommend this to anyone who loves the paranormal, especially angels, and loves to try new things.  Patti's vision of Guardian Angels is definitely one to be read by those with a great appreciation for the kind of angels who have a passion for the dark side!

I give Patti Roberts book, Paradox-The Angels Are Here Book 1, 4 stars.
The world building was great.
The research put into this book shows.
The characters were believable.
The ending left me with a deep curiosity for what is to come in the next installment.

Thank you Patti for sharing you book with me.  (:

1 comment:

Patti Roberts said...

Great review, thank you! Patti :)

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