Angel In The Shadows (The Angel, #1)

First Lines: Who would believe there is something different about me?  No one.  Most days I wake up late, move half-dazed, until Mom yells she’s going to leave without me, an idle threat that doesn’t work. 

I wish when authors asked me to read their books that they would pay attention to what else I’ve reviewed on here.  This is a perfect example.  Because the author did not look to see what I liked to read, I’m going to review this honestly.  And she isn’t going to like it.

Megan is a normal girl (if you couldn’t tell from the first lines), until she discovers that she can see angels.  Not only that, she can differentiate between dark angels and good angels.  With her power comes great responsibility.  She is one of the few that can keep the balance of the world.

I hated it.  I absolutely hated it.  I started reading it and found in the first chapter that it was poorly written and was over the top dramatic.  At the time, I just thought it was funny.  I told my roommate I was going to keep reading it to see just how bad it got.  Two days later, I regretted my words.

For starters, it was just ridiculous.  Everything that could possibly happen in a YA book did.  There was a secret power, summer camp, a new boyfriend, eating disorders, love, near-death experiences, purity rings, and a long distance relationship just IN THE FIRST THREE CHAPTERS.  After that, there was so much more crap to wade through.  There were negligent parents, parents without money, kids spreading false rumors, a “bully” in the form of a dark angel, underage drinking and drug use, the Goth lifestyle (which was made to sound like they were from Mars, they were that different), premarital sex, teenage pregnancy, and abortion.  I wanted to shoot myself when I was done.

Not only that, but it was just poorly written.  I could have worked with it more if it had been better written.  Megan liked to tell us everything instead of showing us.  It made it a simplistic writing style that quickly got on my nerves.  There was just nothing to it.  No subtleties to draw from, nothing.  What you saw was what you got.

And Megan just drove me crazy.  All the characters did.  There wasn’t one that I could say, “Yes, I was rooting for you the whole time.”  It was just so unrealistic.  Megan and her boyfriend are dating just 3 days before they’re like, “I love you!”  No.  That just doesn’t happen.  There really wasn’t any emotion in the story.  Normally, I can find some scene that gave me chills or pulled on my heartstrings.  Nope.  Nada.

Did I mention that this was Christian lit as well?  I really can’t read Christian lit.  I am “one of those people” that had a Catholic upbringing, but fell away.  So if an author tries preaching to me, I tune out.  I actually started feeling defensive while reading this.  Megan keeps trying to convert everyone in sight and I just couldn’t take it.  She had a strong opinion about everything.    I don’t think there’s anything wrong with everyone having their own beliefs, but they shouldn’t be forcing them upon other people.  Give them the information, but let them make their own decisions, for Pete’s sake.

In conclusion, I just did not like it.  At all.  It was a chore to get through all 144 pages.  And I was so looking forward to a good angel book.  Too bad it wanted to convert me when I didn’t want to be converted.

1 Rose.  (It’s so low, I don’t even have a 1 Rose picture for it.  I didn’t think I’d ever read/finish a book that bad.)

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