Publication date: February 24th 2014
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal
~ Synopsis ~
I traded my death for love. I wasn’t given a choice. His decision has caught up with us, so now I am a living, breathing catalyst to war between Heaven and Hell.
The violations he committed saved my life. Since the collision, he’s appeared everywhere. In my hospital room, my school, even my house. He shows up in my paintings, my drawings, in all of my art projects. I can’t stop thinking about him.
He says his name is Gabriel, and he doesn’t understand what’s happening to him. He doesn’t know how I can see him or why he wants me in ways that should be impossible for a Celestial.
My obsession grows. I need him to hold me, kiss me—give all of himself. For every day he protects me, the consequences loom darker and taller. Soon, they’ll crash down on us.
The war is about to begin.
~ Review by Angela ~
*I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book. I wasn’t sure if it was going to be the typical girl meets boy, girl falls for boy and then it’s all about mushy, gushy stuff. I can say that I was pleasantly surprised by this story. While there was gushy, lovey-dovey stuff, it wasn’t over the top. I found there to be the right mixture in the book with love, action, humor, drama, mystery, suspense, etc.
This story has a great premise in that Gabriel is a guardian angel and cannot love or ever be with his charge. It’s heart wrenching because you can tell that he cares so much for Gaia and he would do anything to protect her and to be with her if it were possible. Gaia is trying to be good and live with Gabriel but is having a hard time getting through the days without him. The worst part is that she knows he’s there, but he’s invisible and won’t show himself to her.
There are some really funny parts in this book that had me laughing out loud. One part has to do with Gabriel explaining to Gaia why they cannot be together, physically:
“‘I would not hurt you, I would…delight you? But the sensation is an unintentional side effect. The first Fallen angel to take a daughter of Eve created it, and nobody was ever supposed to feel this way – this much. With the pleasure being too intense for an Earthly One, you can’t let go of the source on your own. It has to let go of you.’
Troubled, his brows lowered in a frown.
‘So…you’d be the provider of insane, unpreventable pleasures?’
‘Exactly.’ Relieved, he studied me, expecting a different answer than the one he found written all over my face.
‘Gabriel, I’m sorry. That didn’t help – I – I… you’re killing me!'”
It’s such a funny exchange between the two of them. He’s trying to talk her out of it and all the while he’s making it harder to resist because it sounds so awesome. The thoughts in her head while he’s talking to her about this stuff is hilarious.
Oh! And then there is Cassiel, a fallen Angel, and brother to Gabriel. Cassiel has his own agenda and doesn’t want Gabriel and Gaia together as it hinders his life and keeps him from being happy. Cassiel is a hoot and I really love his sassy, sexy, masterful attitude. I can’t wait to read more about him in his very own book, entitled Stargazer.
Shattering Halos is one of the best angel books that I have read in a long time. I don’t even think you need to like angel stories to like this one. It’s just a great story with great, realistic characters with lots and lots of action, adventure, romance, etc. I give this 5 books!
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~ About the Author ~
I write New Adult fiction with a paranormal twist and don’t shy away from romance and heart-wrenching passion when necessary.
I moved from Norway to the United States in 2001, and the first awesome five years I spent in the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles. Then I read “The Book,” aka Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, which spurred my husband and me to move cross country to beautiful Savannah, Georgia.
I’m currently on my seventh year in the Deep South, where I enjoy the heat and the humidity. Besides writing, I spend my time with our “petting zoo” as in an opinionated parrot, a herd of cats that are experts on keyboard shortcuts, and puppies that…uh, bark.
I hold a Master’s degree in languages, with concentrations within literature and linguistics. I taught at college level for a decade before settling in as a graduate adviser at the Savannah College of Art and Design.
Writing is my passion, my joy, and my addiction. When I’m not writing, I read.
Shattering Halos is my debut novel, and its standalone sequel, Stargazer, is due out later this year.
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