Series: The Milayna Series, Book 1
Author: Michelle K. Pickett
Published: March 17th, 2015
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Content Warning: Adult language and violence
Recommended Age: 16+
~ Synopsis ~
she becomes untouchable.
~ Excerpt ~
My lungs are burning. A hospital bed. Beeping. Doctors and nurses work on Uncle. Heart monitor. My heart skips a beat, a stab of pain sizzles through my chest, stealing my breath.
I tried to keep my eyes open as the images scrolled through my mind, not wanting Chay to know I was seeing them. I didn’t know what they meant, and I didn’t want to upset him more than he already was.
Chay sitting on a bench. His head in his hands. Shoulders slumped.
“We’re taking him to St. Mary’s,” an EMT yelled, climbing into the ambulance. It sped away, sirens blaring.
“C’mon.” We got into Chay’s car, speeding to keep up.
“Chay, slow down. Uncle wouldn’t want you to get in an accident.”
Chay’s foot eased off the gas pedal, and he rubbed the back of his head. “I need to get there and make sure he’s okay.”
I grazed the backs of my fingers over his cheekbone. “I know. Me too.” I held up my phone. “I’m going to call our parents.”
Chay nodded absently. He was silent the rest of the drive.
The hospital smelled like disinfectant and sickness. I hated the smell. The walls were painted a muted sage, and the floors carpeted in beige. A vase of flowers sat on a small table. A painting of a flower-lined creek hung on the wall behind it. It was all very pretty, but it didn’t change where we were—a hospital ER waiting room. The place people waited to hear if their loved one was… well, a place people didn’t want to be.
We’d been there for three hours. My dad and Chay’s parents arrived shortly after we had. I stood in the hallway across from where Chay sat with his head in his hands, just like in my vision. I watched him, biting my nails. He hadn’t said more than a few words to me since we’d arrived, and I didn’t know what to say to him.
I hadn’t had any more visions. I tried to reassure him, telling him that was good.
“Nothing about this is good,” he’d snapped, and then sat silently.
“Dad,” I whispered. “Do you think this has to do with the Evils or demi-demons?”
“Probably.” He didn’t say more.
What is it with the men in my life and one-word answers? It really pisses me off.
I blew out a breath. “Why’d they do this to Chay’s uncle instead of one of us?”
“Retaliation.” I jumped at the sound of Chay’s voice.
“Saving you. He stopped the demon from pulling you into the pit. Azazel’s retaliating.” His voice was hard, hateful.
Chay waved his dad away and stood. “What? It’s true.” He turned his back to me and stalked down the hall.
I didn’t see Chay again that night. Minutes later, the doctor gave a report on Uncle Stewart. He’d suffered smoke inhalation, a concussion from hitting his head on the counter when he fell, and what they suspected was a mild heart attack—but more tests were needed to confirm that diagnosis. Still, the doctor expected a full recovery. My dad and I left after that.
I was relieved that Uncle would be okay.
I was devastated that he almost died because he’d saved me.
I was shattered that Chay blamed me.
~ Review by Laura ~
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*
Milayna is about to turn 18 very soon. Usually a teenager would be excited but not Milayna. She recently started to experience strange visions. They made her dizzy and sick to her stomach. The visions varied but it was always someone who was in danger and she tried to help the stranger out of the danger that awaited them. Looking for an explanation she visits her grandma. Her grandma reveals that Milayna is a demi-angel. Her dad is an angel and her mom is a human. She also explains that there are demi demons as well and Milayna is about to come into real power and that there is an evil who would do anything to possess it. Talk about your mind being blown! It’s hard for Milayna to process all of this and she will admit she didn’t take it very well. Soon she is introduced to a group of demi angels that go to her school. They are faced with things like hobgoblins, demi demons, evils, and demons. The last one of those are very scary. Chay is part of the group and he is what you would call the dark and brooding type. He is also handsome. At first he seems to be annoyed with Milayna but after awhile he starts to show interest. As her birthday gets closer so does the danger. Milayna has to make a choice. Will she side with evil or will she fight?
This was an interesting read. I do like reading about Angels and I like the different twist this had. Although at times I felt like I wanted to shake Milayna for her sometimes bratty nature, she ended up becoming one of my favorite characters. This story has a romantic element with plenty of butt kicking. I look forward to the next book! I give this 4 books.
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~ About the Author ~
with her extremely supportive husband, three school-aged children, a 125 pound
“lap dog,” and a very snooty cat.
peanut butter M&Ms and a hoodie. A hopeful romantic; she loves a
swoon-worthy ending that will give her butterflies for days. She writes across
genres in the young adult and new adult age groups. She loves to hear from her
Michelle signed her new young adult contemporary novel— Unspeakable, with Clean Teen Publishing in 2014.
~ Author Links ~
- Signed print copy of Milayna, a $20 Amazon gift card, a “Guardian Angel” personal alarm, & bookmarks
- Bookmark swag pack, winner’s choice of any Clean Teen Publishing eBook, and a $15 Amazon gift
- Signed print copy of Milayna and bookmarks