Angel Star (Angel Star, #1)by Jennifer Murgia Published 18 May 2010
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Seventeen-year-old Teagan McNeel falls for captivating Garreth Adams and soon discovers that her crush has an eight-point star etched into the palm of his right hand-the mark of an angel. But where there is light, dark follows, and she and Garreth suddenly find themselves vulnerable to a dark angel's malicious plan that could threaten not only her life, but the lives of everyone she knows. Divinely woven together, Angel Star takes readers on a reflective journey when one angel's sacrifice collides with another angel's vicious ambition in a way that is sure to have readers searching for their own willpower.
"Angel Star (Angel Star, #1)" Reviews
June 2nd 2010
If i were to describe this book in a short sentence, I would say, "I loved every single page i read". And let me just say this, that there are certain points in your life that is defined by certain incidents which can make all the difference in our life.
Let me briefly start with the long journey i took with this book. If you do read this, you won't regret it. The day i got this book was actually rather bad cos i was going though some really bad situations that week. But the fact that it arrived was the only joyous moment that day for me. I started reading the book instantly. It started off really well and i must not lie that, during the first 2 pages it did remind me a bit of Hush, Hush. That was where the similarities ended. I was sucked in literally from that point onwards. The words were simple and straightforward. But the complexity of the plot was evident even from the beginning. So i started reading... and thats when I met Teagan.
Teagan... hmmm... She is complex to say the least but at the same time she is simple in the sense of how a 17 year old girl is. She has a sense of clarity in whatever she sees which nowadays most people lack which happens to be the clarity to see everything for what it is. I found something in her that did take me a while to see even if it was right in front of me. It was the fact that she is forgiving. Its her weakness to an extent but her strength as well. Even though she is imperfect, Its that imperfections that makes her perfect. Her transition from the girl she was to the woman she is becoming is one that you should read the book to fully understand. I should say that the author did an excellent job with her character development which is rare in most of the books that come out these days.
Now, Claire is the next one i met. She happens to be the comic relief in this book. And to an extent was somewhat of the support for Teagan till the her Angel arrives. I did predict a fallout between them cos of the love between Teagan and her boyfriend/angel. But never in a million years did i think that she'd fall for a mistake that ended up taking her life. But still, it was a choice she made and the choice did cost her, her life. But certain things no matter how deep you think into it always ends up the same way in life. Every single person i met till now has denied the existence of fate or the existence of a bigger plan underneath all that we do, even. In the end, her loss, even if its cruel for me to say this... was just a necessity as well as predestined for the bigger plan.
Now onto Garreth, the angel of light, the man with the deepest character I've ever seen. Even though i didn't get to see much of his true nature in this book or his past, the base of his character does revolve around his love for Teagan and the lengths to which he will go for her. Still I was ultimately in the end sure that this was one character that can be explored beyond the limits of what has already been written in the book. To tell you the truth, you may think that you have him all figured out by the end of the story, but trust me, you ain't seen noting yet! Maybe i am taking a blind swing at absolutely thin air, but lets wait and see what does transpire. So... where was i?... Oh! yes, Garreth's character. Well... Garreth to me is the somewhat of a part of God himself with an unending reservoir of love. Even though he is just a character in a book, we as humans can learn one thing from him. Which is the courage to take risks and to step up for the ones you love and care about. When i saw the love he had for Teagan and the way he protected her, I thought... is it so hard for us to do the same? Live for someone, and when needed even put your life on the line for the one you love or literally sacrifice every single thing that you hold dear for the ones we love. Its a question i will leave for you to answer?
Hadrian... His name does always brings a smile to my face for the simple fact that i do share a bit of his character in myself, which i am sure enough to say that i knew even before the book did get into my hands. Hadrian, well... The dark angel. To say about him briefly, even though he may seem like an angel, his mask once removed reveals everything that defines a human. Conceited, Overconfident and Evil... but still holding deep inside the creature of light he once used to be. I saw him as being conflicted between his wants and his purpose. Ultimately, he epitomizes everything that a human is and has the same flaws as well. This may not have been what he was, but its what he is now. Let me just leave the rest of the finding for you to decide cos its better that way. Hadrian is a character for each and everyone to understand and discover for themselves.
I did find Teagan's Mom to be sometimes just like most mothers but sometimes the little things she did for her daughter like leaving her alone when she needed and understanding her for what she is going through was just lovely. I think more mothers should follow her example. Indeed in todays society, after we reach a certain age, we fail to remember how we ourselves were when we were young. It's a flaw of sort that emanates within us as we get older. But still, its better to try,isn't it?
Now the rest of the cast. Ryan for me was the typical cute boy in college character but had made appearances at critical points in the storyline. Brynn and her friends were the typical plastic, snobbish and Make-Up factory made girls now widely seen in Colleges. Maybe not all of them, but trust me I've seen my fair share of them in all the Colleges i went to.
Let me just say a word or two about the book in its entirety and why i am so into it.
The book does have something that most books lack these days. The book has life. Simplicity of words, believability of the situations and the reality of an invisible war in a realm beyond our own (Biblical in its origin), did breathe life into the story. This is entirely my opinion on the book and i may or may not or wouldn't fancy anyone agreeing with me either.
As i said before, i was going through a rough time while i got hold of this book. But it made it all worthwhile. Cos i found comfort in Teagan and Garreth and their life. One thing that surprised me was the similarity in the way I and Garreth talked. Trust me when i say this, that most of the conversations i had with my love are exactly the same to the last word (minus the angel/saving the world thing). It did give me back memories which made me smile when i did think all was lost for me. And in the end, this book, did fill me with hope. Hope for life and the hope that even when every single thing to the last smallest detail does seem like the end, there is still a way and there is still hope. Just holding on to the things that you hold dear makes all the difference and even though i did know that i should hold on... this book made me stronger and to live not for myself but for others too.
And finally, let me just say that opinions vary from person to person. And all that i shared may not be what you see in the book. But i do hope that you can see the life it holds and the message it gives out.
January 5th 2010
"I somehow feel that this book is gonna be just amazing. Even though there might be a few 'Angel' themed books out there right now, i somehow feel something different and unique about this book. A recent, short but friendly chat with the author has also made it clear to me that this book is going to be unique in its genre. I am really looking forward to reading this book."
I finally found the angel book I’ve been searching for... Angel Star by Jennifer Murgia is a amazingly well written tale about a girl named Teagan, who’s guardian angel temporally hangs up his wings and becomes human to warn her, of the evil lingering in the darkest corners of her life. From page one this story just pulls you in and never let’s go.
The main character, Teagan, starts out as a shy girl. Her best friend, Claire, is a character at the beginning of the book that helps shield her from life’s disagreeable obstacles. But when the situation changes and everything in Teagan’s world turns upside down, she doesn’t fall a part. Unlike most YA characters she doesn’t whine about her circumstances or hide from her problems. Instead she chooses to rise above it all and with the help from her angel, Garreth, she confronts her fears head on.
And as for Garreth…all I can say is move over Patch there’s a new angel in town. Garreth is a selfless character who’s soul responsibility is to take care of Teagan. He’s got good looks, he’s charming, and did I mention the hotness factor? I have a feeling Garreth will leave countless readers swooning and wishing for angels of their own.
This book will take you on a rapturous journey that will leave you praying for more. Jennifer Murgia went above and beyond all my high expectations.
This novel is a definite read!
There is no way I could possibly give this book anything less than 5 stars. Jennifer Murgia is a rare talent, able to weave a beautifully sweet love story so eloquently the words flowed together effortlessly on the pages. Her descriptions are so exquisite that I could close my eyes and see it clearly. She takes us into a world where angels fall in love with their charges and ordinary girls have the power to save the world.
The relationship between Teagan and Garreth is touching and sweet as they tentatively explore the exciting but frightening first stirrings of true love.
Enter Hadrian: The dark angel. Persuasive and seductive, he is determined to keep Teagan from fulfilling her destiny and he uses whatever means necessary , including seducing her over to the dark side. What makes matters worse; though she loves Garreth, Teagan can’t help but be drawn to Hadrian.
The story was fast paced and I found myself eagerly turning the pages to see what would happen next.
All I can say is that I can't wait for the much anticipated sequel, Lemniscate.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a story of first love, seriously hot angels and angelology.
Angel Star is in one word: perfection! Jennifer Murgia's book had me excited right from the beginning. She drew me in and her world refused to let me go, not that I wanted to leave, lol. I was so far from disappointed, in fact she surpassed what I had even hoped for. And did I mention this is her debut YA novel? I know...amazing!
Who doesn't love the idea of a guardian angel? I know I do and I can only hope that mine is as dreamy as Garreth! We meet our main character, Teagan in Angel Star and I just loved her. She's kind, brave and has such a big heart, and did I mention brave? Guardian angel or not, this girl has got guts!
And as I mentioned before, Garreth *swoon* is wonderful. He's the definition of good, protective and all around perfection. But where there is good, bad is always close behind. Enter Hadrian. All I can say is that he's got the tall, dark and dangerous vibe down to a tee.
The truth is, no review can do this book justice. It's just that good! This is a book I will read again and again, it's already a favorite. Some books (and they are few and far between) just stick with you, and that is Angel Star for me. I can't express how excited I am for the sequel to come out and am only sad that it's not already on the shelves.
This book has it all, light vs. dark, good vs. evil, discovering what really matters and fighting for what's right. It's also about sacrifice and standing up for what you believe in. It's deep and emotional and will have you going through a gamut of emotions.
Murgia has a talent and is a natural story teller, so she's in the right business. Like I said...perfection!
Angel Star is completely perfect and captivating. I fell in love with it from the very beginning. It swept me off my feet leaving me in a contented feeling of pure bliss. The writing was beautiful, pulling me into the story. The romance was wonderful. I loved all the characters. They had so much depth, and I felt their love and sorrow. Teagen was a great character. I loved her purity and innocence, but also that she wasn't perfect, and has a small portion of the dark side. And I loved Garreth. He was so perfect and swoon worthy. He was kind and gentle and so in love with Teagen. The meaning in this book was so deep and caught my attention. Jennifer did a superb job at creating a truly wonderul gem of a story, one that will stay close to my heart.
My first thoughts after having just finished it -
Sadly it's not mine to read again - sadly I must send it on it's marry way tomorrow or Wed. to the next lucky reader....
But thankfully it's preordered, thankfully I will have the ability sometime soon, to enter the world of Angel Star again - to greet Teagan again and to vist with Garreth....it's official release is only a month away, right?
Angel Star is amazing - the story telling was brilliant, it's a book that I will feel honored to own, so that when I am feeling the need I can pick it up again and reenter the amazing world.
How do authors do it, create worlds where you feel like you have completely lost yourself and are LIVING inside the book? I dont know...but today, sitting outside reading Angel Star, I took a minute to look up at the sky and for just a minute I could have sworn that it was the same sky that Teagan looks up to - gosh that seems silly...
It's someone with such passion for what they do that can create something like what I found in Angel Star...
Honestly from the minute I read the Prologue, to the minute the last page was read - was about 10 hours - I pulled myself away to make sure the kids did homework, ate and got to bed - then I was back into the world. It's the kind of book the draws you in not letting you go...the fresh prospective on the whole "angel" story was so original – yet I must confess half way in I was NOT very happy with Jennifer....but then, well I can't say what happened....
But anyway – from the painstakingly, original details, to the down to earth yet kick ass characters – Angel Star is a book that's risen to the top of my pile of beloved books – it's right up there with titles like The Pace, Seers of Light and Fallen....
Move over Vampires, demons and Werewolves – there's a new sheriff in town and Garreth is one kick ass Angel that I cant wait to read more about!
to read my full review...Angel Star on Book Crazy.