Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Ani is a fallen angel sentenced to eternity on earth. Lost and helpless in his wingless state, he suffers the anguish of mortality until he meets Simon. 

Simon is the first angelic exile to walk the earth and the best guide a banished angel could ever ask for—only Simon knows how to become winged once again. 

But Ani’s human inheritance is more than he expects. When he falls in love with Sarah, the girl haunting his memories, he is doomed to live a heartache greater than the plucking out of his wings. (Amazon book description)

Reviewing this without giving any spoilers is so difficult!  I love Ambroziak's style of writing.  This is the second book of hers I've read, and it's still very classy.  This book definitely had hints of Dante.  Actually, the story itself could have been Dante-inspired, with a little Groundhog Day thrown in.  

Even though this is a novella, it was definitely a satisfying read and didn't seem like less than a novel.  You get so immersed in what's going on and then you have time travel and 'people' to keep straight.  It's not difficult, but it requires that you pay attention.  

I cannot imagine a worse punishment than Ani's!  I simply can't.  It's literally a Hell on Earth for him.  You get to know him so well inside and out that it's difficult to comprehend how he can possibly survive it.

I'm really interested to see how religious people view this book. There are definitely divine references alluded to.  Personally, I found the references and similarities an exciting 'what if.'  Just keep in mind that this is fiction, not propaganda. 

If you enjoy paranormal, fantasy, thriller, or drama this could be the best 99 cents you've spent in a long time.  I'm so glad I didn't miss out on it.  I was really impressed with Ambroziak's vampires and zombies in The Fifth Empire, but I have to admit that this book might have even been better.  It will keep you thinking long after you've finished.  Though it isn't a light read, it's an amazing one.

Reviewed for Minding Spot

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