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I Belong

Review: Fallen Angel by Heather Terrell

Title: Fallen Angel

Author: Heather Terrell

Genre: YA Paranormal

SeriesFallen Angel (Book 1)

Publication Date: December 28, 2010

FormatPaperback, 310 Pages

ISBN-10: 0061965707 (Harper Teen)

ISBN-13978-0061965708 (Harper Teen)

Reviewed by: Bridget


Ellie was never particularly good at talking to boys—or anyone other than her best friend and fellow outcast, Ruth. Then she met Michael.

Michael is handsome, charming, sweet. And totally into Ellie. It’s no wonder she is instantly drawn to him. But Michael has a secret. And he knows Ellie is hiding something, too. They’ve both discovered they have powers beyond their imagining. Powers that are otherworldly.

Ellie and Michael are determined to uncover what they are, and how they got this way… together. But the truth has repercussions neither could have imagined. Soon they find themselves center stage in an ancient conflict that threatens to destroy everything they love. And it is no longer clear whether Ellie and Michael will choose the same side.

Quick & Dirty: Quick moving YA Paranormal with a fun story.  The characters were a tad bit annoying and the plot was very predictable.

Opening Sentence: I watched my curtains billow in the early autumn wind that wafted through my open bedroom window.

Excerpt: Yes 

The Review

Ellie has always been a little different.  Ever since she can remember she has had some otherworldly powers that she has never been able to explain.  For instance, when she touches someone she can see some of their memories, and in her very real feeling dreams she can fly.  She doesn’t know what she is, but she has kept it a secret from everyone including her parents and best friend.  Then one day a new boy moves into town and there is something different about him.  Michael is gorgeous and Ellie instantly feels a connection with him.  Turns out Michael is just like Ellie, and together they decide to try and figure out what they are.  Soon they are dragged into an ancient battle and Ellie’s not sure if they are going to pick the same side.  Ellie has to decide who she can trust and what she is willing to sacrifice to protect the people she loves.

Ellie is our heroine in the books and I had a hard time liking her.  There were times that she had a very strong voice and she was interesting and independent.  She tries really hard to do the right thing even when it’s not easy.  Then there were times when she was just dumb.  She was very indecisive and changed her mind way too much.  She acted before thinking and she was far too impulsive.  Suffice to say I had a hard time connecting with Ellie, which made me sad because I really did want to like her.

Michael is your average good looking guy, but I found him to be a little boring.  He didn’t really have any qualities that really stuck out to me.  People could persuade him really easily and he was a go with the flow type of person.  He was really cute with Ellie and I did like them together.  They had good chemistry, but I felt that the romance developed a little too fast.  Overall, I had a hard time connecting with both Ellie and Michael which made it hard for me to really love this book.

This was fast paced and the story was fun to read, but I wouldn’t really say it was unique.  This was written a few years ago, and since then there have been a lot of angel books written that I enjoyed much more than this one.  The plot was fairly predictable, and the characters were just mediocre.  On the flip side of things it was a really fast read and overall I did enjoy the book.  The writing was well done and I am excited to see what happens in the next book.   I would recommend this to anyone that enjoys a fast read and likes YA Paranormal books.

Notable Scene:

Slowly, so slowly, he parted my lips with his tongue.  The delicate, but powerful, motion took my breath away.  I waited as he ran his tongue around the tip of my own and then along the ridge of my upper teeth with an alluring deliberation.  The movement sent shivers down my spine.

I wanted to provoke the same reaction in him.  Tentatively, I touched his tongue with the tip of mine and then sought out his upper teeth.  Mimicking his motions, I ran my tongue along the ridge, but it was razor-sharp.  I cried out in pain, as my blood filled both our mouths.

Instinct told me to pull back and I started to apologize, but Michael grabbed hold of me.  Just like that, the intensity heightened.  His kisses became more and more demanding, and I found myself swept away by his ardor and my own.  My pain did nothing to lessen my desire.  The feeling was so new … but the rush felt almost familiar.  Like I was in one of my nightly dreams, flying high above the town below.

Fallen Angel Series:

1. Fallen Angel

2. Eternity

FTC Advisory: HarperTeen provided me with a copy of Fallen Angel. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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