by Jennifer Murgia
Rating: 4 ♥ / 5 ♥ – I really liked it
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.
I’m on a huge angel kick right now, and Angel Star was just delicious. Teagan has had nightmares about black shadows for as long as she can remember. It’s not until she falls for new boy at school Garreth that she finds out why, and it’s something she never expected. Garreth is an angel, and comes with the news that a dark angel is out to create havoc (on Earth and in heaven) and Teagan is the only one who stands a chance of stopping him. As things progress, Teagan is determined to stop the dark angel Hadrian and yet finds herself struggling to maintain her sense of self, and the truth of the situation.
Jennifer Murgia’s debut novel is an amazing look into angel lore, the idea of heaven and the power of truth against deception. Teagan is an incredibly strong character. She is firm in her beliefs and will go to any means necessary to fight for the ones she loves. Throughout the course of the novel Teagan faces heartbreak, lies and love and almost loses her way – but she comes through everything tougher than ever and confident in her place in the world, and in her new emerging powers. Garreth showcases an absolute belief in Teagan and is a perfect ideal of an angel. The lore he imparts is wonderful and rich, with great detail (and it makes sense, too, which is always a plus). Hadrian, our dark angel, is just as real as Garreth, and quite creepy. He’s everything that you think a corrupt angel would be – the exact opposite of hope and light. All three characters are very well developed; I connected with Teagan immediately.
The plot moved along at a constant pace and I enjoyed the style of writing – I was kept engaged and was reluctant to put the book down. I’m not a fan of characters immediately falling in love at first sight, but with Teagan and Garreth it works (angel remember? He and Teagan already know each other, even if Teagan doesn’t know it right away) and I didn’t mind it. There were a few instances where I was a little unsure what was happening, but as I kept reading I was able to piece it all together and see the bigger picture. By the end, many questions were answered and yet some were left hanging, ready to be answered in the upcoming sequel.
Overall, Angel Star is an amazing debut and an immediate reccomendation for anyone who wants to read a well-written, entertaining YA dealing with angels. Keep an eye out for the sequel, Lemniscate, coming in spring 2011.
Angel Star is part of the 2010 Debut Author Challenge