Friday, 6 September 2013

Review: Taking Angels (The Angel Crusades #1) by CS Yelle

5 / 5
Britt Anderson went along with everything the doctors said for nearly four years, but she was still dying at eighteen. The cancer had won leaving her without a future, without any options, and without control. No control, except for how she would leave this world. As Britt tries to end her life by going into the frigid waters she realizes her mistake. She struggles to get back to shore, to cry out for help, but her atrophied muscles are useless and the frigid water steals the breath from her chemo-scarred lungs. Despite her father’s attempts to reach her, she flies over the waterfall.

When Allister Parks finds Britt’s fragile body on the riverbank something calls out to him. Ignoring the warnings of his sister, Allister brings Britt back from the edge of death. The only problem is that an Eternal like Allister isn’t allowed to touch those who have already passed from this world. It is forbidden; an infraction punishable by death.

As Britt relishes her new cancer-free life and senior year of high school, her very existence threatens Allister’s place in this world. Allister struggles to keep Britt a secret from the Eternal Council and out of the hands of the only Eternal who already knows the truth: the one who stole her guardian angel.
Taking Angels is a really interesting paranormal romance which follows Britt after her suicide attempt to escape the final stages of her cancer. When she awakens in hospital not only alive, but in the best health and physical shape she’s known for years, a wonderful story of otherworldly powers and new dangers opens up for her. The characters are great and their motivations understandable, and Yelle puts a great new twist on the mythologies of angels. I really liked Britt and how strong she is, and how she always tries to put others before herself. Even the antagonist of the story, Kendal, is an interesting one who I couldn’t bring myself to hate even though he does horrific things. All of them are fleshed out brilliantly with even side characters completely believable.
This is a refreshing story which not only manages to break away from the many other kinds of supernatural creatures often found in paranormal fiction, but does so while balancing against the very real rollercoaster of cancer. It manages to achieve something of a three-way balance of the horror of cancer, the typical lives of teenage girls, and the new supernatural existence Britt experiences. It is a novel of finesse and believability, and I can’t wait to continue the series!

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