The Hollow Presents: Dawn of Angels

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Title: The Dawn of Angles Author: Vivieene Malynn & Sean Kade Publisher: Sutherland Press (January 3, 2012) Summary:
Left by her mother at a young age, Kyra has grown-up in the foster system, leaving her angry and hateful towards the world. The only person she can trust is Hammond, her case worker who has watched over her since the time her mother left. When Hammond places Kyra in a foster home located in a small town, strange things begin happening and Kyra starts unraveling the mystery of her past. When Kyra's life is threatened, she is saved by an angel, her guardian angel, Ashur, who falls from heaven to save her. Together, Ashur and Kyra must figure out why her life is in danger and stop a strange cult from bringing about the end of days.


Review:
 
Though it is quite clear that "Dawn of Angels" is built around a premise that involves angels; this book is not typical of "angel themed YA fiction." The difference between this work and similar ones of its niche is that the authors have gone to great lengths to bypass the "let's make the angel the main focus of the story" route. In this tale, readers are allowed to give full attention to Kyra and the challenges that she faces as she comes to terms with who she is and what that means to her and those around her. We are allowed to dive head-first into the deep well of anger and loss that her character is fighting with all that she has to climb out of. Yes, the angels are important to the story, but the voice of the story and the point of view given is always that of Kyra. Please do not take the previous statements to mean that Kyra's character is allowed to overshadow others within this work. That is in no way the case. All of the supporting characters are allowed to add their own shade of light, dark, love, mystery, or in some cases quirk to a very complex work. Evidence of this is shown time after time in the relationships that Kyra has with her mother, her foster family, and her best friend Liv. They each have an interesting story to tell that has nothing to do with Kyra, but in which she has a role. Another aspect of this story that makes it great is the quaintness of the setting. This plot gains quite a bit of its creditability from the fact that the setting is so far removed from what is considered "normal" and so closed to outer influence, that one can almost hear the theme from Psycho playing as you read the town's description. Samos is a place where everyone is just a bit too friendly, the lawns are a bit too green, and there are a few too many secrets
On to the angels. Ashur is perfect because he is flawed. He is an angel, but he doesn't know all and is willing to allow Kyra to help him help her. The romance between Kyra and Ashur is well placed and timed so that it progresses naturally. Ethan is there to help-wink...wink. When he is not helping he is getting on Ashur's nerves. This story is very well executed and highly engaging. The only thing that detracts from its cohesiveness is the seeming random variations in the mythos that surround the beliefs of the townspeople. The religious aspects are for the most part of a Christian nature, but there are elements of Greek and even mathematical theory that seem extraneous. This is a very good first book that more than sets the stage for those to follow. "An 'angel read' that is a slice of heaven."
 
Rating : 4/5 stars
 
 Excerpt: "I didn't just fall from heaven to save your life…" Ashur pulls me in closer until my chest touches his. "…I came here because after all those years, I could not spend another moment of eternity knowing that you would not be there." He begins to sweep his head down toward mine. I know what's coming and I can't allow it. Turning away, I say, "I can't." My objection is not that I don't love him, but that I can't love him. He is an angel, I am a mortal. Two worlds that never have, and never will exist together. "You know as well as I do that this can never be. No matter how desperately we may want it. What will become of us?" "I don't know," he says. "I don't care." "Well, I do," I say. "All this will end and you will have to go back. And I will be left here alone." "But…" "No," I say, sternly. "It's better this way." Our eyes meet and I look away, but his eyes do not retreat as if they are holding me in place, preventing me from leaving.
 
 
About the Authors: Vivienne Malynn and Sean Kade are the parents of five lively children and live in a rural suburb surrounded by eagles and coyotes. They spend their free time reading, writing, and playing make-believe with their children. In their not so free time, they teach.
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1 comments:

sarabara081 said...

Just added to my TBR list, thank you! :)

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