Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Review: Angel Star by Jennifer Murgia

ANGEL STAR by Jennifer Murgia
Pub. Date: May 2010
Publisher: Lands Atlantic Publishing
Format: Paperback, 264pp
Age Range: Young Adult

Seventeen-year-old Teagan McNeel falls for captivating Garreth Adams, her guardian angel come to earth. But where there is light, dark follows, and now she is torn between one angel's sacrifice and another angel's vicious ambition that threatens not only her life, but the lives of everyone she knows.
Can there be light without dark? How do you keep the necessary balance between both? Jennifer Murgia’s ANGEL STAR took me on a journey of the choices we face and the importance of balance within our lives.

ANGEL STAR begins with Teagan McNeel. Used to being ostracized by others, Teagan is known as a freak at school. Then she meets Gareth Adams. From the moment Gareth – Swoon – stepped onto the scene, I found myself looking forward to their interactions with one another and the connection they shared. There’s nothing like new love blossoming in the air! And let us not forget the dark and provocative Hadrian. Hadrian’s dark nature offered the perfect contrast to the goodness radiating within Gareth, and his character was an important addition to the storyline.

When I first heard about ANGEL STAR, I knew I had to get my hands on a copy. After reading the book, I’m thrilled to say that it exceeded my already high expectations. Murgia’s writing captured my heart. I grew to care about these characters and found myself rooting for them all the way. Teagan’s quiet nature and insecurities drew me to her and that, combined with Murgia’s easy writing style made it easy to empathize with her. Teagan was open to the changes evolving around her. She definitely stepped outside of her comfort zone with Gareth and I enjoyed watching her character grow as the plot unfolded. I also loved that’s she didn’t take forever to accept the reality of the situation nor did she neglect the importance of her own role in events to come.

ANGEL STAR is a breathtakingly fresh debut novel with exciting characters that jump off the pages. It was a perfect blend of romance and mystery surrounding the battle of light and darkness within ourselves. Will the characters defeat the ominous forces threatening their lives? This had me frantically turning pages. And with that cliffhanger ending, I can tell you I’m waiting on pins and needles to see what happens next.

Readers looking for a mesmerizing love story will be sure to devour this novel.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars

40 comments :

  1. Pins and Needles is a good way to put it! :) I love your review...

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  2. One of the best reviews I've read on this book!

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  3. Great review! I just finished it last night and pretty much loved it. I love the idea of dark angels and I love how Murgia portrayed them.

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  4. I've seen this book around a bit but your review has made me put it on my wishlist.Great review.

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  5. I loved this book! glad you liked it too!

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  6. Great review, I loved this book so much, can't wait for the sequel!

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  7. Wonderful review! I am so excited to read it.

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  8. Hmmmm the review is making me crave this book even more! So, so, so can not wait to read it!

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  9. Thanks for your great review. Sounds like a must read.

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  10. You always do great reviews! I can't wait to read more about this LI!

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  11. Great review. I think it will create interest for people who've not heard of the book.

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  12. Great review. I hate cliffhangers, hahaha. It makes me all anxious and impatient! :P

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  13. Somebody else who is pretty much telling me to read this book! It sounds really good.

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  14. holy wow i soo soo nee d to read this book sounds awesome deff on my wish list ty for the review

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  15. I love your review! I'm in the mood for a fresh read.

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  16. Definitely interested in reading this books, but I'm afraid of feeling like reading the same story again, (you know, girl meets mysterious boy with awesome powers, and most of the time, the guy saves the girl). So, i am a bit hesistant

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  17. I think this book is going to be amazing. Who wouldn't like battling the forces of darkness with a hot angel?

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  18. For me this book seems like it came out of nowhere. It was like I never heard of it and then wham tons of people were talking about how great it is. I do want to read it now. My only problem is with the cover. It just makes me think the book is about WW Two and concintration camps.

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  19. I am always on the look out for a good love story and from the way you describe this one, it sounds like it's right up my alley!
    Margay

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  20. I'm really excited to read this book excpet it almost sounds like Fallen. Good angel bad angel and girl in the middle. humm. I really enjoyed your review. Thanks!

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  21. Sounds like this one has an awesome romance! I can't wait to read it!

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  22. I keep hearing good things about this book. This review definitely made me want to get it. I don't know about the cliffhanger though - I may have to wait to read it until the next book is out.

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  23. I've so many positive reviews on this book, definitely going on my summer reading list.

    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com
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  24. I Liked Your Open And Honest Review. The Story Sounds Like Something I Would Really Enjoy Reading. I Think Everyone Struggles With Light And Dark Everyday. Will Be Really Nice To Be Able To Read Jennifer's Take On It.

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  25. Love the honest review! I can't wait to read this book and this just solidified my desire to read it! Thanks!

    xoxo
    jennie

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  26. Great Review! I really want to read this book now!

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  27. I'm glad to see you enjoyed it. I'm not always too big on the cliffhanger endings though. They always end up making me mad.

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  28. Sounds like a wonderful debut. :-D

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  29. Great review! I just finished reading it and I LOVED it! Like you, I liked how Teagan accepted the events and didn't take forever to do so.

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  30. Awesome review. Thanks for sharing it. Really looking forward to checking it out.

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  31. great review makes me want to read it sounds like a great book.

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  32. Great review! The plot is so interesting. I can't wait to give this book a try.
    Thanks!

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  33. Great interview! I have definitely got to read this book! Soon!

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

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  34. It was really hard for me to only pick one line from this book because Jennifer is a master at description. I was immersed in this world and the descriptions in it were memorizing. This one is my favorite though, there is just no way you cannot have a picture in your head after this line.

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