I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Taking Angels by C.S. Yelle
on March 26th 2013
Book 1 in The Angel Crusades Series by CS Yelle
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.
Ok.. so I’m trying to figure out how to write out this review and I decided to go over and read the reviews on Goodreads but there this book has a lot of 5’s, which is awesome for the author, but doesn’t help me explain why it’s not hitting my book spots.
Firstly, if you start reading this and then comparing it to another book I’d say, keep reading and get to where it doesn’t remind you so much of said book. And I think that is exactly why this was so hard for me to get into. It wasn’t until around 35% that I wasn’t comparing this to other books. I mean, don’t get me wrong sometimes this is ok but for some reason this story wasn’t sharing itself with me, or I wasn’t allowing it to, because I was so distracted by the comparisons.
Then we have the normal clichés that I absolutely hate. I mean, I get that these people are Eternals and Britt is kind of special but he fell for her so quickly. There are certain people that have an appeal that draws you to them but he was wanting to spend his entire life (and that is quite long for an Eternal) with her after just a few short weeks. And although it is weeks they haven’t spent a lot of time together at this point so it was like nails to a chalkboard for me.
The redeeming qualities were quite a few though. I did really enjoy reading about Britt. She is different and the beginning is amazing in a dire but awesome way. I felt like I knew what she was going through on page one. And then the plot was pretty good once I got passed that 35% point. The story was really different from anything else from there on, with twists and turns that I wasn’t expecting. And honestly, I love that!
So… as I said above, this one is hard for me to review. It is a good book, an engaging story line with interesting and intriguing characters, and I liked the ending. But that first 35% just killed me. Actually, it was like 20% because the beginning was amazing and is probably why I stuck with that 20%, to see what was going to happen to Britt!
Totally recommended! Just don’t think of other books while you read this. It’s not like other books out there, it really is a story line all on its own.