Series: The Hallowed Chronicles
Author: Angie Anomalous
Published: November 11th, 2014
Page count: 190 pages
Source: From author in exchange of an honest review.
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“The Archangels were completed and taken in, given powers not like ours. You are the only ones who can stop the End of Days. You must; all our worlds depend on you.”After waking underground, sixteen-year-old Uriel struggles to remember her past and where she came from. Taken in by a woman named Nikita, she is introduced to a world of angels and demons; a world balanced by the light of God and the dark of Lucifer. As questions surface, secrets are revealed and Uriel is faced with the inevitable truth; she, along with seven others, is an Archangel made by the hand of Man. Separated from the others, Uriel is thrown into the thick of the human world. Expected to blend in, she keeps her wings hidden and waits to be reunited with her kin.The world is only beginning its end when she meets seventeen-year-old Jophiel, and she immediately notices a strong connection with him. Together, they find that time is running out, and the other archangels have yet to come forth. The longer she is awake, the more the world begins to crumble as darkness threatens to overpower the light. As her past comes flooding back, she finds that Jophiel’s existence is more than just a coincidence; it’s fate. Together, they are faced with corrupted truths and an even bigger problem than just the End of Days. As the human race’s existence is threatened, Uriel finds herself fighting the realization that without her kin, every world is at risk, and she could lose much more than just herself.
*The Chef's Review*
My rating: 4/5 stars
At first, what drew my attention on reading the book was the cover, I loved the autumn colors. The second thing was that it's a book about contemporary archangels. It's not my first time that I've read this kind of book and although I felt skeptical about them, I found out that I liked them, so I decided to get started on it.
Uriel is an angel sent from heaven to fight against demons. The thing is that she is sent here without any previous knowledge about her pasts lives or about anything else, so she is assigned a guardian, Nikita, to teach her the basics. While she is learning her way around the world (angels have a super powerful brain and they don't need as much time to learn things as we mortals do), she starts to get her memories back. They are quite painful and hard to bare, but she has her guardian (who is like a mother to her) and her friend Jophiel. He is another archangel like herself that she quickly befriended in her first day of school and later on became Uriel's love interest. A series of unfortunate events happen along the way, but Uriel stays strong nevertheless; trying to save humanity and maintaining a clear head.
What I really liked about this book was that it is fast-paced and didn't linger in some aspects too much. This book also manages hard humanity issues in such a straightforward way that it surprised me. There were themes such as rape, suicide, violence, accidents, etc. those kinds of subjects are always brought in so awkwardly, but in this book they were so easily and clearly described.
All in all, this was a very good to read and full of surprises. If ALL of this happened in the first book of The Hallowed Chronicles, what more is there to come?!