Psalm 27:1

The Lord is my light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid?

Monday, September 17, 2012

Children of Angels Book Review

Book One of the New Nephilim Series

SUMMARY:  "Not my iPod!" yells Jeremy Lapoint as his day plunges to record lows when Sid Lundahl and his crew stomp on the only nice thing he owns, and Jeremy gets in trouble for fighting.  With Dad in prison and Mom struggling to scrape by, Jeremy's life seems hopeless.
     Until he has this urge to . . . fly.
     One leap and Jeremy soars through the air; with this and his other newfound powers, life is suddenly amazing and wonderful - until - a real-live demon chases him through the school hallways, terrifying him, and making him a freak to his schoolmates.  Because Jeremy is the only one who can see the monster, he wonders if being able to fly is worth it.
     As Jeremy tries to fight off demons, he is relieved to get help from Asiel, his guardian angel, who wields his sword and fiercely comes to his defense.  Asiel explains that Jeremy is a Nephilim - half human and half angel.  After his initial shock, Jeremy's quest to uncover how he got like this sends him to the Higher Humanity Institute where he meets other Nephilim like him along with a slew of friends and enemies - both human and not.
     In the midst of his strange and dangerous struggles, Jeremy also receives the peace and love he has always longed for but never knew.  When called to lead an angelic battle for the truth, Jeremy must decide whether or not he will cling to the one who can win the war or let his old doubts and fears overtake him.
     Fun, danger, friendship, mystery, and faith fill the pages of this exciting book about angels and demons.  This is a must-read for kids (and grown-ups) craving adventure with a life-changing message.

REVIEW:  Since this book was geared towards young adults/juveniles, I had my daughter read it when I was finished to see what her thoughts were.  We both enjoyed the story and my daughter is looking forward to the rest of the series to come out.
     To me, at first I thought the story was missing something (especially since the story develops really fast) but, as it progressed, I understood what was occurring and why at that time and not earlier in Jeremy's life.  I thought it was interesting how the author explains how Jeremy and the other Nephilim got their powers and why only them.  There are many possibilities for future stories and events so it will be neat to see what the author does with this series.

This book was provided by Litfuse Publicity Group for review without compensation.

Kathryn Dahlstrom is the author of the Good News Club, a six-book fiction series for tweens and teens.  As a screenwriter, Kathryn was named a quarter-finalist in the American Zoetrope Screenwriting Contest and subsequently had that script, a Western biopic, optioned by a film company.  Her current production team is on the verge of filming a live-action family fantasy.

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