Came out on August 31, 2010
Pages: 496 pages
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Source: hardcover from Borders
Age group: young adult
Three angels- Gabriel, the warrior; Ivy, the healer; and Bethany, the youngest and most human- are sent by Heaven to bring good to a world falling under the influence of darkness. They must work hard to conceal their luminous glow, superhuman powers, and, most dangerous of all, their wings, all the while avoiding all human attachments.
Then Bethany meets Xavier Woods, and neither of them is able to resist the attraction between them. Gabriel and Ivy do everything in their power to intervene, but the bond between Xavier and Bethany seems too strong.
The angel’s mission is urgent, and dark forces are threatening. Will love ruin Bethany or save her?
Personally, I loved this book. I reread it a billion times and I thought that it was absolutely beautiful. Not only do I love books about angels, but it involved theology and love. It was utterly perfect. No matter if you want a light read or a dark read, this book satisfies cravings for both.
Bethany is innocent, and because of that quality, the reader is guaranteed to fall in love with her. Xavier is so reliable and trusting that all the girls will be swooning (me included!) The setting was gorgeous and the description was lush. I loved this book, but the climax can be slightly cheesy. The setting is so gorgeous that I felt myself yearning to be transported to the lovely town that was created.
I cannot say how many times I reread this book or how much I loved it. It was very realistic character-wise because Bethany could get sidetracked easily like so many people do from the most important thing or responsibility that she has.
I also loved how Alexandra Adornetto was able to create a light book about angels when all the trending books are darker, with fallen angels (not that I don’t love those too).
This book is recommended for anyone who loves: angel books, theology, Angelology, paranormal romance, Sarah Dessen, etc,.
Possible book club questions:
Bethany describes heaven in the beginning of the book as “pure white”. How do you imagine heaven?
The angels are at first overwhelmed by the textures and sensations of our world. What tastes, textures, etc, would you be most attracted to and repulsed by if it were intensified?
Why do you think that the students were so attracted to the image of a “bad boy” that they see in Jake? How did this influence the events occuring in the book?