Title/Author: Angel Star by Jennifer Murgia
Publisher/Year: Lands Atlantic Publishing 2010
Why I Read This Book: Either Christina or Katelyn at PAYA. I can’t recall.
How I Got This Book: I bought it at PAYA
When I was younger I loved the idea of a guardian angel– some graceful, beautiful creature that invisibly flies around me and leads me away from danger–which is something I definitely needed as a self proclaimed klutzy child. Or I’d think of some motherly figure like Monica on Touched By An Angel. Thanks to Jennifer Murgia my made-up picture of a fairy-like angel has been absolutely shred to pieces and replaced by a movie star quality, grade A hunk! I am certainly not complaining.
Angel Star by Jennifer Murgia revolves around Teagan, a high school girl who gets picked on by the resident “Mean Girls” group at school and isn’t too popular, but she’s got her best friend and her mother on her side. The normalcy of her life is shattered when Garreth, the new mysterious eye candy of the school, shows up and directs his attention towards her. Immediately smitten with him, as if she’s known him all along, she starts spending time with him and finds out that he bears the mark of an angel–an eight point star. Her perfect fairytale romance is maimed as she learns that “where there is light, dark follows” and she finds herself in the midst of a battle between that light and darkness that will alter her life and those around her.
As I mentioned in my Sleepless review, I’m new to the paranormal romance genre. I’ve always thought of it as vampires and werewolves and have been pleased to know that it contains much more than that. I know that there ARE paranormal romance books out there that contain angels (Hush, Hush) but I haven’t read them so this is fresh to me!
Having been able to study some angelology in my undergraduate studies, it is always interesting to see the different portrayals of angels in books and movies! I think in some cases books/movies throw angels or other unique creatures into a storyline to spice things up but what you really have is a used up old storyline that could easily be replaced by some other fantastical type of creature and be just the same. Murgia did not fall into this trap. She created her storyline with depth and a rich exploration into the study of angels filled with interesting symbolism and meaning. This was one thought-provoking novel!
I really liked Teagan and found that she was real and strong but not perfect. She wasn’t too stupid to function and she wasn’t needy but she seemed to have a good head on her shoulders but had the capability to make mistakes and to fall blindly sometimes–as I’m sure all of us woman have done at some point in our lives! I found the plot to be paced pretty well–just as soon as I felt a lull in my reading–I found myself sitting straight up with my finger itching to keep turning those pages.
Now on to the imperfections that I would be remiss if I did not mention. I don’t know if this is typical of alot of YA paranormal romance as I’m not well-read (or just the ones I’m reading) but what is with people falling head over heels the first time they see someone? Fantasy or not, it irks me. Where is the natural development of the relationship–the discovery, the curiosity, the little tiffs, etc. I understand they had a “connection” but I’d like a little anticipation surrounding the forming of a relationship. Although, I’m sure other people love this element of the book but it isn’t for me. Another minor problem for me was that sometimes things seemed to wrap up too easily for me. It wasn’t a huge problem but I did wish that some of the action lasted a little longer with more of a struggle.
Overall, I found it a fun and suspenseful read that had me contemplating the good and the bad that is inherit in all of us and our propensity to sometimes get caught in that blurred place where the two meet–that place where the allure of each is a force field pulling at our being and our sense of self. I will most definitely be reading the next book in the series when it comes out in 2011.
Rating- 4 stars– Angel Star by Jennifer Murgia is must read for paranormal romance/fantasy lovers. I think that if you aren’t really into the paranormal romance genre you might still find this enjoyable if you are looking for a book with a good plot that will keep you on the edge of the seat.