Fallen Angel Review

Posted February 6, 2011 in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Fallen Angel ReviewFallen Angel by Heather Terrell
Series: Fallen Angel #1
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Published by HarperTeen on December 28, 2010
Pages: 336
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
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Heaven-sent?

Ellie was never particularly good at talking to boys—or anyone other than her best friend and fellow outcast, Ruth. Then she met Michael.

Michael is handsome, charming, sweet. And totally into Ellie. It’s no wonder she is instantly drawn to him. But Michael has a secret. And he knows Ellie is hiding something, too. They’ve both discovered they have powers beyond their imagining. Powers that are otherworldly.

Ellie and Michael are determined to uncover what they are, and how they got this way . . . together. But the truth has repercussions neither could have imagined. Soon they find themselves center stage in an ancient conflict that threatens to destroy everything they love. And it is no longer clear whether Ellie and Michael will choose the same side.

In this electrifying novel, Heather Terrell spins a gripping supernatural tale about true love, destiny, and the battle of good versus evil.

Literary's Views

 
Enter the world of the fallen angels, where the fate of the world rest on the shoulders of Ellie and the mysterious Michael. Ellie is just your regular teenage girl going through high school being ignored by the student population and find solace in her one and only friend Ruth. That is until the mysteriously sexy Michael shows up and is instantly interested in her and knows all the powers that Ellie tries her hardest to hide because he has the same powers.

While I was really interested in Fallen Angel it didn’t really live up to its full potential and holding my attention throughout the story like I wanted it to. Things just took too long to develop since I knew that the story from the beginning was about angels, (hence the title). In my opinion Ellie took too long to figure it out. There weren’t enough action in-between Michael and Ellie’s self discovery to make the story exciting and interesting like I knew it could be.

Ellie and Michael were ok characters, with potential to be interesting and deep but they didn’t have that much depth to really grow into who they were. Ellie was a nice character and there were moments where she showed strength and courage but I wanted more of those moments throughout the story. Michael was just too good to be real. I wanted to know what was wrong with him because he was just too good (Does that make sense?). I craved some edge, some struggle, something that he’d have to go through to grow as a person. And the romance between Michael and Ellie seemed a bit rushed. Michael shows up, Ellie and him meet, they are meant to be together forever? I understand that the concept of fate and destiny but I still wanted them to work for it. (I’m all for the struggle, lol)

Though the story did have its moments when it did capture my attention and sparked hope within the story. Like the moments when Ellie and Michael were together. Their relationship was all sugar and happiness then bam! instant spice and intensity that surprised me in a good way. Things started to get interesting towards the end when Ellie finally figured out what she was and the enemy showed its face but you will have to wade through the whole book to get to the exciting parts.

Terrell had an interesting view of the fallen angel myth which can lead to an engaging story with more development. I didn’t have a problem with the writing style, I found it easy to read and flowed. I could picture every scene, but there just wasn’t an equal balance between the plot and romance and I felt that both could have been stronger. Since this is that start of the series I might be willing to read the next installment to see what will happen to Ellie and Michael and how they will grow as characters and if the plot will develop more.

Readers interested in a light read filled with some romance and a quest of knowledge might find Ellie and Michael’s journey in Fallen Angel by Heather Terrell intriguing.

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