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by Lisa Grace

"Lisa Grace creates a supernatural world, where the heroine is 100 percent human - a brilliant alternative to the vampire novels. If this is her first novel - I can't wait to see what else she has in store for readers. A page-turner from start to finish." -Alexis Del Cid, CBS NEWS, KOIN-TV, Portland, Oregon "Lisa Grace is a talented and exciting author. Suspense drips off each page. I look forward to her next work." --Gretchen Helgeson, Book Reviewer, Phoenix, Arizona Fifteen-year-old Megan Laughlin has a gift; or what seems like a curse at times. Megan sees angels and demons. Megan knows her destiny is to protect her friends against dark angels who try to sway them into situations that can destroy their souls, their lives, and their eternity. At school, she recognizes Judas, anüber popular boy, as a demon hell-bent on destroying her and everyone she loves. As Judas spreads horrible rumors and overdoses two of her classmates at a rave, Megan realizes the enormity of his power. While classmates die, Megan, with the help of an angel, Johnny, and a team of friends will face the fight of their lives as they battle Judas. Megan thinks God hasn't given her any "special" powers, but discovers she has what she needs as she confronts Judas and his seemingly unconquerable power. Author Lisa Grace is a former children's musical theater director and is currently writing her second book in her Angel series. She is married, has a daughter and resides in Florida, Wisconsin and Tennessee. Look for excerpts of her novels on Publisher's website:
Download Angel in the Shadows Book One epub
ISBN: 1609110013
ISBN13: 978-1609110017
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Genre Fiction
Author: Lisa Grace
Language: English
Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing & Rights Agency, LLC (November 11, 2009)
Pages: 144 pages
ePUB size: 1864 kb
FB2 size: 1920 kb
Rating: 4.8
Votes: 963
Other Formats: mbr lrf lit txt

A fifteen year old girl has a gift.
She can see angels and demons (dark angels.)
While the book has a great spiritual message, I think it's much too much pressure for a young girl to have to save everyone all the time and not be able to live a normal life.

This story feels written and told by a teen as well. The writing is extremely simplistic and feels like you're reading someones diary or an essay for your English class more then reading a book, but since this was written for ages 13-16, it makes sense for that age group I suppose.

One may even think it nice to have daily guidance of an angel in the life of teens to help pave the way for better choices and obtain stronger faith, but that's not how it works.

While that would be nice, God expects us to have complete faith in him and that unseen evil walks among us and God does allows both good and bad things to happen to all of us. We're given free will to make our own choices.

While I seriously doubt God would EVER allow a 15 yr. old girl to carry such a heavy burden of fighting demons all day long, this book IS in the fantasy category and we can be thankful this doesn't happen in real life.

Simple writing. Very simple. I'd like to mention to the author on words like "check-in" (used frequently during the summer camp chapters) should be hyphened or not hyphened (both are acceptable,) but choose one. Half were used with the hyphen and half were not.
This story had its typos, but was so much cleaner than many others out there, that it was nice for a change and one of the reasons for the three stars. I gave a higher rating for a positive message for young teens as well.

All in all, a nice book for ages 13-16, but not adults or even "younger" adults.
I really wanted to like this book. It’s got an interesting premise, and I’d love to see some great Christian versions of the popular paranormal YA genre. But this book is just terrible. Grammar and spelling errors run rampant, the characters are boring and unbelievable, and the author really needs to learn the meaning of “show, don’t tell.” Not to mention that there’s really no overcoming of obstacles by the main character. Despite the huge, eternal stakes, every challenge the main character faces is either easy or impossible, and if it’s impossible, she just gives up. And since there’s always an angel around to help her out, any decision-making is out of her hands as well. Not to mention the fact that it doesn't conclude, it just ends abruptly. Still, I do like the basic concept of the story, and I think that in a more talented, experienced writer’s hands, it could have been good, but this just isn’t. Which is incredibly disappointing.
Let me start off my review by clearly stating - this book isn't bad. It reads well and moves quickly. It's clean, polished, and generally enjoyable. The concept is a great one - a modern day teenage girl discovers that she can see angels and demons. She spends the book trying to reconcile her ordinary life with the extraordinary responsibilities and dangers that come with her unusual gift.

My favorite part of the book's premise was the very real-world way in which our heroine was expected to fight her spiritual battles. This is not a story of tapping into an "unknown" power to do unimaginable things, but an entertaining demonstration of how the very simple choices that we make in our everyday lives effect eternity.

That being said, I had two fundamental issues with the book.

The first one (which is no fault of the author) is that it reads a little young for my taste. A high school girl who can see angels and demons? An admittedly cool premise - and one I'm sure would appeal much more to young adults than it did to me. I just had a hard time relating to someone whose "ordinary" life felt so unreliably young. But like I said - that's my problem.

The second, which irked me a little more than the first, was that for all it's emphasis on angelic and demonic interaction, much of the book ended up feeling ... well, ordinary. Once our protagonist got over the initial shock of interacting with spiritual beings, the novelty wore off for the reader as well. Suddenly it felt a lot more like high school drama (with admittedly high spiritual stakes) than a supernatural thriller.

So if you're young (or like ya books) and you don't mind a little high school drama thrown into your spiritual stories, then I'd recommend this book as a fun read.