Title: Angel Star
Author: Jennifer Murgia
Series: Angel Star #1
Publisher: Lands Atlantic Publishing LLC
Pub. Date: May 2010
Genre: YA/Supernatural/ Romance/Angels/Fantasy/Christian
From Goodreads: Seventeen-year-old Teagan McNeel falls for captivating Garreth Adams and soon discovers that her crush has an eight-point star etched into the palm of his right hand-the mark of an angel.
But where there is light, dark follows, and she and Garreth suddenly find themselves vulnerable to a dark angel’s malicious plan that could threaten not only her life, but the lives of everyone she knows.
Divinely woven together, Angel Star takes readers on a reflective journey when one angel’s sacrifice collides with another angel’s vicious ambition in a way that is sure to have readers searching for their own willpower.
My Reveries and Ramblings: Angel Star, written by Jennifer Murgia, is the story about good vs evil, or light vs. dark. Teagan’s life isn’t that great: she has only one friend, Claire, is the object of torture by a group of girls at school, is plagued by nighmares, and her father disappeared when she was a baby. One day while sitting on a bench, a new transfer student, Garreth, approaches and talks to her. He seems to shine/glow. She realizes that not only does she feel strongly for him, he makes her feel safe from the nightmares and the dark shadows that seem to follow her. Garreth is her guardian angel. He has watched over her and kept her safe for years. He is finally allowed to appear to her as a human, but only for eight days. During those eight days her destiny will be revealed.
I had mixed feelings about this book. I really liked the chemistry between Garreth and Teagan. Their bond was beautiful. Whenever Teagan was worried he would breathe for her, calming her. It was so sweet. Their dynamic was the best part of the book. Hadrian, Lucifer’s brother, is the dark angel. He tries to corrupt people’s guardian angels so that he can control humans. Garreth and Teagan are constantly running from him. When Hadrian starts targeting people close to Teagan, they stand and fight. While Garreth symbolizes light, Hadrian represents the darkness. Teagan finds herself drawn to Hadrian and the darkness only to be reminded of her light, Garreth. This situation is parallel to the good-angel-bad-angel-on-your-shoulders. Both are trying to pull Teagan in different directions and get her to do something. It is both an internal and outward struggle for Teagan.
There were many things I didn’t like about this book. There were times when I was confused as to the location of the characters; one minute they are talking in the car, the dialogue going, with no mention of leaving the car then all of a sudden they are in the park on a swing set swinging. There were times when I couldn’t tell the difference between her nightmares and reality because she kept “waking up” suddenly in her bed like it was all a bad dream. I could never tell if the action sense took place in her nightmare or in reality. I really liked the basic story of Angel Star. I think Jennifer Murgia could have slowed it down a bit by adding more detail to the action scenes and adding more depth to the characters.
Overall, this book wasn’t for me. I didn’t really like it. In all honesty, I only continued reading, and will probably read the sequel, Lemniscate, because of Garreth and Teagan’s relationship. Their connection was deep, like down to the soul deep. It was fascinating. Jennifer Murgia’s idea was fresh and different from many of the angel books I’ve read.