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Publishers Weekly Review
Junior angel Bethany, "created only seventeen mortal years ago," has accompanied senior angels Gabriel and Ivy on a mission to Earth, the exact nature of which is yet to be seen. While awaiting events, Bethany attends high school and quickly acquires a best friend and a boyfriend, though she knows she ought to remain focused on her angelic mission. Much of the book details Bethany and Xavier's travails as their Romeo and Juliet relationship develops; it is not until the end that Agents of Darkness make an appearance that will, presumably, feature more prominently in the rest of the planned trilogy. Teenage author Adornetto's U.S. debut shows an impressive command of language; while there are some holes in her world-building (Bethany's knowledge of earthly things is all over the place-she knows what a Peter Pan collar is, yet is ignorant of seatbelts), they aren't likely to bother the target audience much. The fantasy is sweet and enjoyable, if theologically superficial, but the white and Catholic character of both Heaven and Earth may alienate some readers who don't fit the assumed demographic. Ages 12-up. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
School Library Journal Review
Gr 8 Up-Three angels in human form are sent to the small town of Venus Cove to offset the forces of evil and restore faith in the community. Bethany, young by human and celestial standards, was chosen for the mission because of her seemingly natural affinity with humans. She attends a local high school and despite the edict to avoid close relationships and exposure as an angel, falls deeply in love with fellow student Xavier Woods. The arrival of an exchange student, Jake Thorn, leads to conflict between the couple and danger for the community as it becomes clear that Jake is not what he seems. The first title (Feiwel & Friends, 2010) in a planned trilogy is narrated by Australian author Alexandra Adornetto, herself a teen, with a fairly consistent American accent. Her youthful voice reflects Bethany's innocence and naivete and lends authenticity to the performance. The narrative is slowed by overly descriptive passages and is at times weighed down by Bethany's dependence on Xavier, but fans of supernatural or paranormal romance will likely overlook this.-Amanda Raklovits, Champaign Public Library, IL (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Angel Bethany Church and her heavenly siblings Gabriel (yes, that one) and Ivy have been sent to a small town on a vague goodwill mission. Bethany's territory is high school, where she tries to blend in despite her ethereal glow and blissful naïveté. Soon she is swept up into a chaste romance with impossibly good boy Xavier Woods while being tempted by a potential demon, Jake Thorn. Jake shows his horns by engineering the suicide of Bethany's classmate, and the forces of heaven and hell predictably clash. But when Bethany's and Xavier's lips meet in a kiss of true love, Jake is flung back to hell. The 17-year-old author's angel mythology is solid, though her self-conscious writing often lapses into cliché, and her plotline follows a path that has been well trod post-Twilight. Still, there never seem to be enough lengthy tomes to satisfy the legions of paranormal-romance fans, and this first title of a planned trilogy fits the bill. For readers who have had enough supernatural star-crossing, recommend A. M. Jenkins' superior Printz Honor Book, Repossessed (2007) instead.--Hubert, Jennifer Copyright 2010 Booklist
Horn Book Review
Bethany is an angel sent to Earth to help fight the forces of Hell. Her romance with mortal Xavier provokes the jealousy of a demon who wants Bethany for himself, endangering the community she's meant to aid. Bethany's insecurities about her high school relationships--and her human body--are relatable (if a bit tedious), but her instantaneous bond with too-perfect Xavier lacks credibility. (c) Copyright 2011. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Kirkus Book Review
Twilight comparisons. The second half finally brings tension when manipulative transfer student Jake Thorn begins recruiting classmates to the dark side. Although the angels thwart Jake in a trite battle of forces, an open ending leaves room for his return. Readers who want to avoid flat, stereotyped characters should end here. (Paranormal romance. YA)]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.