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Format: Kindle Edition
Paperback: 374 pages
CreateSpace (March 4, 2010)
Level: Young Adult/Adult

Back of Book:
Jessica's had the nightmares for as long as she can remember. Nightmares of being judged for people who have died, of being branded by the angels. Her friends and family think she's a crazy because of it all. Yet she carries the mark of the condemned, seared into the back of her neck, and hides it and herself away from the world.

But when two men she can't ignore enter her life everything changes, including the nightmares. The two of them couldn't be more different. She will do anything to be with one of them. Even tell him the truth about angels, why she never sleeps, and the scar on the back of her neck. But one of the two has set events into motion what will puller her toward her own judgment and turn her into the object of her greatest fear.

I would have to say this book is another fast read. The thing that I found most interesting is that the take on Angels is different in this book. Where they are romanticized in most books, in this one they are judgmental and indifferent. They almost play the villains in the story as they come to lack the very thing that we consider to make them the kind, compassionate beings they are usually portrayed as. The story starts off VERY slowly. But I kept reading hoping to have something exciting happen. while the main villain is pretty obvious, the story centers around Jessica and her inability to sleep. She chooses not to as she's forced to endure being a stand-in body wise for those who have recently died awaiting judgement. She goes through all the pain for them in a physical sense ( my guess is because they no longer have a physical body, but this is really never explained). This book isn't highly paranormal but rather has paranormal aspects to it. I read this story as I waited for something huge to happen and pick up the speed. I will be honest and say it never does. It isn't written like a true YA book, no angst, but rather almost like a chick lit book, or a "day in the life" is the feeling I got when reading it. The story isn't action packed in any sense, but rather it's more a story with angels thrown in. Not that it makes it bad, just simply sorta of different/boring. But you keep reading hoping something more will happen, an explanation, a good fight, anything, it doesn't. The end of the story does pick up, but only at the end. This book feels more like a prequel or intro to the series. I will be reading the second one to see if this is true. I can't agree with the $13.00+ price tag of the book, but again on Kindle right now it's only $0.99 or see if you can borrow it from a local library. At that price, when you just want an in between book this is a good suggestion. It's not the best, but it's not the worst either. Give it a try.

☆☆ 1/2


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