Angel in the Shadows (Angel: Book 1) by Lisa Grace

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Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing & Rights Agency

Date of publication: November 11, 2009

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Angels, Fantasy, Romance, Christian

Series: Angel

Angel in the Shadows—Book 1

Angel in the Storm—Book 2

Angel in the Ice—Book 3

Angel in the Fire—Book 4

Purchase Links: Amazon | WorldCat

Goodreads Synopsis:

The difference between vampires and angels? Angels are real.

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 lives, their souls, and their eternity.

At school, she recognizes Judas, an über popular boy, as an evil angel 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.

So, I started off liking this book. Megan found out that she could see demons/angels at camp. Then finds out that Mr. Z, her camp counselor, is a real, live angel named Zadok. Great, awesome. Then it got a bit preachy, but it’s a Christian fantasy, and I knew what I was getting into when I started reading.

Once Megan started back to school, the book started going a little bit downhill for me. But when Megan converts Vania (a Goth), it starts getting preachy. This is great for people who enjoy these types of books. For me, not so great. I kept an open mind when I continued to read.

The book left a bad taste in my mouth until the rather sudden ending. This is a book where I will not be reading the next book in the series. No offense to the author, but I can’t. I am Christian, and I can’t stand it when someone’s beliefs are forced down someone’s throat.

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