Angel Star by Jennifer Murgia
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, and now, she is torn between one angel's sacrifice and another angel's vicious ambition.
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 Review: Despite the current trend in angel themed YA novels, Jennifer Murgia introduces a unique story and fresh take on the guardian angel story. Her novel Angel Star mixes mythology, symbolism, and of course a love story, to create a wonderful novel that pulled me into Garreth and Teagan's world and didn't let go till the last page.
My favorite part of the story, beside the mythology, was seeing how Teagan's character grew. In the beginning of the story, Teagan is portrayed as a solitary girl with one friend, Claire. Teagan's happiness seemed to depend on Claire's actions and feelings. But, by the end of the story, and in the midst of tragedy, Teagan grew into a person who stood up for herself and was willing to risk all to save the boy she loved.
I also liked the character of Teagan's mother. For the most part, parents in YA novels are portrayed as absent, too busy or apathetic towards their children. There's good reason for that, because otherwise how else would the teenagers get up to the shenanigans and trouble they get into that forms the plot of the story? But with Teagan's mother, Jennifer Murgia, creates a character that loves and worries about her daughter, yet because she is a single working mom, she is not home often. I admire how Murgia was able to develop a story with conflict for her main character, but still have a loving family life.
Jennifer Murgia has written a complex and fantastic story of a guardian angel's personal sacrifice to protect the girl he has fallen in love with and a girl who will do all she can to overcome the evil haunting her.
My rating: 4 stars
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