The Light and Fallen by Anna White
*** I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Amazon Product Description:
Lucian isn't sure what to expect when he steps over the banister separating Heaven from Earth. He opens his eyes in a new body, one with no wings, no knowledge of the future, and no special powers. All he remembers is his mission: to find a mysterious key. When he meets a human girl that he can't ignore he is forced, for the first time in eternity, to choose between duty and the pull of his heart. The future hangs on his decision, but he's fallen into a world where nothing is just what it seems.
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This is a fast read. The writing is smooth, nicely paced and easy to read. The characters drew me in and kept me turning the pages. The author has done a good job of setting the stage for more books, and has created a story that leaves the reader wanting to know more.
The characters are well written. Lucian is an angel so it's not so surprising that he is amazing, but I enjoyed his personality and appreciated his desire to make sure the world was safe. Samara is interesting. Although she is human and a high school student she seems to feel the weight of the world too, with her missing father and her mother's inability to cope. Jack is the hot shot bad guy who appears to be the all around high school boy, but is so much more. Even the supporting characters have been created wholly enough to leave an impression on the reader, my favorites being Lucian's "guardians."
I am anxious to find out more about how Samara's father and his disappearance fits into the story. I have some lingering questions about parts of the book, but am sure that the information will come in future books.
The end has an unexpected twist that is the perfect lead in for another book. I can't wait to find out what happens from here.