Google+ Reading Teen: Review: Angel Star by Jennifer Murgia

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Review: Angel Star by Jennifer Murgia

Reading level: Young Adult

Paperback: 256 pages

Publisher: Lands Atlantic Publishing LLC (May 18, 2010)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 098250053X

ISBN-13: 978-0982500538

Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5 x 0.9 inches

Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces

The story

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.
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.

The author

Jennifer Murgia has been writing since she was nine years old. After receiving recognition for her poetry, she went on to use her talents to bring characters to life in fiction novels that are authentic, intriguing, and personal. She currently resides in Pennsylvania with her husband and two children. 

 Angel Star was, well, was hmmmm. I'm thinking... It was not exactly my cup of tea. However, I feel that a teen might enjoy it much more. I felt like the story was just okay. It wasn't that it was horrible or that the writing wasn't good. The writing was actually very good and the story was told very well. I had a hard time staying connected with the characters. Some of the time I felt the story was a tad bit rushed. The lead guy Garreth, wasn't near steamy or sexy enough and Teagan, the main girl seemed very young acting and very fickle minded. I definitely wasn't skipping dinner with the family to read this one. I really had to force myself to stay focused on the task at hand. The reason I feel that a teen might enjoy reading this more is that I (mother) jus get annoyed with girls that fall easily for a boy, she hardly knows, so Teagan just kinda seemed immature. That annoyed me. I'm trying to get better about getting annoyed easily and then not liking the book, I really am trying.

Teagan's extreme-sudden obsession with Hadrian seemed written in a hurry and wasn't very believable. Teagan seemed to be swayed too quickly and easily. Someone as strong as her character is suppose to be, would blow the evil dude off in-a-heartbeat! I didn't think any of Hadrian's actions should have drawn her as they did, especially when she's already in love with Garreth. Like I said... fickle. I also thought the knock-down-drag-outs with Hadrian (evil dude) were resolved way too quickly. There was no fight really. I was really wanting a fist fight or something. This book just needed some oooph, some gusto, some real climax.
I wasn't happy with the little dialog toward the end of the book also. I need more interaction between the characters and much more dialog. That will keep my interest alot more. You could tell this book was written for younger teens it was squeaky clean, which is good. I will put this book on my clean reads list and tell parents to have their younger teens read this one with no worries.

Honestly, a thirteen to fifteen year old would like this book. May even love it! I, an old woman, (Haha) sadly, will not be reading the sequel.

~ Amy  

* word to the parents: This book is extremely clean. No language, very little kissing and little violence.

This book was received as part of an ARC tour from Dark Faerie Tales


  1. I have to admit, I wasn't really psyched about this one...the premise was a little *eh,* u know? And quick romance, no climax, and immature characters are definitely turn-offs. Thanks for the honesty!

  2. Thanks for the honest reviews! I kept hearing about this book everywhere , I thought if I had to buy it now. I might reconsider that.
    Btw, I have passed on an award to you -


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