Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (February 8, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0375858717 ISBN-13: 978-0375858710
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The first time I meet an angel, it is Raphael and I am eighteen.
Miriam is an unassuming college freshman stuck on campus after her spring break plans fall through. She's not a religious girl--when pressed she admits reluctantly to believing in a higher power. Truth be told, she's about as comfortable speaking about her faith as she is about her love life, which is to say, not at all. And then the archangel Raphael pays Miriam a visit, and she finds herself on a desperate mission to save two of her contemporaries. To top it all off, her twin brother, Mo, has also had a visitation, but from the opposite end of the good-evil spectrum, which leaves Miriam to wonder--has she been blessed and her brother cursed or vice versa? And what is the real purpose behind her mission?
Kindred was a fast enough pace read that you will not get bored, and a slow enough read, that you become one with the characters.
Miriam is visited by an archangel Raphael and is given several missions she must do. She totally bombs on the first one and is forced to move on to the next missions. She moves away from school and gets a job soon after her first mission. After Miriam moves away she meets Emmett. Not too long after, Emmett would do anything for Miriam, he was always there for her when she needed him. It was hard to read how much crap Miriam physically went through in this book. She wanted to complete her other missions so God would show her favor and heal/cure her. My favorite parts of the book was when Miriam and her twin brother Moses ("Mo") were together, constantly arguing and battling with each other. They really loved each other though, you could tell that Miriam and Mo were really close. I think their relationship was strained while battling good vs. evil. Mo was a good supporting character.
This book really was a heart thumping read, in the end. The only problem I might of had with this book, is the fact that it moved around a bit, a little jumpy. The flow of the storyline could of used some help. However, it slowly progressed into a very good climatic ending.