Three angels are sent to Earth to fix problems caused by ‘dark forces’ in a small, sleepy town called Venus Cove. All is going rather well until the youngest angel, Bethany, starts to fall in love with Xavier Woods. Angels aren’t allowed to fall in love with humans, lest they become fallen.

The first thing that caught my eye about this book was the cover. It was pretty and, well, angelic. I really liked the different explanations that went along with how angels ‘worked,’ because that’s how I write my own stories; using things that already exist and putting new twists on them or finding holes in them. And I’m not usually one for full-on love stories, but in the beginning I really liked it.

…then, it hit. I’m going to give you a minor spoiler because I need to in order to explain. Something happens at the prom that makes Xavier pissed and not want to talk to Bethany, and she doesn’t want to leave her bed or eat. Then, after convincing by her oh-so-talented siblings, he comes back to her right away and she tells him to forget about what happened, and he does, no questions asked. -___- At first, I really loved Xavier, because he’s exactly the kind of boyfriend every girl wants. And that’s the problem. He doesn’t seem to have any weaknesses. He doesn’t even truly cry for his previous girlfriend, who died in a fire! [sure, maybe a little, but not like you would for someone you loved]
Xavier is exactly that hero type, and maybe if he had more weaknesses, I wouldn’t be so harsh on him. Maybe I missed something he wasn’t good at? Even Bethany says that he’s good at everything! But one thing I do like about him is that he truly loves Bethany, even if she is an angel.

And there’s demons. Of course there’s demons. I mean, I don’t mind demons vs. angels at all. In fact, I like it. But the demon, Jake, is incredibly boring to me. He’s bad, definitely, but not as bad as you would expect a demon to be. He retaliates after Bethany’s rejection [yes, he likes her] by hurting people. I understand how much angels care for the human race, but if he was really that hurt, he should have done something bigger. Hello, evil demon from hell!

Overall, the story was rather clichéd, and was similar to Twilight [after reading this review, I realised it]:

…it is very obvious that the majority of her ideas came from Twilight. A few examples are people’s eyes turning from vivid colors to coal-black, going to a nearby city to buy prom dresses with her 2 friends, “There are 2/3 things that I am absolutely certain”, etc.

Bethany often can’t go without seeing him for more than an hour, and that’s not very realistic. I realise she’s an angel new to love and she’s sort of obsessed with this boy, but even supernatural love stories need about 40% basis in reality.

As a review, these are some good points:

  • How Bethany and her family adjust to life on Earth and some misconceptions they have.
  • Gabriel’s personality. It was refreshing to have someone like him be able to drag all the floaty, happy characters down a bit and make them think.
  • The cover. That’s what drew me in the first place, and probably what kept me reading.
  • The supernatural character is a girl ❤

These are the bad points:

  • It’s often repetitive; for example, Bethany often talks about this all-consuming love for Xavier, and it would’ve been okay once or twice, but it happens a lot.  Situations are repeated, too.
  • The battle scene at the end is disappointing, to say the least. It builds up to this awesome, ‘we’re gonna kick your ass,’ ‘good vs. evil’ moment, but… yeah. I’ll leave it to you to read it to find out what happens.
  • Even if this is Bethany’s first love and it’s ‘cute’ and ‘sweet,’ it’s not Xavier’s. He’s a guy, and there’s not one time where he tries to really be one. You know what I mean. He may be cautious and rule-abiding, but he’s a boy for God’s sake. A teenage one, no less!

There’s two other books coming out, and even though this one wasn’t as good as I’d hoped, if I see them in the library, I’ll probably at least try to read them. The author’s young, and she’s a pretty good writer even if she’s not exactly fine-tuned yet. If she can save this series, I will be one happy reader~

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