As a part of the “Indies Rock”, I would like to present a Children’s read, just in time for Christmas gift giving. Suitable for 8 – 12 year olds Audie the Angel and the Angel Army is the first book of the proposed Angel Archives series by new author Erika Kathryn. I encourage you to check out my review and consider this book for the middle schoolers on your Christmas list.
Audie the Angel and the Angel Army
The Angel Archives, Book 1
130 Pages (approx.)
Children’s fiction ages 8 – 12
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About the book: Audie, a seemingly typical twelve-year-old girl, is summoned from her middle school one day. She travels through a windmill farm and brought to an island where she’s told that she is actually an Angel and, more importantly, that she is of Phoenix descent. She is the pivotal and final member of an assembly of others her age, called The Angel Army. The army includes Luce—the dangerously handsome dark Angel predestined to fall from Heaven—and Cave—a stowaway from Earth who is crushing on her hard—as well as eight Angels with magical talents, a feisty Fairy, and a nimble gnome. Audie’s ordinary life becomes drastically different as she transforms; she sprouts gold wings, receives a halo passed on from the mother she never met, and her fellow Angels teach her to use her hand-me-down Phoenix powers. However, before she even learns to fly she is told of the real reason she is needed: an evil Elder Angel has discovered a way to dominate Heaven. Haunted by dreams of her past Phoenix life, puzzled by her feelings for both the charming Luce and her human friend Cave, Audie has to conquer her newfound powers quickly because the future of Heaven rests on her wings. Can she fight against flying Dare Demons, the Marsh Master, the Frost Fairy, and Evil Souls to save Heaven? Can Audie change destiny and save Luce from falling to his fate?
Audie the Angel and the Angel Army is the first of three volumes in a Middle Grade to Young Adult fantasy adventure series that make up The Angel Archives. Hang onto your Halos, because this story is filled with wild winged adventure!
I give Audie the Angel and the Angel Army 5 out of 5 Stars
Children’s books are notoriously difficult to review, and I feel they are best done in three parts. The overall impression, why parents/teachers will add it to a shelf, and why a reader will like it.
Overall – this is a very fun book! Cleverly intertwining a message of friendship and faith in each other and self, while providing action and adventure that will be sure to engage the reader, this is an imaginative book with a great cliff-hanger that will have readers eager for more.
Parents and teachers will appreciate the message and the tone. Never condescending or too violent, the imagery leads the reader into flights of fancy and delivers a message all in one. The characters are not overly advanced for their ages, and the writing is clear and concise, with age-appropriate vocabulary. The world building combines easy to visualize references that are intermingled with creatures and images of fantasy and myth. The writing draws you in and places you in the action and the language and references are both age appropriate and imaginative.
Readers will enjoy the story, the inclusions of familiar with the fantastic, and characters that could be in your classroom. With a Hobbit-like quest into the various lands of Heaven, they encounter creatures that are mix of reality and myth, some as amusing as they are terrifying. The plot is fast paced, with new things to discover, challenges to overcome and a final battle scene that relies on wits and teamwork far more than fighting ability.
As a first in the proposed series of three books, this book ends one set of challenges as it neatly sets the stage for others: leaving the reader wanting to know more.
I was provided an eBook copy by the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.
About the Author: Erika Kathryn has her Bachelor’s of Science Degree, major in Criminal Justice, minor in English. She’s been dreaming of Angels for over 10 years. She started the story of Audie when she was still in college (but doesn’t wish to share how long ago that was). She has written several other novels and many poems but none of which pull at her heartstrings the way Audie the Angel does. She is currently working on a girl-empowering Young Adult story that should be finished in early 2013. Shortly after that will begin the journey of Volume 2 for Audie the Angel.
When she isn’t writing Erika Kathryn reads to her beautiful Angel-Daughter, Kathryn Kay, and tells her that dreams DO come true while residing in Crete, IL. She also slaves away at her day job always day-dreaming of becoming a writer and making her daughter proud…
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