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Angel Star (Angel Star #1)

3.30  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,615 Ratings  ·  246 Reviews
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 eve
Nook, 262 pages
Published May 18th 2010 by Lands Atlantic Publishing (first published May 1st 2010)
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John Egbert

I'm not going to torture myself any more with this, and I hope none of you choose to do the same. That's right, bitches -- I'M GOING TO REVIEW A BOOK WITH HAVING ONLY READ HALF OF IT.


So, let us begin on our journey...


When people say "This is the worst book I have ever read" in their reviews, I used to think they were overreacting...


1. The Plot

Or, more accurately, the lack of one.

Let me tell you two solid things I should see by page 100.

High School somewhere. I’ve-Got-One-Friend-Besides-My-Mom–Some-People-Say-I’m-Pretty-But-My-Mirror-Says-I’m-Not-Freak-Girl is hit on / stalked by Mysterious-New-Guy-Who-Makes-Everybody-Swoon-But-Has-Only-Eyes-For-Her.

On the second day of his school career he says “I make up to you for missed lunch [He had to see the counselor / coordinator] this afternoon,” and sweeps her off to a near-by playground after stopping at a Starbucks on the way to parade her proudly in front of her enemies ("Lookee
I've picked up and put down this book so many times, I swear it's almost getting to be a routine. Will I ever finish this book?

I will. You know what? I WILL finish this book. I'm gonna put on my Bismarck hat and go all Realpolitik on its ass. Give me that chair. Give me the book.

Now watch while I read this mofo.
Jun 05, 2010 Thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves paranormal YA novels. This one, is one of the best among them.
Shelves: my-best-picks, angels
June 2nd 2010

If i were to describe this book in a short sentence, I would say, "I loved every single page i read". And let me just say this, that there are certain points in your life that is defined by certain incidents which can make all the difference in our life.

Let me briefly start with the long journey i took with this book. If you do read this, you won't regret it. The day i got this book was actually rather bad cos i was going though some really bad situations that week. But the fact t
Written Word Review
Mar 22, 2010 Written Word Review rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone intrested in paranormal romance
Recommended to Written Word Review by: Anyone who likes Paranormal YA romance..
Shelves: arc
I finally found the angel book I’ve been searching for... Angel Star by Jennifer Murgia is a amazingly well written tale about a girl named Teagan, who’s guardian angel temporally hangs up his wings and becomes human to warn her, of the evil lingering in the darkest corners of her life. From page one this story just pulls you in and never let’s go.

The main character, Teagan, starts out as a shy girl. Her best friend, Claire, is a character at the beginning of the book that helps shield her from
Jul 10, 2010 Crystal rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
I really really wanted to like this book. I kept seeing all these great reviews and I was excited to visit a new pn creature, a guardian angel. I don't know if I need to start finding a new genre or what but this book fell flat.
The story is about a girl (yes I have already forgotten her name) and her finding out she has a guardian angel that has come down from above to help her and profess his undying eternal love. Okay that sounds very hokey so I can't believe I was actually excited about this
P.Q. Glisson
Jul 20, 2010 P.Q. Glisson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There is no way I could possibly give this book anything less than 5 stars. Jennifer Murgia is a rare talent, able to weave a beautifully sweet love story so eloquently the words flowed together effortlessly on the pages. Her descriptions are so exquisite that I could close my eyes and see it clearly. She takes us into a world where angels fall in love with their charges and ordinary girls have the power to save the world.

The relationship between Teagan and Garreth is touching and sweet as they
Dec 10, 2015 ~Tina~ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal, read-2010
Astonishing, Amazing, Awe-inspiring!

ANGEL STAR is one of those books that I've been dying to get my greedy little hands on. With high expectations, Jennifer did not disappoint! It was everything I look for in a good escape and so much more!

Forbidden Romance. A Destined Fate. An Unforgettable Journey that will inspire the Ultimate Truth.

Teagan McNeel is a shy, quiet seventeen year old girl who has a pure heart. It's only been her and her mother since she's never meet her dad. Not the most popular
Mar 05, 2010 Kate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: YA, paranormal, fantasy readers
Recommended to Kate by: Jennifer Murgia
Jennifer Murgia's debut young adult novel, 'Angel Star', was a marvelous, fast-paced adventure of a young girl faced with a new awareness of non-human beings and the danger surrounding her knowledge. Murgia explores symbolism and the existence of 'guardian angels' that will take you on a journey of a lifetime.

One aspect of 'Angel Star' that I highly enjoyed was the picture that Murgia painted with her words. The details that she illustrated were very concise and specific without being overdone.
took me a while, I guess {:


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
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Heheeeeeeeeeeeeee, yes it'll happen some day.

Lemme tell ya a story. This cover reminds me of a Chinese throwing star that I found in my school. I promise the story gets better.

Two years ago, during my freshman year at RIT, my fellow classmates and I were working on a class assignment, and when we discovered this thing, we started pretending to be ninjas and throwing the star into the trees. I was the one to hang onto it because I thought it was really cool. Class ends, I put the star into the sm
May 19, 2010 Katelyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Angel Star is in one word: perfection! Jennifer Murgia's book had me excited right from the beginning. She drew me in and her world refused to let me go, not that I wanted to leave, lol. I was so far from disappointed, in fact she surpassed what I had even hoped for. And did I mention this is her debut YA novel? I know...amazing!

Who doesn't love the idea of a guardian angel? I know I do and I can only hope that mine is as dreamy as Garreth! We meet our main character, Teagan in Angel Star and I
Erica (daydreamer)
Angel Star is completely perfect and captivating. I fell in love with it from the very beginning. It swept me off my feet leaving me in a contented feeling of pure bliss. The writing was beautiful, pulling me into the story. The romance was wonderful. I loved all the characters. They had so much depth, and I felt their love and sorrow. Teagen was a great character. I loved her purity and innocence, but also that she wasn't perfect, and has a small portion of the dark side. And I loved Garreth. H ...more
May 17, 2010 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My first thoughts after having just finished it -

Sadly it's not mine to read again - sadly I must send it on it's marry way tomorrow or Wed. to the next lucky reader....

But thankfully it's preordered, thankfully I will have the ability sometime soon, to enter the world of Angel Star again - to greet Teagan again and to vist with's official release is only a month away, right?

Angel Star is amazing - the story telling was brilliant, it's a book that I will feel honored to own, so t
Jenny / Wondrous Reads
I've got a bit of a love/hate thing going on with Angel Star. There were parts of the story I really enjoyed, and other parts that made me want to stop reading in frustration. I did read it in one sitting, though, so I think that counts for something.

I'll start with the good first - the angels. I love me some paranormal YA, and I don't think that'll be a big surprise to anyone. I'm a big fan of Hush, Hush and Fallen, and thanks to them, I have an interest in angels, whether they be of the fallen
Aug 22, 2010 Cheryl rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Teagan McNeel falls for Garreth Adams, the new guy at school, who turns out to be an angel. The idea of guardian angels and their relationships to their human charges, often unknown to the humans, in this book was original (though at times the writing style tried to be a little too breathy and flowery for me), as was the idea of one of them seeking to take advantage of those bonds for his own gain.

However, too many crucial parts of this book had me saying, “Really?” When Teagan’s friend and othe
Peace Love and Reviews
My obsessions with vampires are over. Replaced by angels. I have read three YA books that were angel related. Only one of them actually piqued my curiosity but that one was vampire-angel crossbreed. It was not solid but it was better than the other two. My problem with the other two ranges from lack of info about its angels, excruciating and long snore inducing story line and a disappointing turn of events. I was crossing my fingers on this new one, I had high hopes for it. After months of waiti ...more
I loved it! Jennifer Murgia has written a beautiful, refreshing and captivating story.

This is one of those books as you read on it gets better and better. Even at the beginning it moves quickly and it doesn't take long to get wrapped up in the story. It was such a unique take on Guardian Angels, especially the concept of the eight-point star. I wish I could say more but I don't want to spoil the book.

Tegan, the main character was sweet, shy and very likeable. By the end she was strong and confi
I still refuse to accept the fact that someone decided to publish this ... uhm book. It was by far one of the worst things I have ever read, if not the worst. It read like really really bad fan fiction. Lexically it was absolutely simplistic and I believe the vocabulary of a 8-year-old could be quite complex compared to this one. And the plot ... oh my... don't get me started. I was reading, scratch that, breezing through the story and couldn't believe how utterly stupid it was. The main charact ...more
Jul 30, 2010 Mari rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 13, 2010 Lauren rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, signed

Going into Angel Star I wanted to love it. I mean, it's about one of my favorite topics in YA (angels) and it seemed like it had a unique premise. Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy Angel Star nearly as much as I hoped I would because not only could I not really connect with any of the characters, but everything always felt a little too clichéd and predictable for my liking.

As Angel Star begins timid and shy Teagan has just received yet another spiteful e-mail from the Miss Popularity in her gr
 Tina (Fantastic Book Review)
Can there be light without dark? How do you keep the necessary balance between both? Jennifer Murgia’s ANGEL STAR took me on a journey of the choices we face and the importance of balance within our lives.

ANGEL STAR begins with Teagan McNeel. Used to being ostracized by others, Teagan is known as a freak at school. Then she meets Gareth Adams. From the moment Gareth – Swoon – stepped onto the scene, I found myself looking forward to their interactions with one another and the connection they sha
Ellz Readz
Feb 07, 2011 Ellz Readz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My thoughts...I am going to keep this a short review because I don't want to give away any spoilers. Let me say that this is a great read and I highly recommend it to fans of YA paranormals, especially ones with Angels as the main characters.

There were several memorable characters in Angel Star. Teagan, the heroine, is a typical teen, struggling to fit in and deal with the usual bullies. She has a strong sense of right and wrong. While she is not without her flaws, I like her confidence in her
May 24, 2010 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Angels seem to be the newest paranormal sensation and it’s easy to see why. They are beautiful, protective, powerful, sometimes snarky and sometimes gentle. The angels in this book fit this description perfectly; if all angels are like this, then more angels please!

Angel Star is the story of Teagan, a seemingly ordinary seventeen year old girl, and Garreth, the new boy who might just be something more than he seems. At first, parts of the beginning seemed very familiar, almost as though the read
Shannon (aka The Tale Temptress)
I don't read many angel stories, but when I do I always end up enjoying them. Jennifer Murgia brings a unique new twist the concept of angels on earth, and I found myself very drawn in to this story and its characters. Teagan's relationship with Garreth begins pretty quickly, and I really enjoyed the mysterious quality here and found him to be a great hero to this story. Teagan's character, as well, was pretty well drawn, and I found myself really loving her strength and straightforward characte ...more
Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
Teagan McNeel is an average teenage girl that often gets bullied by the mean girls in her school, but thankfully, she has a reliable BFF, Claire, and a caring mom. According to Teagan's mom, Teagan's dad "disappeared" when she was just a little kid, but Teagan figures that it's code for he walked out on them. A new guy, Garreth, transfers to Carver High School and he's super good looking, charming, nice, and is the quintessential good guy-- he even has a rosary in his car! Much to Teagan's disbe ...more
I really love books that have angels in them, no idea why, but there’s something about their celestial manner and heavenly heiarchy that just makes them so good, or so bad.

Brought to you by OBS staff member Katlyn

Seventeen-year-old Teagan McNeel falls for captivating Garreth Adams, her guardian angel come to earth. But where there is light, dark follows, and now she is torn between one angel’s sacrifice and another angel’s vicious ambition that thr
Jennifer Murgia’s writing is fluid and all around great. She has an incredible sense of detail that allowed me to see the story and its characters very clearly in my mind. With Teagan, Ms. Murgia has created a wonderful narrator who has an authentic voice and is a character I can relate to. Thanks to Ms. Murgia's talent for characterization, the other characters are well-rounded and believable as well, even the supporting ones.

My favorite part of the novel is Teagan and Garreth’s relationship. N
May 09, 2010 Katie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Warning! Might contain spoilers!

I had waited for this book for a long time...

I anticipated it... longed to know the content of it's pages. And yet, when I finally do get to read it, I find it lacking...

"Angel Star" by Jennifer Murgia is a good book, don't get me wrong. The idea and the characters were all set up very well. However, the delivery fell short of my expectations just because of how grand that idea and those characters were. They had a potential with no limits and I ached for a deeper
Well, let me explain myself why I lowered this down to 3 stars. The first time I read this was almost 5 years ago. And since then I have read a lot of books and well a few angel books as well. And I guess my likes and opinions on reading kinda grew too. My expectations are now higher. So I guess, reading this now it was not as good as I remember. It's not that I hate it or anything. It's still good and entertaining (at some points). So yeah, I guess that's it.

Review August 2010:
OMG! one of the b
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Jennifer Murgia has been writing ever 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.
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“I can't explain it too well. I picture myself being completely in tune with you. I breathe when you breathe. My heart beats when yours beats. I can time them perfectly to each other and then I just...slow it all down. It's really very easy." ~ Garreth” 30 likes
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