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The Last Archangel (The Last Archangel I)

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Xandir, an archangel assigned as a watcher angel over mankind, disobeys heavenly law by interfering with humans. As punishment, he is reassigned as a destroying angel.
Paperback, 279 pages
Published July 14th 2011 by Bonneville
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Evie
Sep 13, 2015 Evie rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-tour
***Originally posted to: Bookish Blog

Three words: hot, intriguing, heavenly.

The Last Archangel is one of those fun-to-read books. There is something sweet and fascinating about it that keeps you turning the pages until you hit the back cover. I was surprised at how much I liked this book. I mean, sure the cover art is absolutely and undeniably gorgeous, and I was drawn to this book from the very first moment I laid my eyes on it, but the blurb didn’t sound all that good to me. It’s definitely n
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L_manning
Jul 15, 2011 L_manning rated it really liked it
I was drawn in to this book by the summary and the cover. It looked like a unique and interesting read, and it absolutely was. Xandir is an angel that has been sentenced to exile on Earth until the end of the world. When someone with questionable motives presents Xandir with an opportunity to hasten the end of his exile, Xandir is faced with a difficult choice. Throw in his new apprentice cherub Jerom and a woman he Xandir was assigned to be guardian over, and Xandir quickly has his hands very ...more
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Jul 05, 2011 Lisa (Bookworm Lisa) rated it really liked it
I was impressed with the writing in this book. Michael D. Young was able to fashion a story with a great plot and many mythological and biblical characters.

Xandir is a destorying angel. He is banished from Heaven for being a fence sitter and not following the rules. He does not have a clean slate and has had a forbidden relationship with a woman from Pompeii. His love for her fuels many of his decisions for the good and the bad. He is given an apprentice and finds himself in a situation to save
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The Lonely book club
Jul 07, 2011 The Lonely book club rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011
The first seven chapters in this book is pretty slow, there’s a lot of information and much dialogue. The characters are presented and you get to know them slowly. It’s a bit confusing, but it clears out towards the end even though some things are still a little vague and confusing towards the end. For example: Xandir is told to protect Eden at any cost, but he simply disappears and never really sees any consequences. We are told there will be consequences if he fails this, but then out of ...more
Reena Jacobs
Such mixed feelings with this work. The author created an intricate world. At times it seemed like parts were well researched, other times the liberties he took with religion and mythology gave me the impression he didn't research at all. I don't know. I'll have to reflect on this.

Expect my full review July 18, 2011 on my blog: http://wp.me/pPz8s-1uJ
Kristen
Jun 10, 2011 Kristen rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
I was... intrigued... by the synopsis. The idea of giants and angels put this wacky cartoon like image in my head. But, I kept an open mind, thinking, let's see how this goes. It was an interesting read, and an interesting story.

There are two (sort of) separate story lines that come together about a third of the way through, but it feels tangential because while the characters come together, they do so only briefly. And they come together again at the end, in preparation for at least one other
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Inga
Jun 04, 2011 Inga rated it it was amazing
Michael Young’s book The Last Archangel was action packed. It had everything a good paranormal fantasy book needs to have: good story, interesting characters and so many mythological creatures you can only dream about! There were angels, demons, cherubs, old Greek creatures, giants, Achillians, characters from Christian mythology – you name it and it was in that book!

It was an exciting read with two parallel storylines and it had very good twists in the story, so the first 100 pages still do not
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Reena Jacobs
Jul 13, 2012 Reena Jacobs rated it liked it
My review on Ramblings of an Amateur Writer: http://reenajacobs.com/blog/2011/07/n...

I started out very hopeful with this book. The prologue absolutely rocked, and the writing was sound. I have to say, I was quite impressed with the opening. One thing for sure, Mr. Young totally knows how to reel in the reader. If I could categorize this work, I’d call it an action fantasy adventure.

Xandir is the main character with every other chapter is in his viewpoint while throwing in various other characte
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Aaron
Jun 17, 2011 Aaron rated it it was amazing
The Last Archangel will definitely not be the last book I ever read from Michael D. Young. This book was a fast, fun, thrill ride embedded with strong messages about love, friendship, courage, and honor.
The story is focused on two main characters, Xandir, an angel who doesn’t always follow the rules and is continually in danger of serious punishment from Heaven’s authority, and Eden, a woman who is having serious difficulty dealing with her failing marriage. Xandir is an angel who tries to do i
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Future Slayer Girl
I received this ARC from netgalley.com

I think whoever wrote the synopsis/description of The Last Archangel, did a terrible job at selling this book with a few words. It does not do it justice and it sort of leads the reading into a very misleading way of thinking before they enter the book. With the mention of a ‘love’ some may think is it a Paranormal Romance. However, it is not, and that as a whole makes the book great!

Right of the gate the book begins with very up front, strong, and decedent
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Vannessa
Nov 16, 2011 Vannessa rated it really liked it
I was intrigued by the synopsis on NetGalley for this book so requested and am quite glad I did. I really enjoyed it.

As other reviewers have stated, there are two storylines that eventually merge together, but the main story focuses on Xandir, a destroying angel, who must wield the swords of Justice and Mercy.

I enjoyed Xandir's story the most and loved his trip through hell to complete his side of the bargain with the Giants, a race created when humans and angels came together. Along with Jarom
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Ambur
Jul 10, 2011 Ambur rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, own-ebook
With an amazing cover, and an intriguing description, I definitely expected to like The Last Archangel. I am thrilled to say that I wasn't disappointed. It was action packed, and filled with an incredibly interesting back story involving things like the lost city of Atlantis, the destruction of Pompeii, and other intricacies involving Giants, angels, and demons.

The one big thing that the description from Goodreads fails to mention is Eden. Eden is a mortal woman who goes through tonnes in this b
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Sarah (Inklings Read)
I was not able to get through this book… Around about 65% through I forced myself to give up and accept that I couldn’t keep dragging it out… After 2 weeks of trying to get through The Last Archangel, I figured it was safe to quit. I wanted to like this. I really, really did. In theory and summary, this sounds like a book I would end up loving. But in reality, the formula was just too wrong for me.

First I will start with what I liked about this book: It has a very original concept. Never before
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Jaime
Jul 11, 2011 Jaime rated it liked it
Review from www.FreshFiction.com


Life on earth can get a bit boring. Especially when you have been exiled to the planet since what modern people call the ancient times. An ordinary mission to stop a woman from committing suicide opens the door for the biggest adventure that the exiled angel Xandir has had in centuries. He realizes that not everything is as it seems, even when you are an angel.

The Last Archangel is a fast paced adventure with a wonderful back story filled with historical events an
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Erika
Jul 08, 2011 Erika rated it liked it
The Last Archangel follows Xandir a rebel angel and Eden a women having marital problems. Their stories come together briefly a throughout the book.

Let's begin with Eden's story. Her husband becomes angry and aggressive out of no where. Then just disappears with the only explanation that he found another woman. Eden gets her friend Judy to help her find her husband. On her journey she encounters demons, other scary things, and learns things about herself.

Now for Xandir, his job is distribute mer
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J. Morgan
Sep 14, 2011 J. Morgan rated it it was amazing
It seems like a book about a fallen angel sentenced to be the bringer of doom wouldn't be inspirational. Yet somehow, it is. What about a cute little cherub as a sidekick who shoots a pretty mean bow and arrow? Again, it seems a bit of a stretch, and yet, it works. In fact, everything in The Last Archangel works on several different levels.

In addition to the exceptionally imaginative storyline, Young presents some fairly incredible concepts that are not only believable in the framework of the st
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Kris
Jul 18, 2011 Kris rated it liked it
Read my review at Imaginary Reads!

The Last Archangel is a thrilling read. With 2012 close at hand, there have been many new releases foreshadowing the future of mankind, most of them dystopian. This one is fantasy. Told from various perspectives as the plot requires, The Last Archangel incorporates angels, demons, and prophecy into a thrilling apocalyptic read that keeps you guessing as to what will happen next.

I love Xandir's brashness and unique sense of humor. He's been alive and working alon
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Joe Young
Jun 02, 2011 Joe Young rated it really liked it
An unusual fantasy where parallel stories describe the actions of an Archangel (Xandir) and a human woman (Eden) with her college professor/Linguist friend (Jane), as their respective lives intersect during the coming "End of Time". An interesting description of the challenges that an angel must face and the temptations that he is confronted with over eternity and the prices of a wrong choice. I really enjoyed the innocent Cherub (Jarom) who was assigned to accompany Xandir for his earth mission ...more
Darcus Murray
Jul 18, 2011 Darcus Murray rated it really liked it
Shelves: signed
This novel was provided for free by the author for review.

I literally just finished this novel and all I can say is wow. This book has so much depth to it and I found myself getting lost in the world the author has created for these characters. Michael D. Young successfully weaved in historic events in the world's history, our "myths", as well as stories from the Old Testament. (Ex: The Flood, Atlantis, Pompeii). I loved this. It worked so well for the story and was believable as a part of the s
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Kate (VerbVixen)
Jul 25, 2011 Kate (VerbVixen) rated it it was ok
The Last Archangel began with a rocky start. I despise withering women, and Eden definitely falls into that category. There is a counterbalance to Eden in Judy, who is an absolute spitfire but we have to wait a bit before we are introduced to her. What somewhat redeemed this book was the focus on Xandir who is actually an extremely interesting and complicated character. His snark was the highlight of the novel. I found that the Eden and Xandir plot lines were too distant from each other for much ...more
PenNPaper52
Oct 31, 2011 PenNPaper52 rated it really liked it
This book was taken more on a whim rather than reading the bio. The name Last Archangel signified Heaven and Hell and gave me glimpses of something what the TV series Supernatural does. The beginning was quite engrossing, a fallen Archangel set to become the destroyer of the world, an Angel who doesn't like his job, and does it grudgingly. I was dying to see at what turn this Angel turns, will he become evil or something in between. When he makes a deal with Evil's minions to save the woman he ...more
Kay Curtiss
Jul 13, 2011 Kay Curtiss rated it really liked it
I loved the cover and it was the first thing that drew me to the book - and I had no trouble getting into the story and really enjoyed The Last Archangel. It's a mix of Paranormal Fantasy and Last Days fiction with some interesting twists in the mix. The story moved right along and brought in some interesting history that played into the plot - i.e. the lost city of Atlantis, the destruction of Pompeii; Giants & Watchers from the Old Testament & 1 Enoch in the Pseudepigrapha just to name ...more
Savannah (Books With Bite)
I really tried to like this book, I did. But I could not just get into it. And that is saying a lot for me as a person who reads constantly. I always do my best to give the book a chance. I forced myself to read half way through and once I found myself constantly re-reading paragraphs, I deceided to set it down. This is my first DNF.

The reason why I could not get into is that while the characters are good, the storyline was not. I had a hard time really stepping into the feel of the story. I lov
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Cleffairy
Jul 21, 2011 Cleffairy rated it really liked it
Reviewed at:Over A Cuppa Tea
Review date: 22 July 2011
Review link: http://cleffairy.com/?p=5748

I was intrigued by the book cover when I picked up this book from Netgalley. The book cover looks very mysterious and looks promising, and yes, the book is mysterious and very well written.

I was amazed with the author’s knowledge and creativity in putting mythology and biblical theme together, and like many good fantasy stories, this book is fast-paced and full of action.

I enjoyed reading this book very
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Beverly
Jul 12, 2011 Beverly rated it really liked it
My thoughts:
I wasn't sure what to expect from this one. An angel as a destroyer?
I am a firm believer that you can't have both Justice and Mercy - interesting considering Xandir's swords.
I was pleased to find that I enjoyed the story very much. I was swept into the story from the very beginning. The characters are wonderful. Cleverly created and original in design, they all come with interesting personalities that I found myself drawn to. I was thrilled with the relationships that develop throu
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A Book Vacation
Jul 07, 2011 A Book Vacation rated it did not like it
I’m extremely sorry to say that I just didn’t care for this story. The idea of giants was a new concept for me in terms of angel themed novels, and while I really enjoyed the idea, the characters and situations within the novel didn’t spark my interest as much as I had anticipated. While Young is a talented writer, this story itself didn’t pull me in and I struggled to connect with the many characters introduced within the novel. This lack of connection, in and of itself, made the reading of ...more
Maria
Jul 19, 2011 Maria rated it liked it
I wanted to like The Last Archangel more than I did. The premise of the story had such promise, but I never felt it was fulfilled. The novel felt disconnected to me, as it jumped from scene to scene and brought in so many different characters. I felt I was on overload trying to keep up a lot of the time.

Now for the good stuff. Some of those many characters were great! Xandir, the not your typical angel, was snarky and defensive - yet still a hero. Eden and Judy were strong female characters, kic
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Shannon O'Donnell
Jul 12, 2011 Shannon O'Donnell rated it really liked it
I can't say I love the blurb. This book is so much MORE than that. When I first decided to read it, I wasn't sure what to expect. However, the two paralleling storylines work well together. Each time I was ripped from one and deposited in another, I had a moment of "No! I'm not ready!" followed by "Oh, I've missed you guys."

The action and surprising developments kept me reading and guessing. The end caught me totally off-guard--and I loved it! There was only one section of the book when I found
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Nephelle
Jun 28, 2011 Nephelle marked it as to-acquire
I haven't read this, not sure if I will get it. But I'm confused by the synopsis.

Xandir makes a deal with rogue angels and giants that could restore life to the mortal woman he loves in exchange for helping them bring about the end of the world and all of mankind.

Why would you make a deal with someone to give life back to a mortal woman when your helping them destroy the world? She's just going to die again.
Emma T Clement
Nov 18, 2014 Emma T Clement rated it liked it
Overall, this book was written well, with a complex plot. However, it was nothing spectacular; it was entertaining and enjoyable but nothing more than that. It isn't a bad way to spend your time, it's a nice easy read for those interested in angels and the paranormal, but it isn't overly special.
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