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Ethereal (Celestra #1)

3.75  ·  Rating Details  ·  12,398 Ratings  ·  901 Reviews
Sixteen-year-old, Skyla Messenger is a dead girl walking.

When her newly remarried mother moves the family to Paragon Island, to a house that is rumored to be haunted, Skyla finds refuge in Logan Oliver, a boy who shares her unique ability to read minds.

Skyla discovers Logan holds the answers to the questions she’s been looking for, but Logan’s reluctance to give her the k
Nook, 205 pages
Published April 27th 2011 by Smashwords (first published March 26th 2011)
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Mar 28, 2012 Kala rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is awful! The author uses extremely short chapters (almost James Patterson short) and the plot is choppy and confusing because of it.

The main character is boring and unlikeable. She's described as perfect with long, flowing (and of course, never frizzy) blonde hair and perfect crystal blue eyes. She moves to Paragon Island, into the house where a murdered girl (Chloe) lives. The dead girl's best friend (Brielle) immediately runs over and becomes best friends with Skyla for some unknow
Jul 10, 2013 Ivana rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Am I the only one who thinks Skyla is a slut?
Even that, I could forgive, but she's shallow too! She's a shallow slut!
In the beginning of the book, she already shows indecision about Gage (awesome) and Logan (sucks). (view spoiler)
She is unbelievably stupid and ignor
Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi
I have just one thing to say:


Apr 09, 2012 Elizabeth rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, dnf, rak
Do not read this book!

One of the worst book I' ve ever read and that's saying something because I've read awful books but this tops those books. The reason I dislike this book so much was because it was plot less all the book was about Skyla thinking two guys are hot and not knowing which one hotter and which one she wants to sleep with. All the characters ever thought about or talked about was sex having sex or thinking about having it.I seriously don't even know why the author tried to add a p
Rosie Moss
Feb 15, 2013 Rosie Moss rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ok so I am on the fifth book of this series and let me tell you granted by the other reviews yes the first book is a bit slow but stick with this series because the others are absolutely fantastic! I can't believe people are complaining about this book I am really enjoying the series and I really don't want it to end! The books are also fairly cheap and I think that the short chapters are good because when you finish one you instantly want to read another! I understand for you angel lovers out t ...more
Courtney Wells
Ethereal is a book that quickly establishes itself with vivid characters, snappy descriptions and pacing that holds the readers attention enough to keep turning pages. The plot's supernatural aspects as well as mundane ones ensnared me so quickly I read half the book within two hours and finished it not long after.

Ethereal has an irreverent tone in both narration and dialogue that is entertaining to read while reaffirming Skyla's general disposition. The tragedy and upheaval ingrained in her ba
I think I'm way too much of a cynic to read YA novels. I just started to read Ethereal and I can tell it will have a bunch of cliches. So far we have our heroine feeling an instant connection to a gorgeous, mysterious, rich guy. She is a virgin and he used to be a player. What's up with that? Why do all heroines have to be virgins? It's the 21st century and authors still keep sending the message that if a girl is not a virgin she is a slut. Whatever. Oh, and there is another gorgeous guy who pro ...more
Mar 25, 2013 Jeanette rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was FREE for kindle on Amazon, and a colleague had recommended it to me based on the fact that I occasionally read YA fantasy romance.

Based on reading the book, I assume the reason they could offer it for such a reduced price is because it was written by a teenager and they didn’t bother hiring an editor. (Disclaimer – I have no idea if this is true – this is merely based on the fact that the quality of writing in this book makes Stephanie Meyer look like William Shakespeare).

In addi
May 01, 2011 Brob rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have really enjoyed the wonders of technology that make things available to us today. I love the fact that I can access great stories that have not been published through the traditional route through Amazon. I try to take a few chances on these books because I know it will help those writing and because on several occasions I have found a really good book. Ethereal falls into this category.

Skyla is a fun lead character. She reminds me a little of a younger Merit from the Chicagoland vampire s
Mar 25, 2014 Jordan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
Look up the word horrid and the cove of this book is next to it, as in DO NOT READ IT. It’s useless, stupid, idiotic, screwed –up and a waste of time. I will not be reading any more books in this series.

Being a fan of all things angel I can certifiably say that this book does not represent anything angel what-so-ever. The characters are poor, the story line is horrible, the chapters are too short and make almost no sense, and the writing in general is all wrong. Absolutely everything is wro
May 16, 2011 Maverynthia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Twilight fans, people that like no plot and lots of making out
First of all I want to say, anyone who has been in an abusive relationship probably might want to skip this book. Parts of it can be triggering (the review might be triggering). It contains men trying to control women through speech and gestures, as well as objectification. It also has implied rape and dehumanization. Also on top of all this a huge topping of abelism!

The men in this book like to violate a woman's bodily automomy on multiple levels and it's shown as being "sexy" and "romantic". I
Amber J.
If Angels like the Celestra and Levatio really walk the Earth
-- we are in good hands :)

(just wanted to share my Amazon review)

I am IN LOVE with this book.

I love that this book is unapologetically spiritual: it deals with God, Angels, divine inspiration and intervention, the ethereal realm, and the dichotomy between good and evil in ALL of us, without being preachy or evangelical (I even liked that JC was never mentioned lol).

This is the FIRST time I've ever connected to the female protagonist
Amy Nielsen
This has got to be one of the worst books I have ever read. I finished merely so I could have all the ammunition for this review. Here goes...

I find this entire book to be ridiculously superficial. Not a single character, event or location was described or developed effectively. And if there were descriptions, they were of the most stupid things such as the fog. What is this author's fixation with fog? How many times do we have to read about the way in which fog can envelope a person, wrap a per
Veronica Morfi
Jul 28, 2012 Veronica Morfi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Didn't see that coming...

Starting this book I thought I would love it or at least like it for that matter, but unfortunatelly that wasn't the case. I did not like this book and it's mostly because of the characters.

Skyla is the new girl in town. She moves in the house of a dead girl Chloe and soon takes over her life. Chloe's best friend soon becomes Skyla's same with Chloe's boyfriend. But Skyla has a secret (of course she does), she can hear people thoughts. And once she realizes that Logan,
I found this book to acquired taste. The content is really love it or hate it, and I LOVEEEED it. This was sooooooo good.

I personally am a sucker fairy and angel books, but this was kind of an interesting twist on angels.

The book is about Skyla messenger, who's father and her can both read minds, and when her father dies her mom remarries and they move to paragon island off of washington from L.A. On paragon island, she learns that she is a Celestra, or a very high rank of angel that ha
Jul 03, 2011 EvaS rated it liked it
Shelves: own-it
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – I am just too cynical and jaded to read YA. It’s just not my style and even when written really well (Twilight) I just find things irk me too much. So I should have been prepared, but I did not realize I was reading a YA book when I started Ethereal, so I am going to assume that the issue I with me… not the book.

I think the plot was original, and really good; but the story and character development was a bit off. It just didn’t seem genuine to me, and
Courtney Cole
May 03, 2011 Courtney Cole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book!

Ms. Moore brings an entirely new and fresh voice to the angel genre... and I liked this ever so much better than Fallen or Hush,Hush. Her main character, Skyla is witty and smart. She doesn't fall into the weak, whiny MC category that we have seen so much of lately. The storyline is unique, the dialogue is funny. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good paranormal read!
May 01, 2011 Colleen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
BOOK LOVE!!! I didn't know what to expect from this book, but I'm so glad I took a chance on it because it paid off in a big way. Not only was the plot interesting, but the writing was beautiful. I hope the author plans on putting out the next in the series really soon because she left me wanting more. Excellent read. I highly recommend.
Beth   (the one who is)

There was so many things wrong with this book!! I'm sorry, I am not going to be nice about this review. I am sorry to the author because she added me as a friend..but I am not going to stop myself over this.. I NEED to vent.
I can tolerate a LOT of crap in my day .. But honestly this
was one of the worst YA books , I've EVER read. I'm not saying, I could do much better. But NO!
I can't help it. It was almost like, the author decided to sit herself down and watch all the teen movies. She
Amy Jones
Apr 23, 2011 Amy Jones rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites

Do angels walk the Earth? They do on Paragon Island. For two years Skyla Messenger has believed she lost her father to a horrible car accident. Now she’s not so sure.

Her mother has remarried to a man Skyla is not all that crazy about. She and her sister and new step siblings are being uprooted and relocated from sunny LA, California to dreary Paragon Island. Skyla finds she doesn’t mind the constant rain and fog of the island, it better reflects her mood since her father died.

When she arrives at
Jul 06, 2011 Ally rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book had so much potential, could have bee soooo much more.
But it wasn't. Worth the 71p but it seemed the book was empty, or the characters had no emotion, she was making out with two cousins and it didnt really seem to be an issue, time travelling and getting chased and kidnapped which seemed to be solved by a kiss. Really? A kiss the reader can't really savour because its more "he placed his lips on mine" All i can say is this must be some mind shattering kiss.

Then theres the fact that s
Kyleigh Trott
Nov 27, 2012 Kyleigh Trott rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
((Warning, spoiliy-oilies)).

Whoever likes this book really, REALLY needs to take a second look at it.

So I got it for free via Amazon Kindle, and at first I was like, "Whoo! A free book!" But then I did something akin to this number:


This book is just a horrible mess of why's and what's and how the holy hell did that even happen? The author certainly didn't think about logic - or grammar (there were more than a few mistakes repeated over and over again) and it drove me to the point of
Oct 18, 2015 Susanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adulting-is-hard
I bought this book and read the first page and put my kindle down for a few days. Story: there's this girl moving into a house and on the first page is a dramatic announcement that the previous girl living in the house was murdered. (Sorry Addison--but I had to roll my eyes!)

A day or two later when I DID read past the first few pages, my "real life" outside of Skyla, Logan and Gage became completely suspended! I stayed up all night reading through the first 3 books!!

Addison Moore's has a great
Rachel Harris
May 14, 2011 Rachel Harris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Ethereal was a fun read. I downloaded the sample chapter with the expectation of checking out a new author's work and adding it to my growing TBR Pile, and was hooked immediately. I quickly bought it and pretty much devoured it in one big gulp.

A few grammatical typos aside--all things I was more than willing to look past to focus on the hot boys--this was a well written story. The angel plot is tweaked to make it her own, and has lots of added twists and turns that I didn't expect. The mystery s
Jessica Varney
May 18, 2013 Jessica Varney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVE this book series! Don't get me wrong- I am an avid reader, not simply someone who picks the "easy reads", nor am I one of those Twilight junkies who simply crave a little romantic and paranormal drama from a story. No, I like to be able to connect with the story and the characters.
I have read a great deal into this series, and I do admit the story becomes sluggish and boring after a few (seven) books. But up until then, I was constantly hooked. I got through a book or two a day, and simp
Shawna LeAnn
Aug 01, 2011 Shawna LeAnn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nook-books
Just so you all know, this review is not going to be very long. Because, I loved this book so much, I immediately bought book number two right after I finished this one. Because Addison Moore left me with such a cliff hanger I could not not buy book number two after that. In fact, I finished book number two before I even wrote this.

From twists and turns to amazingly swoon-worthy boys and relationships this book has it all. I did not know what was going to happen next from page to page, and I was
A brilliant novel with a love angle (because love triangles are the math!) that will have you hooked. I think the only criticism I have is that I think the whole 'two hot angel guys' thing was a little bit more potent than the plot line. Not that I'm complaining! But I think the focus could have been a little bit more on the angel side of stuff. But overall it was good and I'm Team Gage :D
Apr 24, 2011 Marsha rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I don't really know where to begin with discussing "Ethereal." During the first third of the book, I struggled tremendously with the lack of emotions in the characters. It seemed as though they were soulless. Then, when I discovered that that the main characters were Nephaellim or angels, I couldn't believe it,

16 year old Skyla Messenger and her family have recently moved to the island of Paragon from Los Angeles. Two years prior, Skyla's father died in a car accident. Her mother remarries to a
May 10, 2013 Meghan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
where to begin?

In the first chapter, Skyla imagines her horrible mean, and totally ruining her life stepfather [her words, not mine] dying brutally and graphicly. does that say something to you? like maybe... i dont know, lunatic?

so next, she moves in, and a girl comes over from next door and annouces that her best friend used to live there. so, she pretty much says in a nutshell,
Lynn Kelly
I was excited to read this book after seeing all the great chatter about it from the World Literary Cafe's Twitter team last week. Overall, I agree that Moore has a good base for an interesting story and is on the way to writing an intriguing YA series. The writing itself, however, needs some work and I'm glad I was able to download the book for free.

It seems like Moore was so anxious to force a relationship between Skyla and Logan that she skimmed over a lot of the background, including why the
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Addison Moore is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who writes contemporary and paranormal romance. Previously she worked as a therapist on a locked psychiatric unit for nearly a decade. She resides on the West Coast with her husband, four wonderful children, and two dogs where she eats too much chocolate and stays up way too late. When she's not writing, she's reading.
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