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Out in Blue (Return to Sanctuary #1)

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  261 Ratings  ·  71 Reviews
In a violent world where fallen archangels are hunted for their valuable plumage, Wren knows one thing for certain: the human woman who saved him from a poacher attack will die if she stays with him. The demon responsible for his parents’ gruesome deaths two decades ago pines for the chance to rip apart any woman who stands under Wren’s wing.

Wren doesn’t expect Ginger to s
Published September 6th 2011 by Entangled Publishing (first published July 27th 2011)
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Stacia (the 2010 club)
Indeed, an archangel trapped face down in the water would surely drown.

During the 78% of the book which followed the above sentence, I kept having mental images flash through my head of a poor angel stuck in the water, flailing his wings and trying to get out. Maybe these angels should get one of those life alert necklaces, the ones with the slogan : Help, I've fallen and I can't get up! Those things save lives, you know.

Oh wait, I forgot. They can't rely on help from humans because humans a
Jun 26, 2011 Manda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Fallen archangels and their demon guardians live in hiding among the humans who despise them. Poachers hunt any angels they can find and have put their numbers in jeopardy. Ginger was raised in unusual circumstances, so she doesn't harbor misconceptions about supernaturals that others do. When she overhears a poacher discussing his next target, she takes action. In doing so, she meets Wren, an archangel with a tattered past. The two find themselves on an unexpected adventure to find the demon wh ...more
Lori {Romancing the Dark Side}
Romancing the Dark Side Review:

Angels and Demons like you've never seen them before!

Living in seclusion in a world where angels are hunted by poachers for their feathers, Wren has managed to evade not only the evil hunters but the demon who betrayed and murdered his parents when he was just a child. He trusts only himself, but when a woman risks her own safety to warn him of the poachers out to hurt him and saves his life when they attack, Wren is faced with trusting Ginger, the human who risk
Jun 28, 2011 Lacey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Warning!! Highly addictive, it has been known to keep it's reader up late into the night and cause a melting of heart, where all the reader can do is stare googly eyes at the book...Be warned, once started, there's no going back.

First thoughts: I was curious about this book, I love Angels, have a soft spot for them and so I went into this book thrilled and I wasn't disappointed. Right from the beginning it is packed with action and raw emotions, there are so many deep scenes where you're able to
This is a uniquely imaginative novel that I think is exceptional. I was hooked almost immediately and became caught up in the lives and adventures of Wren and Ginger. The chemistry between the pair sizzled. The tension escalated throughout until, finally, ignited by a fiery inferno, Wren found his destiny.

I love the way in which the author describes the beautiful, snowy-white wings, and deals with the handicap they can be when Wren is not in flight. The characters are likable, interesting, and
Kathy Martin
Aug 16, 2011 Kathy Martin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this urban fantasy/paranormal romance. In this world angels fall, are protected by demons, and are hunted by humans for their feathers. Wren watched his family's guardian demon betray them and kill his parents when he was ten years old. He has been on the run from both guardians and humans ever since.

Ginger overhears human poachers discussing the angel that they have located and rushes off to try to rescue him. After all, she was raised by a demon and knows about angels. When
I always think it's a little weird to say that I liked a book more than I thought I would because I seem to be implying that I didn't think I would like it. Which isn't true. I expected to enjoy it otherwise I wouldn't have picked it up. However, I didn't expect to have a NEW and EXCITING mythology on angels and demons presented to me!

I really loved the idea that the angels are feared and hunted and the demons are the protectors of the angels. That was cool and different and interesting. Wren wa
Jun 23, 2011 Annabel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: angels
You can find my review on my blog:
This copy was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Kindle Edition, published July 27th, 2011
Entangled Publishing

When Ginger Magellan overhears poachers talking about going on the hunt for an archangel she is livid. Not many of them are left. To humanity they’re the devil incarnate - their plumage the only valuable thing. Raised by a demon, the archangels self-appointed bodyguards, Ginger isn’t about to let them kill him.
After a trusted Guardian turned against Wren’s fam
Mar 01, 2013 Ellen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blog-tours
Out in Blue is a paranormal romance set in a world where archangels, demons, and humans coexist. Archangels are a rare find, have been portrayed as evil, and have been hunted by poachers almost to the point of extinction. The feathers from an archangel are considered precious and bring an extremely high price. The story begins with Ginger overhearing some poachers talk about an archangel, where he is staying, and how they plan to capture him. Ginger is a human who was taken in and raised by a de ...more
Jun 30, 2011 Kristen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
The Return to Sanctuary series starts with "Out in Blue" by Sarah Gilman. Where we are in a world where archangels and demons are out and the archangels are poached for their feathers. Ginger was raised by a demon (Devin) in Haven (another sanctuary in Alaska). She knows lots about angels and doesn't think the poaching of angels is right. There is more to Ginger though... When Ginger overhears some poachers talking about getting an archangel - Wren - she can't help but try to prevent the poacher ...more
Mar 23, 2013 Lizzie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Book!!! I cannot wait until the next book comes out in the fall!! Gilman has a novella prequel out, involving the same world but not the same characters, that I already bought so I can at least read that in the mean time. She has created an amazing world. A world that is an add on to ours. Humans are the majority but most hate the Fallen Archangels and demons that want to coexist with them. The humans support poachers who are set on killing demons and archangels and selling their feathers. ...more
Jess the Romanceaholic
This is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.

Expected Release Date: September 5, 2011
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Imprint: N/A
Author’s Website:
My Source for This Book: Netgalley
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Return to Sanctuary
Series Best Read In Order: N/A
Steam Level: Warm

I really, really wanted to love this book. It started off wonderfully. The universe that Ms. Gilman created was fascinating, with fallen angels and demons exi
Margie aka The Bumble Girl
Sarah Gilman's take on fallen angels and demons is like no other that I have ever read before - this story captured my attention within the first few pages...

The author immediately throws us into Ginger's world where archangels exist - fallen angels, humans think that they are disgusting, evil and don't deserve to live. There aren't many left, but they do exist. Poachers hunt them down for their feathers - feathers softer than silk - and a box full can bring in millions of dollars.

Ginger is mind
Jan 25, 2013 Valerie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-reads
3 stars - Great angel story with some quick love

Do you not just LOVE that cover? It's the new one out with the paperback that releases January 29th. That cover called to me. I'm in the middle of like four books right now - how does that happen? Well with me, it's usually when I'm not reading the right thing to get stuck in it. I don't think it was the books I was trying to read but the genre. I NEEDED this story right now. And it called to me. I got the email from Entangled that it was on Netga
Devon Ashley
Jun 24, 2011 Devon Ashley rated it it was amazing

When archangel Wren is warned and saved by Ginger from poachers, he finds himself torn between the Sanctuary world he was once a part of and the isolated world he's created for himself. He seeks solitude, forever outrunning the demon, Lark, that killed his parents and who still searches to kill Wren, and anyone Wren comes to care about. Lark was once the protector of Wren's family in Sanctuary, the one place the archangels thought they were safe, where demons give their lives to protect them. So
Aug 15, 2011 Bethann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
**some spoilers**

I won "Out in Blue" from First Reads giveaways, and I absolutely love it! This book is very addicting! I read it any time I had a chance, and when I had to put it down, I was disappointed and looking forward to the moment I would be able to get back to it.

It was an interesting concept that Archangels have demons that guard them and their families. The problem is that there are poachers who hunt the Archangels for their feathers, and humans buy them even though it's supposed to
Christi Snow
Jan 24, 2013 Christi Snow rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My Review:
I LOVED everything about this book. From the first page, you are thrown into the action. Immediately it's intense and while you do get a small break in the action partway through the book, the emotional intensity never lets up.

This book sets up an entirely new world and I loved it. In this world, there are fallen archangels, who are hunted for their feathers and their other abilities, and demons (Guardians), who have committed themselves to keeping the archangels safe. Along with their
Aubrie Dionne
Jun 27, 2011 Aubrie Dionne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An intriguing new world of angel and demon mythology…

Ginger’s life changes the day she overhears a poacher boast of pursing an archangel in Vermont. She’s the adopted daughter of a demon, the guardians of archangels, and she knows how rare and pure they are. She rushes to warn him, placing herself in great danger. Her actions make her and the archangel, Wren, runaways, and they seek shelter in a place called the Sanctuary.

Wren has lived a cursed life. His parents were murdered by a guardian betr
Keelie Howard
Mar 05, 2013 Keelie Howard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an amazing book. I absolutely could not put it down once I started it. I like the new approach that Sarah Gilman brought in regards to angels and demons. Normally they are enemies but in this book the demons protect the angels from humans that are called poachers. Fallen Angels have been hunted almost to extinction by humans because their feathers are extremely valuable. The story in centered around a angel named Wren and a demons adopted daughter named Ginger.

Wren's parents were killed
Tishia (Paperback Opinion)
Out in Blue is a beautiful love story about a young woman falling in love with an archangel. Having been raised by a demon that she loves like a father, Ginger is unable to “fit in” with the human world she tries to live in after becoming an adult. When she hears that an archangel is in danger, she feels compelled to help. Many poachers are after archangels to get rich off of their feathers. Ginger grew up in a world where demons guard archangels to keep this from happening, so it's natural inst ...more
Aug 02, 2011 Kristin rated it liked it
The book starts off running. On page one, Ginger is in a coffee shop when a poacher comes in and starts talking about a new angel that he is about to take down. Ginger, being raised in the paranormal world by her adopted father who just happens to be a demon, cannot just sit by when she knows that an angel is in danger. So she rushes out to warn the archangel that there are poachers after him.

The story was jam packed with action from start to finish. There wasn't a chapter where the characters j
Mar 04, 2013 Kim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this series and I loved this book! This is the first book in the series, following Wings of Redemption, a novella that introduces us to the world the author has created. Archangels are hunted by humans for their feathers, and viewed as evil. Demons and archangels are bonded together, living in colonies away from human society, struggling to survive in a world that abhors them. Relationships with humans are generally tenuous at best; trusting them is difficult to do. For Wren, trust itself ...more
Apr 10, 2013 Beccie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, reviewed
I received a few signed copies of “Out in Blue” to hand out to others and Sarah allowed me to keep one for myself. In return, I thought I would write a review. This is my second time reading “Out in Blue”. Sarah has created a very unique angel and demon world that I’ve never read before. These archangels with their demon protectors live alongside humans who hunt them for their feathers (how many times have you read that plot, cause I’ve never). The story hooks readers from the very beginning. Wr ...more
Brittany Rehage
Aug 02, 2011 Brittany Rehage rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I requested this book from NetGalley, and was extremely pleased when I was allowed to read it. The new look on angels and demons really interested me and I couldn't wait ti start reading.

Overall, the book was extremely well written, and I found myself very engrossed in the story. My only real complaint was how the story started. Readers are dumped right into the middle of a story and I would have liked to have a bit more of a build up, but even that did not distract me from the story.

Despite ho
Ginger was raised by a demon after she was found when she was an infant. She has an unknown history of and about her family but someone does…
Ginger lives in a violent world where angels are hunted for their valuable feathers. She over hears a poacher talking about hunt and an angel and takes it upon herself to save this creature.
What she doesn’t realize is the angel that they are hunting is the one that went missing several years back, Wren.
The book takes the reader on a whirlwind of twists a
Emily (Mrs B's Books)
**Provided by Netgalley and Entangled Publishing, LLC for an honest review**

This book grips you from the very first page.

I was so completely drawn into the story that i stayed up late just to finish the book to know what happened. The author brings a new twist into the world of angels and demons, which with the many books out there in this genre is surprising.

The romance between Wren and Ginger was lovely and the book offers the idea of sex without all the ins-and-outs of it like a lot of other
Sharonda _Isadora
This was a page turner from the start of the book. The story was good and the characters were well written. There is interesting take of angels & demons in the one. Archangles are protected by their demon guardians from poachers who are after them for their wings. The story revolves around Ginger & Wren. Ginger who is human saves Wren (an archangel) from poachers in the beginning of the story and it takes off from there.The love that grows between them is beautiful and tragic, but it pre ...more
Jeanne Haskin
Jun 20, 2013 Jeanne Haskin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Years before, I had the pleasure of reading author Sarah Gilman’s Out in Blue during the stages of its infancy. I was struck then by how deeply her characters moved me with their indomitable spirits and unselfish devotion. The grace they breathed into the story remained a gift in memory. Today, when I finally read the ending, I discovered that the story is beautiful in its entirety. It is about love and rescue, family, and forgiveness, lost lives and new ones. As a romance of epic proportions, i ...more
Lisa Dess
Feb 09, 2013 Lisa Dess rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this book. I loved the strength and determination of Ginger. I feel all the characters in this book are quite strong and well defined. The story was well paced and kept me glued to the pages. I won't spoil it for anyone with specifics but towards the end my heart plummeted and I was like "NOOOO" but after reading the next chapter my heart was back where it should be.

I also enjoyed this new tale of the demons and archangels being in the open. It brought some realistic issues into t
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