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Angel Dust by Sarah Mussi
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Jul 20, 12

Read in July, 2012

When the Devil starts a new campaign against Heaven there are going to be casualties. But who would have thought it would be one of Heaven’s sweetest and most innocent of angels that would be the fall guy. Not Serafina anyway. She doesn’t know what she is getting into when she falls in love with Marcus (just the most knee-melting guy imaginable). Motivated by her desire to save him from Hell and a growing passion that she doesn’t at first understand, Serafina must become mortal to fully grasp the terrifying lengths that a person can go to when they first fall in love.
Beautifully written in the voice of a teenage angel, ancient in years yet a baby in experience, this novel takes the whole Dark Romance genre and spins it in a new direction. Mussi’s grasp of breadth, her drawing on classical references (the City of Gold from the Bible, the flight of Satan from Paradise Lost, the pact with Hell from Faust, Pergatorium from Dante’s Inferno) and on modern film (The tonal shift from Wings of Desire, the juxtaposition of scummy/saintly like Angela A) and the genre itself, Fallen by Lauren Kate, Hush Hush, Becca Fitzpatrick – all these sources are woven subtly into the background and give the novel a roundedness that puts it firmly in the Dark Romance category and yet lifts it way beyond the usual boring love triangle or Good Guy who is really bad, or Bad Guy who is not what he seems – although that is there too, shadowed in, in the relationships between Kamuel and Larry and Marcus.
ANGEL DUST is a masterpiece of story telling: a poignant sad love story, a growing up story, a philosophical story (do we have free will or not?), a heretical story (how can God allow such tragedy on Earth?), but most of all it’s the story of Serafina, who must leave her home and sacrifice herself and venture into the world to try to save the boy she loves.
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