Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Praefatio (Praefatio, #1)” as Want to Read:
Praefatio (Praefatio, #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview


(Praefatio #1)

3.21  ·  Rating details ·  73 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Seventeen-year-old Grace Ann Miller is no ordinary runaway...

After having been missing for weeks, Grace is found on the estate of international rock star Gavin Vault, half-dressed and yelling for help. Over the course of twenty-four hours Grace holds an entire police force captive with incredulous tales of angels, demons, and war; intent on saving Gavin from lockup and her
Paperback, 342 pages
Published May 21st 2013 by Month9Books, LLC
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Praefatio, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Praefatio

Allegiant by Veronica RothWalking Disaster by Jamie McGuireClockwork Princess by Cassandra ClareRequiem by Lauren OliverReckless by S.C. Stephens
Most excited 2013
149 books — 216 voters
Splintered by A.G. HowardTaken by Erin BowmanMILA 2.0 by Debra DrizaThe Madman’s Daughter by Megan ShepherdPivot Point by Kasie West
YA Debuts 2013
513 books — 2,451 voters

More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.21  · 
Rating details
 ·  73 ratings  ·  24 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Praefatio (Praefatio, #1)
Grace’s mom isn’t around, her father died in a tragic car accident and she’s being raised by her parent’s friends with her brother and their daughter. Grace has been hearing voices and learning to levitate but no one knows what she can do except her younger brother who may just know more than he’s letting on. When the time comes Remi has to save Grace from those hunting her taking her to the angel’s where she finds that her father isn’t dead, that she’s not human and she’s betrothed to a fallen ...more
I won this book in the GoodReads giveaway some time ago.... never received it... they have a button to press that says 'I have not received my copy'.... I pressed it... still haven't received anything.... not even an email or message if I'll ever get it... so... yeah... guess I will be getting a copy at the library or something
Kim Baccellia
May 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Intriguing beginning that made me want to read more!

YA Books Central Review:
Grace Fonseca
Jun 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Book Review:

An intense, but powerful young adult fantasy that you utterly become immersed in from the moment you start reading it. I found that Grace’s story was intense, but you couldn’t help but feel like this was a battle and the way the story unfolds, it seems very realistic.

I like that we get a real sense of who Grace is as we get told her background. I enjoyed that she told a story that had elements of things that could be true. We all have lives and families. Yet she has always found h
***Disclaimer: I received a free copy in exchange for a review.***

I'm still not sure what to make of this book. It's very disjointed and hard to follow in places, and I'm a little confused about the ending. It's kinda hard to keep track of what's going on when the author both won’t reveal information and keeps switching perspectives- and the timeline of events- to effect an air of mystery and suspense.

What’s Good: with UF/PNR rapidly reaching critical mass, angels are the new hot property in the
S.A. Larsen
Feb 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Intriguing view of angels, their purpose and interaction with the human race, twisted around a young girl, her brother, and an ancient text older than the Bible.

Clever yet subtle details slowly weave this tale into an inevitable and delectable whirlwind. From the interesting relationship Grace appears to have with her mother to the closeness she shares with her brother, Praefatio lays a strong foundation for the story yet to come. McBride uses poetic prose to tease the reader, as well as creatin
Mar 04, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, requested
I don't read a lot of books about angels, namely because honestly they don't come up on my radar too much. But when I read the synopsis and saw the pretty cover of Praefatio, I had to read it. Overall, it is a solid book that blends together fantasy and reality.

The whole book has this "what on earth is happening" vibe, but I mean that in a good way. You never quite know who is telling the truth, or who is the good guy and who is the bad guy. It leads for a lot of twists and turns that keeps the
Jessie Harrell
Mar 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Grace Ann Miller is an interesting character. She's a teen girl who reacts rather realistically to some surprising news that's been kept from her her entire life - she's an Archangel. At first she hides from it, refusing to read the book that would give her more clues, and latches on to others. But as she comes into her powers, Grace becomes a first rate, kick butt heroine.

I love the premise of how the story is told. You start off in a police station with the cops doing an interview and wanting
M.  [storme reads a lot]
I bought this book because I fell in love with the cover. I thought it was going to be amazing. I was even taken by the title. I was all on board when I bought this book because it comes from one of my favorite publishing companies, but I'm sad to say that my expectations were not met well for this book.

Honestly, I had no idea what was going on the whole time in this book. Sometimes I start reading books and ending being a little lost, but I was so lost the whole time. This book is very disjoint
Melissa (thereaderandthechef)
Praefatio turned out to be a very interesting read. It yearns for your complete attention with so many twists throughout the story that if you miss a single detail you might struggle to understand what is going on as it does get confusing going back and forth from Grace’s memories to her present situation in the interrogation room.

What really stood out to me in this book were the characters. Our wonderful heroine was so fierce and courageous that it was hard not to like her. She’s someone who tr
Caroline Patti
Apr 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Ok. Here's the deal. One, Georgia is my mentor, friend and boss and so, you know, no pressure at all. :-) Two, I don't really like angel stories. I don't know why. They're just not my thing.

Three. I have always wanted to write a story that starts with someone in an interrogation room and not only did Georgia beat me to it, but she crafted the story so well that I am in awe. It's no wonder why I've learned so much from her.

Four. This story kicks ass. No joke, all nepotism aside, I'm an angel co
Apr 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book started out a little slow for me. I couldn't get the characters straight and I wasn't sure what was going on. Then everything fell into place and I couldn't stop reading! I was so glad to see the main character, Grace, not some wimpy, "oh woe is me" heroine. This girl is kicking ass and taking names! I couldn't stand Gavin but I warmed up to him eventually. Grace's "brother", Remi, made me fall in love with him. My heart broke for him a couple of times. As you can see, I loved everythi ...more
Fiona Reed
Sep 08, 2013 rated it did not like it
I had high expectations for this very disappointingly confusing book. It jumps around constantly, can't get its mythology straight, and doesn't spend enough time on what's really happening and important to the plot, while spending six whole pages (I seriously counted) on how much the main character adores the arrogant fallen angel who is HOLDING HER CAPTIVE. It made no sense and wasn't even very interesting.
A. Rolland
Feb 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Angels, demons, war, and myths- The premise is so intriguing. I can't wait to get my hands on this one!
Mar 24, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: angels-fallen
I really hate to say this but the best thing about this book was the cover.
I found it hard to follow and at times really silly.
Such a shame as the book had real potential.
Annie Cosby
Jun 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: worked-on
Loved, loved, loved this book! Fell totally in love with Grace!
Jennifer Jones
Not on my list of favorites for the year. Typically I can handle teen angst but there was too much in this and the pining over the bad boy and goo goo eyes. Just not for me.
Apr 10, 2015 rated it liked it
What I liked: This book starts off in an interesting place, and though at first it is a little confusing on trying to determine what is going on (what's taking place in present time, what's a flashback, etc.) after a bit I was able to figure out what was what. This thing about this story was that it wasn't completely predictable and a few parts managed to not be what I expected. Some parts were predictable, but that was more on the fact I didn't think they could have gone a different way (especi ...more
Kristelle Elaine
I received a digital copy of this book via Chapter by Chapter in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. Thanks for the copy! All are my own opinion and is not compensated by any individual, organization, or company. This might contain minor spoilers.

What I really liked about this book is the cover. The cover is really pretty and makes anyone who’d see it, want to read it. I mean, the cover is what captivated me first before I gone to read the synopsis.

The book started in what seems to me l
Apr 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Okay this is a quick review as this is good read and you are gonna enjoy this for yourself because this is thrilling!

Grace was missing, had she runaway or had she been abducted? Nobody knew, not until she turned up on Gavin Vault's estate, Gavin Vault the rock star!

The police question her, she tells them the truth, the truth is unbelievable as she talks of angels, they fear that something bad has happened to her whilst she was missing, something that has addled her mind but she is insistent, the
Apr 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Not many stories do I come across that I found so uniquely written that I can't immediately compare to other's that I have read. Praefatio definitely fits into the unique story category!

I love that this one is young adult and it reads well for that age group as well as anyone that enjoys a well written paranormal story!

The story seems to have two unique sides to it, what is really happening from Graces point of view and what the authorites want to believe. Grace after having been missing turns u
Lisa Dess
Jan 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is an awesome, unique, story about angels. There were many twists throughout the book that I had to make sure I didn't allow my attention to sway while reading. The main characters were cool but I really love many of the secondary characters. I can't wait to read book 2.
Aug 31, 2013 rated it liked it
Loved the idea and the story but the writing was confusing and jumped around a lot. It got better towards the end but about halfway through I almost gave up. I'm interested in the sequel and hope the writing style improves.
rated it liked it
Apr 14, 2015
Charlotte D.
rated it really liked it
May 03, 2013
rated it it was amazing
Feb 15, 2016
rated it did not like it
Aug 05, 2013
rated it it was amazing
May 24, 2013
Shannon Duffy
rated it it was amazing
Oct 29, 2012
« previous 1 3 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Praefatio - Best and Worst 2 33 Jul 12, 2013 12:52PM  
Month9Books: PRAEFATIO Cover Reveal 1 37 Oct 30, 2012 03:11PM  
Georgia loves a good story. Whether it’s writing her own, or publishing someone else’s, story is at the heart of everything Georgia does. Founder of Month9Books, YALITCHAT.ORG and the weekly #yalitchat on Twitter, Georgia spends most of her days writing, editing, or talking about books. That is, of course, when she is not blasting really loud music or reading. She lives in North Carolina with four ...more

Related Articles

Sarah J. Maas is an author who almost needs no introduction, at least in the world of young and new adult fiction. She's a multiple New York...
215 likes · 27 comments