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The Second Sign

(The Second Sign #1)

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3.81  ·  Rating details ·  142 ratings  ·  57 reviews
Bred to believe in the war between angels and demons, Gabby has come to the conclusion that love is responsible for war, jealousy, and all the other deadly sins she can think of. So when she’s exiled to the middle of nowhere for getting kicked out of her fifth school for fighting, she doesn't expect to meet Jake. Much less fall in love. But Jake is quickly drawn to the eer ...more
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Published February 7th 2013 by Sapphire Star Publishing
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S.A. Larsen
Oct 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to S.A. by: I want to thank the publisher for sending me a copy of the book for review.
A dark, twisted tale that will keep you yearning for more.

Gabby appears to be the average troubled high school student with too much energy to burn. Such a characteristic often leads her astray. But there is more to Gabby than just being a student and simply mischievous. And more about herself than even she knows.

The opening pages immerse the reader in a facade of religious references and icons, seemingly the darker side of faith. This could have been a risky subject in a young adult novel; howe
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Cynthia
Jan 30, 2013 marked it as to-read
Shelves: reviewed
What would you do if you believed in Heaven and Hell but they didn’t believe in you? And what about if you don’t believe in them, but they believe in you?

Gabby is different in many ways: she’s not all human... her father is an Angel, and so is her twin brother. Also, whenever she touches someone... she can feel their emotions. Oh, did we mention Gabby has the worst luck ever? Her birthdays are not a day you wanna spend near her, bad things happen.

When the summer arrives, Gabby is sent back to t
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Marni
Feb 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
I've read a few angel and demon books in the past couple of years; Hush Hush, A Beautiful Dark and Rapture come to mind. There have been the stories of good vs evil, light vs dark, fallen angels, demons running amok, etc. This story combines elements of all these if a way that creates a chaotic unique story that can be read in any given time and still holds all its elements in place.

Gabby and her twin brother Max, have been motherless since birth. Their father is nonexistent and their guardian,
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Trini
Dec 30, 2012 rated it really liked it

The Second Sign is an intriguing story with fascinating characters and epic plot. Angels and demons exist and live amongst us in this story. As the plot unfolds you find that the power of persuasion and free will decide ones future. And most importantly that love can set you free.

Free will is a major factor throughout this book. Even though you would think that angels and demons have a genetic disposition to be good or bad they still have free will. That is how fallen angels are declared. But Ga
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I really enjoyed this book, it was an interesting take on good vs. eveil, and free will and all that.

Free will is a major factor throughout this book. Even though you would think that angels and demons have a genetic disposition to be good or bad they still have free will. Unlike many other books with angels and demons, some of them do not have free will. These do and that is how fallen angels are declared. But Gabby is not a fallen angel as it may look by the cover, no. She is something entirel
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Sunshine
*I would like to start out by stating that I was given this book, from the author, through the Never to Old for YA Group in exchange for an honest review.

It seems that I have a love/hate relationship with angel themed books. I don't know if this is because of my Catholic school upbringing (and all of the stories that were shoved down my esophagus) or because it seems to be so "hit or miss" with the angel books. Sometimes I receive an unexpected surprise and I fall in love with an angel story (An
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Pam
Gabby has always known about angels and demons. After all she and her twin have an angel father. Gabby gets into a lot of trouble and after her fifth fight she is sent to live with her twin Max to a summerhouse. She soon meets Jake and he quickly likes her. She however fights her feelings for him as she believes love is the cause of all things. She soon has to turn to Jake as a demon comes for her saying she is part demon. She has 24 hours to decide which side she is on. The demon begins to kill ...more
Carrie (Book Fairy) Fort
Mar 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: second-sign
Favorite Lines “A stone baptismal fountain laid on the floor to his left, large enough to bathe a child or drown one depending on your intent.”

“Say it. I want you to say it,” he said softly.
“I don’t know, all right. I don’t know.” He had some kind of cheesy grin that disappeared the moment she looked at him.
“I can live with that.”

“If he stopped breathing now, if he died tomorrow on that jump, he’d lived a full life because he caught a glimpse of something more than love. It was a deep sense that
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Laura *Little Read Riding Hood*
I must be on an angel kick without realizing it, as this is the second angel/demon book I've read in less than a week! Even though the other one was Adult and this was YA, this one is definitely the darker of the two.

Take your typical YA angst, add in several huge secrets, some difficult powers, lots of death, and angels and demons and you get the gist of The Second Sign. Things change from moment to moment, and I was continually confused as to who the good guys and the bad guys were, and how ev
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Sarez Tomoan
May 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
I abaolutely 100% loved this book. It kept me guessing and on the edge of my seat for the entire story, and still is.
There is a great diverse range of characters that have many aspects to their personalities and many secrets amongst them. The story slowly unfolded adding more layers of intrigue and drama as it did.
I have to congratulate the author on creating a story with heaps of depth and character that you don't often find in this genre. It was great to see a great story with so many dimensi
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Barbara Ann
Arroyo has written a wildly imaginative fantasy that immediately immerses you into a world where angels and demons inhabit the earth, hidden among humans, fighting behind the scenes in the classic battle of good versus evil. The plot is twisty and provocative with some intense, dark moments and a level of violence that make this an edgy YA series.

There are so many aspects of this novel that made it an enjoyable and absorbing reading experience. First of all the main cast of characters, Gabby, M
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Alysa H.
Apr 19, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
There were some good ideas here - a mildly interesting, nonreligious take on heaven/hell and demons/angels, and some quite good gory horror scenes -- but unfortunately I spent my reading of this whole book waffling back and forth over whether or not I should bother reading this whole book.

I did ultimately finish it in the hopes that it would get better, but apart from the first few chapters, I was simply bored to tears. I was expecting equal parts paranormal and romance but got romance-romance-r
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Kasey
Jun 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Second Sign really took me by surprise. I didn’t really have any expectations of this book, other than the synopsis sounded interesting, but I’m so glad I took a chance on this. Poor Gabby has been essentially left to fend for herself since she was born, and this has damaged her in so many ways. She never knows who to trust, because she’s been moved and abandoned so many times. Gabby has always depended on her twin, Max, who is the golden child and can do no wrong. This bothered me on severa ...more
Maghon Thomas
You’re going to laugh at me when I say I’m not really an “angels” reader but I like demons. And all I can say right now is “ooooooh this is getting good!!” I mean this one twisted me! At first I thought angels were bad, then good, then bad, now good… I’m very pleased with this book. It’s quite different from the outlook of angels vs demons but not only that but the story surrounding Gabby! I’m just heartbroken I think.

Gabby was a very unique character. Her and her twin, Max are halflings- human
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Gabby
May 23, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
*Warning there may be spoilers in this review, but big ones will be marked.*

Favourite Character: None I can think of that didn't anger me.

Now, just before I start, I want to say that I have never skimmed through a book before. Not even for one page. Never.

I'll try to keep this review as calm as possible.
Now, to start of, I'll admit, I did really like this story. Oh, up until 95%, though. I probably would have given it three/four stars.
I usually do long reviews for r2rs but not for this one.

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Ana
Feb 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Gabby is different. She’s not quite human, and, even though her brother and father are angels, she’s not one of those either…she’s somewhere in-between. Bad luck and demons seem to follow her around and she can feel people’s emotions just by touching them. Not your typical teenage girl.

Just like Gabby, this story is different. Yes, it has your typical YA romance. Gabby and Jake are attracted to each other immediately. But, unlike the other stories, this romance comes from a very different place.
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Cynthia Stacey
May 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have to give this a WOW straight up. I have to say that I am pleasantly surprised that I liked this book as much as I did. I am not usually into Angels and Demons and that sort of story line, but this book sucked me in almost from the start and I couldn’t put it down. I was a little concerned with the first chapter being so dark and gory, but after that I really was drawn into the story and loved every minute. I think I might just read a few more Angels and Demon stories after all.

I really en
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BookHookup
Mar 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Gabby is different. She’s not quite human, and, even though her brother and father are angels, she’s not one of those either…she’s somewhere in-between. Bad luck and demons seem to follow her around and she can feel people’s emotions just by touching them. Not your typical teenage girl.

Just like Gabby, this story is different. Yes, it has your typical YA romance. Gabby and Jake are attracted to each other immediately. But, unlike the other stories, this romance comes from a very different place.
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Laurie Treacy
Mar 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
After finishing The Second Sign, all I can say is "Wow!" Author Elizabeth Arroyo has created a page-turning paranormal. Refreshingly different, evil is evil, good is good and there is a place in between. That is where Gabby is. Her father, whom she's never seen, is an angel, as is her twin brother, Max. The story begins with Gabby getting into trouble at school, again, and subsequently told not to come back in the fall. Max tells her at home that they will be spending the summer at their vacatio ...more
Charity Bradford
Sep 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
This one was hard for me. I don't read a lot of fallen angel stories. For some reason they all feel the same to me, even when they are completely different. (Yeah, it doesn't make sense to me either.) I guess technically this one isn't a fallen angel book to begin with, but let's jump in anyway.

What I Liked:
Gabby. She's real, quirky, emotional, and every bit a teenage girl who gets her wires crossed leading to trouble.

Jake is the perfect hero for her. He's all guy and some of his actions make i
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Simone
Feb 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-read-2013
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. Gabby is kicked out of school yet again. Her twin brother Max and guardian Adler has “exiled” her to the dreaded lake house yet again. Apparently Max and Gabby are special. Max turns out to be angelic, literally, while Gabby can see angels, demons, and feel impressions people leave behind. What is she? You’ll have to read and find out. Now, every birthday something bad happens so the twins celebrate together to keep Gabby safe ...more
Grubsy
May 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To start off with, I've been reading a few books about angels and demons in the last few weeks so this book just drew we right in. Gabby and her twin brother Max have grown up knowing about things that normal people don't, this being angels and demons.

Right from the start this book had me, the opening starting with Gabby being kicked out of school and then going to spend the break at a summer house, from there things changed and Gabby met Jake. It's the same time that their birthday is and stra
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Ashley Byland
Feb 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
When I first started reading this book, it actually took me by surprise how dark it was. I couldn't put it down but part of me was a little scared of what I might read next. What was interesting to me is I had just finished a book where the two main characters were Jake and Gabrielle. The girl was called Brielle in the last book and in this one she was called Gabby. It was hard at first to picture them as different characters, but once I got into this book, it was very simple to do, considering ...more
Chie
May 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
The Second Sign is a dark and mysterious paranormal book. I loved loved the dark and bloody details, it makes the story creepier and effective..I'm kind of used to reading the dark parts in other horror/mystery books but not actually feeling it..in The Second Sign, I can't help but imagine them vividly.

I was edgy while reading this, I think I'm as paranoid as Gabby..I'm kind of suspicious to almost every characters in the story even to Max, Gabby's brother..and at times I'm even scared to contin
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S.M. Blooding
Feb 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book had my attention from the word GO! Okay, so that word technically wasn’t anywhere on the first page, however, it had my attention from the very first page. Ms. Arroyo has a very clean, clear and crisp writing style that brings all the right story elements shooting off the page. The plot was instantly recognizable and instantly hooked me.

I loved Gabby. She was easy to relate to. She had just enough of the angsty teenager mixed with the right amount of non-whininess. I thought she was we
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Irena
May 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.

Wow! That was all that came to my mind when I finished this book. When I first started reading this book I didn't expect it to be so dark right from the beginning. I was hooked.

I loved the story. It was very well written, easy to read, solidly detailed. at some parts of the book surroundings and action was so very well described I had a feeling i was there (And it's written in 3rd person!).

I think characters are physically described real
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Step Into Fiction
Mar 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ashley
When I first started reading this book, it actually took me by surprise how dark it was. I couldn't put it down but part of me was a little scared of what I might read next. What was interesting to me is I had just finished a book where the two main characters were Jake and Gabrielle. The girl was called Brielle in the last book and in this one she was called Gabby. It was hard at first to picture them as different characters, but once I got into this book, it was very simple to do, considering ...more
Natasha Hanova
Oct 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Second Sign is a fantastic read! The romantic tension between the main characters, Gabby and Jake, ranges from sweet to intense. The plot was packed with twist and turns that kept me engaged throughout the story. I wasn’t quiet sure what was going on in the opening scenes, but I’m so glad I kept reading because those first pages turning into an ‘aha’ moment by the end of the book. Can’t wait to see what’s in store for Jake and Gabby in Second Shadow!

I’d recommend this book to fans of paranormal.
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Gabby (What's Beyond Forks?)
Feb 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed

Full Review at: What's Beyond Forks?

There is so much of the unexpected within the characters of this book. Are they good? Are they bad? What are they period? Each main character and even some of the supporting characters have layers, and I was lured into their lives completely. You are given so much information within the pages, but there's no feeling of data overload. You are given what you need to know as you need to know it, and most importantly I still wanted to know more. The pacing was fla
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Leti Torres
Feb 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: yes
I really enjoyed reading The Second Sign @ first I was not sure if I wanted to read it because I am not into paranormal stories but as I began to read this book I was hooked. I couldn't put the book down !! Just wanting to know what happens next was a thrill in itself. Gabby is such a lonely girl trying to find herself and where she belongs. Her father and her twin brother are angels. Confused by things she feels she has no control over. Decisions, choices, love, confusion. What is Gabby going t ...more
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Elizabeth spent most of her younger years as an avid reader with a wild imagination which led her to write her first manuscript at the age of fourteen. Her fascination with the paranormal was influenced by the vivid ghost and demon stories her father told her as a child, scaring the crap out of her. It also led her to ask the "what if" question that propelled her down the path of the fantastical. ...more

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