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Entertaining Angels

(Entertaining Angels #1)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  51 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Madison Andrews can’t face her reflection in the mirror. All she sees is a big, fat nobody. Yet, deep inside she longs for something more, something that’s not skin deep.

Along comes Zach, the new guy in high school. He’s smoking hot and totally out of her league. She somehow catches his eye, and he makes her feel beautiful for once. But just as she gets close to Zach, her
Published June 24th 2014 (first published May 1st 2014)
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Precarious Yates
Jun 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I've read many books that tackle the issue of spiritual warfare, but I especially loved this one. Mads was alive and real and jumped off the page! Her character is so strong, she needed strong characters to balance her, and Barnes certainly provided that in the characters of Chase and Zach. I was so impressed by the way Barnes handled the difficult issue of weight in a high school girl. The story flew along at a great pace, carrying me through Madison's emotions and all the action without dwelli ...more
Mar 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read
*need to get the new cover and re-read this one, GREAT story! 2015* I won this from Emerald, Author Extraordinaire, and SOOOOOO excited to get the newly made paperback copy, an EXCELLENT birthday present too!! Originally reviewed July 2014 and looking forward to reading again :) This book is so very special to me!

*re read AUGUST-SEPT 2015* ANOTHER FIVE STARS, Madison's dad is one of my fave characters in this story. Love how protective he is of his little girl :) Really enjoyed Madison's journey
†Reviews of a FearStreetZombie†
January 28, 2018 review:
I won't change my rate or original review because it wouldn't be fair to the author....but for personal reasons..... My thoughts have completely changed.

I hope this doesn't discourage people from reading this book, I recommend you read it honestly. It's inspirational. Just due to personal reasons, my thoughts have changed.

Good Lord in heaven! This book was heart stopping! Pure perfection loooove! When it comes to Christian books, to be perfectly honest, I
Jacqueline McDougall
May 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Although I don't normally read Young Adult fiction, I ordered this one primarily because it was rereleased by my publisher, Vox Dei, and I wanted to see what one of their physical books looked like. Additionally, the plot sounded interesting and beyond the norm for a work of this genre.

I was surprised to find I couldn't put it down. The heroine's transformation from worried, depressed, self-isolated teenager with eating disorder tendencies to Christ follower was nothing short of astounding. I ha
Apr 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, kindle
Madison Andrews is 16, and a self-confessed nobody in Mississippi. Except for her best friend, Chase Sanders, everyone either ignores or teases Madison for her weight. When they arrive to school on the first day, the big news everyone is talking about is Zach Taylor, from Ohio. He’s tall, dark, handsome and WAY out of Madison’s league, or so she thinks.
While Madison beats herself up inside, she hides her body in loose, shapeless clothing. She uses coping mechanisms like starving herself and adop
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
Feb 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, books-to-review
This is a powerful story about what faith can do for you. Madison is the kid that many of us were in high school, not the popular one. But she has something going for her, her best friend Chase, who believes in her and loves her for who she is, not what society says she should be.

Enter Zach, a new kid in this smaller town and he seems the potential in Madison as well. He works with Chase to help her realize that she is worthy of love and that her bully, Ashley, is not worth the time.

I thought th
Christine Cunningham
Jun 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
High school is hard enough without looking really different from everyone. Madison is a teen who is heavier than her classmates, and despite the encouragement and compliments from her best friend Chase, she can’t see the beautiful girl that she is.

This is an excellent book for the YA audience because everyone can relate to listening to the voice inside which refuses to let us embrace who we are. It seems to be easier to listen to those who see the faults we see in ourselves instead of listening
Michael Mardel
Apr 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Entertaining angels by Barnes is a feel-good YA story. But first the protagonist, Mads, has to experience the angst of being criticised by the popular girls, in particular, the antagonist, Ashley who is also a cheer leader. Mads wants to hide from the world because she is chubby. She tries dieting and starving herself to the point of being hospitalised. Towards the end we are given the reason Ashley is mean to Mads and
Zach's mission. A great book for those not feeling the love of school.
Sylvia Stein
May 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Oh I loved this story and I could relate to the main character and not feeling like you are ever good enough. This story is beautiful and so profound. I could really connect with Madison Andrews. I also loved how Emerald Barnes incorporates Madison's Faith. This is one beautifully written story which makes you feel so many emotions. I loved all the characters and I could not put this book down. ...more
Rachel Carrington
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I discovered this book through a request for suggestions on my FB page, and I'm glad the author suggested it to me. This is a story every young girl should read for Madison struggles with accepting herself for who she is. Her self-esteem is at an all time low, and it takes two special people to guide her to the God who made her. She discovers that she is "fearfully and wonderfully made" by a loving Creator. And while she still struggles with the doubts, by the end of the story you can feel Madis ...more
Annie Twitchell
Feb 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
As much as I wanted to enjoy this, I found the concepts confusing and unhelpful for where I'm at.

Characterization was pretty good, plot moved well, and if you read the shorts at the end, some of the stuff in the middle makes more sense.

Was a little bothered by the way the teenage boys were portrayed, they weren't very boyish.
Sandra "Jeanz"
Jan 05, 2015 rated it really liked it

I have read and thoroughly enjoyed other books written by Emerald Barnes, so I was looking forward to this one, hoping it would be something like "Read Me Dead". I also enjoy emerald's writing style, so I guess this should be an easy, enjoyable read.

I downloaded this one from Amazon UK . The cover features a female, probably Madison from the book, looking quite happy, sitting in grass. There is also a male pictured, so that could be Chase or Zach. There's the usage of "w
Entertaining Angels by Emerald Barnes is a tough book to categorize but I think calling it a spiritual-warfare-romance about covers it. I was expecting a clear-cut Christian YA romance so the spiritual-warfare aspect was an interesting surprise. My first thought after reading the above blurb was that Zach was playing some kind of mean trick on Madison. But once you start reading, it takes all of two seconds to combine the Entertaining Angels title with the fact that Zach runs around saying thing ...more
Tammy Hall
May 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I am not a very religious minded person even though I grew up baptist I seemed to let my beliefs fade or change due to too many questions and not enough answers. I for that reason do not usually review books with religious back round however, I made an exception to Entertaining Angels as it was more that just a book about religious beliefs. I am so glad I did. This story hit me like a bullet straight to the heart. I don't believe I have ever been so moved by any book as I have been by Entertain ...more
Heather Huffman
Feb 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Entertaining Angels is unique in many ways: the storyline, the point of view, the characters. There were so many things about this book I absolutely loved. There were a few dialogue patches that could have been smoothed out and a few spots where the pacing stumbled a bit or the main character got a little too caught in her own head and drove me crazy, but I loved her - and the book - nonetheless.

So often, when we’re sad, our focus does turn so heavily on ourselves that we forget the world aroun
Jun 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-copies
Entertaining Angels, by Emerald Barnes, is the inspiring story of a young woman who overcomes her insecurity. Madison begins the story as an overweight, depressed teenager, but her best friend Chase and the hot new boy at school, Zack, help her fight her insecurity with encouraging words and prayers. Ultimately, God’s truth about His creations’ beauty wins. Yet, the story twists and turns—which boy will she choose, what will the horrible Ashley do next, and what does the title have to do with th ...more
Lydia Thomas
May 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
I give Entertaining Angels by Emerald Barnes 4 out of 5 stars.

Like most of us, Madison Andrews doesn’t like what she sees when she looks in the mirror. In spite of assurances from her best friend, she remains convinced no one else likes what they see when they look at her, either. Even with the heavy subject matter, Entertaining Angels is nevertheless a sweet, inspiring read.

I’ve been overweight (and teased and/or poked at about it) since I was a little girl, so I get Madison. I loved seeing a c
Danielle Shipley
My feelings on this novel were a bit mixed. The prose and storytelling struck me as repetitive and obvious, reminiscent of a play in which the actors aren’t sure what to do with themselves while delivering their heavy-handed lines, so they perform a lot of the same motions over and over. Beyond that, though, the story had a good heart, doing a fair job of portraying a young person in a spiritual battle on a field of self-doubts.

It was pleasing to see the number of people in Madison’s life who no
Pauline Creeden
Jun 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Words are a powerful thing. They can help or hurt...even more than sticks and stones at times. But the worst kind of words that hurt are the ones we repeat to ourselves. If we keep telling ourselves negative thoughts about how we're not good enough or pretty enough or whatever, sooner or later we believe them so hard no one can tell us differently.

Teenagers have it the worst. Because they are just developing into a separate entity from their parents and learning independence, they are in the mi
Melissa Layton
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was not prepared for the emotional way this story would hit me. I have felt every emotion that Madison displays in this story. Her lack of self esteem, and how others saw her true beauty hit me like a brick in the face! Emerald Barnes has done an amazing job of bringing Madison's story to life. I loved watching Madison discover who she is in Christ, while allowing those who really love her to finally get close! I appreciated the way the relationship between Madison and Chase developed, and I w ...more
Jun 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love this story, it is wonderful and has an awesome message. Chase is truly wonderful; he could really see Madison, not her outward appearance, but her heart .What could be more wonderful than falling in love with your best friend.

Loved it when Madison's boss told her that she has a voice. My husband is always say that " you are a voice in this world don't be afraid to use it"

Yes, this book is geared towards a younger audience, but I'm in my 40's and I felt that I could relate to Madison and
Paula Ratcliffe
Sep 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Kristin Spencer
Nov 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book had an interesting concept, and I could definitely relate to a lot of Madison's thoughts, as I often felt the same way as a teenager. The only thing I will add is that there was some passionate kissing. I don't personally find that to be a problem, but I know that some mothers aren't comfortable with their teens reading those kinds of scenes in a book. There wasn't anything inappropriate in my opinion. Thank you Emerald Barnes for displaying God's purposeful creation in makin ...more
Mar 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Gosh! I started this book in the morning and have just not been able to put it down. The emotions & angst Madison is dealing with are wonderfully captured by Emerald Barnes - you feel as if you are inside her head. An ending that took me totally by surprise - was wonderful though.
This is a Christian-based story, so if you are dead against this genre this is not the book for you. If on the otherhand you are feeling overwhelmed by your situation and feel your self esteem slipping, this is the book
Gay Lewis

Too much of the same details over and over. Mad tells us how fat she until it becomes redundant. The author hints that Mads tries anorexia, but the author doesn't develop the idea. She missed a point by not stressing the danger of it. Zach, the angel, is a fascinating creature, but since Chase thinks Zach is human, why would he allow Zach to hang with him and Mads?
Kimberly Vanderbloom
Jun 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a great book for young women. I think it is great to put body images in the spotlight and know that you are beautiful just the way you are. I am not a religious person so I found it hard to connect to some of the parts but it didn't ruin the story or the message. I really enjoyed this book. ...more
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Emerald Barnes resides in a small town in Mississippi and has the accent to prove it. She’s an auntie, a youth leader, a little bit of a nerd, a reader, a writer, and a family-oriented person. God is number One in her life, and she thanks Him continuously for His love and favor.

​She’s also addicted to tv and binge-watching shows, and she has a thing for superheroes.

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