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After suffering an unthinkable loss, Abbey Miller and her family move to Leeds to rebuild their lives and start again, but the pain and grief that Abbey carries with her is impossible to escape. As she finds herself becoming increasingly isolated from her family, she develops a firm friendship with Lucy, Nathan and Liam, who introduce her to a brand new and exciting world, ...more
Paperback, 502 pages
Published August 21st 2014 by Grosvenor House Publishing Limited
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Charlie
Jun 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
Even Angels Fall by F.L. Darbyshire

God, this book was heartbreaking. It felt extremely realistic. Abbey's slow descent into crime and drugs. So much happened and the ending of this was utterly devastating. I couldn't stop reading this. It had so many grammatical mistakes in it and it's so sad the editor didn't get those out. I just know it'll turn a lot of people off from this book. Please give this one a chance, because the story and the characters are ultimately worth it.

Abbey could have been me. That was what terrified me mos
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Aggie Unsworth
Oct 29, 2015 rated it really liked it

I have received this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.

If you know me or my blog at all you will know, I am a total sucker for beautiful covers, and I must admit this one wouldn't have interested me on the shelf of a book store. Which is a shame because reading the blurb this certainly is a book for me.

Abby has suffered a huge loss, about a year ago her twin brother has passed away. Now she finds herself in a new house with her mother and her brother. Leaving her old home a
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Denny
Aug 01, 2015 rated it liked it
This writer has huge potential. F L Darbyshire is a great storyteller and could become a writer of literary fiction.

Even Angels Fall is a fascinating insight to the need we have to belong to a group that accepts us unconditionally, and the potential consequences to children when families breakdown.

I have read more than a few books about boys from abusive and dysfunctional families routinely finding their homes in gangs and getting caught up in violence, crime and drugs. Abbey, however, is from
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Fateme kerdegari
Aug 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
you know what? I love the story .the book and abby .she's against world and a girl like me ,you or anyone who been through ..
okay I guess I exaggerated but Not at all! !it's full of life and things I love to hear from the character (Abby)..she hesitate to put her skills out like every other one .
I want to read more like this kinda stories and you know what ?
The love here in this book isn't everything and I am so happy to find it and say it Aloud. ..
Laken
Jul 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, free, love, struggle, drugs
*I received a free copy of this book via the New Adult Book Club in exchange for an honest review*

"The way I see it, if you want something to be different then make it different because no one's gonna do it for you. If you're stupidly positive then eventually things are bound to get better, right...?"

I just finished reading this novel, and I feel the urge to write this review now. When I first started reading Even Angels Fall I wasn't sure how I was going to like it. The writing gave me the feel
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Gingercat
Oct 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I finished reading Even Angels Fall a few weeks ago, however I have been waiting to write my review as I felt that I needed more time to think about the story.

Even Angels Fall takes the reader on a truly emotional journey. It is a New Adult book and the story follows protagonist, Abby Miller. After suffering a terrible personal tragedy, she finds herself unsupported and side-lined by her family and, to make matters worse, she is then torn away from her friends when her mother decides to move the
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Erika
Dec 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
First, I would like to start by thanking F. L. Darbyshire for giving me a copy of this book in return for an honest review.

Upon starting this book I was expecting it to be like most books that contain a tragic event, I expected to see the main character spiral downwards and for a boy to come into her life and for everyone to live happily ever after, but how wrong was I!

This book contains an amazing, hard-hitting storyline but one that is beautifully written. F. L. Darbyshire understands that it
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Sarah
Nov 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Even Angels Fall is a story of loss, love and relationships. It also takes us on a journey of the highs and lows of being involved in the drug world.

After the loss of her brother, Abbey and her family move to Leeds to make a fresh start. Living in Leeds myself I loved the fact that the story was set there as I could easily visualise the areas the author was writing about.

Abbey is a very vulnerable character. She is devastated by the loss of her twin brother Ryan, it also isn't helped that she fe
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Sara Miller
Aug 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was pretty interesting to me. Abbey is a young girl who moves to a new town after a horrible tragedy strikes her family and it is irrevocably changed. Along with the move comes starting a new school and to say that Abbey has some anxiety about this is putting it mildly, while trying to adjust she catches the eye of the resident bully and after a extreme confrontation in the hallway Abbey meets Lucy and she invites Abbey to hang out with her group of friends. Seeing a chance for her soc ...more
Diana
Sep 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: suspense
Even Angels Fall by F.L. Darbyshire is such an amazing, intense reading. I loved this story right from the start and could actually relate with Abby’s Mum. But how the author chose to write this story is spectacular and yes I said spectacular and why? Because this can be anyone, especially a teenager who has gone through such a tragic experience and trying to find their way in life.
This story is not for the faint at heart!! This story about Abby after suffering the loss of her twin brother and
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Alicia Peek
Aug 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
*Contains Instances of Drug Usage*

I was given this ARC for an honest review free of persuasion from the author and anyone else affiliated with this book.

Usually 5 star ratings are not handed out lightly through my eyes, but F. L. Darbyshire’s Even Angels Fall has hit the mark of truly earning the right to claim five golden stars and more. The fact that it caused me to have an emotional fight deep down in my soul and caused my eyes to water, says that this story can make one feel as they are trul
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Edelmira
Aug 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is just incredibly brilliant! Even the title itself gives me the chills.
Okay, it was also heartbreaking but overall BRILLIANT.
I never read anything like it before.
The plot was freaking amazing! The multiple POVs was clearly written so well without any confusion. I loved this book a lot.
It broke me in so many ways.
Each character took a toll on me. I was drawn to them so deeply. I felt like I see a little of myself from each of them. I definitely felt the connection. To be honest I wa
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Hayley Whitehouse
Jul 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I received a free copy of this book in return for an honest review.

I have to say that this book was a brilliant read. From the synopsis of this book, I was not expecting much from this story, I thought it would be a cliche story about a girl who goes off the rails and ends up sorting herself out by the end.

I WAS WRONG!!

The story starts off with 18 year old Abby. She lost her twin brother to suicide and is obviously in pain and is grieving. She didn't only lose her brother though, she lost the r
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Eileen Robinson
Jul 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book via New Adult Book Club on Goodreads for an honest review.

After reading the synopsis for this book, I thought I was prepared for what I would read, I was totally wrong.
Although I am not a fan of the first person perspective, I have to say that for this book it worked.
The story revolved around a young girl of eighteen who's lost her twin brother due to suicide and she's finding great difficulty (as expected) coming to terms with his death. Feeling lost and alone and
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Dee Price
Jul 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I recieved this book from a NA book club in exchange for an honest review. This is not a NA book but it is an honest and raw book about a young girl, who is grieving and lost after the death of her twin brother, who gets caught up with the wrong crowd. Feeling neglected and alone, Abbey latches onto Lucy, Nathan and Liam and is quickly introduced to a fast life laced with drug and alcohol abuse. When Abbey starts dating their friend, a drug dealing sexy Irishman named Alex, her life quickly spir ...more
Sophia Peat
Oct 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
one of the best books i've read in a long time, it is so well written u feel u know the characters. it has drama throughout and continues to grip and shock to the very end, I laughed and cried and couldn't put it down, I would recommend this book to anyone!
Peggy
Jan 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
An amazing book! Not one to pass up! Will have you laughing and crying. Very emotionally felt! A great read for anyone! A book that I would recommend to everyone! Please pick yourself up a copy and see what it's all about! You WILL NOT regret it!

**Received for an honest review**
Sierra
Nov 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Confession: Between my initial read of this book's summary and my cracking open the first few pages of the book, enough time had passed that I had completely forgotten what this story was about. For some reason, I thought it was going to be a paranormal romance?


Nope.

Nope, nope, nope!

I was wrong and I was glad for it! Because this book was nothing short of exquisite.

To be frank, I'm not sure I really have the words to describe this story and just how deep it goes. So I suppose I'll start with the
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Ari
Nov 19, 2015 rated it liked it
I have a love/hate relationship with the writing for this book. First, let’s talk about what I loved. This book deals with a number of serious themes, like loss, drugs and alcohol, family issues and I really enjoyed that. After loosing her other half, Abbey has a hard time moving forward. Her family also has a difficult time moving forward and Abbey’s relationship with her family becomes strained. This leads her to getting mixed up with the wrong crowd and experimenting with drugs and alcohol. Y ...more
Heidi Sturgess
Oct 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-read-2015
I received a copy from Author Groupies in exchange for an honest review


The dedication left me with goosebumps!  
" It can't rain  all the time" brought back many memories and stirred up a hornets nest of emotions in me .

Abbey and Ryan are twins with Peter and Anna as older siblings . Janet is their mother and their father left thethem as he couldn't cope with the aftermath of the tragic event that rocked the foundations of their family....
Nobody saw the signs, nobody expected it but everyone bear
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Alana
This writer has the potential to write something great however this book isn't it. As an adult reading this book I found that it was incredibly cliché. There are obvious spelling and grammar mistakes that were missed on editing. It switches people quite suddenly, and often without transitions (head jumping) and oftentimes switching locations from one sentence to the next. This was confusing and the frequency of it started to get annoying.

Like I mentioned before, the plot was predictable and cli
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Books On Fire Tours
Apr 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
After reading the synopsis, I was prepared for a long, boring read on a depressing topic. BOY!! Was I WRONG!!!

Be ready to be thrown into a world so realistic it is frightening! The gripping, action packed story reels you out of your comfort zone and launches you into a world of the most authentic cast of characters I have ever read about. Their personalities, thoughts and feelings are so brilliantly portrayed and depicted that they leap from the page into your mind and heart with no difficulty
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Jamie (The Kansan Reader)
My edition: Kindle

Pages: 498

Series: Stand alone

Rating: DNF no rating

Review: I got this off of NetGalley

I had problems with the writing style. I wasn't much of a fan. I think this has a little bit to do with the British English that the story is written. I am from the middle of the United States and the jargon is different. I had to look up a few words on the internet just to understand what some people were saying.

Now that wasn't the reason on why I didn't like this book. I wasn't interested. Th
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Aly
Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


While I wasn't a huge fan of the first person perspective(I very rarely am), I did enjoy the writing of F.L. Darbyshire. With this plot and the characters she created, she created a very real world situation that could happen to anyone.

Speaking of the plot, I will warn you that you will need Kleenex handy to catch your falling tears. It was that kind of real life story. And the way F.L. Darbyshire formats that ending, wow, definite
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Lorena Birri
Jul 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the story about an 18-year-old girl going through life events at an early age and trying to deal with them. I love the friendship she develops with Lucy and two boys; Liam and Nathan. Even though this is a fiction book, the author did a good job with the characters and the plot and somehow I could see this story happening in the real world. How the influence of others can take you to dark paths or if you are lucky enough you can be influenced to brighter roads. Fortunately Abbey was able ...more
amy lawrence
Nov 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Incredible read

The storyline was gripping and hooked me right until the end. Full of unexpected twists - I laughed and cried, and I fell a little bit in love with Alex. I felt as if I was there, F.L. Darbyshire painted a vivid picture of both the charcmacters and settings. I would highly recommend this book.
Amanda Gilliatt
Feb 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
WOW What a story,well written I was hooked n wanted to know how the story would go but gosh such a shock at the end,so wasn't expecting it to end the way it did,poor matt,i thought it was going to be a happy ever after for abby and matt,would have been nice to have know more about how it would have gone for matt and abby,but all in all a great story.I won this book via goodreads first reads.
Heather Naylor
Aug 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love this book. It sticks in your mind to the point where you need to know what happens to each character and you feel a connection to them. Brilliantly written for an up and coming author. Can't wait go read the next book as there surely will be from a talented new writer.
Dilele
Aug 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
I received this book for an honest review and would like to thank the author for the opportunity.
In 'Even Angels Fall' we meet Abby who struggles to continue living her life the way she did before Ryan her twin brother killed himself. Her family fails at acknowledging Abby's pain and the distance between Abby and her family grows larger and larger. At the same time Abby meets Lucy, Nathan and Liam. The four of them quickly grow close and Abby finds herself forgetting the drama at home when spend
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Fay Louise Darbyshire is a twenty eight year old, first time writer from West Yorkshire. Born and raised in Leeds, Fay finished High School at the age of sixteen and went on to enroll at Leeds College of Art and Design where she studied Media, Film and English.After graduating into the world of full time employment, her passion for writing remained and she spent several years developing film scrip ...more