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(Angelborn Cycle #1)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  141 ratings  ·  42 reviews
He gave up eternity for love… and lost. Will she be his second chance?

Maia sees dead people. Since she can't distinguish them from the living, she ignores everyone in order to appear sane. But the ghost haunting her roommate breaks through her hardened shell. Not only does he claim to not be dead, he makes her feel things she never has before—dangerous feelings for a man
ebook, 118 pages
Published April 29th 2015 by Heartspell Media (first published April 28th 2015)
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D.L. Smith-Lee
So first thing's first.


Jesse Williams as Caleb..PERFECT!

I must say there are very few stories I've ever read that I immediately enjoyed. Firstly, I'm a fan of angels, fallen angels, Nephilim, and the like so I was enthralled by the concept of Nephilim children who are not born of a union between male angels and female humans but female angels and male humans (Angelborn).
I love the fact that this is a paranormal romance that does not rely on the faux bad boy cliché, which those of us who have re
Rachel Annie
Nov 20, 2018 rated it liked it
(3.25-3.5 Stars)

Maia, the heroine, has had a difficult life because of her abilities and has understandably grown quite withdrawn. She's an interesting, imperfect, and sympathetic character. You feel for her and root for her because of everything she's been through.

I did like this book and I especially enjoyed the last 10%, though the very end felt somewhat abrupt. However, I think I would've liked it more as an Urban Fantasy, or more likely a Supernatural Suspense with the focus being on Maia
Feb 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simply Beautiful

A wonderful story. I enjoyed it immensely - the characters, main and supporting, the narrative, the emotions, the fantastical elements and descriptions. Well written and conceptualized, simply beautiful storytelling in a sweet, short novella.
May 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What a beautifully written novella! What happens when a halfling angel falls in love with a human but is unable to bind with her soul? In Caleb's case, it lands him in the Wasteland, a dark place where those with no soul wait for the rare chance to get a new soul. But Caleb escapes and goes in search of the soul of the woman he loves--a soul that's been reincarnated in the body of Genna, a college student whose modern sensibilities confuse Caleb.

And then there is Maia, Genna's roommate, who is
Feb 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley

Angelborn is the kind of book that you just can't seem to forget about. The cover, the world building and the characters are all so uniquely and artistically crafted, it's a masterpiece on their own.

I've read a lot of angel/demons related books, from the infamous Hush Hush series to the Fallen series, while I love how those authors portrayed angels as kickass heroes, Caleb was on a whole different level. I fell in love from the start!

It's fantastic that I get to read about a black
Jul 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't believe I waited so long to read this! I also wish there were more stories in this series. I could not put this book down! I'm hoping L. Penelope will write more set in this world, or maybe publish this in paperback so I can add it to my shelf! ...more
Sep 12, 2015 rated it it was ok
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Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A good read. I wish it could be a little longer. I haven't read a good angel paranormal in a long time. This is the first book I have read by the author I will read more. She did a good job. Read this book won't be disappointed.

Happy Reading!!
Constance Burris
Oct 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
Such a great story. Characters Maia and Caleb were so well done and fleshed out. The writing was immaculate. I was so sad when it ended. I hope the author releases a sequel soon.
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Started reading the blurb on storybundle, and before day's end I finished the book. This is a delightful twist on the usual boy meets girl. I will not spoil it for you, but the story building sucks you in and things do not go as planned. Which always makes the best stories...right? Try this author, you will not be disappointed. ...more
Aug 01, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This has a super YA feel to me, but I’m going to be honest, fated mates type stuff always (emotionally) gives me YA vibes. Enjoyable if not particularly memorable.

For once my readers advisory note will be a TV recommendation, readers who liked this may enjoy Oh My Ghostess! A K drama with a similar conceit for a heroine
May 30, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: podcast-books
Angelborn was our choice for Episode 2 of Season 2 - a novella that somehow packs in epic world-building with angels and ghosts, as well as an emotional romance. To hear more and access the podcast episode via your preferred podcast platform, click on the link below:

Yvette Saafir
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this book, it was refreshing in every way. The author is an excellent story teller. It literally had me on the edge of my seat all the way to the end. So for those of you who loves fantasy books this is the one for you.
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars... I liked this more than I thought I would!
I liked this sweet fantasy romance.

Here is the link to my booktrailer:
Kesha Bee
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really good

Loved the story, the characters & the twist at the end.
Can't wait to read book 2! I definitely recommend.
Jul 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read in one day

Short easy read. Need more sex lol. But I totally enjoyed. I read it in one day it felt like a novella
Jun 16, 2021 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Virginia Rounds
Really cool premise with how angels interact with humans, also thought the characters felt very real. A short read but a strong one.

CWs for self harm, gaslighting, child abuse off page.
Dani St Clair
Oct 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars (rounded to 4 stars)

Altered from review posted on Romancing the Social Sciences

I'm mourning the fact that Angelborn was a novella and not a full-length novel - the format left me feeling like I accidentally got an appetizer instead of a main meal. I'm still hungry and that's a testament to Angelborn, really. It was SO GOOD, but it all got wrapped up too quickly and I never really got to know the hero as much as I'd like and the epilogue was too short and now I want to cry.

Angelborn w
Marsha Keeper Bookshelf
Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf

Angelborn will take you into a world of wonder, of halfling angels, soul mates, and a young woman who really does see dead people.. all the time.

Caleb is a halfling angel – his father was human. As a halfling he had no soul, until he could find his soul mate and she would share her soul with him making him complete. But Caleb’s soul mate died before she could share with him and now Caleb has been sent to the Wastelands to stay or to wait for the chance to return and
Wall-to-wall books - wendy
Mar 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Woohoo! This book was great - I loved it!I love a good paranormal book, especially one that's original and fun. This one had all that and a slight touch of evil to it, just to make it even more fun.

There was excellent character development! I loved Maia! Absolutely loved her. And of course one thing I loved about Maia was her snarky attitude! You know I love a character with snark. I wasn't too sure about Caleb, but did end up liking him too. And then there is another scary character thrown in t
Feb 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
Novellas are always difficult. They either rush the romance, or leave me wanting more. I felt like this novella had a bit of both. I would have liked the novella to be longer so I could have connected with the characters more. I didn't dislike any of the characters, but they didn't really stand out either. They were all a little bland. I definitely would have enjoyed seeing more development of all the characters.

I thought the plot of this book was very interesting. The paranormal aspect really a
Aug 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Angelborn isn't a very long book, but what it lacks in length it makes up for in storytelling and creativity. I haven't mentioned covers in awhile, but it was the beauty of this cover that first captured my attention, followed by the many positive reviews. Typically, wealth of positive reviews isn't always a selling point for me, but in this case, Angelborn met the hype head on and survived!

The story offers a unique twist on angels and centers around two people - Caleb who is a half angel, and M
Feb 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
When I first read the blurb for 'Angelborn' by L. Penelope I was not sure whether to read it or not. Previous reading experiences with books about Angels were a bit hit and miss, but seeing as this is only a short novel I decided to go for it. I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised and even would have liked the book to be longer!
Maia is girl who keeps to herself. Everywhere she turns, she can see the ghosts of dead people who never moved on and it is often not easy to distinguish between the
May 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is Everythang! Full of interesting characters that are fresh and unique, a story that is unlike any that I have read, and fun. I couldn't put this book down and really rooted for the antagonists to win.

The good:
Maia. Such an amazing heroine full of complexities that draw you to her like a moth to a flame. She feels genuine, I felt her pain and wanted her to get a win.
Well developed plot with the right amount of emotion and action.
Caleb. Despite myself I liked him. he is good and honest
Claire's book shelf
Feb 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
I got to say when I first started reading Angelborn, I didn't know if I was going to get along with the story but when I got some more insight on what was going on I thoroughly enjoyed it.

In Angelborn you get to read about the past and present, within doing so you get to learn so much more about the characters. The character's are well established and very likeable.

Maia is hunted, everywhere she looks she's greeted by lost souls or ghosts if you will. Maia is socially awkward, she keeps hersel
Dec 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Surprisingly enjoyable. I wasn't sure what to expect as PNR has been letting me down lately, but this was refreshing and different and I really liked it! I'll avoid spoilers, but I have to say the take on angels and soul mates is something you likely haven't seen before and I really appreciated the author not going for the easy old tropes and instead bringing something new and interesting to the table. I love a bad boy, so Helix was my man, but Caleb stole my heart, too. Maia was a heroine I wou ...more
Nana Prah
Dec 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
As soon as I finished this book I bought book two of the series, Angelfall. I couldn’t believe how good it was. I love a great paranormal and I definitely got one. The romance between Maia and Caleb was amazing, subtle until it wasn’t anymore. I enjoyed the growth and complexity of Maia and how she learned to deal with her gift and gave so selfishly of herself. Oh the power of love.

Although Maia has a dark personality because of what she’s gone through in life, she brings quite a bit of humor to
Mindy Lou's Book Review
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
ARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

What a great story! This is very different to anything I've read and I was highly engrossed with the characters.

I was rooting for Maia the whole way. Her life was so tragic with the ability to see the dead and then to fall for a halfling who was a soulmate to another was heartbreaking. I was so intrigued to find out how it would all come together in the end. I'm so glad to find out Wren has his own story just because I want to read mor
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L. Penelope (also writing as Leslye Penelope) has been writing since she could hold a pen and loves getting lost in the worlds in her head. She is an award-winning author of fantasy and paranormal romance.

She was born in the Bronx, just after the birth of hip hop, but left before she could acquire an accent. Equally left and right-brained, she studied Film at Howard University and minored in Comp

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