ABOUT THE TRILOGY -22-year-old Samantha Kingston had the perfect job, perfect boyfriend, and perfect Friday nights. When disaster strikes she loses everything and is propelled into a journey where evil and good, dark and light are battling for her destiny. Will the Demon Brigade viciously destroy her? Or will her Angel team and the Divine help her to elevate and see her real truth as an Earth Angel?
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"Musings of an Earth Angel" is a mystical story that's fresh, inventive and will linger with you long after you are finished reading. Spirit junkies will relish this exciting new adventure and hunger for more." -Gabrielle Bernstein, New York Times best-selling author of Miracles Now
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“But I also didn’t want to cause suspicion by jumping out of the car in front of these dudes wearing matching guns as jewelry.”
The quote above from Suzanne Adams’ novel “Musings of an Earth Angel” (Balboa Press) tickled me as well as other off-the-cuff dialogue she provides in this fantasy which serves as a fantastical foundation of her novel, the first of a trilogy. (Okay, so I did a little alliteration here.). Adams does a good job in interweaving this modern tale of archangels, angels, New Age, Christianity, reincarnation, demons, demon brigade and that war between good and evil on Earth and in the heavens.
The protagonist is a 22-year old Samantha ‘Sam’ Kingston. The book begins with Sam losing her job, her boyfriend—the love of her life—quitting her, and then the hit and run of the other love of her life, Honey—her pet dog. Of course, this is enough to make any normal person depressed, and Sam is no exception. In a nutshell and in fast forwarding a bit, Sam discovers that she sees ‘dead people’ in the rhetoric of that famous movie, “Sixth Sense”. But Sam is also one of those lucky people who knows how to invest her money, so she doesn’t have to worry about paying her bills while she’s jobless and seeing ‘dead people’ and conversing with angels. And the reader is kind of happy that Adams provides this vital bit of information about Sam having ample funds, because there are not too many 22-year-olds who can pull off traveling here and there without living in her parents’ basement. Some of these trips are spiritual via the physical. Sam is also one of those lucky people who gets what she wants—you know the type who wins the lottery on the first try or gets the best seat at a restaurant. Her friends are also a little out there and make for interesting characters as well—along with the other characters Sam encounters from the heavenly and hellish realms.
If you pull the novel apart you can see that Sam’s initial belief in angels and reincarnation sets her on this path of her spiritual journey. On that reincarnation matter, Sam believes that people are reincarnated in ‘groups’ which is to say that if one were in a family and/or lived in the same vicinity as neighbors, relatives, or enemies, you all as in ‘together’ will be reincarnated at the same point at some time in history—even today’s history—to work out previous relationships.
Of course, “Musings of an Earth Angel” is out there. After all, this is fantasy. But even in the world of fantasy, there has to be a ‘reality’ befitting of that world which is found in such classics as “Alice in Wonderland” or the tales from the Brothers Grimm. Adams does well in populating her fantasy reality—from archangels, spirits, crystals, Christianity, Jesus, reincarnation, dreams, nightmares—all while telling how the Demon Brigade is after Sam.
The novel is written in first person with the exception of those chapters where the archangels and the demons are presented.
Adams’ novel has been described as ‘fun’ which thereby connotes ‘light’ or ‘whimsical’ as most novels in today’s fantasy genre are usually defined. I kind of have a problem with those airy descriptions in this genre because those descriptions can belittle and do belittle fantasy in the 21st Century literature world; whereas, such fiction in this genre if it were written in the 18th, 19th or even early to mid-20th Century would be reviewed more seriously. Most of today’s fantasies which do not reside in the science fiction realm or youth market have been mainly dismissed or not reviewed at all.
I enjoyed Adams’ novel. Yes, it was fun but there were also big nuggets where she could have added a deeper edge—a deeper cut—into her fantasy. In some instances, I felt that she wanted to go deeper such as when she explains how reincarnation happens in groups but then she would pull back to a safe zone by not elaborating, when I felt that zone did not have to be ‘safe’ but more explosive.
I use ‘deeper’ edge, because most of these precepts Adams uses for her story to portray Sam’s trials and tribulations do make up not only a fantasy world but the real world of religions such as angels, demons, reincarnation, Jesus, archangels, Archangels Michael and Gabrielle, curses, dreams, Mary the Mother of Jesus, good vs. evil – you get my drift. So in fact, Adams’ tale is well grounded in religious conventional belief systems which perhaps only atheists would find ‘unbelievable.’ Adams begins to push her protagonist to a ‘deeper edge’ when Sam relates how her dead grandfather Papa Jack tells how persons who are reincarnated in a specific group have already made contracts with each other. ‘Contract’ is the key word here that Adams could have used to give her novel that deeper edge—something newer—to turn the ‘key’ with more of an odd twist. I mean we’ve seen movies and read books of persons being reincarnated to work out differences, but having a contract beforehand— now that’s a different twist. The character Sam says in reference to her grandfather telling her about the contracts: “…He told me that we often make these agreements with others when we have unfinished business from lifetimes past…If we have been with someone in lifetimes past, or have contracts with them, then we often have an unexplained pull toward them…” This pull can be either positive or negative.
Another other worldly character who gives her advice is Melchizedek known as Mel who counsels: “Waking up in the middle of the night is a common theme of people opening up, as this may be the only time your angels can get your attention…They could be trying to tell you something based on the time you are waking up. Look up the angel meaning of that number to find out.” (Side Note: And I can relate to this as I feel many can when they wake up at approximately the same time or exactly at the same time which has nothing to do with setting an alarm clock. Could there be a reason for this?)
Adams in telling her very modern fantasy uses such references as Lady Gaga, Oprah’s OWN network, Maya Angelou, Whole Foods, yoga, dolphins, Kundalini classes, and ayahuasca (Even Sam doesn’t know what the latter is and neither did I as the reader.). Sam is also a strong believer in prayer, and her “Dear God” letter is short and to the point. Perhaps, she could be a prayer warrior, too.
One of Adams’ strengths as a novelist is in description. The reader travels with Sam when she goes to cities in her native Georgia and other places such as Peru, Egypt, Croatia, Mexico, and Costa Rico taking in landscapes and sites. I appreciated how Adams juxtaposed the real world travel and the spiritual world travel making them one heck of a trip.
I don’t want this review filled with spoiler alerts. But I will tell you this that I believe you will enjoy the “musings” of an Earth Angel and the trials and tribulations of Sam Kingston as well as a cast of characters from Bridget ( Sam’s earthly spiritual guide) to her quirky friends and dysfunctional family. Adams as author also utilizes a mystery inside this fantasy to push her tale and readers further in the realm of good vs. evil. Adams mixes well her concoctions of religious beliefs in a blender to make a nice fantastic smoothie which makes you thirsty for the rest of this trilogy. (So, I couldn’t resist how her character Sam loves smoothies, too.).
I loved this book. I absorbed it within a few days and it opened my eyes to see the world and the universe differently. It is a very spiritual book. Fiction or not, this book is tailor made for you if you know there is "more" and have faith and hope that it's out there and just need something to inspire you and help you find it, and need assurance you're not alone. Plus, it's an easy read! And fun!
After I finished this book all I wanted to do was go to a yoga class. I haven't been in a few weeks and I really miss the calmness that yoga brings me. This book is a quick read about Samantha who is waking up to being an Earth Angel. It is very interesting to learn all about Samantha's awakening and the journey that she goes through to become closer to her path.
I love the concept of the book of an awakening occurring in a person when everything in your life might not be going as planned. I think there are points in your life where you just need to take a step back and reevaluate your end goals and making sure you have self love. I love that the author incorporated a lot of items that people could use in their own lives to become calmer and more centered. I also enjoyed reading that Samantha made a vision board I have known several people in my life who have made vision boards and have had a large amount of success in accomplishing those goals.
Things I didn't love that much about this book was it felt a little too repetitive. I felt like the concepts where presented a few times over and felt very similar to me. I did love how the author went back and redefined what we learned from Samantha's journey twice in the book because it was helpful for me to see the difference in her different life lessons. I feel without those descriptions repeated I might not have caught the difference in the lessons. The story to me just didn't ever hit a climax, even the near death scene went so quickly I didn't think that was a huge thing in the book. I feel like the story line could have had a little more drama and less repetitiveness to keep me wanting to read more of this series; although the ending did leave me with questions for the next book.
The character development was very strong for Samantha I felt like I got a great picture as a reader of what she looked like and what she was going through. I feel like I also loved the vivid details of the places that Samantha visited. The locations that she got to see are some of the wonders of the world.
I would suggest this as a night time read, after a long day this a great book to unwind with. It deals a large amount with divine spirit, which makes my mind feel relaxed. I love to meditate because sometimes you just need those few precious moments for yourself during the day.
I received a copy of this book from YA Bound Book Tours for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of this book.
I can consider this book more as an inspiration when it comes to living a clean life, a life without resentment, anger or any other type of negative feelings. It is a manifest to live a life full of love and respect mainly for one’s self. T made me feel powerful, it made me understand that change comes from the inside.
Samantha’s journey to unveiling her powers is also a journey for us readers. While we see her trips to different power sources, we also discover things for ourselves. We learn about different energy point in our body, we learn a little about how to conjure the positive energy and the love that flows in us. Our character has to face many spiritual battles with the Demon Brigade and in these confrontations she has to rely on her instinct and her beliefs that she is stronger than any evil spirit.
When reading the book, you have to be open to the Devine aspects of it as well. There are a lot of references to angels and religious figures. Sam is constantly under their protection and they win interfere when she is close to a critical moment or facing one.
Well, regardless if you are a believer or not, this book is more than that, this is a motivational read; we all have a purpose in life, we just have to find our path. Trusting your instinct and cleaning your life of negativity will bring you the happy life we all try to have. Sam’s adventures will become yours by the end of last page.
Let me tell you all- this book is wonderful. Filled with spiritual awakening and angelic guidance; it feels tailor made for me. Each practice and concept is fully explained along the way for those who may be unfamiliar with them, and it twists and turns with real pace and energy. If you're interested in spirituality at all I implore you to seek out this amazing book- you won't be disappointed