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Ariel Rising (Ariel Between Two Worlds #1)

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My dreams were simple. College, a career, and let’s see what happens from there. But things don’t always go according to plan.

My name is Ari Worthington and I’ve had a very eventful week. A life-changing week. The kind of week that would make the average person whimper.
It started when my ex-boyfriend Luke accosted me in the woods.

How badly was I injured? Not a scratch.
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Paperback, 1, 344 pages
Published October 16th 2015 by Mind's Eye Press
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Sophia Sierra
Mar 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Thanks you to the authors and the WE LOVE YA BOOKS group for so kindly sending me a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
I was so torn up between giving this book a 2.5/5 or a 5/5 stars. And that has never happened to me before. I am finally giving it 4/5 stars.
I really loved the plot. I found it super interesting and somehow refreshing. But I didn't like that 70% of the book was Davin explaining things to Ariel, 20% Ariel rambling on about how much she loves Davin and 10% of actual
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Anjelica
I received this book free from the authors (via the We ♥ YA Books! group) in exchange for a honest review.

I have read several books about fallen angels and this book genuinely surprised me with a unique twist on the usual story lines concerning fallen angels. I can almost guarantee that this book will exceed your expectations. This book avoids typical cliches and keeps your interest all the way through.

The banter, chemistry, and general love between, the two main characters, Ariel and Davin is
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Haddie Harper
Apr 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The fact that the book is written by a husband and wife (or wife and husband), it brings out so much of their relationship to the story. I can totally imagine them as Ari and Davin, and it would make so much sense! The story itself is well written; plot was fast paced, though at times I felt little overwhelmed from all the back-story being given. But it was balanced by the growing relationship between Ari and Davin. I loved all the myths that were thrown in as well as actual facts that can be fo ...more
Beyond the Pages
Mar 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly and completely enjoyed this wonderful work. It was sensational! I found it to be refreshingly different, spectacularly unique and downright good. The world building, the comparative look between locations, and the character variety were all on point. The added sizzle and intrigue captivated me. And lest I forget, the protagonists were strong, wise and playful, in the best way. I'm definitely on board for more.

Rating: 4/5
Recommend: Yes
Audience: YA-A
Status: C, S/F
Chemistry/Intensity:
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Angeline Yapnata
Mar 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
Disclaimer: I receive a copy from We <3 YA exchange for honest review.

Hands down, this book is awesome!

This books make me fell in love with characters, the world and the situation that comes up along the way.

I have to say that this book, has a lot of ups and I'm sensing that the authors are preparing us for big things in the next book.

I rarely read any sci-fi book and some that I do read, I enjoy them very much.

Thank you for wonderful book :)
 Mummy Cat Claire
Ariel Worthington lives with her mother, in what I believe to be, Tennessee. Her father left the family when Ariel was very young. The book opens up when a new neighbor moves in. Davin Andersen, introduces himself to Ariel very soon after moving in. From the beginning there was an instant attraction. Very soon after their meeting, Davin tells Ariel that she is an enigma.
"You were born of mortal human parents, yet you exhibit the traits of a Warrior, which should not be possible."

Davin is a ver
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Sarah E.
Feb 16, 2016 rated it liked it
I received this book for free via We Heart YA Books' Read to Review program in exchange for my honest review.

I'm not sure where to start on this review at all. When I read the synopsis, I expected a little bit of the cliched YA stuff and that typically doesn't bug me too much. What I think was problematic for me in this particular story wasn't the cliches, but was the main character combined with the dialogue. There is so much about this story that I like, but when you can't stand the main chara
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Kayla
Feb 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received this book from the authors after reading the synopsis I was intrigued to read this book.
I tried my hardest to maintain an open mind when I began to read the story however after reading so many YA "Angel" stories I had almost expected a very stereotypical young female protagonist who was saved by a heroic Angel. And expected this protagonist to cower behind her angel for the rest of the book, however I was pleasantly surprised by this story. It began okay and got better as I continued
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Charlotte

Review of Ariel Rising. By A. J. Sparber.

Ari Worthington is your average young lady she has her life plan worked out with normal hopes and dreams. Aries life changes after an encounter with her Ex boyfriend, poor Luke ends up with more than he bargained for after an unsavoury argument in the woods. Arie is not only surprised with her strength but speed as well which leaves her mind whirling. All of this leads to one major thing, something that she cannot turn around from something where she wont
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Amber
Apr 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When I first started reading Ariel Rising I didn't realize it was sci fi, I tend to stay away from sci fi books because they just aren't for me. However I soon found out Ariel Rising wasn't just sci fi, it was paranormal, fantasy, and romance. And it all worked so well. There were so many instances when i just felt blown away by the imagination, detail and everything that went into this story. The world built with in was phenomenal, you can't help but get swept away by the story and get attached ...more
Debbie Stanton Sacra
Nov 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have to confess that in the wake of the many young adult series, I was a little skeptical when I began to read the preview for this science fiction novel. But the story and setting developed in the way that good science fiction should—it was real enough to make me suspend my disbelief in the parts that are fiction. Picking up on the many theories that aliens visited Earth in ancient times and intervened in human history, and creating plausible explanations for everything from Greek mythology t ...more
Elen Tabita Bertoldi
I’ve received this book from the authors and OMG the wait for this book arrival at my house was so worth it. This is one very interesting book just by reading the back cover and the warning at the beginning is so true, you can't put this book down there's not one single boring page in the story and things are really fast paced for a while and then we get a lot of info that is so interesting that I can't help but feel like Ariel, overwhelmed.

I loved this book and can't wait for the next one that
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Gail
Feb 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ari Worthington has her life all worked out. Than Aries life changes with an encounter with her ex-boyfriend. Arie is very surprised with her strength and speed that leads her into something that she cannot turn away from. Davin brings life changing and earth shattering news to Ari. At this point I will have to stop before I give away any spoiler.

The story of Ariel and Davin and the chemistry that these two people have together you will not be able to put this book down. I can’t wait for the nex
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Sofiraindrop
Feb 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review by the we love YA group.
First, I would like to say that this book was interesting, the characters were mature enough, and it didn't drag on. I think I'll read the next one.
But the thing is: I wish she had talked more about some things (that I thought important) like how mother and child felt about seeing her father again, how Ella felt about all those changes that happened to her,... I just didn't see enough depth to it.
I recommend this fo
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Linda Spitzer
Jan 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
an amazing love story that makes you unable to put the book down. it is a story that pulls you into the worlds of two amazing people whose lives are forever intermingled as they reside in two very different worlds. The author's gift of words pulls us into this fantastic world that makes us want to believe it is not a fictionalized story but actually exists in our reality world.
AC Authors
Feb 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great twist on popular mythology! I don't want to give anything away because the constant plot twists are what makes this book! Ariel is a strong female character who has to rediscover all the aspects of her life. Between her love, her family, and her friends, Ariel has a lot on her plate, but A.J. Sparber has developed a female role model that goes beyond the simpering romantic. Excellent job.
Nelly Ramos
Jan 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Angels

Love it. I love to read books about angels and this one didn't disappoint me. Ariel and Davin make a wonderful couple. Can't wait to read the next book. It sounds promising. You won't be disappointed to read it.
C. Erani Kole
*I voluntarily and honestly reviewed the ARC I received from Lady Amber's book blitz*

This is more of a 3.5 rating. I loved the uniqueness to the angel/alien theory and how it all felt really smooth. I thought it an appropriate YA novel with hints to more sexual activity that you don't see, so it isn't provocative (unless you count out-of-this-world kissing as provocative). Everything just seemed smooth, mature, older in an other-worldly sense, and seeing as the non-humans are more than a few hun
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Erin Rodgers
Apr 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone from the age of 14
I loved it.

This is an amazing book. I confess I am hooked on angel stories, and this book is about angels, but it stands out because it's soooooo different. The angels in Ariel Rising don't even have wings. Their biology and abilities are actually explained in genetic terms. I loved that! Sure, it's a fantasy, but like all great fantasies, I willingly suspended my disbelief because the fantasy bits seemed actually plausible. So, the story:

Ari is a normal high school senior, dreaming about colleg
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Brittney Rz.
Sep 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
(In full disclosure I did win this book in a contest on an online book fair)

The plot line here was very interesting. I liked the concept of this outer world that is part alien and part angel. The mix of the two was inventive and new.

This was definitely a book that kept you turning pages because after every page there was something new to learn. You get revelations about the characters and the storyline right up until the end. I like that aspect, it keeps you reading. Stories can get boring if y
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Jessica Jett
Feb 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have received a free copy of this book from the We ♥ YA Books! group and the author in exchange for a honest review.

To begin my review I must apologize for the extreme lateness of this review. Between internet woes and trying to figure out a new computer, (took me a week to figure out where I could type a document) believe me, I just rolled my eyes at myself. Thank you again for the opportunity to read this work.

I have not read many novels that deal with Fallen Angels, or if I have none are re
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Shannan
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wonderfully unique twist on the ideas of angels, the Fallen, and so much more. It's listed as young adult but has sexual references (though all sexual acts are very "closed doors" [aka it happens but you never "see"anything] and isn't explicit) and violence. Nothing worse than early prime time television (in fact i can think of a dozen "young adult" shows that are INFINITELY more sexual and/or violent than this book) so if you let the kids watch network tv much less most cable shows, this will b ...more
Lilliana
I loved this book. I didn't know what to expect when I picked this up and I simply couldn't put it down. It captivated me from the beginning and I had a need to know what was going to happen with every turn of the page. We've all read the different tales of the gods, how the world was created, and even the tales of Olympus, but these two took all those popular tales and merged them into one amazing story. It follows the life of Ariel, who learns the truth of her past, why she is so drawn to this ...more
Leanne
Jul 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Solid middle of the road book.
I wasn't particularly by blown away by anything, it was VERY description based, there's a lot more "fact" than story. Everything we learn, we are told. Which kind of makes it feel like an instructional manual rather than a fantasy story.
I also found there's a bit of repetition and quite a lot of cringeworthy moments. I found myself rolling my eyes more than once. Particularly at Ella and overuse of the word sweetie. It feels like she says it every second word. It b
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Carol Morgan
Dec 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Women are from Venus , men are from Mars & apparently Angels are from Olympus , the planet not the mountain , hence the intro . I loved the fallen angel with a difference , i love the characters , they are complex & well written , the Ari & Davin connection sizzles i just thought there was too much explaining going on , fair enough Ari just discovered shes not human & didnt know angels existed or that they came from a planet or that one half of her family wasn't human , that said ...more
Cathleen
Dec 29, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult, dnf, alien
This is written in first person present tense.

I've had little patience for young adult recently, especially the confusion and poor choices that accompany them.

This heroine is an uber smart gorgeous virgin seventeen year old tomboy. In fact, everyone was attractive (as far as I read anyway). She dates but not exclusively...if she was a guy she would be called a playboy. You can see where problems will come up.

I didn't finish this because it was making me irritated when I wanted to relax. Kinda h
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A.J. Sparber
Apr 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I originally rated my own book at 4 stars. Why? Don't I love it? Don't I think it's a great book? Yes, I do. But...

The first edition was released with 3 typos. I was devastated. The errors will haunt me for years. I have no doubt of this.

But if you forgive our editorial faux pas, I can promise that you will discover a well-written, (nearly) flawless story that paints angels and evolution in a remarkably unique way.

Update: The typos are fixed!
Carol Sparber
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“I feel charged, coiled, and ready to spring. Anger and fear is displaced by focus. My mind yields command to my body. Luke leans in for another kiss. Target acquired. Before I can think, my left arm shoots out like a piston, and the heel of my hand connects with his nose. He yelps like a puppy and staggers backwards. Blood gushes. And he looks extremely pissed off.” 0 likes
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