Lyrix, the first new angel to emerge in a millennium, brings hope for her endangered race. But the weight of duty is heavy. As the newest and strongest, she is expected to become a Seraph, one of the stoic angel kings and queens. She dreads the prospect of losing all her emotions in the transformation, but avoiding her destiny may lead to extinction for her kind.
Wren is half-human and a second-class citizen among angels. A chance meeting with Lyrix leaves them both yearning for a life lived on their own terms. A relationship between an angel and an angelborn is unprecedented, and powerful forces oppose their union. On a journey to the human world, tragedy strikes, and Wren and Lyrix realize their love may destroy both worlds.
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 Computer Science. This led to a graduate degree in Multimedia and a career in website development. She's also an award-winning independent filmmaker, co-founded a literary magazine, and sometimes dreams in HTML.
Leslye lives in Maryland with her husband and their furry dependents. Sign up for new release information and giveaways on her website: http://www.lpenelope.com.
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The novel begins very intense. Our female lead, Lyrix, is about to give birth while her lover, Wren, is being vaporized by an angel. After this we're taken back to the beginning to witness their relationship develop and how they arrived in their current predicament. We're then transported to a whole new world where the angels live. It's an interesting world, full of rules and lacking passion because these angels don't feel anything except loathing for half-breed angels (half angel, half human). The angels don't have any physical features and they communicate their feelings with colors, however the two main characters are Asian.
Wren, works in a specific division that deals with the lives people live before they pass away and are reborn. I found this very interesting. The idea that each life we live is viewed and cataloged by angels is different, just like the idea Ms. Penelope has about the purpose of the angel and how humans and people are linked in this quote:
"It is how the Destinies learn who needs their counsel, how the Deaths know who is to die. How the Peaces know who to soothe and the Warriors know who to inflame. Each human soul needs something different in order to grow. The stream of aether connects us to them and connects our actions to their souls, which we protect and honor until they are ready to join the Flame."
The idea that angels and the half-angels are soulless and need to find a human to share their souls in order to not be banished to the wastelands, aka Hell. It's intriguing, especially since angels don't have souls in the biblical sense either, however these angels aren't the same as angels described in the bible. But I enjoyed this quote because it reminded me of the movie Comet with Justin Long:
"Humans who fall in love deeply enough to link their souls together find one another again and again throughout their lifetimes"
I'm a big fan of forbidden love, so Wren and Lyrix being in a relationship deemed unacceptable made me very excited. There was also another component to this story, but I can't tell without giving it away!
There wasn't much to seriously complain about in this novel, but I did have some serious issues with a couple of things. My first issue began with Lyrix. She's supposed to be a full angel, yet she's overly emotional and curious - two things these angels aren't. Normally I wouldn't have a problem with this, however it's supposed to be impossible. Regardless of this, my real problem lies in the the fact that Wren knew some seriously sexual stuff to have never had any previous knowledge on Earth or with sex. Being half-human doesn't mean that stuff comes naturally. Which also brings me to Lyrix and Wren perving on a "couple". This is really uncool, angels or not. This isn't angelic behavior; it's not even regular behavior, it's just weird and creepy. My last issue would be that I felt disconnected with everything on a certain level. I know this book is a standalone, but there is another book before it, and reading that first might've been a good idea.
Page length is the curse many novels are plagued with. If a novel is too long without a purpose, it becomes boring. If it's too short and feels rushed, we're left unsatisfied. This particular novel was way too short! We're placed into the world of Angels rather smoothly, however once we're formerly introduced to Lyrix everything just escalates so quickly. I found myself swiping back (it's an ebook) to see if I missed something. Sadly, the length of this novel left a lot to be desired and learned about the engrossing world that the angels are in.
I finished this novella a few days ago and thought I left a review, but it hasn't yet appeared on Goodreads.
I would be remiss if I didn't at least note that the love story between Lyrix and Wren, through the ages, was quite beautiful. I had high expectations for this tale after having read and enjoyed Angelborn. Unsurprisingly, the author did not disappoint. I learned more about her angelic world, which is always interesting in fantasy/paranormal books. This novella, as well as the Angelborn, could have easily been a full-length novel. Her world is rich and characters engaging and multi-dimensional.
So mesmerized as the chance to feel life and experience what a human being would. The author makes you feel like you are there cast in the shadows of all that takes place, I've felt the wrenching of my heart as tears fall from my eyes at all the feelings for them grow, and then the happiness starts. You have got to read this series (The Eternal Flame Series) Its an amazing adventure.
I believe it’s the uniqueness of the writing that I enjoyed most about this book. It didn’t fall into a linear pattern, and yet everything came out so clear and entertaining. I liked Wren from book one when he helped Caleb. The story between Lyrix and Wren was involving and even heart wrenching at times. A wonderful angelic tale.
I like that the angels in her books are different from what I’ve ever learned. It gives me a completely different perspective about angels and their politics as created by one author.
I read this as a stand alone, however, there is a previous book written in this world. I didn't have any trouble getting into the world or its characters. I've read quite a few angel lore type books and this one definitely has a unique twist. The writing was beautiful and fast paced. The characters were flawed and relatable making it easy to root for them as individuals and their love.
I will definitely be reading more from this author!