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When Ash Rains Down

(Kingdom Come #1)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  133 ratings  ·  53 reviews
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~This book contains a BONUS short story, Before the Ashes: Kari's Story, plus a sneak peek at When Smoke Rains Down!~

Angels are real.
So are demons.

Shady Creek gets a whole lot scarier after Julia learns she's part angel, especially since the only person she can trust is an angel who's as infuriating as he is attractive.

Julia received a necklace co
Kindle Edition, First Edition, 214 pages
Published January 4th 2017 by Cecelia Earl (first published December 1st 2016)
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Raven_Blake (dreamy addictions)
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Well, this was an okay read but not impressive enough to amaze me. I picked this up solely because of it’s beautiful cover and also because I love the concept of angels and demons in paranormal genre. This book felt like a typical YA paranormal read that I’ve already read so many times before. Honestly, I probably would’ve loved it if I had read this ten years back. Basing on the synopsis, it’s pretty easy to predict what’s gonna happen next a
Erhi Divina
Aug 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The story had wonderful and sweet moral values. It was a story about faith, kindness, and love. And to my pleasure, it was not just romantic love, it was also about the love to family and friends. The author put emphasis on family and friendship. And readers were easily able to engage with the main character who wanted to protect her family.

It was a fast-paced story about angels, demons, and humans. The world-building was good, I don't particularly like or dislike it. It was okay. The story pic
Angel books are hard. I feel like with the ones that I've read, you either get it or you don't. Sadly, this one fell short for me. I wasn't gripped from the beginning, in fact, I was quite bored. I felt nothing for the characters and the plot twists were fairly obvious.

My main issue with this book was the main character Julia. She was quite horrible. I never connected with her and I didn't feel anything when she was in "peril". All she did was whine about how horrible her life was and equate ev
Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
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I primary picked this book for the aspect of angels and the pretty cover. There were some elements that I did enjoy but some parts I was iffy. I primary enjoyed Julia and her strength and wit. I enjoyed the writing. The story was engaging and a quick read. The premise of an epic battle of angles and demons was what I enjoyed most about this book. I would read anything that has this aspect in a novel. The battle scenes we
Mar 14, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Gayle Noble
All Julia can think about is finishing school and getting a job so she can help out her mum and younger brother. After fighting off a robber at her mum's diner, Julia realises that there are things about her father and herself that she never knew. Unexpectedly voted Homecoming Queen, Julia is thrown together with Cole, a popular boy at school who turns out to have secrets of his own. Then there is Nicholas, a mysterious guy who keeps turning up wherever Julia is.

I enjoyed this book for the most
Gabby (What's Beyond Forks?)
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Julia is a fun character. I found her to be easy to relate to, and I loved how she took in new information and when it came down to it she really grabbed the bull by the horns and got things done...once she realized what she was supposed to be doing. She took initiative, I guess you could say. She still has a lot to learn. I think we all do. I think there's more going one here. Cole and Nicholas, for example. I'm not sure how I feel about them yet. I'm more dr
Vera Burris
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A fascinating first book in a series that kept me not only excited to read from one chapter to another, but anticipating the next installment as well. Julia is a likable though flawed character. She believes her desire for money and security is just because she wants to take care of her family, but greed is greed, as she's reminded in the end. She has wonderful supporting characters in Molly, Frankie and Mitch. Dialogue is realistic, though a little icky with Cole, which I think is a good choice ...more
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Amazing take on angels and demons from a debut author.

The plot of this book was fast paced and went from semi-contemporary at the beginning to paranormal by the conclusion of the book. This book packed a lot in and completed the urban-fantasy world building in a way reminiscent of The Mortal Instruments series. The characters themselves were flawed and well-rounded individuals. Julia was particularly driven and focused and this leant to a complete collapse of her world upon the discovery of thi
Jan 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I inhaled it in less than a day. Very quick read with good writing and an intriguing premise. I had a little trouble at first connecting with Julia (probably because I am long gone from being a teenager), but I forged ahead and after a while, the story drew me in.
Stephanie Ward
Jan 22, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

'When Ash Rains Down' is the first book in a new young adult paranormal series that fans of the genre are sure to enjoy. The story is one of demons and angels, the war between good and evil, and our unique heroine's ability to decide the fate of everyone. It might not be the most original plot, the author's writing really brings the story to life and sets it apart from others similar to it. The main character, Julia, is a great lead for the book. She's realistic, down to earth, loves he
Dawn West
Jan 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, paranormal
Actual Rating: 3.5

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for honest review.**

Julia is having a rough time in her life. She's unhappy with her home and her mother's diner. She spends all of her time either caring for her brother, doing schoolwork, or at her nighttime job. She doesn't have time for friends or dating.

Yet, she's suddenly nominated as homecoming queen? That's odd. And weirder, yet, are the things that begin to happen around her. People behaving strang
Paige Green
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from JustReadTours and the author. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Rating: 3/5

Genre: Paranormal Fantasy

Recommended Age: 15+ (slight violence, slight romance, and scary moments)

Pages: 320

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Synopsis: Angels are real.
So are demons.

Being a teenager in Shady Creek, WI just got a whole lot harder... and a whole lot scarier.

Julia received a necklace containing the songs of the angels from her dad when she was four. When she was eleven, h
Ronel Janse van Vuuren
Julia’s family and town is in great danger. Though she doesn’t believe any of it’s real, she’s part angel and has to fight off the demons threatening everyone she loves.

Okay, so Julia isn’t easy to like. She has this obsession with working to better herself and her life and the lives of her family. She thinks money will solve their problems – like having to save every penny to survive. She doesn’t have time for the frivolity of High School – she works several part-time jobs to save money to go t
Jan 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
Just look at this cover! Isn’t stunning? The story inside is just as good.

When Ash Rains Down is book #1 in Cecelia Earl’s Kingdom Come series. It’s exciting, fast-paced and super addictive!

My Thoughts….

I really like this one. It is very well-written and I quite enjoyed the characters. When Ash Rains Down is devoted to a lot of characterization and I really loved that. If I am going to be committing myself to a whole series, it is important to me that I really know the characters I am going on
Fay Tannerr
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
4.5 Stars!

When Ash Rains Down was a splendid novel for fans of ya fantasy! I really enjoyed the author's take on angels vs. demons. It was exciting and memorable.

Julia is a hardworking student. She has two jobs and great grades. All she's focused on this year is graduating early. But her world is turned upside down after a series of events that will change everything.

This novel had some great and interesting characters! Julia was a selfless and strong person because she would do anything to take
Jessica Wilhelmsson
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2018
This is a really great story!
Julia has-been caught in a really bad path in life. Everything and a little more happens to her in a short time. And none of it is pleasant. She has to go through a lot of bad and hurting situations. People around here are hurt, fire destroy and in the same time a mysterious guy appears. He calls Julia Angel and when she tell him that her name is Julia he tries to convince her that she IS an Angel.
He also tell her that everything that gone bad is because of her being
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Do you believe in Angels and Demons? Well Julia didn't until the pain in her back turned out to be wings. She finds out that her father was an Angel. She has to decide if she wants to fight in the up coming battle between good and evil. Can't wait until the next book to find out ...more
Debbie Eyre
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow! What a fantastic YA story! Fast paced this well written paranormal read has plenty of action & has some great characters & plenty of twists & turns! It grabbed me from the first page & I can't wait to read book 2! ...more
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing story from a first time author for me. Julia has a necklace that has songs of angels which suddenly stops. Loved every bit
Becky Van Daniker
DNF. Not for me, unfortunately.
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a cool concept and story. I loved the mix of Angels and demons and "normal" people in the middle of nowhere trying to survive. It is the story of Julia and what happens to her during a week in her senior year in high school. Full of drama, high schoolers, angels, demons, friends, and family, I found it to be a exciting YA story that was pretty clean in terms of sex but full of PG crazy fight scenes (blood, goo and swords are involved). Loved the different take on demons and how Julia figure ...more
Michelle VanDaley
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
A fresh take on Angels vs Demons. Overall it is a good storyline but I did not really care for or become invested in the characters. The female lead is cold and unfeeling for everyone except her mother and brother which makes me wonder why everyone keeps trying to be her friend. Hopefully she will grow as a person as the story continues.
Barb VanderWel
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this & I can't wait for more.
I will be also leaving a review on Goodreads @ Amazon.
And letting everyone know about it.
So i gave it a 5 Stars.
Deborah Dumm
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this novel for my unbiased opinion.

This is the best young adult paranormal novel I have read since the Harry Potter series. I love how Julia is portrayed as a strong intelligent young woman. She has two guardians but when she is by herself she is able to defend herself without help from the guardians. I can not wait to see how her relationship with her father evolves.
Ashley Martinez (ilovebooksandstuffblog)
When Ash Rains Down

An interesting and unique fantasy story that touches your soul. I enjoyed all the twist and turns.

Angels and demons have always fascinated me and I like where the author is going with it.

The struggles that the main character dealt with were real and raw really hitting the spot and was something I could identify with.

I can't wait to find out what happens next. There's definitely a lot of unanswered questions and I'm anxious to discover the answers.
A.A. Chamberlynn
Dec 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An awesome young adult fantasy! I really enjoyed this. An epic battle of angels and demons, good and evil. I haven't read a lot of books with female angelic warriors, so that's definitely rad. Plus, she has a cool flaming sword. Fast-paced and sucks you into the story. Lots of juicy family drama. Oh, and did I mention not one but TWO yummy guardian angels dudes? Yep. Check it out! ...more
Jennifer Redmile
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a great read, although it took me a while to get into it. But once I was hooked, I couldn't put it down. A beautifully written story of a girl struggling with the grey area between right and wrong. Sometimes it's easy to make the wrong choice for all the right reasons. Glad I can launch straight into book 2 in the series. ...more
Dec 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Just finished reading the first 86 pages of the book. While I had a little difficulty getting started reading it, I was surprised when I got to the 86th page and wanted to continue reading. Can't wait for the rest of the book. ...more
Jessica Lucci
Julia is an 18 year old who knows exactly what she wants: excellence in her senior year so she can go to college and be wildly successful. Her hopes and dreams revolve around her family: her mother and little brother whom she dedicates all her time to. When she is shockingly voted Homecoming Queen, her life of solo dependence changes as tragedy strikes and she finds herself fighting between two worlds.

Julia is an admirable young woman. She prides herself in maintaining physical fitness and stre
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Cecelia Earl credits her passion for penning fiction to a mandatory sixth grade study hall. She could have gotten her math done, but instead chose to write a teen mystery series, loosely inspired by Sweet Valley High, Trixie Belden, and Nancy Drew--her favorite series at the time. She never shared the stories with anyone, and time moved on. Sadly, she had no more mandatory study halls during which ...more

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