~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 containing the songs of the angels from her dad when she was four. When she was eleven, he abandoned her family and the necklace went silent. At seventeen, Julia's doing everything she can to maintain security for her family, but now her necklace seems to have come to life once again. And that's not all that's changing.
When a robber attempts to steal from their diner, the necklace blazes and burns her chest. Pain in her back is nearly unbearable as the thief transforms before her eyes... into something demonic.
Demon after demon threaten Julia's home, family, and friends, and she realizes there may have been something more behind her dad's disappearance. And now there may be something--or someone--dangerous after her.
Julia has to accept that she is not quite human. Will her infuriating but attractive Guardian Angel be able to prepare her for the battle to come?
When Ash Rains Down is a contemporary paranormal novel for fans of stories with strong female protagonists and epic battle scenes. Fans of Julie Hall's Huntress (Life After Series) and Cameo Renae's Hidden Wings Series will be captivated by this unique take on angels and demons.
When Ash Rains Down is the first book in debut author Cecelia Earl's Kingdom Come series. The second book, When Smoke Rains Down, is also available, along with a companion short story and novella. Book three, When Fire Rains Down and more companion stories will be out in 2018. Join Cecelia's newsletter list so you don't miss a new release! http:ceceliaearl.com
"Gripping!" ~Amazon Reviewer
"...an original take on angels..." ~Amazon Reviewer
"I couldn't wait to escape into When Ash Rains Down every time I picked it up." ~Amazon Reviewer
"A fascinating first book in a series..." ~Amazon Reviewer
When Ash Rains Down is a story of hardship and hope. Cecelia Earl brings humanity to this fantasy tale. Julia isn't perfect by any means, but her striving, her misguidance, and her willingness to give up everything for her family is easy to relate to. When Ash Rains Down is surreal, idealistic, and full of heart, with a moral tale at the center, but also has a balanced side of loss, struggle, and tragedy.
It's fast paced, and follows a small portion of Julia's life, but in a way that feels like just the beginning of her story. It almost has a metaphorical tone with what is happening in Julia's life and then the coinciding apocalyptic angels versus demons battle.
When her father left, he took away her happiness and her faith. She was taught about angels singing and praying at night, but his leaving took that from her. She goes from this carefree spirit as a child to a determined and materially-driven person, who is then thrown into a higher power of the world. There's a good lesson in Julia's arc. ~Readers' Favorite
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 to write.
It wasn’t until she had three children, worked full-time as a teacher, and kept a home relatively tidy that she realized her passion for writing wasn’t something she had to give up with childhood and the end of study halls. Four years and five novels later, she wrote the first book in the Kingdom Come trilogy.
She lives with her husband, three sons, and male dog near enough to Green Bay, WI that her refrigerator is always stocked with cheese, and the first colors her children learned were green and gold. (She happily spends time with her female characters whenever the testosterone levels get too high in the house.)
She can usually be found snuggling her kids, reading on the couch, drinking strong coffee, or sipping Malbec. Once in a while she vacuums.
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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 and the heroine seemed kinda annoying too. Nonetheless, It wasn’t a bad read because I enjoyed it and readers who are new to this genre would definitely love this book.
Eighteen Year Old Julia White is a high school student who lives with her mom and her little brother Noah. She works at her mom’s dingy diner named Melissa’s and dreams on providing better life for her mom and brother. She doesn’t have any social life and wants to graduate early so that she could find a decent job and when she was crowned as a homecoming queen, it becomes her worst nightmare because it gets everyone’s attention on her especially her long time crush/homecoming king, Cole who wants to take her on a date. Her life turns pretty much upside down, when a green blooded monster attacks her and vanishes in a smoke. And here comes Cole’s infuriating cousin Nicholas who warns that her life’s in danger because of her heritage and also claims that angels and demons are actually real and she’s the reason behind all the increasing crime and corruption lately in her town. Julia doesn’t believe Nic’s words until he takes her to the battleground where she finds Angels and demons fighting against each other. To protect her family, Julia needs to embrace her mixed heritage and join the fight against the demons.
Julia is a bit annoying for my taste but I can also understand her situation because she just only wanted the best life for her family. It was pretty hard for me to connect with her mainly because of her personality. She’s constantly jealous of other people’s life who has lots of money and sometimes mean too. I liked Cole, he is charming, handsome and mysterious character who hides many secrets. Nicholas is definitely my kinda guy who is broody, infuriating and very tempting. There isn’t any triangle in this book yet but it’s possible there’s going to be one in the next book. The romance between Cole and Julie is okay but it didn’t interested me much. I wish there was more Nicholas in this book but I guess we’re going to see him more in the next book. The supporting characters are not bad but they aren’t memorable enough to describe.
The plot wasn’t original but it was decent enough to enjoy. The book started with a slow pacing with all the normal contemporary high school drama but thankfully the pace eventually picks up in the second half where the real action starts. Honestly, I liked the second half more than the first half of the story. The story was told in Julia POV but I think I would’ve loved it more if it was written either in dual or multiple POV. I enjoyed the writing. For a debut author, the writing is good and easy to understand. I also liked the concept of the book but I wish it wasn’t too predictable.
Overall, It was a good read! I really think It was a good debut for the author and I hope the next book going to be much better.
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 picked up around the middle part, when Julia found out the truth. Afterward, the action scenes were enjoyable.
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 everything to money. Oh, and according to her friends were a waste of time...yet she had two who always wanted to help her. Why? Also, she was just plain dumb. Who considers a job offer from someone they just met and without even asking what the job was? I'm sorry, a creepy guy in a suit comes into your diner and just goes "You have drive. Graduate early and come work for me" and you go "Oh that sounds like a plan"? Yeah, just a idiot. I'm sorry, I just really did not like her.
The romance was shoddy. We got nothing more than Julia "feeling things" whenever Cole was arround. Cole himself was nothing special - just your typical popular jock. I literally could just care less about the two of them together. And when a death happens to a character - just felt nothing. Explore your characters more!
The lore Earl added was the only interesting element to me here. Cole's inner struggle should have been explored more. Julia's origins should have been explained more, along with her father. I almost think the book from Nicholas's POV would have been better than following Julia.
Not sure if I will continue the series. Part of me wants to know what happens just because I'm always morbidly curious, the other part of me could care less.
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 part, the angels/demons angle was interesting. The MC was a little frustrating with her tendency to keep denying what was plainly happening in front of her. With Nicholas and Cole, I can see the ubiquitous YA love triangle developing in the next book. If you like books in a similar genre to Shadowhunters series, then give this one a try.
I received a free ebook from the author and I am voluntarily giving an honest review.
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 drawn to Nicholas, but Cole intrigues me as well. Something happens towards the end that makes me wonder if he's officially picked a side, or maybe he was always on that side. I feel like he's on the fence. On the other hand, I feel like Nicholas knows what he stands for. I wonder if he's not a little misguided too though. Hmmmm... lots to think about.
The ARC of When Ash Rains Down by Cecelia Earl was kindly provided to me by YA Bound Book Tours for review. The opinions are my own.
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, to show she's not really herself around him and beggar the question...why? Descriptions are vivid, while keeping in mind the narrator is, after all, a stressed out teenager. Also, love the cover
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 this new paranormal world that she had unknowingly been a part of. This was a thoroughly enjoyable new urban fantasy book and an amazing commencement of a brand new series.
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.
'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 her family, and is determined to give them the life she feels they deserve. She's not without flaws - she fights with jealousy, anger, and definitely needs to lighten up. I'll admit that it took me a while to warm up to her character. For the first third of the book, it seems like she's always focused on making money, working, and hating her mom's diner/their apartment. She's constantly talking about how her dad abandoned them and it's his fault that their lives suck. It really annoyed me and got to the point where I was rolling my eyes at her attitude. When all hell breaks loose, her focus shifts to more important things, and I found her much easier to empathize with. Another thing that bugged me was the predictability of some part of the plot, namely when it came to her relationships and interactions with other characters. Also, some of the events in the book were really easy to see coming. These things did have an effect on my reading experience, but I'm hoping the author will fix these in the next installment. They're solely my opinion, and I'm sure other readers won't have the same issues.
The majority of the story was well written, with detailed descriptions and great imagery that allowed me to picture everything clearly in my mind as it was happening. Even though some parts of the plot were predictable, the story was overall fascinating and had me intrigued. The characters were rounded, especially Julia and the other major characters like Cole, Mitch, and Nicholas. I liked watching their relationships grow and develop over the course of the book. I'm glad I pushed my way through the rough spots at the beginning, because I got caught up in the story and wanted to see what was going to happen. I'll definitely be reading the next book in the series, and I'm excited to see where the author will take it. Recommended for fans of the genre and for readers who enjoy fantasy, romance, and stories about angels and demons.
Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
**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 strangely, robbers with morphing faces, and men showing up out of nowhere.
Then something horrific happens that shakes her entire core and leaves her family's future uncertain. Julia is told some disturbing news, that she is half-angel and her help is needed to stop demons from destroying everything she knows. Wait... what?
This book started off a little rough for me. I am all for complex characters with baggage. Julia is definitely one of those characters. However, the way she speaks to her mother and thinks of her situation at home just baffled me. She was rude, bitter, and incredibly angry for a teenage girl. I shook my head a few times in the first several chapters.
Eventually, the story does pick up. Julia's interactions with Cole were a surprise. It was refreshing to see the ice queen's heart melt a little when it comes to a guy that she likes. However, even that relationship goes south when secrets come to light.
The action sequences were pretty good, though. I expect there will be plenty more of those in future installments of the series. The whole angel and demon paranormal angle was mostly easy to understand. And there were a few twists along the way that I didn't see coming. I just wish I could have liked the main character a bit more.
In closing... Overall, a pretty good read about ruckus-causing demons and angels with a tough side. 3.5 suns!
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from JustReadTours and the author. Thanks! All opinions are my own.
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
Recommended Age: 15+ (slight violence, slight romance, and scary moments)
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, he abandoned her family and the necklace went silent. Broke and heartbroken, Julia, along with her mom and little brother, moved from hotels to trailers until her mom finally found an apartment above the café she now owns.
At seventeen, Julia's doing everything she can to maintain security for her family, but now her necklace seems to have come to life once again. And that's not all that's changing.
When a robber attempts to steal from their diner, the necklace blazes and burns her chest. Pain in her back is nearly unbearable as the thief transforms before her eyes... into something demonic.
When demon after demon threaten her home, family, and friends, Julia realizes there may have been something more behind her dad's disappearance. And wherever he went, there may be something--or someone--dangerous now after her.
Facing an explosion, a kidnapping, and battles in a realm other than Earth, with a Guardian angel who's as infuriating as he is attractive, Julia has to come to terms with the fact that she's not quite human, and fending off demons is nothing, once the devil comes for her.
But it may be too late to save the ones she loves by the time she accepts the challenge he's putting before her.
I had sworn off angel books until this book and for the most part it was fairly enjoyable. The plot was fairly well done and the writing was excellent. The pacing was also really consistent. I felt that overall the book would be great for someone who likes books with demons and angels in it.
Unfortunately, that isn’t me. I felt that the romance was a bit wonky in the book and the main character was really annoying to me. She made some really questionable decisions and it kinda of didn’t make sense overall with her character.
Verdict: If you like angel/demon books this is the series for you!
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 to university. Once you understand her motivations, though, Julia is quite real and endearing. She knows that the chances of her being able to go to university are slim, yet she works very hard to make that dream a reality. It’s better than giving up. I’ve read reviews going on and on about how unlikeable and un-relatable Julia is: here’s the thing, she has to work for everything she has, she has to work hard for everything she wants to have, and she has to deal with the meanness and jealousy that sometimes pops its head up when she looks at how easy others have it. It’s part of the storyline: having to overcome temptation to be a good person. It’s also a good theological discussion about what one would do to get what you think you deserve…
What I liked about this story is that Julia actually believes in the higher power she serves. So many other angel fantasy novels present characters who don’t believe in God, which is really sad if you think about it.
The way the community comes together to help one of their own teaches Julia about being truly alive and living her life, about how people aren’t all bad or out for themselves, and how perception colours the way we view the world (people see her as selfless while she’d been seeing herself as selfish).
My favourite line that conveys the discovery and journey Julia is on: “You’re very loved. Remember that. Love is a powerful thing. More powerful, even, than money.”
An enjoyable story. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series.
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!
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 this journey with. That’s not to say there isn’t plenty of action because there is, just that the author developed her protagonist and secondary characters well.
Julia is tough as nails! Even before she learns her true identity she is incredibly strong. She is loyal and fiercely devoted to her family. When her family is threatened she does not fall apart. She does what needs to be done. I would love a girl like her in my corner.
Her relationships with Cole and Nicholas are very intriguing. I am definitely looking forward to learning how they develop. Bonus: Two dreamy angels to drool over!
Overall I really enjoyed this book. It was good enough to read in one sitting (not sure if my family was forced to order pizza that evening) and I looking forward to the rest of the Kingdom Come series.
P.S. When Ash Rains Down is only $0.99 on kindle (FREE with Kindle Unlimited)! Pretty sweet!
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 care of her younger brother; Noah and her mom. Mitch was a supportive and a great best friend. And Molly was there to help Julia when she needed it. Cole was laid back and Nicholas was mysterious.
There was action, surprises and mystery to this novel that made it unpredictable! It had a well written and fast paced plot, It was hard to put this novel down! It left me wanting to read more of Julia's story and eager to pick up the next installment!
If angels, young adult fantasy and romance are your thing, I recommend that you give When Ash Rains Down a try!
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 an Angel. Follow Julia in a weird time in her life, you want regret it! I was hooked quick in the book and now I will cast me over the next one in the series.
This book! I didn't expect it to be so impacting given that it's a paranormal romance. Grief, family, faith, etc.. I really enjoyed this. I still have questions, and I'll have to wait until start the second book to possibly find answers. I'm not sure I'll do that. It looks like the series, or at least this point of view, is unfinished or cut short. I'm not sure I'll want to continue it for that reason.
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
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!
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 figures into it all. Cannot wait to see how the series progresses. (Only read book 1 and 1.5 so far but liked what I have read.)
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.