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Bad luck seems to follow Grace Fortune wherever she goes. She was orphaned at a young age, and her musical talent got her accepted to a prestigious school for the arts, where she was caught in the middle of horrific school shooting that nearly takes her life.

But then she meets gorgeous loner, Jared Lorn, and falls madly in love. There is only one problem. Jared is not exa
Paperback, 324 pages
Published November 30th 2017 by Vinspire Publishing, LLC
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Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the publisher, Vinspire Publishing, LLC, via NetGalley for an honest review.

Don’t hate me for this guys…

….but this is a review of an unfinished book. I know, I know…it’s all very dismal.

I am forgoing my own synopsis of this book for my review, as the plot above gives all the information that is needed to read this story. Though I did not end up finishing this book, it doesn’t mean it’s the most terrible thing that has ever hit a bookshelf. It re
Susan Miura
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
This captivating YA novel gives us angels, demons, and even a half angel/half human Nephilim from the Book of Genesis. The action begins immediately in the prologue with a car fire that takes the lives of little Grace Fortune’s parents, and continues in chapter one when gunfire erupts in the high school cafeteria as Grace is celebrating her sixteenth birthday. Unlike some of her classmates, Grace is once again spared from death with the help of her guardian angel and tall, handsome Jared, the sc ...more
Ashley Martinez (ilovebooksandstuffblog)
I’m not sure where to start with this one. A fantastic concept I’m a sucker of grey areas and fallen angels so the concept hooked me right away. The problem I had was the way it was written. I couldn’t really connect with the characters so it was hard to care about what happened to them and the story was just a little too fast paced and unrealistic in the interactions and reactions of the characters at times. There was just something missing with the story and characters for me.
C.R. Stewart
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Gina Detwiler flawlessly shifts into her young adult voice for this series opener, Forlorn, as she navigates very current and real-life teenaged issues from an eternal perspective. Her speculative fiction is bold and inventive, yet grounded with Biblically accurate references that captivate and intrigue her readers. Our heroes, Grace and Jarod, along with a cast of eclectic friends—and a few angels—are endearingly written so as not to be easily forgotten. Their impossible quest is punctuated wit ...more
 Mummy Cat Claire
Grace Fortune lives with her aunt and uncle in Buffalo, New York, and attends The Buffalo Arts Academy. She's got her group of friends and then walks in Jared Lorn.

"He was looking right at me, his eyes like lasers. I think I stopped breathing. There was something behind those eyes, something unnerving, as if he knew things about me that he shouldn't know or didn't want to know. Then he looked away."

Grace and her school are attacked by a fellow classmate. "We are taken completely by surprise by
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gina Detwiler is a new author to me, and I was looking forward to reading and reviewing her books since I got the opportunity to do so.

There is a passage in Genesis that talks about the sons of God coming into the daughters of men and children were borne of those unions. Much has been theorized and said about what that could mean. Many Bible scholars believe it was angels who were the sons of God. This author took that approach, and is not the first to come up with beings half angel and half h
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, read-but-unowned
I received this free eARC novel from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

Grace has had a lot of bad luck so far in her 17 years, but little does she know that she has a guardian angel who has been saving her over and over. And it all started when she was in a car accident with her parents. Grace was the only survivor, and there was no humanly way she should have survived that accident.

Now, she has just survived another incident when a student comes to school with a gun and starts shooti
Brandy Mulder
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This story is about a girl named Grace, who learns that a boy at her school is a Nephilim when he stops a former student from killing lots of kids with a gun. Grace’s life is turned on its head as she tries to cope with the reality of angels and demons being real. Her guardian angel does his best to protect her when things get more and more dangerous.
This is one of those stories that is hard to define. There is a lot of religion in this book, but its not what I would call religious. There is a l
Laura Larson
Aug 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: august-2019
I was very intrigued by the idea of this book. It was classified as "YA Christian Fantasy". That's a new one for me. I wasn't sure what to expect. Most of the "Christian" fiction I have read has been incredibly preachy. This... Was not. This was actually very enjoyable! In a nutshell- half demon (or, rather, fallen angel) boy falls in love with mortal girl and they decide to kill his dad to break the curse of his birth. There is lots of praying, lots of angels and demons and talk of God's will, ...more
Oct 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Gina Detwiler is the American author in charge of this delightful book called “Forlorn”.
WOW! It’s not easy these days to find a science-fiction novel that isn’t a little predictable and I found this one so refreshingly new. Despite the fact that we have surely already read stories about angels and demons, this one has a different point of view. It’s truly gripping and I read it in only a couple of days!
The characters are incredibly fleshed out; you can easily empathise with them, especially wi
Alfredo R
Oct 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When you think nothing else could happen to a girl who has orphaned as a young child, and who has survived a mass school shooting, the girl becomes the girlfriend of an angel/ hybrid human.
Although this story seems a little out there, it is absolutely worth reading. Every detail and every experience the main character of the tale has been through, is connected to her destiny. Yes, this is a fantasy tale, but from this story you get that we can learn from all our experiences that everything happe
Ivana S.
Oct 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Gina Detwiler is the author of this captivating novel that will keep in your heart forever. “Forlorn” is a novel part romance, part thriller and part supernatural theme and all of these elements make it an enthralling read.

This book tells the story of Grace Fortune, who from a very young age had to face bad luck: she lived in an orphanage, and thanks to her music talent she attended an important school of art where she was saved by a miracle from a shooting. And just when she thinks her luck is
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a signed copy of this book via Goodreads, in return for an honest review.

Overall, I really liked this book. I enjoy well-written paranormal romances, and this one is no exception. There was a good balance between the building of the relationships and advancing the overall story. The details given to set the scene were well thought out, giving enough to picture the scene without distracting the reader with too many details.

The main negatives in my opinion were some pretty large plot ju
Oct 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
A very tempting reading.

I experienced a mixture of feelings when I read this book, but it was worth everything. I really liked it. “Forlorn” is an absorbing reading written by Gina Detwiller.

The plot revolves around the orphan Grace Fortune´s life. From the very beginning, she has a tough life but a musical talent that benefits her. But, to her surprise, Grace meets a special person who helps her but, at the same time, makes her life a bit more complicated.

I would say that the title of thi
Melina A.
Oct 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Forlorn is a dark story of fantasy that has it all! Angels and demons coexist in this tale full of suspense and intriguing sequences of events.
At the age of 6, Grace, the main female character of the tale, had an accident where her parents died and she was saved by an angel who has protected her since then. Things change when she falls crazily in love with a Nephilim, an angel/human hybrid called Jared Lorn. They soon form a couple, but having a half-demon boyfriend is a tough job.
I will not sp
Agustina Sureda
Oct 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Forlorn by Gina Detwiler is tricky book, and the reason I say this is because you might think it is a novel for teens, but you actually end up loving it, so I have to go ahead and say it is a book for the young at heart. The main character, Grace, is a really strong one who's been through a lot, especially since she lost her parents at such a short age. Then we have Jared, Grace's guardian angel, their relationship has a lot of action, and it is enough to keep you interested the whole way throug ...more
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
With a name of Grace Fortune, you would think that she has luck and is a graceful example of beauty. But Grace is pursued by bad luck where ever she goes, an orphan, a school shooting survivor, and so on. Grace catches the attention of her secret crush, Jared Lorn, but she could never have foreseen the world he will introduce her to. A hybrid angel/demon, Jared is older than he looks and strives to protect Grace from the demons she unknowingly attracts. Together Jared and Grace set out to confro ...more
Jimmy Jefferson
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Angels and demons. A supernatural mystery

This is a great storyline with angels, demons, guardian angels, and even a nephilim which is a half human half angel spawn. As the story starts, Grace is sixteen years old and in an arts academy with her group of friends and a love of music. Derrick takes revenge in the form of being a school shooter and grace sings to distract him then he is killed by the mysterious Jared Lorn. This story is fast paced and well written with a cast of good characters that
Oct 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a very intriguing novel; it doesn’t feel enough to label this one as a Christian mythology. Even though the whole story revolves around that, it also has romance and drama very well developed. These key topics bonded very nicely to deliver a very exciting story.

The main character, Grace Fortune, gets involved with a very shy and introvert Jared Lorn whom I should say it’s not the typical crush. He’s a hybrid, what is that? Let me explain. Jared has a curse from God, he is half human, mo
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaway-wins
I won this YA book from a GoodReads giveaway and I thought it had a interesting and fun storyline filled with Angels, Demons and half human/half angel beings. The characters are well represented and they take you on a captivating adventure that has you turning the page until the end! The author kinda of wrapped it up really quick at the end....lots going on that I honestly could have used a few more chapters to really get into the exciting ending. Overall thought, I would highly recommend this b ...more
Samuel Wood
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a signed copy via a Goodreads giveaway.

One part supernatural thriller, one part YA romance, Forlorn tells a solid and satisfying story of the tragic problems of young people, presenting solutions in a religious manner that works with the story's world and feels more a part of a great war than heavy handed pandering.
Debby Morlok
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thrilling adventure story of a teenage girl and the spiritual battle the angels and demons have over her and her friends. This book may have been written for teens, but as an adult, I loved it. Excellent book!
Lovely Loveday
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
An interesting love story with many twists and turns. I enjoyed reading this novel and was drawn into the story from page one. A real page turner. A good love story to snuggle up with and enjoy with a hot cup of tea.
Faith 09
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
I always like a paranormal romance.
How I adored reading about the angels and Nephilim along with the humans and demons in this book!! When Grace spared from death again in high school this time, it's with the help of her guardian angel and the delightfully tall, handsome Jared, school’s mysterious loner.

Grace then learns who she's really dealing with: Jared, the 150-year-old child of a fallen angel, cursed by God. They then continue on the roller coaster that tests their friendship, love, and romance as they are put in danger, h
Tianna Christensen
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is not your typical fallen angel love story. Yes it does have to deal with fallen angels and teen love, but it also has a really nice christianity side added into it as well. When I first started reading the book I was a little confused about who was speaking because the chapters switch between the main character Grace and her guardian angel. But once I figured out who was talking it was great! I really enjoyed this book and the main character Grace definitely surprised me with how compassi ...more
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gina Detwiler’s distinguishes herself as she captures the mystique of spiritual warfare. Forlorn isn’t just a coming of age novel as Grace Fortune chooses which path she travels. She is unique as she knows the song of the angels and hears the voice of her Guardian. Jared Lorn introduces her to a world of demons and angels. She sees the results of these heavenly creatures, but cannot see them. She is already on the demons’ radar when she steps out without listening to those who can see both world ...more
Amy Colon
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you're into Angels and Demons this is the book for you. This story is about Grace Fortune and Jared Lorn. Grace goes through something tragic when she was very young and if not for her Guardian Angel she would have been dead. As a result of her interaction with her Guardian she is able to hear the Angel's Song. This comes in handy when the school is attacked at lunch time, because of this she gets to know Jared Lorn who turns out to be more than just the hot mysterious guy at school. Together ...more
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Gina Detwiler was planning to be a teacher but switched to writing so she wouldn't have to get up so early in the morning. She is the co-author with bestselling author and speaker Priscilla Shirer of The Prince Warrior series for middle grade readers. She has also written the novels Hammer of God and Avalon under the name Gina Miani.

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