Author: Olga Gibbs
Publication Date: 13 September 2018
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Raging Bear Publishing
With the power to end the world, would you protect humanity when it broke you or would you take revenge?
Meet Ariel: a quiet, unnoticeable girl with an incredible gift…
Ariel never had an easy or pleasant life, but the arrival of three gorgeous strangers meant her measured life is turned upside down, as she discovers that angels exist.
Now against her will, she’s drawn into an ancient celestial conflict where her powers will decide the fate of humanity.
Deceived, threatened, hunted and now on the run, who can she trust?
I was immediately drawn to Heavenward by the synopsis alone. I am by no means religious, but I love reading stories about celestial beings…especially when said beings are on the brink of war.
Ariel is a refreshing heroine that is much needed in YA fantasy. She’s not average teenage girl that comes from this amazing family and discovers she has supernatural powers and magically wants to save the entire world in an afternoon. Instead, Ariel just wants to go unnoticed and survive. Ariel has a haunting past of abuse from the hands of her step-father. She was removed from her mother’s care by Child Protective Services and put into the system to escape her living hell. However, her younger sister Jess was left behind to endure his wrath. Every single day she grapples with survivor’s guilt because she is no longer around to protect her sister.
Everything changes for Ariel when new strangers show up to her school, which is incredibly rare in her town. Following an attack in her science class by one of the new students, Ariel awakens in a foreign world (with the gorgeous new guy Sam) surrounded by celestial beings. Ariel is now forced to choose a side in this angel war, which is not what she signed up for. All she wants is to get back to Jess.
When it comes to the writing of this story, I really enjoyed the rich, descriptive language because it really made me feel like I was alongside the characters in the story experiencing what they were. There’s a certain scene that describes human beings who sold their souls, and these beings are essentially skinless carcasses. I felt like I could smell the deteriorating flesh from the pages.
As far as characters go, I loved Ariel. I think the fact that she comes from such a dark past made me fall in love with her character faster. I also admired her love for her sister. I’ll be honest, I was not a fan of Sam. He just reminds me of the over the top jock who has a hidden agenda. I loved Rafe though. I can’t wait for book two, so we can learn more about him.
Overall, if you’re looking for a fast paced fantasy that features incredible world building, epic battles, and plot twists then pick up Heavenward now.
Thank you to Olga Gibbs for providing a copy of Heavenward. This did not influence my review. All opinions are my own.
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