‘Temptation of Angels’ , ‘Emerald City’ and why the angel trend is up again

Before beginning another venture into the heavenly world of the angels, I’d like for you to visit the Angels Category  for this blog. There, I have reviewed books, posted thoughts, and questions regarding these celestial beings. I never thought I’d revisit the subject matter but so far I have been trying to stray away from fangs and fur and more into…anything else.

So far this year I have or will read: Halflings by Heather Burch, Eye of the Sword by Karyn Henley and am currently reading Emerald City by Leppert with anticipation of Michelle Zink’s A Temptation Angels. I can tell you right now that Emerald City headed in zones I wasn’t even aware of. Stay tuned for a full book reivew.

Now, on with other matters. Why are we so interested in angels at this time? Is it because of the boredom with zombies, blood, and razor sharp teeth? Is it because more of us feel there has to be an explanation for all of this besides working, blogging and then dying?

What do you think? Are angels real? Is the fiction thats being put out there worth reading, or is it another trend that will die down soon enough again?



Angels and love triangles, Henley and Burch books

More angelic reads coming up this month. To follow up Halflings, I am reading ‘Eye of the Sword’ by Karyn Henley. although similar in theme to Halflings by Heather Burch, I immediately see the differences in both writers’ approach to angels.

Here’s my little comparison chart. Any further discussion or opinions on this is welcome.


  • Contemporary Fiction
  • Modern Teenage ‘lingo’
  • Seems compatible to other YA supernatural literature out there
  • Very short, brief
  • Sensual love Triangle(love it!)
  • Unique approach to the idea of half angel/half human

Angeleon Series(Breath of Angel & Eye of the Sword)

  • Historical/Fantasy Fiction(ancient times as the setting)
  • Teenage issues, but not so modern
  • Not really compatible with other YA- its more “intricate”
  • Not a long, book, not short either and multiple character and place names(I forget them sometimes)
  • One prince, one princess, possible triangle, but not sole focus of the story
  • Unique approach to half angels using music and fantasy

So based off those points, I’ll say this year is bringing on the best in fiction/fantasy writers and their take on these magnificient heavenly creatures!

For more on the study of Angels and other unique angel books, head to these blog links:

Fallen Angels and Redemption

Angel Study and Wendy Alec’s books

Breath of Angel Book Review

Dr. Jeremiah’s ‘Angels’

‘Breath of Angel’ was good, but could not handle the many twists

Breath of Angel-Karyn Henley


Breath of angel, blood of man…

So begins the story of  Melaia, a young priestess who witnesses the gruesome murder of a stranger inside the temple courtyard. She then discovers that the stranger had wings. After this discovery, Melaia is then thrown into a feud between two immortal brothers who destroyed the stairway to heaven.*

Karyn Henley penned a potential winner with this one. The cover of the book is gorgeous, the description of the temple, angels, and the priestesses who live there was very detailed, and furthermore this painted a clear picture in your mind and read as if it could be a movie, similar to Lord of Rings orNarnia.

Perhaps this bookworm is getting old or the book just had too much going on, I am unsure. Yet I had to race through the last few chapters this week just so I can post a review and get on with my school work. That seems unfair because I typically like fiction/fantasy categories, yet this one only gets  a mediocre review from me. The love interest Melaia has is the only reason why this book did not receive a low score of 3 stars. A more thorough review is located on my examiner page.

Book Details:

Title: Breath of Angel by Karyn Henley

On Sale June 21, 2011, WaterBrook Press

Price: $9.99/ $10.99 Canada

ISBN: 978-0-307-73012-1

eISBN: 978-0-307-73013-8


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*The Advanced Reading Copy was given to me for my unbiased review by WaterBrook Press