When Julia climbs into a flaming car to save a trapped child, she's left wondering why either of them survived. Then she learns that her father is the Archangel Gabriel, and that she is half human, half Archangel.
With guidance from Michael, the most powerful Archangel, Julia sets out to discover her own history and explore her angelic powers. But her journey is cut short when an evil force, invisible to human and angel alike, tears her world apart.
Now Julia must fight through her despair, harness her newfound gifts, and risk her very soul to stop the A'nwel and protect the family she never knew she had.
What she doesn't know is that Archangels have secrets too.
“I appeared to her in the manner we agreed upon. No sudden surprises,” Gabriel continued his defense.
“Yes, we have lost far too many to heart attacks. At least we have learned that lesson. Humans simply aren’t used to things just appearing in front of them. They need a lead in,” Michael mused. “They seem oddly comfortable with sudden disappearances, on the other hand.”
“She hates me,” Gabriel said as he ruffled his wings, adjusting the way they lay on his back. It was the angel equivalent of drumming one’s fingers or tapping a foot to show impatience. “It is in her eyes. She believes that everything bad that has happened to her was my fault.”
“They always believe that. She will learn otherwise. All right, you followed instructions,” Michael grudgingly conceded. “But we will need to bring her back into balance. Her fate overshadows us all.”
“We have made her strong,” Gabriel began, the recognition of Michael’s thoughts flashing in his eyes.
“Now let us help make her whole,” Michael finished.
What I Thought
Divinity was definitely a longer book than I thought it was. But not in a bad way. I was really impressed that there were so many facets that contributed to the story. I loved the overall concept of Archangels and half-human half-angel children. Also, after seeing Julia progress, I am fairly confident that she could be the one to save Earth from an evil being.
In the very beginning of the novel, I truly felt for Julia. I felt her pain and think that the emotions were beautifully written. She desperately desired a family and once she, sort of, found one, it was not at all what she was expecting. I think the details of loss and abuse contributed much to Julia's character as it gave her a reason to fight and a desire to become stronger.
I was very upset with one scene in the book that deals with loss and sacrifice. I think it was incredibly sad and I actually cried. I love stories about angels because I like getting different perspectives and I think they are mainly less represented in a book world filled with vampires, werewolves, and shape shifters. I see Divinity as a book, not only about angels, but about redemption and sacrifice and self growth.
I really liked Divinity and I will definitely be reading this again soon. I give this novel 4 stakes.
Michelle L. Johnson is the author of DIVINITY, a supernatural urban fantasy, and the author of THE FOOTLOOSE KILLER, a mystery. She's also a literary agent, a coffee lover beyond reason, and has a fascination with the workings of the human mind.
Her key influences have been Stephen King, Anne Rice, and C.S. Lewis, but is inspired by every author to put pen to paper.
Michelle lives in Jacksonville, Florida with her muse and her rambunctious Cocker Spaniel, Sammy.
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