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REVIEW: Fallen Angel by Heather Terrell


The first book in a dark, edgy new angel series about a girl who finds herself forced to choose sides in the battle between fallen angels, even if that means going against the boy she loves.

When Ellie Faneuil first sees Michael Chase she feels an instantaneous connection. But she does not realize how much they have in common, including the ability fly and to see what others are thinking - not to mention a taste for blood. Reveling in their new powers and their growing feelings for each other, Ellie and Michael are determined to uncover what they are, and how they got this way ... together.
But the truth has repercussions neither could have imagined. Soon they find themselves center stage in an ancient conflict between fallen angels that threatens to destroy everything they love. And it is no longer clear whether Ellie and Michael will choose the same side.

In this electrifying novel Heather Terrell spins a gripping tale of soul-mates, supernatural powers and a truth that will change Ellie and Michael‘s world forever.

About The Author

Heather Terrell is a lawyer with more than ten years' experience as a litigator at two of the country's premier law firms and for Fortune 500 companies. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Boston College with a focus in History and Art History, and a cum laude graduate of the Boston University School of Law. She lives in Pittsburgh with her family.

Heather is the author of The Chrysalis and The Map Thief, which will appear in more than ten countries, as well as Brigid of Kildare. 

Product Details

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen (December 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061965707
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061965708
SOURCE:  Around the World ARC Tours 


I have enjoyed Heather Terrell's other books, The Chrysalis and The Map Thief.  She brings her same writing skills to this new young adult series. The book weaves romance and mystery together with a nice angelic twist.  The angel theme seems to have really taken off lately.  The writing in this one does elevate it above the crush of similar titles. 
The story is definitely a set up for a series since you get lots of background on Ellie and a little bit on Michael, her romantic interest.  Ellie is brought up to be completely clueless about her heredity and genealogy.  Her guardians try to bring her up to be "good" and put great restrictions on her which she just accepts.  I had the most difficulty accepting that one, that a teen would not try to rebel in the tiniest bit.  She does start to rebel once she meets Michael.   Michael is brought up the same way by his guardians and when he discovers he shares the same paranormal traits of flying and mind reading as Ellie, they connect and try to figure out what else they can do. Then all hell breaks loose.  Ellie's father gives them several clues as to her purpose and with a little luck and research, she figures it out. 
Of course, there has to be an evil element to foil all of the goodness.  There are several "bad" angels who battle with Ellie and I am sure that their story will be even more intense in the next installment.  One minor character that really stood out is Ruth, Ellie's mousy best friend.  I can see her becoming a bigger part of the tale in the future.  Overall, I really enjoyed this one.  I would recommend it for even younger teens since there is not much more that kissing.


  1. Thanks for the review - I'm on a tour for this one too, so glad to hear it's good! :)

  2. Thanks for the info. There's always a market for this type of story right now, especially well written ones!

  3. I love this whole genre...and am a big fan of Supernatural and "Castiel" (though whether he is a fallen angel or not is still up for debate).

    This book has too much of a Twilight feel to me. I like Twilight (though as a guy I feel it could have used more action), but the whole teen angst thing that everyone is trying to tap into now is starting to feel unoriginal to me.


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