Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Review: Children of Angels by Kathryn Dahlstrom

Children of Angels: Book One of the New Nephilim Series grabs the reader's attention quickly by jumping right into the action from page one.  This may be a book for youth, but I was totally drawn into the story line. 

Jeremy is a young man, in seventh grade, who is the target of the school bully.  That's a normal enough for a teen book; but, what is not normal is how he responds one day to the bully.  In the middle of the confrontation, there is a flash of light.  His light.

Suddenly, everybody knows.  That leads to an unusual opportunity to go to a private boarding school for kids that can fly.  Things get weird and weirder from there as Jeremy finds that he can do things that even the other kids cannot do.  Like in any good teen book, there's someone with a sinister plan and several somethings to battle. 

I had to tell my 13 year old son over and over that I get to read this book first!  I told him that it's becauses it's a review book; but, the truth is, I preread anything in this genre that the kids read.  Although the book has some initial parallels with a popular book series featuring halfbloods and mythical creatures, it takes a different direction than I initially expected.  It is a good fantasy book.  I did emphasize to my children that it is a made up fantasy story.

My 15 year old just read the book in a couple of days.  She wouldn't put it down.  She read in bed, in the car, at the table (I made her put it down), in a chair, everywhere she went.  As soon as she was done, my 13 year old snatched it up.  Same story.  I'm sure that when my 10 year old is a little older, she will enjoy it as well. 

I think this book would be fine for kids 12 and up.  Some discussion of what is truth and what is fiction with your child may necessitate pre-reading by the parent.

From LitFuse
About the book:“Not my iPod!” Jeremy Lapoint’s day plunges to record lows when Sid Lundahl and his crew stomp the only nice thing he owns-and Jeremy gets in trouble for fighting. With Dad in prison and Mom struggling to scrape by, Jeremy’s life seems hopeless. Until he has this urge to … fly.

One leap and Jeremy soars through the air. With this and his other new-found powers, life is suddenly amazing, wonderful. Until a real-live demon chases him through the school hallways, terrifying him and making him a freak to his schoolmates. He’s the only one who can see the monster. Jeremy wonders if the flying thing’s worth it.

But during the chase, Asiel, Jeremy’s guardian angel, wields his sword and battles off the demon. Later Asiel explains that Jeremy’s a Nephilim: half human and half angel. Jeremy’s shocked. His quest to uncover how he got like this sends him to the Higher Humanity Institute where he meets other Nephilim like him along with a slew of enemies-both human and … not.

In the midst of his strange and dangerous struggles, Jeremy also receives the peace and love he’s always longed for but never knew. When called to lead an angelic battle for the truth, will Jeremy cling to the One who can win the war or let his old doubts and fears overtake him?
Fun, danger, friendship, mystery, and faith-along with awesome angels and demons-fill the pages of this exciting book. A must-read for kids (and grownups) craving adventure with a life-changing message.

Meet the author:
When Kathryn Dahlstrom’s husband was transferred to Los Angeles, she traded Minnesota’s black-bear country for the inner-city and taught children at a Child Evangelism Fellowship Good News Club in Watts. She also began her writing career. In addition to writing six titles in the Good News Club children’s fiction series published by Child Evangelism Fellowship Press, the author is also a screenwriter and film producer. Currently, she and her husband, Tim, live on wooded acreage north of Minneapolis/St. Paul where they care for her mother. They also have an adult daughter, Kristina.
Find out more about Kathryn at http://www.kathryndahlstrom.com.
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I received this book in exchange for an honest review from LitFuse.
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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for linking up - Love it when there are good reads for those preteen boys, they tend to get left out...



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