Thursday, April 30, 2015

Angelhood {Book Review}

I received an advanced reading copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. This blog uses affiliate links on occasion. Should you click through and purchase anything, I may receive a small commission. Your purchase price is not affected. I promise to only review items that I have found beneficial for my family.

I took a break from reading over Lent and I really missed it. Then life got really busy and I didn't have much time to read anything at all. I read Lose the Cape and reviewed it two weeks ago, but that was non-fiction and I could pick it up and put it down whenever I wanted.

I've had a book review for another book scheduled and I knew it was coming up. I was really looking forward to reading the book because I have heard really good things about it. My problem was finding the time for a binge-reading session and that chance came up for me a few evenings this week.


I like to read after I put the kids to bed. While I still love a good paper book, I've found that eBooks work really well in a dark room at night. And that's where I read A.J. Cattapan's Angelhood. Once I started it, I had real trouble putting it down.


Angelhood is the story of Nanette, a seventeen year old girl dealing with the trials of high school, family, and life in general. Like many high school students, she thinks she's alone in all of her despair. After the ultimate one-two punch of horrible life events, she decides to end her own life; but it's not really as simple as that.

Instead of her decision being the end of everything, it turns out to be just the beginning. Nanette finds herself as a guardian angel. She is supposed to be helping Vera, a freshman girl she's never met before. For the trifecta of odd occurrences, Vera attends the same high school Nanette did...and has her locker just down the hall from Nanette's younger sister Cecille.

Nanette's primary job is to help Vera avoid the same fate that Nanette succumbed to. However, Nanette also has to deal with learning how to be a guardian angel, wanting to comfort her sister, and dealing with the pain in her own life that led to her choice of suicide. She also has moments of darkness when she blacks out from the despair in Vera's life or memories of her own.

I really wanted to see Nanette help Vera. I was cheering for her as she came to understand the value her life had and the people she had impacted by choosing to leave this world. Her goal was to graduate from being a guardian angel to full-fledged sainthood and I really thought she was going to make it. But in the end, that wasn't meant to be and I'm completely fine with that. I think you will be too!

The book is now available for purchase on Amazon. You can also visit the author's website here and come to the Facebook launch party TONIGHT!! There will be book discussion as well as games, prizes, and behind-the-scenes tidbits. Check it out here!

12 comments :

  1. Oh wow, this sounds like a really powerful book with a new plot line! I like it! You have me intrigued by the end, I don't know if I will be ok with not saving her. I will have to read and see :)

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  2. I need to read more again too and have taken a break the last two weeks, as well. Thanks for the great review ;) :)

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  3. Great review! Thanks so much for taking the time to read Angelhood! I really enjoyed it too, and I'll be at the Facebook party tonight. Hope you "see" you there!

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  4. It's really hard to discuss the ending of this book without giving anything away! LOL! Let's just say some people have told me it's brought them to tears of joy. :) I hope you enjoy it!

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  5. Thanks for stopping by, Janine!

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  6. Thanks for all your help last night at the Facebook party, Ginny Marie! :)

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  7. Oh wow, that is an interesting twist to a story! Never thought of having a main character is a guardian angel. I can see why you couldn't put it down!

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  8. It's a great book, Nina. I definitely recommend it!

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  9. I caught most of the facebook party, but I did fall asleep at the end! LOL

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  10. You'd love it Janine! Give it a try!

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  11. I think you'll really enjoy the ending even if it's not what you're thinking! Don't want to give away too much!

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  12. We were so exciting about the turnout that we stayed at Starbucks for a while...I was exhausted the next day and had a caffeine hangover! But it was a lot of fun. Thanks for joining us!

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