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ABOUT THE SERIES
Title: Kingdom Come
Author: Cecelia Earl
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
When Ash Rains Down, Book 1
Angels are real.
So are demons.
Shady Creek gets a whole lot scarier after Julia learns she’s part angel, especially since the only person she can trust is an angel who’s as infuriating as he is attractive.
Julia received a necklace containing the songs of the angels from her dad when she was four. When she was eleven, he abandoned her family and the necklace went silent. At seventeen, Julia’s doing everything she can to maintain security for her family, but now her necklace seems to have come to life once again. And that’s not all that’s changing.
When a robber attempts to steal from their diner, the necklace blazes and burns her chest. Pain in her back is nearly unbearable as the thief transforms before her eyes… into something demonic.
Demon after demon threaten Julia’s home, family, and friends, and she realizes there may have been something more behind her dad’s disappearance. And now there may be something–or someone–dangerous after her.
Julia has to accept that she is not quite human. Will her infuriating but attractive Guardian Angel be able to prepare her for the battle to come?
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In My Opinion…
It took a little while for this story to fully hook me in. That’s due in large part to the main character. At first, she’s not very likable. She’s got tunnel vision that, despite the façade of caring for her family, feel more selfish than servant.
However, once I got a little deeper into the story (that included a little of Julia’s history), things begin to make more sense and I mustered some sympathy for her. The character traits that I didn’t love about her at first show up in the best possible way near the end of this book.
I wish there had been a bit more with the angels and demons thread, but as this is the first book in a trilogy, I expect to read more in the next two books (so watch for those reviews within the next month or so). And keep reading to learn more about those books!
When Ash Rains Down is a good introduction to the characters, the town, and Julia’s struggles. Cecilia Earl also gives readers a bit of a treat at the end of the book with a short story from another character’s point-of-view. I appreciated seeing events leading up to the climax through someone else’s eyes.
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When Smoke Rains Down, Book 2
If only humans knew the invisible danger lurking around them…
In the aftermath of an explosion and Homecoming battle, Julia tries to form some semblance of a routine: work, study, and visit her brother who remains hospitalized. Unable to confide in anyone about her double life of being both human and angel, and fearful she’ll bring more death and destruction to those she loves, she pulls away from her family and best friend.
When demons once again start to show up at every turn, seemingly bringing about her brother’s deepening depression, she demands her sword from Nicholas. Ever the stern Guardian Angel, he forbids her from using it. Isolated, she takes protecting her brother into her own hands. But when demons show they have evils hidden within their weapons in addition to their ability to siphon souls from the living, Julia’s not sure she knows the best way to handle saving him any longer. Especially when ash-colored lines begin to appear on humans, lines of demonic poison that travel through their veins toward their hearts and alter their moods.
Thrust into a dark world of conspiring demons, Julia is in more danger than she ever imagined possible. To stop evil from spreading and overtaking those she loves, she’ll have to seek out the one person she mistrusts most–especially when a line appears on her own arm, and her apathy toward doing much of anything, including saving anyone, grows.
Enter a complex world where humans, demons, and angels collide, all battling to rule the Earth.
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When Fire Rains Down, Book 3
Hell is nothing like Julia imagined and beyond everything she feared.
The little town of Shady Creek is under attack by Lucifer and his demons. To save the people she loves, human-angel Hybrid Julia must rescue their kidnapped Guardian Angels, even when it means defying her father.
Trouble is, he knows only too much about Hell’s perils. When a demon sucks Julia into a cosmic vacuum, the experience leaves an indelible blight she dares not mention for fear of losing her place on the angelic rescue team.
As a growing demon army surrounds Shady Creek, Julia’s feelings for her own Guardian become all too real and dangerous. But the cosmic imbalance fueled by Hybrid Angels, Rogue Guardians and Warriors is already depleting the strength of the rescue team. And there’s no room for distraction when the mission is to get into Hell—and out again.
For the sake of the mission, Julia must face the truth of the Hybrids’ existence. Because nobody will be safe unless she can trust the gift of free will—for others and for herself—in this end-of-the-world finale to The Legend of Shady Creek Trilogy.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Cecelia Earl graduated with a degree in education and has been teaching ever since. She’s a wife, a mom of three boys, and an owner of a magical laundry pile that never stops growing. She lives near enough to Green Bay, WI that her refrigerator is always stocked with cheese, and the first colors her children learned were green and gold.
She’s a first grade teacher in a Catholic school by day, a mom always, and a writer in her sleep, but that’s okay because being an author is a dream come true. She writes angel fantasy books for young and youngish adults. If you feel young, she writes for you–whether or not you feel particularly angelic.
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Thanks for reading and reviewing, Suzie! I’m glad you stuck with Julia through book one and gave her a chance. I think you’ll be even happier with her in the very end! She definitely has a lot to learn, and a lot of growing to do, but her transformation throughout the series will be worth it for readers, I think. 🙂
Suzie Waltner says
I’m very interested to watch Julia grow up and become the warrior that lives deep within her! On to book 2 🙂
Carrie @ JustRead says
Great review! thanks, Suzie! 🙂
Heidi Robbins says
Thanks for your honest review!
Kay Garrett says
Thank you for being part of the blog tour for the Kingdom Come Series by Cecilia Earl. Appreciate your honest review on “When Ash Rains Down”.
I would like to explore this series.