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Posted April 29, 2013
"Angel Evolution" is an interesting story about angels and demons with an unexpected twist. This book will take your preconceived notions about angels and demons and turn them upside down. These supernatural beings have been at war for many years but a weapon could end that war. What side will be able to secure that weapon and claim victory? Will humans survive or just be collateral damage? I really enjoyed this book and would definitley recommend it.
Posted February 9, 2013
What I liked:
I really liked the author’s idea of combining evolution with angels & demons mythology-however, the issue of the snake that started it all needs further delving in. Maybe it will be touched upon in the sequels.
Of course, the superiority complex that all angels seemed to be a prey of and to what lengths they’d go to keep it that way was another interesting bit.
both the angel and the demon did NOT fall in love with the heroine- very refreshing in a YA novel.
What I didn’t like:
the treatment of Gargoyles-if I’m correct, they’re the result of unions between two angels or two demons which makes them their offsprings…sub intelligent but still their kids. Why are they treated like animals by both sides? And not only are the supes okay with that, so were the humans?
Taylor took a lot of things too calmly and she switches between hating and loving Gabe a little too much & too easily.
This is a fast paced YA novel with a unique spin on angel/demon myth. I liked it a lot!
Posted January 24, 2013
Great YA Angels/Demons story
Taylor Kingston heads off to college with her best friend Samantha Collins. Sam is a normal teenager, but Taylor is something else. She’s special to angels and demons and their century long war. She just doesn’t know it yet.
Gabriel Knight is an angel. Christopher Lyon is a demon. They both want Taylor, but for different reasons. Gabriel makes the first move and initiates contact. Then Chris starts dating Sam. Things get really interesting after that.
Well-written with in-depth characters, a fast plot and hidden agendas. I have to say I wanted to shake Taylor. I realize she’s a teenager, but she ignored her own first rule, listen to her gut. Then she didn’t get both sides of the story before making a decision. Never make decisions, especially monumental far-reaching decisions without getting all the info you can get from all sides. *sigh* Love! And boys! They’ll mess up a girl’s mind if given a chance. I’m sure we’ve all been there.
This is the first book in a trilogy and it ended in a bit of a cliffhanger. I look forward to reading what happens next in 'Demon Evolution.'
*Many thanks to the author for providing me with a review copy. Please see disclaimer page on my blog.
Posted January 3, 2013
This book has such an interesting, intriguing concept on the whole angels and demons theme. As usual, David stepped completely out of the box with his original vision of the angel stories. I, for one, did not see the twists and turns coming... I love being pleasantly surprised and was not disappointed!
And again, you can't help but fall in love with the characters he creates. I can't help but think about them in the back of my mind while working, eager to finish my work day so I can jump back into David's world! I'm so happy to have all the books in The Evolution Trilogy so I can continue right away, not having to wait for the next book to be finished.
And with that, my adventure continues as I delve into Demon Evolution
P.S. I really love the covers of this trilogy! :-)
Posted April 25, 2012
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I received Angel Evolution by David Estes as a R2R. Not a traditional Angel vs. Demon story. We start out with Taylor and Samantha great friends since forever going off to college. As the story goes they meet up with Gabriel and Chris, two young nice college boys right? Wrong they are enemies of the worst kind in our human world. An Angel and a Demon. But these two are not what you would normally expect an Angel or Demon to be. The best friends start to date and really fall for our "special" guys. But unknown forces to the girls are getting ready for a war that is about to commence which could change the world forever. Not just for the Angesls and Demons.
And. . . . . one of the girls is the Secret Weapon. Now onto book two Demon Evolution
Posted March 25, 2012
Taylor is off to her first year of college where she meets Gabriel. Gabriel is a mystery to Taylor from the very first time she sets eyes on him, and she's immediately drawn to him and his mysteriousness. Gabriel is not what he seems though, and Taylor ultimately has to decide if she can trust him or not.
I love the characters. Taylor and Samantha had such contrasting characters but despite that, or maybe because of that, they were best friends. Gabriel and Christopher thought they were completely different, as different as angels and demons, but in fact they were actually trying to achieve the same goal. Throughout the book I never quite knew how to feel about Gabriel. His and Taylor's entire relationship was based on lies, and he told her so many lies that toward the end of the book he was not even sure what was a lie and what was the truth anymore. He seemed to be at war with himself about what he wanted and what he thought he should want.
I guarantee this book will keep you guessing to the end. Throughout the story you never know who you are supposed to be trusting. I love the different play on the angels/demons and am definitely going to be reading the next two books in the trilogy!
Posted March 8, 2012
I really enjoyed reading this book. The author provided readers with a fresh perspective on the angel and demon mythology. In their world, angels and demons were evolved humans without any religious connection to heaven or hell. The main character is Taylor, a college freshman, who has the ability to win the war for the angels. She rooms with her childhood best friend, Sam. While at college, Taylor falls in love with an angel, Gabriel. Her best friend falls in love with a demon, Chris. I enjoyed the characters interactions with each other. I have to say, I am not a Gabriel fan. He only told half truths and mislead Taylor all while confessing his love for her. Chris, on the other hand, turned out to be a good friend, who showed his compassion by saving her life. Taylor's character always talked about being strong and independent. However, her actions were far from this. She allowed Gabriel to manipulate her and was to quick to believe everything he told her. Even when she found out he had lied to her she easily forgave him. I enjoyed the different points of view from the characters, especially the demons and angels. It provided an interesting insight into the goals of the demons and angels.
I loved the cliff hanger and can't wait to see how it all ends. I'm looking forward to reading the next book!
I received a copy of the ebook from the Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy Fanatics Group Read to Review program. Thanks to David Estes for allowing me to review the book!
Posted March 6, 2012
(I was given this book for free by the author on a read-to-review basis)
Taylor is just starting at university with her best friend Sam, and is desperately searching for a sign that this is where she belongs. All her life she has had nightmares about a black snake with red eyes, and in order to show that she is brave and overcomes her fears, she has had the snake tattooed on her shoulder.
In a recent dream involving the snake she is approached by two figures – one light and one dark, one who gives her water to drink, and the other who pours sand down her throat – trouble is she can’t remember which figure did which thing!
Gabriel is an angel. He’s been sent on a mission by the angel council – to locate Taylor, and bring her in. Taylor is ‘the one’, a human with an exceptionally large aura; one that the angels can harness to destroy the demons that they are fighting against. Only trouble is that the angels are not necessarily the good guys here, they plan to destroy the demons, enslave humankind, and basically take over the world.
Gabriel has never failed on a mission before, but this time things aren’t going his way as he realises that maybe he actually likes Taylor, or unfortunately, maybe he’s falling in love with her.
Torn between completing his mission and protecting Taylor, Gabriel speaks with the council and buys them some time to come up with a plan, but when the demons find out what is going on, that time is quickly up, and Gabriel must find a way to save Taylor, as if he allows the angels to harness her energy, she may well die.
I quite liked this book, but there were some parts that were good, and some parts that were annoying as with anything! I liked the idea that the angels weren’t necessarily the good guys, and the demons weren’t necessarily evil, and I liked the interaction between the group of friends – Taylor, her best friend Sam, Gabriel (angel), and Chris (demon). I didn’t really feel that Gabriel had fallen in love with Taylor – it seemed to happen quite suddenly, but Taylor seemed pretty convinced. I also didn’t like how the book suddenly jumped forward two months – this was probably unnecessary.
Overall though this was an enjoyable read, and I am interested to find out what happens next.
Thanks David for an enjoyable read.
7 out of 10.
Posted February 15, 2012
Posted February 5, 2012
So, I finally finished the book! First of all I would like to thank David Estes and goodreads for giving me an opportunity to read this book. I am very grateful that I got a chance to read this unique but very interesting book!
Well, where should I start! LOL ;p The story behind this book was....different! I loved that about this book. I mean sure the whole angel-demon idea was original but by adding the cool powers to the characters it turned out cool!
The very first thing I liked about this book was the fact that it was all action. We do have a little bit of romance in it but it’s not over bearing! Now, don’t get me wrong, I am your typical romance buff type of girl but it was a different experience for me, so yeah I did enjoy that! It was a fun experience! :)
Despite my concerns and disliking there were things that I absolutely loved about the story!
I loved how we got to experience the story through both POVs of the angels and the demons and the humans! LOL ;P It was nice because it gave you a basic understanding to the scheme of things going on in the book. It also showed you an opening to the thoughts of the individual characters!! ;) Although, I would have preferred to see more of Taylor's side, considering she is the main character! The two sides of an old time battle were very interesting and definitely different! It was truly unique and fun!
Speaking of characters.....believe it or not I actually didn't like Gabriel. He was fun at times but he had a lot of problems happening. I just couldn't connect with him. I thought he was wayyyy tooo fake with his role as an angel to his role with being Taylor's boyfriend. I didn't enjoy him as a main lead at all. Now that's completely different for Chris!!! I LOVE HIM!!! He was my fave character. I loved his role in the story and I loved his attitude and personality towards not only Sam but also Taylor. I just thought, although he is a demon he genuinely seemed to care for Taylor's and Sam's safety! I loved that about him. Especially, the "thing" he did at the end of the book (you have to read it to find out the good stuff...LOL ;p) I really wish Chris was the main guy character and was disappointed that we didn't get to see him as much as I would like! Hopefully, the next book is different! ;)
Taylor and Sam are fun, and very interesting girls and I liked reading their parts in the book. Although, I think Taylor was a strong female lead, I felt she changes moods way to abruptly! Also, I didn't like the fact that she accepts everything within a minutes time. I mean really, she should have asked more questions or at the very least protested a bit! However, overall I liked her as a main character! Sam was a really nice and refreshing treat. I loved her fun personality and her constant happy moods! She kept the story fun and interesting during all of her parts! After getting to know Sam and Chris, I wished they were the main characters! I can't wait to read more about them! ;)
Overall, the book was okay. I would recommend it to anyone who likes the more action types of YA books! In the end, I was left with more questions than answers but hopefully that will change in the next book! I am really looking forward to reading the next book and finding out what happens to both Taylor and Gabriel and also Sam and Chris!!! It should be interesting,(fingers crossed)!
Finally, I would like to thank David Estes for this book and letting me read and review it! You did an
Posted February 5, 2012
Its been a long time since I have read a book so quickly. This book grabbed a hold of me and didn't let go. I hated that it ended and have to get the next book asap. I love stories involving angels and this one was no exception. It was refreshing to have a new take on the angels versus demon story. I loved that it was hard to know who the good guys were. The way the story was written out you could be on either side because both sides had valid points. I loved the character of Taylor. Taylor is the type of girl I like to see in books because she isn't afraid to be herself. She is ok with who she is as a person. I can say there was a period where I wasn't happy with her just listening to anything Gabriel spoon fed her. Gabriel wasn't a character I liked at first but I fell in love with him after I realized his love for Taylor. I understood the flaws he had and it made me understand him more. He is just conflicted but in the end understood what he needed to do. Chris and Sam were also good characters. Sam is the typical best friend to a character like Taylor. I loved Chris from the start and he was such a different take on a demon. Overall this was a great book and I can't wait to read the others.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 2, 2012
I really enjoyed this book. It was a totally different take on Angels and Demons. The background story about how Demons and Angels came about was laid out very well and was so interesting. I liked the fact that the Angels weren't necessarily all "good". Nor are they all "bad". Sometimes people do things because they grow up hearing legends that they are told from a very young age about how things are supposed to be. In Gabriel's case, he is told stories about a human with a special aura that can provide power to all the Angels. He volunteers to search for this human to use as a weapon during a war to take over Earth from Demons as well as humans. Most Angels believe that they are superior beings and deserve to rule the Earth alone. Demons don't agree. They are perfectly content sharing the planet with humans. Gabriel has real problems when he finds the special weapon and falls in love with her. It is especially difficult to bring her back to the Angel Council to use as a weapon because when a human gives their aura to the Angels it is sometimes painful and after extended periods will cause death. Gabriel definitely does not want this to happen, but will he betray his own kind to save someone that he just met? Read it and find out.
I received this book to review for the Read It & Reap program on the Shut Up & Read group. I really enjoyed this book and am so happy to have the chance to help new authors get their books out there. Thank you to David Estes for providing such a great book and to the moderators of the group for organizing everything. Great job guys!
Posted January 26, 2012
We start out with Taylor. She is starting her first year of college. Since she can remember she has had nightmares about a pitch black snake with blood red eyes. When she gets to school the dream changes and she is once again with the snake but she is dehydrated and two figures appear one bright and glowing and the dark and foreboding. One gives her water and one gives her sand.
Enter Gabriel and Christopher. Gabriel has been sent on an assignment to bring Taylor to the angels and Christopher has been sent to keep Taylor safe. Angels and demons have been fighting since the both were born. Angels want to defeat the demons and use humans as slaves and harvest the auras. Demons want to co-habitate with the humans and protect them from the angels.
If this sounds interesting, wait it gets better. I'm not giving away anything else. Read it and see for yourself!
I enjoyed reading this book and will definitely be reading the other two books: Demon Evolution and Archangel Evolution. The book was well written. It wasn't choppy or hard to follow.
Posted January 22, 2012
‘Angel Evolution’ was a very intriguing take on the world of angels and demons. It definitely explored a new take on the typical war that is most of the time associated with angels and demons. It was a new age take on it, setting it in a college with humans that have no idea they are living among both angels and demons. It was very interesting and it pulled me in.
Usually when you think if angels and demons you think of this great war where the angels are the good guys, fighting to save humanity and all that is good on earth, whereas the demons want to destroy the humans or put them into servitude. There is also almost always religion or God associated with these stories. I have never before seen one that was not.
This book however breaks all those rules and does it all differently. In ‘Angel Evolution’ there a war raging between the angels and demons but it has nothing to do with religion on God. The demons and angels came from a very evolved human that was bitten by a black snake. The angels and demons are also living among humans to this very day, even attending college, for a greater purpose in the war, but still attending college. The biggest difference though has to be the fact that the angels are technically the bad guys. They are out to win the war so they can enslave the humans and take over their world. The demons on the other hand would prefer to protect the humans and live side by side with them.
So as you can see this book offered a new dynamic to the angel vs. demon theme, I personally love the story. I especially liked how the main characters become involved with two human girls, one of which possesses the very power that could bring the war to end if one of the sides had her in their possession.
‘Angel Evolution’ also brought love and real emotions into it. Gabriel the main angel is torn between his destiny in the angel army and his dedication to the cause of his people and his love for the human girl that they sent him after. It makes the story much more relatable because in no way, shape, or form can we really relate to being a demon or angel. I really connected with this story especially when you see the demons and angels expressing true emotions and going through inner turmoil.
I loved this story although there were a few parts where I found myself scratching my head at the dialogue or actions of Taylor or Gabriel very early on in the book when they were still at the college campus. A few parts seemed to be a bit too child-like ad out of place in this particular setting but other than that little bump in the road, I found this book to be quite enjoyable,
The beginning was beautifully written and it really draws you in, leaves you wanting more and not too many books can do that nowadays at least not for me. Overall this story had a lot of beautiful, talented writing in it and I loved it and would recommend it to anyone who likes fantasy or angels and demons. I personally would love to read the other two books in ther series.
Posted December 21, 2011
I really enjoyed Angel Evolution. It really reminded me of the book Angel Burn, where the angels were the bad guys. I love that, because angels always think they're all that, but we all know they're bad!
So I'll start with the characters. I loved Taylor, she was such a strong, opinionated female character. It was refreshing that she was so confident in who she was and that she didn't let anyone walk all over her. She made sure to voice her opinions, no matter how much others disagreed with her. Her best friend, Sam, was her complete opposite. Sam was very sociable and talkative, and I liked their friendship. It was very realistic.
The boys... Gabriel and Chris... I loved Chris. He was a great character, though Taylor thought badly of him at first, he grew to be a great friend to her. I also enjoyed the fact that he had such a great relationship with Sam. I felt very different about Gabriel... I didn't like him. I was a liar and he kept telling Taylor lie after lie just to please the bosses. I felt bad for Taylor, she didn't know just how much Gabriel was lying to her. I guess he makes up for it, but even then, I was kind of angry at him.
I really enjoyed the plot. The fact that the angels were bad and the demons were good was a great twist to the story. I remember wondering at the beginning of the book what was up with Gabriel and why he was being so secretive and sneaky, NOW I KNOW! This was a great book and a good start to a trilogy (and the cover is beautiful!). I totally recommend it, it was a fun read with lots of action.
Posted November 29, 2011
3 ½ Stars I won this copy on a different book site.
This author has some great potential. I think the copy I read was an uncorrected proof.
This book is about angels, demons, suspense, and romance (kissing scenes or should I say making-out), as well as two best friends that fall in love with Good and Evil, but things are not as they appear to be. I will be buying the next two copies to see how it ends.
Posted November 29, 2011
I was a little wary about this book in the beginning...another story about angels vs. demons. I am glad that I did read it! It is a very different take on the ongoing battle between angels and demons. The story centers on a college girl, Taylor, and how she becomes the central figure in the war. Taylor is a very likable character. She has her flaws and insecurities. She lost her mother at a young age and has grown up with her father and older brother. She starts college with her best friend. There she "meets" Gabriel, the angel. Through the course of the story she meets a demon named Christopher. One of them is not telling the truth and Taylor needs to figure out what side she should be on.
This is the first book in the trilogy and I look forward to reading books 2 and 3.
Posted March 4, 2012
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