Angel Star

Angel Star

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by Jennifer Murgia
     
 

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Seventeen-year-old Teagan McNeel falls for captivating Garreth Adams and soon discovers that her crush has an eight-point star etched into the palm of his right hand-the mark of an angel.
But where there is light, dark follows, and she and Garreth suddenly find themselves vulnerable to a dark angel's malicious plan that could threaten not only her life, but the…  See more details below

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Seventeen-year-old Teagan McNeel falls for captivating Garreth Adams and soon discovers that her crush has an eight-point star etched into the palm of his right hand-the mark of an angel.
But where there is light, dark follows, and she and Garreth suddenly find themselves vulnerable to a dark angel's malicious plan that could threaten not only her life, but the lives of everyone she knows.
Divinely woven together, Angel Star takes readers on a reflective journey when one angel's sacrifice collides with another angel's vicious ambition in a way that is sure to have readers searching for their own willpower.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780982500538
Publisher:
Lands Atlantic Publishing
Publication date:
05/18/2010
Pages:
264
Sales rank:
1,391,666
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Jennifer Murgia has been writing since she was nine years old. After receiving recognition for her poetry, she went on to use her talents to bring characters to life in fiction novels that are authentic, intriguing, and personal. She currently resides in Pennsylvania with her husband and two children.

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Angel Star 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
CleanTeenFiction More than 1 year ago
I love when I can immerse myself in a good book and relax and enjoy the journey. I haven't read a book where a character is in love at first sight in awhile so it was just what I wanted. It reminded me of another very popular book in some ways. I won't go into details and give anything away, but I don't think it's a bad thing to have a book remind me of another book. Angel Star was so easy to read quickly because I was so into the story and had to know what happened next! I actually was talking out loud while reading. "No way!" "What?!" "Awww!" Things like that. Hmmm. . . maybe that's not too unusual for me. Okay, I loved the name Teagan! I had never heard that name but felt it really suited the main character. Teagan is a bit of a loner with one close friend, Claire. She lived a normal life until Garreth came along and blew her away. Garreth is so caring and such a gentleman. It's hard to fault an angel. Angel Star kept me guessing at the very end. I thought I knew exactly what was going to happen, but then the plot twisted. Teagan goes through a lot and really grows as a character. I enjoyed reading her journey and can't wait to read the next book in the series.
Emily21 More than 1 year ago
I had really high expections for this book, and they were not met. After all the good reviews about this book, I thought it would be really good. It was not. What I found was that it was like "Twilight" (and I do not like Twilight). Teagen was an annoying character to me and just seemed to be obsessed with Garreth. She only mourned about a day (if even that) after her best friend died. Then she went back to being obsessed with Garreth. And Garreth, of course, was perfect. He had NO flaws! That also get annoying after a while. Then, like all the other new "paranormal romances" out there, Teagen also realizes that she is attracted to the "bad guy", too. Didn't see that one comin! Really? This book was so predictable and the only thing that even kept me from finishing it was the fact that I bought it. It was so like "Twilight" that Garreth even referred to Teagen "babbeling in her sleep" and while she was, she said that she loved him. Sound familiar? I do not reccomend this book at all. But maybe it's just me.
Lolafalana More than 1 year ago
Angel Star had a strange effect on me, I must admit. As an author of an angel series myself I was glad to see that there was only one comparison I could make (besides the obvious angel premises). Love. Immediate, undeniable, no-barred-need love. Teagan (which, by the way, I love her name) is a teenage girl who has one close friend in school, Claire. She's not really an outsider, she just keeps to herself, which is something I can relate to because I am the same way. I had one true friend that lived close to me and that was all. For some reason other reviewers find this so hard to believe. (Off topic, but in Twilight Bella goes to Forks with absolutely no ties to her past in Phoenix, yet everyone overlooks this.) Then a new and mysterious boy shows up in Teagan's life: Garreth. This is where the love story comes into play. The intense relationship that forms between them stole my breath away many times. Garreth is her guardian angel and has been with her through seven, now eight lifetimes-which has a huge significance in the book. My favorite thing about his character is the fact that he is so soft spoken. During the whole book he stays true to his character. Though their undeniable bond is there, Garreth has come forward for a selfish reason (to be with the human he loves so dearly) that brings darkness following behind him. This darkness has a name: Hadrian. Hadrian is Lucifer's brother and is corrupting the guardian angels (every human has one, some have more than one). When the guardian angel of a human is corrupted, a change also happens in the humans. *SPOILERS* Go to the next paragraph if you haven't read Angel Star! This inevitably ends with Teagan losing her best friend Claire in a tragic accident. This was where the book got me the most. Since losing that one true friend that I spoke of earlier, I related greatly to many of the things that Jennifer wrote. The fact her phone didn't chime with messages, how she wanted to look out the curtain to see her best friend's ride pull up to pick her up for school, and how, no matter what, the thought of that person never leaves you and the only way to push away the pain your body can't comprehend is to focus on something else. Which is exactly what Teagan does-now she has another reason to fight Hadrian, if she didn't have a reason already. One thing we do learn in Angel Star is that Teagan might be the only person who could possibly stop Hadrian from corrupting any more angels. Garreth gives her his strength so she can face the inevitable battle. The problem? Hadrian seems to hold power over Teagan-one that makes her want him. Not to give too much away ('cause, well, I kind of already have), but the end takes a sharp twist in the last few pages that I honestly didn't see coming, leaving an opening for the sequel. Jennifer brought to life the fantasy realm of the angels with bewitching words and a tastefully written romance to remember. Ultimately, Jennifer used her poetic writing talent with great elegance, alluring me into the seductive world of the angels. Some scenes were so vivid in my mind thanks to her lyrical and descriptive writing. I'm giving Angel Star a 4.5 star rating only because of grammatical and technical errors that made me pause and mentally edit through many pages. As an editor, I can't help myself. Other than that, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and can't wait to read the second, Lemniscate.
acsimps More than 1 year ago
I have been anticipating this book for months. I have to say that I really enjoyed this book. It had a great plot that really drove the story. I couldn't seem to put it down. My one criticism for the book was the length. I think that it could have been a little longer (and not just because I wanted more to read). I thought that the interactions between Teagan and Garreth could have been more descriptive and I would have liked to here Garreth talk more about what it is like to be in a "human" body. Teagan McNeel is your typical seventeen year old girl. She lives with her single mother, hangs out with her best friend Claire every weekend, and trudges her way through high school. Then the dreams start. She feels like she is being watched. She is also confused by how differently she responds to the dreams. Sometimes she is left feeling warm and comforted, while others she is cold and scared. At least they are only dreams..or are they? When they suddenly start to happen at school Teagan thinks that she is loosing her mind. Then the fantastically gorgeous new guy Garreth Adams pops into her life. He is perfect in every way and she is shocked that he seems to have his sights set on her. What Teagan doesn't know is that Garreth is her Guardian and he is here to protect her from his enemy Hadrian. Hadrian is the (also stunningly gorgeous) dark angel plotting to enslave all Guardians and by proxy, their human charges. The conflict that Teagan has between her love for Garreth and the pull she feels toward Hadrian opens the door for an interesting sequel. Which is on its way, but once you read Angel Star I'm sure you will agree that it can't come soon enough! So If you haven't already make sure to add this to your "to-read" list. http://bringmeanotherbook.blogspot.com/
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Its a good twist of a persons dark and light side and how they form who you are.
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CiciBear26 More than 1 year ago
I had such high expectations for Angel Star. So much so that I refused to read any of the other twelve books I had until I got to the library and picked up Angel Star. I was so disappointed in the book! I thought it was going to be interesting, cool, different, but hell, it was another carbon copy of all the other 'angel' novels out there. The plot was unoriginal, and the writing screamed 'novice'. *Spoiler* When the main character's best friend (book was so forgettable I can't remember her name) dies, Teagan is like "She's dead. I'm sad...Moving on, my angel boyfriend is so awesome!" Ugh. I was thinking, 'How did this book get published?' like, five different times. As much as I wanted the book to improve, it seemed to drone on and on, and it wasn't even a 300 page book! I guess this book is perfect for those people who hate reading like, thoughts and reasons, and prefers dialog, but this isn't for me. I don't think I'll be reading the other two books in the series when they come out.
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KittinBooky More than 1 year ago
Teagan never imagined a world beyond her own. Until a transfer student appears and shares with her a secret no other human knows. There are angels, guardian angels that are there our entire lives. Teagan's guardian angel, Garreth, is allowed to reveal himself and the world of angels to her only because Teagan has powers unknown to her that will help save humanity. Teagan learns that Garreth has given up his wings and will become human in eight days in order to declare ...more Teagan never imagined a world beyond her own. Until.a transfer student appears and shares with her a secret no other human knows. There are angels, guardian angels that are there our entire lives. Teagan's guardian angel, Garreth, is allowed to reveal himself and the world of angels to her only because Teagan has powers unknown to her that will help save humanity. Teagan learns that Garreth has given up his wings and will become human in eight days in order to declare his love for her and prepare her for the darkness. Garreth will no longer be able to protect as he has all her life from the shadows. The struggle between the light and the dark become personal when those around her are touched by the darkness. Can Teagan grasp her hidden power and hold on to her true love, or will the darkness overcome her and lead her down a dark path? Temptation to do so is strong, but can Teagan harness her powers to see the Truth? Hadrian, the dark angel, is very alluring and beautiful in his in own right. She encounters Hadrian in a painful struggle to save her guardian angel. In the end she has to choose between Garreth and Hadrian learning that some people have more than one angel. Could one of them be a dark angel that pulls at the darkness within us? The story pauses at this point where Teagan knows that Hadrian is watching her too. Lemniscate, the sequel to Angel Star, will continue Teagan's story. I could not put this book down. It was fast paced, action packed, with a brilliantly woven love story. This book is one of my new favorite-must-keep books and I am eagerly looking forward to the sequel. I look forward to reading more of Jennifer's book in the future. She has fantastic and imaginative writing style, which paints the most detailed scenic pictures. I could picture the stone chapel in the woods and every scene Teagan experienced. Wonderful book, Jennifer! Congratulations on realizing a dream. I truly look forward to many more books from you...
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Melissa18CA More than 1 year ago
Well I have no idea where to even begin I loved Angel Star from begining to end. I waited for it to be delivered and I finished it that same day I couldn't put it down at all. I completely enjoyed the mythjology in it, and how Murgia wrote her view of heaven as being where your mind takes you. It was a book of Romance, angels, and a war between good and evil where Teagan was the key to bring everything back to its natural balance. I think the thing I loved the most was that at the end Teagan realized she had both a light and dark side, and that both those sides needed Gareth and Hadrian. You could see that as a good person she longed for garreth, but the part of her that wanted excitement and lust yearned for Hadrian. Althoug that side wanted Hadrian because of his seductive and excitement you could still see that she was in love with garreth. That he was the one that brought out the best of her. I Loved it from cover to cover. It was a wonderful read , and best Birthday gift lol :D I loook foward to reading Lemniscate [a whole year yikes :/, keep myself busy lol].
Fantastic_Book More than 1 year ago
Can there be light without dark? How do you keep the necessary balance between both? Jennifer Murgia's ANGEL STAR took me on a journey of the choices we face and the importance of balance within our lives. ANGEL STAR begins with Teagan McNeel. Used to being ostracized by others, Teagan is known as a freak at school. Then she meets Gareth Adams. From the moment Gareth - Swoon - stepped onto the scene, I found myself looking forward to their interactions with one another and the connection they shared. There's nothing like new love blossoming in the air! And let us not forget the dark and provocative Hadrian. Hadrian's dark nature offered the perfect contrast to the goodness radiating within Gareth, and his character was an important addition to the storyline. When I first heard about ANGEL STAR, I knew I had to get my hands on a copy. After reading the book, I'm thrilled to say that it exceeded my already high expectations. Murgia's writing captured my heart. I grew to care about these characters and found myself rooting for them all the way. Teagan's quiet nature and insecurities drew me to her and that, combined with Murgia's easy writing style made it easy to empathize with her. Teagan was open to the changes evolving around her. She definitely stepped outside of her comfort zone with Gareth and I enjoyed watching her character grow as the plot unfolded. I also loved that's she didn't take forever to accept the reality of the situation nor did she neglect the importance of her own role in events to come. ANGEL STAR is a breathtakingly fresh debut novel with exciting characters that jump off the pages. It was a perfect blend of romance and mystery surrounding the battle of light and darkness within ourselves. Will the characters defeat the ominous forces threatening their lives? This had me frantically turning pages. And with that cliffhanger ending, I can tell you I'm waiting on pins and needles to see what happens next. Readers looking for a mesmerizing love story will be sure to devour this novel.
EllzReadz More than 1 year ago
My thoughts...I am going to keep this a short review because I don't want to give away any spoilers. Let me say that this is a great read and I highly recommend it to fans of YA paranormals, especially ones with Angels as the main characters. There were several memorable characters in Angel Star. Teagan, the heroine, is a typical teen, struggling to fit in and deal with the usual bullies. She has a strong sense of right and wrong. While she is not with her flaws, I like her confidence in her beliefs, even in the face of temptation, danger, and peer pressure. The predominant male character Garreth provides us with just the right amount of mystery and intrigue. He possesses that personality and confidence that most people flock to. Another character that sticks in my mind is a girl named Claire. She is just downright mean, so much that I have to wonder if she has an ulterier motive. The storyline in Angel Star was easy to follow, fast paced, and very enjoyable. There was a perfect blend of action, romance, and edge-of-your-seat suspense. The story uses some symbolism in the shape of Angel Star on the cover. Jennifer Murgia did a brilliant job of describing the scenes and providing vivid imagery of each situation. I felt like I was really there. Overall, Angel Star is a very well written debut for author Jennifer Murgia. I will be watching for more books in the series, as well as different titles from this talented author. This is one to add to your wish list!
Burg More than 1 year ago
Angel Star is in one word: perfection! Jennifer Murgia's book had me excited right from the beginning. She drew me in and her world refused to let me go, not that I wanted to leave, lol. I was so far from disappointed, in fact she surpassed what I had even hoped for. And did I mention this is her debut YA novel? I know...amazing! Who doesn't love the idea of a guardian angel? I know I do and I can only hope that mine is as dreamy as Garreth! We meet our main character, Teagan in Angel Star and I just loved her. She's kind, brave and has such a big heart, and did I mention brave? Guardian angel or not, this girl has got guts! And as I mentioned before, Garreth *swoon* is wonderful. He's the definition of good, protective and all around perfection. But where there is good, bad is always close behind. Enter Hadrian. All I can say is that he's got the tall, dark and dangerous vibe down to a tee. The truth is, no review can do this book justice. It's just that good! This is a book I will read again and again, it's already a favorite. Some books (and they are few and far between) just stick with you, and that is Angel Star for me. I can't express how excited I am for the sequel to come out and am only sad that it's not already on the shelves. This book has it all, light vs. dark, good vs. evil, discovering what really matters and fighting for what's right. It's also about sacrifice and standing up for what you believe in. It's deep and emotional and will have you going through a gamut of emotions. Murgia has a talent and is a natural story teller, so she's in the right business. Like I said...perfection!