Fallen Angel

Fallen Angel

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by Heather Terrell
     
 

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Heaven-sent?

Ellie was never particularly good at talking to boys—oranyone other than her best friend and fellow outcast, Ruth.Then she met Michael.

Michael is handsome, charming, sweet. And totallyinto Ellie. It’s no wonder she is instantly drawn to him.But Michael has a secret. And he knows Ellie is hidingsomething, too. They’ve both

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Heaven-sent?

Ellie was never particularly good at talking to boys—oranyone other than her best friend and fellow outcast, Ruth.Then she met Michael.

Michael is handsome, charming, sweet. And totallyinto Ellie. It’s no wonder she is instantly drawn to him.But Michael has a secret. And he knows Ellie is hidingsomething, too. They’ve both discovered they have powersbeyond their imagining. Powers that are otherworldly.

Ellie and Michael are determined to uncover what theyare, and how they got this way . . . together. But the truth hasrepercussions neither could have imagined. Soon they findthemselves center stage in an ancient conflict that threatensto destroy everything they love. And it is no longer clearwhether Ellie and Michael will choose the same side.

In this electrifying novel, Heather Terrell spins agripping supernatural tale about true love, destiny, and thebattle of good versus evil.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In the launch of a series with a biblical twist on supernatural creatures, 16-year-old Ellie Faneuil desperately wants to be normal, but is weirded out by her ability to fly and to see what people are thinking by touching them. New student Michael is certain they are meant to be together: not only does he know her secrets, but he can also fly, and he teaches her that tasting blood is euphorically addictive and a powerful tool. Just as Ellie learns that she is a valuable key in a battle that has fallen angels struggling between returning to the light or turning mankind toward darkness, she and Michael are targeted by a malevolent angel seeking to control them. Ellie's inexplicable attraction to the enigmatic Michael is a familiar device, but adult author Terrell (Brigid of Kildare), in her first book for teens, weaves fresh complexity into vampire and angel lore. While some supporting characters are thinly drawn, Ellie's friendships are deep and abiding—a reflection on the story's smart, thoughtful, and resourceful heroine. Ages 12�up. (Jan.)
VOYA - Melissa Moore
Ellie Faneuil is an ordinary girl, hanging with her BFF Ruth, avoiding the snobs, and spending summers with her professor parents in third-world countries feeding the hungry. But when Michael Chase catches her eye, it is magnetic, and she is quickly drawn into a romance with him on the sly. When he invades her ever-present night dream of flying, however, and tries to convince her they are both vampires, Ellie feels her control slipping. Her desperate need for answers—for she can, in fact, fly—drives her to embrace danger and risk losing Ruth and her parents' trust. Terrell's first YA novel is a fast-paced paranormal thriller for fans of Shiver (Scholastic, 2009/VOYA December 2009) and Hush Hush (Simon & Schuster, 2009/VOYA December 2009). With a strong sense of place, relentless story line, and seemingly no way out for Ellie, the story moves at a break-neck pace, sometimes at the expense of character development. Fallen Angel delves into ancient Biblical times to discover the Nephilim and bring them into the twenty-first century. The writing is straightforward but lacks grace and depth, except perhaps in the development of the sinister Ezekiel. In spite of offering nothing unique, the novel will nonetheless be popular with teen girls as they shift from the Twilight books to the new angel craze. Reviewer: Melissa Moore
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Ellie Faneuil, 16, has intense psychic flashes and vivid flying dreams, but no memory of meeting the irresistible Michael Chase in Guatemala three years earlier. This memory lapse was caused by her parents, fallen angels dedicated to the good, who sought to delay Ellie's destined meeting with him in an effort to postpone the "end days." Newly met Ellie and Michael cannot resist one another and begin to explore the powers that Michael embraces and Ellie denies. Possibly too-obvious clues indicate that she is "the Elect," the half-angel, half-human leader who will emerge when the fallen angels, evil and good, will battle for supremacy. Ezekiel, who is determined to bring Ellie to the dark side, confronts Michael and Ellie in Boston's Quincy Market and engages him in mortal combat. Much of the action in this apocryphal Bible-based fantasy takes place in and around a Maine high school, complete with Queen Bees and Carrie-like prom plans (using social media, not pig's blood). The relationship between Ellie and Michael is fated, passionate, and related to the exchange of blood, a detail that encourages Michael's early belief that he and Ellie are vampires. Terrell controls the pace of Ellie's first-person narrative, and her characterization is less vapid than that of many other heroines of contemporary YA supernatural romances. The plot is overconstructed, however, and the writing includes some amateurish conventions, including telling about characters' personalities rather than showing them through their actions. Still, the prose is clean, the action is fast, and the sexual heat between Ellie and Michael is intense but not explicit. All in all, teens should find this a reasonably satisfying beginning to a new series.—Janice M. Del Negro, GSLIS Dominican University, River Forest, IL
Kirkus Reviews

Ellspeth Faneuil has been hiding her flying dreams and the "flashes" of people's inner thoughts she receives when she touches them. When she meets and falls for new student Michael, Ellie discovers that her flying ability is not merely a dream and that tasting blood gives her more intense flashes and power. Not certain if she is a vampire, as Michael suggests, or the offspring of a Nephilim, or fallen angel, as her parents are forced to admit, Ellie tries to figure out who—or what—she is, helping scorned classmates, evading an evil Nephilim, tracking down a Harvard scholar who studies vampires around the world and falling in love in the process. What saves this YA debut from being another run-of-the-mill supernatural romance with a vulnerable girl, stereotyped characters, flat dialogue and clichéd chases are interesting explanations of the lesser-known legend that links Nephilim with vampires and the Book of Enoch, an apocalyptic religious text that was never included in the Bible. An abrupt ending with unanswered questions leaves room for a sequel. (Supernatural romance. YA)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061965708
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
12/28/2010
Series:
Fallen Angel Series, #1
Pages:
310
Sales rank:
923,112
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Heather Terrell is the author of The Chrysalis, The Map Thief, and Brigid of Kildare. Before she started writing, she worked as a lawyer, and she has more than ten years' experience as a litigator at two of the country's premier law firms and for Fortune 500 companies. A graduate of Boston College and Boston University School of Law, she now lives in Pittsburgh with her family. Fallen Angel is her first novel for young adults.

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Fallen Angel 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 87 reviews.
ChelseaW More than 1 year ago
Ellie Faneuil is a special girl. She can read people's thoughts and memories simply by touching them. It's a good life for her, despite having to hide her secret from everyone who knows her. Then a new boy, Michael, begins at her school and Ellie is instantly drawn to him. He is equally attracted to her, and as he moves closer to Ellie, they find they have unique powers in common. Plus more. A whole lot more, including Ellie's parents revealing secrets about her past, a mysterious man following her around, and the popular girls at school cooking up a cruel prank. Even with all of the angel-themed books I have been reading lately, this one was not what I expected. It was a little slow to get to the real action, but I found that I didn't mind so much, as long as I could keep seeing more of Michael. My heart swelled seeing Ellie and Michael thrive in the comfort of having someone else like them. He was so alluring, especially in the beginning! I don't want to give away any spoilers, but the high school hoax already feels a little outdated. It might be relevant currently, but I am not sure it still will be when the next book in the series comes out. This is not Terrell's first book, but it is her debut YA novel, and it reads a little amateur. Even Ellie's friend Ruth seemed off somehow. I liked her for the most part, but thought she was undeveloped, even for a secondary character. Still, Fallen Angel serves mostly to set up the world Terrell has created, and successfully does so. Hopefully book two, called Eternity, will pick up the pace with some much needed action.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Omg i loved this book could not put it down get this book and read it it is awesome Fallen angel lover
newmoon33 More than 1 year ago
I think it's saying a-lot if never once get bored in a book,but I never once wanted to stop reading.Here are some questions I had in my mind when I finished the book-What will Ellie and Michael do from here?We know Ruth will do research for them and know Michael is Ellie's protector,and we know Ellie is the Elect one.What will happen to the world?Eternity,book two comes out 6-28,and why do their parents keep trying to wip their memories?Please read the book for yourself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this book i could not put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldnt put it down once i started it.... cant wait to rrad eternity!!!! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read fallen angel and eternity, and both left me wanting more! I can only hope there will be a third. You will not regret a penny you spent on these books, sooo worth it. Great tone, believe-able characters,and a fresh new plot! It was a different kind of story for me, but i definetly liked the change! I would probably recomend this book for ages 13-14 and up! Great book!
MEL-A More than 1 year ago
A NEW SPIN ON A SUPERNATURAL STORY.CAN'T WAIT FOR THE NEXT ONE.COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN.
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I am 3/4 into the book. I find it a drag. The girls response have an annoying affect. I think its realy tiresom. The details i find are to much of it. There isn't barely any action.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Always has me guessing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im twelve too and ever hear the phrase dont judge a book by its cover? I came for what people thought after reading
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this series started out good and turned out to disappoint in the end everything happened way to fast and just wasn't that good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I donot understand why people say not good i thought for angel and humen romance this one of the best one i would reackumaned this and hush hush by bacca fitzpatchck i love this book
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It sounds alot like fallen but i will let come up with your own oppinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book.... but people! Figure out this isnt an essay! Dont write ao much about it and spoil thingz -_-
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