Paradox - The Angels Are Here (Book 1) [NOOK Book]

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Long ago, in an almost forgotten Realm, a race of fallen Angles called the Grigori clash with a ruling house of Angels Called the Bulguardi. Their battle changed events in the Ancient World and the New World forever. A Realm where a year can last centuries and an Ancient magical people still rule, even the immortals face danger.

Rising up from their imprisonment underground on Altair, evil has returned and the Grigori are on a destructive path of revenge. When their preferred ...

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Paradox - The Angels Are Here (Book 1)

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Overview

Long ago, in an almost forgotten Realm, a race of fallen Angles called the Grigori clash with a ruling house of Angels Called the Bulguardi. Their battle changed events in the Ancient World and the New World forever. A Realm where a year can last centuries and an Ancient magical people still rule, even the immortals face danger.

Rising up from their imprisonment underground on Altair, evil has returned and the Grigori are on a destructive path of revenge. When their preferred food source becomes scarce, Earth, a world teaming with humans, becomes their target.

Trapped in the middle between the old world and the new, a little girl cursed with horrific visions from the past. From an Ancient world to the new world on Earth, this is a tale of myth and legend, mayhem and magic, birth and death. A tale of families torn apart, souls searching for lost loves, and evil is walking out of the shadows. You can run, but you cannot run forever.

Over the centuries, from the time before time, the Grigori were called many things. In Greece, they called them, Vrykolakas. In Romania, Strigoi. In earlier times, there were others. Other blood-sucking demons, that preyed on the innocent. In ancient Babylonia, it was Lilitu and her sistren, who instilled fear among the Babylonians. In the new world, they would go by another name. Vampire.

A world that defies logic and reason. A world that may very well be true: Paradox – The Angels Are Here.

"I have loved and lost in so many different ways. And I have died endless deaths… So when I ask myself the question today, who am I? My answer is…I do not know." My name is Juliette. Nine hundred years ago, I died. Today, I am alive... this is my story.

Book 2. Progeny Of Innocence. Grace is not a little girl anymore!

Book 3. Bound By Blood. October 2012 release.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011154805
  • Publisher: Patti Roberts
  • Publication date: 10/18/2010
  • Series: Paradox - YA Paranormal Fantasy , #1
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 15,244
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

I love the medieval/fantasy genre so on any given day you can usually find me sitting at my desk in front of my laptop pounding away at the keys writing another chapter in the Paradox series of supporting indie authors. I also design book covers for Authors - That would be a run of the mill kinda day for me! Bringing fantasy worlds - the Ancient and the new to life...A packet of Cruskits and a cup of green tea, that is now at room temperature, is sitting on the desk beside me. There is also a mass of USB cables, my kindle, notepads, bills to be paid, bills to be filed and a printer that is forever running out of ink. Sound familiar?In front of me are three cork boards featuring pin ups of my characters faces and characteristics including eye colour, hair colour, age, height, ability....etc etc.On most days I have to remind myself to eat and drink. I Should be thinner!!!
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  • Posted June 23, 2011

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    I truly recommend the book

    This is a story that, if you have suffer the lost of a dear one, you will relate with Grace, a little girl, the main character, when she has to deal with a great loss.
    And maybe, just maybe, you will relate with her in this: she has an imaginary friend, Hope, a little girl like her that accompanies Grace so she won't feel alone, so she won't feel misfit.
    But, what happens is this Hope, this imaginary girl is nothing but an angel? Well, good question. Because she is, she is an angel sent to protect Grace from a great danger. There is a war that has been happening for a long, long time, a war that has nothing to do with Grace... or so it seems.

    But I liked this book a lot, and not only because of the angels, I liked it because we can see how a little girl that believes in birthday wishes has to grow up too soon. And not only because she needs to, but because of her mother... because now, her mother needs her.
    And, somehow, she is never alone. Maybe because of an imaginary friend, maybe because she meets a new girl that doesn't mind being her friend, maybe because... well, maybe because we have angels everywhere that take care of us, even if we don't notice it.

    Now, the War. This war is between the the fallen House of the Grigorians and the House of the Bulguardians, in the ancient city of Altair, in Aquila Constellation. Here, while the War is being fought, we are introduce to Abaddon, a handsome man with yellowish eyes like the cats and a very cruel soul... like all the Grigorians in his family. We meet also Siena, his cousin and Theria, his sister. This character, Theria, is one of my favorites, and not because of her good heart but because she is nothing but cruel and mean. Somehow, I didn't expect that from her (Theria's introduction was very normal and even cute) and I would love to see her develop a lot more in the next book.

    There's only one thing that I missed: I needed a better ending, an ending that would make me anxious to read the next book. Don't get me wrong, I want to read the next one but I'm not hyperventilating.

    And, to be honest, Patti's writing was so good I felt like crying a lot of times (I was in the train of mi city and it was so hard not to cry!) while I was reading her book and that was because I could "feel" everything that Grace was going through. I honestly couldn't stop reading and finished the book in less than 3 hours because I wanted to know what was going to happen next in her live.

    I had a really good time reading "Paradox" so why don't you give it a try?

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 14, 2011

    Fantastic read

    Having read Paradox - The Angels Are Here, I feel I've been left with a different world view on angels, heaven and spirituality. There is no easy way to sum up the plot, so I shall just say that the story focuses on two elements: one being the war between the different angel houses and how they interact with humans. Some are good, others are evil, and so they fight each other in their quests to become the stronger house. The second part focuses on Grace, a little girl who's gone through a lot in life, and whose life is about to be turned upside down.
    While the angels' part focuses on world building and description and setting a solid background for the next books in the series, Grace's part emphasises her emotions based on a deep loss, her relationship with her family and the actions that rise into a dramatic crescendo, inevitably leading to an ending that will leave you wanting to read the book all over again because you just couldn't see it coming.
    There's no doubt Patti Roberts is someone who knows how to build strong characters and a vivid setting. I liked the darker side of some of the angels. It was a unique and convincing way to view spirituality and the angels' role within humanity. I also liked how they were connected to Grace and Grace's role within the larger picture. Some questions were left unanswered, which I feel was necessary in order to be able to explore those in detail in books to follow.
    All in all, this was a great first book in the series with interesting characters that invite further exploration. It was a touching read that I would recommend to all fantasy readers, and I eagerly await the next book in the series.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 3, 2011

    Great Read!!!

    The world of Angels in which Patti Roberts creates is one of greed, power, sex, control with a bit of conspiracy theory which lays the ground work for the war between good and evil. But who is good and who is evil remains to be seen. Her world of Angels is multi-faceted and for a brief moment I was immersed into their world and presented with very complex and twisted characters and I found myself wanting more. The author has truly created a villain worth reading, he is dark and so very bad that you can't help but want to see more of his dammed soul. The story then catapults the reader 900 years into the future and back on Earth. In which we find a young girl Grace whose life has just spun out of control. As I followed Grace's story I found myself wanting to be back in the world the Angels. The story of Grace took me through a gamut of emotions ; grief, sadness and despair. It almost felt like I was reading two very different books, one that was meant of an older audience with the writing style more intelligent, detailed and descriptions that made the realm of the Angels come alive. Then on to Grace's world where the author was writing to a younger audience, which I found a bit frustrating for I wanted to see more of the Angels stories. I found the supporting characters in Grace's story without depth, except for Grace herself, whose dark emotions and experiences I felt right along with her. Though in hindsight, the feeling of good and evil was very tangible throughout and evident in the different writing styles within the story. There are several sub-plots within the tale that I thought could have been explored more and would have given greater insight to supporting characters. One worthy note I would like to mention is the Author did a fantastic job of catching my imagination and giving me glimpse as to who and what Guardian Angels are. I found her ideas very interesting and I am sure most readers will easily identify with her vision of " Guardian Angels" The book fits into the fantasy realm though it is labeled as teen and young adult. For myself it gave me my first taste of the world of Angels through Patti Roberts eyes and I was not disappointed. All in all a very good read and be prepared for two stories that will come together in what I hope to be a very exciting follow up book " Paradox - Progeny of Innocence" This book is a worthy 4 stars!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 17, 2012

    Thoroughly original and entertaining. My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 s

    Thoroughly original and entertaining.

    My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.

    Disclaimers: I received a electronic version of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

    My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I went into this book not knowing what to expect. I had heard some good things about this series, but other than that I didn't know much.

    This story left me thoroughly intrigued. I was expecting this novel to be similar to all the other paranormal novels I've read. I expected to read this and think to myself have I already read this?

    Instead, I was blown away by Patti's creativity. This novel was unlike anything I've ever read. Patti created at world that drew me in from the beginning. I did find myself struggling to keep track of exactly what was going on sometimes. However, on the whole, this novel was brilliantly crafted and so original that I had to love it.

    Patti also did an incredible job with character development. Patti didn't create stock characters, but instead created characters who intrigued me from the very beginning.

    I'm very excited to see what Patti does with the sequel. She had created a compelling world that definitely has me asking a lot of questions. I can't wait to see what she does with the sequel.

    Even if you don't like paranormal novels, check this one out. It's so different from anything I've read and that makes this worth reading.

    In Summary: Unlike anything I've ever read. A brilliant novel that is bound to grab your attention.

    Warnings/Side-notes: Vague sexual references and scenes. Overall, this novel is fairly clean though.

    The Wrap-up: There were some technical issues with this novel, but on the whole I enjoyed it. A great read that is worth reading. Check this one out.

    Love,

    Danica Page

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  • Posted May 22, 2012

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    WOW! I don't know what to say! I really enjoyed this book! It to

    WOW! I don't know what to say! I really enjoyed this book! It took me a little while to get caught up in the world (or worlds, I should say)! But once I did, I didn't want to leave!

    Patti sent me some questions to answer regarding this book, so here are my answers...

    1. Did you have a favorite female character and if so why?
    I would have to say that my favorte female character was probably Grace. I just really enjoyed reading about her and how she coped with the many struggles that were presented towards her in the book. She is a pretty strong young lady, and I really thought that was a nice change. Normally kids are portrayed as whiny..but not Grace!

    2. Did you have a favorite male character and if so why?
    There wasn't many male characters in book 1. I did however like Wade...I think. Well, so far as what I know about Wade, I really like him..but there are some unanswered questions I have, so I guess the jury is still out. I will let you know after I read book 2!!!

    3. Who was your second favorite character and why?
    Angela!! She cracked me up! She actually reminded me of myself when I was around that age. I have always been an avid reader, so I had a particularly large vocabluary for an 11 or 12 year old, and the way Angela talked and acted kind of brought back memories!! She always seemed to say inappropriate things for a kid (and by inappropriate I mean she talked more like an adult than a kid). Also, I love the mystery around Angela. We don't know much about her in this book.

    4. Is there a particular evil character that you love to hate?
    I would have to say Theria. Every time she is mentioned (which in this book isn't a whole lot), I just cringed. She is nothing but pure evil!!

    5. What are your thoughts on the Ancient World/New World?
    This is where it gets tricky for me. I have to admit that I was kind of confused for the first half of the book!! But by the end, I think I kind of had it figured out...maybe. I am going to have to say that at this point I am undecided about the two worlds... But I still loved the book, so this didn't bother me, being a little confused (chuckles).

    6. Where there any parts of the storyline or characters that you did not like?
    I didn't really have any problems with the storyline or characters.

    7. Who or what are you hoping to read more about in future books in the series?
    I hope in book 2 I find out some answers about Wade and Angela...and possibly more about the ancient world..

    So in my opinion, this book is AMAZING! I was a little worried at first, becuase like I said I was confused about the two different worlds and how Grace fit into both of them (becuase they are VERY far apart in time). But by the end, all I wanted to do was delve right into the next book, so that makes it a five star kind of book for me!!

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  • Posted October 30, 2011

    Fantastic!!!

    Paradox - The Angels Are Here is no love story, but a story that will grip your heart. I was admittedly drawn to Grace as her world turned upside down by the sudden death of her father. I was deeply moved by this book and I felt every emotion Grace felt.

    Patty does a fantastic job building her characters, description and setting. It's a unique angel story that is beautifully written. I will be eagerly waiting for the sequel. If you love fantasy stories, this story is for you.

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  • Posted October 18, 2011

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    Beautifully written...

    In the blink of an eye, it seems little Grace's world has fallen apart. Her father is gone and her mother isn't coping well at all. If it weren't for the sensitive, quiet Officer Wade or her new neighbor friend, Grace might not find her way through the grief and sadness that threatens to suffocate her. There's more to Grace than meets the eye, more than she even knows. What ties does she have with an ancient, timeless world? What role do the angels, good and evil, play in her life?

    Did you have a favorite character and if so why?

    It was really hard to choose. There are so many great characters in this story. I have to go with Grace because we get to spend the most time getting to know her. In no time, I was completely wrapped up in her life, her grief, everything.

    Who was your second favorite character and why?

    Officer Wade. He's the perfect guy, and there is obviously so much more than we know about him. I love the way he takes care of the family, and then the way he relates to Grace and especially Angela-the way he guides her along. Angela is a VERY close third. Her awkwardness is endearing.

    What part of the book did you enjoy the most? The Angel parts (The ancient world) or Grace (today's world).

    I love the Angel parts, but I want to know so much more about them. So, I related more to Grace's world.

    What parts or chapters did you enjoyed reading about the most?

    I love the beautiful writing style. It was so poetic and flowed so nicely. The descriptions were extremely well-written and easy to follow. I could feel everything Grace was feeling-even what her mother must have been feeling. Each character had their own unique voice and mannerisms, making them all stand out in my mind.

    What parts did you like the least?

    I think I wish the "evil" characters had a bit more depth to them-more layers. I want to connect with them on some level, but they are just so unlikable. There is nothing to make me feel anything for them or give them any dimension.

    What aspects of the story would you like to know more about?

    I'd like to know why Grace has the flashbacks and what they mean. She obviously has these angels in her life protecting her, but we don't really get to see exactly why that is necessary. Why did her father have to die?

    If you could change one thing about the story, what would it be?

    While I think Ms. Roberts has a beautiful, poetic writing style, I felt the story needed a bit more meat. There wasn't a truly clear plot line throughout, at least to the reader. I know this is the first of a series, and I am certain more questions will be answered as we move further, but I just wanted more of an arc and more of a solid ending. It took me a while to really get into the groove of the book, to get to know the characters a bit more, and to start to understand what was really going on. There are fantastic elements to the story; there's just too many things left unexplained and unanswered in the end. That's really the only complaint I had!

    What are you hoping to read more about in book 2?

    Who is Grace, really? What does the other realm have to do with her life? What really happened to her father? Was he really her father in the first place? I hope the story really comes together and we see how all these different elements fit together.

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  • Posted July 20, 2011

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    Complex and interesting book

    Juliette has been around since the world was young - she saw the rise of civilization, and the fall when, after the Great War, so much knowledge was lost. She is here to tell a story - sshhh - let's listen in.

    The story begins in the early 12th century on the planet Altair - which is in the Aquila Constellation - and in the Imperial City of Empyrean. A war has raged for 99 days between the House of the Bulguardians (the Royal Guard of Empyrean) and the fallen, rebellious House of the Grigorians; thousands had died so far, and more were to come as the battle continued to rage.

    We are then taken to the 21st century, Australia, where we meet Grace. Most of the rest of the story involves her, and her life, and the machinations of others around her - I think many of them are angels of various types, but there weren't enough clues for me to really figure out who was who, or if we were even aware of who was who; at least in many cases.

    Overall I did enjoy the story - the writing style is good, the descriptions engrossing, and once I settled in I went through the bulk of the book in no time. The characters are all distinct, with different styles of speaking and acting, which allows us to feel more of a connection to each of them. There are many events noted throughout this book based upon actual disasters in history.

    There were two main issues that caused this story to miss a star. First, Abaddon, the leader of the Grigorians, is unrepentantly evil. I like an antagonist that has depths and layers, personally - that allows the reader to develop a certain amount of sympathy for the character. Perhaps that will change in future volumes in the series. Secondly, there are some startling transitions within the story that made me more than a little confused - Grace has visions - that isn't a problem, however, there is another point in the course of the story where a couple paragraphs are just thrown into the middle of things that are suddenly in first person, with no explanation, and then just as suddenly go back to the third person. I deduced that this was supposed to be commentary by Juliette, but since there are no transitional phrases or any indication that these paragraphs are separate from the remainder of the page they are on, it was confusing. There were also some editing issues, although they weren't enough to throw me out of the story. I also must warn people who are highly sensitive that there is a sad cat moment in this book - while it fit in with the story, if I'd known it was there I would have skipped that section altogether, as it was very disturbing to me.

    That said, I would recommend this book on its merits - and to people who are interested in urban fantasy; especially relating to angels and paranormal events. It is well-written overall and I think many people will enjoy reading this novella.

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