Angel Star

Angel Star

by Jennifer Murgia


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ISBN-13: 9780982500538
Publisher: Lands Atlantic Publishing
Publication date: 02/02/2010
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 481,846
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About 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. 58 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.
brandileigh2003 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This was an awesome read. Murgia has created a world that sucked me in and made me wish that I were a part. Teagan is a great protagonist, and I really connected with her. She has such a brave heart, and is self sacrificing, she makes me want to be more like her. Garreth is a wonderful literary crush- he is funny, eccentric, and focused only on her-- what more can you ask for?I did feel that their relationship developed rather quickly, but there is great reason for this given in the boo ...more This was an awesome read. Murgia has created a world that sucked me in and made me wish that I were a part. Teagan is a great protagonist, and I really connected with her. She has such a brave heart, and is self sacrificing, she makes me want to be more like her. Garreth is a wonderful literary crush- he is funny, eccentric, and focused only on her-- what more can you ask for?I did feel that their relationship developed rather quickly, but there is great reason for this given in the book, but no spoilers! There are also a few points where I was confused as to what was going on, and how it resolved, but that may be because I read at 2am on the way back from a trip. (My reason for not giving 5 stars). I may revise this when I have time and re-read the story.Teagan's mom was present and involved, which is a pleasant plus in the YA genre. This is a fresh take on angels, and I tore through this book and am eager for the next. I am really sad about some of the choices made and consequences of those choices but I can see how it happened, and why it needed to happen.
raycee3 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Angel Star was in one word...amazing! I have to say this book makes me believe that angels are the new vampires. The characters are rich with personality and the drama is nail-biting. There are parts that are heart-wrenching and others when your heart sings with happiness for the characters.Our main character, Teagan McNeel, is the quiet girl that always gets picked on in school by the mean-girls. She has her one best friend since childhood, Claire, that makes being at school tolerable until in walks the hottest guy ever, Garreth. For some reason unknown to Teagan, Garreth only has eyes for her. As they spend time together, Teagan learns more about Garreth and his connection to the terrifying dreams she has been having all her life. She learns about Hadrian and how he is a fallen angel wanting to cause havoc for humans and angels alike.As light and dark forces start to collide and Teagan figures out she has powers she never knew about, she also is told that she is only person that can save her friends and her angel. This book had me biting my nails, rubbing the goosebumps on my arms and feeling my heart break at times so I don't want to give too much away to you. I didn't want to put it down, I had to know how it ended, and while the ending wasn't wrapped up neatly, it was set up perfectly for the sequel, Lemniscate. This book is a roller coaster of emotions but well worth the journey!
kburgess1984 on LibraryThing 5 months 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!
YAaddict on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Since reading Fallen and Hush, Hush, I having been itching to get my hands on more books about angels. So when I read the premise for Angel Star, I was in. Angel Star did not disappoint! In fact, Angel Star reminded me of how much I love paranormal romance. Teagan was a great main character that was easy to like. She won me over right away with the fact that she was a reader. Murgia even mentions Teagan reading A Great and Terrible Beauty in the beginning of the story. What I loved about Teagan is she had her own "destiny" so to speak. It wasn't just her finding the supernatural world and wanting to be part of it. Her character was woven into the story plot, and I really enjoyed that.Now can I just go on and on about Garreth? Because I seriously want to! I loved Garreth. He was sexy, strong, sweet, caring, loving, sexy, sexy, . . . did I mention sexy? Yea, it's safe to say I have a character crush on Garreth. Hadrian's character surprised me. I don't want to say too much on him because I don't want to spoil anything, but I will say he kept me guessing.One of the best parts of this story for me was the writing style. The author didn't trying too hard to be anything. No matter if the writing was funny, thrilling, beautiful . . . it all felt very real and honest to me.There is something so fascinating and alluring about angels. Murgia has painted a beautiful world of guardian angels. The pace of this story was fantastic. I loved all the elements, and how guardian angels work in this world. I also loved the idea of heaven starting in your mind. That makes sense to me. Never once was I not enthralled while reading this. I couldn't believe how often Angel Star surprised me. I thought the plot would be easily predictable. That was not the case. The ending was the best part for me, because it just never ended. Every time I thought, "Okay, exciting part over", something else would happen that shocked me. I want to keep gushing about this one, but I don't want to risk giving anything away. Angel Star was a phenomenal debut. I CANNOT wait for the sequel. Yes, there will be a sequel! Thank God, because I am not ready to give up these beautiful and surprising characters, and vividly painted world Murgia has created.
marcejewels on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This is one I was excited to read, I enjoyed it and look forward to more works from the Debut Author, Jennifer Murgia. Charmed fans you will enjoy this one, honestly it could have been a few episodes wrapped up in one. Teagan was a great character, I enjoyed getting to know her, the 1st half of the story I would say I LOVED, the teenagers were so real, she got their behaviours down perfectly. And for once a YA book with a parent in it, thank you Jennifer. This has been a missing piece in other YA for me. I love the idea of angels and Teagan meeting her Guardian Angel, just lovely. It was so cute how Teagan wanted a boyfriend, but not just anyone, she was willing to wait and then out of blue her Guardian Angel, it felt like a dream. And then for me this is where it changed a little, I seriously couldn't tell the difference between reality and Teagan dreaming. I just didn't feel like a few days she would be able to accept and embrace having a Guardian Angel, boyfriend, fighting good vs evil with the good angel and the bad angel and even within herself. It just wasn't realistic, something was off for me, can't pin point sorry. I did very much enjoy Jennifer's descriptions and words she used at times, simple sentences but made you want to read them again because they were dark and beautiful. For me I wish this was a stand alone book, not a sequel.
ABookwormsHaven on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This book was recommended to me by my awesome blog buddy Kate (who also happens to have a quote on the back cover of this book, how cool is that?) Anyway, my ¿to be read¿ pile has been mixed up in my move and I finally got all the boxes unpacked last week. So now I am on vacation (and brought a suitcase with just books, no really I did) and this book was on the top of the pile so I picked it up last night. I started reading it around 9:00 pm last night and stayed up until 1:00am to finish, I was addicted!! I seriously could not put it down, I may have closed it temporarily to get a drink or something but it was always in my hand.I am a paranormal, sci-fi, fantasy kinda girl so I love the part of stories where the action picks up and your are left in suspense. Don¿t get me wrong, still love the romance elements in there, what girl doesn¿t? But the suspense side to this genre is what pulls me in completely and that is why I think I love this book so much. You hit the ground running with Angel Star and I loved every fast paced minute of it.Since I have been reading for a while now I have also noticed that in many books there is the ¿fluff¿ factor. You know what I am talking about, all that fluffy stuff that is in books that really doesn¿t add to the story. For example when you read about the characters going through all the boring everyday things in their life; eating breakfast for four pages, walking down the hall for three pages, or being in a bad mood for half the book (you know what book I mean¿hehe) Okay sorry, you get the point right? Well, while all that stuff is going on you know you are secretly skipping ahead to try and get to the meat of the story, I know I do it. This book though, has no fluff, it was incredibly! I even found myself reading too fast at points and I had to go back and re-read because I had missed an important line two paragraphs before. It was crazy, I know I read fast sometimes, but I guess I am always ready for the ¿fluff factor¿ but in Angel Star that never came.As far as characters in the story, Teagan is a great one. One of the things that I love about her is that she is open to a world outside her own. She believes that anything is possible and with the nightmares that haunt her, she is constantly searching through paranormal books for more theories and answers. Which as a fellow lover of this genre made me like her even more. And then there¿s Garreth¿I am at a loss for words on how to describe him, but he is definitely worth reading about. And we don¿t even have to wait long to learn more about him, because he finds Teagan in chapter 1 and he is already leaving her breathless. He is a wonderful character that I don¿t want to say too much about because I don¿t want to spoil anything, but he is one of my new favorite leading men.I usually try to write my reviews right after I read because it is the freshest in my mind and I want those initial thoughts. But I went to sleep last night to chew over everything I just experienced and woke up this morning and had to re-read some of my favorite passages before I could write up the review. You see when I really like a book I engulf myself in it and this is one of those books for me. I have spent the day looking up the author (she has a signing near me that I am going to try and go too¿so excited) and some of the lore mentioned in the book and then realized it was 6:00pm and I had spent the day on the computer! So my point to all this excited rambling? You should go pick up this book, duh!?! You will be swept you off your feet with this novel and you will not touch ground again until the last page. I think it might take you by surprise, I know it snuck up on me and I am glad it did.Language Love: ¿When the veil of the forest began to smother us, I looked up through the open roof of the Jeep in time to see the flanking limbs choke out the rest of the sun¿It was really hard for me to only pick one line from this book becau
Bookfinds on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Angel Star is the first book from Jennifer Murgia, a brilliant new YA author. What if you met your guardian angel? What would happen if you fell in love with him?It is a story about a girl with a normal life going to school and dreaming about what all girls dream about¿the perfect boy to come along and fall in love. 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 Teagan 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 her 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, a dark angel, is very alluring and beautiful in his in own right. She encounters Hadrian in a painful struggle to save Garreth, 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 (2011), 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 a 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¿
bonbonsandreveries on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Angel Star, written by Jennifer Murgia, is the story about good vs evil, or light vs. dark. Teagan¿s life isn¿t that great: she has only one friend, Claire, is the object of torture by a group of girls at school, is plagued by nighmares, and her father disappeared when she was a baby. One day while sitting on a bench, a new transfer student, Garreth, approaches and talks to her. He seems to shine/glow. She realizes that not only does she feel strongly for him, he makes her feel safe from the nightmares and the dark shadows that seem to follow her. Garreth is her guardian angel. He has watched over her and kept her safe for years. He is finally allowed to appear to her as a human, but only for eight days. During those eight days her destiny will be revealed. I had mixed feelings about this book. I really liked the chemistry between Garreth and Teagan. Their bond was beautiful. Whenever Teagan was worried he would breathe for her, calming her. It was so sweet. Their dynamic was the best part of the book. Hadrian, Lucifer¿s brother, is the dark angel. He tries to corrupt people¿s guardian angels so that he can control humans. Garreth and Teagan are constantly running from him. When Hadrian starts targeting people close to Teagan, they stand and fight. While Garreth symbolizes light, Hadrian represents the darkness. Teagan finds herself drawn to Hadrian and the darkness only to be reminded of her light, Garreth. This situation is parallel to the good-angel-bad-angel-on-your-shoulders. Both are trying to pull Teagan in different directions and get her to do something. It is both an internal and outward struggle for Teagan. There were many things I didn¿t like about this book. There were times when I was confused as to the location of the characters; one minute they are talking in the car, the dialogue going, with no mention of leaving the car then all of a sudden they are in the park on a swing set swinging. There were times when I couldn¿t tell the difference between her nightmares and reality because she kept ¿waking up¿ suddenly in her bed like it was all a bad dream. I could never tell if the action sense took place in her nightmare or in reality. I really liked the basic story of Angel Star. I think Jennifer Murgia could have slowed it down a bit by adding more detail to the action scenes and adding more depth to the characters. Overall, this book wasn¿t for me. I didn¿t really like it. In all honesty, I only continued reading, and will probably read the sequel, Lemniscate, because of Garreth and Teagan¿s relationship. Their connection was deep, like down to the soul deep. It was fascinating. Jennifer Murgia¿s idea was fresh and different from many of the angel books I¿ve read.
Conner23456 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This book was a really good read because of the shortness of the book. To me this is the one of those love stories. Most people dont like many love stories. But, I did enjoy this one and I cant wait to pick up other of Jennifer Murgia's books.
sithereandread on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Jennifer Murgia's debut young adult novel, 'Angel Star', was a marvelous, fast-paced adventure of a young girl faced with a new awareness of non-human beings and the danger surrounding her knowledge. Murgia explores symbolism and the existence of 'guardian angels' that will take you on a journey of a lifetime.*One aspect of 'Angel Star' that I highly enjoyed was the picture that Murgia painted with her words. The details that she illustrated were very concise and specific without being overdone. I appreciated the world that she created and I felt welcome to jump right in for the ride. Along with being in the young adult genre, 'Angel Star' explored teenage issues, such as insecurities, bullies, best friends, and first love. All Teagan wanted was a regular high school experience, since growing up without a father made her home-life not so normal. She lacked an outward confidence that her best friend, Claire, made up for during the constant harassment by most popular girl in school. And first love, le sigh, in walks in Garreth, her Guardian Angel (literally). But with light comes the dark to balance it out, and Garreth opens Teagan's eyes to a frightening truth and dilemma that only she can undertake. I adored the characters that were portrayed in this book. Teagan was so easily identifiable as the normal girl that just tried to survive adolescence unscathed. Claire was so likable as the fun-loving partner in crime that challenged Teagan's boundaries each day. And I was absolutely smitten with Garreth. He was the most perfect angelic love interest. His unwavering love for Teagan was sweet and charming. On the other spectrum was the mysterious and provocative dark side that threatened to tear Teagan from her world and her new-found love. She had to learn to use what she has buried inside of her to save what matters most in her life. But the dark side explores passion and the excitement of danger that overwhelms and confuses her during this momentous situation.The fight between light and dark consumed me while reading, I was not sure at any point what would happen. As a whole, I really enjoyed this book. The concepts that Murgia introduced were so creative and fresh that I was on my toes the whole time. This story had so many twists and surprises I was completely mesmerized and never wanted the story to end! This story left a big cliffhanger and I cannot wait to read the next installment called 'Lemniscate'.
LauraLulu on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Another stupid carbon copy YA angel book. One dimensional characters that you don't care about in the slightest, saccharine-sweet, vomit-inducing insta-love, amateurish writing. One more book to add to the list of vapid YA books that should never have been published.
jinkay on LibraryThing 5 months ago
i had a hard time finishing this book. the writing was very choppy and the story dragged on a bit at the beginning. i seriously contemplated abandoning this book altogether if not for my almost obsessive-compulsive need to finish stuff that i've started. i also didn't like how the author just seemed to breeze through a character's death mid-way through the book as if it wasn't that important. the one bright spot in the story is hadrian and his conflicted ways. i liked the end part of the book because of him. 3 stars: one star solely because of hadrian and one measly star for everything else that i had to slug through just to finish this book. heh, maybe i really am just a sucker for bad boys.
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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