Mira wants nothing more than to hide away from the world and its cruelties. Overcome with grief for the loss of her father and burying herself deep in school and her internship, her one respite is her admiration for the Hollywood actor, James Dean, an admiration she shared with her father. Although Dean is long dead, Mira wishes that she could meet him and tell the actor just how much he means to her. As she closes her eyes on another day to sleep and escape reality, her wish is about to come true… But when she finally meets the Hollywood hunk, it presents her with the most difficult decision she has ever had to make…
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Reviewed by Cheryl Schopen for Readers' Favorite Consoling Angel by Denise Alicea is a short story about Mira and her admiration for James Dean. She and her father used to spend time together watching James Dean movies. Since her father passed away, she feels that James Dean is keeping her connected to him and keeping his memory alive somehow. She never in a million years thought she would ever meet her favorite actor, but maybe dreams do come true… Short stories are usually hit or miss for me, but this one got to me on a whole other level…in a good way. Yes, I had my doubts about a teenager meeting an actor who has been deceased decades before her time, but it worked! It was so well written that my doubts immediately disappeared when James Dean came into the picture. I had a fan girl moment, as if I was meeting him right along with Mira. I had a ridiculously big smile on my face in addition to butterflies in my stomach. Only an amazing writer can have that effect on me, especially in such a short amount of time. So, kudos to Denise Alicea! My only complaint, which can’t really be considered a complaint, is that I wish it were longer. I want more Mira. I want more James Dean. But honestly, it is kind of perfect the way it is. I just hope to see more from this awesome author. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I am going to go read Consoling Angel a few more times because I cannot get this smile off my face.
What took only a few minutes to read made me smile for a few hours! Consoling Angel by Denise Alicea is a delightfully light YA read about a teen who still feels the loss of her father to cancer. Her bittersweet memories stay with her as she falls asleep thinking of their shared times together, often watching an old James Dean movie, over and over. As she sleeps, she is drawn back in time and meets the real James Dean, a boy as lost and alone as she sometimes feels. Lost in the memories of the dream, imagine her surprise the next day at school when the new boy in school walks in! How Denise Alicea could fill out an entire story with only a few pages is simply astounding! She built her world, set her stage and developed her characters, wrapped it up and proved good things can come in small packages! I received a review copy as part of the Consoling Angel Book Tour & Giveaway Stopping at Tome Tender December 1, 2013.
This is a short story with a simple, overused plot that unfortunately, has no charm. Mira is grieving for the lost of her father to cancer. As she goes through an old scrapbook, she remembers an idol both her and her father admired, James Dean. That night, she traveled back in time to meet him and cheer him up. I wish to know more about the James' legacy and how that affected Mira and who is James as a person. I didn't feel the chemistry between the MCs and that needs to be more developed. The MCs only have a single scene together and it is too short and too fast. Both seem fixated on the other with no reason. I didn't get the point or moral of the story. Why did the time travel happened? The time change was especially confusing. Mira is a teenager in 2008 and went back in time to her childhood in 1952? I suppose this is in the realm of fantasy but the overall tone and structure of the book doesn't seem fantasy. I don't think I can make sense of the time travel. Mira also didn't seem too concerned about the time travel and attributed everything to she was given another chance to meet her idol. There wasn't much about James in the story that helped me understand who he is and his personality. Even though I didn't connect with the characters and didn't understand the story, the story was still well written and the HEA ending was an immense help to end the story with a cheerful and hopeful tone of young love. *review copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review*
Wise Bear Books Reviews Consoling Angel by Denise Alicea -- 4.5 Paws! Consoling Angel is a charming short story which transports readers back in time for a brief paranormal encounter with 50s teen icon James Dean. The story is reminiscent of the popular 90s romantic comedy movie Peggy Sue Got Married, where, overwhelmed by the difficulties surrounding her life, Peggy is transported to a happier time in her life—high school during the 50s. In Consoling Angel, our protagonist, Mira, is still coming to terms with her own life-changing circumstances—the death of her father. Teenage Mira's intense interest in James Dean stems from her own father's (also named James) fascination the legendary movie star. Together they would sit and enjoy Dean's movies as symbols of a more nostalgic, carefree time. Between school, homework and a museum internship, Mira is juggling a lot of responsibilities, all the while continuing to grieve her father's passing from cancer several years before. Exhausted and overwhelmed by life, Mira falls into a deep sleep after school one day and wakes to find herself catapulted from 2008 back to 1953. Her transition is smoother than most readers would expect, but that is generally the nature of short stories. We are reading the truncated version of what could be a larger concept. This abbreviated version of a complex subject doesn't distract from the enjoyment of the story. If anything, the shortened timeline should leave readers wanting more from this encounter. Joining Mira on this blast to the past is her good friend Audrey, who apparently has no idea of the time warp they're sharing. Mira is the only character experiencing this temporal anomaly and Audrey is instrumental in helping to stabilize and acclimate Mira to her new surroundings for her next important encounter. Like all good teens of the 50s era, Mira and Audrey find themselves at the local soda fountain where Mira, for the first time she can remember since her father's death, is happy and feeling present in the moment. When Audrey suggests it's time to leave partly because of inclement weather and the looming dinner hour, Mira insists on staying behind to soak in the experience. Now on her own, Mira comes face-to-face with the film hero she and her father mutually adored. The connection between Mira and James Dean is touching and cathartic. Has she actually travelled back in time or is this dream a metaphorical desire to reconnect with her father? Can or should Mira alter the timeline by warning Dean of his fatal accident? Could saving Dean cause a different outcome for her own existence or, more important, her father's? Mira's connection with Dean, however brief, is deep and profound—a soul mate association of sorts. When Dean hugs her, Mira's thoughts immediately remind her of her Dad and how much she misses his warm embrace, but the feelings she has for this illusion is hardly familial. Eventually Mira awakens to find herself returned to her bedroom in 2008. She has much to process as she attempts to sort out fate from imagination, but a couple of interesting plot twists make for an enjoyable conclusion to Alicea's well-crafted short story. Our primary criticism stems from the cover. The handsome young man doesn't particularly evoke thoughts of James Dean and we're not sure about the symbolism of the railroad tracks in the background. At its core, this book is less about James Dean and more about a father-daughter bond forged through a common interest. So while we understand what the author was going for, we think there might be a better way to represent the story's fine message. The author is a good storyteller with strong evocative writing skills. Consoling Angel is a touching story built around a solid concept. This story has broad appeal for women of varying age groups; young women may be drawn to the romantic elements, while older women might gravitate more to the healing aspects between father and daughter. Either way we highly recommend this story to women of all ages (15+) who'd enjoy a quick read with a meaningful message. This book was reviewed as part of the Wise Bear Digital Book Awards competition. Entry fees associated with the contest are administrative in nature and do not influence our honest, unbiased book reviews.