by Michelle L. Johnson


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ISBN-13: 9781939392350
Publisher: Spence City
Publication date: 09/23/2014
Pages: 385
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Michelle L. Johnson was born in Ohio and adopted by Canadians. They traveled all over North America, and when they weren't on the road Michelle could be found with her nose buried deeply in the pages of a book. With all of her travels and adventures, she hopes to bring some of her unique perspective to the pages and to entertain others the way all of her heroes have for her. When she's not hanging out with her feathered friends, she's busy being a literary agent with Inklings Literary Agency

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Divinity 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
jtevans More than 1 year ago
Michelle does just enough world building and scene setting to let me get to know Julia before ramping things up with a car crash that Julia dives head first into. She’s saving a child from a burning car despite all mortal danger she’s presented with. I immediately know what kind of person Julia is and that I’d love being friends with her. Her selfless actions (and love for coffee) tied me to her right away. When strange things happen during the rescue of the child, Julia reacts as any person would and this made the “strange things” that much more believable. After the rescue in the flaming car crash, things escalate pretty quickly from there. There are some authors that slam down the accelerator and never give the reader a chance to come up for air. Those books have their place, but it’s a rare one of those that finds a place on my shelf. Michelle doesn’t roar through the book at a breakneck speed. She masterfully has highs and lows in the book that kept me guessing at what was to come next. I smiled when I got things right. When my guesses were off the mark, I was very pleasantly surprised at the turn of events. Some were shocking. Many were emotional (yes, I cried in Jimmy John’s while reading this book…. several times.) All of them were wonderfully done. Michelle carried me through Julia’s story and showed me how Julia changed from the first day of events through the last moments of the book. The closing scene of the book, well, no spoilers, so don’t worry. That closing scene left me worried, concerned, and deeply wanting more of Julia’s story. I’ve been assured there is a sequel in the works, which makes me incredibly happy. I hear some people saying, “But I want a complete story, not a ‘continued next week….’ kind of series.” Don’t worry. You get a fully story. There are incredibly character, plot, and theme arcs within these covers that carry through to a satisfying conclusion. That closing epilogue is the cherry on top, though. Now for one downside that I found with the book. There are scenes from the archangels’ points of view. I did not expect this at all. The first few jarred me out of Julia’s story, but when I realized there were two story lines traveling side-by-side, those scene transitions became much easier. Michelle does this fairly early in the book, so it’s not like you have 200 pages of Julia and then we pop into the heads of the angels. That would be incredibly jarring. In this case, it was a mere mental stumble on my part, but once I got into the rhythm and groove of moving between Julia and the archangels, the read went much smoother. I want to say that it took me about three back-and-forth switches for me to realize the purpose of the breaks and how things were going. This leads me to my favorite part of the book: the angels. Even though the stakes of the book are incredibly high (for angel and mortal alike), the angels still have a wry sense of humor about them. These brief moments of levity were some of the “breather moments” I mentioned above. In addition to their sense of humor you quickly learn that the angels are not of a like mind, nor are they perfectly allied with one another against “evil” or the dastardly deeds of Lucifer and his minions. Just the concept of angels being individuals rather than a perfectly molded extension of God brings whole new levels of thought to my mind. Well done, Michelle. I can’t wait to pre-order the sequel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved everything about this story!!! The author does an amazing job of creating a story that is fresh and original with a modern and unique twist on Archangels. Divinity will take you on an emotional and thrilling journey! My top urban fantasy read of 2014!!!! Can't wait for book 2!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book from start to finish and read it in one sitting. I normally take a week or more for a book. There was so much original perspective on the mythology. What a fresh take. Best part? None of the typical angels vs. demons stuff. In this book there are angels that act like humans and a bad, unexplainable thing that is as unique as it is deadly. Julia, the main character, is completely relate-able and someone I cared about right away. I wish they would make this a movie!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was absolutely amazing. It had romance, action, and mystery. Though this book was amazing, you might need a tissue box to read this book. It has sad parts but not many. Overall it was an amazing book.
Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Spencer Hill Press and NetGalley.) This was an interesting angel story, but the pace was on the slow side. I liked Julia in this and I felt really sorry for her. It must have been so hard for her to have no-one to support her, and to lose everyone who she loved. What an awful place to find yourself! She had obviously done quite well for herself somehow though, somehow managing to end up owning a restaurant? That is pretty good for a girl who was basically out on the streets on her own! The storyline in this was pretty good, but the pace was really slow. Thankfully I enjoyed the story so the pace didn’t bother me too much, but it was still very slow. There were a couple of twists that were thrown in that I didn’t see coming, and Julia did become far more powerful than I expected. There was a little romance in this one, but it wasn’t the main part of the story, and didn’t factor at all after a point. The ending was pretty good, and also left us with a teaser as to what we can expect in the next book. I did enjoy this book overall, and it will certainly be interesting to find out what happens to Julia next. 7 out of 10.
ToManyBooksNotEnoughTime More than 1 year ago
Entertaining, Engaging, and Left Me Waiting for a Sequel I would like to thank Spence City and NetGalley for granting me a copy of this e-ARC to read in exchange for an honest review. Though I received this e-book for free that in no way impacts my review. Goodreads Blurb: "When Julia climbs into a flaming car to save a trapped child, she's left wondering why either of them survived. Then she learns that her father is the Archangel Gabriel, and that she is half human, half Archangel. With guidance from Michael, the most powerful Archangel, Julia sets out to discover her own history and explore her angelic powers. But her journey is cut short when an evil force, invisible to human and angel alike, tears her world apart. Now Julia must fight through her despair, harness her newfound gifts, and risk her very soul to stop the A'nwel and protect the family she never knew she had. What she doesn't know is that Archangels have secrets too." Ms. Johnson certainly offers an unique premise with 'Divinity', one this book fulfills quite nicely. Not only is the story fascinating, but it is peopled with some truly interesting characters. The pacing flows smoothly, but not so smoothly that there aren't jolts of excitement, confusion, fear, and joy along the way. Julia has led a hard life, but managed to take it in hand and create something all her own, something she is proud of. But her past has left its scars, and they still interfere in her daily life. Luckily for her, Alex, the love of her life, is more than patient. Between her past and present Julia's character is compelling. She grabs the reader, making you want too know more about her - and that is before the angels even appear to her. Johnson's handling of the angels and their characterizations is refreshing. Rather than being stuffy and uptight, or alternately too cheerful and forgiving, they are each gifted with very distinct personalities. Heaven is not filled with bucolic angels floating around on clouds, or at least not the Heaven we are shown. While it is peaceful, it is also a place of intense work done by the Archangels. And thankfully, each of them is entertaining, to varying degrees. This book carries the reader on a journey that leads from the dark into the light over and over again, with each instance either understandable or relatable, and all germane to the central story. As Julia begins to pick things up the pace of the book goes with her. It is very smoothly combined, the growth of the protagonist and the arc of the story. Based upon the ending I can only hope that a sequel is in the works to answer to question that arises at the end.
TheBumbleGirl1 More than 1 year ago
The author has created a unique angelic storyline combining the good and evil amongst us with strong character building and a necessary detailed plot. Julia has struggled and has experienced a lot of pain in her life. At her weakest moment, the unimaginable happens and things in her life start to take a turn for the good. Julia is now the proud owner of an up and coming restaurant, owns her own home and has found love like no other... Things come to a halt when she discovers who her father is, the Archangel, Gabriel.  The confusion and anger Julia goes through is just the beginning to a new chapter in her life that she has no choice but to face head on without having the time to grieve... a new life that she cannot ignore and must learn to navigate quickly - it isn't easy being half-human and half-angel.  As she is trying to work out what this means and how to deal with it, going through the everyday motions takes much effort, but worth the effort since she is dedicated to her employees, and, her beloved boyfriend... But when tragedies strike again and again - heartbreaking moments that brought tears to my own eyes - how can we expect Julia to let her human losses go? But the cause of these tragedies are bigger than everything that has ever existed before. Not even the Archangels know what this evil is, and they are heavily depending on Julia and her new strengths to pull it together and help them not only figure it out, but destroy it too.   What was amazing about Julia's story is how the author was able to give us so many minute details and information without going overboard and making it boring - every single piece of information is vital in learning about Julia's destiny, finding this evil presence and in witnessing Julia's progress and transformation.  The story is not religion-heavy, however, there is much talk about spirits and faith since we are dealing with Archangels and evil spirits, which is to be expected. Also, the author touches upon some very hard topics, such as child and spousal abuse and suicide.  One of the things I loved about this book is the strong importance of family. Julia never had a family and finds one with her boyfriend Alex and his mother. And then later learns that the Archangels have always been there for her. It is quite endearing to see this mentioned over and over again. My one and only quirk is: the ending felt a bit rushed and I wish I would have learned more about this evil 'thing'. But then, if that was done, there probably wouldn't be a huge need for a sequel... This is the perfect read for those of us that have been clamoring to get back into supernatural/paranormal kind of books.  *An ARC was sent to me by the publisher for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.