Taking Angels

Taking Angels

by CS Yelle

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Britt Anderson went along with everything the doctors said for nearly four years, but she was still dying at eighteen. The cancer had won leaving her without a future, without any options, and without control. No control, except for how she would leave this world. As Britt tries to end her life by going into the frigid waters she realizes her mistake. She struggles to get back to shore, to cry out for help, but her atrophied muscles are useless and the frigid water steals the breath from her chemo-scarred lungs. Despite her father�s attempts to reach her, she flies over the waterfall.

When Allister Parks finds Britt�s fragile body on the riverbank something calls out to him. Ignoring the warnings of his sister, Allister brings Britt back from the edge of death. The only problem is that an Eternal like Allister isn�t allowed to touch those who have already passed from this world. It is forbidden; an infraction punishable by death.

As Britt relishes her new cancer-free life and senior year of high school, her very existence threatens Allister�s place in this world. Allister struggles to keep Britt a secret from the Eternal Council and out of the hands of the only Eternal who already knows the truth: the one who stole her guardian angel.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940016389974
Publisher: Staccato Publishing
Publication date: 03/22/2013
Series: The Angel Crusades , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 380
File size: 736 KB

About the Author

C.S. Yelle was born and raised in Grand Rapids, MN, the �almost� middle child of six. He attended Grand Rapids Senior High School where he enjoyed music and sports. He received his BS in Chemistry from Mayville State University, Mayville, ND in 1987. He taught 7-12 Science and coached for six years in several North Dakota schools and currently works as an Executive Account Manager in the Water Treatment Industry where he has been for over eighteen years. He is the father of four and grandfather of one. He writes novels, screenplays, and an occasional short story. He has been writing seriously for over 15 years and plans to continue until his fingers are unable, maybe longer. He currently resides in a Minneapolis, MN suburb with his wife Jennifer.

Other titles published previously in his Protector of Ter Chadain series (Young Adult Fantasy) :

Reclaiming Ter Chadain
Black Stones of Ter Chadain


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Taking Angels 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
BookwormforKids More than 1 year ago
Britt is going to be a senior hi high school. . .if she makes it that long. The opening scene introduces a frail, sick girl, who is simply tired of fighting for her life. She's doomed to die anyway. This immediately draws at the heart-strings and as she takes her own life, it's easy to understand her point of view. From here, the story takes off. Britt is a loving character, who has learned to value life and is ready to fight and survive whatever is thrown at her. But she's not all powerful and super strong in every way. She makes mistakes and portrays all the dramatic emotions of a 17-year old, and still, she manages to come through with flying colors. The great guy on her side seems obligatory, but he too was easy to love and sympathize with. Unlike many heroes, I found him true and loving and not over-bearing or too cliche.  I had no trouble diving into Britt's world and found myself wrapped up in her story from the very first page. There are always enough open questions, twists and turns to keep the pace going from one page to the next. Of course, the dark evil looming in the background kept a nice sense of mystery and suspense. At no time, did I feel as if I could predict what was going to happen. Summed up, this is  an enjoyable read, and I recommend it to all those paranormal romance lovers who like a nice dash of extraordinary powers and a little bit of suspense.  I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
dsubsits More than 1 year ago
Taking Angels  (The Angel Crusades #1) by C.S. Yelle 4 ½ of 5 Stars Eighteen-year-old   Britt Anderson was dying of cancer.  She decides she can no longer handle the pain and torment it is putting on her loved ones.  She decides to end her life by drowning.  Eternal Allister Parks is drawn to Britt and brings her back to life, changing her; an action that carries a death sentence. Wow, this story was amazing.  It keeps getting more intense as it goes on, making it hard to put down.  It flows well and is an excellent read.  I was continually surprised by what happened next. Britt Anderson is astonishing.  When her cancer is gone, she wants to help everyone around her not concerned for her own well-being.  She is a loyal and remarkable person.  Almost everyone who comes across her is enchanted with her; especially the boys: Allister, Kendal, and Gabe. I love Allister.  He is a great hero.  He wants the best for Britt. He is passionate about her and will do whatever it takes to protect her. Kendal Statford’s character is interesting.  He’s okay for a bad guy.  He’s morally wrong but has his good qualities.  That makes him very realistic because people’s personalities are seldom black and white. The plot was definitely new and refreshing.  C. S. Yelle did an astounding job creating a believable world and supernatural qualities.  The characters are multidimensional.  It is easy to relate to them and feel emotionally connected.  This is a series I will want to continue.  I’m dying to know what Yelle comes up with next.  Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review. 
debralmartin More than 1 year ago
Britt Anderson has been handed a tough lot in life. At only 18 years old, she's dying of cancer and she's tired of fighting. A final family trip camping has Britt determined to end her life. Convincing her father to help her to the river, she propels herself into the current and goes over the waterfall. It's her final gift to her parents to relieve them of their suffering watching her die inch by inch. When her battered and bruised body washes ashore at the bottom of the falls, it's not death that meets her. She is touched by Allister Parks and not only does he bring her back to life, but she is now cancer free and her injuries from going over the waterfall are healed.  This book started out strong and I was immediately drawn into the story. How would this young woman handle being healthy again? Britt reconnects with her 3 best friends and they begin their senior year of high school together. When Allister and his sister show up at the same school, Britt is drawn to the handsome young man. I found this part of the book dragged especially with page after page of Britt getting dress, jumping in her friend's jeep and them going to school. The book got interesting again with the introduction of Kendal, an Eternal, who has been doing evil deeds and breaking every code Eternals are supposed to follow. I don't want to give any spoilers here, but I didn't like the path this character took. While the author does present some unique perspectives about Eternals, angels, and half-angels, I found this book was too easy to put down. However, an intriguing Epilogue should keep young adult readers interested in this series. 
BuriedUnderBooks More than 1 year ago
When I think back on Taking Angels, one thing in particular comes to mind: Pay Attention. This story is chock full of characters and plot lines and woe to the reader who gets distracted for even a few moments. When we first meet Britt, the poor girl is so despondent after four years of battling cancer that is now terminal that she elects to let herself be swept away by the current. As often happens, she changes her mind at the last second but it’s too late—or so it would seem. Britt wakes up to a miracle but just what kind of miracle is it? By the time this part of Britt’s story comes to a close, her reality has become something quite unexpected and a sad tale of illness and death has turned into a fantastical drama. As I mentioned, there are many characters and quite a few are nicely drawn. I liked Britt a lot other than in one particular scene with Gabe in which I felt she behaved thoughtlessly when she could have been kinder. I also liked Allister and Gabe although the latter’s attachment seems out of character to me, considering who he is. Best of all, though, are the three girls—Cassie, Trish and Elisa—who have stood by Britt all through her illness. Would that we all could have such stalwart supporters! This first book in the trilogy comes to a climactic end and definitely left me with an interest in following Britt’s journey. I’ll be waiting for the chance to read the next book.
ConciseReviewsByMichelleL More than 1 year ago
Wow, this book was absolutely amazing! I mean, amazing in a big way. I never read a book quite like this, I did not really know what to expect, and am so glad I read it. I was hooked from the first few chapters, and it kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the whole book. I was neglecting my family and animals, as I could not tear myself away from this book. I loved the main character Britt, she is such a strong girl, and she grew so much in this book. I love all the revelations we find out about her. I also just love Allister, he is the ultimate male there is, that is until Gabe came along about halfway, and there is some major tear-jerker moments, I mean big time. Right now after finishing the book I am still reeling from that last few chapters. We are not left with a huge cliffhanger, but a bit of one. I am so upset at what happens with Gabe, I have no idea of his fate. I can’t tell you too much about him as it could spoil it for you. I love the concept of the Eternals, it was a new one to me, and really loved it. We still have the angels around, and the Eternal who is killing innocent people by stealing their guardian angel (which lives inside a person in this) and kills them. I liked the mystery around Britt, on why she seems to draw people to her, and how they just feel the pureness in her and come to care for her fast. Even the one who tried to kill her is drawn to her, as is Gabe. I love Britt’s 3 best friends; they are a great support for her. Her parents really impressed me on the understanding they have on the changes with Britt and why she needs to do the things she does. I can’t stress enough how awesome this book is. One of the best I have read in a long time, It was written so well too, and just the right amount of questions at the end to make you want the 2nd book now, but not enough of a cliffhanger to make you mad, lol. I highly recommend this book, and give it 5 huge stars out of 5. Cover review: I give the cover 5 out of 5 stars too. It’s done well, and fits the book. It attracted me some, but more important it didn’t turn me away like some covers will. I was given a copy of this book by the author for my honest review.
WhisperedWord More than 1 year ago
I've been a fan of CS Yelle's writing since I read his Ter Chadain fantasy series. When I found out he wrote a YA paranormal romance, I couldn't wait to check it out! TAKING ANGELS didn't disappoint. The story follows eighteen-year-old Britt Anderson, a young woman who has been battling cancer and ultimately decides she'd rather die than go one more day experiencing her pain and suffering. When she takes that fateful step to end her own life, that's when the adventure really begins for her. She's saved by a mysterious rescuer. Not only doesn't she die, but she's miraculously healed. Yelle takes the reader on a journey into a world where Eternals live among humanity, angels aren't exactly like the Bible would have us believe, and evil comes in many forms. Britt finds and loses the love of her life, creating a sense of tension that had me turning the pages. I particularly appreciated that the story has a concrete conclusion while still leading the reader into the next book. I'm very much looking forward to book two in this wonderful series!
NaughtyBitsBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Taking Angels is the first book I've read where our Guardian Angels are living inside us. It's a pretty interesting thought. So are Eternals--not angels or human but sole-less humans that live forever with special abilities. One word, WOW! You have your good Eternals and your bad. I enjoy reading things that are new to me and I'll give any unusual idea a shot. This one paid off because Taking Angels surprised me. While the beginning seemed to drag on for me as all we learn it all in the synopsis it was a worth while and surprising read. I just wish the start of it had less of her confusion/mystery and "We'll talk later" from Allister and get to the intrigue and action. All things in their own time, call me impatient. If this book sounds interesting to you I have one tip, either skip a few scenes in the beginning if you feel your dragging or push through it because, wow, it gets better! I caught myself putting it down and thought, "I can't do that, I want to know what happens!" So I pushed through it and I'm glad I did. When I finished I wondered where did the time go? It is not a quick read so it's perfect for those that like the longer books it about 372 pages on MY kindle. I really like Allister the most. Maybe, it's the idea of a new to me being or his whole character I can't really decide. There is a little romance between Allister and Britt but it's not All about the romance as much as it is about the.... Well if I said that I could spoil the book so I guess you'll have to try it out yourself. Britt's pretty awesome herself but if I give my thoughts why I'd have to include several spoilers and we don't want that. All in all I enjoy CS Yelle's writing and story line. Its a neat break from the romance driven or sex driven stories that I normally read. I'm looking forward to finding out the next book in the series will bring.
HKSavage1 More than 1 year ago
Action, adventure, fast paced, all typical CS Yelle traits only this time he's let us get to know these characters so well we feel the struggle as Britt faces her own death from cancer. Then, when she's saved by Allister Parks (an Eternal- want to know what that is? Read the book), we watch her struggle with her new reality as well as her growing feelings for him. Great book and really is YA, it's not overtly sexual and adult wrapped up in a younger person's book. First in a new series, I can't wait for book 2.