Upon Broken Wings

Upon Broken Wings

by E.L. Reedy, A.M. Wade

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"Brilliant and Moving. Highly Recommended."

Bound by a dark act of hate and despair, high school freshmen, Andrew and Kiernan, learn that their untimely deaths did not bring an end to their pain, but only began the suffering of those left behind. While his lost memories return, Andrew must master seemingly impossible feats, both spiritual and physical.

As a dark spirit stalks Kiernan through the borderlands of life and death, he must also face the pain his actions have caused his loved ones. To save both their souls, Andrew must convince Kiernan to return to life and open his eyes to the love and beauty which had always been there.

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BN ID: 2940155202196
Publisher: Evernight Teen
Publication date: 04/20/2018
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,061,198
File size: 587 KB

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Upon Broken Wings 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
mysticbaby1991 25 days ago
Goodness! If there was ever a book I wish to give more than 5 stars to, it would be this one. This book is heartbreaking yet filled with so much love between these characters that you can't help but feel these powerful emotions the characters display. While reading this book, I couldn't help but hear what my mother used to tell me about suicide growing up. She used to tell me it was a selfish act in a way because we take ourselves out of the equation and fail to realize the pain we will leave those that love us behind. For Kiernan this is his case. After everything he suffers on Halloween night at the hands of his classmates, including a possible betrayal by Andrew, he tries take his life. But he's left more in a comatose state and is left in between to watch how his actions have caused his loved ones pain and sorrow. Andrew is a young autistic teenager who sadly has lost everyone he's loved from the minute he was born (his father) to the lost of his soulmate Michael. He's basically shut himself down to love and friendship. When he feels he can no longer take the lose and loneliness he too ends his life. However, instead of meeting with loved ones like he thought he might, Andrew is stuck in Purgatory and must go through tasks to help convince Kiernan return to his life. The writing style of this book is one that is different from any I've read before. The main story is Casey (Kiernan's younger brother) recounting the details with the help of angels. But because it's told as a story from Casey there are also parts in first person from his own perspective as well as other side characters like a doctor, Billy, and the father.
Tanya Wheeler More than 1 year ago
Death may be the end for most but not for them as they were bad and now they have to try to right the wrongs they did. They need to help those who were left behind. Their eyes open to what they have done and left behind. Can they make it better? See if they can I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Tink1113 More than 1 year ago
MY REVIEW: Upon Broken Wings is a book that has so many different elements to it and all of them full of an emotional journey. This story covered so many issues dealt with in today's world bullying, hate, being gay, death, suicide, and most importantly love. The kind of love that reaches in and grabs you by your very soul and will fight the evil to show it that it can't win up against the most powerful of emotions. In the end love prevails and better things are left to come for all involved. For Andrew and Keirnan they will embark on this road and it will be Andrew who must save Keirnan. For without Andrew Keirnan will forever be lost in the bonds of evil and darkness. With a little help from a few angels Andrew may just be able to save Keirnan and show him the love he is blind to. This book for me was so much more than I ever expected it to be. Upon Broken Wings is one story that will resonate inside of me for quite awhile. Please don't overlook this book because of a LGBT label it's so much more than that and it will leave you knowing a special kind of love and needing a few tissues.
jcresce1 More than 1 year ago
This was definitely a tear-jerker. This story was a good and original read. It was about second chances, love, bullying, death, and suicide. Throw in some angels and you get some inspirational aspects. It was definitely an enjoyable read, I'm not a huge fan of tear jerkers but this story touches on alot of things that are happening today and the author did a fabulous job.
amartinez87 More than 1 year ago
A beautiful heartwarming story full of sorrow, bullying, love and second chances. I enjoyed this tale about lives interconnected, angels and so much more. I recommend this story for those looking for a wonderful inspirational read that touches on sensitive topics like bullying and suicide.
Literary_Titan More than 1 year ago
Upon Broken Wings by Elmer Reedy is not a light read, but it is a read worth your time. This dark, cathartic story is a unique meld of many genres; coming of age, gay positivity, and family all interwoven with religious flavor, life after death, angels and demons. Reedy takes us on a journey through a small, overly conservative community all the way to Purgatory in a way that makes sense. If the story has any weak points it can all be forgiven by the enthralling premise of the novel. The story follows several boys at the verge of of adulthood; Andrew, who suffers from Aspergers, and Keenan, a brave gay boy who is coming to terms with his identity. A series of unfortunate events will lead to a gruesome assault that will require all the strength of their family and friends, dead or alive, to help them resolve. Upon Broken Wings avoids obvious descriptions of the worst that the characters have to go through but the indication is enough to leave me seething and demanding justice. Add to it is the slow burn of sadness, loneliness and isolation that the characters feel, all the misfortune and all the lost chances add up to a dark and emotionally heavy reading experience. Reedy takes us through mud so we could feel all the anguish that made his characters behave the way they do. So when he finally, mercifully, starts to get us into a somewhat better place we feel like we earned it. His characters are the best part of the story. They feel like real people and their motivations seem genuine, even when they are no longer among the living. And that’s a tall order with all the elements or death, gay identity and angels in it. I felt that the dialogue was disjointed and the characters, especially young Casey, sometimes feel like intentional Mary Sues. Casey, Keenan’s brother, is a boy wise beyond his years and can also see angels. We are never given a reason for this ability. It serves the story and paints an emotional picture but I felt that it lacks depth. Similarly, Andrew’s Asperger is important for the story but we never see how it affects him in his day to day life. We are told but we are not really shown the consequences of living on a spectrum. I think this would have helped flesh out the characters. The angels give a distinct New Age vibe. Their shallow philosophy of forgiveness and understanding along with healing crystals and other cliches works well because angels should behave like that, which gives this coming-of-age and coming-out story interesting and unexpected religious undertones. Upon Broken Wings is not a perfect story. But it is an interesting and original endeavor in this day and age that is. A rare novel, certainly worth your time.