Angels around us, angels beside us, angels within us. Angels are watching over you. – Angel Blessing
Having never read anything by this author before, I didn’t know what to expect. After learning it was about a rocker and an angel, two of my favorite themes, I immediately got excited about reading Angel’s Redemption.
The story is from Blaine’s POV. We learn he is in a band trying to make it big all the while working at a fast food restaurant. His father died when he was young and his mother married someone Blaine didn’t get along with. He felt as though nothing was going right in his life.
A friend of his father’s passes away, leaving a life sized sculpture of an angel to Blaine. Blaine has no idea why this guy, who he hadn’t seen in years, would leave this angel statue to him. Well, he’s about to find out.
I totally loved the premise of the story. It was very unique and something I haven’t read before. As I first started reading, I really liked how the story was flowing. I was liking the other characters too. Katlinne and Vince, his friends and bandmates, was a strong supporting character that I looked forward to getting to know.
Then something happened which shifted my opinion. It was a little confusing to me why Blaine reacted the way he did when his angel, Lynsael, made his first appearance. Of course there was the typical reaction of surprise and disbelief. But then he just wants to go to bed like he can’t be bothered! Why didn’t he stay up all night and ask questions? Really, you’re going to go to bed and wait until morning?
The story as a whole needed a lot more explanation. As a reader, I was at a loss as to why certain things were happening. Like why was Lynsael in the sculpture in the first place? How did he get in there? Who exactly was this sculptor? We know he was a friend of Blaine’s dad, but that’s all we know. When Blaine has his flashback of his dad going to visit the sculptor, there’s no explanation as to the purpose. Why was it even brought into the story? It made no sense to me. Also, Raz, the new guitarist for the band, is too convenient. He shows up after a very lame fight between Blaine and Vince. We know that Lynsael has a bad vibe about Raz, but after the twist is revealed, Lynsael’s behavior just adds to the confusion. Why didn’t Lynsael know Raz was an angel? Where did Raz come from? What’s his story? Come to find out Raz is another angel coming to take Lynsael to hell for a crime he committed!! Though we never know what his crimes were other than that he “interfered with fate”. The revealing of Raz as an angel was vague to say the least, and we never find out if he was sent to fetch Lynsael or if he came on his own. And with his black wings, did he come from heaven or hell?
I feel as though the story could have been better told had there been some backstory for the readers to know what was going on. I felt there were many holes that needed to be filled. Aside from the questions above, another hole being the fact that Blaine was supposed to have had such bad luck from the time of his father’s death that is somehow connected to Lynseal, but that is never explained either.
Overall, what started out as a promising read, fell flat very quickly. I needed more information to really follow the storyline.
Reviewed by: Lynn