Monday, September 24, 2012

GUEST REVIEW: Crystal Shade: Angeni, Volume 1 by István Szabó Ifj. & Orlanda Szabo

“Thousands of stars could tell thousands of stories.”

Seven year old Grace always dreamt of becoming a guardian angel; like those who guarded and guided her people and prepared to bravely fight in a dreaded mythical event, the Crystal Shade – which never came. It's not like Grace ever wanted to see Demons. Or wants to know what evil and darkness is – things that no one ever faced on her world and as the legends says, the Crystal Shade carries within –, nor does she want to die to be reborn as a guardian. But she thinks the mysterious life of angels is so noble, a fable that it sounds exciting – until it actually happens.

Crystal Shade: Angeni, Volume 1 explores the early life of a young daydreaming soul who is destined to reveal the forgotten past of her home world and to seek the answer to the eternal question; what the legendary Crystal Shade really is.

At first I had a hard time getting into this story, but once I did I enjoyed it.  This is the story of a seven year old girl, Grace, who longs to become a Guardian Angel.  The story starts talking about Grace and her dream to be a Guardian Angel.  It then goes into Grace becoming an angel, her training and the story of the Crystal Shade.  Along the way Grace learns that training to be a angel is not as easy as it seems, she begins to question things and people, and she realizes there is bad as well as good.

This book is well written and cannot be rushed.  There are many names in it that the reader would not have heard before and in order to understand the story you need to take the time to read slow and process it.  It can get a little confusing at times but with focus and patience on the part of the reader it all comes together.

This is the first book in a trilogy and I am curious to see what happens in the next book.

3/5 Stars.

Reviewed by Virginia Tesi Carey for YA Book Addict

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