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Author: Olivia Faye Scott
Published By: CreateSpace (2015)
As if being a teenage girl wasn’t hard enough already, Isabelle Parke has a significant other burden on her shoulders. Ever since a car crash killed both of Isabelle’s parents and sister, she has been struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, ‘friends’ who don’t stop talking about the fateful Accident, plummeting grades, a (stupid) therapist and a cranky adoptive aunt. So when Isabelle finds a guardian angel sitting in her bedroom, she just assumes he’s another one of the side effects from the Accident. The angel introduces himself as Jophiel, assigned by God to help Isabelle accept and get over what happened to her. Again, totally PTSD. However, Jophiel begins doing things that no figment of imagination can: picking out tasteful outfits, bantering with Isabelle, and actually helping her when others cannot. Isabelle comes to realize that whether Jophiel is actually her guardian angel or she really is crazy, her life will never be the same. (Taken from Amazon)
I really liked Wings–like a lot! It was hysterical, creative, and fun, and I enjoyed my time reading thoroughly. There were a few things I disliked, but overall I found it a fun read.
I found the premise unique and fun, and Jophiel was absolutely hysterical. I’m not sure I agreed with all the theology behind the story, but it is a fictional book, and it did not demean or disregard any part of Christianity–didn’t even come close–so I didn’t find a problem with it. Like I’ve said, I just really liked Jophiel and thought his connection with the story was clever and well written. The author has a definite talent and it shows in the pages of this novel.
What I didn’t like: I didn’t like Isabelle. She felt very one-dimensional to me and just a little too plastic. I felt like someone in her situation would have a lot harder time “overcoming it”, and that it wouldn’t just be a few days’ magical transformation. I really liked the plot aspect of the growth—and I also liked how it was handled in a lighthearded way, so maybe I’m just missing something here. It just seemed to lack a little in delivery.
Overall, though, I found it a clean, funny, lighthearded read sure to make you laugh and brighten your day.
Rating: 4.0 / 5.0
Recommended to: Readers 10 & up.
**I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**