Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Review: Echo of an Earth Angel by Sarah M. Ross

“18 year old Tessa Copeland barely survived the worst year of her life—in fact, it was a miracle. After making it through the tragedy that killed both of her parents, she’s left to pick up the pieces of her life. Combating the holes in her memory and the concern of her friends was hard enough, but a new talent threatens to destroy everything she’s trying to reclaim. David Allegri didn’t mean to ruin Tessa’s life. She was the brightest soul he’d seen in centuries and he couldn’t let her die, so the fallen angel used his abilities to heal her—only he took it too far and changed Tessa forever. Now, he has to figure out a way to explain what’s happening to Tessa and somehow protect both of them from the consequences. His choice made them targets for the Hunters, who will use any means necessary to capture their prey. Only a desperate plan can help them escape, and sacrifices will be made. Time is ticking. Will they make it, or will they be lost to the echoes of fate?”
As many of you may have noticed, I haven’t read too many books about angels. So going into Echo of an Earth Angel I didn’t have too many expectations or theories of how things “should be” as you may when coming across a book of vampires or other common supernatural creatures. I found this to be very refreshing.
How would you handle things if you woke up from being in a coma for a year and found that all of your family died in an awful tragedy? This is exactly the situation we find ourselves in with Tessa. Only when weird things begin to happen that can’t be explained by science, how do you explain them? When Tessa finds out that David transformed her life, can she be thankful or will she find herself in resentment for what her life is now destined to become?
One of the common themes in the book is that everyone has a time and that no one can mess with that time. When you’re supposed to die, it’s for a reason and it’s meant to set off an important chain of events that will lead the world into its overall destiny. But who has the right to decide who lives and who dies? God? Angels? After much soul searching David comes to believe that this isn’t right, isn’t fair. This idea and the wrestling of “morals” Sarah Ross presents to us not only makes for a great fictional storyline but points out the inner struggle and wonder we have as humans as to why things happen to good people. Why the drunk driver lives when the person they hit who was completely sober and an innocent person died in an accident. Whether you’re religious or not, whether you believe in a god or not, these are questions we all ask ourselves from one point in time or another, and Sarah does a great job in challenging both sides of the belief system.
Something else I loved about this book was the relationships that were formed. Tessa and Morgan’s is one that you could easily compare yourself to with your own best friend; as the romance between Tessa and David is pure and sweet as ever.  Morgan said it best herself, “It means you finally get it. Love doesn’t let you pick who, when, or how. It throws the person in your face and says ‘deal with it’. It’s learning how to love that’s the hardship, and that’s where so many people screw up. They don’t want to put in the work necessary and are foolish not to realize true love is worth it. They settle for like or lust. But love, real all-encompassing love, doesn’t fit into your nice mold of who you thought you would end up with. Instead, you get the odd-shaped and lumpy pancake most others would throw away. But you can’t, because you know that’s the one with the sweetest flavor” (quote directly from novel). Come on, you know this moment. J
Lastly, the ending of the book was one that really threw me off, but in a good way. The people who we look to as good and evil and assume that everything is black and white and set in stone aren’t necessarily that way. I won’t give you any spoilers but I will say that sometimes, the people you think you can trust… you can’t.
My Rating for this Book:
You’ll want to pick this one up, although Awaken had my heart just a little bit more than this one, Sarah Ross proves once again that she can not only write well, but write stories that will stay with you.

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