Friday, November 29, 2013

No Angel - Theresa Sneed

Summary: Jonathan Stewart is not at all happy about having to return to earth as a guardian angel, but it's required of all post-mortal spirits to fulfill at least one angel guardianship. Fortunately, on the Guardians Unlimited application, he had the good sense to request a client with early-marked-death status, so he believes that while his stay on earth will be most unpleasant, at least it will be short. What he doesn't know is that a spirit with EMD status can choose his or her time of death Jonathan's client, Celeste Knight, has a mind of her own and refuses death at every turn, leaving him stuck as her guardian angel-in a place he only wanted to forget. (Image and summary from goodreads.com)

My Review:  Jonathan Stewart, a fastidious, order-loving angel, didn't enjoy his time on earth, which ended early, and he isn't happy about having to return as a guardian angel.  Apparently, he is so unhappy about it that he allows his devotion to efficiency, order, and rule-following to completely fly out the window as he fulfills the obligation, taking no time whatsoever to learn the ropes in the hopes that his client will just choose to die at the first opportunity.

I had a really difficult time with this book.  I felt like Sneed assumed that I knew what she meant, and the disjointed writing, the ridiculous amount of acronyms used (that made no sense to me at all), and the fractured story lines just made it unpleasant.  This book was chosen for our book club, otherwise, I would have abandoned it within the first few chapters. 

Sometimes, books from first-time authors take a chapter or two to find their rhythm and end up being a very pleasant read.  Unfortunately, I feel like this needed a few more good editing sessions, and perhaps a different review group to make it sensible. 

My Rating:  Two stars

For the sensitive reader:  Squeaky clean.  I think there's one kiss.


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