Half-Seraph and skilled fighter, Aidan Townsend could no longer live with the consequences of being a celebrated member of the Forces of the Fallen, so he walked away from it all. Now, he has created a new life for himself–a human life as songwriter and lead singer for a successful Chicago band. And he keeps his angelic abilities carefully hidden, even from himself. Lucky Monroe is just an ordinary girl–or so she thinks. About to turn eighteen and with high school behind her, she’s looking for a job, contemplating the possibility of college, and gradually coming to terms with her beloved grandmother’s descent into early-onset Alzheimer’s. Then her cousin Josh takes her to hear a popular local band and she sees fiery wings extending from the back of the handsome and charismatic lead singer. Suddenly, she finds herself enmeshed in a world of Fallen angels, demons, and ancient deities–a world that promises knowledge of her newfound powers, as well as a budding romance, but also threatens all she holds dear. – Goodreads.com
I’ve read vampires, werewolves, witches, zombies, shape-shifters, ghosts, demons, etc.; however, the limited knowledge I had of angels came from Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instrument Series, so this was basically new territory for me. A Gift of Wings was completely refreshing and a highly enjoyable read. Stephanie Stamm is a first time author and she’s done an incredible job with this book. The writing flowed so well, it was hard to believe this was her debut novel. As a reader of many independent books, I’ve come across numerous mistakes in publishing, but if this book had flaws, I completely missed them.
Something that really impressed me was the diversity of the characters, an aspect I think is lacking in many YA and New Adult books. Diverse characters add to the depth of the story, in my opinion, and are a better representation of today’s world.
Lucky Monroe was a strong female protagonist and I genuinely liked her. Her journey through life hasn’t been easy and judging by the end of this book, her struggles have just begun. Aiden Townsend wormed his way into my heart from the first page. I’ve always had a soft spot for sexy guys in leather jackets who ride motorcycles – who wouldn’t? The author also gave the reader wonderful insight into the supporting characters, and I particularly liked Zeke. To me, he was the embodiment of safety, knowledge, strength, and reassurance.
The story was well-paced, offering some twists I didn’t see coming and I look forward to its continuation in the second installment. I’d recommend this book to any YA/New Adult readers and feel it’s appropriate for ages 15 and up.