Genre: Fantasy Romance, Paranormal Romance, New Adult
Series: Angel of Elysium #2
Recommend to Others?: Yes
ABOUT: In ninety-two days, the feathered appendages that link me to the people I loathe finally come off. Dear, winglets, you will not be missed.
Celeste has spent the last four years building a life outside of angelic guilds—parties, check—pursuing human ambitions instead of celestial ones—college, check—and shedding feathers across Parisian cobblestones and more recently New York sidewalks—speaking her mind, always check.
She swore off angels, but the death of the woman who took her in the night Leigh died brings them soaring back into her life . . . and not just any angel but the most detestable one, the one complicit in Leigh’s death—Seraph Asher.
Although Celeste tells the archangel to feather off, the unreasonably pretty and obstinate man doesn’t leave her alone. He returns and insists she complete her wings. When she asks him for one good reason to do so, he gives her an unbeatable one: what he did with Leigh’s soul.
Asher never meant to share his damning secret, but he knows it’s the only way to save Celeste—the rebellious Fletching he can’t get out of his head . . . or heart.
My Review: Olivia Wildenstein never fails to wow me with her intricate plots, memorable characters, and fiery romances. Celestial was everything I hoped it would be: a skillfully written story that’s spellbinding and endearing, a one-two punch in the feels.
Celestial is a story of loss and grief, compassion and love, acceptance and redemption.
Celeste has changed a lot since the tragic events four years ago in book 1. She has made a life for herself in the human world that she loves, rejecting her angelic background, obtaining her feathers, and the oppressive class system she grew up in as a scorned hybrid. I love Celeste’s character a lot. She’s tough but carefree and won’t take crap from anyone. She’s such a good person even if she doesn’t believe so anymore. She is still heartbroken over Leigh and feeling responsible for her part in the untimely death of the only person to ever treat Celeste as an equal.
I was unsure about Asher at the start because – like Celeste – I still felt upset over the role he played in Jarod and Leigh’s tragic demise. Even after a certain thing he did I was skeptical, worried he may have ulterior motives. I grew to love his character as well after the first big reveal. He’s very possessive and overbearing as he “helps” (in his own way) Celeste try to finish her wings.
I was sad for much of the story because I was still vicariously grieving through Celeste and worried about her overall happiness. I wished for more for her, for her and Asher, for her place in both the angel guilds and human world. But in the back of my mind I knew Celeste was more than capable of tackling the conflicts happening, especially with Asher and other allies by her side. The story is one big, beautiful, emotional rollercoaster. The path to redemption and reclamation of self-worth was fraught with obstacles, which made for a thrilling, absorbing read.
Celestial was full of surprises with threats lurking at every turn. The chapters felt short – I flew through all 69 + epilogue of them. It made for a good fast-paced read, each chapter packed with action, tension and meaning. Change hung heavy in the background as issues of class and archaic systems were brought up.
The romance was so good and super sweet once the ball really got going. Both Asher and Celeste are stubborn people with big personalities and even bigger hearts. As strong and confident as they are on the outside, inside they have insecurities and fears just like anyone else. Feelings they don’t often get to express. There were a lot of funny Celeste-Asher moments as their relationship developed.
I almost cried at the end throughout the falling action (in the last book I couldn’t stop crying). This story is just told so well and the ending left me feeling happy and hopeful.
Celestial delivers a worthwhile story that will enthrall and move readers. The Angels of Elysium series just keeps getting better and better with each beautifully written page that’s crafted.
More by Olivia Wildenstein
Angels of Elysium
The Quatrefoil Chronicles
*co-authored with Katie Hayoz*
Of Wicked Blood (#1)
The Lost Clan
Rose Petal Graves (#1)