Thank you to the Olivia Wildenstein for the e-ARC to read and review!
Genre: New Adult Fantasy
Series: Angels of Elysium #1
Rating: 5 out of 5
Recommend to Others?: Yes
ABOUT: It was supposed to be a quick mission. The only thing quick about it was how rapidly I failed.
With only a month left to earn her missing feathers, twenty-year-old Leigh embarks on a trip to Paris to meet her newest project, twenty-five-year-old Jarod Adler, leader of the Parisian Mafia and the worst kind of sinner . . . a Triple.
If Leigh can get Jarod to accomplish a single act of kindness, she stands to win 100 feathers, more than enough to complete her wings and ascend to Elysium, the land of angels.
What she doesn’t count on is Jarod’s dark charm costing her feathers.
She’s dead set on saving him, and he’s dead set on destroying her.
Until he realizes destroying her wings is also destroying her heart.
A heart he longs to hear beat only for him.
Warning: graphic sexual scenes and a difficult ending. Not recommended for Young Adults.
I absolutely LOVED this book even after leaving me in tears by the end. Feather was captivating and beautifully tragic. A-MA-ZING!
I couldn’t believe what was happening. I couldn’t believe what Leigh (21) had to go through. Leigh is the epitome of faith, courage, and angelic grace. There was a fascinating contrast between Leigh’s character and all the other characters – a surprising mix of angels and demons (by nature not being) among them all. What you expect an angel to be like is turned on its head in the book.
Leigh is a sweet, kind, honorable person. She is brave and determined through thick and thin despite the threat of becoming a Nephilim if she doesn’t gain the 100 feathers needed to ascend to Elysium. I loved getting to know her oh-so flawed character and see how she changed from page one to the end.
Jarod (25) is a more wicked version of Robin Hood. He is a young man tainted by a dark past. At first he does seem irredeemable. Once you get to know more about him you do see there is some good within him albeit mostly covered in sins. His past is a real tear-jerker and it really pointed out a flaw in humanity and angels.
The aspects of angels Wildenstein creates is really fascinating. Included before the story is a very helpful guide to the different levels of angels and what they can and can’t do. The angel hierarchy is interesting but somewhat sad when you really think about it. There is also a glossary of the French words and phrases used.
I did not expect the high levels of tension or the shocking betrayals. I thought there was still a chance at a happily ever after. But no. Instead, you get a soul-crushing ending. I was crying by the end from the tragedy that unfolds and could not stop.
Wildenstein says she had a difficult time writing this book, knowing the ending, and I don’t blame her. But I’m so glad she will be continuing the story because this book was everything and I need to know the consequences for the actions some of the characters took.
Feather is a must-read and a must-have for your bookshelf. The story is so astonishing. It will take you on a roller coaster of feelings. As of now, Feather is my favorite book of 2020 so far. I cannot say enough good things about this book. It’s worth the read!