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Saturday, June 14, 2014

GHBT- Review- Taking Angels by C.S. Yelle

Taking Angels
The Angel Crusades Series #1 
By C.S. Yelle
Genre- YA Paranormal/Angels
Published On- March 26, 2013
Published By- Staccato Publishing


Britt Anderson went along with everything the doctors said for nearly four years, but she was still dying at eighteen. The cancer had won leaving her without a future, without any options, and without control. No control, except for how she would leave this world. As Britt tries to end her life by going into the frigid waters she realizes her mistake. She struggles to get back to shore, to cry out for help, but her atrophied muscles are useless and the frigid water steals the breath from her chemo-scarred lungs. Despite her father’s attempts to reach her, she flies over the waterfall.

When Allister Parks finds Britt’s fragile body on the riverbank something calls out to him. Ignoring the warnings of his sister, Allister brings Britt back from the edge of death. The only problem is that an Eternal like Allister isn’t allowed to touch those who have already passed from this world. It is forbidden; an infraction punishable by death.

As Britt relishes her new cancer-free life and senior year of high school, her very existence threatens Allister’s place in this world. Allister struggles to keep Britt a secret from the Eternal Council and out of the hands of the only Eternal who already knows the truth: the one who stole her guardian angel.


Taking Angels is the first book in The Angel Crusades Series by C.S. Yelle. The story resolves around  Britt Anderson, an eighteen-year old girl whose body is riddled with cancer. Deciding she's had more than enough of the medications, chemotherapy and the like, she takes her fate into her own hands and throws herself into frigid waters, ending her life the way she wishes. But things don't exactly go as planned...

I really enjoyed the new take on Guardian Angels. It's always been a guilty pleasure of mine, and to see it done in such a new way is really refreshing. Britt's reactions to her cure were actually very realistic and I was thrilled for it. While I was a little thrown by the bit of what's being called "insta-love" going on (it DID have a valid reason this time), I believe Yelle has a wonderful grasp on this book.

This is an EXCELLENT novel and I definitely recommend it to lovers of any sort of angel story. I guarantee you will love it!

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About the Author-

C.S. Yelle was born and raised in Grand Rapids, MN, the “almost” middle child of six. He attended Grand Rapids Senior High School where he enjoyed music and sports. He received his BS in Chemistry from Mayville State University, Mayville, ND in 1987. He taught 7-12 Science and coached for six years in several North Dakota schools and currently works as an Executive Account Manager in the Water Treatment Industry where he has been for over eighteen years. He is the father of four and grandfather of one. He writes novels, screenplays, and an occasional short story. He has been writing seriously for over 15 years and plans to continue until his fingers are unable, maybe longer. He currently resides in a Minneapolis, MN suburb with his wife Jennifer.


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