When Ash Rains Down (Kingdom Come #1)
Author: Cecelia Earl
Genre: YA Paranormal
Release Date: January 4, 2017
Being crowned homecoming queen and enduring a week at the center of her classmates' attention is eighteen-year-old Julia White’s worst nightmare—even with Cole, her long-time crush, as her date. But when Julia is attacked by a green-blooded demon that vanishes in a plume of smoke, she comes face to face with what real nightmares look like—in the flesh, and all of the homecoming stuff hardly matters anymore.
As a frightening wave of crime infiltrates her small Wisconsin town, Julia tries to avoid Nicholas, a brooding, infuriating relative of Cole’s, who insists she’s the reason behind the corruption. He claims the culprits are demons who are after powers that only she—a human-angel hybrid—possesses. It’s unbelievable, of course, until he takes her to a hidden battlefield where warrior angels train to fight soul-siphoning demons—and her own angelic wings unfold.
When angels and demons draw battle lines, endangering everyone in their way, Julia has to find a way to protect them all, including herself. Because as it turns out, she’s the devil's most powerful weapon against the angels, and he’ll stop at nothing to claim her.
The final battle between Heaven and Hell has begun.
When Ash Rains Down is the first book in debut author Cecelia Earl’s Kingdom Come series.
When Ash Rains Down is the first book in a new young adult paranormal series that fans of the genre are sure to enjoy. The story is one of demons and angels, the war between good and evil, and our unique heroine's ability to decide the fate of everyone. It might not be the most original plot, the author's writing really brings the story to life and sets it apart from others similar to it. The main character, Julia, is a great lead for the book. She's realistic, down to earth, loves her family, and is determined to give them the life she feels they deserve. She's not without flaws - she fights with jealousy, anger, and definitely needs to lighten up. I'll admit that it took me a while to warm up to her character. For the first third of the book, it seems like she's always focused on making money, working, and hating her mom's diner/their apartment. She's constantly talking about how her dad abandoned them and it's his fault that their lives suck. It really annoyed me and got to the point where I was rolling my eyes at her attitude. When all hell breaks loose, her focus shifts to more important things, and I found her much easier to empathize with. Another thing that bugged me was the predictability of some part of the plot, namely when it came to her relationships and interactions with other characters. Also, some of the events in the book were really easy to see coming. These things did have an effect on my reading experience, but I'm hoping the author will fix these in the next installment. They're solely my opinion, and I'm sure other readers won't have the same issues.
The majority of the story was well written, with detailed descriptions and great imagery that allowed me to picture everything clearly in my mind as it was happening. Even though some parts of the plot were predictable, the story was overall fascinating and had me intrigued. The characters were rounded, especially Julia and the other major characters like Cole, Mitch, and Nicholas. I liked watching their relationships grow and develop over the course of the book. I'm glad I pushed my way through the rough spots at the beginning, because I got caught up in the story and wanted to see what was going to happen. I'll definitely be reading the next book in the series, and I'm excited to see where the author will take it. Recommended for fans of the genre and for readers who enjoy fantasy, romance, and stories about angels and demons.
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