This book was fascinating. I haven't read any fictional books about angels before, for personal reasons. While I understand the Bible doesn't say much about angels, I'm still sensitive with how far people take creative license. I think Kinde did well but there were some things I still was "iffy" on.
Prissie Pomeroy is an ordinary fourteen year old in a large family. That is, until one day she sees someone no one else can. And this someone is an angel, an observer to be specific, and his name is Koji.
In this fictional world there are many different types of angels, something I heartily agree with. There are messengers, guardians, protectors, observers, caretakers, and so on. Not sure how accurate all these "titles" are, but Ms. Kinde made it seem very plausible.
I didn't really like some aspects of Prissie. It seemed like she was acting and being treated like a child a few years younger than 14. I don't know, maybe all the fourteen year-olds I know are just more mature than she is.
I also think Ms. Kinde missed out on a great opportunity to focus more on God than she did. It seemed me the focus was on the angels. Once again, this may just be my opinion. Other than what I mentioned I felt like the story was well written, and while I may not re-read this book I do look forward to reading it's sequel to see what happens next.
I give this book 3 stars.
The Blue Door is set to release on Sept. 25th.
Back of the Book:
ZonderKidz launches an
exciting supernatural series for kids 11 and up. The Blue Door, the
first book in The Threshold Series, introduces Prissie Pomeroy, a teen
who discovers she can see what others cannot: angels all around. Even
more startling is the surprising secret she uncovers about people she
thought she knew. As she wrestles with this unexpected ability she must
come to grips with the spiritual battles surrounding her. Especially
when she learns she received this gift because God has a unique role for
her in his bigger plan. But if she's to fulfill it, she'll need faith
like never before.This exciting debut by author Christa Kinde draws on
the rapidly growing interest in angel stories, an emerging trend in teen
and preteen supernatural novels. Boys and girls alike will appreciate
her gifted storytelling that captures their imagination with things
beyond human sight. And parents will appreciate the family-friendly tone
and godly messages maintained throughout this intriguing tale of
adventure and spiritual warfare.
I received this ARC from Zondervan's Good Teen Reads in return for an honest review of my opinions.