Friday, January 13, 2017

Book Review: Amity of the Angelmen by T.C. Slonaker

Amity of the Angelmen, by T.C. Slonaker
2016, 274p, YA Christian Fantasy
My Rating=4 Stars
Source: I received an ARC from the author, which did not affect my review in any way

Amity David is not human, as the seventeen-year-old pastor's daughter had thought she was. Her life has now been upturned and possibly set aright with the help of Mackenzie Abel, a young priest as conflicted about his calling as Amity is about hers. Blindly searching for answers together that will serve God's intent, the two also struggle against feelings they have developed for one another. Can Amity trust the alleged angel who told her she is descended from a demon? Part of her hopes not because, if true, it means she is being called to help free others like her from the ties of her evil heritage through war. What happens when a being created out of evil, is called to fight on the side of good? And what if this evil being thinks she is a good person, only to find she is not even a person at all?

This is different than what I normally read and it did take me a while to get into it. Amity is 17 years old and her life is turned upside down when she learns the truth of who she is. She is understandably shocked and that knowledge comes with more questions than answers. Shortly after that, she meets a young priest, Mackenzie. He knows he needs to help her, and it's a decision that changes his life.

Amity is a regular teenage girl who is just trying to survive high school. Her father is a pastor and it seems like it would be easy for her to turn to him when her life gets turned upside down, but there are reasons why that is difficult for her. Mackenzie is easy to like. He's a bit lost and helping Amity brings meaning and direction to his life. He and Amity feel comfortable with each other right away and are able to work together to figure out what she needs to do, even though it's not at all clear.

This is a faith-based story and the Bible is quoted quite often since Amity relies heavily on it. I thought it worked well in this story. This book did start out slow to me, but once it picked up, I had a hard time putting it down. I enjoyed learning about the series on the author's website and am interested in reading the other stories to see how it all comes together!

About the Angelmen series:

Someone has to die.
Life must be relinquished for the salvation of another. So someone will die. In the human world, it has already been done. But the race of the Nephilim has a different war to fight. And their sacrifice has yet to be given.

It will be one of the four.

Read the four paraquel stories to learn about the characters - Amity, Asher, Caedmon, & Malachi.
Watch them meet in the last chapter of each book.
Find out who will be the Sacrifice in the 5th book - The Battle

A former elementary school teacher and subsequent lover of the English language in the written word, Tracy Slonaker found several new hobbies after embarking on the new career of motherhood. One hobby was running distances, which gave her plenty of time to create characters, build plots, and listen for God’s input. The result of all this thinking was the birth of a new hobby: writing the Angelmen Series, an analogy of God’s love for His people. Amity of the Angelmen is the first installment of this series.

Tracy enjoys her life as a wife and mother of three in just outside Reading, PA. She still has a soft spot for kids and an eagerness to use her degrees in Elementary Education by using them as Director of Christian Education at her non-denominational Christian church. She has also learned to love running, and has not given up her childhood fondness of sports (playing softball and watching football). She gives thanks to the Lord for all His good gifts.


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