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Death In Her Eyes (Children of the Fallen Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- File size : 4499 KB
- Publication date : April 28, 2020
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 298 pages
- Publisher : Embrace the Fantasy Publishing, LLC (April 28, 2020)
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- ASIN : B083N269QL
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- Language: : English
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #441,395 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Elle planned to go to college with her best friend, who is Jewish (I only state this because you don’t often see this multicultural reference, and Jews have been demonized for centuries). This is particularly relevant in this story. Elle grew up with an absentee father and a mother who was killed to save her. When Elle touches someone she sees their death. Even though she has been able to cope with the affliction, she has to struggle at her mother’s death to act normal: distraught. Her bestie helps, and I hope to see more of the friend.
I developed anxiety disorder; Elle copes with parental loss with her caustic, rebellious personality. At the funeral, her father shows up and brings her to Fallon Academy to “protect” her. She is understandably suspicious about his motives. Since when would he care about her? Note: I met my father during college and was surprised he was...nice. The one thing Elle missed was the mother talking smack about the dad. But moving on...Elle becomes an instant target as new girl, and she doesn’t make it easier for any other student to like her.
Why is there a Fallon Academy? Children of Angels exist, and they need both education and protection, since other Angels will kill them. We find out later why the angels want to kill them.
What really impresses me is how deep this is, how well-developed the characters are, the plot... I have read a number of academy romances lately, since I don’t mind pretending I am half my age. LOL. Very few can compare in quality. Erin Bedford is one of my favorite authors precisely because she can mix it up: RH, one-offs, deep and thoughtful but entertaining series...And this one is timely now that we are seeing a complete rewriting of society right now. I for one, don’t want to read about any diseases right now, but apocalyptic matches my mood.
On the day of her mother’s funeral, her father kidnaps her and spirits her away to a school for Nephilim (the child of an angel and a human). Things just get weirder from there.
The author does extremely well with descriptions of the characters’ emotions to the point that the reader can almost feel them. You can also feel their characteristics, like snarky, stuck up, caring, funny, etc. The descriptions of the surroundings are also well done. I can hardy wait for the next book in the series.
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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After her mother’s sudden death in a gruesome car accident, Elle is surrounded by relatives at her funeral. Only the one person she didn’t contact, her father, is the one who turns up and steals her away from the graveside and her best friend. It is done magically and she wakes up on the sofa of a strange room. Her father has taken her to a school for Children of the Fallen and Nephilim. She soon finds out that Angels are real and there are those that are still Angels and then those who have Fallen and the children of these beings. It shouldn’t really happen, but when it does, these children are usually hunted down and killed by the Angels.
These children have some of the powers of Angels and are split into two main groups in the school. Those who have mental abilities and those who have Elemental powers, such as Earth, Air, Wind or Fire. Elle is the odd one out and the first person she bonds with is a handsome guy outside having a cigarette. Unfortunately he turns out to be one of her teachers and swooned over by all the female students. This causes some to show a bit of aggression towards her as she gets his attention again. She is put straight into classes the next day, but really wants to get out of there and back to her friend at home.
Other students are at the school unexpectedly like her, but others were sent there to be safe by one of their parents. The school is protected against Angel attacks and is the only safe haven for most of these students. If they weren’t there, they would probably have been hunted down and killed by now. Elle however, doesn’t see anyone else who is quite like her and one of her first lessons ends really badly, with a fellow student in a coma! Her friends instantly blame Elle for everything and want her out of the school, never mind how dangerous that could be for her. When they realise who her father is, this gives them even more reasons to want her gone!
She still wants to get away and back to her friend, but finds she is in the middle of nowhere. Her plans to have her friend pick her up are hopeless, but she still looks for a way out. She hasn’t managed to find a place with either group of students, and the class she was forced to take part in has caused her more problems. Why her visions are only of people’s deaths, is a question she has for the only other seer at the school. The handsome teacher is closer to her than anyone else, but she really shouldn’t be going there, even in her thoughts or visions. He is the only one that can explain how she came to be there and the plans that her father and others may have for her! When an attack comes, it will either be the end of her or her only chance to escape. What she chooses to do will no doubt have a massive impact on her and others futures.
I can’t wait to read the next book in this series, Fire in Her Blood, to see what happens next. Certainly a different academy style storyline, with Fallen Angels and Nephilim at the heart of the story and also the epic battle between good and evil as it is perceived, still to come. Whether she makes the right decision at the end of the first book is yet to be discovered, so I am glad there isn’t very long to wait for the second book. I can’t believe it was nearly three hundred pages long, as I didn’t put it down and read it straight through is such a short time. Or so it seemed. I received an ARC copy of this book from BookSprout and I have bought it as well as I enjoyed it so much. I have freely given my own opinion of the book above.