From School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Just before her 18th birthday, Milayna starts having odd visions. She sees bad things before they happen and wonders if she is going crazy. Her best friend, Muriel, notices and tells Milayna's parents, who inform her that her friend is a demi-angel and coming into her powers. Not only is her father a fallen angel, making her half angel, but she is also surrounded by other teenage half-angels, including Muriel. Together they make up a small gang, pitted against Azazel, the fallen angel of the underworld, and his minions. When Milayna is 18, she will become the strongest demi-angel in existence, which is why Azazel wants to take her powers. Demi-angel powers include telekinesis, emotion reading, and life-saving visions. When battles of good vs. evil begin, it is full-out street warfare. Chay, a searing hot demi-angel, is charged with protecting Milayna (as all the demi-angels are), and a love story blooms during the pivotal seven weeks before her birthday. Azazel uses his powers of persuasion to compel members of Milayna's angel posse to switch sides. Crumbling alliances make the teen unsure whom she can trust as she contends with crippling visions and her own conflicting feelings about being a demi-angel. The story is decently paced, between days at school, hanging out at the mall, raucous battles, and gooey love scenes. Refreshingly, Milayna's parents are present and help her. Unfortunately, the characters are flat and their motivations are sketchy at best. The plot is pitted with glaring holes, which will leave readers frustrated. This is the first novel in a series, so perhaps characters and plot will develop solidly in future books. VERDICT Despite a popular premise, this novel falls short.—Mindy Whipple, West Jordan Library, UT
"Let me just start off with this: Michelle K. Pickett has rapidly become one of my favorite authors. I love that she created characters that had great chemistry together. Dialogue was great and I have to admit that for about 75% of this book, I had a goofy smile on my face because of Chay. He was a swoon-worthy character and he was charming and sweet and so attentive to Milayna. Characters like him are why I love reading, more specifically why I love reading YA. It's been awhile since I last read a book about angels and demons. This was a different spin on that theme, and I enjoyed it immensely due to all the action that took place in this book. Never a dull moment was to be had here, and even the beginning had me rushing through the first chapters to find out what was going on.I'm looking forward to the second book in this series, and Milayna gets 5 Platypires from me!" ~Maribel from Platypires Review Blog
"Before I read the book, I really didn't know what it was going to be about. I wanted to read it because of the cover and because I really enjoyed Unspeakable. I thought it was just going to be another YA love story... Milayna is not another YA love story. The book is a great mixture of good and bad forces with a bit of action along with love throughout the story. All the characters from major ones to minor ones are developed very well. I am definitely looking forward to the next book in this new series!"