Saturday, March 8, 2014

Book Review+Tour Goodies: Shattering Halos by Sunniva Dee

Title: Shattering Halos
Author: Sunniva Dee
Genre: New Adult/Paranormal Romance
Release Date: Feb 24 2014

I traded my death for love. I wasn’t given a choice. His decision has caught up with us, so now I am a living, breathing catalyst to war between Heaven and Hell.
The violations he committed saved my life. Since the collision, he’s appeared everywhere. In my hospital room, my school, even my house. He shows up in my paintings, my drawings, in all of my art projects. I can’t stop thinking about him.
He says his name is Gabriel, and he doesn’t understand what’s happening to him. He doesn’t know how I can see him or why he wants me in ways that should be impossible for a Celestial.
My obsession grows. I need him to hold me, kiss me—give all of himself. For every day he protects me, the consequences loom darker and taller. Soon, they’ll crash down on us.
The war is about to begin.


My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This story starts when Gaia Samuelle has just been flung to the side of the road after her three best friends were in a horrendous car crash. From what we get out of the story, her friend was texting and BOOM. The car has crashed and all three passengers excluding Gaia die instantly. But she should have died, as her father loves to point out when she's in the hospital. She's been saved by an Angel. No really. An Angel from Heaven. His name is Gabriel and he knows Gaia's time is up but he just cannot help but keep her from death. Now the two of them have a decision to make. Let Gabriel remain her silent and invisible Guardian Angel or love each other and face the consequences.

I think this some amazing reading material! We get most of the story from Gaia's POV, but Sunniva Dee goes super genius on us and we get a couple chapters in Gabriel's brother's POV. He is a secondary character who I could see getting his own book. He's sarcastic and it works for him! Totally Love Cassiel! The story, though, is really something that got me excited. But I almost felt this hit more YA than New Adult. Gaia felt a little immature at times, but that's just me. I would have like to see more New Adult in this.

Overall, I thought this was a very compelling story. I have to give this 4 STARS out of 5 STARS for the magic aspect and the love story of Gaia and Gabriel. I did find things that I didn't like. There wasn't a HUGe concept of time. A paragraph could skip from the school day to the night and you're like Oh. Well, Okay. so that frustrated me a bit. Also, the ending... will there be a second book or is it just meant to be an abrupt ending. It doesn't lead into a sequel, but if that's the ending then it almost seemed a bit rushed. Other than those two complaints this book was written well, it caught me from the start, and I always love when the mortal falls in love with the immortal. Sigh.

Read by Taryn Lee on March 7, 2014
Reviewed by Taryn Lee on March 8, 2014



At my house, he opened the car door for me. He sent me a dark look as I fought to get out of the seat. I couldn’t conceal how my body trembled when he crossed his arms instead of helping me out.
“I’m sorry,” I whispered.
Gabriel shook his head wearily and closed his eyes.
Don’t close them. I shouldn’t have…
“No, sunshine. I’m sorry.”
I wanted to stroke a cheekbone, skim a full lip, but knew he wouldn’t let me. At the door, I turned to look back at him. He hadn’t moved. Gabriel stood infinitely still with his hands balled tight by his sides, a golden deity meeting my gaze…defiantly.


I write New Adult fiction, mostly with a paranormal twist, and don’t shy away from romance and heart-wrenching passion when necessary.

I moved from Norway to the United States in 2001, and the first awesome five years I spent in the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles. Then I read “The Book”, aka, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, which prompted me to drag my family and our menagerie of animals cross country to beautiful Savannah, Georgia.

I'm currently on my seventh year in the Deep South, where I enjoy the heat and the humidity. Besides writing, I spend time with the “petting zoo,” as in an opinionated parrot, cats that are experts on keyboard shortcuts, and puppies that … uh, bark.

I hold a Master's degree in languages, with concentrations within literature and linguistics. For ten years, I taught at university level, before settling in as a graduate adviser at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Writing is my passion, my joy—my addiction. SHATTERING HALOS is my debut novel, released by The Wild Rose Press, and when I'm not writing, I read. Tons.



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