Title: AdornedSeries: Trinity of Souls #1Author: Georgeann SwigerGenre/Age Range: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Young AdultPublisher: Georgeann SwigerRelease Date: April 2, 2014
When seventeen-year-old Anya finds out she’s actually an angel being trained to protect humanity, she discovers that becoming an angel has nothing to do with wings and halos. For Anya, becoming an angel has to do with death—her death.
Micah, the angelic soldier ordered to protect her until she transitions from human to angel, promises her death will be a glorious experience as long as she follows his rules. But getting Anya through this life and to the next isn’t as simple as Micah expects. His job becomes even more difficult after he unwittingly performs a miracle that exposes Anya’s hidden angelic light.
With her secret out, Hell’s legions begin targeting her. Unfortunately, Hell’s minions are the least of Micah’s worries. He’s more concerned about the forbidden human emotions he’s developed toward Anya. Even more troubling, is she seems to love him too. And giving in to those feelings, could mean dire consequences for them both.
You might need to adapt to Swiger writing style as but I can promise you by mid Chapter 2 you hardly even notice it. It is just different from what a lot of us may be used to.
I must warn the you that the story deals with some difficult and uneasy issues like violence, assaulting and death (it has some gory parts). However, the way Swiger chose to deal with those issues is might be questionable, and because Swiger succeed to attach the you to the characters this parts wouldn't be easy. So be prepared!.
From the beginning Adorned was written from the perspective of 17-year old Anya. In general - Anya is an Angel who sent to grow among humans. She, of course, does not know this but she will have to go through a journey of self discovery and this journey isn't easy.
Anya is a typical teenage dealing with typical teenage problems—bullies (some even teachers), family, and boys. Never quite feeling like she fit in. Anya is a very realistic teenager, her immaturity became unnerving at times. She threw an occasional temper tantrum, which is something I would more expect from a tween rather than an almost 18-year old girl with “angelic” roots. I also was frustrated from her feebleness and wanted her to have more back bone.
Anya struggles to cop with her own every-day life when her Aunt Celeste, known for taking in kids off the streets, brings home Micah—a mysterious boy who is quiet and appears dangerous.
Micah, reveals to her the reason behind her being such a different —she is anything but human.At the same time she also discover that her Aunt, Celeste, is a guardian angel. Celeste watching over her while she learns about the humans she is living among and destined to protect as a guardian angle.
Micah, is the angelic soldier, usually one of those who patrol the border between Hell and the kingdom. he was ordered to protect Anya (which wasn't an easy mission). Micah’s role as Anya’s guardian is not the one he usually performs and it isn't prepare him to deal with her human emotions that he has little experience with or patience for. While Micah often appears unfeeling at times, it’s usually because he is only trying to do his job—get Anya pure and without losing her light to her ‘becoming’. He try protected her from the evil spirits who might reveal her angelic identity (her light) and try to absorb it.
Micah's relationship with almost everyone around him keeps things interesting. At the end when he reveals his feelings for her…this part truly showed Swiger’s lovely storytelling ability. It was beautifully written and so visual,
Anya feeling toward Micah is growing and she later drops an unexpected kiss on Micah, he tried to appear not to be affected in a romantic way. This kind of relationship not exit between the angels. more then this it's forbidden. The fact that angels are not allowed to be romantically involved, create one of the major conflicts in the story. His "non exist feelings" stress out as teen like jealousy. especially toward Sam.
But after my complains about her bratty character i must point that unlike many YA romances, her romantic interest in Micah doesn't make her "weak at the knees". She maintains her individualism and attitude.
Sam Malick, begins his role as the thorn in Anya’s side but go through his own transformation, manages to find himself in a unique predicament that ultimately helps him and Anya grow. He was probably one of the most interesting characters, you never quite know what to expect from him or what side he's on.
Eli is also an angle and my book best character !! I loved his energy and his spunk, but I didn't understand his part in the all story . I did understand that angles have a very strict hierarchy but beside that he is above a guardian angle (the lowest in this hierarchy) i also didn't understand where his place in this hierarchy. But... I must admit that his presence in the plot helped to maintain a much-needed balance to outweigh the heavy personalities of the others.
Simon my feeling to him is controversial - I honestly don’t know how I feel about Simon. I guess I will have to read the next book to find out more on him. he and Celeste are the adult in the story but in contras to the motherly, emphatic, warm persona of Celeste, Simon is the big boss. He is very high on the angelic hierarchy and he is the one who plot the all thing of replacing Celeste in Micha as a guardian. The problem is that i can't discus his persona without creating spoilers so you wll need to read the book to learn more about his complicated character and his surprising motives and doing. the only thing that i can mention about him it his love for cooking, which made him more human like,
Swiger didn't present her angles as a perfect beings that do no wrong. In fact, I'm fairly certain not a single character in this book was without flaw.
I like to see more of the story, as Swiger chooses to leave us with a cliffhanger…a BIG one. It left me with that feeling, “I need to know what going to happens next.” Swiger showed she has a creative imagination and a gift for storytelling. Some scenes were beautifully written. I expect the remaining books of this series to only improve as Swiger grows into her own as a writer.
About the Author:
Georgeann Swiger earned her degree in journalism from West Virginia University, and then spent five years as an anchor/reporter at WBOY-TV in Clarksburg, WV. After having children, she left television news to be a stay at home mom. During that time, she discovered creative writing was more fun than writing about real life tragedy. Imagining interesting character and having them come to life on the page is now her passion. When she’s not writing, she works as a substitute teacher. She lives in Reedsville, West Virginia with her husband, two kids, a beagle dog and a temperamental cat who tries to rule the house.
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