ARC Review, Book Review, Fantasy, Young Adult

Cursed (Morningstar Academy, #1)by L.R.W. Lee

Three things can be said of warrior angel Gladriel:
1. She’s loyal to a fault
2. She’ll protect humans at any cost
3. She never blindly follows orders

When she defends the honor of her BFF, it costs her everything. Exiled from Heaven with a target on her back, she finds herself in the company of Fallen, her sworn enemy, at Morningstar Academy where there are no expulsions, only instruction and supervised practice in making human lives a living hell until they break you. And her brown-nosing, sycophant mentor won’t
tolerate insubordination.

But when two seminal events occur, she realizes they foreshadow those foretold in an ancient prophecy–the annihilation of humanity and her new home–and only working with her enemy can stop the inevitable.

I have read nothing about angels, demons, or the fallen. When I heard about this one, I thought about trying it. I like the concept, but there needed to be more. I understand this is the first book in a series, so I try to give leeway.

Gladriel is annoying. Normally I dislike these types of characters, but it works for this story, and I love her. She is a well-written character. I love her stubborn and sassy personality. I cannot wait to see her arc progress.

The author wrote the rest of the cast just as well. They each assist the story and Gladriel’s arc. I hope to see them and their stories progress in the series.

The author did a great job in world building. The author described Heaven as three parts. Third Heaven was where the Devine (or God) was and where the author introduced our protagonist and first half of our cast. Second Heaven is where the fallen angels go and where our second half of our cast was introduced. I liked the simplicity of third Heaven along with an elegance about it. There was a lot going on, but an uncomplicated understanding.

I wish there was more time spent with Second Heaven. We spent so much time in Third Heaven, Second Heaven and the Academy felt a little flat. I was not as satisfied. And we should have stayed in Morningstar Academy more so, instead of flipping back and forth constantly. I understood why, but at this point in the story, it felt choppy and rushed.

I enjoyed this story. I am looking forward to continuing this adventure. The pacing was quick, and the story held my interest. There were a few things I would change, but overall, the story was good.

I would recommend this to anyone who likes stories with angels, demons, young adult, mystery, religious beliefs, and religious mythology.

*I received an ARC from the author, and this is my honest opinion.

I give this book a 3/5

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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