Heavenly Hell by Aria Williams
Series: Heavenly Hell Series (#1)
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: April 24, 2013
Edition/Formats Available In: E~Book & Print
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You’d think being stuck in the body of a beautiful seventeen year old girl forever would be a gift. But when you are fallen, it is more like a curse.
Indiana was a beautiful angel, enjoying the perks of Heaven, until she was tricked by a demon to fall in love with him. She was forced to fall from Heaven and remain in her seventeen year old form, banished to Earth, for all of eternity.
Now, unable to cope with her banishment, she is a seemingly normal seventeen year old girl by day, while she spends her nights punishing men for the wrongs they have committed against women.
Although Indiana has lived on Earth for thousands of years, she recently settled into a small town, where she has finally been able to make some lasting friendships. When a handsome, mysterious boy comes to town, Indiana knows something is not right. He might end up her ally, or she might end up in the fight of her life.
Heavenly Hell is the start to a new YA series that takes readers into the paranormal world of fallen angels who live among humans. This story centers around Indiana, a strong, feisty, sharp tongued angel banished from Heaven and forced to live on Earth in the body of a teenage girl. Indiana fell from God’s Grace when she fell in love with a man who turned out to be a demon in disguise.
Seventeen-year-old Indiana spends her time attending high school, year after year…now that is a nightmarish punishment for anyone to endure.
She is also an investigator on the side, taking cases that involve men accused of mistreating women.
Indiana has decided that her purpose on Earth is to protect and defend women. After she gathers evidence that prove a man in question is guilty of immoral or illegal acts toward a woman, she has no qualms about delving out her own means of punishment, even using violence to send a warning. Needless, to say her methods are unorthodox and certainly not angelic. Indiana’s methods for meting out justice become a focus for debate over the course of the book and also make her a target for someone out to destroy angels.
I applaud Williams for creating a strong, confident female heroine who is determined to resolve the injustices she sees around her. At first, I was concerned that Indiana was going to be depicted as a flat, two-dimensional character, just a “tough chick” with little room for emotional growth.
However, I was pleased to see more depth to her character as the level of conflict rose and the plot unfolded.
In this story, Indiana’s formidable, yet questionable antagonist is Nate, a supernatural demon slayer who arrives in town with the intent to kill Indiana for her terrorization of seemingly innocent men. Nate’s mistaken identity of Indiana raises all kinds of questions and adds to the plot’s mystery and suspense. Although Nate’s POV provides sporadic clues about who is behind this deceptive mission, the mystery still isn’t solved by the end of the book. In addition, I am still uncertain about Nate’s emergence into a supernatural being. I just know that there are others out there like him who are endowed with the unique ability to kill immortal angels and demons.
The growing antagonism and tension between Nate and Indiana keeps the story engaging. Nate wants to destroy Indiana, and, even though he is repulsed by the demon he thinks she is, he also has to fight his increasing attraction to her. Fortunately, Nate is a more than a single-minded robotic-like killer; as he gets to know Indiana better, he begins to question the information he was given about her identity.
The story intensifies as Nate searches for the truth about Indiana and tries to deal with his conflicting feelings for her. Meanwhile, something is changing in Indiana. Her invisible wings with a light pink aura are beginning to blacken. Her growing anger signals a loss of control that she’s never experienced before. Furthermore, now that Nate has awakened Indiana’s heart, she is willing to consider having a relationship, but the question is whether she will turn to Nate, who has been her foe throughout much of the story or her loyal mortal friend Conner. This is a clean romance that goes no further than kissing and hand-holding. Although there is a clear attraction between Nate and Indiana, I wish the chemistry between the two, that magical spark that ignites a romance would have been amplified throughout the story.
I found the cliffhanger ending a bit abrupt but compelling enough to leave me wanting to read the next book in this series. I was also left with lots of questions about unresolved story threads that I hope will be addressed in future books.
Although I enjoyed the characters and conflicts presented in this paranormal suspense, at times the pacing of the story drags along with too much detail about activities that don’t advance the plot.
Overall, I see a promising start to this new series and will keep a lookout for the second book in the series.
I received a copy of this book from the author via RBTL in exchange for an honest review.
Enjoy a Teaser from Heavenly Hell
“Once your wings turn completely black, you will no longer be connected to God in any way. He will forgive if you change now, but you must ask for penance. God always forgives.
“I will not stop protecting women, ever.”
“You have been warned.”
About the Author
My name is Aria Williams, and I am a new author who loves to write Young adult and paranormal novels. I live on nine acres of beautiful pasture land in the central west of NSW. I work full time as a nurse, this is where I get a lot of my inspiration from. For me I find my inspiration in the form of many vices either good or bad. I write from the heart and use my novels to express myself. My first novel was born from my feelings of helplessness in a world where even the innocent die and many people are left wondering why. It felt right to create a character that could heal any physical illness with some minor consequences. My second novel Heavenly Hell is from my personal experiences involving harassment, and the dominating role in which people in positions of authority take and use to their own selfish advancements. When I am not writing or working, I like to play with my dogs and have fun with my friends.
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