Monday, 23 January 2012

Review: Angel Evolution (Evolution #1)

Original Title: Angel Evolution
Series: Evolution #1
Author: David Estes
Publisher: CreateSpace
Published Date: October 17th 2011
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Fantasy, Young-adult

From Goodreads:

Angel Evolution- the first book in the young adult fantasy trilogy: The Evolution Trilogy... When Taylor meets Gabriel at college, she is in awe of the subtle glow that surrounds him. No one else, not even her best friend, seems to notice. Something about him scares her. Is all as it appears? While Taylor struggles for answers, she finds herself in the middle of a century old war centered on one miraculous revelation: evolution.

* Received this book from the author for review purposes *

A new take on angel-devil myth.  We are always taught that angels are good and demons are evil.  The term 'Guardian Angel' itself is a comfort for many.  But, what if we are all wrong..that angels always try to destroy humans, while demons try to save us even though we consider them as evil beings from Hell.  So, I think I gave you an idea of what this book is about.  Yup, angels are evil and demons are good.

Our protagonist is Taylor, a freshman college girl, who trusts her instincts at all points of her life.   Her best comfort is that her best friend, Sam, is also with her in the same college.  While Sam can make friends anywhere any time, Taylor doesn't involve socially.  Having lost her mother in young age, Taylor remembers that her mother would always want her independent and strong at all costs.  This works for her, until she meets Gabriel, in her college.  Taylor could see a glow around Gabriel that other could not see.  In spite of her instincts, Taylor finds herself speaking to him.

Gabriel, a freshman in the same college as Taylor, is a glowing charming young 'angel'.  His task is to get Taylor to his Angel Leader, where her aura, which is exceptionally powerful for a human, can be used to destroy the demon race. Christopher, a dark charming young 'demon', also joins the college, to get Taylor and neutralize her, before she goes in the hands of Gabriel.

The two lead male characters are both unique and charming in their own angel-demon ways.  And Taylor and Sam's characterization are also adorable.  The plot is different and engaging.

But, there are some problems with the book.  The inner thoughts and turmoil of Taylor and Gabriel are frustrating at times.  There could be more action and romance, as its a young-adult.  This book lacks some magic, in spite of all the angel-demon charm.

The readers are in for a shock, when they complete the book.  You need to buy all of the trilogy to know the ending.  I enjoyed this book until the end, when I learned about this shock. 

An engaging tale, but with less shine and magic for an angel!

Series Order:

1.  Angel Evolution
2.  Demon Evolution
3.  Archangel Evolution



  1. Great review. Perhaps this one to wait for the entire trilogy to come out before reading. Thanks for sharing!


    1. Thanks Danielle! The entire series is out.


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