by Karri Thompson
Only 18-years-old, Ashley is no ordinary teenager. Not only is she dead, but upon her death, she mistakenly enters the wrong line in the afterlife, a line meant for trained, guardian angels. With a pair of wings on her back, Ashley is sent to Los Angeles to replace another angel whose "assignment" was none-other-than Cannon Michaels, a current member of the band Sendher, the sexiest man alive, and Ashley's celebrity crush in life.
While exposed to Cannon's selfish, judgmental behavior and his reckless, rock-and-roll lifestyle, Ashley is far from meeting the requirements of a true guardian angel. She misses her family and friends. Will she ever be able to accept her own death? What will she do when she jeopardizes her position as an angel and Cannon's physical safety by falling in love with him?
Expectations: An angel falling in love with a human? I'm thinking a lovely bittersweet romance here. And I love that the celebrity is a rock star - I want to see how a rock star lives!
This book was charming and disappointing at different times. Ashley as an amateur and immature angel is flawed, and her attempt to reconcile to her death and to her new responsibilities as an angel parallel Cannon's need to reconcile to his life and the responsibilities that have been put on him. Both Ashley and Cannon worked through their issues by the end of the story (Ashley may have room for improvement though) and in that way the ending was satisfying. I think Cannon's journey though is more touching, as he has these two sides to his character and his unpleasant side comes out more often than not. And when he realizes his mistakes you really feel that his character can finally turn his life around and enjoy all the good things he has been blessed with. The ending however left me emotionally unsatisfied, and I hope that there is another book coming in this series because I do love my happy endings! There are some plot points that I question and I felt was not resolved in this book, and the dialogue sometimes flowed a little unnaturally, but overall it was an interesting and bittersweet story.
review copy provided by the author in connection with Young Adult Novel Reader Book Tours