So, last year I made a decision to step out of my comfort zone and try some new genres/books that I may not have considered reading in the past. As part of this I was invited to join the blog tour for Heavenward (Celestial Creatures Book #1) – a young adult fantasy novel written by Olga Gibbs and I loved it! You can check out my review here.
I also need to say a huge thanks to Melanie Fraser from https://frasersfunhouse.com/ for organising this tour and to Olga Gibbs for being so interactive and providing hours of Twitter entertainment – I’m looking forward to the mansion rave party (ha!).
Read Heavenward absolutely Free!
As an author – Olga wants to see Ariel’s story read by as many people possible so that’s why she is offering you a chance to read Heavenward absolutely free during this tour,.
Heavenward (Book 1) Purchase Link: https://books2read.com/u/bWzWlx – During the Blog Tour readers will be able to download Heavenward FREE on all platforms
Being one of the most formidable archangels with the power to end the world doesn’t serve you well if you don’t know how to use it.
Thrown into a battle of courts and factions, tangled in a web of intrigues and palatial games, naïve Ariel is surrounded by powerful angels, chasing their own agendas.
There’s no one she can trust. Everyone stands to gain something from her death.
To avoid the bloody battle that Baza brought to her door at Uras, Ariel retreats back to Apkallu (Earth) to find her sister, but the Heavenly battles and intrigues she flees follow her, as Baza’s immense hold on Apkallu forces Ariel and Rafe to make uncomfortable choices.
Ariel’s fight for survival is far from over and it looks like it’s going to be a deadly one.
Hallow is the second novel in the Celestial Creatures series and my personal advice would be to read Heavenward first – and why not as it’s free by clicking the link higher in the post.
So after a punishing wait, we resume the story with Ariel returning to Earth with Rafe after her fight with Baza and learning that she harnesses the essence of the most powerful angel to have existed. A lot to take in for a teen girl who’s previous issues had been keeping her head down in school and avoiding the bullies.
Above all, Ariel has been created, nurtured and brought to life by Olga in the same way a mother rears a child. Despite all the angel and other worldly shenanigans, Ariel is first and foremost a teenager. The first part of the book is heavily and importantly focused on Ariel’s battle with her self and her own inner demons such as guilt, blame, total mistrust for everyone and pure self loathing. As I was reading, I couldn’t help feeling that these are feelings that many teens (and often adults too) can identify with as they are prominent emotions of adolescence and they have been captured tenderly but with honesty. Ariel herself is a kick-ass young woman making the journey into adulthood (or in this story angelhood) and this second book really reflects this. Although her old friend rage is still with her, I feel that she matures and grows throughout and towards the end we begin to see the powerful angelic essence emerge and Ariel starts to fully embrace and take control of it.
There are themes of love within this book and although there are the feels from book 1 and 2 that we are heading for a potential romantic liaison, for me the theme of family and love for a sibling is far stronger. Throughout everything there is one thing that Ariel is certain of – it’s that she needs to find and save her sister. For me this is this is the deepest kind of love and it comes through so strongly in Ariel’s thoughts and actions. I love that such a beautiful relationship was written into a dark story.
In terms of the narrative, book 2 is mainly set back on Earth and I thoroughly enjoyed reading how the angels fitted into human life – especially the horrific lizard creatures that terrified me in the first book. I wasn’t disappointed! The creatures fitted into the story so naturally and I was actually not expecting them to turn up when they did. Bringing Rafe and Ariel in angel form to Earth really brought to life how human Ariel still is and how the humanness we take for granted is actually so important in our lives. When comparing Rafe to Ariel, these qualities are highlighted and they are what allowed me to resonant and become invested in Ariel and her journey.
For me personally, this book was less about the action and the great war that I feel is looming and more about Ariel’s transition and acceptance for what and who she is (as an angel and a human).
If it’s possible, I loved this book even more than book 1 (and I really loved Book 1) as I feel closer to Ariel as a character now. I must say though – I am still totally on the fence about who to trust which I’m assuming is exactly how Ariel feels.
I’m never sure if I’ve interpreted books well or fully understood the jist but what I do know is that Olga Gibbs has excelled herself with this second installment and I am now preparing myself to be absolutely blown away by book 3.
Available to buy from (multi link): https://books2read.com/u/m2vkw6
Author Bio – Olga Gibbs
Olga Gibbs lives in a leafy-green town, nestled amongst the green fields of West Sussex, England. She was writing from the age of fifteen, mainly short stories and novellas and was a guest columnist for a local newspaper. When she is not dreaming up new adventures for her imaginary friends, she does outreach work with teenagers.
She is currently writing a thrid book in the “Celestial creatures” series and another stand-alone psychological crime thriller book