Paradox - The Angels Are Here (Book 1)

Rated 4.06/5 based on 37 reviews
Two mysterious strangers arrive just in time to help a little girl, Grace Connors, as she struggles to cope with the death of her father. But are the intentions of these strangers as innocent as they seem, or is there something else on their agenda? More
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ISBN: 9781452376912
About Patti Roberts

I love the medieval/fantasy genre so on any given day you can usually find me sitting at my desk in front of my laptop pounding away at the keys writing another chapter in the Paradox series of supporting indie authors. I also design book covers for Authors - That would be a run of the mill kinda day for me! Bringing fantasy worlds - the Ancient and the new to life...

A packet of Cruskits and a cup of green tea, that is now at room temperature, is sitting on the desk beside me. There is also a mass of USB cables, my kindle, notepads, bills to be paid, bills to be filed and a printer that is forever running out of ink. Sound familiar?

In front of me are three cork boards featuring pin ups of my characters faces and characteristics including eye colour, hair colour, age, height, ability....etc etc.

On most days I have to remind myself to eat and drink. I Should be thinner!!!

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The Paradox Series
There’s more to Grace than meets the eye, more than she even knows. What ties does she have with an ancient, timeless world? What role do the angels, good and evil, play in her life? An Ancient World and a New World collide. A haunting saga that stretches over centuries that will leave you with more questions than answers. Is your Guardian Angel from Heaven or Hell?

The story contiues
Book 3 in the Paradox Series...

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Reviews

Review by: Paige Bradish on June 19, 2012 :
** spoiler alert **

I won an e-copy of Paradox: The Angels Are Here By: Patti Roberts a while ago and I just never got around to reading it. I finally did because it is about Angels and I really love books about angels.

The book kind of threw me a bit because I wasn’t entirely sure what the whole book was exactly about because it flipped back and forth between Abaddon and his family Grace and her family and then those odd visions that Grace had. I enjoyed the book but I have to admit at some points I was really confused as to what was going on.

The very beginning was Abaddon and Theria. I knew that their world was in war and that’s why Their and her cousin left. Then it switched to Grace’s world and she got her little friend Hope which I thought was sweet because no little girl should be alone like Grace felt. I loved the characters of Grace and her father in the beginning so I was so sad when her father died.

When Angela and Wade came into the picture I was again very confused because I didn’t know like who they were. At first I thought that Angela could possibly be Theria but im still not sure. Anyone whose read the book if you could give me some clarification id love it!

Overall I give this book a 3 out of 5 stars because I did really like the book for reasons because even though I was confused I still kept turning pages to find out more and I really liked all the characters.(
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Ella Medler on March 23, 2012 :
‘A world where there are more questions than answers’ – Patti Roberts writes. A warning to her readers. Or it may be a challenge, a test.
Book one of the Paradox Series, ‘The Angels Are Here’ is an introduction to a world where mortals and supernatural beings coexist, some consciously aware of each other, and most – completely oblivious.
Soon after the opening scene of death and destruction in Altair, the Imperial City, we are introduced to a special child, Grace. Though she is very young – only eight years old – we immediately sense a cloud of mystery and deep significance hovering over her. This is no ordinary child, and we get drawn in, compelled to protect her. There is a feel of impending disaster which Patti Roberts seamlessly weaves through even the most innocent strands of her story.
Our bleak foreboding comes true when Grace loses her father. That scene actually brought tears to my eyes. It shows great empathy and great understanding of the human nature. Brilliant portrayal of the weeks of grief, as well, and of the helplessness of a child who becomes a carer too early in life, a child who makes a conscious decision to grow up. Grace sends her imaginary friend away and starts looking after her mother.
Patti Roberts knows how to build a credible character, and she does a great job of that with Grace and the passionate Grigorians – we have no doubts about Abbadon’s huge ego or Theria’s mischievousness. However, besides the deep bond between Grace and her father, I felt I didn’t really know much about the other characters. Perhaps I will learn more about them in Book two.
Great portrayal of Angela, Grace’s new friend, who looks suitably incompatible with the human world, and the slip ups Wade makes as he gets more and more settled around Grace and Kate. The conversation between the two girls is believable and funny, just what you would expect at their ages. I feel there is more to the Joshua character, but he is insufficiently developed in this book, and so this is probably another little mystery to solve.
Grace’s flashbacks are extremely well written – obviously Patti Roberts is in her element when writing dramatic scenes, no matter where in the world they may take place.
I feel a special mention should be made regarding the impressive amount of detail Patti Roberts has accumulated and organised in clear sections for the complete enjoyment of her fan base. This lady loves to indulge her readers, and it shows. The cover art and graphics throughout the book are top quality, absolutely amazing, and the angel wings heart necklace – a masterpiece.
All in all, a very enjoyable first book and a truly alluring fantasy world. This author is one to watch.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Ella Medler on March 23, 2012 :
‘A world where there are more questions than answers’ – Patti Roberts writes. A warning to her readers. Or it may be a challenge, a test.
Book one of the Paradox Series, ‘The Angels Are Here’ is an introduction to a world where mortals and supernatural beings coexist, some consciously aware of each other, and most – completely oblivious.
Soon after the opening scene of death and destruction in Altair, the Imperial City, we are introduced to a special child, Grace. Though she is very young – only eight years old – we immediately sense a cloud of mystery and deep significance hovering over her. This is no ordinary child, and we get drawn in, compelled to protect her. There is a feel of impending disaster which Patti Roberts seamlessly weaves through even the most innocent strands of her story.
Our bleak foreboding comes true when Grace loses her father. That scene actually brought tears to my eyes. It shows great empathy and great understanding of the human nature. Brilliant portrayal of the weeks of grief, as well, and of the helplessness of a child who becomes a carer too early in life, a child who makes a conscious decision to grow up. Grace sends her imaginary friend away and starts looking after her mother.
Patti Roberts knows how to build a credible character, and she does a great job of that with Grace and the passionate Grigorians – we have no doubts about Abbadon’s huge ego or Theria’s mischievousness. However, besides the deep bond between Grace and her father, I felt I didn’t really know much about the other characters. Perhaps I will learn more about them in Book two.
Great portrayal of Angela, Grace’s new friend, who looks suitably incompatible with the human world, and the slip ups Wade makes as he gets more and more settled around Grace and Kate. The conversation between the two girls is believable and funny, just what you would expect at their ages. I feel there is more to the Joshua character, but he is insufficiently developed in this book, and so this is probably another little mystery to solve.
Grace’s flashbacks are extremely well written – obviously Patti Roberts is in her element when writing dramatic scenes, no matter where in the world they may take place.
I feel a special mention should be made regarding the impressive amount of detail Patti Roberts has accumulated and organised in clear sections for the complete enjoyment of her fan base. This lady loves to indulge her readers, and it shows. The cover art and graphics throughout the book are top quality, absolutely amazing, and the angel wings heart necklace – a masterpiece.
All in all, a very enjoyable first book and a truly alluring fantasy world. This author is one to watch.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Reading Diva on March 10, 2012 :
Whoa, talk about complexity and awesomeness. I came across this book a while ago but I recently decided to give it a try and I am quite happy I did. The result is this review. I struggled a bit trying to come up with the right words to describe how much I enjoyed it.

The world Patti Roberts has created is different from any other paranormal/fantasy book I read. We are introduced to a variety of stories/flash backs that somehow all relate to one another. Patti’s take on angels & vampires is unique; her creativity is what I find most refreshing.

The characters are complex, unique & powerful, yet they are able to experience emotions and situations that one can easily relate to. The drama, the power-hungry villain and the deception are just some of the things that make this story amazing. The story feels believable, the characters interaction is well-played and their nature well explained.

Mrs. Roberts is able to bring unexpected reactions and emotions from readers, I felt compelled to finish the book, I just couldn’t put it down. The mix of human emotions and the paranormal effect makes this a great introduction to what I think will be one of a kind series.

Paradox: The Angels Are Coming is complex, unique, emotional and fascinating. It certainly leaves you looking forward to book #2. 4½ Stars
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: alicia marie ezell on Feb. 03, 2012 :
I thought I would very much enjoy Paradox since I knew it involved angels and good vs. evil which I usually find very interesting. This book was different than what I expected. The jumping between the different time periods and stories involving Abaddon and his family in their time and Grace 900 years later as well as the visions I'm assuming are had by Grace, left me confused a few times.

The story starts with Juliette who lived 900 years ago and she tells us of how everything has changed through war. The first chapter introduces us to Abaddon and his sister Theria as well as cousin Siena, and brother Lord Cerberus. There is a war going on between the fallen House of Grigorian and the House of Bulgaurdians. Theria is sent to Earth along with Siena to find and destroy those enemies who have fallen to Earth. The last thing Abaddon says to them before they leave is that he wants "the girl alive." We are not told why Abaddon is after Grace or what he wants from her.

We are then taken to Australia which is in the year 2001. Here we meet Grace who is an unhappy child. Then Hope appears and becomes a sort of imaginary friend to Grace since only she, and although she doesn't know it, her father can see her. We know, however that she is an angel to look after Grace. We then skip ahead to 2004 and find that Grace's father has just passed away. Hope then also goes away as Grace has come to realize upon her father's death she must grow up. She is overcome with an incredible loss and is left to take care of her mother who is having a very hard time following the death of her husband. Patti Roberts does an incredible job of illustrating the sorrow and grief that Grace has suffered upon the death of her father. It was like I was experiencing everything along with Grace.

To try to help Grace, Wade, the police officer who informed her of her father's death, has become a fixture at her house. It's a little confusing to me that Wade seems to integrate himself right into Grace and her mother Kate's lives without either of them questioning why he is suddenly spending all of this time with them. My thought is that it has something to do with what he is and can do. Hopefully, that is something that we will learn more about in book 2. In addition, Grace also suffers from seeing visions of situations that are related to natural disasters, very haunting, and seem to end with death. It's unclear why she's having these visions and what they mean.

Angela, Grace's new neighbor also becomes a part of her life. She becomes a good friend to Grace, which she really needs when Wade stops coming by. Grace is overcome with her mother's suffering and Angela helps to keep her strong while also helping her mother Kate to move on from her grief. When Wade comes back around he is introduced to Angela and they come to realize they already know each other. We are not told, however, whether they are working on the same side or against one another. The more Wade comes around Grace begins to pick up on things he does that remind her of her father, but it's unclear what the connection between Wad and Brian is.

This story left me asking more questions than I could seem to find the answers to. I am still unsure how all the different stories are linked to each other and how Grace relates to something that happened 900 years ago. It makes me wonder if Abaddon is in some kind of world parallel to hers or if they have been tracking her through time in her various lives. Also, why does Grace seem to be wanted by both good and evil sides? The ending does leave me wondering what is to come and makes me want to read book 2 in hopes that more is explained and made clear.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jessica Bantten on Feb. 02, 2012 :
I was given the opportunity to review this book by the author's request as part of a group read on goodreads. Thank you very much to the author!

I want to start by saying that this book really confused the hell out of me. I didn't know who was what and what was who half the time. The writing style was so much different than anything I had read before.
I was given the opportunity to review this book by the author's request as part of a group read on goodreads. Thank you very much to the author!

I want to start by saying that this book really confused the hell out of me. I didn't know who was what and what was who half the time. The writing style was so much different than anything I had read before.

It might seem strange for me to have made the above statement but still rate this book 3 stars. But there was just something about this book that stuck. I had to try and figure out all of the puzzle pieces and try and put them together. While not a lot of answers are given in this book at least we begin to understand what is actually happening.

I really enjoyed the dark twisty bits about Abbadon. He was so creepy...yet interesting.

I will most likely have to read the next one so that I can get some answers from this series
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Katrina @ Kindred Dreamheart on Feb. 01, 2012 :
I've should have done my homework first!

I was requested to review this book and give a honest review. I noticed it was only a little over one hundred pages, so I figured this will be a quick and fun read.

Ummm, about fifty pages in, I was so utterly confused. There were beings with mystical powers, Angels(??) I think, humans, previous incarnation flashbacks. All seemingly interesting but not composed systematically. I found myself questioning my motivation to finish this book. I had no idea how all this tied together or where the story was headed.

I'm not into mindless reading for the sake of giving some kind of review; so there was no way I was going to force myself to go through the motions of reading a story I wasn't feeling. Then I decided to read the synopsis. I don't normally read the whole synopsis prior; for fear that it'll contain spoilers. READ THE SYNOPSIS BEFORE READING THIS BOOK. It is seriously a must. The synopsis is the legend for the entire book.

Needless to say, I had an "AHA" moment and decided to start over from the beginning. NOW it makes sense. This completely changed my view on the story. It's actually pretty good concept and over all story. However nothing is straight forward and in the end you're still left with a lot of questions.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Paige Bradish on Jan. 03, 2012 :
** spoiler alert ** I won an e-copy of Paradox: The Angels Are Here By: Patti Roberts a while ago and I just never got around to reading it. I finally did because it is about Angels and I really love books about angels.

The book kind of threw me a bit because I wasn’t entirely sure what the whole book was exactly about because it flipped back and forth between Abaddon and his family Grace and her family and then those odd visions that Grace had. I enjoyed the book but I have to admit at some points I was...moreI won an e-copy of Paradox: The Angels Are Here By: Patti Roberts a while ago and I just never got around to reading it. I finally did because it is about Angels and I really love books about angels.

The book kind of threw me a bit because I wasn’t entirely sure what the whole book was exactly about because it flipped back and forth between Abaddon and his family Grace and her family and then those odd visions that Grace had. I enjoyed the book but I have to admit at some points I was really confused as to what was going on.

The very beginning was Abaddon and Theria. I knew that their world was in war and that’s why Their and her cousin left. Then it switched to Grace’s world and she got her little friend Hope which I thought was sweet because no little girl should be alone like Grace felt. I loved the characters of Grace and her father in the beginning so I was so sad when her father died.

When Angela and Wade came into the picture I was again very confused because I didn’t know like who they were. At first I thought that Angela could possibly be Theria but im still not sure. Anyone whose read the book if you could give me some clarification id love it!

Overall I give this book a 3 out of 5 stars because I did really like the book for reasons because even though I was confused I still kept turning pages to find out more and I really liked all the characters.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Tammy Owens on Dec. 21, 2011 :
I thought the story was a great idea but - for me - it moved a bit slow. I couldnt keep the grasp on it that I needed to. I didn't finish it as of yet but I will try and pick it back up. I just prefer the more fast pace kind of reads. I think the book is a fabulous idea in a nut shell, however, I couldnt get thru it. Dont let my review discourage your reading it. I think it will be fine for others. Not sure if I was just too distracted that day or what but will try and get back into it and see. I will update this review at that time.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Michelle Borzyskowski on Dec. 19, 2011 :
I'm kinda conflicted about the book. One aspect it was very well written and at first the back in forth the stories took you it was kinda confusing and hard to get into but as the story proceeds I did actually like the story and got into the story and quite curious were the story will go.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: David Prosser on Oct. 21, 2011 :
An intricate tale spanning two worlds. That of the Angels ( fallen and otherwise) and the world of people that includes a special young lady called Grace.
Grace is learning to cope with the death of a beloved father and is living with her mother who doesn't seem to have the strength of character to look after herself or Grace. Luckily for Grace she has the help of a friend only she can see.
A special little girl lives next door. Who is she? I won't spoil a great story by telling you. I'll just suggest that this is one book you won't want to miss. Love your Vampire stories? Well, forget them, this is the next big thing, Angels.
A well crafted story from a good writer.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: S.G. Lee on Oct. 20, 2011 :
Paradox The Angels Are Here (Book 1)
By Patti Roberts
Is an intricately woven tale with both myths and legendary creatures as evil angels. Grace seems like an ordinary human girl but if that is so why is a good angel watching over her that only Grace can see. Is the good angel is protecting her hiding her from the evil angels who would kill her and devour her. We come to know all about the child Grace. Without giving anything a way we can see Grace’s lives challenges as a child and how they will shape the woman she will become. We don’t know quite why they want Grace most of all but I’m sure we will find that out in the next book. This book made me cry and made me smile in its beautiful description of angels and their purpose. The story is rich and truly well researched as points of history are used in its plot. I truly enjoyed it’s telling.
I can hardly wait to read Patti Roberts next book Paradox- Progeny of Innocence- Book 2
***** 5 stars out of five
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Yllektra V. on Oct. 09, 2011 :
3 1/2 Stars

I started reading this some while ago but somehow I got interrupted a few times due to some real life issues and got back to it after a long time indeed.
I have to say that it was a very well-written book in the sense that it did not contain any very distracting typos or anything like that and Ms Roberts certainly has a way with words.

Her world building felt very exciting and "complete", exactly because she was able to paint quite a detailed picture with her intricate and elaborate descriptions, of not only buildings or scenery, but of emotions as well.
And it was this exact description of emotions that had me tear up on some occasions.

There's two main plotlines in the book. One following Grace, a twelve-year-old girl, who - after abruptly losing her father to an accident- lives with her mother. A lot of families are made up of only one parent, of course, but what makes this one special, is that Grace's mother comes across as quite weak as a person, as she completely falls apart after her husband's death leaving Grace to practically fend for herself at such a tender age.
Prior to that, Grace does have one imaginary friend, Hope, who seems to be looking over her and guarding her in a way. No one else but Grace can see her and it seems that her job is to guard over people, especially over the dying like and Angel of death comforting them.

After Hope leaving, though, Grace seeks consolation in officer Wade who was the one to inform them of her father's accident and Angela, a girl who moved next door and is a little on the weird side.

The pages of Grace's torment regarding the loss of her father and indirectly of her mother too - for a while when she was depressed and mostly stayed in her room- were my favorites because they were elegant and poetic even as they described the anguish and the pain.
I liked Angela and her awkwardness and ignorance of how to act as a human. I think some of her reactions and thoughts were simply priceless and hilarious.
As for Wade... I started off really liking him, but I felt like his character "seemed" a little shady towards the end. This could be my opinion, but even though there is no clear indication that he is "bad" or malignant", I think there's more to him than he is letting on.

Kate, Grace's mother, really redeemed herself later in the story, although you can tell she is a person that has difficulty dealing with the hardships of life (which are plenty for everyone, imo)and turning into herself when her daughter needed her, is something I have difficulty letting go off. It is one thing grieving and needing time to do that and totally different thing when you need to grieve, but there are also people depending on you for their mere existence and sustenance. Her absence in some parts of Grace's life for so long, really made me admire Grace even more as a character for her strength and courage. She does a lot of things on her own and she is barely twelve throughout the story.

The second plotline starts way earlier and it involves a millennia-old feud/war between two Houses of Angels, the fallen House of the Grigorians and the House of the Bulguardians, in the ancient city of Altair, in Aquila Constellation.
We learn of Abbadon, Siena, Theria and Pandora. They are all complex characters with their own agenda, mostly regarding gaining more power and influence and I was surprised to see how petty and hormone-driven they could be. We know the most common motives are always Money/power, love/lust and envy and we get plenty of that.
Even Theria, who at first seems quite innocent, turns out to be quite perverted.
It was also impressive to see through Grace's visions how certain tragedies having to do with physical phenomena like Tsunamies, earthquakes etc or even famines, affected the lives of people (The little girl who thought about eating a rat and savoring the moment in her mind as she was starving springs to mind) in such a devastating way and left Grace and me as a reader quite appalled and emotional. It was an original way to see that in relation to Angels and the games they might play in order to gain, encourage or corrupt souls and lives.

Generally, the book was well-written and quite fun to read,but I thought it felt a bit confusing at times, as it did go back and forth a bit and we had Grace have a vision out of nowhere and it didn't seem to tie in with the particular moment the story was at the time.
It left a lot of questions unanswered as to what Grace's part is in all of this and what the angels want with her and I believe that the second book will definitely answer a lot of that.
I also think that me having to interrupt my reading of the book a few times may have contributed in the feeling of confusion I had, so I need to clarify this. Perhaps, after I read it for a second time, uninterrupted I will see that it is a lot more enlightening and there are connections I didn't notice the first time.

All in all, I think the book was well worth my time and its immensely intense and powerful emotional descriptions, which greatly affected me, more than make up for any other aspect the book may have lacked in.
Read it and you won't regret it.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Tea on Oct. 02, 2011 :
Firstly, I want to comment on how gorgeous the cover for this is. And even inside the ebook version, the grgeous patterns are carried through, which I was really impressed with.

This book has two aspects to the story – one focusing on Angels in their own dimension, and the other focusing on the events down here on Earth, and especially those events pertinent to a young girl named Grace, who is clearly important to the angels, though this book doesn’t give away how.

Grace’s story is very moving – a young girl whose world is changing, especially when her father, whom she idolizes, dies in an accident. One thing that I noticed about this is that the grief Grace feels is almost tangible – it’s written about so realistically. There’s nothing over the top, and as a reader, I really felt for Grace and her mother in their joint struggle to get through a difficult time.

The progression is good throughout, and the reader sees Grace change from somewhat of a loner into a normal, happy, social young girl. It’s obvious, though, that Grace is special, because her ‘imaginary’ friend as a child comes in the form of an Angel called Hope, who tells her not to speak of her to anyone else, though somehow her father knows of the connection. Then, when she does make a ‘flesh-and-blood’ friend, it’s clear that the girl isn’t ‘normal’, and it will be interesting in the second book to see how this progresses.

In terms of the warring Angels aspect to the story, the idea in this book is that there are two warring families, and the events which occur in their war directly effect things on Earth – for instance, natural disasters. The characters in the Angel dimension were interesting, and slightly disturbing – an aspect I really enjoyed. Again, I’m interested to see where this goes in the next book.

Overall, there are a few small typing errors I noticed in this, but nothing so major that it detracts from the story. I enjoyed the book – and one of my only complaints is that I could have kept on reading! I’d like to have heard more about the war between the Angels, and been more clued in as to how exactly it affects things on Earth. That said, it might just be my own curiosity! Definitely a good read, and I’ll be keeping my eyes open for the second.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Kristin Aragon on Sep. 21, 2011 :
What do I like second to all things Vampire...all things Angel. Bad or Good. I think we all have one of each residing on our shoulders. Don't you?

Patti Roberts has written a stunning and shocking novella that delves into the age old question of what awaits us after we die. Or more importantly, what guides the events that spins the world. Paradox provides a unique view of Angels and those they protect?!?! As always...let's take a look at these captivating beings:

Abbadon - is an important player in the on-going war between the House of the Bulguardians and the House of the Grigorians. Problem is...he plays for the bad guys, the rebellions...the Grigorians.

Cerberus - is the leader of the House of the Grigorians.

Thieria - is the younger sister of Abbadon and Cerberus. She is tired of being treated like a little girl and will seek to solve this problem.

Pandora - is Cerberus's wife. She has few fans in the Grigorian family.

Brian - is the father of a very special little girl. His duty is to protect her, before and after his life on Earth ends.

Grace - has a special role to play on Earth. She is guarded...and wanted by many.

Kate - is Grace's grieving mother. Kate spends much of this book trying to recover from a terrible loss and Grace is forced to take care of herself and her mom.

I am a sap for anything that brings me to tears...and this book did just that. Death of a loved one is always a difficult situation to address and Patti does it so beautifully. I don't think many of us stop to think about the fact that if good angels exist...that it is entirely possible for evil angels to exist. This novella definitely gives you something to think about.

While I truly enjoyed this book, I was left feeling a little confused. It was sometimes difficult to follow the back and forth between past and present. I am hoping that the next installment will include more insight. I am definitely looking forward to the rest of this series.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Kristin Aragon on Sep. 21, 2011 :
What do I like second to all things Vampire...all things Angel. Bad or Good. I think we all have one of each residing on our shoulders. Don't you?

Patti Roberts has written a stunning and shocking novella that delves into the age old question of what awaits us after we die. Or more importantly, what guides the events that spins the world. Paradox provides a unique view of Angels and those they protect?!?! As always...let's take a look at these captivating beings:

Abbadon - is an important player in the on-going war between the House of the Bulguardians and the House of the Grigorians. Problem is...he plays for the bad guys, the rebellions...the Grigorians.

Cerberus - is the leader of the House of the Grigorians.

Thieria - is the younger sister of Abbadon and Cerberus. She is tired of being treated like a little girl and will seek to solve this problem.

Pandora - is Cerberus's wife. She has few fans in the Grigorian family.

Brian - is the father of a very special little girl. His duty is to protect her, before and after his life on Earth ends.

Grace - has a special role to play on Earth. She is guarded...and wanted by many.

Kate - is Grace's grieving mother. Kate spends much of this book trying to recover from a terrible loss and Grace is forced to take care of herself and her mom.

I am a sap for anything that brings me to tears...and this book did just that. Death of a loved one is always a difficult situation to address and Patti does it so beautifully. I don't think many of us stop to think about the fact that if good angels exist...that it is entirely possible for evil angels to exist. This novella definitely gives you something to think about.

While I truly enjoyed this book, I was left feeling a little confused. It was sometimes difficult to follow the back and forth between past and present. I am hoping that the next installment will include more insight. I am definitely looking forward to the rest of this series.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Danie Cutter on Sep. 12, 2011 :
Really enjoyed this book and can't wait to read the next.

It's beautifully written with a flowing yet descriptive style. The characters are believable and identifiable yet have hidden depths that you can guess at but have to read more to get the whole picture.
The only slight downer was the intro for me. It just didn't sit well with me and having come fairly cold to this book (I try to steer clear of other reviews before "reviewing" one myself), I did think "please not another run of the mill vampire book" but it's not and I'm glad I persisted as otherwise I would have missed out on a great read and the sequel(s).

Always leave the audience wanting more.. you did.. I'm waiting!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Natshane on Sep. 08, 2011 :
My first giveaway book and I do not regret a second of it.

Patti Roberts had introduced me to a fascinating world of angels and Wafe (read the book XD) so I would have to say I'm particularly interested in reading more of this 'beings'. As the story is mostly narrated from a third person's Point of view, it centered mostly around an 8 year old child, Grace who had lost her dad in an accident.

Grace has become of my favourite character as I read about how matured she was, she showed strength in overcoming her father's death, and maturity when she thought of her mother. To see her suffer such grief and pain was unbecoming. I also found a soft spot for Angela who showed real kindness when she has something else to hide. I find her to be a perfect addition in the story.

Overall, the story was written smoothly, Patti managed to keep me guessing and ponder over the mystery, but I thought the story was a bit too short, I wish it was more elaborated though. There are several parts which I find to be rather rushed and I was left confused by whatever happened. But, that didn't stop me from having a good time.
Also! I love that Patti included memories? Flashbacks? from the past, those are actually one of my favourites in this book because it shown suffering and torture that people from the past has to endure. I was appalled when I read about those history.

I'm definitely interested in Progeny of Innocence...
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Natalie Hillier on July 29, 2011 :
My Thoughts:


The definition of Paradox:

A seemingly illogical or self-contradictory statement or suggestion, that may, in fact, be very true.

As the book opens we are introduced to Abaddon, a handsome man with yellowish eyes, and an extremelly cruel soul and blood that bleeds black, as do all the Grigorians in his family. Siena, his cousin and Theria, his sister. Now we have not yet met his brother Cerebrus who is High Ruler, but he is mentioned quite a bit as Abaddon loathes him and wants everything that is his brothers...even his sister-in-law. A war is in progress, this war is between the the fallen House of the Grigorians and the House of the Bulguardians, in the ancient city of Altair, in Aquila Constellation.

We then move onto Grace and the start of her story, Juliette, an angel who starts as the narrator of the story, and Grace, a human child with strange nightmares and angels constantly flocking to her, Hope is one of the first Angels that come to oversee the protection of Grace, and Grace, unaware just thinks Hope is an imaginary friend. Her father is aware of what's going on and is happy to see Hope as Grace has no real friends at school or at home and knows Hope will protect his daughter.

After the huge loss of Graces father, Hope is no longer able to help Grace, and along comes Graces second Angel to help her, Angela, and the Police Officer that broke the news about her fathers death to her Mother and to Grace. Now I haven't quite figured out wheither or not if he is an Angel, or something else, Angela knows, but is not revealing yet, I am hoping book 2 will give me more of him as I really like his character.

The book flips back and forth from Grace, to the war, and the Grigorians and family, I don't feel it confused me, but you have to read very carefully, it is a read that makes you think outside the box and take a look at what you always thought, or believed in. I love how we get to grow up with Grace, as it starts when she is little and ends off when she is eleven or so years old, and has come to have a great friend in Angela. I laughed out loud in parts at the interaction with Grace and Angela, as Angela is not your everyday average little girl, a little weird at times, but Grace never noticing. I teared up when Grace lost her father, as I also have lost my father, not at such a young age, just 4-years ago so I could relate to her pain and grief. The way Patti described both Grace's grief and Kate's (Grace's Mom) grief it was hard for me to read, it brought up a painful time in my life.

While having some questions, I also kept in mind knowing book 2 is on its way soon, and like all good books that have more than one book, all will be revealed in good time, and that is why I am so super excited to read the next book. I absolutely loved this one, I wish it was a bit longer, but knowing more is to come it only has made me anticipate the next book even more. It sets my imagination to wonder, what will be revealed next, will we find out more about the Police Officer, will Angela reveal who he is? Will we figure out why Grace keeps traveling in and out of her body to different times and people? And lets not forget that cliffhanger at the end OMG I closed the book and said to myself, "I have to have more right now" LOL. I love Patti's style of writing, it is a book you have to read slowly and carefully, but only so that you don't miss anything, Patti does such a phenomenal job at describing every detail, and I am dying to figure out how a war 900-years ago revolves around a little girl and her Angel friend.

The book is 115 pages, and is an introductory to much more to come, it was meant to give the reader a chance to get to know Grace a bit better, and what a wonderful job Patti did with that. I have to thank Patti for allowing me to read her novella and I would recommend this book to all. It is a superb book and I think you will all enjoy it as much as I did.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Suzy Turner on July 28, 2011 :
This is so totally different from anything I've read recently and I have to say... WOW. Patti Roberts is a truly remarkable writer. The way she weaves her tales among the story is extraordinary. I can honestly say I was in awe of the way she managed to do it. I'd love to have that talent. The story was so unusual... in fact it was a story within a story, or should I say a story within a story, within a story... I could go on because there are several different tales going on in the book at different times in history. And it's not confusing, Patti Roberts has managed to intertwine these aspects beautifully.
I also love the fact that Lisbon has been incorporated (I live in Portugal, but I won't say anything more!) My only criticism is that I NEED to know what happens next!! I can't wait for book two!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Beckie Voigts on July 22, 2011 :
The first this I will say is I really liked how I could feel I was being drawn into the story. The way the author told the story makes me you feel like you are right there with Grace and her family. Every emotion, thought and certain elements in the storyline around them that was being written so beautiful that you could get lost into the book. Paradox is one of those books where leaves you wondering why such sad things happen to good people. I can see readers relating to this book for those who have lost ones they love. Grace who is 11 years old come to face something so horrible at her age something no little girl her age should ever have to deal with -Loosing someone she loves more than the air she breathes. Without giving to much Grace and her Mom, Kate struggle on a daily basis just to make it through the day. When Grace feels she does not want to feel sorry for her loss anymore she starts the day with new hope and a new friend, Angela. Angela is not like other 11 year old girls... she talks and acting like she is well beyond her years. As Kate and Grace slowly mend there broken hearts with the help of there friends, Angela and Wade who is the cop who sadly had to break the news to the family about the death - Something else is in works someplace faraway, long ago?! Only time will tell what will be in store for there family. As I read this book I found myself loving the character Grace. She was written with such spunk. I was able to relate to aspect of the book. Loss and feeling of hopelessness. I feel that readers who have lost someone in the past can easily understand what Grace is feeling. Paradox is a great book for anyone YA-Adult and a very fun and easy read. I immensely enjoyed reading it. I do look forward to reading what happens next. Patti Roberts is a born story-teller who knows how to throw in those great twists through the book - Paradox "The Angels Are Here".
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Katy Sozaeva on July 21, 2011 :
Juliette has been around since the world was young – she saw the rise of civilization, and the fall when, after the Great War, so much knowledge was lost. She is here to tell a story – sshhh – let’s listen in.

The story begins in the early 12th century on the planet Altair – which is in the Aquila Constellation – and in the Imperial City of Empyrean. A war has raged for 99 days between the House of the Bulguardians (the Royal Guard of Empyrean) and the fallen, rebellious House of the Grigorians; thousands had died so far, and more were to come as the battle continued to rage.

We are then taken to the 21st century, Australia, where we meet Grace. Most of the rest of the story involves her, and her life, and the machinations of others around her – I think many of them are angels of various types, but there weren’t enough clues for me to really figure out who was who, or if we were even aware of who was who; at least in many cases.

Overall I did enjoy the story – the writing style is good, the descriptions engrossing, and once I settled in I went through the bulk of the book in no time. The characters are all distinct, with different styles of speaking and acting, which allows us to feel more of a connection to each of them. There are many events noted throughout this book based upon actual disasters in history.

There were two main issues that caused this story to miss a star. First, Abaddon, the leader of the Grigorians, is unrepentantly evil. I like an antagonist that has depths and layers, personally – that allows the reader to develop a certain amount of sympathy for the character. Perhaps that will change in future volumes in the series. Secondly, there are some startling transitions within the story that made me more than a little confused – Grace has visions – that isn’t a problem, however, there is another point in the course of the story where a couple paragraphs are just thrown into the middle of things that are suddenly in first person, with no explanation, and then just as suddenly go back to the third person. I deduced that this was supposed to be commentary by Juliette, but since there are no transitional phrases or any indication that these paragraphs are separate from the remainder of the page they are on, it was confusing. There were also some editing issues, although they weren’t enough to throw me out of the story. I also must warn people who are highly sensitive that there is a sad cat moment in this book – while it fit in with the story, if I’d known it was there I would have skipped that section altogether, as it was very disturbing to me.

That said, I would recommend this book on its merits – and to people who are interested in urban fantasy; especially relating to angels and paranormal events. It is well-written overall and I think many people will enjoy reading this novella.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Natalie Valdes on July 20, 2011 :
After reading dozens of Angel based books, I cannot recall a time when I said, hey- I like this. Well, surprisingly, I loved this. This book is up there on my list of favorites. First of all, the writing was excellent, I was literally flabbergasted and felt inferior in anything I've ever written. There's no slow parts, just a mind-blowing of information you devour with willingness. I don't know too much about Angel history, but it sounds like research was done and I'm going to take Roberts word for anything she tells me about Angels from here on out, truth or not. This is how much I became sucked into this world. And with all my disappointment, it ended. Just like that, I was like no way. That cannot be it, and it isn't because then I remembered she has a sequel coming out! Grace, is a character I can very much relate too, and even as a little girl, it's obvious she will grow to be a wonderful adult. Cannot wait to see what's in store for the lovely Grace. =]
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Sandra Keys on July 13, 2011 :
Not going to give away any spoilers but a brilliant book plenty of action and loved following Graces story and working out who the policeman really was etc Definitely well worth reading would recommend , in fact am waiting for book 2 to come out now
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Cambria Hebert on June 27, 2011 :
Title: Paradox - The Angels Are Here
Author: Patti Roberts
Format: Ebook
Published by Patti Roberts via Smashwords 2011
Genre: paranormal
ISBN: 0011154802

The definition of Paradox:
A seemingly illogical or self-contradictory statement or suggestion, that may, in fact, be very true.
There’s something different about Grace’s life…but she doesn’t know it. For some reason she can’t ever make a friend and the only one she does manage to make is someone she has to keep secret. Why? Because she is an angel that no one else can see.
Grace’s father seems to know why Grace is different and why there are angels surrounding his precious daughter…but unfortunately he never gets the chance to tell Grace anything about her life…her destiny.
When Grace’s time with her father is unexpectedly cut short and her life falls apart, the young girl doesn’t wonder why she suddenly makes friends with the new girl next door. She doesn’t wonder why the girl is wise beyond her years. She also doesn’t realize that her father’s death might not be an accident…
Years before Grace was born a great battle between the Gods raged. The God’s were raging a battle over the humans and the humans were not winning. AbaddonGrigorian is searching for someone amongst the battle – a human – a girl. He believed that once he possessed this girl that he would Reign Supreme over everyone – including his brother, Cerberus, the current ruler of the city. But first he had to find her….

Let me start off by saying that the cover art and the book trailer to this book is fabulous. You can find the trailer here: Book Trailer
Paradox – The Angels Are Here is a novella. For those of you who aren’t familiar with that term a novella is a short story. The epub book that I read was one hundred and fifteen pages. It is in this reviewers opinion that this story would have been better suited as a full length novel. Why? Because a full length novel has more time. More time to really get to the meat of the story and really give the reader something to grasp. While I really enjoyed the premise for the story I felt like it had only just begun. I realize that because this is a short story it was meant to be the beginning of a series of novellas with each one unfolding more of the plot. However, this book never really gave the readers any answers…it left us all questioning everything. To me, the reader has to understand some things in order to want to find out the rest.
The book started out with a woman (or angel?) named Juliette telling the reader a story about her life 900 years ago. Then we move to the preface about a young woman (not identified) listening to a story told by a stranger. A story that she realizes answers a lot of her questions would be answered by a missing girl. I am assuming that this missing girl is Grace – though it is never clarified. Then chapter one begins in the year of 1080 AD with the Gods and the fall of the Imperial City.
While, I loved all the parts of the book, it jumped around a bit as you can see. It wasn’t hard to follow, but I did have a hard time understanding why and how all these parts were linked together. Then the story takes us to 2001 with an eight year old Grace. The story then continues to progress and by the end of the book Grace is eleven. During the rest of the book the chapters switch between Grace and 1080 AD with the God’s.
I really enjoyed reading about Grace. I liked her character. I thought she was very believable and the things that she endured during her young life were heartbreaking. I thought that Patti Roberts did an excellent job writing about the grief of a young girl over the death of her father. I really connected with this because my own father died when I was eleven, and I had felt a lot like Grace had. Some of her inner thoughts about her father’s death really struck a chord within me and brought a tear to my eye. I was also moved by the poignant loss that Grace’s mother, Kate, displayed at the loss of her husband.
I really feel like this story could have been made better by a really good content editing. There were some places in the story where the narrative POV shifts and it is confusing. Most of the book is written in third person but sometimes it seemed like first person slipped in. These errors interrupted the flow of reading and sometimes made me pause to figure out who was feeling or thinking what. At times I noticed that the tense of the novella shifted from past to present, which also created an interruption of reading.
I really enjoyed the chapters from 1080 AD. The world of the Imperial City and the Gods are something that I was really drawn into. The way they thought, the way they lived and interacted with one another was so different than what we know now. I found it fascinating and almost wished there had been more about them. The detail was rich and all the characters were striking and strong – even when they were being vile (incest anyone?). I really found myself wanting to crawl into their minds to see what made them tick.
I think the biggest downfall (for me) with this book is that I never really understood how Grace could possibly be connected to something that dated all the way back to AD. I mean, is Abbadon still alive? Is he still looking for the girl…could it be Grace reincarnated over the centuries? If so, why? Why did angels seem to rally around her and why aren’t all of these angels good?
I never really could see how the God’s world connected with Grace’s world. I think that the chapters sometimes switching between present day and AD would have worked if the reader had been able to see some sort of parallel between the characters or the worlds. When I put the book down I just didn’t see how all these people were connected.
And I want to know.
I think this is an original plot line. I love the Gods and the angels involvement. I really want to know how all of this centers around one girl…
I would recommend this book if you are looking for an interesting plot line and if you are a patient reader. Do not expect to get answers to any of your questions from book one. I am hoping that book two comes together and really shows the reader exactly how these people’s lives connect.

This review is written by Cambria Hebert
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Yllektra V. on June 24, 2011 :
I just started this and I love it already!!
I already know that I will want the next one presto! XD
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Alaiel Kreuz on June 23, 2011 :
This is a story that, if you have suffer the lost of a dear one, you will relate with Grace, a little girl, the main character, when she has to deal with a great loss.
And maybe, just maybe, you will relate with her in this: she has an imaginary friend, Hope, a little girl like her that accompanies Grace so she won't feel alone, so she won't feel misfit.
But, what happens is this Hope, this imaginary girl is nothing but an angel? Well, good question. Because she is, she is an angel sent to protect Grace from a great danger. There is a war that has been happening for a long, long time, a war that has nothing to do with Grace... or so it seems.

But I liked this book a lot, and not only because of the angels, I liked it because we can see how a little girl that believes in birthday wishes has to grow up too soon. And not only because she needs to, but because of her mother... because now, her mother needs her.
And, somehow, she is never alone. Maybe because of an imaginary friend, maybe because she meets a new girl that doesn't mind being her friend, maybe because... well, maybe because we have angels everywhere that take care of us, even if we don't notice it.

Now, the War. This war is between the the fallen House of the Grigorians and the House of the Bulguardians, in the ancient city of Altair, in Aquila Constellation. Here, while the War is being fought, we are introduce to Abaddon, a handsome man with yellowish eyes like the cats and a very cruel soul... like all the Grigorians in his family. We meet also Siena, his cousin and Theria, his sister. This character, Theria, is one of my favorites, and not because of her good heart but because she is nothing but cruel and mean. Somehow, I didn't expect that from her (Theria's introduction was very normal and even cute) and I would love to see her develop a lot more in the next book.

There's only one thing that I missed: I needed a better ending, an ending that would make me anxious to read the next book. Don't get me wrong, I want to read the next one but I'm not hyperventilating.

And, to be honest, Patti's writing was so good I felt like crying a lot of times (I was in the train of mi city and it was so hard not to cry!) while I was reading her book and that was because I could "feel" everything that Grace was going through. I honestly couldn't stop reading and finished the book in less than 3 hours because I wanted to know what was going to happen next in her live.

I had a really good time reading "Paradox" so why don't you give it a try?
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Jenn Donnelly on June 23, 2011 :
RECEIVED FROM: The Author For Review


***NOTE MY REVIEWS OFTEN CONTAIN SPOILERS***

Paradox: The Angels Are Here is an introduction to many characters, Abaddon, an angel vampire creature, second in command of the Grigorian Angel Demon creatures, only second to his brother Cerebrus. Juliette, an angel who sort of serves as an introductory narrator. And Grace, a human child with strange nightmares and angels constantly flocking to her who serves as the main character in this tale. Grace is unaware of the many angels around her and the reason for this isn't even revealed to the reader in the course of this novel. Her father is aware of what's going on though that's not completely explained either and the angels become even more prevalent in Grace's life when he passes on in what's she's told is a mining accident.

I know that's not the best summary of a book, however it's the best one I can put together with so many things going on in this novel, hopefully my explanations in the review will better serve for an explanation of the book.

Have you ever read a book where a good editor would have made all the difference? Paradox: The Angels Are Here is one such novel in my personal opinion. The synopsis listed for this book focuses on Juliette, a character who had an entire two pages of presence in the novel. Her entering voice is a compelling opening, but after that she just disappears, lost in the tale of the strange fantasy read that follows.

Scene changes in the novel are abrupt and confusing, especially toward the beginning. It does smooth out a little later in the novel, but I often found myself stopping and asking what is going on and where did this character come from before realizing the author had transitioned into a different scene.

The writing jumps between past and present tense, which is extremely confusing and changes point of views so often it's almost whiplash like in it's effect. She head hops within the third person, which while I know this point of view opens the ability to jump into a variety of minds, it's not meant to be jumping every other sentence. In addition to this she jumps back and forth between first and third person point of view and at one point even includes the rarely used second person point of view. I understand that most of the time when she moves to the first person she's trying to show a dream sequence but unless that dream sequence is a part of a conversation it would be better identified with the use of italic font than a point of view switch. And honestly I don't think she meant to include the small section of second person point of view. It wasn't long enough to come across as something she planned when writing. It's more just there.

She begins multiple plots in the course of this story, a baby being born on the night of his grandfather's death, the birth being strange with the medical staff being even stranger. The little girl growing up with only an angel she thinks is imaginary for a friend, losing her father, befriending hidden angels. The odd war and the politics within the Griogorian family. Unfortunately for the reader she never fully explains any of these plots and they don't quite blend together right, so I spent most of the novel wonder what was going on. I think the plots have something to do with each other of course, but the lack of explanation in each plot and subplot is probably what causes the lack of these stories really weaving together. Also none of the plot lines encompass a full story arc, therefore the book is more of an introduction to this vast cast of characters leaving the reader curious as to exactly what they have to do with each other. As there are further novels planned for the series I believe the writer intends to explain this at a further date, however I truly to believe she needed to do a little more explaining in the first novels to better encourage readers to read the second.

The quick jumps from plot to plot also make it close to impossible to get to know any of the characters and really relate to them.

While her descriptions are well written and almost prose like at points, especially in the beginning the sections of them are so long it distracts the reader from the actual plot and by the time she comes back from the descriptions to the story you can't remember what was going on. She needs to find a way to weave these well written descriptions into the text without putting them in giant block that don't serve to move her story forward in anyway.

What saves this book is two things. One the writer is actually very talented, she can weave together a well written sentence and has a very strong voice. Two she's got some great plot lines going on, though they are extremely unorganized when presented in this story. If she'd expanded and explained more on any of the plots connecting them better, lengthening the time spent in each story line the book really would have been a page turner. Her ideas are excellent, it's her follow through that's not quite there yet. What Roberts really needs is to be paired up with a shrewd and experienced editor who can help her with transitioning and point of view. Someone who will point out the writing issues that make her story hard to follow before she publishes the story and an editor strong enough to make her voice heard. The combination of Robert's talent and imagination with a shrewd and experienced editor would make an unstoppable pair. However I will mention that this is a debut novel, her only other release being a book that she felt wasn't actually ready for publishing, and many writers are shaky on form and organization on their first novels. I can only hope that with experience her style will become more organized and easier to follow.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Julia Crane on June 06, 2011 :
I wasn't supposed to read this book until I finished two others I had in front of it. After a peak inside I was sucked in and finished the book in one evening. It was a little hard to follow at times, but the author did an amazing job with the characters. I will be reading the next in the series. I want to know more about these interesting characters and original view on angels. I'm very curious what the future holds for Grace. I rarely give five stars, but the fact that I couldn't sleep until I finished it deserves it.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Julie Kate Webb on June 02, 2011 :
I liked Paradox. I was torn between 4 and 5 stars, in the end, I decided the quite original plot was worth five stars. The plot is new, it's different, it's something that hasn't been done before. Good angels vs evil angels. I read a lot of paranormal literature, so the paranormal elements were already a plus point. Combine that with the element of the angel houses fighting one another over power and mortals, and it truly made for a great read with a good twist. I found the idea very interesting. It's a perspective that was new to me, and I can say it might be even one I'll embrace for the future because it sounds believable.

However, it took me a while to get into it because the plot is very elaborate, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. There is plenty of world building which sets a good basis for books to follow. I'm a sucker for elaborate world building, so that definitely hit a soft spot with me. If you don't get into it straight away, keep on reading, and you'll understand why the description's necessary. It's really worth reading on.

From the two parts of the book I preferred the angel part because it captured a new world view and perspective on spirituality. The writing was good with great description and good character development (particularly the little girl). I also found the action refreshing. It certainly held my attention so much that I'm sure the plot was what kept me glued to this book more than the characters. I would definitely get the next book in the series to find out what happens next. If you like a fast-paced story with new paranormal elements and well-developed characters, you will surely not be disappointed. Thoroughly recommended.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Krystal Larson on May 31, 2011 :
My review is below
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Krystal Larson on May 31, 2011 : (no rating)
This novel will have the reader at the first page. The reader will enjoy Patti Roberts’ view of guardian angels. The main character, a little girl-Grace, has the power of sight. The very same guardian angels sent to protect her father protect her; her father perishes and leaves the little girl and her mother on their own. Grace conveys her deep sadness and hopelessness to the reader with extreme clarity. The angels watching over young Grace are meant to be “good”, however, there are two factions of angels-ones who destroy and ones who seek to help and are “good”. Grace’s story is interwoven with this important fact that the reader must remember in order to fully understand this novel. Grace puts the emotion into the novel, the angels build the structure. The reader will be introduced to a world of angels and their background, very interesting and intriguing. The reader will enjoy the conspiracy, good, and evil parts of the novel. The ending is a somewhat surprising, but satisfying conclusion. Patti Robers writes clearly and evokes an emotional reaction as well as deep thought in her readers, clearly an amazing writer. The reader will look forward to the sequel of this novel.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Nellee Horne on May 23, 2011 : (no rating)
OMG...I'm was completely floored at how wonderfully well written this book was. The best "hook" I've read in any book. The story-line is so original! I loved it. That's all I have to say :)

Cons: It ended too early and that teaser in the back...I will not, I repeat, WILL NOT, CAN NOT wait for the sequel!!!!


5 Stars!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Triquetra Press Publications on May 18, 2011 :
The Angels are here is a very moving story about a little girl who has the power of sight, who is watched over by unseen forces. The same forces who were directed to protect her father. She is the one they seek.

Now, she must face a future with a gift, sight she cannot contol, or even understand--and deep grief, alone, now, with her mother, who is paralyzed with grief when they abruptly lose the one man in their life.

I was deeply moved by this book, griped by her grief, a grief I understand. Patti Roberts has a powerful way of putting you in the story, feeling every emotion Grace feels, right down to the heart-stopping grief of losing her father, being seen by the community as a freak, and finally making a friend, but not understanding the forces behind her friend, or the world around her.

I gave this book four stars only because, a couple of times, I was confused for a period of time by what was happening. But I soon figured it out and went on to enjoy this book. If I could change anything, it would be only to know what happens next, but alas, I have to wait for the sequel. Paranormal readers would, very much, enjoy this book.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Aurora Press on May 12, 2011 :
Having read Paradox - The Angels Are Here, I feel I've been left with a different world view on angels, heaven and spirituality. There is no easy way to sum up the plot, so I shall just say that the story focuses on two elements: one being the war between the different angel houses and how they interact with humans. Some are good, others are evil, and so they fight each other in their quests to become the stronger house. The second part focuses on Grace, a little girl who's gone through a lot in life, and whose life is about to be turned upside down.
While the angels' part focuses on world building and description and setting a solid background for the next books in the series, Grace's part emphasises her emotions based on a deep loss, her relationship with her family and the actions that rise into a dramatic crescendo, inevitably leading to an ending that will leave you wanting to read the book all over again because you just couldn't see it coming.
There's no doubt Patti Roberts is someone who knows how to build strong characters and a vivid setting. I liked the darker side of some of the angels. It was a unique and convincing way to view spirituality and the angels' role within humanity. I also liked how they were connected to Grace and Grace's role within the larger picture. I do agree with others who said some questions were left unanswered, but I feel that was necessary in order to be able to explore those in detail in books to follow.
All in all, this was a great first book in the series with interesting characters that invite further exploration. It was a touching read that I would recommend to all fantasy readers, and I eagerly await the next book in the series.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Rayven on May 05, 2011 :
The world of Angels in which Patti Roberts creates is one of greed, power, sex, control with a bit of conspiracy theory which lays the ground work for the war between good and evil. But who is good and who is evil remains to be seen. Her world of Angels is multi-faceted and for a brief moment I was immersed into their world and presented with very complex and twisted characters and I found myself wanting more. The author has truly created a villain worth reading, he is dark and so very bad that you can't help but want to see more of his dammed soul.

The story then catapults the reader 900 years into the future and back on Earth. In which we find a young girl Grace whose life has just spun out of control. As I followed Grace's story I found myself wanting to be back in the world the Angels. The story of Grace took me through a gamut of emotions ; grief, sadness and despair. It almost felt like I was reading two very different books, one that was meant of an older audience with the writing style more intelligent, detailed and descriptions that made the realm of the Angels come alive. Then on to Grace's world where the author was writing to a younger audience, which I found a bit frustrating for I wanted to see more of the Angels stories. I found the supporting characters in Grace's story without depth, except for Grace herself, whose dark emotions and experiences I felt right along with her.


Though in hindsight, the feeling of good and evil was very tangible throughout and evident in the different writing styles within the story. There are several sub-plots within the tale that I thought could have been explored more and would have given greater insight to supporting characters. One worthy note I would like to mention is the Author did a fantastic job of catching my imagination and giving me glimpse as to who and what Guardian Angels are. I found her ideas very interesting and I am sure most readers will easily identify with her vision of " Guardian Angels"


The book fits into the fantasy realm though it is labeled as teen and young adult. For myself it gave me my first taste of the world of Angels through Patti Roberts eyes and I was not disappointed. All in all a very good read and be prepared for two stories that will come together in what I hope to be a very exciting follow up book " Paradox - Progeny of Innocence" This book is a worthy 4 stars!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: LE Olteano on April 11, 2011 :
The first thing that I truly liked about it is the style of the writing; it instilled in me the acute sense of being present to something quite wonderful. I, for one, always love the art of the word above the more action-oriented way of writing, but I also know that there are those who value the easier to read style. For me, the writing here scores a lot of points. It’s adequate to tales of angels, demons, gods, and mighty, legendary creatures. I was especially pleased by Patti Robert‘s descriptive talents, they’re a godsend to my personal tastes; however, I will say, the ‘voices’ of the human characters could benefit from a simpler approach.
Another thing that I loved, and this is always a make or break deal for me, was the “villain”-ish category of characters. If your book doesn’t have one guy that I wanna be kidnapped by, then it’s not going to really work out between us. Well, Patti Roberts has offered at least one character so far that I seriously wanna petition to have me kidnapped and taken back to his lair. I’m not going to go spoiler-y on you guys, but I’m telling you, there’s one epic hot guy in here. I am sort of sad that he isn’t featured in the story so far as much as I’d like him to, but I am hopeful that he’ll make more of an appearance in the future.
I appreciate the way the book introduces you to Grace, really introduces you to her and her growing pains and difficult or better moments; you get a real, vibrant sense of who Grace really is and I suspect the entire series will benefit greatly from it. Of course, I’ll have to wait and read it all in time to be sure about it. One excruciatingly well done part was the one dealing with Grace’s loss; it felt so intensely real, that you literally have no choice but to go through it with her.
There were a few moments where I felt disoriented, or slightly confused, along the way; the story has a tempo of its own, a sort of very personal beat that you have to get into. There are also a few loose ends in the story so far, not to mention The Angels Are Here ends with a major (evil) cliffhanger, but I suspect a lot will become clearer with the fallowing installments.
I must say I love the cover too, it looks very, very promising. Until next volumes are available, The Angels Are Here and me have good chemistry, this is the beginning of a potentially beautiful relationship.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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