After Eden (Fallen Angels, Book 1)

Rated 3.33/5 based on 6 reviews
When an angel kidnaps Devi's twin brother, the only person who can get him back is a demon--if she is willing to pay his price. But some secrets should never be uncovered. Soon Devi is in over her head and in love with the one person she cannot trust. (young adult paranormal romance, 87,000 words) More

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About Katherine Pine

Katherine Pine is addicted to shoujo manga and black tea. Though she's only in her mid-twenties, she lives in a retirement community in the Pacific Northwest. Alright, so maybe it isn't officially a retirement community, but the age of the average person is about 62. As a result Katherine has grown accustomed to epic bingo battles and losing terribly at Bridge. When she's not writing she knits, tries to convince slugs that her compost pile is much tastier than her vegetable garden, and gets bossed around by her cats.

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Review by: Katja Rinne on March 27, 2012 :
From the blurb I figured the book is very much what I like to read, so I had high expectations for it. The beginning of the book was promising, but it watered down from there. Around the middle I got the impression the author was a bit lost and didn’t exactly know where she was going with it — to be short, it was rather boring without any real context or connection to the actual plot. In some ways the middle seems to be part of a fully different book than the beginning and end.

Pine got the story back together for the grand finale, and in my opinion she did a good job with it. I do think the blurb promised a bit more than what the book delivered. Though it is a series, so we might get more of that on the latter books. However the main event on this book wasn’t getting his brother back.

Devi was a likable enough lead character and Pine managed to make her a believable hot and cold teenager without being too annoying. Kim — Devi’s best friend — brought a little spice, but she was kind of forgotten after the first half of the book. Oz is a strange but nice guy demon who seems to do a lot of things for the sake of the plot, rather than for his personality.

The premises was an interesting take on the Christian mythology — devout believers be aware, that it might be offensive to you. I wish some things would have been explained a bit more in the book, since for example I had to go and google the difference between spirit and soul to fully understand what was going on.

I think the story has a lot of potential, but it’s quite clear it wasn’t ready for publishing and still requires editing. For example there’s a scene where Devi and Oz goes to have some pancakes and after they’ve ordered their delicious carb bombs, they are suddenly back in Oz’s car driving to the pancake place.

To be honest I thought quite often, that I’d just mark this book as DNF, but I stuck through it. I think the author has talent, but this novel could’ve used a lot more work.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Nilsa Rodriguez on March 08, 2012 :
I purchased this book and was unable to download to my kindle or download to PC. That sucks.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Emily Tuley on Nov. 04, 2011 :
This series known as the fallen angels written by Katherine Pine starts off with very interesting twists and turns. Concepts of celestial and demonic beings are very intriguing . I enjoyed reading this and was a little skeptical at the start. The story was a little slow starting and I had begun forming questions to quickly that were getting little to no answers, but soon enough the story began to flesh out more and I was being pulled in to read. The characters were a little normal and some of the things were actually predictable but for a young adult read this was a good read.

The story began to pick up and take a nice pace one that allowed you to keep turning the pages and letting you know that there was more to come. Though there were times that the lead character Devi made you a little frustrated with her careless actions to herself and those that were around her. Endangering some of the people around her more than they should have been. In the end the unlikely love affair that springs up between her and Oz is cute .
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: arick01 on July 25, 2011 :
I would say this is more of a 4.5 rating.

This book was a lot of fun! The plot definitely had some great twist and turns, bad guys, and mythology. There were some surprising things about some of the characters and I was intrigued at seeing a different view on certain supernatural beings. I am excited to see where things will go in the next book because the ending was intense & there was a bit of a cliffhanger. Oh I also loved the padding the ex-boyfriend car scene. Haha what a great idea, I am going to remember that one!

Devi was a character that I could connect with and she was likeable. Oz was a really fun character because he was pretty BA and scary when he wanted to be, but he was also so adorable. There were some great scenes between Oz & Devi (all I will say is: the pancake & dock scenes. If you have read the book you will know why I love these scenes). I also liked Kim (Devi's best friend), she was fun to read about, but I kind of hated her at times because of the way she treated Devi. Forneus was a total creep & I wanted Devi to run the other way. Just ugh!!! He is a great character for the story though.

The only problem I had was that the romance between Oz & Devi happened really fast & was pretty intense at times. However, having said that it didn't really bother me that much. I thought they were a great couple and they seemed like they went together well. The whole book happens in a matter of days, but it seems much longer than that & maybe that is why their "instant romance" didn't bother me.

Overall I definitely recommend the book & I can't wait to read the next one!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Tanya Contois on May 28, 2011 :
Author Katherine Pine did an excellent job writing After Eden (Fallen Angels,Book 1) and I am very much looking forward to reading the next volume because I loved each character especially Oz and all of his snarkiness and sarcastic comments.I also enjoyed the character Devi as well and can't wait to see where Katherine Pine takes the story next.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: monika weber on May 15, 2011 :
I loved this book! Such a great story, Thanks for writing this creativly fun story Katherine! I cant wait till the next volume is published. . .
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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