Angel Evolution

Rated 3.80/5 based on 89 reviews
Book 1 in 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. More

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Words: 80,490
Language: English
ISBN: 9781465869678
About David Estes

David Estes was born in El Paso, Texas but moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania when he was very young. He grew up in Pittsburgh and then went to Penn State for college. Eventually he moved to Sydney, Australia where he met his wife. A reader all his life, he began writing novels for the children's and YA markets in 2010. David is a writer with OCD, a love of dancing and singing (but only when no one is looking or listening), a mad-skilled ping-pong player, and prefers writing at the swimming pool to writing at a table.

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Reviews

Review by: Victoria Zigler on Dec. 22, 2013 :
This is a reasonably good read; not amazing, but pretty good. The plot is interesting and the way angels and demons are portrayed is unusual.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Midu Hadi on Jan. 24, 2013 :
What I liked:

I really liked the author’s idea of combining evolution with angels & demons mythology-however, the issue of the snake that started it all needs further delving in. Maybe it will be touched upon in the sequels.

Of course, the superiority complex that all angels seemed to be a prey of and to what lengths they’d go to keep it that way was another interesting bit.

both the angel and the demon did NOT fall in love with the heroine- very refreshing in a YA novel.


What I didn’t like:

the treatment of Gargoyles-if I’m correct, they’re the result of unions between two angels or two demons which makes them their offsprings…sub intelligent but still their kids. Why are they treated like animals by both sides? And not only are the supes okay with that, so were the humans?

Taylor took a lot of things too calmly and she switches between hating and loving Gabe a little too much & too easily.

This is a fast paced YA novel with a unique spin on angel/demon myth. I liked it a lot!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: C.C. on Jan. 24, 2013 :
Taylor Kingston heads off to college with her best friend Samantha Collins. Sam is a normal teenager, but Taylor is something else. She’s special to angels and demons and their century long war. She just doesn’t know it yet.

Gabriel Knight is an angel. Christopher Lyon is a demon. They both want Taylor, but for different reasons. Gabriel makes the first move and initiates contact. Then Chris starts dating Sam. Things get really interesting after that.

Well-written with in-depth characters, a fast plot and hidden agendas. I have to say I wanted to shake Taylor. I realize she’s a teenager, but she ignored her own first rule, listen to her gut. Then she didn’t get both sides of the story before making a decision. Never make decisions, especially monumental far-reaching decisions without getting all the info you can get from all sides. *sigh* Love! And boys! They’ll mess up a girl’s mind if given a chance. I’m sure we’ve all been there.

This is the first book in a trilogy and it ended in a bit of a cliffhanger. I look forward to reading what happens next in 'Demon Evolution.'

*Many thanks to the author for providing me with a review copy. Please see disclaimer page on my blog.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Bailee on Jan. 05, 2013 :
Unlike most stories where the light is good and dark is bad, the lines are blurred within the story that causes you to question everything you find ethical. I thought that the idea and story behind it was unique, definitely different than what I expected. While the idea was special, the writing wasn't quite what I would have wanted especially when there was such a story that needed it's backing. I loved the idea though, sometimes enough to look over the flaws.

The characters were interesting and enjoyable as well as their relationships. It was nice that to see a main character that didn't quite fit into a specific stereotype even though she sometimes came off as more of a child than an adult. The quick changes made in the relationship between Gabriel and Taylor felt unrealistic. I feel that a relationship takes time to progress to a certain point and I felt that a lot of key things were missed because of that. My favorite couple and characters were those that were minor and so it depressed me to find that her family had such a tiny part.

It's greatest attribute was one simple factor--there was no love triangle which has become all too common in the YA genre and maybe in most genres as well. The best love story is a simple one without all the complications that are added by another person. This is not to say that love triangles are any less interesting than a normal relationship but sometimes it takes away from the story and makes you focus more on the relationships. I liked that I could focus more easily on the plot in this story.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Nitza Jones-Sepulveda on Dec. 24, 2012 :
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After reading The Moon Dwellers (Book #1 Dweller trilogy), I became hook to David Estes’ style, so I decided to read Angel Evolution (Book #1 Evolution trilogy) which was his first novel. I’d love to be able to give it the rave review that I gave Moon Dwellers, but alas, I cannot. He was still able to reel me in, but I found issue with a lot more things in this novel. I try to give authors the benefit of the doubt when it comes to their first novels because any reader or writer knows that the first work is usually not one’s best work. I will definitely do the same for Mr. Estes because I know from reading Moon Dwellers that his technique has improved.

Taylor is a freshman at the University of Trinton when she meets Gabriel Knight. She notices a light shining around him that no one else seems to see. She is curious about him, but also seems to fear him. She later learns that Gabriel is an angel and soon falls in love with him. Little does Taylor know that their meeting and her infatuation was planned as Gabriel was sent there on a mission for his people…to convince Taylor to join the angels in the Great War against the demons. However, as Gabriel spends time with Taylor, he develops real feelings for her. This leads to internal conflict for Gabriel…does he follow his orders and get Taylor to join the angel cause and help with “the plan” or does he follow his heart and protect the one he loves even if it means going against everything he knows?

The plot and story line of the novel did hook me. I like the fact that the characters are in their first year of college and that parents play a very minor role (they’re hardly mentioned at all). I like this in contrast to most other YA novels where the characters are in High School, making the characters slightly more mature (although you must take into account that it’s their first year and their first time away from home, which is usually when most college students are the craziest). I also like that the world of Angels and Demons in this novel is very different than most other Angel/Demon novels I've read (i.e., Fallen and Hush, Hush). You pretty much have to forget everything you learned in Sunday school or Church when you read this; there are no religious aspects to this world. The story of how the Angels and Demons came to exist is different, they have more powers, and their views in regards to humans are different.

However, there were a few things that annoyed me about this book. First, being my second novel by Mr. Estes, I notice that he likes to give the reader more than one character’s point-of-view (POV). When done well, as in The Moon Dwellers, this can be unique, versatile, and enlightening. However, in this novel it often became annoying and confusing. It is particularly annoying and confusing when he switches POV several times within the same scene or chapter. Let me also point out that the entire story is told in the third person, so the constant switching wasn't always necessary. There were actually instances where I found myself saying “ OK, whose mind are we looking into now?” Finding out what was going on in the minds of everyone was great and all, but seriously not worth all the confusion with the switching. I think that having the story in the third person rather than first allows for much better options to get into everyone’s head.

My second issue is a rather minor one, but I was still annoyed. There was one instance in the novel where I felt Mr. Estes overstated the obvious. Taylor and Sam are at a pizza parlor with Gabriel and another guy (not mentioning names to avoid spoilers). Sam orders 3 pizza pies to eat between the four of them (a bit too much food if you ask me). The point of the scene is to show some rivalry between characters as they eat the pizza. The part that annoyed me was that Mr. Estes broke down the basic math. Three pies, 10 slices in each, half of one pie was eaten, 25 slices left, two characters ate 12 each, yadda, yadda. I understand that this is a YA novel and I’m all for details, but I feel that sometimes authors really need to give readers the benefit of the doubt and have confidence that they can follow along without everything being explained. In this case, assume the reader is able to do basic math (or at the very least knows how to use a calculator). I’m pretty sure if I asked my 12 year old niece “if there are three pies with 10 slices in each and half of one pie was eaten, how many is left?” she’d know the answer, even if it took her a minute to think about it. Plus, the exact math was not the real point of the situation, so why spend so much time explaining it? Granted in the end it didn't deter me from finishing the book, but I did spend a moment thinking “seriously? That needed to be explained?”

Third, Taylor as a character contradicts herself. She goes on and on about how her mother taught her to be strong and independent and yet time and again she give into temptation. She talks about how she’s not going to let Gabriel control how the relationship progresses, even shows it by not letting him hold her hand or put his arm around her in public. However, she gives into him rather quickly. Although she admits to not having much experience with relationships, I don’t feel that a woman who claims to be so strong and independent would give themselves to someone so easily and so quickly. I feel that Gabriel should’ve had to work harder to convince her. Maybe it would've made the book longer, but it would've been a bit more realistic and made Taylor a stronger character.

Finally, some characters and their interactions annoyed me. Sam is extremely annoying, which I’m sure Mr. Estes was going for. How she and Taylor could be friends for so long considering that they’re polar opposites (Sam a beautiful, shallow, vain socialite and Taylor an average looking, modest, and socially awkward introvert) is beyond me. To Sam’s credit, however, she does really care for Taylor and it is sad that it takes so long in the book for us to truly see any real substance within Sam. Having said that, throughout most of the novel every time she said anything I wanted to scream "oh, for the love of God, shut up!"

Taylor's use of the word "man" (e.g., "Are you screwin' with me, man?") bothered me as well because I just didn't feel it fit Taylor's character, at least not the way I pictured her in my head. Granted it was only a few instances but that only made it feel even more unnatural. When Gabriel used the term (e.g., "Look, man, I didn't expect to...") it felt a bit more natural to me because of when and how he said it and because of the kind of character I envision him to be. But when Taylor said it, it just felt wrong. I believe there are some characters in books (both male and female) that are presented in a way that its natural for them to say particular slang terms and phrases such as this. I just don't feel that Taylor is one of those characters.

I also think that some of the dialogue between the characters, particularly the comical moments, felt unnatural. Unfortunately, I don’t think I can give an example without giving too much away, so all I can really say is that the some of the jokes were cliché and felt forced.

And I hate the nickname “Tay”. Just need to say that.

I always like to read what other reviewers post before reading a book, just to see what the consensus is. I recall one reviewer stating that Taylor is unaware at how “special” she is or that she’s pretty and that is all you need to know about the plot. I disagree. First, while it is pivotal to the plot, Taylor’s specialness and attractiveness are not the only things at stake here. There are a lot of internal conflicts going on within Gabriel and they’re not all centered around Taylor, although she does bring things to a head. Gabriel has been trained from birth to think a particular way and to follow orders, but he seems to have questions about a lot of his “training” long before he met Taylor; Taylor just gave him more reason to question them. Second, the way that Taylor is “special” is not the sort of thing she or anyone else would be aware of. As far as her realizing that she’s pretty, that’s normal among teenage girls. I know of very few young girls that are completely well-adjusted (even the ones who are obnoxiously so on the outside, like Sam, aren't when you look deep into them).

Overall, I wasn't thoroughly impressed with this book, particularly after reading The Moon Dwellers. So if you’re reading this book first and you find yourself questioning whether you want to read anything else by Mr. Estes, I implore you to read Moon Dwellers before making that decision. If you are reading this book first and you really love it, I say brace yourself because it gets even better. I do plan on seeing this series through and I will give you my perceptions on the other two books. I recommend this book to all Angel/Demon fans because it’s different from other Angel/Demon novels. I did like this book, but The Moon Dwellers is still my favorite Estes book.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Lynxie on Dec. 16, 2012 :
David really made my weekend, with his fast-paced, flirty and fresh tale about Taylor, her angel (Gabriel), her best friend Sam and Sam's demon (Chris).

This fresh look at angels and demons felt well constructed with likable characters. It had me guessing right up until the end.

I loved to hate Gabriel, just plain LOVED Chris and drew some pretty strong comparisons between myself and Taylor (when I was that age).

I didn't love the use of the extremely hyphenated words at the beginning, but that was only very minor.

Great work David! I will be adding #2 and #3 to my to read list right now!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Ashley Stoyanoff on Aug. 24, 2012 :
My Overall Rating: 3.5/5

Angel Evolution by David Estes was a fast and entertaining read. When I finally found time to sit down and read it, I was up until the wee hours of the morning. I just couldn’t put it down.

There were many great things about this book; the best was the character of Taylor. I loved her personality and found her easy to like and care about.

The take on Angels and Demons and how they came about was a breath of fresh air. It was this unique take that kept me up all night flipping the pages. The action scenes were well done, and I absolutely loved the structure and organization of the war.

Although I enjoyed bits and pieces of the relationship between Taylor and Gabriel, it seemed forced and not realistic. In the end, it left me disappointed and feeling like the characters (mostly Gabriel but even Taylor fell in to this category by the end) were missing some much-needed development.

Angel Evolution was an original and entertaining tale, and a good start to the series. I’m looking forward to reading the next one.
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Characters (Major and Minor): 3/5

Overall Storyline (Concept, Plot): 4/5

Overall Pacing: 4/5

Technical (Grammar, punctuation, etc.): 3/5

Ending: 3/5

My Overall Rating: 3.5/5
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Christina Smith on July 21, 2012 :
It was okay. I'm not a big Angel genre fan anyway, and this didn't really change my mind.

While I liked some aspects of the story, it didn't thrill me.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Mineliz Medina on July 20, 2012 :
I liked this book, particularly because it seems pretty original. It's a story about Angels and Demons but they have special powers so they're pretty cool!

I like that the book was written about a girl in college because most YA books are written about characters in high school, so it was nice to get something different. Taylor and Sam are fun, energetic girls and I liked reading their stories. Sometimes I think Taylor needed to ask more questions, but overall I liked her. Gab was fun to read about because he seems to have a lot of internal struggling happening. Chris was my favorite character. We get enough of him to be interested but not enough, which keeps him interesting.

I liked that we knew what everyone was thinking at the same time I didn't like it. It was great because we got to see the story from so many different angles, but at the same time it seemed like a chapter would be about someone particular but then we would get a sentence or two about what a different character was thinking. I might not have been following the POVs right but it confused me sometimes.

Although I liked the story, something seemed missing to me and I can't tell what it was. Maybe there was too much foreshadowing? I'm not sure. I think maybe more subtle foreshadowing would have been better. Something I would have needed to figure out instead of being told. That makes the books more exciting for me. But I do like that we were kept in the dark sometimes. Because we could really get into anyones head in this story, it was nice to not know everything that was going on.

The two different battle sides were REALLY interesting to experience - because we don't have, or I've never seen, anything like those in our world. It made me want to be in one of those places just to see everything that was happening!

I have a couple questions, but there is another book so I'll wait and see if they are hopefully answered!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Annie Jonas X on July 17, 2012 :
I tried to like this book, I really did! I just couldn’t…
It was so similar to other stories I had read, I groaned inwardly when I finished the first part of the book.
It’s not just the book, it’s what it was about, that made me feel so negatively towards the entire novel. Maybe if it was the first time I had encountered this plot and idea of the book,
I would have felt differently but no such luck
I have read similar book to this, and because of that, I can’t say I liked it. I twas just so…ordinary.

The Plot:
This is ALL you need to know:
There’s this pretty, “special” girl who just doesn’t know it. In addition, she has no idea she is pretty. Both of these factors lead to her low self esteem. (And she’s socially awkward, but that’s a given lately in YA fiction.)
Then comes the guy. He’s hawt, of course, but he has a secret agenda! He has a mission. It involves her and it isn’t good…
Not that she knows that! Yet…
But when he’s with her, she feels so special!
But what will happen when she finds out his secret?
And what will happen to him when he fails his mission and falls in love with the target? (Or does he?…..…)

The Protagonist:
Taylor:
She was like a brick, no personality at all. It didn’t even seem like she loved her family. She was happy to get away from her dad and had no connection to her brother. Her brother, she claimed didn’t care about her, well how is that? There is no evidence to support that and how can you not love your sibling? No matter what, even if you hate them you still FEEL something towards them, have some sort of a connection. It’s simply not possible to feel NOTHING towards your bro or sis!
Also, when meeting Gabriel, she didn’t change out of her sweatpants or put makeup on because “that’s the kinda girl she is”.
Wow! You’re sooooo deep bella, I mean Taylor! Hehehe
I think the author was trying to make her come across as deep or so sophisticated and mature by making her the atypical girl but the effect was that she seemed like she was trying TOO hard to be “different” which makes her seem no different than anyone else.

Overall Impression:
This book was a hard read for me because it was so dull and uninteresting. By page 43, I had had enough of this book. I wanted to put it down, but because of the deadline, I plunged on. If I could have abandoned this book, I would have. There was nothing that struck out to me about the book, neither the characters or plot nor the writing style. Everything seemed…average.
The plot was not engaging, especially in the beginning and it continued to drag on. The characters were mediocre and I felt no real connection to any of the half-developed characters. Taylor, the protagonist who was a college student, seemed like such a brick head sometimes, I felt hatred towards her. She was another faceless girl who fell deeply in love with the hawt guy, who just so happened to be evil. There was nothing about that made me even remotely interested in her, if she fell of a cliff, I would wouldn’t even blink my eyes. Maybe I would cheer if I bothered to pay attention…
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Elle on July 09, 2012 :
Okay. Let’s start by explain my problem with the star ratings. I couldn’t give Angel Evolution four stars along with some books I love to death, but three stars doesn’t feel like enough to me, so I would say you ignore the stars and just read the review. I tend to be contradicting sometimes. Who cares? Just read it. Wink

Angel Evolution has a pretty different take on angels and demons from what I’m used to. And before you narrow your eyes at me, let me just tell you that different isn’t always bad. As a matter of fact, different is most of the time good. Like Taylor.

Taylor Kingston is set of on her first year of college along with her best friend Samantha, into her life of independence. Taylor is pretty… unique, both inside and out. She’s strong-minded, a little obsessed over being in control, and doesn’t see herself very clearly. She has a black snake with red eyes tattoo on one shoulder, wears quite a few rings, and is in desperate need to find a flour-leafed clover.

So what happens when a stranger –yet very good looking guy with a strange light around himself at that –walks up to her roams the grass for a second and hands her a four-leafed clover? She tears it apart. Destroys it. Pulls out leaf by leaf… You get the picture. See what I mean when I tell you she’s unique?

But now that you’ve seen this good looking guy with a light around himself, I have to make introductions. Meet Gabriel Knight, aka an Angel.

So Gabriel is an angel, and he’s on a mission. Find the world’s strongest weapon, seduce her –yes her –and bring her in to help the angels destroy all demons roaming the earth. A piece of cake, right? At least seducing her is. It’s not like he really did have to try, what girl wouldn’t fall for a good looking guy, with amazing eyes, who’s a complete gentleman. And who just happens to have wings behind his back and can fly you around campus, so you can sneak out together to secret places and make out? Who indeed! Taylor didn’t stand a chance, and neither did I.

Oh, but don’t fool yourself! I never said he was good. And here lays the problem. Is he good or is he not? What if I compare him to our next guest, Christopher, a demon? A demon who actually seems to be good, unlike Gabriel. Where do we stand now? Well, I’m going to tell you a secret. First I thought Gabriel was good, and then I thought he was bad. Then I thought he was good again, and then bad. And in the end… well, you’ll have to read to find out. Wink. I will tell you this, though, I am one happy girl… or sort of.
Angel Evolution is pretty original take on angels and demons, full of new superpowers and interesting tales. It has its own epic battle and warriors in shinny armors. It has love and friendship, betrayal and lies, and it will leave you wanting to know more.

Now it’s when I sit straighter and narrow my eyes at David, the author, and say: Why did you leave it like that? It’s not fair! And now I pout for extra effect.

So, yes, in case you’re wondering, we are left with a bit of a cliffhanger, or maybe not a bit, more like a huge cliffhanger (to me). This leads me to say that I’m looking forward to reading the next books in this trilogy and David Estes’ other works.

Angel Evolution is a good start and debut novel, it sets of an intriguing first glimpse into a tale you won’t want to miss
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Booketta on July 09, 2012 :
Paranormal fiction is very popular, particularly in the YA genre. I have received quite a few of these books to review recently and although there is a very similar theme running through - good versus evil, angels versus demons, they vary in both writing and readability. One commonality I have found is that when there are series, the first book is often scene setting and is not as good as the follow ons. This is not always the case, but I have found it to be more often than not. I suspect Angel Evolution is one of these. I have only read Book One, therefore I cannot actually back up this assumption.
We meet angels and demons with a difference. This story turns the angels are good, demons are evil, belief on its head. Our beautiful angel, shining brighter than natural light is not brighter than white at all, telling lies to further the cause of his kind. Our not so evil demon, although tall, dark and handsome, dimming the light somewhat, comes from a group of demons who are able to live alongside humans without causing any harm. They would like to continue this existence of living in harmony but the angels have other plans. Meet our heroines two human college girls, one whose aura shines brighter than other humans and who has the ability to see the angels light and demons darkness.
A battle commences. Who wins? Who is telling the truth? Can the angel Gabriel be saved? Read the series to find out.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Yzabel Ginsberg on July 08, 2012 :
I've had this novel on my radar for a couple of weeks, and finally got to read it today. I must say it made me spend a good moment, even though it has its flaws.

I think the major problem for me as a reader was that I found connecting with the characters a little hard. Especially the main female character, Taylor, who remained quite bland for a good deal of the story, until she finally grew something of a spine. Besides, she accepted Gabriel's story so quickly! It would've been more believable if she had been more of a skeptic, asked more questions, be warier of him, kept a distance at first... not fall into his arms so soon. I didn't know where to stand regarding Gabriel either, couldn't decide if he was suffering from chronic lying disorder, or was just brainwashed, or tried to convince himself he believed in all of that. I guess this is part of his evolution, of how he goes from obeying orders to standing for what he thinks is really right, but it still came off as shaky.

On the other hand, the story itself was enjoyable, with an original twist about angels and demons. Well, alright, at first I wasn't sure whether I would've wanted those to be closer to their original myths, or not; however, now that I've finished the book, it feels like a positive aspect, that provides a nice change from more classical retellings of such fights. It's a good thing that there is no God here to steer the ship; we are presented with people who, all in all, are still human, or at least evolved from humans, and as such, who are prone to mistakes (but then, there's the black snake... will more be revealed about its role later on?). The ending of this first novel leaves several doors open, regarding various possibilities of action for the characters; I feel like it doesn't have to end in a full-blown war... yet it could just as well... or there could be yet another path to follow. At this point, the outcome is not predictable, and I like that.

What I appreciated most was that there was more than met the eye to the two sides of the war. The angels whom everyone expects to be 'pure' and 'good' actually have their lot of bastards, double-standards, lies and downright crass goals; while the demons, supposedly evil and dark, probably have their lot of ambiguous characters and darker aims as well (I don't know what's going to be tackled in the two other novels, after all), yet were clearly not the totally bad guys they were made to look like. In fact, the character I liked the most throughout the whole novel was Chris, and I hope we get to see more of him in book 2! Even Jonas had a nice side to him, in spite of not being shown under the best light in the world.

Although I'm not giving full marks to this novel, I am positive that its setting and story have strong bases, and that the author's next works can only evolve in an even better direction.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Audrey Wilkerson on July 07, 2012 :
Taylor Kingston is off to college, away from her slightly over-protective Dad and the memories of her Mom, who died when Taylor was thirteen. It would be great if she would leave the recurring dream of the menacing snake behind as well, but that doesn’t look like it’s going to happen. Once at the University of Trinton, things start looking up: her best friend from childhood, Sam, is her roommate; and she meets Gabriel Knight, a handsome college student.

Things seem a little different about Gabriel - is she the only one who notices that he glows slightly? And how could someone as handsome as Gabriel be interested in her? And why does she have a bad feeling when she is near him? Once she realizes that Gabriel starred in her dream, and she couldn’t tell if he was hero or villain, she is more curious than ever about him. Then, when she meets another handsome stranger - this one dark and mysterious - and realizes that he, too, was part of her dream - she is determined to find out what it all means. Then she finds out that Gabriel is an angel and she is the key to defeating the demons. Can she trust Gabriel to lead her into the right direction?

To me, there seems to be certain “rules” about fantasy characters that have been followed since the first books or movies were produced. Vampires are beautiful, cold, pale beings that have fangs and drink blood; werewolves change from man to beast during the full moon; and angels and demons have been around since long before God’s beard turned white. Now, you can re-imagine SOME of the rules (like changing the reason the vampire can’t go out into the sun, for example) but you just can’t re-write everything, right? A story of angels and demons, this one’s a puzzler. According to the very detailed story of their creation, these demons came into being in 1846 when the first demon evolved. A human was attacked by a snake that looks exactly like the one in Taylor’s dream. The bite of the snake transformed the man into some sort of fiery, fast, quick-healing, dark being. 1846? Plus, it is explained later that these angels and demons are not the religious sort. Huh? I mean, you can write a secular book about angels, but to say they are unrelated is rewriting too many rules.

The writing is average. I am a HUGE proponent of the thesaurus (in fact, I have thesaurus.com open right now). However, it seems that while the author made great strides to not repeat words (hooray!) some of the choices made to use in place of those words were either stilted or incorrect (not hooray). An entomologist studies insects; not an insectologist. The relationship between Taylor and Gabriel (and later, between Sam and Chris the demon) both happened way too fast. Taylor’s constant misgivings about Gabriel and her perpetual vacillating between accepting and trusting him and not was tedious and melodramatic. The description of Taylor’s tattoos, numerous rings and “style” seemed forced and made her sound odd, not cool. I thought they were going to lead somewhere, but they did not. Honestly, it’s great that Taylor is mature enough to see past stereotypes, since her best friend is a perky, boy-crazy cheerleader, but does this ring true?

Yes, there will always be secondary and tertiary characters in your book; it would suffer greatly without them. But to talk about characters that never happen is confusing. Two characters were introduced in the book that were never talked about in detail again; Taylor’s older brother, James, and friend Marla’s absent roommate. I really thought something mysterious was going to happen with the roommate; after all, she was not going to show up until the day before classes started (and, as an aside, why would you go to college two whole weeks before school started, as everyone else did? That makes no sense.) and then later it is remarked that it has been five weeks since school started and then the roommate arrives. As for James, I think he appeared once and that was it. I don’t even think the Dad gave him a ride home after school was over. Sorry, James - seems Dad always did like Taylor best.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Michelle McRoberts on July 03, 2012 :
I liked this book...it was easy to read, went quickly, and I'll be reading the subsequent books, too; however, there are a few things that made me delay writing the review for the story. I had to go back and take a second look after a separation from the book.

What I liked - The story was interesting. The plot was engaging and the style of delivery was relaxed and engaging...I liked the characterization of the relationship of the best friend more than than the main character (more on that below). I liked the usage of the dreams to relate and promote the mythology. The use of the snake image is good, too. I like the back story of how the special abilities of the angels and demons developed, I just don't like the use of those particular terms...(more below)

What I didn't like - Rather than saying that I didn't like these, I'd rather express "What really made me wonder"...

* Why use angels? (view spoiler) Using iconic mythology is helpful in some situations, because you gain the reader's prior knowledge of the type of character that is used. Fundamentally, I have a problem with the ultimate roles of the angels and demons in the plot of this story, not just because of existing religious implications in my mind, but due in part to the depth of literary history that has contributed to the existing mythology of the "angel" and the "demon," and their subsequent roles in literature and religion. Once again, I like the background story David developed, just not having it applied within existing mythology - the more daring move would have been to create a new mythology not to create a controversial twist on the old.

* I also struggle somewhat with the characterization. I think another reviewer touched on this as well, but the inconsistency of the character's personalities lend to their relative ages being in the teens, not of college age. I expect to see a girl who loses herself entirely in her boyfriend or changes who she displays to the world or goes against everything she has been trained to be as a woman from a high school student in her first or second relationship, not a college student with the benefit of maturity on her side, whether or not she has much relationship experience.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: olivia hernadez on July 02, 2012 :
The premise of this story was unique in that the good angel is not the bright angel but the demon. Sadly, this book was not for me. It had good points and is far from the worst book I've ever read but it was a struggle for me to stay interested. Mainly because of the main character Taylor.

Taylor is a socially awkward girl that is a freshman in college and has had recurring dreams of a black snake with red eyes for many years. Something about Taylor just wasn't appealing to me. She felt flat without much personality other than she was unusual. The author kept harping on the fact that she was weird and didn't care if she fit in. Usually that would make a character unique and appealing since she would stand out, instead it made her boring. She accepted the world of angels way to easily. Too easily. Even for someone who had beliefs that were against the "norm", she fell into the thrall of the bright angel too quickly. The love story between her and the bright angel Gabriel happened way too fast. I didn't feel the connection. Yes, there was intrigue on both sides but nothing to justify falling head over heels.

The dialogue between characters just didn't flow for me. It didn't seem natural and I was annoyed by Taylor's lack of personality and spark. She keeps being referred to as "special" and "the one" and although we learn what makes her unique, she accepts this way too willingly. Maybe I missed it, but I wanted to know more of the origin of the black snake dreams. Was this special power connected to her mom? There was mention of a brother but no development which made me mentioning him pointless in my opinion.

I did like the two angels Christopher and Gabriel. I think the story would have been better off having them as main characters and Taylor as a minor. I enjoyed the stories of the beginning of angels and demons and wanted to learn more about their world and histories. Once again, i thought there could have been more development of these two characters and less focus on Tay and Samantha and her popular, social good looks or their other dorm friend whose name escapes me.

Overall, good premise. Not for me. Would've preferred a stronger main character. This is book one of a series and don't know if it evolves and picks up but doubt I'll find out. Always difficult to invest time in a story where the main character is not your favorite.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Everly Summers on June 26, 2012 :
Well just from the title I could tell that this book was going to be interesting and interesting it was - but even more so than I expected! Angle Evolution was an amazing book! Full of angels, demons, gargoyles, and special humans (or rather special human *wink* *wink*) there was nothing I didn't love.

My favourite character is Gabriel for sure. For once I was panting after a soft-hearted guy! As one of the main characters in the story, Gabriel has quite a stressful role to play (UNDERSTATEMENT). I can't say exactly what that role is because I'd be giving away the book, but I can say that I absolutely loved how sweet he was to Taylor! :) I think I almost died when he fell in love with her. But with all of the lies surrounding their relationship, I was seriously thinking it might not last. That anticipation throughout the whole book was one of the things that kept me up until 2:00 in the morning trying to finish : D

About Taylor... I think it's awesome that she's not one of those mushy, clingy girls - she's really independent and likes to be in control which I think is AMAZING, especially these days with girls wanting guys to control everything so they only have to worry about hat shade of pink they will wear or if that chicken nugget will add cellulite (and don’t get your feminist hackles rising girls because I wasn’t referring to all of you especially since I love my fatty foods) I mean chicken nuggets and Angel evolution together?......OOPS dropped a little bit of drool there ;)The role that Taylor plays in the story is extremely important and I think the way she handled everything was perfect! Were I in her shoes, I would be the same but more bitchy and cynical with a fetish for kicking everyone’s ass who dared to touch my four leaf clover! Her best friend, Samantha (Sam) was also a great character in the story, even though she was a heinous B with an itch sometimes, along with Chris, the rival of Gabriel. *muahahaha*

With a huge war between angels and demons (bigger than the wars at the queue that will be at any book signing that David will do), and these four tangled in the middle of everything, Angel Evolution is a book you definitely don't want to miss! READ IT! SUCCUMB TO MY POWERS AND READ THE BOOK****** MWAHAHAHA *evil clap of thunder*.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Everly Summers on June 26, 2012 : (no rating)
Well just from the title I could tell that this book was going to be interesting and interesting it was - but even more so than I expected! Angle Evolution was an amazing book! Full of angels, demons, gargoyles, and special humans (or rather special human *wink* *wink*) there was nothing I didn't love.

My favourite character is Gabriel for sure. For once I was panting after a soft-hearted guy! As one of the main characters in the story, Gabriel has quite a stressful role to play (UNDERSTATEMENT). I can't say exactly what that role is because I'd be giving away the book, but I can say that I absolutely loved how sweet he was to Taylor! :) I think I almost died when he fell in love with her. But with all of the lies surrounding their relationship, I was seriously thinking it might not last. That anticipation throughout the whole book was one of the things that kept me up until 2:00 in the morning trying to finish : D

About Taylor... I think it's awesome that she's not one of those mushy, clingy girls - she's really independent and likes to be in control which I think is AMAZING, especially these days with girls wanting guys to control everything so they only have to worry about hat shade of pink they will wear or if that chicken nugget will add cellulite (and don’t get your feminist hackles rising girls because I wasn’t referring to all of you especially since I love my fatty foods) I mean chicken nuggets and Angel evolution together?......OOPS dropped a little bit of drool there ;)The role that Taylor plays in the story is extremely important and I think the way she handled everything was perfect! Were I in her shoes, I would be the same but more bitchy and cynical with a fetish for kicking everyone’s ass who dared to touch my four leaf clover! Her best friend, Samantha (Sam) was also a great character in the story, even though she was a heinous B with an itch sometimes, along with Chris, the rival of Gabriel. *muahahaha*

With a huge war between angels and demons (bigger than the wars at the queue that will be at any book signing that David will do), and these four tangled in the middle of everything, Angel Evolution is a book you definitely don't want to miss! READ IT! SUCCUMB TO MY POWERS AND READ THE BOOK****** MWAHAHAHA *evil clap of thunder*.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Sadie S. Forsythe on June 03, 2012 :
**minor spoiler alert**

Let me say up front that I did like the book. I want to say that up front because I also have some complaints, gripes, criticisms. For one, Taylor and her best friend, Sam, have a certain innocence that appears contrary to their age. They are university freshmen, but Sam still interrogates Taylor excitedly over whether she is going to kiss her new boyfriend or not. I remember being a freshman, and a kiss was simply pase -- 0r maybe I just hung out with the wrong type of girls. Either way the point is highlighted by the fact that, though Estes handles it delicately, Taylor quickly moves beyond kissing Gabriel. No one makes a big deal of this though. I belabor this rather small point for a reason. As is fairly common in YA books, the progress of Taylor and Gabriel's relationship takes center stage in this book, largely eclipsing the danger threatening the entire human race.

Estes works hard to present Taylor as a quirky, knows her own mind, individual that most modern girls will identify with. I know I did. He also goes to some length to establish the strength of her gut instincts, how rare they're wrong, and how she has learned to listen to them. She they goes right ahead and ignores them completely for the sake of a pretty boy. That she is aware of her own actions only makes it less believable. Unfortunately I feel like I could say the same sort of thing for both Gabriel and, his nemesis, Chris too.

Gabriel is presented as a smart, dedicated, goal oriented 'angel' on a mission, but with almost no provocation he falls in love and willingly throws away everything important to him. The problem is that it feels like this was a very sudden decision. There was no build up, and very little questioning of his situation or values before the decision is made.

Similarly, Chris is a clever, strong 'demon' trusted with an important mission that he doesn't appear to actually complete, or even try to complete. Despite the risk to Taylor and all of humanity he doesn't even try to engage or warn her, not even once. He takes the stance of an observer and suddenly against his (and Gabriel's) very nature develops a peaceable, wait and see relationship with his enemy.

Now to end on a positive note, what I did like was the Carollian focus on the importance of names and titles. Should you trust someone simply because he has a name that you've been taught is innately good and inspires positive feelings, despite all evidence to the contrary? Could you learn to trust someone who bore the title of an evil, despicable individual? How many kindnesses would it take before he could come out from under the shadow of his name? The whole scenario forces the reader to question their own beliefs.

Estes' writing is also crisp and clear. It is a pleasure to read. While I have some serious complaints about the character development of Angel Evolution, it is still a story worth reading and I would recommend it for teenagers.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Ray Chelle on May 28, 2012 :
The best thing about this book is its originality – most angel and demon books I’ve read are very clear – demons are bad, angels are good. This book questions those beliefs, and does so in a unique fashion. Taylor’s role is also different from most books – she’s not an angel, demon, or a simple love interest, but instead is *kind of spoiler* similar to an energy source for the angels, providing power “beyond your imagination” *end spoiler*.

The plot is mildly engaging – it is interesting enough for you to want to keep reading, although it isn’t as suspenseful as it could be. However, there are points in the book where you think afterwards, Wow, this book/part of the story is really well written, or something along the lines of that.

The main problem I had with the book is the lack of characterization and relationship development. Taylor and Gabriel’s relationship seemed rather flat, and is the classic “love at first sight tale”, without as much charm, as did Sam and Chris’s. Moreover, I found there wasn’t really anything interesting about Taylor (aside from her gifts), who seemed like the classic college girl and Sam (aside from the fact that she has a relationship with a demon), who seems like the classic prom-queen-cheerleader-pretty-good-at-everything-but-best-friends-with-the-normal-girl. Hopefully, there will be more of that in the rest of the trilogy (which I plan to read because the idea itself is so interesting).

Overall, a book of this nature and price is worth reading, especially if you’re looking for a light, paranormal romance and aren’t picky with characters (unlike me, most of the time).
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Jenny Franklin on May 22, 2012 :
I recieved Angel Evolution, the author David Estes, through The Nexus's Author's Requesting Reviewers program on GoodReads. I would first like to thank the author for offering it. I was plesently surprised and loved his different take on Angels and Demons. When I went into the book I was expecting something completly different and I liked that as the story went on I had to forget about everything I knew about the typical angel vs. demon and wrap my brain around the authors vision of what they were, which was amazing.
You first meet Taylor, a young woman who has just started at UT college with her best friend Sam. Sam is a gorgeous "cheer learder" type girl where as Taylor is more unique in apperance, opposites personalities attract sometimes right? Taylor is out on the lawn looking for a 4 leaf clover to prove that she is supposed to be there when a "glowing" Gabriel (the angel) shows up and after she meets him, she feels uneasy about him, but why?When you meet Christoper (the demon)in the story (who was one of my favorite characters) you find out that Gabriel isn't what he seems and ultimately Taylor has to decide if she can trust him or not.This book had me wondering one thing the whole time: were the demons or the angels the bad guys?
Angel Evolution is a wonderful read and I loved the surprises it had. I would recommend it to anyone who likes YA books and people who would like a different take on an angel vs demon book. I am now going to get the second and third book because I just have to keep going.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Natshane on May 06, 2012 :
4.5 stars

I have no expectations for the story but to just pick up the book, hoping for a good read on a slow night. But what I received in returned was 360 kinds of "unexpected". Angel Evolution has challenged my perception on angels and demons, altering my perspective and introduced me to a new bred of these biblical creatures. I will never look at demons the same way again. (Well, demons are kinda, hot. They can, you know, wolf down 12 slices of pizza in one meal, a talent I found to be very useful....)

I was literally hooked from the first page. I am very particular on the beginning of the book because I couldn't stand a slow start, that was why I was blown away by the very descriptive and vivid first chapter. Gosh, I have yet to calm down from the thrill. While some chapters were brief and short and the others of moderate length, the story was not lacking in any other way! A fact which I found surprising. I thought the story progressed smoothly and I admit, it had me seating at the edge of my seat (or bed, if that matters) and biting on my own lips, something I haven't do in way too long. Angel Evolution definitely brought back old memories when I used to obsess over Patch (Hush Hush) and Alex (Angel Trilogy)!

While the author continually surprise me with some "fun facts" about the angels and demons, I was also in complete awe with the characters, and this has also become one of the few rare books I've read where I adore the secondary characters as much as I do with mains. I appreciate the fact that Taylor, despite being average and plain, was a strong and confident teenager. She is daring to speak out her mind and have quite a dominant personality. She refused to be changed into someone she's not, and most importantly, she is close to her family, something I found lacking in YA novels these days. As for Gabriel, I would have to say he is the one and only character that I couldn't wrap my mind around. His thoughts and actions were so contradicting, he confused and surprised me most of the time. I couldn't figure out if he is on the good or bad side, and to be honest, he gave me a "jerk/jock/sinister" impression the first time I "met" him. I actually felt his pain when he was tormented for the fact that he build his relationship with Taylor based on lies and deceit. To me, he was a confused young boy (or angel) who found love for the first time.

I found their relationship to be completely refreshing because Taylor started off attracted to him, yet fearing him at the same time, at least Taylor does possess some sense of self preservation.

While I love Taylor and Gabriel, I also equally loved the bubbly and easygoing Chris and Sam. Sam is the typical beautiful cheer-leading type every girls wanted to be, but on the contrary to the norm, she was such a caring and concerned friend, it was impossible to hate her. On the other hand, you would never believed that Chris was a demon, then again, you would have your "concept" on demons changed drastically after reading this, it makes me want to adopt a gargoyle as a pet instead! Chris, despite being a creature of the dark, was amazingly sweet and flirtatious, I couldn't resist his charm, and like Sam, I fell a little bit in love with him too. (Oh who could have resist his boyish charm and humor?)

While the characters will grow on you, the storyline will keep your heart pounding. Half of the time I found myself laughing and grinning like a complete idiot, and the next I would be racking my brain trying to figure out what would happen next. One word. Original. When you read plenty of paranormal fiction, you would find how great it feels to read something different, something new!

The writing didn't disappoint, and I was actually nervous for the battle (the climax of the story). I thought that it ended perfectly, with a fist-pounding cliffhanger in the end *grunts*. Though I was a bit let down by how easily Taylor and Sam accepted Gabriel and Chris (I expected more of a show of emotions), it was funny to read about Taylor's reaction though!

A trilogy worth reading, soon enough I'll be scouting for the next book!

Reviewed by,
Natasha Anne
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Lyla Tyela on May 04, 2012 :
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I am literally lost for words at the moment.

. .

Angel Evolution

Higlight of my day.

This is David Estes' first novel and I think he did a pretty good job.

So the main character is Taylor. She has a strong and complicated sense of character, who believes she has to be in control. Her best friend, the gorgeous Samantha, also known as Sam, has known Taylor for quite a long time.

Then theres Gabriel. He's an angel, brainwashed into thinking angels are superior to humans and all they need to defeat the demons, is Taylor.

Except Chris refuses to let the angels take her. Chris is a demon (view spoiler)[who happens to fall in love with Sam. (hide spoiler)]

The angels need Taylor because she's the key to winning this War. The demons need her so the angels don't get the upperhand.

My heart beat rate was higher than usual, whih does not happen often. I personally loved this book and cannot wait to read the second book.

David Estes, why did you end it that way ? Why ?

Highly recommended :)
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Michael Griffith on May 01, 2012 :
If you like YA paranormal/Fantasy Romance YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK, PERIOD. But DO NOT read this book from a Christian perspective of angels and demons or you will be mad or offended. Ok now that that is out of my system. This is one of the better books I have read in a long long time. It does stars four college freshmen that are pivotal in the war between a new breed of angels and demons. No love triangles in this book folks, but there is a little bit of angst, so take it as it comes. The story is amazing, with plenty of plot twists that you see and some that you don't. I enjoy reading about each and every character present. The author utilizes different POVs very very well to get the story across, and for readers who have shorter attention spans, the longest chapter in the book is maybe 20 pages, probably more like fifteen. Just all in all a really good book for fans of Angels and Demons novels, even though they are not your typical ones. And I will say this, it isn't Fallen Angels vs Angels, and there are no Nephilim, it is pure angels versus demons. All I can say is read this book and see what you think, I believe you will be pleasantly surprised with the reading it.

My favorite have to be Chris and Sam though, not because of who they are but because of their actual character. I was rooting for them since the start of the novel and I was so happy when they finally said that they loved each other. Taylor is a really good character also, she is smart and very observant, when she is able to be. The only thing I wish was different about her is that she wasn't so naive at the beginning but I think that the author did it well enough that it isn't annoying and it is done in a very realistic manner. For Gabriel, I had questions about him at the beginning, which made me question the entire novel in the first place, but it fits so well with the overall story.

So again, Love this book and if you get a chance you have to read it.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: ELSA CARRION on April 27, 2012 :
First I would like to say thanks to David for offering to let the group review and providing the book to me as well. On with the review.....I gave the book 5 starts. Loved the story; in case the five starts didn't say enough. The story although not original...demons vs. angels....there was a crazy nice twist to it, were the good guys are not what, or who, one would expect. I'm a sucker for an angel stories but even a bigger sucker for a nice girl finding her true love! The story had be cheering, sighing, feeling sad and happy….this story had me feeling all sorts of emotions!I will definitely be reading his other books in the series as well as other books he has or will have out in the future. Did I mention that I LOVED IT!! I loved, loved, loved it and can’t wait to see what happens in the next book!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Bonnie Colvert on April 25, 2012 :
I received Angel Evolution by David Estes as a R2R. Not a traditional Angel vs. Demon story. We start out with Taylor and Samantha great friends since forever going off to college. As the story goes they meet up with Gabriel and Chris, two young nice college boys right? Wrong they are enemies of the worst kind in our human world. An Angel and a Demon. But these two are not what you would normally expect an Angel or Demon to be. The best friends start to date and really fall for our "special" guys. But unknown forces to the girls are getting ready for a war that is about to commence which could change the world forever. Not just for the Angesls and Demons.
And. . . . . one of the girls is the Secret Weapon. Now onto book two Demon Evolution
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Bonnie Colvert on April 25, 2012 : (no rating)
I received Angel Evolution by David Estes as a R2R. Not a traditional Angel vs. Demon story. We start out with Taylor and Samantha great friends since forever going off to college. As the story goes they meet up with Gabriel and Chris, two young nice college boys right? Wrong they are enemies of the worst kind in our human world. An Angel and a Demon. But these two are not what you would normally expect an Angel or Demon to be. The best friends start to date and really fall for our "special" guys. But unknown forces to the girls are getting ready for a war that is about to commence which could change the world forever. Not just for the Angesls and Demons.
And. . . . . one of the girls is the Secret Weapon. Now onto book two Demon Evolution
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: RaeBeth McGee- Buda on April 17, 2012 :
Angel Evolution gives a new meaning to dark and light. In this book, the author takes the reader on a journey that makes the heart race and leaves the reader wanting more. The unexpected twists only adds to the excitement. When Taylor's journey begins, she's a normal young woman starting college and just looking for that normal college experience. She wants a memorable time in college. She get all of that and more once she meets Gabriel and Christopher. Gabriel is an angel and Christopher is a demon.She's instantly part of an old war between the two and finding out her true feelings when it comes to Gabriel.

The plot flows nicely throughout the book and it's always adding to the adventure. I think the author did an exceedingly great job writing this book. The book deals with demons and angels. But it's no where near a "religious" book. I would recommend it to all YA readers. I give this book 5 (five) stars.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Nadia da Silva on April 17, 2012 :
I really enjoyed this book - I already bought the other 2 books of The Evolution Trilogy & can't wait to read them, too.

It took me some time to wrap my head around the new concept of angels & demons & how the author's version of them differ from what we've always believed about them. I was a bit conflicted but at the end of the day, I applaud him for doing it differently. It was very refreshing & I actually liked challenging my old ideas about them.

I liked Taylor & Gabriel & think they make a cute couple. I was quite disappointed in Gabriel sometimes but I think it's more realistic to create characters that aren't perfect. I also liked Chris a lot - hopefully we'll get to know him better in the next books. What I also really liked was the fact that the author didn't create another boring love triangle between Taylor, Gabriel & Chris. The love triangle can be effective in some stories but sometimes it feels like authors have gotten stuck in the same mold. I think it was great that David Estes did not go the same old route!

The book flowed well & the story hooked me from the very first chapter, so I can definitely recommend it!

Looking forward to starting with Demon Evolution tomorrow... :)
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: MaryAnn Schroeder on April 10, 2012 :
Angel Evolution is a wonderful read and I love the author David Estes’ take on Angels and Demons.
Taylor is starting college with her best friend Samantha, Sam. They are excited about classes, meeting new friends and of course meeting the new boys!
Taylor has been experiencing nightmares about a black snake and cannot figure out why they are haunting her. She meets a handsome stranger named Gabriel, an angel. In her dreams, he is saving her from the snakes so she is determined to find out why. They quickly fall in love, and he decides to let her in on his ‘mission’, well, his own version of it. She has an aura that both the angels want as well as the demons for she will give whoever is near her, incredible powers. Her best friend also finds a boyfriend in a demon named Christopher, who was also sent to find Taylor. However, they all become friends and none of them want any harm for Taylor. Who will she side with – the Angels or Demons? Will it finally end the war between Angels and Demons? Who will betray her? Will she still find love, or just be used?

I really enjoyed the storyline and the author keeps the reader wanting to see what comes next! I can’t wait to read the next book Demon Evolution!

I was given this book by the author and the Goodreads group The Nexus for an honest review.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: shyd on April 08, 2012 : (no rating)
Its been a long time since I have read a book so quickly. This book grabbed a hold of me and didn't let go. I hated that it ended and have to get the next book asap. I love stories involving angels and this one was no exception. It was refreshing to have a new take on the angels versus demon story. I loved that it was hard to know who the good guys were. The way the story was written out you could be on either side because both sides had valid points. I loved the character of Taylor. Taylor is the type of girl I like to see in books because she isn't afraid to be herself. She is ok with who she is as a person. I can say there was a period where I wasn't happy with her just listening to anything Gabriel spoon fed her. Gabriel wasn't a character I liked at first but I fell in love with him after I realized his love for Taylor. I understood the flaws he had and it made me understand him more. He is just conflicted but in the end understood what he needed to do. Chris and Sam were also good characters. Sam is the typical best friend to a character like Taylor. I loved Chris from the start and he was such a different take on a demon. Overall this was a great book and I can't wait to read the others.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Cae on April 08, 2012 :
Title: Angel Evolution
Author: David Estes
Rating: 5

Summary: Taylor meets a cute boy when she goes off to college, however, she seems to be the only one that sees the subtle glow that surrounds here. There is also something about him that scares her. However, she is also unknown to her, the key to ending a century old war centered on evolution.

Review: Okay, this was another free from the author book for an unbiased and honest review. I have to say this, for his first book David Estes has officially gotten me hooked on this delightful series. The ending of this book has me ready to tear my hair out with worry over Gabriel’s fate, no I am not telling you what happens you will have to read this book and find out…I’m not joking.
This is David’s first book and truth be told I could find very little fault with this book, there was occasional missing words or little things like that, but not enough to throw me off or turn me away from the book.
The concept of evolution of angels and demons is something that intrigued me and I liked the fact that he created a mythos concerning them that has little or nothing to do with the religious aspects that we tend to uses as a focal point for these beings. The fact that they are essentially human beings who have evolved into something above and beyond what we are is fantastic, and the origin story for it is as unique as the mythos he has created. Dionysius, one of my favorite Greek Gods plays a pivotal role in this book, but he isn’t the good guy that many think that he is, nor is he anything like the Greek God persona that he often has. I adore it, and will get my hands on the last two books in this series as well.

Recommendations: Paranormal lovers, urban fantasy lovers, young adult lovers, supernatural lovers, and those who are looking for a unique and innovative take on angels and demons.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jennifer Smith on April 07, 2012 :
ok first things first - I recieved this book through The Nexus's Author's Requesting Reviewers program here on GR. I enjoyed this book and have now purchased books 2 and 3 so I can finish the series.

With that said - I enjoyed this book but since GR doesn't have 1/2 stars I had to go with 3, but really this was a 3.5 star book for me. I thought the story line was good. I like the back and forth that occurs for Taylor internally over how she geels and acts with Gabriel. I love that this story has a take on Angels and Demons that I have not run across previously. I love Chris and Sam. Now that I'm writing this review - I have realized I really love the characters in this series. They are just like normal college kids - they remind me of friends from my college days personality-wise. I love the song quotes through out the book - it helps give you a sense of mood and soundtrack for the book as you go along, and as a music lover, as I'm sure most people are, I appreciate and know the songs the quotes are taken from.

I really like the ending to this book - without giving too much away - I loved the cliffhanger-ish ending and yet I was ok with it. I might have been ok with it because I knew I could start the next book right away, but I think I liked how it ended this part of the story.

In any event, now I am on to Demon Evolution and then to Archangel Evolution.

These books have a little romance in them, but that portion of the story isn't the total story - there is plenty of action and events to keep you into the story if you are not a huge romance fan.

I'd recommend this book (and series) to anyone who likes YA PNR - nothing in this story that would cause limits to ages - it is clean, sweet, and PG rated.

So - enjoy as I have :)
@jendsmit
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: laura thomas on April 03, 2012 :
In Angel Evolution, the author introduces you to a new breed of angel, one not created in heaven. While I usually prefer angels over demons, in this book I was more drawn to the demons and the angels were not always nice.
Best friends Taylor and Sam are beginning their first year of college, busy making friends and starting romantic relationships. What they don't know is that their boyfriends are not human and they have a hidden agenda.
Taylor discovers that she is special. Her inner light, or aura, is very powerful and the angels want to use it to vanquish the demons.
The characters are unique in that I found myself liking the bad guy more than the so-called good guy. I loved the spin on how the angels came to be and the overall story had me quickly turning the pages, anxious to read what would happen next.
Thoughtfully written and fast paced, Angel Evolution is a very engaging read. I will be reading the next two books in the series.
Grab your copy and join the evolution.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Sheri on March 24, 2012 :
Taylor is off to her first year of college where she meets Gabriel. Gabriel is a mystery to Taylor from the very first time she sets eyes on him, and she's immediately drawn to him and his mysteriousness. Gabriel is not what he seems though, and Taylor ultimately has to decide if she can trust him or not.

I love the characters. Taylor and Samantha had such contrasting characters but despite that, or maybe because of that, they were best friends. Gabriel and Christopher thought they were completely different, as different as angels and demons, but in fact they were actually trying to achieve the same goal. Throughout the book I never quite knew how to feel about Gabriel. His and Taylor's entire relationship was based on lies, and he told her so many lies that toward the end of the book he was not even sure what was a lie and what was the truth anymore. He seemed to be at war with himself about what he wanted and what he thought he should want.

I guarantee this book will keep you guessing to the end. Throughout the story you never know who you are supposed to be trusting. I love the different play on the angels/demons and am definitely going to be reading the next two books in the trilogy!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Jennifer Thomas on March 16, 2012 :
I received this book as part of the Read 2 Review program on Goodreads, so thank you to David Estes for allowing us a chance to read your story. I would like to say that I was pleasantly surprised that the whole Angel vs. Demon story had a twist to it in this book. Taylor is a young girl who just started college at UT with her best friend and room mate Sam. Taylor has always had nightmares about snakes. During one of her nightmares where she is dying of thirst, she sees two "beings". One has a light about them and the other is surrounded by darkness. One gives her water, the other pours sand in her mouth. When she wakes up she cannot recall which one was the being that tried to help her and give her water. Then she meets Gabriel who is beautiful, but seems to have a light surrounding him like the being in her dream. She soon finds out that he is an angel. What she doesn't know is that he and his fellow angels have a hidden agenda for her because she is special. Taylor has a super strong aura of light, and angels can use that light as a weapon in the battle of angels and demons.

This book was great. It had well thought out characters and a plot that kept your attention and wanting more. I enjoyed that the story was different in that the angels and demons are not the ones that usually come to mind associated with religion. These angels were created from a human that was bitten by a black snake with red eyes, and evolved into what they are now. Very interesting story and I will definitely be reading the next books!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Stacey Donaldson on March 14, 2012 :
Taylor had always been pretty normal. Although her best friend had always been the beautiful, popular, cheerleader type; Taylor is different, she has always been unassuming, keeping to herself, and blending into the background. But everything changed when she started college. All of a sudden, she's got a gorgeous boyfriend named Gabriel, who just happens to be an angel.

Angel Evolution revolves around an age old war between Angels and Demons, with Taylor unwittingly becoming a pawn in the middle. One of the things that I really enjoyed about this book is the fact that it's about Angels and Demons but does not delve into the realm of religion.

If you like teenage romance with a bit of a paranormal twist, you'll love this book!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Anne on March 13, 2012 :
I really enjoyed this book. It pulled me in from the start. It was a different and original take on the angel / demon roles. Although they both think they are right and doing what is best , I love the twist on how they look at the human world. I found humorous the extent they went to ensuring the layout of their battles; it was so civilized for lack of a better word. I also enjoyed the struggle they all went thru about what the right thing to do was. My only complaint was that I wish there had been more depth to all the characters.
Having all the kids in college was a different twist and allowed for a more freedom of events. Kids in high school could not have disappeared for days without major problems. I did find Taylor's self imposed rules annoying and she often seems clueless about things in her surroundings, but she is young and also evolving so I am gave her the benefit of the doubt.
The title was a very appropriate for the story and I am eagerly looking forward to reading the rest of the trilogy to see how the story along with the author's writing evolves.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Hazel G on March 11, 2012 :
I received this as a R2R with PR&UFF.
I liked this book. It was a fun and interesting read, coming in at about 263 pages or so which I climbed through in one day! I liked the story and the mix up on the demon and angel mythology was fantastic. It could appeal to anyone, leaving religion completely out of the mix. The reason for demons and angles was explained very well and the story had a solid background to pull from. I also liked that there wasn't a clear cut bad guy in the beginning of this story. Everyone had a reason for what they were doing even if you disagreed with it. Each side had family and friend and the ability to love. They both knew right from wrong. It was an interesting dynamic and made it hard to chose sides - at least until the truth came to light and the baddies were a small group of aura stealing power hungry megalomaniacs.

I really liked the imagery of how the sides went to war and the use of soldiers and gargoyles was very creative! In fact, the imagery and descriptions of the demons and angles was very well done! I also liked that each side had different powers. The author did an amazing job with that.

I liked the characters for the most part. I really thought Christopher was well developed and consistent though he was a secondary character. I also liked his relationship with Sam. It seemed genuine and real. I liked the main characters, Taylor and Gabriel, though I think they could have used a bit more consistency throughout as well as a bit more development. Taylor was to "back and forth" for my taste. One minute she was declaring her love for Gabriel and the next she claims she doesn't know how she could have gone off with someone she hardly knows. I also didn't like how she didn't question her roll in killing an entire species, weather they were demon or not, considering she thought highly of Chris. Even with being brainwashed by Gabe, she had great instincts but never thought it was wrong to kill an entire group of people? Gabriel's character was definitely hiding something and you didn't know where he stood, which was the point and it was done well. But I would have liked to have seen more from his character in way of back story. I would have liked to have seen his struggle a little more and heard more from his POV.

I also thought the ending was rushed. Once Taylor and Gabriel got to angel headquarters, things just seemed to roll along way to fast.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. It had some questionable and unrealistic moments but the story was very well done and the writing was creative and fun. It also left one heck of a cliffhanger so I will be purchasing the second and maybe the third book to see how this story ends!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Sarah Smith on March 11, 2012 :
I received this as part of a Goodreads group Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy Fanatics: Read to Review giveaway. This was a great quick read. I thought that the characters were well thought out, and even though the plot centered on the conflict between angels vs demons, the authors take on this subject combined with the fact that these two groups aren't related to their biblical counterparts was very original. I would like to have seen the main characters' 'abilities' exploited/explained a little more, but overall I really enjoyed this book. David Estes is a great author and I can't wait for more of this series!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Marina Stevkovska on March 11, 2012 :
This story actually starts many years ago when a man named Clifford was bitten by a snake in Amazon and became the very first demon. One generation after another, there were many like him, but there was one who was different: he wasn't evil. So the first angel was born.


I loved this story, story for eternal fight between angels and demons. You never know who the really good guys are. And the girl between....Taylor struggles with her own nightmares. She is an average girl, noticed by this gorgeous guy Gabriel. Her best friend is more than average. Sam is the girl who is every high school guy's dream. Two of them are total opposites, but perfect match. I liked Taylor's personality, her way to fight the things that scare her. I liked her relationship with her father after her mom passed away.

And the guys, Gabriel and Chris....An angel and demon, two freshmen at college...two guys fighting for the girl. Both gorgeous, both so hot! I loved them both.

This book is part of a trilogy. Great cover, by the way! I adored the first part, I will definitely read the rest of the books. A modern story with a very old theme. Angels and demons, eternal fight between good and evil, right and wrong. But what is actually right and what wrong?
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Sangita Tamang on March 10, 2012 :
Angel Evolution starts with Taylor starting her college (university) life. She's with her best friend, Samantha aka Sam. When she sees Gabriel Knight she can always see light around him as if he's an angel. *Cough, cough* Although you could already guess with the book's title. And then Christopher turns up. Oh and did i tell you he's a demon?

Woa, woa, woa! Wait. Did i just read the whole book right? Yes i did! I love David! The plot that he has used for the book is too good to be true. Both the Angels and Demons want Taylor. She can give them energy for the war between them. From the start i thought the Angel was the bad guys and the Demons were the good guys but David shocks you when they form a different alliance; Gabrielle-the angel, Christopher-the demon and Taylor-the energy loader. I thought all of this added the spice to this book and it keeps the reader on the edge to know what will happen next. You never know. Maybe i'll be in the book?! Lol.

Mystery! I love mystery! And that is one of the things that i love about this book; mystery. The first half of the book just doesn't give you answers it gives you hints and clues. This book is filled with mystery and the best thing is it keeps you hanging! When i was reading the book ALOT of questions came into my head. For example, who was Gabrielle? Is he really Gabrielle as in one of the Archangels? Who is Taylor, exactly? Why do the want her? For now i will stop these lists of question.

I also thought that the wings peaked my curiosity. Wings! The way Davis puts a different way of putting wings on angel's NECK i don't get but it is original. However, i still love it if wing was stuck to the back and not on your necks! It sends me chills every time i read it! In addition, angels also have bright auras around their body and for some reason from the start only Taylor can see it. That means she's someone important. Ooooh!

Awwwww! Sam and Christoper's relationship is so cute! On the other hand, Taylor and Gabriel's relationship is.....urmmm.....well, you can't really describe it. Gabriel is confused if he should really hand her to the elders, but he loves her.

The villain in this story is portrayed as a snake. I have alway hated snakes and i always will.Taylor describes the snake; it's skin and blood are 'inky-black' and it's eyes are 'blood-red'. Even though, it's a story David makes it feel real.

The only draw back in this book was that sometimes i think important descriptions are missing. However, i would still recommend this to people who love paranormal romance.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: elouise owen on March 10, 2012 :
Demons are good and angels are bad! I love it!
This is a story of a boy and a girl. Taylor, a girl who has lost her mum and is not at uni looking for somewhere to fit in, and Gabriel, an angel who has been tasked with finding taylor and bringin her in.

Taylor is ‘the one’ a rare human with an exceptionally large aura, which can be harnessed by the angels to defeat the demons. What Taylor doesn’t know though is that the angels want to kill the demons so that they can enslave human kind and take over the world.

Gabriel wants to use Taylor for this purpose, but accidently falls in love with her instead. Now he has to try and save her from the rest of the angels who are intent on harnessing her power to achieve their own directives.

I enjoyed this book. I liked that Taylor had a tattoo of a snake that she feared to show that she could overcome anything, whilst at the same time was falling hear over heels in love. Didn’t really like the cliff-hanger ending though, I want to know what happens now!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jessica McKenna on March 09, 2012 :
Everything you think you know about angels is turned on its head in David Estes’ Angel Evolution.

This fast-paced story grabs your attention with Taylor’s dream of two strangers and a snake, and just takes off. The plot moves quickly as Taylor enters high school and establishes a group of friends, which includes her high school best friend, Sam, Gabriel, and Christopher. The story is set up so that it appears that the boys and Taylor will end up in your typical love triangle, but you quickly see that little about the world Estes has created is as it seems. The interactions between Taylor, Gabriel, and Christopher are defined by the author’s new take on angel and demon lore that even removes God from the equation. It is difficult to know who Taylor can trust, since everyone seems to want something from her.

Angel Evolution also features an atypical heroine. Taylor is written how female leads should be written–she’s offbeat, possesses great inner strength, and is completely likeable. Like most teenagers, Taylor is still finding herself and sometimes doubts her inner voice and intuition, but that is part of growing up and even when she makes mistakes Taylor tries to ensure that she is staying true to herself as much as possible.

Gabriel starts out as very mysterious, but I also thought he was kind of a jerk. Many “bad boys” do unlikeable things, but secretly have a heart of gold. Gabriel, however, isn’t introduced through unkind actions or words, but his intentions toward Taylor are clearly not in her best interest. It’s a nice spin on the typical strong girl meets bad boy story line we’ve come to expect.

Readers who do not appreciate the second male in a triangle will likely not take to Christopher, who comes into the story later. The plot is not set up for the reader to like him initially, but I found myself flip flopping between routing for Gabriel and routing for Christopher. This pair provides an interesting reversal over the black and white/good and bad/angel and demon dichotomy that has become a cliche in our culture.

If you’re looking for a novel packed with action and a fresh spin on angels, Angel Evolution should be on your to-be-read list.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: amy colegrove on March 08, 2012 :
This book is awesome! Can't wait for the next!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: fanny lopez on March 08, 2012 :
This book is about this cool-simple-beauty-girl Taylor, a teenager "normal" that just came to UT with her best friend Sam. Everything change when one day like always(after her mom died) she was looking for a four-leaf clover and she know Gabriel Knight an "angel" and later she get to know "Christopher Lyon "demon".

The story's plot is kind of interesting because is something different the story about this angels and demons is rare and rare is good :)

I wish that the characters developed a little more. I was wanting to know more about them to help me get connected with them.

I will be honest...In general it was not bad the book, had its ups and downs but for being the first novel in the series was it was good it has a bit of everything from funny to unpredictable secrets plus I love the cover :D
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: sarah uk on March 06, 2012 :
(I was given this book for free by the author on a read-to-review basis)
Taylor is just starting at university with her best friend Sam, and is desperately searching for a sign that this is where she belongs. All her life she has had nightmares about a black snake with red eyes, and in order to show that she is brave and overcomes her fears, she has had the snake tattooed on her shoulder.

In a recent dream involving the snake she is approached by two figures – one light and one dark, one who gives her water to drink, and the other who pours sand down her throat – trouble is she can’t remember which figure did which thing!

Gabriel is an angel. He’s been sent on a mission by the angel council – to locate Taylor, and bring her in. Taylor is ‘the one’, a human with an exceptionally large aura; one that the angels can harness to destroy the demons that they are fighting against. Only trouble is that the angels are not necessarily the good guys here, they plan to destroy the demons, enslave humankind, and basically take over the world.

Gabriel has never failed on a mission before, but this time things aren’t going his way as he realises that maybe he actually likes Taylor, or unfortunately, maybe he’s falling in love with her.

Torn between completing his mission and protecting Taylor, Gabriel speaks with the council and buys them some time to come up with a plan, but when the demons find out what is going on, that time is quickly up, and Gabriel must find a way to save Taylor, as if he allows the angels to harness her energy, she may well die.

I quite liked this book, but there were some parts that were good, and some parts that were annoying as with anything! I liked the idea that the angels weren’t necessarily the good guys, and the demons weren’t necessarily evil, and I liked the interaction between the group of friends – Taylor, her best friend Sam, Gabriel (angel), and Chris (demon). I didn’t really feel that Gabriel had fallen in love with Taylor – it seemed to happen quite suddenly, but Taylor seemed pretty convinced. I also didn’t like how the book suddenly jumped forward two months – this was probably unnecessary.


Overall though this was an enjoyable read, and I am interested to find out what happens next.
Thanks David for an enjoyable read.
7 out of 10.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: BookAngelRV on March 04, 2012 :
Let me just start off by saying I really enjoyed this book and I look forward to reading the next two books in the series. Angel Evolution was original and gave a unique twist to the angels vs demons storyline.

Taylor and her best friend head off to college and while there meet many new friends. They both end up with new boyfriends. Taylor's boyfriend seems to shine with an inner light while Sam's boyfriend seems to bring darkness with him.

We find out that Taylor is not an ordinary human. She has an inner light that makes her unique compared to the normal human aura. Because of her aura she finds herself and her best friend drawn into the middle of a war between angels and demons.

The characters are well written and the plot keeps you interested and turning the pages. You will want to know what happens next. I would recommend this book. I will be watching this author to see what he comes out with next.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Anne Cole on Feb. 25, 2012 :
Evidently angels are the rage right now, and quite frankly, I am glad of it!! This was hard to punt down for any length of time. I loved the spin on good versus evil, the everyday "normal" characters who turned out to be less than normal, and the direction the story went.
Gabriel was a very likable character, but towards the end, I really had strong feelings against him. I understand that he tried to save the heroine, Taylor, but I also realized that he meant to use her to basically demolish human kind!
I then found myself liking Chris even more, even with him being a demon. Again, the play on good versus evil, and the difference in what is considered to be true to believers nowadays, really made it interesting to me.
Yes this was another story of the angel wars, but of course with a twist. The angel and demon armies were impressive, the war scenes were gruesome, but interesting. I was just really drawn into this story, and can't wait for the next one!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: jacqui Astacio on Feb. 25, 2012 : (no rating)
Totally awesome book, I love the twist on the evolution of angels and demons it is so different ant very refreshing. I love the fact that even though Taylor is in love with Gabriel she tries to stay strong and do the right think not throw everything away for a boy, which a lot of the YA books are now more about co-dependency then anything else. I loved this book I bought the second book as soon as I was done reading this
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: crystal ramirez on Feb. 20, 2012 :
Received this book from other and also Read it & Reap , generally i liked the book had me on my seat in the beginning. Although towards the end my interest sort of swayed from the book. Other than that i would like to read the second one and find out what happens next.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Ana Gallardo on Feb. 19, 2012 :
First off this was the second book I've read about angels and i loved this one more than the other one.

Basically the books is about angels and demons and as usual they are at war but there is a huge twist to it that you never see coming. And the angels need Taylor but the demons are not gonna let the angels get to her first.

I couldn't put it down for a second I just was so eager to find out what was going to happen. It was a well written book and definitely a page turner i recieved the Ebook from the author. Thank you David! I can't find anything wrong with the book i just loved everything about it. I enjoyed readding about the characters especially Gabe and Chris. Gabe is the kind of guy that girls fall for cause hes the bad boy of the story but who also happens to have a secret soft spot. And Chris is just a gentleman hes charming, and sweet hes just perfect. Then you have Taylor and Sam who love their boyfriends so much that you know nothing can tear them apart. They have such an amazing friendship. No matter what side your on. It's one of those books where you wouldn't know which side you were going to pick cause you know that Gabe truly loves Taylor and Chris wants to protect her. and also wants to protect Sam and everyone else. and I was so excited to read it.. It has anything you can think of mystery, suspense, Romance, and some action. You will be sitting on the edge of your seat waiting to find out what happens next! It is such a wonderful book and I highly recommened it. You will want to reread this book over and over again and you love it even more each time. This is coming from a chick who is obsessed with vampires haha but not anymore. Angels are the best now. Can't wait to read the next one definitely check it out it is amazing
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Ana Gallardo on Feb. 19, 2012 : (no rating)
First off this was the second book I've read about angels and i loved it more than the other one.

Basically the books is about angels and demons and as usual they are at war but there is a huge twist to it that you never see coming. And the angels need Taylor but the demons are not gonna let the angels get to her first.

I couldn't put it down for a second I just was so eager to find out what was going to happen. It was a well written book and definitely a page turner i recieved the Ebook from the author. Thank you David! I can't find anything wrong with the book i just loved everything about it. I enjoyed readding about the characters especially Gabe and Chris. Gabe is the kind of guy that girls fall for cause hes the bad boy of the story but who also happens to have a secret soft spot. And Chris is just a gentleman hes charming, and sweet hes just perfect. Then you have Taylor and Sam who love their boyfriends so much that you know nothing can tear them apart. They have such an amazing friendship. No matter what side your on. It's one of those books where you wouldn't know which side you were going to pick cause you know that Gabe truly loves Taylor and Chris wants to protect her. and also wants to protect Sam and everyone else. and I was so excited to read it.. It has anything you can think of mystery, suspense, Romance, and some action. You will be sitting on the edge of your seat waiting to find out what happens next! It is such a wonderful book and I highly recommened it. You will want to reread this book over and over again and you love it even more each time. This is coming from a chick who is obsessed with vampires haha but not anymore. Angels are the best now. Can't wait to read the next one definitely check it out it is amazing
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Kerri on Feb. 19, 2012 :
First off, this book was very enjoyably quick read--it took me all of two days to finish it. The take on angels/demons was very refreshing and i like how it was able to explain their existence without bringing God into it, so even nonreligious people would enjoy the book. The opening chapter was full of incredible imagery, and the first few chapters as well were full of mystery and made me want to keep reading. there was also no clear line dividing evil and good on both sides, which was very refreshing.



However, though the plot was very original and interesting, the characters sort of got on my nerves. I get that Taylor is supposed to be a sort of angry person most of the time, but her personality just wasn't consistent, and it sort of bugged me. in one instance, she says that she's flying to the battlefield with a guy she barely knows, but they claim they love each other and have for at least 4 months...doesn't add up. Same with Gabriel. I think he was supposed to be portrayed as conflicted with his feelings for Taylor and his loyalty to the Council, but to me, he came off as too wishy-washy and indecisive. Chris, however, was brilliantly written, and i liked how his personality stayed consistent.



Still, some things just didn't seem realistic. i know its a fantasy novel, but honestly, if my boyfriend told me that he was an angel, i wouldn't immediately be all cool and ask to fly with him--i would refuse to believe it, and even after he proved it, still be wary for a while. any normal person would. i understand that Taylor was supposed to be "special" but she's still a person, and that just didn't line up. Same with Sam, as well. Her absolute willingness to just leave in the dead of the night with a guy who claimed to be a demon kind of made me mad at her. any sane person would have called security, and get Chris examined. in addition, the declaration of love between them just didn't make sense. i know that the'd been together, but there was nothing to suggest that they were anywhere near anything serious.



that's really my only concern was the characters. the plot and the concept of the war were incredibly cool (except for the fact that they had scheduled battles--sounds more like a peace than a war). and the ending was a great cliffhanger to leave off at. overall, it was enjoyable. out of hope that it will get better as the trilogy goes on, i may read the second one.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Janxcdlily on Feb. 16, 2012 : (no rating)
Angel Evolution is a paranormal romance that doesn't provide your typical religious aspect of Angels vs. Demons it is quite the opposite in this book. There are no ties to religion or God for that matter, with the Angels actually wanting to destroy mankind and the Demons wanting to co-exist and protect humans which made for an interesting point of view.

This book provides a pleasant escape and I found the characters to be believable and likable. I think this book also provides a healthier view of what a relationship should be like between people than some of other Young Adult books out there. All in all I enjoyed this book, it was an easy read and I am definitely recommending it. I look forward to reading the other books in the trilogy. Thank you to Mr. Estes for the opportunity to read the book through the Read It & Reap with Goodreads.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Wendy Hines on Feb. 16, 2012 :
Taylor is a freshman at college and adjusting to the campus and college life fairly well. She still keeps having nightmares about serpents, so she is constantly tired. When she meets Gabriel, she is instantly attracted to him, but his dilated eyes and glowing aura have her treading carefully.




Taylor has a gift, and soon the reader is introduced to Christopher. Gabriel is an angel and Christopher a demon, but they are hiding something. They consistently lie to Taylor and as the central persona in the war of good vs. evil, it makes it difficult for her to make realistic decisions.




Althought I liked the character of Taylor, I didn't care for Gabriel at all. Very egotistical and over-confident, his character held no appeal to me. As the first in a new series, Angel Evolution shows real promise and I look forward to how the story will proceed in the next installment. Maybe I'll that connection between reader and character then, but it was very weak in this one.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Heather Cimuchowski on Feb. 15, 2012 :
The very first thing I read in this book is a Creed quote. Not sure what to make of that – is that good or bad? Sure, I like one or two of their songs, but I’m not sure I should admit to that.

Anyway, I did not enjoy this book as much as I would have liked. I did like that the author took a non-religious take on where angels and demons came from, but that’s about it.

First, sometimes instant loves work for me and sometimes they don’t. In this instance, it didn’t work for me. It just was not believable to me with either couple in the book. It was brought up repeatedly that Taylor has a sixth sense about people but throws that out the window. And Gabriel is all of a sudden changing his ambitions? There needed to be more build up about this, I guess.

Second, what person out there would just instantly be cool with someone out there that could fly or do any number of things that Gabriel and Chris could do? Both Taylor and Sam were just “oh wow that’s so cool” (which it is) but wouldn’t you freak out first and then later, once it has sunk in, say that it was cool? Sam was a little bit more believable, but not by much. It just isn’t realistic – there has to be some dose of reality if the story is set in the real world even if there are fantasy elements to the story.

Third, and this goes with the above, the characters were just so blah. All of them needed more substance to them than I felt like we got.

I was told to read the next in the series. I might later on when I have more time for other books, we’ll see.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Heather Cimuchowski on Feb. 15, 2012 :
The very first thing I read in this book is a Creed quote. Not sure what to make of that – is that good or bad? Sure, I like one or two of their songs, but I’m not sure I should admit to that.

Anyway, I did not enjoy this book as much as I would have liked. I did like that the author took a non-religious take on where angels and demons came from, but that’s about it.

First, sometimes instant loves work for me and sometimes they don’t. In this instance, it didn’t work for me. It just was not believable to me with either couple in the book. It was brought up repeatedly that Taylor has a sixth sense about people but throws that out the window. And Gabriel is all of a sudden changing his ambitions? There needed to be more build up about this, I guess.

Second, what person out there would just instantly be cool with someone out there that could fly or do any number of things that Gabriel and Chris could do? Both Taylor and Sam were just “oh wow that’s so cool” (which it is) but wouldn’t you freak out first and then later, once it has sunk in, say that it was cool? Sam was a little bit more believable, but not by much. It just isn’t realistic – there has to be some dose of reality if the story is set in the real world even if there are fantasy elements to the story.

Third, and this goes with the above, the characters were just so blah. All of them needed more substance to them than I felt like we got.

I was told to read the next in the series. I might later on when I have more time for other books, we’ll see.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Nicola Black on Feb. 15, 2012 :
This gripping book had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. From the moment Taylor meets Gabriel the reader never knows what will happen next. Add a demon and an angel/demon war, and I was hooked. I would definitely read this again. I loved how the author was able to write from several different perspectives too.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Aimee Collier on Feb. 15, 2012 :
I loved this book. It was so interesting. I couldn't put it down. I needed to know what happened next. Will read again.
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Review by: Leanne Goon on Feb. 14, 2012 :
*Received e-book through Read It and Reap program from the Shut Up and Read! Goodreads group from author

Angel Evolution was a fast-paced read, which I finished in two sittings. The story opens up with the introduction of college student, Taylor, and her dreams of being bitten by a black snake and seeing two men - one who helps her, and the other who hurts her. Her real-life encounter with Gabriel, an angel, and Chris, a demon, parallels her dream, and the question arises - which one is good and which one is evil?

Estes writes from multiple points-of-view (Taylor, Gabriel, Chris, etc.) while we see Taylor’s search for an answer to this question. Although some readers may find this distracting or confusing, I thought it helped give more dimension to the two main male characters. In addition, I enjoyed Estes’ fresh twist on the angel versus demon theology, in which the typical roles are reversed and not related to religion, but to evolution as the title of the book indicates. I thought he did well in establishing the organization of the angels and demons and their battles with each other.

On the other hand, I found myself liking the secondary romance between Taylor’s best friend, Sam, and Chris better than that of Taylor and Gabriel, the main couple. I felt that Taylor’s and Gabriel’s relationship was not well developed enough, such that I didn’t find myself going through the same emotions as Taylor. The immature dialogue also attributed to my being a bit distanced to the characters and plot. The good thing is that the writing and plot improve near the end of the book, such that I was more engaged and interested in seeing what happened with them and her unique role in the war.

Overall, Angel Evolution was a solid attempt at a first novel in a new series. Although I wasn’t blown away by, I think it shows enough promise and a great cliffhanger ending to warrant reading the next book in the series, Demon Evolution. I would recommend this to young adult readers, who are fans of paranormal romances.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Delilah Draken on Feb. 14, 2012 :
At the moment I am at the beginning of chapter 18 and I can already tell that this book, even though it has quite a fascinating story premise with the creation of angels and demons, will go the way of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings for me. Which means it will probably take me a very, very, very long time to finish the book. (After over ten years I am still at chapter six of the Fellowship of the Ring.)

This has nothing to do with the story itself. The idea that demons and angels get their powers from an infection that writes itself into the genetic code of the infected's decendents is superb. It's the writing style that ruins the fun of reading for me here. The language used reminds me so much of Twilight (another book I didn't manage to finish) that I actually had to force myself through each page.

So, I am sad to admit that this book was just not my cup of tea. On the other hand, those who liked Twilight will probably love the book.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Michelle Chew on Feb. 12, 2012 :
An interesting twist in the role of Angels and Demons in this book. It seems that the Angels are plotting to use Taylor, a girl with unusual aura, to wipe out the Demon population while the Demons are bent on preventing that from happening.

I like the style of writing; the words just flowed and totally sucked me into the book! Interactions between Taylor, Gabriel, Samantha and Christopher sometimes made me smile.

It's interesting to read the story from the POV of both the Angel and the Demon. The pace of the story started out slowly, letting us get to know the characters and the history behind the battle. When it got to the exciting part, which is the battle, it was over very quickly and seemed a little rushed.

Overall, it is an enjoyable book. Looking forward to reading book 2!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Marissa & Jasmine on Feb. 09, 2012 :
Beneath the Moon and Stars Joint review

Jasmines review:
This wasn't what I expected at all. Being a angel freak I knew I would like it but I wasn't sure how much. I seriously read this in like a day and a half. I couldn't put it down. It was kinda slow at first but I had a feeling it would speed up and it did. Gabriel was kinda creepy stalker at first. I didn't like all the lies. It was like he was using Taylor but he has some feelings for her too which makes things complicated. Taylor was like that strong heroine. She wasn't letting anyone control her. I'm not too sure about the tattoos. I'm not really a tattoo kinda person but that's kinda a part of her character. Her love for Gabriel was so sweet and adorable. I think he returned some of her feelings but I don't know how strongly. Sam is so girly. I love how it takes her hours to get ready because I am the same way ;). Surprisingly enough I liked Chris. Him and Sam were adorable. There was so much romance in this. I really like how it wasn't just one couple. The ending had quite the buildup. I don't think it was as exciting as it could have been. It explained everything perfectly but it wasn't very exciting. Overall I really loved this a lot and I'm looking forward to reading the sequel. 5/5 stars


Marissas review:
I've read a lot of angel books but this one was so incredibly different it hardly fits in the same genre. In this book angels and demons have nothing to do with religion or God they were actually created 150 years ago and I really liked that it was different and new and I loved learning about it. And I was surprised that I sided with the demons in this. I loved the characters and how there was multiple points of view so we got to know all of them. Taylor was really strong and snarky and I loved how she stood up for herself no matter what. I was a little suspicious of Gabriel at first but he proved himself by the end and him and Taylor are really cute together. I also loved how Sam and Chris were cute too it was like double romance and I think Sam is probably my favorite character. I can't wait to see what's next for all of them and I already bought the next book. I'm not sure what I was expecting from this book but it certainly blew me away.
5/5 stars
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: maida khalid on Feb. 05, 2012 :
So, I finally finished the book! I am very grateful that I got a chance to read this unique but very interesting book!

3 STARS!!!!

Well, where should I start! LOL ;p The story behind this book was....different! I loved that about this book. I mean sure the whole angel-demon idea was original but by adding the cool powers to the characters it turned out cool!

The very first thing I liked about this book was the fact that it was all action. We do have a little bit of romance in it but it’s not over bearing! Now, don’t get me wrong, I am your typical romance buff type of girl but it was a different experience for me, so yeah I did enjoy that! It was a fun experience! :)

The story on the other hand, I just wished it turned out differently. I mean, in the beginning, I loved the introductions to the characters and even the introduction to the story background, especially Taylor’s past! However, I didn’t enjoy the story as much when I got to the middle. I felt that things were moving way too fast. It didn’t seem to “click” for me! For starters, Taylor and Gabriel weren’t the “perfect couple” despite how much times it’s mentioned or portrayed in the book. That just really annoyed me. If it’s not a romance book then it’s best to keep it that way. Adding this type of situation in the book didn’t make sense, especially since you find out that (view spoiler) And second, I felt that Sam and Chris fell in love with each other too abruptly for my liking. It didn't flow with the story because they "love" each other after meeting for like what 2, 3 times!?? It was confusing!! :(

The story did start out good but it fell through pretty fast. I just wasn't into it by the time I finished. Now, don't get me wrong, the story did have some likeable aspects to it but something just seemed to be missing! Despite my concerns and disliking there were things that I absolutely loved about the story!

I loved how we got to experience the story through both POVs of the angels and the demons and the humans! LOL ;P It was nice because it gave you a basic understanding to the scheme of things going on in the book. It also showed you an opening to the thoughts of the individual characters!! ;) Although, I would have preferred to see more of Taylor's side, considering she is the main character! The two sides of an old time battle were very interesting and definitely different! It was truly unique and fun!

Speaking of characters.....believe it or not I actually didn't like Gabriel. He was fun at times but he had a lot of problems happening. I just couldn't connect with him. I thought he was wayyyy tooo fake with his role as an angel to his role with being Taylor's boyfriend. I didn't enjoy him as a main lead at all. Now that's completely different for Chris!!! I LOVE HIM!!! He was my fave character. I loved his role in the story and I loved his attitude and personality towards not only Sam but also Taylor. I just thought, although he is a demon he genuinely seemed to care for Taylor's and Sam's safety! I loved that about him. Especially, the "thing" he did at the end of the book (you have to read it to find out the good stuff...LOL ;p) I really wish Chris was the main guy character and was disappointed that we didn't get to see him as much as I would like! Hopefully, the next book is different! ;)

Taylor and Sam are fun, and very interesting girls and I liked reading their parts in the book. Although, I think Taylor was a strong female lead, I felt she changes moods way to abruptly! Also, I didn't like the fact that she accepts everything within a minutes time. I mean really, she should have asked more questions or at the very least protested a bit! However, overall I liked her as a main character! Sam was a really nice and refreshing treat. I loved her fun personality and her constant happy moods! She kept the story fun and interesting during all of her parts! After getting to know Sam and Chris, I wished they were the main characters! I can't wait to read more about them! ;)

Overall, the book was okay. I would recommend it to anyone who likes the more action types of YA books! In the end, I was left with more questions than answers but hopefully that will change in the next book! I am really looking forward to reading the next book and finding out what happens to both Taylor and Gabriel and also Sam and Chris!!! It should be interesting, hopefully (fingers crossed ;)

Finally, I would like to thank David Estes for this book and letting me read and review it! You did an amazing job David!!! Can't wait for your next book!!! ;)
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: shyd on Feb. 05, 2012 :
Its been a long time since I have read a book so quickly. This book grabbed a hold of me and didn't let go. I hated that it ended and have to get the next book asap. I love stories involving angels and this one was no exception. It was refreshing to have a new take on the angels versus demon story. I loved that it was hard to know who the good guys were. The way the story was written out you could be on either side because both sides had valid points. I loved the character of Taylor. Taylor is the type of girl I like to see in books because she isn't afraid to be herself. She is ok with who she is as a person. I can say there was a period where I wasn't happy with her just listening to anything Gabriel spoon fed her. Gabriel wasn't a character I liked at first but I fell in love with him after I realized his love for Taylor. I understood the flaws he had and it made me understand him more. He is just conflicted but in the end understood what he needed to do. Chris and Sam were also good characters. Sam is the typical best friend to a character like Taylor. I loved Chris from the start and he was such a different take on a demon. Overall this was a great book and I can't wait to read the others.

Thanks to the author and the ladies in the Goodreads Shut Up and Read Group.
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(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Julie Odron on Feb. 01, 2012 :
I was fortunate enough to attain a free copy of Angel Evolution from the author through Smashwords with the help of the lovely ladies at Making Connections at Goodreads.

If you think this is just another book about Angels vs Demons, then you are sorely mistaken. This is an original plot line that deviates from the normal good vs evil concepts. As soon as you begin reading, you are shrouded in mystery. And, although we get Taylor's and Gabriel's perspectives, David Estes writes in a way that slowly reveals the intentions, leaving us stuck in the mystery until almost half way through. Throughout Angel Evolution we get different perspectives, mostly from Taylor, Gabriel or Christopher. This helps round out the story, allowing us to become individually involved with each of the characters. Estes writing is wholly descriptive in such a way that he shows us the inner workings of each character which further attaches us with them. I must admit that Taylor and Gabriel were not my favorite characters, that was stolen by Christopher! The first half of the book is dedicated to the dynamics between Gabriel, Taylor and Christopher as they get to know each other. The second half starts to pick up as things are revealed and doubts acquired, still so many doubts. You are constantly asking, who can Taylor really trust?

I recommend this book to ALL YA fantasy lovers, Angel vs Demon lovers and anyone who is looking for something different! You will not be disappointed! Also, Demon Evolution(book #2) and Archangel Evolution(book #3) are already out so you won't have to wait to see what happens!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Lovey Dovey Books on Jan. 30, 2012 :
I enjoyed the mystery surrounding the opening chapter of Angel Evolution. Who is this girl who’s under duress and what’s happening to her? Most times a story that foreshadows a point further along in the story is thrilling because I spend the whole time trying to figure out the outcome before the ending. Unfortunately, the importance of the snake tattoo was lost on me because it was never in the plot physically; it was only in theory, or in stories about the past.

I loved the initial meeting of Gabriel and Taylor. It wasn’t one of those cat and mouse games, where the male lead is aloof and breaks the heart of the female lead before he decides he’s totally in love with her. And it wasn’t exactly insta-love, which can just ruin the pacing (make it seem like time flew by and nothing important happened) and intrigue of a story.

Multiple perspectives (more than 3) in this book didn’t work for me. Sometimes it’ll make a book more mysterious, but other times, like this, it makes me feel like the story is being stalled before getting to the point. Sometimes I just want to get to the end of the story or only focus on the characters with the most important impact.

Angel Evolution definitely has a different take on the forces of good and evil, but it didn’t make my toes curl all the way up to my ankles.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Penelope Plessas on Jan. 29, 2012 : (no rating)
Well just from the title I could tell that this book was going to be interesting and interesting it was - but even more so than I expected! Angle Evolution was an amazing book! Full of angels, demons, gargoyles, and special humans (or rather special human :p) there was nothing I didn't love.


My favorite character is Gabriel for sure. As one of the main characters in the story, Gabriel has quite a stressful role to play :p I can't say exactly what that role is because I'd be giving away the book, but I can say that I absolutely loved how sweet he was to Taylor! :) I think I almost died when he fell in love with her :p But with all of the lies surrounding their relationship, I was seriously thinking it might not last. That anticipation throughout the whole book was one of the things that kept me up until 2:00 in the morning trying to finish :D


About Taylor... I think it's awesome that she's not one of those mushy, clingy girls - she's really independant and likes to be in control which I think is great, especially in this day and age :p The role that Taylor plays in the story is extremely important and I think the way she handled everything was perfect! Were I in her shoes, I can only hope I'd be the same :p Her best friend, Samantha (Sam) was also a great character in the story along with Chris, the rival of Gabriel.


With a huge war between angels and demons, and these four tangled in the middle of everything, Angel Evolution is a book you definitely don't want to miss!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Penelope Plessas on Jan. 29, 2012 :
Well just from the title I could tell that this book was going to be interesting and interesting it was - but even more so than I expected! Angle Evolution was an amazing book! Full of angels, demons, gargoyles, and special humans (or rather special human :p) there was nothing I didn't love.


My favorite character is Gabriel for sure. As one of the main characters in the story, Gabriel has quite a stressful role to play :p I can't say exactly what that role is because I'd be giving away the book, but I can say that I absolutely loved how sweet he was to Taylor! :) I think I almost died when he fell in love with her :p But with all of the lies surrounding their relationship, I was seriously thinking it might not last. That anticipation throughout the whole book was one of the things that kept me up until 2:00 in the morning trying to finish :D


About Taylor... I think it's awesome that she's not one of those mushy, clingy girls - she's really independant and likes to be in control which I think is great, especially in this day and age :p The role that Taylor plays in the story is extremely important and I think the way she handled everything was perfect! Were I in her shoes, I can only hope I'd be the same :p Her best friend, Samantha (Sam) was also a great character in the story along with Chris, the rival of Gabriel.


With a huge war between angels and demons, and these four tangled in the middle of everything, Angel Evolution is a book you definitely don't want to miss!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Nicole Peterson on Jan. 26, 2012 :
We start out with Taylor. She is starting her first year of college. Since she can remember she has had nightmares about a pitch black snake with blood red eyes. When she gets to school the dream changes and she is once again with the snake but she is dehydrated and two figures appear one bright and glowing and the dark and foreboding. One gives her water and one gives her sand.
Enter Gabriel and Christopher. Gabriel has been sent on an assignment to bring Taylor to the angels and Christopher has been sent to keep Taylor safe. Angels and demons have been fighting since the both were born. Angels want to defeat the demons and use humans as slaves and harvest the auras. Demons want to co-habitate with the humans and protect them from the angels.
If this sounds interesting, wait it gets better. I'm not giving away anything else. Read it and see for yourself!
I enjoyed reading this book and will definitely be reading the other two books: Demon Evolution and Archangel Evolution. The book was well written. It wasn't choppy or hard to follow.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Katherine on Jan. 24, 2012 :
I recently won a copy of David Estes's book Angel Evolution, the first in a series of books dealing with a refreshing interpretation of angels and demons. Overall, it was a great read. Once thing I would change, is the reference to current popular culture, ranging from electronic devices, brands, and TV and movie references. This is a very personal preference, as these references have a tendency to throw me out of an otherwise engrossing story. The main female character, a human, was a little 2 dimensional, but I am looking forward to seeing her progress in the next instalment. The original storyline and the fresh take on angels and demons, sans religion background, was a welcome change. As a first part in a series, Angel Evolution captivates the reader's interests and I for one am wondering, what comes next.

Also posted review on my blog: http://www.katherinedimas.com/Blog/?p=338
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Tess Watson on Jan. 22, 2012 :
I get a little nervous when I get books from authors for review. Sometimes they aren't that great. Boy was I pleasantly surprised with this one! I didn't just like it...I Loved it, and I can't wait until I get to read the sequel.


Why I loved it you ask?
I was pretty much hooked after the first chapter. The writing flowed throughout the book. The characters were described in such a hilarious way it really grabbed my attention from the beginning. Oh and then Gabriel showed up and uh yah HOT. The great thing about the first part of the book is that I couldn't figure out if I was suppose to trust Gabriel or if he really was deceiving me *ahem* oh I meant if he really was deceiving Taylor. Does Gabriel really have feelings for Taylor or is he just using her to get ahead? Are the demons or the angels the bad guys? This book had me wondering the whole time. I didn't guess the next move before the author revealed the truth, which was very refreshing and kept me reading. This book was definitely a different take on angel vs. demons, and the world that Estes created had me entranced.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Enchanted Book Haven on Jan. 14, 2012 :
My Thoughts:

The cover is gorgeous and had me interested. I know you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover but I am a sucker for great covers.

I was not sure what I would think of this book in all honesty. I had not yet found a book in which Angels vs. Demons could keep my full attention. Angel Evolution by David Estes has changed my previous statement. This book kept me on the edge of my seat.

I will not give anything away in this review because that will take the fun and the ride out of the book.

Angel Evolution does not have a religions views which is very refreshing when reading about Angels vs. Demons. What your mind tells you should be good and bad, just forget it because David Estes has found a way to make you think, "What...... Really...... But how can that be?" How he could have the imagination to come up with that?

The plot kept me interested throughout the entire book.

I feel as if I am still getting to know the characters, but I believe that is what David Estes planned on. You never know what to expect, what's coming next and who to love and hate. It is quite amazing in my opinion. I do not like reading a book and have it figured out in the middle of the story, there is no way I could have figured this one out.

My favorite laugh out loud moment:
While he read out the digits, she typed his number into her iPhone under "Gabriel Glow-worm".
If you have not read Angel Evolution I would highly suggest reading it..
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Tiffany on Jan. 10, 2012 :
I liked this book. It didn't wow me like some angel books but it was good. One thing it really did have going for it was the unique take on Angels and Demons. I liked that there was no religious angle. The plot was really good and made me want to keep reading to find out what would happen. The phrase: "trust no one" comes to mind since you don't know who is the lying and who is being sincere. I think the reason the book fell a little flat for me was the character development of the two main characters: Taylor & Gabriel. It was hard to relate to them up until the last twenty-five percent or so of the story. The story is told in 3rd person so I felt this had something to do with that. However, I found myself being drawn more to and caring more for the two side characters: Sam & Chris. I loved their relationship. I do recommend giving this book a try. It was quite interesting but have the second book waiting as it ends on a pretty big cliffhanger!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Viper on Jan. 07, 2012 :
I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series. Really entertaining and kept me reading the entire time. Strong story line with wavy explanation but it makes me want to know what this is all about.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Ashley Martin on Jan. 05, 2012 :
I really enjoyed this book. A plus with me was having the characters be young adults in a college/young adult setting, rather than the common theme of high-school age characters. The story was entertaining and I read through without wanting to stop. The end was a bit abrupt, so I am looking forward to more set in this world.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: R Rodriguez on Dec. 28, 2011 :
I enjoyed this book very much. It was well written. A quality product. Its cover called my attention. The description pulled me in. I love young adult books of any genre. The plot was well crafted and thought out. The characters were memorable. The author presents an interesting twist to the angels vs. demons view. The worls he creates are detailed and believable.I definitely want to read the remaining books of the trilogy.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Andrea on Dec. 23, 2011 :
I don't think I've read any books yet that are angel vs. demon so this was my first one and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The main character is a girl named Taylor who goes off to college with her friend Samantha. Taylor is special and she has attracted the attention of the angels and demons. The angels believe Taylor's aura can be harnessed and used to help them defeat the demons. Taylor meets Gabriel (the angel) and Christopher (the demon) in college. She falls in love with Gabriel. Christopher ends up dating her friend. Taylor find herself having to decide who to believe and which side to choose. I thought the characters were well developed and the story flowed smoothly. I couldn't put this book down as I was too engrossed in the story and wanting to see what would be the ultimate outcome. The story ended rather abruptly and kind of left me hanging so I will definitely be picking up the next two books in this series. I received this book through a Member Giveaway program in exchange for a review.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: silvana velickovska on Dec. 23, 2011 :
My first thought was “o my God, it’s a horror book”, but isn’t just Taylor (main character) had a bad dream…This book is a tale of one evolution, an evolution of not human beings, and an evolution of angels.
In this book is a fantastic story how is generated special species (The Beings):
“In 1846 a young men Clifford hiking in Amazon jungle was attacked by one black snake. Clifford was mutated in some being. Since that day started generations of angels, demons and other creatures.”
Gabriel’s (interesting name) actions could change the course of history
forever. Gabriel is an angel and he is in a college when is involve with other college students like an ordinary boy. When Gabriel and Taylor meet it’s not by accident. Taylor notices his strange glow over his body as no one else did.
Taylor is a college student. She is a girl who don’t like to pretend and want to be “Just-a –Taylor”, don’t wore a make up and she isn’t a fashion girl. Taylor have a nightmares every night when she closing her eyes.
Sam is a Taylor‘s best friend. She is an opposite of Taylor. She is a cheerleader and she is that kind of girl who breaks every boy heart and girl in every boy dreams.
Sam likes to makes friends. She is found a Marla, a girl in next door.
There is interesting mixture of characters and there relations.
As classical philologist I’m impressed by author’s knowledge in classics, especially in Greek mythology. He uses a geek mythology name for example: Dionysius and uses a Latin phrase Seize the day (Carpe diem).
Reading this book it was like a watching movie. I hardly wait two other books from these trilogy.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Celine on Dec. 22, 2011 :
Cover:

Simple. Blue. Eye-catching. I have to admit that what intrigued me to read the book first was not its cover but the summary itself. I still love the cover and the title's font!

4 Forget-me-not flowers for the cover!

Story:
Angel Evolution is the first book in the Evolution trilogy, a very interesting twist in angels and demons. What do I mean by this? As you people should know, angels are supposed to be the ‘good’ ones while demons are the ‘bad’ ones. Angels help humans, demons do bad things to humans. But in Angel Evolution, it’s the exact opposite, which makes it interesting to read. Angels are ‘the bad guys’ while demons are ‘the good guys’. Angels wanted to use the humans instead of helping them while the demons wanted to help the humans. The story began with Taylor, a college girl who became interested with Gabriel Knight, an Angel. He planned to make her fall for him because she was an important key to make the Angels win against the Demons, a war that had lasted for such a long time. Gabriel did not think he would fall for her but he is confused with his loyalty to the other Angels. Meanwhile, there is a demon who also looks out for Taylor in case the Angels wanted to use her. Chris also never thought he’d fall for Taylor’s best friend, Sam. Taylor was first very oblivious of herself and Gabriel but when Gabriel told her his secrets, she became determined to be with him. The story goes on and the ending was a bit sad but it was an enjoyable read with a great paranormal theme of angels and demons with characters in college.

Characters:
I loved the fact that the characters are in college. They’re still quite young and I was able to understand the way they can seem to love each other without really knowing each other. Sometimes I was unable to connect with Taylor but I admired her strength and power. She is also strong and does not act like the girls who have fallen in love that they think rashly and not carefully. Gabriel was a little bit annoying for me since he wasn’t too dedicated to Taylor. He sometimes put Taylor behind but I understand that loyalty comes first. I actually prefer Chris than Gabriel and actually hoped he was going to like Taylor but in fact, he loved Sam! Sam was a great character too and I actually really liked her, especially when I read how calm she was when Chris told her about him being a demon and the Angels.

Overall:
A great twist of angels and demon in a compelling story! Well written with promising interesting concept you will enjoy reading! I look forward to read the sequels. I only wished I had an actual hardcopy of this book since I got an e-book copy to review because it would have been more enjoyable for me to read!

5 Forget-me-not flowers

Review originally posted in: http://forget8me8not.blogspot.com/2011/12/34-book-review-angel-evolution.html
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: norma peruzzotti on Dec. 22, 2011 : (no rating)
This is a wonderful eBook! I liked the idea,actually the contrary idea that presents:changing the usual view of bad related with dark and good related to light...
The idea of an evolution in humankind is something very near to us nowadays when little kids are thought as "crystal"or "indigo" kids with special gifts and talents....but the idea of an evolution toward becoming an angel...is very original.
Even though those angels could be good or bad ones, they're still human beings evolved...which is demonstrated during the story a lot of times .
This is a fun reading,well written,it has suspense and creativity everywhere.It trapped me from the very beginning despite the fact that during the reading of the first page I thought with almost despair that was other horror story (and I hate them).
Fortunately it wasn't.Is a story that can be a good read for a teen or an adult because the characters are credible and interesting and their ways of doing are near to those things that any of us possibly will do.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: jojjo on Dec. 18, 2011 :
An interesting take on the ol' "Angels vs. Demons" story. The book centers on Christopher, Gabriel, and Taylor. Taylor is a supposedly normal college girl but it soon becomes clear that she has a special power that attracts the attention of both the angels and the demons. Things become even more complicated when it's much less clear who is the right side to trust.

Angels are pretty iffy to me, to be honest, so the direction David Estes chose to take was a great relief. The characters were interesting and the many twists in the story keeps the pace fast and engaging. The last third of the book was really well done. The ending was a cliffhanger and a bit abrupt but it was interesting. The rapid switching of character POVs kept the suspense and tension going.

Still, aside from the angels part, the story isn't all that original. Average person learns he/she has something special and must now choose to save the world? Seen and read a thousand times. However, he does a fair job of making the story interesting enough so that it doesn't become a big problem. Also, the way the story was set up, everyone, including the reader, knows what's going on. So, there were plenty of times where I just want to grab Taylor and make her see sense. Another thing was that it sometimes felt like Estes is trying too hard, maybe to be funny or to be suspenseful. Either way, a lot of the dialogue and banter is cliche or overly dramatized. But then, every now and then, he would surprise me with a clever line a few paragraphs later!

Pros: Interesting story and believable characters, fast-paced and engaging
Cons: standard plot, cliche and overly-dramatic sometimes

Overall, I think this is a wonderful book with plenty of potential. It's not the best I've ever read but it's good enough so that I know the author is only just getting started! Anyone with a fascination for angels and demons should definitely check this book out.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Lady Scimone on Dec. 18, 2011 :
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.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Lady Scimone on Dec. 18, 2011 : (no rating)
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.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: April Singletary on Dec. 17, 2011 :
I received this book via early reviewer from LibraryThing. I have to say that I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was rather short and the characters could have been fleshed out a little more but the story line itself was great. I liked the back and forth between angels and demons. It is a nice change from the vampires and werewolves genre that seems to have taken over fiction. I do feel like that book ended abruptly though. I am definitely looking forward to the second and third books in this series.
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Review by: danielle t on Dec. 08, 2011 :
Loved this book from the first chapter until the last! It had everything that I look for in a book Action, Humor, and a good old love story!
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Review by: Lisa DuVal on Dec. 08, 2011 :
"Angel Evolution" is the first book in the Evolution trilogy. It centers on Taylor and Gabriel- Taylor is the only one who notices Gabriel's glow. She is both intrigued and scared of him. While Taylor is trying to find answers she finds herself in the middle of an ages old conflict.

I like young adult books and I like fantasy so this was a winning combination. I enjoyed Taylor's quest to find out more about Gabriel and about herself. It wasn't an overlong story, it was a quick, enjoyable read. I look forward to reading the other two books in the trilogy.
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Review by: Maghon Thomas on Dec. 02, 2011 :
Hmmm, do my first thought is....."oh boy, now what's gunna happen!" normally I'm not an "Angel" fan but this one is a little different in the forms of how angels vs demons came to be... And sometimes, the good guys aren't the good guys :) but sometimes people surprise you. I really like Sam (Taylor's best friend) and I really like Taylor, except for one thing, she had some "self rules" at the beginning of the book that she didn't follow through with.... But love makes you do crazy things. Now, she's gotta figure out how to love Gabriel and still be independent (no one should just follow blindly) and get him back to do that I'm the first place... So, the story continues in the next part of this trilogy (which I will be getting)... Good read, well written, good characters to relate to!
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