Rated 4.70/5 based on 20 reviews
An unexpected move, an unexpected love, an unexpected world... Essie has been chosen "for such a time as this". More
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About Bonnie Berman Shores

Bonnie Berman Shores, an avid reader of young adult fiction, was inspired to write her debut novel GENESIS through a dream ― a dream where angels and demons hide in plain sight. Which would be fine with her, since she loves all things supernatural and looks for any excuse to dress in costume, as long as it's a female who kicks butt.

A former Yankee, Bonnie and her husband (not a former Yankee) live in beautiful central Florida. Most days, she can be found reading in the shade, combing thrift shops or being walked by her dog, Skipper.

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Berberotter reviewed on June 1, 2018

Very slow to read. Couldn't find a clear story line. Not what I had expected. I also can't find the second book...
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TiraGP reviewed on May 9, 2017

This is well written with smooth flowing sentences, perfect spelling and grammar. The story moves along but the main plot is slow in developing. There are many 'slice of life' scenes and the characters are talking, thinking, moving around, doing lots of every day things, providing their ideas during most of the first half of the book. Yes the main character moves to a strange new place, has her life upended, has to resettle in a new location, but that did not really add up to an interesting plot. It did not pull me in and make me want to find out what was going to happen next. I found myself skimming over sections wanting to get to something more interesting. Finally deep in the second half of the story things start to heat up and get a bit mysterious and interesting. Overall, a solid story with a good pace, but I wanted more sooner. I look forward to reading more by this talented author.
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kammiharada reviewed on March 13, 2017

big smiling sigh... I'm a sucker for romance novels. Throw in the fantasy aspect of angels and I'm hooked. Even though my brain knows that Ty is a fallen angel, my heart beats faster every time he's with Essie. He always says the most perfect thing and he genuinely seems to care for her. And he sings!!!
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josiesantana reviewed on March 9, 2017

As a music lover, I was excited to read this book when I saw that the table of contents was titled, "The Soundtrack of My Life". Below that was a favorite quote by Nietzsche, "Without music, life would be a mistake". Also each chapter title was the name of a classic rock song beginning with "It's the End of the World as We Know It".

I like paranormal romance, but usually stick to vampires and witches, stuff with a little more violence and gore, but a friend found this free ebook and thought I'd like it. It was well written and I liked it a lot. I can see how the author has set the stage for the possibility of violence and gore in the future when the final battle takes place -- or possibly well before that if Essie decides to leave Ty and be with Michael. I can't wait to find out.

One of my fav parts was this: "After my musical analogy, I was averse to listening to country music. "Do you mind if I change the station?" I asked the moment I cranked the engine. "Your car, your tunes." "Thanks." I quickly pressed the hair metal button, needing a little head banging to help me stop thinking about Michael and all his amazingly sweet traits that I had listed for Karen. Cinderella's "Gypsy Road" was playing. Perfect. I turned it up loud and Karen gave me the thumbs up right before she started thrashing her head to the beat. I couldn't stop laughing as she whipped her hair around and around, devil's horns extended." I laughed out loud thinking about all the times my friends and I have done the same thing.

So this was a sweet and innocent book, an easy read, but filled with lots of things that make you go hmmm...
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indiaanajones reviewed on March 7, 2017

what's not to love about this book???!!! first i have to confess that angel books are my most favorite. i love stories like the unearthly series by cynthia hand, the angelfall series by susan ee, the guardian trilogy by laury falter, the daughter of smoke and bone series by laini taylor, the hidden wings series by cameo renae, the relentless series by karen lynch, the premonition series by amy bartol, etc., etc., etc. you get the point. and my point is that i love this book every bit as much as those and can't wait for the next book in the series. also, my mom read the book too and loved it as much as i did so it's not just for young adults but i think anyone who loves romance that doesn't include inappropriate sex scenes will love this story.
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asafehaven reviewed on Feb. 28, 2017

Genesis introduces us to Essie Jacobs, her family and her friends. And, oh yeah, angels.

As a lover of fantasy, I often imagine that any number of creatures actually live and move (disguised) among us. This book makes this a believable reality. And why not? If the Bible is to be believed, Shores provides ample references to prove that angels have been, and possibly continue to be, here on Earth. That fact alone is enough to make this a fascinating read. But Genesis is so much more. It's about the excitement of first love. It's about discovering who you are--the good, the bad and the ugly.

Shores doesn't overload her story with unnecessary characters and extraneous plot lines. Instead, she focuses intimately on Essie and those who are most important to her. We get to know them through her eyes and feel the depth of her relationships. Essie also comes off as a real teen who makes sometimes selfish and impulsive decisions rather than one who puts everyone and everything before herself and/or her personal safety. So instead of rolling your eyes and saying, "yeah, right", you actually suck in your breath and think, "ooh, should she be doing that".

By the way, can I be the first to thank the author for not featuring a beautiful girl in a prom dress on her cover?! I appreciate the simplicity of the title giving us a clue as to the content.
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graceandmorals reviewed on Feb. 4, 2017

Yes!!! Finally, a YA novel with Christian values that doesn't come off as preachy. Essie is a high school senior who hasn't conformed to the patterns of this world -- she's not having sex (although I think she struggles with that desire after meeting Ty), she's smart and she speaks her mind. She wants to do the right thing, like being there for her mom and siblings, but she also wants to step out of her ordinary life sometimes. She's smitten with Ty but acknowledges who (and what) he is and she does her best to figure out the truth. While I desperately hope she changes her mind and chooses Michael, I enjoyed imagining myself in her place as she was "wined and dined" -- and then some -- by Ty. If you're into YA paranormal/romance that doesn't make you blush, I promise you'll love Genesis.
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freyathemac reviewed on Jan. 26, 2017

One of my friends found this ebook and downloaded it because it was free and it had a few 5 star reviews. It took me a while to get to it because I was reading a series. Anyway, she was right. This book is great! I love graphic novels and fantasy and mostly love to read the action adventure kind of fantasy with warrior-type female leads, but every once in a while I like to read something sweet and innocent, which is exactly what this book is. It doesn't try to be epic. It just tells the simple story of a normal high schooler whose world is shaken when she has to move right before her senior year. Instead of acting stupidly and falling hopelessly in love with a guy she just met, Essie is like most of us -- flattered, but wary. She's a hopeful journalist who tracks down the truth, but still wants to give the fallen angel the benefit of the doubt. Seems about right. Everything in Genesis is relatable from the divorced mom and half siblings to the yearning to step out of the ordinary and live a little dangerously. Essie has been chosen for such a time as this... can't wait to see how she aligns herself in the upcoming battle.
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elliefan reviewed on Jan. 23, 2017

When you choose to rate a book five stars, it generally means "it was amazing". that is absolutely true of genesis. i genuinely thought it was amazing. Essie, her family, and her friends are characters that you can totally relate to. they do the same things we all do. I read a lot of fantasy books and usually the settings are unreal (hence, fantasy, i guess). this book presents angels among us and makes it believable. i love how the author makes demons lovable and that you hope against hope that they won't want to remain demons, even though the scripture she uses makes you know in your mind that they probably won't change. that's why i can't even wait for the next book. will Essie stay with Ty? or will she choose Michael? will Janie support her no matter what? will Karen be safe now that she knows the truth? i hope the next book is published soon. and i'm looking forward to reading genesis again once it is. READ THIS BOOK!!!
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crasydaisy reviewed on Jan. 20, 2017

loved it!!!!! did not want it to end... so anxious for the next book... I hope Essie wakes up and sees Ty for who he really is. she should be with Michael [swoon].
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