Wednesday, April 6, 2016

#Review: Ariel Rising (Ariel Between Two Worlds, Book 1) by @AJ_Sparber | #NotJustAnotherAngelStory

Ariel Rising
(Ariel Between Two Worlds, Book #1)
by A.J. & C.S. Sparber

Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Angels, Sci-Fi

My dreams were simple. College, a career, and let’s see what happens from there. But things don’t always go according to plan. 

My name is Ari Worthington and I’ve had a very eventful week. A life-changing week. The kind of week that would make the average person whimper. 
It started when my ex-boyfriend Luke accosted me in the woods. 

How badly was I injured? Not a scratch. And Luke? Not so lucky. Nope, I whupped him good. It surprised the heck out of me. And it probably surprised him, too—once he woke up. 

And then I met Davin. Handsome, witty, amazing Davin. Perfect in every way, unless you think being an alien, from a planet called Olympus, might be a liability. 

“Seriously? Your planet is named after a Greek mountain?” I ask him. 

“Actually, it’s the other way around,” he tells me. “The mountain was named after us. We’ve been visiting Earth for a very, very long time. As a matter of fact, we are responsible for human evolution.” 

So, ancient aliens are real? Yeah. But there’s more. Davin’s an angel, which I could have handled, would have handled, if only he hadn’t told me I was one, too. 

“But we don’t have wings,” I say. 

“Real angels don’t need wings,” he counters. 

“Ah, that explains everything,” I reply. 

So, you think this is just another angel story? Well, it’s not. It’s got humor, romance, adventure, science, tragedy, and… did I say romance? It’ll make you think, and laugh, and cry. 

Davin and I, you see, are part of a larger plan. A noble plan. A plan to save the sons and daughters of man, or what’s left of them, after the war. A big war. 

Okay, enough of my rambling. Davin and I need to get back to training. And you’ve got some reading to do, yeah?

Just like the description says, this is NOT "just another angel story".  No, no no! The description pretty much give most of the book away, so here is what I thought about it.

My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars.
The fact that the book is written by a husband and wife (or wife and husband), it brings out so much of their relationship to the story. I can totally imagine them as Ari and Davin, and it would make so much sense! The story itself is well written; plot was fast paced, though at times I felt little overwhelmed from all the back-story being given. But it was balanced by the growing relationship between Ari and Davin. I loved all the myths that were thrown in as well as actual facts that can be found in Creation. I am not big on books about angels, but this book has totally got me on board. It was fun to read, I got sucked in. I read it in four days, but that was probably because my dyslexia wanted to process what I was giving my silly brain. 
In the event that A.J. Sparber sees this review, here is my question for you (both authors): When is the next episode being released?!

Review can also be found on TheYAShelf, with more elaborate details about my reading experience. -


  1. Hi Haddie,

    We are so honored that you like our story! Book 2 is well under way and should be out by autumn. And now that most of the backstory is out, we promise LOTS more action :-)