Title: Dante's Kiss
Author: S.L. Nadathur
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Series: Dante's Kiss, book one
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review--thanks so much, Susan!
Angels and demons are a topic that I will never get tired of. I love supernatural stories, but ones about angels and demons just might be my favorite. I think it's cool when an author takes a supernatural creature like that and puts her own great spin on it. If you're a fan of Supernatural, chances are good you'll love this novel.
Kiriela is an angel, with a quarter human side, a music muse. Despite her devotion to God and her fellow angels, she yearns for love. (And come on, what girl doesn't, at sixteen?) She thinks she's found it with Jadiel, an angel who has fallen. But when a human boy named Dante comes into her life, she finds her entire life--everything she's ever known--turned upside down.
I loved this novel, mostly because I really related to both Dante and Kiriela. I really enjoyed how well-thought out all the characters were, them especially. Dante, the boy who wants nothing more than to be himself and loved for it, and Kiriela, wanting to do her part but be loved in the process. The supernatural elements, too, weren't over the top and ridiculous, just believable enough.
There were some things that confused me, though; like Jadiel, for instance. His motives were cloudy, but maybe things will be cleared up in the next novel. The bottom line: An enjoyable, dark young adult novel, Dante's Kiss is perfect for fans of Supernatural! Next on deck: The Sin Eater's Daughter by Melinda Salisbury!