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No Angel

NoAngelTitle:  No Angel

Author:  Daniel A. Kaine

Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press

Length:  200 pages

Rating:   C  List

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Blurb:  Born with a birth defect called Devil Syndrome, it is impossible for Josh Harper to hide the two small stumps of hornlike bone atop his head. If people also knew about his ability to create force fields with his mind, they’d lock him up for sure. Left to fend for himself on his eighteenth birthday, Josh tries to make it on the streets. When he’s attacked, he’s rescued by Sam Mitchell, who has an equally strange power—and a set of pure white wings.

Sam ran away from home a year ago, and the new life he’s built for himself includes living in an abandoned house and looking after three younger kids, all with Devil Syndrome. Then along comes Josh. After a rough start their relationship grows and the two young men find a haven in each other’s arms. But when tragedy strikes their newfound family, Sam’s hatred of regular humans spirals out of control, and Josh will have to make Sam see sense before everything he’s worked so hard to build is destroyed.

Review:   A good coming of age, first love, urban fantasy story, with a slow start that gives the reader plenty of time to build a connection with the main characters Josh and Sam. The reader is given room to form an understanding of them, with good explanations of their condition and the discriminations they encounter. The negativity they receive is mostly directed at their condition, Devil Syndrome, rather than their sexuality, although the issue is addressed occasionally.

Josh finds himself alone, forced out of the home of his uncle and aunt on to the dismal streets of the city. Lacking in street survival skills he soon becomes a victim of a brutal mugging. His saviour comes in the form of an angel, Sam. Sam takes Josh home and tends to his injuries. After offering Josh a home, the young men form a friendship easily, but it’s not without its misunderstandings and moments of awkwardness.

This is a whole new world to Josh, in spite of the lack of love and support in his previous home life, there are new hardships to contend with now. Josh is intelligent and refuses to give up on his education, he knows he needs this as part of his survival. With the help of Sam teaching him the necessary skills of street survival and friendship, Josh begins to feel more confident and more relaxed about his predicament. He knows Sam has his back, something he hasn’t felt since he was a young child, Josh lets down his guard to Sam, slowly letting the awkwardness dispel between them.

Sam has a taste of happiness with Josh around, having a friend of his own age with the same condition, Sam can’t hide his attraction to Josh for very long and he toils with his feelings over his new friend. He doesn’t want to lose Josh as a friend and hopes that he will stay with them and help to continue to provide for his new family. Sam is affectionate and caring, he has taken on the responsibility of three children, providing them with a family home, a place of safety away from the streets. Although Sam is passionate and dedicated, he has a temper and when his family are threatened his passion turns to anger and revenge.

As the story unfolds we see Josh rescued by Sam. Josh facing up to his new life supported by Sam. But when the tables are turned, and Sam needs saving, has Josh got what it takes to save his friend?

Although I feel this book is more suited to a younger reader, on the whole I did enjoy the read. Josh and Sam are both likeable characters and I found myself slowly but surely drawn into the book by them. There are good secondary characters who play a vital part throughout this story, with well written emotional and violent scenes.

Storm warning: Keep a box of tissues close to hand

Reviewed by Teddy


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