Angel fantasy is a little different than your average supernatural romance. I think most of us can agree that vampires and werewolves are not real. However, according to a recent poll featured on NBC News, 75% of Americans believe in the existence of heavenly angels. Many new books have been written in this sub-genre. I believe for angel fantasy to really work, it must have some religion in it. The ones without it feel flat to me. In that spirit, I bring you my favorite new angel fantasy novels.
I just finished Unearthly by Cynthia Hand and loved it! Clara is an angel-blood. Her mother is half angel (so Clara is a quarter angel) and over 100 years old. Clara has some amazing powers such as a blinding heavenly light. She has wings and can speak any language including a secret angelic one. At the beginning of the story, she starts having visions. These visions help an angel understand her purpose here on earth. She sees a forest fire, a silver SUV and (prepare to swoon) a ridiculously gorgeous boy. Her family packs up and moves to Wyoming where, on her first day of school, she runs into the boy from her vision. Clara is not sure if she is truly attracted to him, or it is just because her purpose is tied to him. Her powers grow as her purpose comes closer. She is distracted by another boy, Tucker, who irritated her at first. Twilight fans will love how romance blossoms between Clara and the two boys. Cynthia Hand did a beautiful job developing the characters, including Clara’s fascinating half angel mother. The story had enough twists and turns to keep me interested. The heavenly light is described as a way they communicate with God. I truly missed the characters when I was done with the book and can’t wait for the sequel, Hallowed.