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“Title: Children of Angels
“Title: Children of Angels
Author: Kathryn Dahlstrom
Publisher: WinePress Publishing
Note: I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book. The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/. Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988
Jeremy Lapoint is the son of a convicted criminal, and the kids at his school make sure that he remembers it. Jeremy, bullied by his fellow middle schoolers, tries to escape and suddenly feels the urge to fly—and with one leap, he does exactly that! He discovers that he has obtained other powers as well including the ability to walk through solid objects and turn invisible just because he wants to do it. Jeremy discovers, with the help of his guardian angel, that he himself is part angel—a nephilim.
Jeremy is given a scholarship to attend a special school for others who have angelic powers like his, but the other children do not realize that they are nephilim. They have been told that they are the next phase of humanity due to evolutionary process; however, Jeremy knows the truth and uncovers a plot of how the nephilim DNA was passed to each of the children. He then becomes a leader among those who believe what he has learned, and he leads nephilim and angels against the demon warriors who want to distort the truth.
Author Kathryn Dahlstrom’s fantasy tale is full of biblical imagery of angels, demons, and the battles that take place between good and evil. Dahlstrom shows how Jeremy can rise up in faith and overcome his fears as he learns about the love of God.
My rating of Children of Angels is 4 stars.
Reviewed by Ben Weldon (age 14) for Reader Views (6/12)
“Children of Angels” by Kathryn Dahlstrom is the story of Jeremy Lapoint, a 7th grader who is suddenly thrust into a world of angels and demons. After miraculously discovering that he could fly and that he had a guardian angel, Jeremy received an invitation from the Higher Humanity Institute (HHI) to join their program for superhumanly gifted kids. But after some exploring, Jeremy learned that the HHI was not all as it seemed. The HHI was infested with demons that wished to exploit the kids there. Will Jeremy be able to save everyone, or will they be overcome?
The book threw me into the story with little background information. I didn’t know anything about what the villain would do if he was able to defeat the heroes. The only thing that classified him as a villain was that he was a demon (presumably with default evil intentions). While the overall storyline was entertaining, the plot wasn’t very developed and things seemed to happen a bit too quickly to be believable. For example, Jeremy managed to almost perfectly learn the art of sword craft in about 24-48 hours and almost single-handedly ward off a demon army. I liked Jeremy as a character, but things like this made him a little harder to relate to.
The book’s message was about getting strength from believing in God. This message, though, sometimes seemed rather heavy-handed and repetitive, getting in the way of my full enjoyment of the book. When Jeremy’s faith in God became weak, his abilities also waned.
I would recommend “Children of Angels” by Kathryn Dahlstrom to people who enjoy reading Christian-motivated fantasy books. There was a bit of action and a touch of science fiction. It was a moderately entertaining read and I finished it shortly after I got it. ”
“Just discovered an interesting new series of books for middle school age children by author Kathryn Dahlstrom that was an great idea taken from the sixth chapter in Genesis and the thirteenth chapter in Numbers. It's about a race of created beings formed from angels and humans.
In the first book in the Nephilim series, Children of Angels, finds Jeremy Lapoint, a resident of Anoka Middle School, in the midst of being bullied once more by a fellow student, Sid Lundahl and his friends. Not only do they taunt Jeremy with name calling but at one point an altercation ensures where the boys take Jeremy's backpack and dump out the items. His books, papers and reports fall to the ground which the boys stomp on and destroy. They even manage to ruin his iPod that his grandmother gave him for his birthday, breaking it in pieces.
Jeremy has become the brunt of Sid's taunts ever since learning that Jeremy's dad is in prison for stealing. Now it seems it's Sid's mission to make Jeremy's life at school a living hell. That is, until Jeremy learns he can fly. Not only that but he is super strong, able to become invisible and can make it to where no one can hear him, thanks to the help and training of his own angel Asiel.
Jeremy learns that he is a Nephilim, a cross between an angel and a human in which part of him wants to do good while the human half of him still struggles with his sin-filled nature:
"Seek the truth at the proper time - and the One who gives it. The angel in your kind longs to serve Him. The human...has a fight on his hands. "(pg 23).
Jeremy learns that there are 230 other teens like himself in Europe, Canada and America and it's important to learn his battle skills because he will be facing demons as one of the few that can see clearly into the spiritual realm. Feeling a bit more reassured, Jeremy finds himself being accepted to the Higher Humanity Institute for teens with unique abilities like his own. Only what he finds there isn't what he had expected at all. You'll have to pick this one up to learn what he finds and what happens to him.
I received Children of Angels by Kathryn Dahlstrom compliments of WinePress Publishing for my honest review. I think this is an interesting twist in Christian fiction for young adults and can't wait to see where the rest of the books in this series. I would rate this one a 4 out of 5 stars and think it's the perfect book for kids who long for that Christian super hero novel. ”