A Gift of Wings was completely refreshing and a highly enjoyable read. Stephanie Stamm is a first time author and she's done an incredible job with this book. The writing flowed so well, it was hard to believe this was her debut novel. As a reader of many independent I've read vampires, werewolves, witches, zombies, shape-shifters, ghosts, demons, etc.
As a reader of many independent books, I've come across numerous mistakes in publishing, but if this book had flaws, I completely missed them. Something that really impressed me was the diversity of the characters, an aspect I think is lacking in many YA and New Adult books. Diverse characters add to the depth of the story, in my opinion, and are a better representation of today's world. Lucky Monroe was a strong female protagonist and I genuinely liked her. Her journey through life hasn't been easy and judging by the end of this book, her struggles have just begun. Aiden Townsend wormed his way into my heart from the first page.
I've always had a soft spot for sexy guys in leather jackets who ride motorcycles - who wouldn't? The author also gave the reader wonderful insight into the supporting characters, and I particularly liked Zeke. To me, he was the embodiment of safety, knowledge, strength, and reassurance. The story was well-paced, offering some twists I didn't see coming and I look forward to its continuation in the second installment.
Jun 25, T. Stephanie Stamm takes us on a whirlwind journey through mysticism, mythology, and religion ideology in A Gift of Wings. As I settled down to read A Gift of Wings, I soon discovered myself pulled into a world that was all at once familiar and completely foreign. Stamm took me soaring through the air and dragged me through the streets of Chicago.
She teased my senses and tested my sense of reality. My heart ached for Lucky. Lucky must make sense of her beloved G-Ma's transition into an assisted li Stephanie Stamm takes us on a whirlwind journey through mysticism, mythology, and religion ideology in A Gift of Wings. Lucky must make sense of her beloved G-Ma's transition into an assisted living facility just as she begins to have experiences that force her to question her sanity.
When she learns that what thinks are hallucinations are real, she struggles to accept her new reality. When the people around her fight over the role she must play in the battle between supernatural factions, Lucky finds herself struggling to figure out who is good and who is evil. The decision is made for her when her cousin, an innocent, is attacked in order to force the issue.
Lucky learns of family secrets and the deceptions that have kept her safe. I feared for Lucky. I cheered for Lucky. I wanted to scream at Lucky a few times. Mostly, I just wanted to save Lucky from her destiny even as she embraced it. Stamm creates a world that feels all too real filled with a cast of characters the reader loves, hates, and most of all wants to know better. A Gift of Wings forced me to think about how gifts that come with strings rarely have the wings to give us flight I've read a lot of fantasy and supernatural fiction.
I've read -- and taught -- a lot of theology, mythology, comparative religion, etc. But perhaps more important, it is quite simply a very good novel. The characters are believable and compelling even when they're repellent -- you're fascinated anyway. The ordinary human events and personal interactions are just as effective and gripping as the s I've read a lot of fantasy and supernatural fiction.
The ordinary human events and personal interactions are just as effective and gripping as the superhuman spectacular scenes -- and the latter are sharply detailed and utterly plausible to read, if impossible maybe? That's how I would define successful fantasy fiction -- able to make you suspend disbelief so effectively that you don't realize you've done so. If you're interested in a girl becoming an adult in a complex and sometimes frightening world, and seeing how she faces the challenge, you'll love the book. If you like reading about combat between beings bearing ancient, mysterious powers, you'll love the book.
A Gift of Wings (The Light-Bringer Series, #1) by Stephanie Stamm
If you just love good books, you'll love the book. Stephanie Stamm, PhD'98 Author From the author: "Half-Seraph and skilled fighter, Aidan Townsend could no longer live with the consequences of being a celebrated member of the Forces of the Fallen, so he walked away from it all. Now, he has created a new life for himself--a human life as songwriter and lead singer for a successful Chicago band.
And he keeps his angelic abilities carefully hidden, even from himself.
Lucky Monroe is just an ordinary girl--or so she thinks. About to turn eighteen and Stephanie Stamm, PhD'98 Author From the author: "Half-Seraph and skilled fighter, Aidan Townsend could no longer live with the consequences of being a celebrated member of the Forces of the Fallen, so he walked away from it all.
About to turn eighteen and with high school behind her, she's looking for a job, contemplating the possibility of college, and gradually coming to terms with her beloved grandmother's descent into early-onset Alzheimer's. Then her cousin Josh takes her to hear a popular local band and she sees fiery wings extending from the back of the handsome and charismatic lead singer. Suddenly, she finds herself enmeshed in a world of Fallen angels, demons, and ancient deities--a world that promises knowledge of her newfound powers, as well as a budding romance, but also threatens all she holds dear.
This book is a wonderful mix of the familiar and the unexpected.
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For anyone who has lived in Chicago, the underlying setting is comfortable, known and superbly recreated. Layered on top of this setting is a new world, unknown to most, where good and evil, and those who protect us, wage an ongoing battle. One young woman, more special than she could possibly imagine. Stephanie does a wonderful job taking us on Lucky's journey from a human teen to an independent young woman who becomes so much mor This book is a wonderful mix of the familiar and the unexpected. Stephanie does a wonderful job taking us on Lucky's journey from a human teen to an independent young woman who becomes so much more.
Her joys, fears, triumphs and confusions are realistically portrayed as she navigates this new world. Her struggle to maintain who she is while adjusting to changes within herself that she cannot stop are wonderfully written and will resonate with the young adults for whom this book is intended as well as for those of us who remember these times.
I highly recommend this book and look forward to the sequel. Oct 25, Sarah rated it liked it. I picked this novel up from the "emerging authors" tent at the Decatur book festival.
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The world is fascinating and I'm intrigued by the larger story that is clearly going on in the background. I found myself wishing I could learn more about the big picture and the side characters. The thing that kept me from completely loving this book and it's sequel was the large amount of romantic drama. I felt like it received a disproportionate amount of time in the book and left the non-romantic relation I picked this novel up from the "emerging authors" tent at the Decatur book festival. I felt like it received a disproportionate amount of time in the book and left the non-romantic relationships under explored.
That said, it takes a lot to ever get me invested in a romance, so if you typically enjoy them you might well disagree with me on this I throughly enjoyed Gift of Wings and am looking forward to the next in the series. In fact, I read it cover to cover. Ms Stamm is a beautiful writer and has created a fascinating stage for these wonderful characters.
I read all of the Twilight books, which was my first foray into fantasy, supernatural fiction. I really enjoyed those, but can honestly say I found this book far more interesting and exciting. This novel was such a pleasure to read. I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys compelling characters, a strong plot, beautiful prose. Lucky, the young protagonist, experiences a range of sensitively detailed thoughts and emotions as her life changes just about as dramatically as a life can.
I'm already anticipating the next book in this series, if only because I've grown to care so much about this character. This debut novel grabs you and keeps you absorbed until the very end where you find yourself craving the next book. Not my go-to genre, but I'll be reading whatever Stephanie writes from now on.
The characters are very real and just a little fantastical. I'm sharing this book. Well done, Stephanie! What will the future bring for Lucky? I want to know. A compelling story that kept me reading long into the night, in spite of the fact that I'm not normally a fan of fantasy nor of angels. I'm calling this a thriller, and recommending it to one and all, young adults and adults. It was fun to recognize lots of places in the Chicago setting, too. Just have to say the book was awesome from page one great people great romance details are awesome cant wait for te next one.
I was hooked after the first page! Stephanie Stamm did an incredible job on this book.
I can't wait for the next one! The romance in this is amazing. This was a great book. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.