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Reviewed by Michelle Randall for Readers' Favorite
Cami has always known that she was different. She has always been much more mature than her peers, but maybe that is more of a result of the fact that Cami can see angels. Oh, they don't look like the pictures in the books - very rarely can she glimpse their wings, usually it is only by the glow of their eyes that she knows they are angels, but she has just always known they were. It's a secret she keeps to herself. Cami lives with younger sister Beth, and her parents in a small trailer in Winston, Oregon. She is a wonderful artist, but dreams of going to college to study art are not going to happen for her; there isn't that kind of money lying around. Lately Cami has been noticing more angels. The new guy in town, Earl, is asking Cami out, and she normally doesn't go out. Then she's having freaky dreams. Finally at the Spring Fair, she sees some paintings that she loves, and when the guy working the booth talks to her, she almost melts at the sound of his voice, only to turn around and notice that he is an angel! She has never talked to one before. What is going on here? In Apocalypse of Angels, Harmony Lawson has created a normal all-American teenager in a lower working class family and given her a special ability.
Apocalypse of Angels builds from this simple story of Cami, a normal teenager who just happens to see angels, to a teenager that evil demons, or fallen angels, want for some reason. As the story goes along, Harmony Lawson does a wonderful job of giving Cami a basic knowledge of angels and faith, but without the taint of organized religion. As she learns more, everything is greeted with an air of faith with question, giving it a more believable feel. The story revolves around teenagers at the end of high school so you could call it a coming of age story, but I feel the tone and style of writing lends itself to being read by a wide variety of readers. As an adult reader I enjoyed it and as I mentioned parts to my own pre-teens, they wanted to read it. That is what I like and to me that says this is a good book!