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Reviewed by Charlotte Weaver for Readers' Favorite
Ari Worthington is your average young girl; she has her life plan worked out with normal hopes and dreams. Ari's life changes after an encounter with her ex-boyfriend. Poor Luke ends up with more than he bargained for after an unsavoury argument in the woods. Ari is not only surprised by her strength but speed as well, which leaves her mind whirling. All of this leads to one major thing, something that she cannot ignore; Davin. Incredibly perfect, Davin is a bundle of witty perfection, all in one package. But with Davin comes life changing and earth shattering news.
A.J. Sparber gives us a unique viewpoint on angels in Ariel Rising. Between hot, perfect aliens/angels, a planet called Olympus, romance, tragedy, adventure and war, this book has something for everyone. Ariel Rising brought out mixed feelings in me, as this is such an unusual take on alien/angels. I felt this story was quite complex with many layers. Every chapter revealed something new in their history and what they are. There is a lot of information to take in, so much so that it's hard at times to keep up with everything and remember it.
I felt the characters, although developed well and with many different aspects to them, came across as too perfect for my liking - they lacked emotion hence I didn't fully connect with them. I love it when you're reading and everything plays out in your mind, almost like your personal movie, and this just didn't do it for me. However, I find the different take on Olympus fascinating; this story deviates from everything we know of Olympus and gives its own unique angle on things.