Name: Shattering Halos
Author: Sunniva Dee
**ARC provided from author in exchange for an honest review**
First, let me tell you a little bit about the story. Shattering Halos is a debut novel that tells the story of Gaia, a girl who was destined to die but didn’t. She was saved by her Guardian Angel who broke some rules to keep her alive. She was never meant to see him, but after the car accident Gabriel is everywhere and she can’t help it, she falls for him. He has always loved Gaia in a different way from how a Guardian Angel should love his mission. He doesn’t know how his feelings and his actions are part of a greater situation. Now, they don’t have a choice but to be the key to finally take over those who want to rule the Heavens.
I’m giving this book 3.5 stars. I enjoyed it, yes, the story was pretty interesting and it was a really fast read, so I had no problems reading it. My problem was I haven’t had that much time to read this last couple of days, so it took me a little longer to finish it (again, sorry Sunniva). I really liked the way Gabriel was with Gaia. I’m a sucker for angel’s forbidden love stories, because the angels are always so devoted, their feelings are always so pure and heightened. They tend to do anything and everything in their power to keep their love safe, in this case, Gabriel’s sun <3.
There were a few things that I thought were a bit off, hence the rating, like how easily Gaia accepted everything that was going on. I believe she believed it because she felt only truth coming right out of him, but still.. I think I would’ve liked a little bit more of denial or doubt from her. Oh the other thing I wasn’t that comfortable with was how she was with Cassiel. I understood the situation and the reasons BUT I still felt like he pretty much took advantage from her and she let him. Don’t get me wrong, I liked Cassiel and his sarcastic personality but kind of loyal attitude towards Gabriel. I loved Gabriel, he was sweet and protective and full of love. Gaia was a bit too dependent for my taste. She was a normal girl, who had a tragic accident and lost a lot, so she needed that good Gabriel provided her in her life.
The characters were all well described, they had their own personalities and each had an unique aspect that made them more relatable. Gaia’s was her trust in good, Gabriel’s his pure love, Cassiel’s was his weird kind of loyalty and Marina, her supportive side (which wasn’t that present at first, but she gets to it fast).