Review – Shadow Angel: Book One


Shadow Angel: Book One


Shadow Angel #1


Leia Stone & Julie Hall


Paranormal Romance


From the moment I saw the shadows come to life, I knew my world would never be the same.
Yesterday I was a teenager waiting tables in Manhattan, and today, monsters exist and I can see them.
Overnight I’m thrown into the realm of the Watchers, a society of earthbound angels split into two factions: The Shades, whose powerful dark magic is given to them by the fallen angels, and the Lumens, whose abilities are bestowed on them by the archangels of Avalon.
They’re on opposite sides of a brutal war, and I only have a few days to pick which side I want to join. I’m ready to choose when the Shades force my hand by cursing someone I love.
The only hope I have of saving them rests on the broad shoulders of the prickliest Shade alive, Gage Alston. He’s cold, arrogant, and quite possibly the most attractive guy I’ve ever laid eyes on.
Do I trust him? No.
Do I need him? Yes.
Do I want to kiss him? Maybe.
Perhaps I’ll choose darkness after all.


4.5stars rating

I rarely insta buy a book after only reading a chapter, but no regrets! It was a great book!


The supernatural world is hidden from the humans, where the two factions, Lumens and Shades, fight a neverending war against each other. Angels vs Demons aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand FIGHT! 😀 We learn about the world alongside Tatum, so there is no information dump; nope, we’re just as bewildered as her. Okay, maybe not since we have a blurb 😉 but you know what I mean!
Scenes and environments were clear and well described.

Character development:

Tatum is working hard to take care of her grandmother, whose dementia is gradually getting worse 🙁 She gets thrown into a world she finds hard to believe when she starts seeing monsters and people with red eyes. I mean, who wouldn’t freak out!
I liked her pretty much from the get-go. She has a good head on her shoulders and goes for what she believes in.
Without spoiling anything, I really liked that she found people from both sides that she connected with.
Gage, our broody (of course) Shade, is still so much a mystery for us. But, we know a bit about his past and how he became the person he is. I hope we get to know him more in the next instalment.
The characters, main and side, all felt real and believable. I enjoyed reading about them!

Pacing & Flow:

There was an outstanding balance between all the action and conversation. Nowhere in the book did I feel it dragged too long or that I wasn’t entertained. Nope, it grabbed me at the first chapter and didn’t release me till the end. It kept my attention throughout without any issues 😀

The book itself:

The book is well written with no (noticeable) errors. There is no sex described (if that is important to you).
It was 368 pages, spread over 19 chapters and told from Tatum’s point of view.

Final Thoughts:

I really enjoyed the book from start to finish and was so sad when I saw the next wasn’t out yet.
Pick this one up if you like angels vs demons books with some romance on the side!