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Books About Angels & Why Some Book Bloggers Don't Like Them

There are just some topics that divide the masses – in the book blogging world one divider is books about angels. I feel like I’ve heard more conflicting opinions about angel books than any other type of YA fiction.

So what’s the deal with these supernatural novels? You tell me…

Books About Angels: Let’s Discuss

Personally, I’ve only read a few angel-type books. They were: Archangel by Sharon Shinn and Halfings by Heather Burch. I loved the former and really didn’t like the latter.

For me, creating something completely fictional is easier to read because I have nothing to compare it to. Reading about a religion that I know exists in real life is weird…and it has the potential to turn away those of that faith.

Besides the fact that there was a marked difference in writing style, subject matter and characterization, I think how the authors handled the spirituality made the biggest difference. In Archangel, the spirituality was purely fiction, and in Halflings, it twisted a real religion that thousands of people believe in.

For some perspective, below are some popular books about angels and their average rating on Amazon:

fallen by lauren kate books about angels

  • Fallen by Lauren Kate – 3 and a half stars
  • Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick – 4 stars
  • Unearthly by Cynthia Hand – 4 and a half stars
  • Halo by Alexandria Adornetto – 3 stars
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor – 4 and a half starts
  • City of Bones by Cassandra Claire – 4 stars

Books About Angels – Yay or Nay?

  • What books about angels have you read? Did you like/dislike them?
  • What did you like/dislike about the books?
  • Was there anything that bothered you more than a book you didn’t like in a different genre?
  • Is there a different genre you think divides bloggers more? If so, what?

With my limited experience reading angel-type books, I am definitely going to try reading them again. I had a great experience and a mediocre one. If you have any recommendations for great books about angels, please let me know!

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • Anonymous

    I actually LOVED the hush hush series, but when it came to the fallen series by book 3 I was upset 🙁 The first book is great but then it just goes down hill from there. Book 3 was hard to get through, I checked it out at the library, and ended up having to check it out 3 more times before I finished it. Just bad. But because I have all this time invested into the books, I will read the last one.

    Halo I couldn’t get into it, and the city of bones is actually a really great book.

    As far as the fallen series and why I hated it so much I think it would be because the main female character is always searching for WHY the male character LOVES her so much and WHY all her past lives she was with the male character…..book 3 was nothing but her going back in time and watching her past lives make out with the male character and then explode…..it was HORRIBLE!

    (Wonderful writing as ALWAYS Lisa 🙂 Always great to see the reviews you do because they end up being my deciding factor on if I will read a book or not! I am glad I follow your blog because your reviews have pointed me to books I would have never read before) Thanks 🙂

  • Bookishlilly

    Great topic! I am reading Fallen right now and I HATE it. I have not gotten to the big reveal yet but of course, I know these characters are fallen angels and I find it creepy, not romantic at all. The Daughter of Smoke and Bone is more fantasy than paranormal and not really about angels as we know them. Loved that book and did not find it offensive or creepy. Unearthly by Cynthia Hand was good, the angel mythology was well done but in the second book, Hallowed, the lines are getting a little blurry and it made me a bit uncomfortable.

    I also started reading Embrace but it was a DNF not so much for the angel mythology, but because the main character was so annoying. I couldn’t even get offended by the angel mythology because it was so convoluted, I did not understand it.

    At the end of the day, angel books are just not for me because even though they are fiction, the ideas behind the books bother my faith. This is the most angel books I have ever read and I don’t see myself getting into a lot more of them.
    Truly Bookish

  • Ems

    I haven’t enjoyed the Hush Hush series AT ALL. In fact, I maybe hated the first book, but I have this thing where I MUST FINISH A SERIES. Gah. I hate that about me. Trying to work on it. 😛 (I haven’t especially liked the other two either, but at least the element of pointless sexual assault is gone) The Angelfire books have been kind of meh for me, though I did like the 2nd one better than the 1st. Haven’t liked the Blue Bloods series either…mixing vampires and angels? Blah.

    Anyway, I LOVED Unearthly and City of Bones, Angel Burn (L.A. Weatherly) was okay, and still waiting to get to Fallen & Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I’m mixed when it comes to angel books. I find that most of the time, I either love or hate them. There isn’t a whole lot of middle ground.

    It is kind of funny that angel books are some of the most divisive in the blogging world. You’d think they’d be the ones that brought people together… 😛

  • Kate Anderson

    L. A Weatherly’s Angel series are great – probably the best I’ve read.

    I only barely tolerated Fallen, and had to push my way through Hush Hush. But I loved Unearthly and Archangel 🙂

  • Jan

    Unearthly is ok, didnt like the second book Hallowed

  • jocelynredel

    These are not young adult, but have you read Nalini Singh’s series that starts with Angel’s Blood. It’s a very different take on angels. I haven’t read many of the teen angel books…after reading Hush Hush and really disliking it, I haven’t brought myself to pick any others up.

  • Fabulosityreads

    I’ve read a couple including the paradox series which didn’t upset me as much as others. I made decision along the way though to not bother because the fundamentals are always clashing with what I believe in. It’s just to much internal turmoil to go through.

  • Gina

    It really depends on the book and if there is more than just angels in them. Like City of Bones had demons and other supernatural elements. I suppose it also depends on what folklore the author takes it from because Hush Hush was fantastic and I loved the Fallen series (well, I loved the first one and the second one but not so much the 3rd) but I had trouble getting through Unearthly, even though I ended up loving that one as well. Thanks for bringing this up. It gives me a lot to think about. Happy reading!

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  • E. Law

    I just finished book 2 of the providence series by Jamie Maguire and it is really good. Very different — the only other angel (sort of) books I have read are Mortal Instruments and the Blue Blood series but those are so different.

  • AwesomePerson

    READ PENRYN AND THE END OF DAYS SERIES BY SUSAN Ee The firs one’s called Angelfall.

  • Gemma

    I’ve just read Angel, by L.A. Weatherly. I would definitely recommend it, as it is well written and has a new feel to it as it hasn’t gone in the usual direction that angel books usually do. It’s quite refreshing. I was disappointed though, when I looked at the blurb for the second book in the series. It seems to focus on a love triangle, and I loathe them, so it seems that I’ll just have to make do with the cliffhanger that this book finished on, because I don’t want to ruin this good book for myself with a sequel that has been done way too many times. If you don’t mind the love triangle thing, then I’d agree with Kate Anderson, as it is the best angel book I’ve ever read.
    As for Fallen, I don’t even want to think about the mistake it was reading that. If you’re thinking of checking it out – don’t. It will save valuable time and money if you just accept that it won’t be worth it.