Thursday, July 16, 2015

Review: Celestra Series by Addison Moore

The Celestra Series by Addison Moore

Celestra is a series of young adult novels about the life of 16-year old Skyla Messenger. Skyla’s life suddenly changes when she moves to a small island town. When she falls for two irresistible boys who also happen to be cousins, things get really interesting. 

In this series, the author leaves mysteries that need to be explored throughout each book. There is a genuine appeal and novelty to the myth in the series that finds ways to distinguish itself from other series in a similar vein. 

I found the mythology behind this paranormal book to be very interesting and intriguing. The underlying idea is that there are different factions of angels that have different abilities. The concept is that there is a certain faction that cannot be allowed to be together because they will produce strong offspring and will throw off the order and balance of things. This is quite different from most of the angel mythology and other books based on angels. The human aspect has probably intrigued me the most throughout the series. 

The characters are really what keeps the story moving and interesting. The series starts off by establishing vivid characters, and snappy descriptions that keeps the readers attention and makes the series a page turner. The tragedy Skyla dealt with left her defiant and sarcastic in ways to cope with her unhappiness, but Skyla didn't strike me as your typical teenage girl. Instead, she shared her frustration and respect throughout the books towards various situations. Throughout the series she has multiple men throwing themselves at her. So who will she choose .... Gage, Logan, or Marshall?

Gage: I have to say I have been a Gage fan since book one! At first their relationship is fake to make everyone believe she is no longer with Logan, but as the story goes, she starts to fall for Gage ... harder and harder. Throughout the series, you see many different stages of Gage, from him blowing Skyla off to talking with her worst enemy, Chloe. After reading the series, I wasn't as much of a Gage fan as I was in the beginning.

Logan: In the beginning, Logan is somewhat selfish and striked me as the person who would never fully grasp putting anyone else first before him. As you read the books and learn more about Logan's history, it makes sense as to why he seemed like that in the beginning. By the end of the series, I was 50% for Logan and the other 50% for Gage. Logan changes and would do anything he could for Skyla. When you read the series, you will see what I mean.

Marshall: Skyla always runs to Marshall when she has a problem and he is always there to help her even with his sadistic and annoying remarks. She can always count on him. Their relationship is somewhat like a love - hate relationship, but in the end of the series, I truly feel like she really cares for Marshall and would be with him fully if there wasn't Gage or Logan in the picture.

Rating: 5/5
Addison Moore does an incredible job of making the world of angels seem possible and developed a set of characters people can relate to. I really enjoyed how the author kept my intrigued and interested throughout the series. Normally I would be wry of a long series, but I am so happy I chose to read this one! 

Book 1 Ethereal Synopsis:
Sixteen year-old, Skyla Messenger is a dead girl walking.

When her newly remarried mother moves the familly to Paragon Island, to a house that is rumored to be haunted, Skyla finds refuge in Logan Oliver, a boy who shares her unique ability to read minds.

Skyla discovers Logan holds the answers to the questions she's been looking for, but Logan's reluctance to give her the knowledge she desires leaves her believing Logan has a few secrets of his own.

Skyla's bloodlines may just be connected to the most powerful angelic beings that roam the earth, and the more she knows, the more danger she seems to be in.

Suddenly an entire faction of earthbound angels wants her dead, at least she still has Logan, or does she?

Book 2 Tremble Synopsis:
Sixteen year-old, Skyla Messenger is determined to bring back the dead. 

For Skyla, being an angel from the coveted Celestra faction hasn’t been easy. 

An entire band of wicked angels is after her blood, a Sector is after something far more sinister, and her newfound powers lead her on a quest to save her dead father. 

Skyla and her boyfriend Logan try to piece together a plan to take down the Countenance in order to maintain their relationship, but will Skyla’s burgeoning feelings for Gage get in the way? 

And when Skyla decides to use her powerful blood to change the fate of another deceased soul, just who is going to stop her?

Book 3 Burn Synopsis:
Sixteen year-old, Skyla Messenger is having difficulties with the living and the dead. 

With Chloe’s diary in her hands, Skyla embarks into the mind of one of Paragon’s most twisted former residents. 

After accidentally kick-starting the faction war, Skyla finds herself in more danger than ever before. So, when Marshall offers her a taste of the gift of knowing, Skyla attempts to use it to alter the outcome of future prophecies.  

And now that Skyla’s love life seems to involve one boy too many, she must choose who to be with. If she waits too long, the decision just might be made for her. 

Book 4 Wicked Synopsis:
Seventeen year-old, Skyla Messenger is wishing people would just stay dead. 

With Chloe back, Skyla finds it difficult to live under her tyranny and threats. 

A seemingly innocent misstep in Skyla’s past comes back to haunt her and could end up costing her relationship with Gage. 

Book 5 Vex Synopsis:
Seventeen year-old, Skyla Messenger finds herself lying on an altar as a sacrifice to the enemy. 

Being an angel of the highest Nephilim order hasn’t been easy. Her first love has cast his allegiance to the Countenance, the Sectors and the Fems see her as nothing more than a celestial pawn, and the dead girl she helped bring back to life has blackmailed her into relinquishing her boyfriend. 

Skyla is determined to change all that. She's decided to never trust Logan again, to turn the tables on the Sectors and the Fems, and get dirt on Chloe to blackmail her into leaving Gage alone. But, when one obstacle after another gets in her way, Skyla can hardly find the strength to carry on. The only solution seems to be to sacrifice herself to the Sector in her life and put everything in order while losing everything she values most. 

Book 6 Expel Synopsis:
A death. 
A war. 
An old enemy. 
A new enemy. 
A well-placed boyfriend. 
An ending you won’t believe. 

Seventeen year-old Skyla Messenger discovers love is stronger than death and deception. In an effort to rectify those horrible truths Skyla’s life changes forever. 

Love and heartbreak become obstacles that overshadow the faction war and in the end may cost her everything.

Book 7 Toxic Part 1 Synopsis:
Skyla Messenger’s days are numbered. 

With an angelic Faction War riding on her shoulders, and her mother’s newfound need to cozy with the enemy, Skyla also has to deal with the fact someone close to her has openly deceived her. 

Skyla learns that sometimes in life, and in love, things aren’t always what they seem. 

Book 7 Toxic Part 2 Synopsis:
Skyla Messenger’s days are drawing to an end. 

Seventeen year-old Skyla has been taken by the Counts, is under the strict punishment of her mother in a war gifted in her honor, and is the only hope of the people captive in the tunnels. Everything that can go wrong has. For Skyla, life is panning out to be more of a curse than a blessing. 

Relationships change. 
The war draws to an end. 
Death comes to Paragon. 

Skyla must decide if she is brave enough to sacrifice everything in order to save her people. 

Book 8 Elysian Synopsis:
Love and destiny wait for no one. 

Skyla Messenger is in the arms of death. 

While Skyla awaits the verdict of the faction war, she makes some troubling discoveries. Covenants that were sealed in the past come back to haunt her, and she must make hard decisions that will effect all those around her. 

~~About the Author~~
Addison Moore is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journel bestselling author who writes contemporary and paranormal romance. Previously she worked as a therapist on a locked psychiatric unit for nearly a decade. She resides on the West Coast with her husband, four wonderful children, and two dogs where she eats too much chocolate and stays up way too  late. When she's not writing, she's reading.

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