Taking Angels by CS Yelle
(The Angel Crusades Series, #1)
Release Date: March 28, 2013
Publisher: Staccato Publishing; 380 pages
Britt Anderson went along with everything the doctors said for nearly four years, but she was still dying at eighteen. The cancer had won leaving her without a future, without any options, and without control. No control, except for how she would leave this world. As Britt tries to end her life by going into the frigid waters she realizes her mistake. She struggles to get back to shore, to cry out for help, but her atrophied muscles are useless and the frigid water steals the breath from her chemo-scarred lungs. Despite her father’s attempts to reach her, she flies over the waterfall.
When Allister Parks finds Britt’s fragile body on the riverbank something calls out to him. Ignoring the warnings of his sister, Allister brings Britt back from the edge of death. The only problem is that an Eternal like Allister isn’t allowed to touch those who have already passed from this world. It is forbidden; an infraction punishable by death.
As Britt relishes her new cancer-free life and senior year of high school, her very existence threatens Allister’s place in this world. Allister struggles to keep Britt a secret from the Eternal Council and out of the hands of the only Eternal who already knows the truth: the one who stole her guardian angel.
When we start the book and first meet Britt, the poor girl is dying, and so despondent after four years of battling cancer that has now turned terminal that she decides to end her life. After begging her parents to take her to one of her favorite camping place, Britt lets herself be swept away by the current. Of course once she has no more control she changes her mind but it’s too late—or so it would seem. Britt wakes up to a miracle, her cancer is GONE but just what kind of miracle is it?
This part of the book really got to me, not that I have dealt with this type of issue but I have been sick for a long time now and it just stuck a chord.
Taking Angels is a brilliant story of love, loss and the power of the unknown. Each character is well thought out and they compliment and contrast each other. It’s edgy and full of forgiveness, determination and devotion. Within the first few chapters, C.S Yelle has you drawn to Britt’s role as a victim of a vicious disease, then celebrating her recovery. He has set you up to campaign for her throughout the entire journey. And that is exactly what you do!
This first book in the series comes to a climactic end and definitely left me wanting more of Britt’s journey. I’ll be waiting for the chance to read the next book. Read this book!! You will not be disappointed.
About the Author-
C.S. Yelle was born and raised in Grand Rapids, MN, the “almost” middle child of six. He attended Grand Rapids Senior High School where he enjoyed music and sports. He received his BS in Chemistry from Mayville State University, Mayville, ND in 1987. He taught 7-12 Science and coached for six years in several North Dakota schools and currently works as an Executive Account Manager in the Water Treatment Industry where he has been for over eighteen years. He is the father of four and grandfather of one. He writes novels, screenplays, and an occasional short story. He has been writing seriously for over 15 years and plans to continue until his fingers are unable, maybe longer. He currently resides in a Minneapolis, MN suburb with his wife Jennifer.