Have you read Angel’s Gate by the incredible L. Becker?
Welcome to my book review of this wild urban fantasy romance adventure by L. Becker. **Warning: This review will contain spoilers** I can’t wait to share my reading experience with you!
Before The Story – Angel’s Gate
I first connected with L. Becker when I interviewed her for my blog (you can read that here). I knew right away she is a talented author with incredible stories to share. We stayed in touch over Instagram, and when she told me about the release of her book, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it.
Genre: Urban Fantasy Romance
Keywords: angels, key, soul, war, family, sacrifice
Point of View: Third Person (perspectives of AG and angels)
Main Characters: AG (or Agatha)
One Sentence Summary: How much control do we have over fate?
Becker introduces the main character perfectly. We learn AG is coming back home because her mother died. Then, we switch to another important character, Mordecai, (though we don’t know just how important yet), and we get some back story about the central conflict of the story.
I love the way tension builds in this story and the battle scenes are so intriguing and not rushed or too long. Perfectly balanced! I wanted to know more about the book and the characters right away. The comedy and witty banter is placed perfectly. It never gets old when Mordecai (an angel) describes his perceptions of modern technology.
The backstory of AG’s mother and the explanation of the angelic world AG was born into comes out gradually through the characters and her mother’s journals. AG is a realistic, relatable main character – always curious and strong even in her most vulnerable times. I love the way AG talks and thinks. One line that made me laugh out loud was “She didn’t want to belong to anyone, not even hot angels with deep chocolate eyes.” Mordecai is her love interest and the first time he kisses her he says, “You’re not for me.” Funny and likeable characters all around.
The last line of the book after the epic battle in the Verge is “The gate closed.” Immense power in one sentence. I wanted more and I can’t wait for the next book! I also loved how there is a Book 2 preview and glossary in the back matter of the book.
There weren’t a heck of a lot of lowlights for me! It had some typos, more in the second half than the first, but nothing too distracting.
Quite a few scenes start with her waking up in bed. Not my favourite scene switch tactic, but I’ve used it in my stories too. Some of her dream sequences are key to the story though because her father, an evil angel, is using her blood to forgo the protection spells and communicate.
As for the other angels, I don’t understand how Gideon (AG’s guardian) could spend so much time on Earth and not understand certain pop culture references. I guess his focus is elsewhere so that could make sense still!
I love the relationship between Gideon and AG, but the one between her and Mordecai is complicated. They share this “love at first sight” instant connection thing that I’ve never been a fan of. Seeing as they don’t fully understand it either and there is some divine power stuff at play, I understand the reasoning for it.
One last thing is that AG and Mordecai both die at the end! Or did they? It’s heavily implied! I don’t know! This isn’t really a low light, but it put me on such an emotional roller coaster that I’m not sure how to feel!
After The Story
Overall, the book was an amazing reading experience. The characters were great and the story line was gripping. I can’t wait to see more from L. Becker and get to know AG’s journey. I give this novel a 5 bookworms rating!
Thank you for reading my review of Angel’s Gate!
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