Friday, September 30, 2011

Wow! A Great Review for No Angel!

5.0 out of 5 stars A SPIRITUAL FANTASY FAMILIES CAN TREASURE, September 24, 2011
Laura Lewis "LC Lewis" (Maryland)
This review is from: No Angel (Paperback)
Debuting author, Theresa Sneed, chose an ambitious project for her first novel, a spiritual fantasy titled No Angel, and I'm pleased to report that it delights on many levels.

Sneed's No Angel opens in a heavenly realm, moves into mortality where good and evil spirits impact humans, and then she thrusts her readers into a frightening underworld where even good spirits can become trapped through error. Each world is filled with complex characters and governed by strict rules--rules Sneed's main character, a reluctant Guardian Angel named Jonathan Stewart, hasn't bothered reading.

Jonathan was sorely disappointed by his own mortality and in an effort to make this second earth experience, (required by all post-mortal spirits), quick and painless, Jonathan selects an EMD client, Early Marked for Death, knowing his client will die young, allowing him to complete his assignment early and quickly exit earth once and for all.

What Jonathan failed to learn from that unread handbook is that special conditions surround the exceptional spirits assigned to be EMDs--their goodness makes them prized targets of the dark spirits.

Jonathan's poor attitude is a disappointment to the more dedicated Guardians, but more importantly, it also places him in the cross-hairs of dark spirits who pose a threat to his successful completion of his mission, and to Faith, the child, he has been sent to guard.

But Jonathan has two allies, a loyal Guardian Angel named Grace, who takes a special interest in him, and Celeste Knight, the premortal spirit of Faith. Their interest in Jonathan is not accidental.

Sneed does a wonderful job of fleshing out heaven and the underworld with rich, vivid description that drives the theme of good versus evil deep into the reader. Still, the book is not dark and eerie. Sneed successfully slingshots between humor and drama during Jonathan's bumpy, spiritual evolution, providing a change of pace that makes this book suitable for YA as well as adults, while also endearing this disgruntled soul to the reader. Without those humorous passages, No Angel would have been a dark, eerie tale. And though that was not Sneed's purpose in writing this book, she proves she has the talent to go that direction if she ever chooses.

The explanations of the rules of each world slow the read in places, but they are essential to the ensuing tension, and there is plenty of tension, which intensifies until the conclusion, which leaves the reader unsure about the outcome of many of the characters until the very end.

No Angel is fiction, but its powerful themes of good versus evil, spiritual promptings, choice and accountability, family, friendship, and loyalty, make it a valuable springboard for family discussions on these topics, and therefore makes this book one to be read together as a family, and worth having in a family library.

This is a first-rate read that quickly earned Theresa Sneed a Whitney Award nomination. Sneed is a talented writer who should find No Angel a contender for Whitney's "Best Novel by a New Author" award. She is already completing a second project, proving that great things are ahead for her, and those who pick up her imaginative, tender books.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

New Praise for No Angel

This is so awesome! Thanks Luis!

5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best reading experiences I've had., September 27, 2011
By Luis Valenzuela, III (Mesa, AZ) This review is from: No Angel (Paperback)
I bought this book expecting a nice story about angels helping people and maybe experiencing a little self doubt and frustration. What I got was No Angel, the most spiritual reading experience I have had in a fantasy book ever. With a protagonist that annoyed me to no end, I really didn't think I could get to like him or that he could be developed at all. By the end of this story I was in tears of joy at what I read and tears of despair at not having a sequel immediately available. The mythos is unbelievably easy to grasp and vast in its future storytelling implications. The characters and their motivations are not immediately as transparent as they appear, and I love that about this cast of characters. I can not praise this or rate this highly enough, I have to share it. Thank you, Theresa Sneed, thank you!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Awesome Pictures of No Angel's Book Launch!

Check out this line! It was this long for two solid hours!!
Authors Theresa Sneed and Betsy Love signed 73 books in two hours!

One of Theresa's awesome students from last year!

Ladies Night at Deseret Book ~ Meet authors Theresa Sneed and Joan Sowards

Here's your chance to meet two authors at the same event! Theresa Sneed and long-time friend, author and songwriter Joan Sowards will be at Deseret Book in Chandler AZ on October 1, 2011, from 5pm - 7pm!

Author Joan Sowards

Check out Joan's awesome books!

Theresa and Joan will be available to chat, sign their books, and have a great time! Come meet them at Ladies Night at Deseret Book in Chandler!