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Divinity by Michelle L. Johnson: Review and Guest Post!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

When Julia climbs into a flaming car to save a trapped child, she's left wondering why either of them survived. Then she learns that her father is the Archangel Gabriel, and that she is half human, half Archangel. With guidance from Michael, the most powerful Archangel, Julia sets out to discover her own history and explore her angelic powers. But her journey is cut short when an evil force, invisible to human and angel alike, tears her world apart. Now Julia must fight through her despair, harness her newfound gifts, and risk her very soul to stop the A'nwel and protect the family she never knew she had. What she doesn't know is that Archangels have secrets too."

Goodreads  Summary

Author Interview


Who was my favorite character and why?
That’s easy. Michael. No question.
He’s just so darned funny. His character always came out with lines that shock the laughter out of me as I wrote Divinity. I thought Julia would be the funny one, but he totally stole her thunder.
He’s was also a pain in the butt as I wrote, because he demanded attention, and always when I was busy writing a different scene that he wasn’t part of. I’d start to hear snippets of conversations he’s having in other scenes, and then I’d have to open another document to see what’s going on. It was ALWAYS dialog – he is a talker -- and it was ALWAYS funny. He laughs a lot – not in that I-laugh-at-my-own-jokes kind of a way, but in a pretty-much-everything-is-ironic-and-sometimes-we-should-just-laugh-about-it kind of a way. It’s just who he is. And he’s got an opinion about everything. I guess with the weight of pretty much everything on his shoulders, what else can he do? He’s like the anti-Eeyore.
I actually had to cut a lot of his laughter out during the editing and revision process. He was getting a little overbearing and repetitious.
Though his laughter is infectious, I like Michael because he’s an extraordinarily complex character. He plays such a crucial role in Julia’s life, and the challenging relationships he has with the Archangels, helped bring the book to life.
He’s got ultimate power, but rather than just using that he resorts to manipulation using chunks of the truth with enough missing to let the listener hear what they want to hear. He has this immense love and compassion, but makes decisions contrary to that in order to maintain the balance in humanity – at least as he perceives it must be. That doesn’t always endear him to the other Archangels, of course.
He has complicated plans and aspirations, yet there are times he just says “Screw this!” and jumps in and does something contrary to all of those plans because he thinks it’s just the right thing to do. Of course, Julia and the other Archangels sometimes have to pick up the earthly pieces – but that’s all part of the tension and dynamic that makes the characters more fun.
And through it all, we don’t know if his motives are selfish or vindictive, or if he’s ruled by his heart. Only time will tell. Or, you know, the sequel…


Review

This paranormal thrill of a story follows Julia in her discovery of herself and what she is capable of as a half archangel half human. She is originally unaware of her divine powers but discovers that she can accomplish great things when she pulls a child from a burning car and comes out of the situation unscathed. This sets her on an intense quest to find her true origins and leads her through a lot of tough situations that truly test her as a person. 

I love stories like this where epic biblical stories are combined with a modern times twist to create a story that is relatable yet still exciting and intriguing at the same time. The characters have their own edge and follow historical angel names and are loosely based on the authors depiction of the archangels stories. Following Julia's story of self discovery is awesome and this book will definitely appeal to those action and paranormal loving bookworms. The author also does a great job with imagery and setting the scene and as you read you will truly feel like you are there following along and fighting with the archangels yourself. This is definitely worth reading and passing along to any paranormal interested readers you know.

*4 Stars*



Reviewed by Chris  

GUEST POST: 

Who was my favorite character and why?

That’s easy. Michael. No question.
He’s just so darned funny. His character always came out with lines that shock the laughter out of me as I wrote Divinity. I thought Julia would be the funny one, but he totally stole her thunder.
He’s was also a pain in the butt as I wrote, because he demanded attention, and always when I was busy writing a different scene that he wasn’t part of. I’d start to hear snippets of conversations he’s having in other scenes, and then I’d have to open another document to see what’s going on. It was ALWAYS dialog – he is a talker -- and it was ALWAYS funny. He laughs a lot – not in that I-laugh-at-my-own-jokes kind of a way, but in a pretty-much-everything-is-ironic-and-sometimes-we-should-just-laugh-about-it kind of a way. It’s just who he is. And he’s got an opinion about everything. I guess with the weight of pretty much everything on his shoulders, what else can he do? He’s like the anti-Eeyore.
I actually had to cut a lot of his laughter out during the editing and revision process. He was getting a little overbearing and repetitious.
Though his laughter is infectious, I like Michael because he’s an extraordinarily complex character. He plays such a crucial role in Julia’s life, and the challenging relationships he has with the Archangels, helped bring the book to life.
He’s got ultimate power, but rather than just using that he resorts to manipulation using chunks of the truth with enough missing to let the listener hear what they want to hear. He has this immense love and compassion, but makes decisions contrary to that in order to maintain the balance in humanity – at least as he perceives it must be. That doesn’t always endear him to the other Archangels, of course.
He has complicated plans and aspirations, yet there are times he just says “Screw this!” and jumps in and does something contrary to all of those plans because he thinks it’s just the right thing to do. Of course, Julia and the other Archangels sometimes have to pick up the earthly pieces – but that’s all part of the tension and dynamic that makes the characters more fun.

And through it all, we don’t know if his motives are selfish or vindictive, or if he’s ruled by his heart. Only time will tell. Or, you know, the sequel…

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2 comments:

  1. I have seen this around several times, and it definitely catches my attention every time. I need to check it out more, and try a little harder to find a copy for myself to read!!!