BEAUTY AWAKENED

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Showalter returns to her series featuring a band of angels on the verge of falling from grace. To say that Koldo, who is damaged both physically and emotionally, has parental issues is to put it mildly. One of Showalter’s biggest strengths is her ability to create wounded characters who are riveting and intense, but who also hold out the hope of redemption.

As a young child, Koldo was maimed for life — his mother cut his wings off. She also dumped him with his horrific biological father, hoping Koldo would be killed. Koldo survived and now works for Zacharel’s angel Army of Disgrace as they attempt to prevent themselves from falling. On a mission, Koldo stumbles across Nicola Lane and her dying twin sister, Laila, who are slowly being fed upon by demons. After suffering a concussion, Nicola suddenly begins seeing demons all around her, so when the dangerously attractive Koldo offers help, she accepts. But in order to find any kind of happiness, Koldo is going to have to let go of his vow of vengeance. (HQN, Mar., 384 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith