Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Review: At Death's Door (Freefall #1) by Astrid V. Tallaksen

Title: At Death's Door (Freefall #1)
Author: Astrid V. Tallaksen
Source: Author Request
Genre: Paranormal
Length: Novel
Release Date: August 2014
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 4
Sexual - 1

The world is a pretty straightforward place. Even for medium Sara Stone things seem
pretty simple, aside from the whole talking to spirits bit. But when the spirits get too hard to handle and Sara ends up admitted to a mental hospital, the world starts to seem a lot less straightforward. First her family disappears, including her four year old son. Then she gets the sneaking suspicion that not only are the staff at the mental hospital somehow connected, but they also have no intention of ever letting her leave the hospital.

Everything changes when Sara has her first visitor in three months. Daniel is handsome, friendly, and a complete stranger. When he promises to spring her from the hospital and swears that everything she's experienced is completely real, Sara has no choice but to believe him. But once she reaches a run-down Victorian house in the tiny Alabama town her rescuer calls home, the last thing she expects to discover is that every memory she has is a lie.

Daniel reveals a world filled with angels, demons, and an impending war humans know nothing about. Sara wants to ignore her role in the whole mess – all that matters is solving the mystery of where her son has gone. But the forces of Heaven, Hell, and the Heart have other plans for her. Can she find her child before the world comes crashing down?
At Death's Door takes a very interesting take on angels, demons, their motivations, and how they all got here.  I really enjoyed this look at the world as it took a new turn that I hadn't read before.  There is a story about the Garden of Eden that I particularly enjoyed, but can't say much more.  Let's just say that it gives the story of Adam and Eve a whole new dimension.

Sara and Daniel's story wasn't always a happy one.  Their story was the small bit of romance in the story, and it was a bit of a tragic one - but not completely.  Their history was a little confusing and there were a few things I never quite seemed to wrap my head around - but they were little things.  Their history set up a ton of great surprises to come out as the story unravels and leaves a lot of questions unanswered - perhaps more will be revealed in book two.

Both characters were quite dynamic.  While Sara had the most growth and change due to her circumstances, Daniel has his moments as well, especially towards the end of the story.  Sara's son raises a lot of questions for me.  I know he is something special, but he just didn't seem quite right to me.  I hope the author makes his personality and character more clear in the second book.

*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*

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