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    Literary Titan

    Upon Broken Wings by Elmer Reedy is not a light read, but it is a read worth your time. This dark, cathartic story is a unique meld of many genres; coming of age, gay positivity, and family all interwoven with religious flavor, life after death, angels and demons. Reedy takes us on a journey through a small, overly conservative community all the way to Purgatory in a way that makes sense. If the story has any weak points it can all be forgiven by the enthralling premise of the novel. The story follows several boys at the verge of of adulthood; Andrew, who suffers from Aspergers, and Keenan, a brave gay boy who is coming to terms with his identity. A series of unfortunate events will lead to a gruesome assault that will require all the strength of their family and friends, dead or alive, to help them resolve. Upon Broken Wings avoids obvious descriptions of the worst that the characters have to go through but the indication is enough to leave me seething and demanding justice. Add to it is the slow burn of sadness, loneliness and isolation that the characters feel, all the misfortune and all the lost chances add up to a dark and emotionally heavy reading experience. Reedy takes us through mud so we could feel all the anguish that made his characters behave the way they do. So when he finally, mercifully, starts to get us into a somewhat better place we feel like we earned it. His characters are the best part of the story. They feel like real people and their motivations seem genuine, even when they are no longer among the living. And that’s a tall order with all the elements or death, gay identity and angels in it. I felt that the dialogue was disjointed and the characters, especially young Casey, sometimes feel like intentional Mary Sues. Casey, Keenan’s brother, is a boy wise beyond his years and can also see angels. We are never given a reason for this ability. It serves the story and paints an emotional picture but I felt that it lacks depth. Similarly, Andrew’s Asperger is important for the story but we never see how it affects him in his day to day life. We are told but we are not really shown the consequences of living on a spectrum. I think this would have helped flesh out the characters. The angels give a distinct New Age vibe. Their shallow philosophy of forgiveness and understanding along with healing crystals and other cliches works well because angels should behave like that, which gives this coming-of-age and coming-out story interesting and unexpected religious undertones. Upon Broken Wings is not a perfect story. But it is an interesting and original endeavor in this day and age that is. A rare novel, certainly worth your time.
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    Heartbreaking and Uplifting

    I enjoyed this book it such in depth characters that made you cheer and cry for. At first I felt overwhelmed and a little confused but as the story progressed I understood where each character was coming from. I felt a need to protect some and kick others butts. This book is extremely gripping to the piont where I stayed up late just so I didn't put it down until it was finished. So little tired here forgive any typos. I am glad I got to arc this book because if I chose for myself I'm unsure whether I would have picked it or not. I love angels. I say grab this book, I'm sure you will enjoy it to, even for different reasons to why I enjoyed it. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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    Bring the Tissues

    This was definitely a tear-jerker. This story was a good and original read. It was about second chances, love, bullying, death, and suicide. Throw in some angels and you get some inspirational aspects. It was definitely an enjoyable read, I'm not a huge fan of tear jerkers but this story touches on alot of things that are happening today and the author did a fabulous job.
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    A must read!

    I was given this ARC by the publisher and BookSprout in exchange for an honest review. The writing. I don't even know what to say. It was like nothing I've ever read. It was exceptional. As cliche and rote as this sounds, I feel like I've transcended some level of knowledge now that I've read this. This book shows love and hate and fear and anger and truth and light in the most heartbreaking courageous way. Andrew has Autism and has lost his father, his mother, his uncle, his best friend. He's waiting for the day to finally join them. Kiernan has just been outed to his school and is the victim of an unfathomable hate crime. They both decide that everyone around them would be better off without them, thus ending their lives on the same night. But fate and destiny and a higher being has other plans. Andrew's family shows Andrew the meaning of life and why we are here on Earth. They give Andrew the keys to help him help Kiernan understand that more people love him and that hope is everything. Read this book. You won't regret.

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