Angels with Clipped Wings by Stephanie Rabig

Angels with Clipped Wings by Stephanie Rabig
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Paranormal, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (65 pages)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

Eli is an angel sent on a routine assignment: help prevent a young woman with depression from taking her own life. But he’s received complaints about the way he’s dealt with previous cases, and so this time he has a supervisor, Adam, watching his every move.

Then they meet Samantha, the woman they’ve been assigned to help, and even Adam cannot easily say that rules should always be followed.

Angels are supposed to protect humans from harm and guide them to better things in life. Will Eli and Adam be able to help Samantha?

The character development was absolutely phenomenal. All of the main characters had complex and fascinating backstories that were woven into the plot beautifully. I really loved seeing how they changed as a result of the things that happened to them in this book. Their personal growth not only made a great deal of sense given their personalities and what triggered these changes, it was fascinating to see unfold as well.

Depression isn’t always an easy disease to treat. By far my favorite part of this tale was how honest it was about what it’s like to live with this kind of mental illness. It still treated Samantha with the kindness that she deserved, though. Her struggles were neither sugar coated or sensationalized. They were simply one part of one ordinary person’s life, and I appreciated that.

I was impressed with how intricate the world building was. The narrator gave such a detailed overview of what it’s like to be an angel that I almost felt as though I could sneak into heaven and know exactly what was going on at any point in time. What makes this amazing is that the hierarchy of angels in this afterlife is anything but simple. There was a lot to learn about where Eli and Adam came from, but I picked it all up very quickly.

There were several plot twists that I didn’t see coming ahead of time. It was a lot of fun to be surprised by them, especially since they worked so well with everything that had been shared with the audience before they happened. I don’t typically miss these kinds of surprises in stories, so the fact that Ms. Rabig kept me completely unaware of what was coming was pretty wonderful.

Angels with Clipped Wings was glorious. I can’t recommend it highly enough!

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