I selected this dark fantasy comedy sole due to the elevator pitch that accompanied the submission: “An Angel feels out of place in Heaven. A Demon feels out of place in Hell. Both get redeployed to Earth.”
The book is more of a short story separated into chapters rather than scenes. It is set in first person, which while easy to read, I feel leaves us wanting more in terms of details and depth. It takes about an hour to read, so it’s a great choice if you want a satisfying conclusion.
The main character “Damon” is an angel who feels completely out of place in heaven. He thinks it’s boring and without complexity.
Perhaps most fortunate for him, this means Damon is a failure of an angel and gets deployed to sit on the shoulder of the most boring human in existence. His counterpart, the demon called Saynt, is also unusual in that he really doesn’t know how to be evil. Unfortunately neither seems to understand how to do their job on earth either.
Together they are meant to sway Joe Smith to be either good enough for heaven or bad enough for hell. The resulting advice given to the human is at times hilarious and at others, tests the concept of selfishness versus self-empowerment.
While I believe this story would be stronger with third-person narrative, I enjoyed the light hearted comedy about two misfits screwing up their divine jobs. There are a few punctuation and sentence flow issues another editing pass would easily fix, overall I found Divine Error to be a quick, fun adventure.
My official rating of Divine Error is ★★★✮☆. (3.5 stars) //
4 ★★★★ on Amazon due to rating system.
Find the book here:
To see past reviews,
Read the review August 2nd online OR
sign up for the newsletter to get the latest on featured indie books!
I initially chose this book because the blurb reminded me of books I’ve really enjoyed in the past, including the Shatter Me series and the Project E.L.E. series. The idea of a “super” teen is very appealing, especially one designed for nefarious purposes who rebels against her makers.
The book is set in first person so it’s a fairly simple matter of slipping into the mind of the main character, Ashe. Made in a lab and trained to be an unfeeling killing machine, she revolts and her ‘family’ escapes into the slums of a city known as Luca. Now Ashe might be inexperienced with life, but she is a certified badass chimera and responsible for three other lives so she does her best to care for her own in a place where people are starving.
The initial “us against the world” vibe is altered when the MC does a terrible deed against those who don’t deserve to suffer, and guilt sets in. Once the guilt exists, the rest unfolds. She joins the Phoenix Project, those she wronged, to fight for what is right. Soon it’s a family affair, and, of course, there are a couple boys. The good looking Nick is also part of the Phoenix Project, and he’s got his own grudge against the establishment, while Gabe, her childhood love, haunts her every day.
It doesn’t take long for everything to go wrong and for Ashe to face a terrible choice: to allow her family to risk themselves to save their new friends, or run and hide, offering a chance for Ashe and her family to live another day.
Of course, no good story would be complete without the main antagonist, the Institute, the very place where Ashe was created and fled with her family into hiding. Once she joins the Phoenix Project, she comes face to face with her oldest nemesis, Adam. Not only is does he seem void of emotions, he is eager to recapture Eve and bring her back to the Institute.
The story continues on with action and suspense. There are flares of romance and passion. Soon she has to return to the place that created her to fight her destiny to make the choices she believes in. The conclusion, as part of a trilogy, leaves a cliffhanger, but good news, the rest of the The Phoenix Project Trilogy are available now.
While there are a few punctuation and sentence flow issues another editing pass would easily fix, overall I found the story to be well-written and a quick, fun adventure. Although there were a few emotional scenes, this book is fast-paced, and I am sure anyone who picks up The Phoenix Project: Book 1: Flight will enjoy the time they spend in Katherine Macdonald’s world.
My official rating of The Phoenix Project: Book 1: Flight is ★★★★☆.
Book I of the explosive Phoenix Project Trilogy.
YA/NA: mild language, mild sexual content.
Find the book here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B084FCM8L7
The first book chosen for the Indie Book Club Feature Book of the Month is Katherine Macdonald's "The Phoenix Project: Book 1: Flight." I chose this book for the interesting premise and how it reminded me of other series I've enjoyed like the "Shatter Me" series or the "Project E.L.E." series.
Come back on July 1st for the review and all the details! Read it with me so you can give your thoughts and opinions too! It's available on Amazon and KU!
To all those who also entered their books for the chance to be chosen, you're automatically entered in the August Featured Book of the Month! I wish you the best of luck!
To all those interested in entering their books, please email all the details (blurb, link and cover) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a great week! See you July 1st!
Starting July 1st, I will be reviewing and featuring one INDIE book a month here. It will be a great way to explore other indie novels, celebrate our writing community and promote each other.
Any indie authors interested in being the very first selected, please email email@example.com with your title, author, blurb, cover and links.
July Featured Book:
The Phoenix Project: Book 1: Flight by Katherine Macdonald
August Featured Book: Divine Error by
September Featured Book: TBD
To be considered, please email firstname.lastname@example.org