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HaBO: Fallen Angels in the Yard

This HaBO request comes from grad_grrl: 

I never thought writing to HABO would happen to me..

But I was delighted to receive an e-reader for the holidays, and I'm having a stressful time at grad school = reading a lot more trashy books.  There has to be some kind of karmic balance maintained for all those research papers.

Anyway, I vaguely recall reading an excerpt of a book with a heroine who has a fallen/cast out angel crash into her yard.  She holds his hand as it 'dies'.  I think it then comes back as a teenager with serious emo and/or demonic tendencies–but has a candle for the heroine because he remembers her kindness from dying.

I think it might have been young adult.

Increased chance of fallen angel precipitation across the tri-state area! Anyone remember this book? 


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  1. 1
    LG says:

    An angel that dies and comes back as a teenager with serious emo tendencies? I don’t think I know it, but I kind of want to read it.

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    Liblob says:

    Part of it sounds like “The Second Summoning” by Tanya Huff. That had an angel manifest as a clueless (but not especially emo) teenager. (There was an emo teenager; that’s what happens when devils manifest, apparently.) I’m not sure if it’s what you’re looking for, but it’s a good read.

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    Katherinelynn_04 says:

    Lessee…problem is that angels were trying to become the new vampires of YA a few years back. I can name two off the top of my head that have similar plots, though I don’t recall the part where he dies (other than ‘The Second Summoning’, which is the second in a trilogy starting with ‘Summon The Keeper’ and I heartily recommend).

    But if it was recent, it could be ‘Fallen’ by Lauren Kate

    From goodreads:
    Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah, Georgia. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.

    Even though Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce–and goes out of his way to make that very clear–she can’t let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, she has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret . . . even if it kills her.

    Or it could also be ‘The Eternal Ones’ by Kirsten Miller

    From goodreads:
    Haven Moore can’t control her visions of a past with a boy called Ethan, and a life in New York that ended in fiery tragedy. In our present, she designs beautiful dresses for her classmates with her best friend Beau. Dressmaking keeps her sane, since she lives with her widowed and heartbroken mother in her tyrannical grandmother’s house in Snope City, a tiny town in Tennessee. Then, an impossible group of coincidences conspire to force her to flee to New York, to discover who she is and who she was.

    In New York, Haven meets Iain Morrow and is swept into an epic love affair that feels both deeply fated and terribly dangerous. Iain is suspected of murdering a rock star and Haven wonders, could he have murdered her in a past life? She visits the Ouroboros Society and discovers a murky world of reincarnation that stretches across millennia. Haven must discover the secrets hidden in her past lives, and loves¸ before all is lost and the cycle begins again.

    Both are YA, but I read them close together about three years ago (a time in my life that my memory is unreliable for), so I hope these help!

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    Jennie says:

    This one sounds like Falling Under by Gwen Hayes, although that one is not about angels (it’s about demons). The beginning is like that though. The guy falls from the sky and he’s burning in the girl’s backyard, then he appears at her high school as a super emo guy.

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    Amanda says:

    Not sure but also want to read it! Also in the same shitty position as a grad student and am reading way too much romance to compensate – good luck, i feel your pain!

  6. 6
    Maya S. says:

    Can we start a club for stressed out grad students reading romance novels to compensate?  I feel like there would be a lot more members than people would think…

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    Jennifer in GA says:

    It’s definitely NOT ‘Fallen’, although emo teenagers abound in that book. ;)

  8. 8
    PhyllisLaatsch says:

    Well, definitely not YA, but there are fallen angels in the “Tied With a Bow” anthology that came out in 2011.

  9. 9
    LauraN says:

    Count me in on the Grad Students Who Read Romance to Cope Support Group. (GSWRRCSG?  Somehow a ridiculously long acronym seems appropriate to me.)

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    Jennie says:

    I’m pretty sure it’s not The Eternal Ones. That one had to do with reincarnation and there wasn’t a scene where the main character saved the guy. I remember she first saw him on TV and remembered their past life together. And with Fallen—they first met at the school. I remember the prologue was a scene from their past life where the guy was about to leave the girl’s house and she stopped him.

  11. 11
    Maya S. says:

    Announcing the founding of the GSWRRCSG, an unpronounceable group name for people in the profession of trying to pronounce unpronounceable acronyms.

  12. 12
    LG says:

    Oh, this made me laugh in an inappropriate environment (the students, if only they knew what librarians sometimes look at while at the reference desk).

    The best pronunciation I can think of sounds a bit like trying to clear out a lemon slice lodged in your throat.

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    cleo says:

    Back when I was a grad student, I definitely qualified for this group.  Funny – there are many things I’d do differently if I could re-do my grad school years (meditate more, exercise more, not worry so much about looking foolish or ignorant, etc) but one thing I would not change is reading romance novels.  I would spend less time being ashamed of my romance habit though – it kept me sane and sanity is hard to find in grad school.

  14. 14
    Sasha says:

    ” I never thought writing to HABO would happen to me..”  Snort!  Needed that badly today!

  15. 15
    Michelle C. says:

    So cleo, we should start a chapter of ‘People Who Survived Grad School by Reading Romance Novels’, what say you?

    (BTW, thank you Stephanie Laurens and Julia Quinn for keeping me sane.)

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    FairyKat says:

    I certainly belonged to it all the years of my MA and PhD! I glommed Kelly Hunter last weekend because I’m supposed to be doing the bibliography for an article…

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    Copa says:

    I have not yet received my bachelors though I am in school so I cannot join, alas I am all alone….

    I work anywhere from 25-50 hours a week and go to school full time, when I have the chance to read I devour romances. On break I devour all genres, but stress = romance.

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    Victoria says:

    100% sure it is Falling Under by Gwen Hayes.  Trust me, I’m a librarian. ;)

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    Amanda says:

    To members of GSWRRCSG and honorary members (those who work as many hours as we sit and stare at journal articles, pretend to understand stats, and fake our way through TAing and lab work) I have minimal computer skills but for sure think this group needs a blog or something where we can suggest good/short-ish books we can read in a day or two when escape/laughs/HEAs are needed. Stuck at school all day today so ill get on it!! Updates to come!

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    SB Sarah says:

    I so love that idea. LOVE!

  21. 21
    Amanda says:

    Totally starting a blog for this – can I use GSWRRCSG as its official name? Its perfect!! I’ll post the link on this thread when its up

  22. 22
    Amanda says:

    The GSWRRCSG blog is up! This is my first time making a blog, so if anyone has any suggestions/wants to have admin privileges (i think i can do that right?), or wants me to remove their names from the home page (Maya S, Laura N, and grad_grrl – I mentioned you because you guys create this idea) I can for sure do that, and can make any other changes you guys think are needed. So tell me, what do you think?

  23. 23
    Ms. Aidan says:

    Omg, I am not the only one coping (or not) with grad school by reading trashy sexy novels? I thought there was something seriously wrong with me!

  24. 24
    Natalie Spaan says:

    It is definitely Falling Under….I just read it a couple of weeks ago!

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