Archer:Blood and Grace by Alex Tuttle

ArcherBlurb: Archer fell from Heaven for a crime he didn’t commit, but he has a chance to earn his way back. His instructions are simple: vanquish evil and turn his black wings white before darkness fills his soul, damning him to Hell forever.

His mission becomes complicated when Piper, a girl from his past, enters his life once again. He can’t put her in danger, but he can’t bring himself to push her away. Not when being near her keeps the darkness from consuming him.

No Fallen has ever made it back to Heaven. Can Archer earn his way back before it’s too late, or will he sacrifice everything to fulfill a plan he doesn’t even know he’s part of?

Rated: MA-LVS (Strong language, Violence, and Sexual content)

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5 Stars!

I alpha’d/beta’d this book cause I’m cool like that.  LOL  Us beta hellions did our due diligence on this one and gave feedback.  😉 This review might be a bit long cause I have so much to say.

Archer is an innocent that gets dragged into God’s plan to change something he put into place a long time ago.  I loved Archer, he was methodical, determined and still was able to maintain his compassion when his actions conflicted with his morals. Seeing this story unfold from many POV’s is what really made this book so excellent for me.

And Piper was a great addition to this story.  She had this sass to her, she didn’t allow you to wallow.  Even when she’s mad, she was still there to help.  She was a ride or die chic, as my husband would say. And that spoke to me, cause I’m the same way.  Don’t fuck with my tribe, I will cut you. ::Ahem:: Sorry ’bout that, got a little carried away there.

The intense internal emotions that are going back and forth in this book are very heightened, it’s, uhm, I don’t even know how to explain it. His determination to get back to heaven is a bit single minded.  I don’t recall the last time I wanted something as bad as Archer does in this book. But I remember what it feels like and it was hard to read from the outside looking in, because I felt I understood where he was coming from.

The action on top of that, I mean, there is a lot of violence in this book. A lot.  I’ll just leave it at that.  Except to say that I do not have  a weak stomach and at times I was like, “Eww, gross!”  Touche’ Alex.  I bow to your descriptive writing, sir.

And for me it was really hard to get around the whole god is not infallable aspect. It was a highly original spin on free will and the christian religion in general.  And this is gonna sound so terrible, but it just made me pissed off at god in the book.  The character god in the book was a douche canoe of the highest order. (Ever heard that song, What if God was one of us?) Even though I know its fiction, but yeah, god was a terrible character in this book.  Its almost as if he is portrayed as the antagonist in this book.  There’s not really like a tangible bad guy, its just god. But he’s not at the same time.  Its hard to come to grips with that for me.  That part still kinda rubbed me the wrong way cause I’m a casual observer, I go to church a few times a month.  He was just such an asshole. But in a way its like, wow, what a spin to put on it, its just really, really cool. I mean the idea for the story is fucking brilliant.  I’ve never read a story that combined religion with mythical aspects so well.  It made for a great plot twist at the end.

I would not suggest this to people who are religious to read it, but if you don’t have any qualms about that, get this book.

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