I think the novel Entertaining Angels holds real value in today's world. Every teenager or person, for that matter, struggling with self-acceptance should read this book. It portrays, Maddie, an overweight teen who has very low self-esteem. She doesn't think she's thin enough or pretty enough for anyone, and her negative attitude toward herself has her in a really bad place. But as it turns out, there is someone who cares for her, no matter how she views herself. The book delves not only into her self-discovery and acceptance, but it hits on the spiritual side of things, as well. (Yes, there is an angel, duh!) It depicts her struggle with herself, the spiritual battle, and then the acceptance.
Another thing I really enjoyed about this book was the dynamics in Madison's personal relationships with family. I liked that Maddie had a lot of support, but I also really felt that all of her interpersonal relationships were really well portrayed and realistic. Overall this was such a tender read and so perfect for teens and a YA fan base, especially for those who want a CLEAN read -- which can be hard to find.
Before We Say I Do is such a sweet sequel to the book. I felt it was the perfect length and am glad that we got to continue with the characters and get even closer to them. In this story, Mads and Chase get married. It's fun to watch Maddie with nerves and this book is not without its struggles for the characters. Chase must overcome some unresolved issues with his father before walking down the aisle. Though this is a short story it certainly isn't lacking depth and really worked to draw me in. Even though it's a sequel I think readers would enjoy it on its own. Awesome follow-up!
Madison Andrews can’t face her reflection in the mirror. All she sees is a big, fat nobody. Yet, deep inside she longs for something more, something that’s not skin deep.
Along comes Zach, the new guy in school. He’s smoking hot and totally out of her league. She somehow catches his eye, and he makes her feel beautiful for once. But just as she gets close to Zach, her nerdy best friend, Chase, won’t let Madison doubt her true beauty, no matter how many meals she skips.
Even as Madison begins to realize that she is more than what she thinks, darker forces are at work, darker than the lies and mocking from her peers, stopping her from amounting to her full potential. Can Madison find true happiness in her own skin?
Following the best-selling first book of the series, Entertaining Angels, comes Before We Say I Do, An Entertaining Angels Short Story.
Chase Sanders and Madison Andrews are about to declare their love for one another in the most sacred of ways. Everything has been going perfectly, especially when an old friend returns to town to stand by Chase’s side on their big day. But is Zach there to see their union, or is he concealing the truth of why he’s actually back in town?
Chase has lived perfectly fine without his father around, but now that his father is divorcing again, he is seeking forgiveness. Chase can’t look at his father, let alone forgive him.
Before Chase and Mads can say “I Do,” Chase must first learn to let go of the past before the dark forces that haunt his nightmares come to life.
*This is a short story and isn't a prequel to Entertaining Angels. In order to understand it, you'll need to read Entertaining Angels first.*
Emerald Barnes graduated with a B.A. in English with an emphasis on Creative Writing at Mississippi University for Women. She resides in a small town in Mississippi and has the accent to prove it.
She mainly writes suspense/thrillers in the YA genre, but she dabbles in other genres and her books are enjoyed by all ages! She’s constantly working on new novels and has more ideas than she knows what to do with. She blogs which takes up more of her time than she anticipates but loves it so very much! She’s also a volunteer at the World Literary Cafe which is amazing, and she is a crazy grammar nazi who proofreads novels!
She’s an auntie to three beautiful nieces and two handsome nephews who take up the other half of her time, but she couldn’t imagine spending her time in any other way!
She’s a Whovian, a little bit of a nerd, a reader, a writer, and a family-oriented person. God is number One in her life, and she thanks Him continuously for His love and favor.