Book Review: Heavenward (Celestial Creatures, #1), Olga Gibbs


By: Olga Gibbs

Length: 176 Pages

Published: February 23rd 2018

Rating: two-stars 1/2


Life is tough for Ariel. A childhood, filled with domestic violence, neglect, abuse and the reccurring nightmare that plagues her every night, for as long as she remembers, questioning her sanity, and a secret, which she doesn’t want anyone to know and is so desperately to forget herself.
Now she’s locked away in a rural town in a Northern England, with her life as dull as the town itself.
But when three new students appear in a sleepy town’s school, Ariel doesn’t suspect that her life is about to change forever, as she is drawn into an ancient celestial conflict, that is bigger than her, and which she needs to survive to remain herself.
But would you chose to protect humanity that broke you or would you take revenge?
It’s a story of a survivor, who’s refusing to be a victim and is prepared to fight until the end.

This book is a magical story of a strong heroine, finding yourself and love. This book is a young adult fantasy adventure with a strong protagonist at its centre and will guarantee to thrill fans of Hunger Games, Divergent and Philip Pullman.

WARNING: Contains graphic scenes of violence that some may find disturbing.


When I approached reading this on my Kindle I should have reread the synopsis. Due to me not reading it I was left in the dark wondering about the backstory of our seemingly multi-personality protagonist Ariel. But it is vaguely mention that she suffered from trauma in her past, I really hadn’t understood why or how she became living in what seems to be a foster/ orphanage type of home. For me there just wasn’t enough backstory, and that left me feeling as though that was supposed to be the purpose of the story. But at about 50% I realized I was way off based.

Besides being utterly confused with the storyline, Heavenward offers some very dramatic scenes that leave entranced with its descriptive surrounds that lock you front center. I can still vividly see the worlds in which Gibbs created for us. The plots itself seemed just mixed up for me. I felt as if scenes changed either extremely slow or moved rapidly.

The characters while some seemed to be endearing seemed to also match my feeling towards Ariel multi-personality. There would be moments when the actions or words just didn’t match up with what was previously told of them. I found them hard to connect with. The insta-connections between friends and foe wore thin for me as Ariel seemed to think that everyone was good. It was a little much to take on.

While I finished the book, I didn’t find myself being drawn to want more which is odd because as I reread the synopsis multiple times I want more, and I find the same pull I originally had to the book.



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