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  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (7 Feb. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1495277046
  • ISBN-13: 978-1495277047
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,475,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Melanie Nilles (aka M. A. Nilles) grew up on a western North Dakota cattle ranch and farm. After high school, she graduated from North Dakota State University with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration. She currently resides in central North Dakota with her family. Her published works include the Starfire Angels series and Adronis series. As M. A. Nilles, she publishes dark fantasy and science fiction, including the Demon Age series, Legend of the White Dragon epic, and some of the Starfire Angels series. For updates, visit her website at www.melanienilles.com.

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About the Author

Melanie Nilles grew up on a western North Dakota cattle ranch and farm. After high school, she graduated from North Dakota State University with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration. She currently resides in central North Dakota with her family, which includes her husband and kids, and two cats. Her published works include the Starfire Angels series. As M. A. Nilles, she publishers darker fantasy and science fiction, including Tiger Born and the Legend of the White Dragon epic. For updates, visit her website at www.melanienilles.com.


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mole on 20 May 2011
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The story is about someone claiming to have seen an "Angel" in the sky. As it happens, they have seen something, but it's not an angel at all. The story slowly unfolds to reveal that a young woman is a refugee from another world; she is a person of importance and is being sought by others of her kind, as well as being protected by others; these are the "Angels" that people see.

I liked the concept of the story, and there were a number of really quite good sections of writing. However, I was a bit bored by much of the rest, as they seemed to be a too much like many of the US TV High School dramas. I felt that the plot kept drifting without really explaining why and I found myself fast forwarding through many pages. I consider that it could have been improved quite a bit, by cutting back on some of the less relevant material, and then perhaps focussing more on the core story; but perhaps that's just me.

The story ends leaving many things unresolved; well this is meant to be a series of stories, so that could be appropriate, but I didn't really feel that the book would encourage me to seek out any others.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sugarboo on 26 Jun. 2011
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I got this free on Kindle and it's not a bad read. The main character Raea is eighteen, although I thought she seemed younger. She has strange aquamarine markings upon her hands that cannot be explained, her mother and stepfather were killed in a tornado when she was five. The story begins after there have been several sightings of a black winged angel in the small town. Prompted by the sightings a journalist, Nina, comes to town to investigate and she is intrigued by the markings on Raea's hands and does all she can to get to the bottom of both issues which are ultimately connected.
As well as dealing with the reporter Raea must come to terms with her true heritage, her parents came from another world and she has wings! The crystal she wears around her neck, given to her by her mother, is extremely important to her world, there are those that would protect it and those that would steal it.
This isn't too bad a story, there are some interesting elements such as the Starfire's power, Raea's discovery of who she is and her learning to use her power, flying lessons and in all these make the book worth reading. Raea's homeland is described only in brief snatches which adds intrigue and may be developed in further books. I thought that some aspects of the novel were very obvious, you will probably identify which characters are god and bad very quickly, much quicker than Raea who doesn't appear to be the best judge of character. Similarly there were a lot of times where Raea's thoughts were included and although this helped me to understand her character, she was, at times, very immature with her inner thoughts and fairly fickle with her emotions as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By sblsn on 13 Aug. 2011
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I regularly look at the free downloads so I can try out different authors and see if any tempt me to buy more of their books..... which has happened with a handful of authors so far. I loved this book, have finished the rest of the series and am now looking at her other work. I found I couldn't put them down!
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This is the first book in the Dark Angel Chronicles. I really enjoyed it.

Raea Dahlrich is a character I really liked. She is a seventeen year old with the usual angst issues. But, all is not what it seems and her life is about to change forever. I liked watching this character grow throughout the story.

I downloaded this book a while ago, but never seemed to get time to read it. I found myself in between books and decided to give this story a try. I am glad I did, because it was a really fun story to read.

Raea is not the only great character in this story. I really liked Josh, Raea's best friend. He is a wonderful guy, if a bit obsessive about finding the "Dark Angel" who had been spotted helping people in the town. His enthusiasm made me smile. Then there is the mysterious Elis, who lives next door to Raea. He is full of secrets, but as the story progressed I found myself liking him a lot. I didn't really warm up to Pallin, the new student in Raea's class. And with good reason, as it turns out.

This story is very similar to some of the other YA romance books I have read over the years. However, this book has a unique twist. This twist gave the story a freshness that was surprising to say the least. The author has taken the concept of aliens, known as Inari (or Angels to us humans) using Earth as a sanctuary in a galactic war. This war has raged for millennia over the Starfire Crystal, a powerful collective of entities. Raea is thrown into this war and finds herself pitted against the Shirukan, who are after her piece of the crystal. There is plenty of danger and adventure in this tale, but not all of it from the Shirukan; there is also a nosy reporter digging around. The story is action packed and fast paced.
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Oh, Raea, you are a horrible person. In fact, a more hateful protagonist I never have met.

It's disappointing. Truly. Because the whole Inari concept is pretty intriguing and I can tell serious thought was put into the theory behind it. But the cast of characters through which the story is told falls atrociously short on all levels.

Starfire Angels begins with Raea in school. She's cursing her misfortune at being cornered by her best friend, Josh, and subjected to his geek out over the 'Dark Angel'. Such a hardship, giving time to her best friend's interests. I mean, a mysterious winged hero at work in a small town, how supremely dull!

Then an ill-timed vision overcomes her, she falls and is caught by the creepy outcast guy (who is strangely attractive...). This guy keeps to himself and hasn't ever done a damned thing against her but everyone mocks him, so she does too. That's fine, right?
And, so, there she is, touched by the weirdo in view of the whole class -oh crap, no. Worst day EVER! They're all gonna think he's her boyfriend and she's teased enough as it is.

Yeah, she gets bullied. Apparently because of the weird coloured splotches on her hands. I'd argue its surely more to do with her being a whiny-ass mare.

More woe-is-me strikes when wings shoot from her back, disturbing her slumber. Ok, sure, I'll concede: A freak out here is understandable. But is her focus on 'what the hell's with these wings? What could they mean?'...Nope. She's fretting about going to school with them and people thinking she's even more of a freak. A few deep breaths though, and phew, sleep returns. Yup, the growth of huge feathery wings is totally not worth losing sleep over.

Eighteen and of supposedly high intellect...erm, yeah, not buying it.
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