There are three types of angel stories in the world the religious, the mainstream, the Crystal Shade Discover Crystal Shade, the world s only Auralight Fantasy Thousands of stars could tell thousands of stories Seven year old Grace always dreamt of becoming a guardian angel like those who guarded and guided her people and prepared to bravely fight in a dreaded mythical event, the Crystal Shade which never came It s not like Grace ever wanted to see Demons Or wants to know what evil and darkness is things that no one ever faced on her world and as the legends says, the Crystal Shade carries within , nor does she want to die to be reborn as a guardian But she thinks the mysterious life of angels is so noble, a fable that it sounds exciting until it actually happensCrystal Shade Angeni, Volumeexplores the early life of a young daydreaming soul who is destined to reveal the forgotten past of her home world and to seek the answer to the eternal question what the legendary Crystal Shade really is Auralight Fantasy aka AuraFantasy or Auralight is a new variation and mix of many genres While it contains many Epic Fantasy, Young Adult, and close to Science Fiction, close to Steampunk mechanical and or fantastical elements, such as aura powered flying and other machines and weapons, or a strange world with a blue sun, it also includes biological fantastical elements, such as aura beings with superpowers, living in different spirit realms of an otherworldly ancient society with an atmosphere not just felt, but seen as emanating from person, places and other living and non living things The term Auralight Fantasy was coined to reflect the overtly fantastical tones of Crystal Shade


10 thoughts on “Crystal Shade: Angeni, Volume 1

  1. Virginia Virginia says:

    At first I had a hard time getting into this story, but once I did I enjoyed it This is the story of a seven year old girl, Grace, who longs to become a Guardian Angel The story starts talking about Grace and her dream to be a Guardian Angel It then goes into Grace becoming an angel, her training and the story of the Crystal Shade Along the way Grace learns that training to be a angel is not as easy as it seems, she begins to question things and people, and she realizes there is bad as well At first I had a hard time getting into this story, but once I did I enjoyed it This is the story of a seven year old girl, Grace, who longs to become a Guardian Angel The story starts talking about Grace and her dream to be a Guardian Angel It then goes into Grace becoming an angel, her training and the story of the Crystal Shade Along the way Grace learns that training to be a angel is not as easy as it seems, she begins to question things and people, and she realizes there is bad as well as good.This book is well written and cannot be rushed There are many names in it that the reader would not have heard before and in order to understand the story you need to take the time to read slow and process it It can get a little confusing at times but with focus and patience on the part of the reader it all comes together.This is the first book in a trilogy and I am curious to see what happens in the next book.http youngadultbookaddict.blogspot


  2. Home. Love. Books. Home. Love. Books. says:

    To see this review andlike it check out my site at www.ufreviews.com This was such an interesting story concept for me, I remember when I received the book for review, and I remember thinking to myself how is a story being told by a seven year old going to work I mean even in the YA genre seven is a little young, I wondered if I was going to be able to identify with the character, and for me as a reader I need to be able to identify with the characters in the book But the book is really To see this review andlike it check out my site at www.ufreviews.com This was such an interesting story concept for me, I remember when I received the book for review, and I remember thinking to myself how is a story being told by a seven year old going to work I mean even in the YA genre seven is a little young, I wondered if I was going to be able to identify with the character, and for me as a reader I need to be able to identify with the characters in the book But the book is really so muchthan I thought it was going to be To begin with I have to say that the writing was very captivating, as well as very vivid in its descriptions I could easily take the descriptions of things from within the book and then imagine it in my head The writing was really well done but the only down side to the writing in the book was how it was paced There were definitely times when I wanted the book to pick up a little bitbecause felt like the book was lagging a bit As for the little girl, who I was concerned about her age and my ability to connect with her, it really wasn t that hard to connect with her She was a well written character, and it was a really interesting concept to read about It s interesting to think about all the things that children want to be when they grow up, and I don t think I have ever heard a child wish to be an angel so it was certainly unique to have a child who really wants to be an angel I m not sure that Grace knew what exactly being an angel entailed, but while she learning about how to be an angel you start to get a clearer picture that not everything is happy, there is clearly something going on that is not all good So over the course of time you get to see not just the good side of being an angel but you also get to hear about the darkness of the Crystal Shade The entire tone of the book changes, which is kind of an interesting twist to the book Overall, I would say that the book is a pretty good book I think it has an interesting concept and had a good tone to the book My only major complaint was that I wish the book hadn t lagged so much, that maybe it was faster paced But other than that I think the book was pretty good and you might be interesting in giving it a try if you like angel books


  3. Krista (CubicleBlindness Reviews) Krista (CubicleBlindness Reviews) says:

    A story about a girl who is an angel in training This story unravels from training sessions intointense battle scenes and along the way we learn the story of the Crystal Shade At about 350 pages it was a detailed, descriptive and imaginative fantasy story that the reader The author is an artist as well, if you take one minute to look at the website you will tell immediately there is a lot of detail and passion in his work His writing is like art put into word form It is descriptive in A story about a girl who is an angel in training This story unravels from training sessions intointense battle scenes and along the way we learn the story of the Crystal Shade At about 350 pages it was a detailed, descriptive and imaginative fantasy story that the reader The author is an artist as well, if you take one minute to look at the website you will tell immediately there is a lot of detail and passion in his work His writing is like art put into word form It is descriptive in a way that will allow you to picture the world in your mind as colorful imagery and a blur between light and dark The main character is Grace, her greatest wish is to someday become an angel When she dies and begins her angel training, she imagines all of her dreams coming true She is living in a beautiful world, learning to do all the duties that you would imagine an angel would encompass But everything cannot be perfect for long As the story unravels and the reader learns of the Crystal Shade and the ever lurking darkness that lies outside her current realm, the story becomesintense and darker For there cannot be the good without the bad This book was not a fast read, it was something that I had to have complete silence for and completely shut off myself from the world to become immersed in it The writing style is one that needs a concentration to read through, both detailed, imaginative it will consume you for the duration


  4. Robin Sullivan Robin Sullivan says:

    I rarely write reviews, almost never, but Crystal Shade deserves recognition, so now I make an exception One of the things that recommends Crystal Shade and makes its considerable length justified is its characterizations and interesting, unique story and world I m always little skeptical of the realism in fantasy Realistic fantasy is like real life, seemingly nothing is black and white there is no ultimate good and no ultimate evil, but Crystal Shade s story and presentation is perfect in t I rarely write reviews, almost never, but Crystal Shade deserves recognition, so now I make an exception One of the things that recommends Crystal Shade and makes its considerable length justified is its characterizations and interesting, unique story and world I m always little skeptical of the realism in fantasy Realistic fantasy is like real life, seemingly nothing is black and white there is no ultimate good and no ultimate evil, but Crystal Shade s story and presentation is perfect in this This is as close to reality as a fantasy or an angel story can get In real life heroes sometimes die or commit murder or make mistakes One review I read criticized the book because the plot didn t go in the direction the reader expected, the character was to in depth, the story had moral values, and foremost because the plot was slower anddetailed Honestly, I praise the book for the same reason.Grace is one of the best examples of the in depth characterization we find in Crystal Shade She is the major character of the novel She is a well written and simply an incredible, believable character When we first meet her she is a daydreamer, eager to learn, eager to discover her home world but along with her we quickly learn in the span of a few chapters that there isto her than her attitude might suggest She realizes the difference, reality and daydreams, and her mind must be her weapon it is her wits that she wields instead of the legendary crystal blade about she always dreamed of And the other characters are also so real Women and even children are authentic In many fantasy stories portrayal of women and children are really annoying But unlike in other fantasy novels in Crystal Shade all the characters seem and act like real people you may love, like or hate.Crystal Shade is possibly the most unique fantasy stories in the last ten twenty years It is not a copy cat of Song of Ice and Fire or The Lord of the Rings It is Crystal Shade, a unique angel story which is not a religious propaganda, but a very strange mix of many genres and very unique fantasy tale for everyone After so many fantasy stories it was refreshing to experience something completely different The author makes a huge breakthrough with this well written, immediately engrossing, and incredibly intricate tale that keeps you hooked all the way through It is a well plotted, but slower paced, still excellent, fresh fantasy tale, which is not for the mainstream lover, impatient and undereducated readers And I m serious Crystal Shade is a professionally written book with one of the most beautiful proses This book is not for Twilight or other mainstream fanatics Plots, discovery, dreams and reality, myths and legends that all combine to create one of the most compelling novels I have ever read Crystal Shade has a very unique story to tell It is beautiful, it is slow and it is cruel as you have to understand what you read and you have to use your imagination to see everything This book is decades ahead of it s time


  5. Virginia Ripple Virginia Ripple says:

    I received this book free in return for an honest review.The GoodThe beginning sets a great mood, making the reader want to know what the bogey in the dark is.Most of the really good writing occurs near the end of the book For example, there is some very good description of everyday animals we take for granted, which Angeni has never seen It makes it easy to figure out what the creature is without the author having to name it.Theme plays a major role in the entire book, leading to some thou I received this book free in return for an honest review.The GoodThe beginning sets a great mood, making the reader want to know what the bogey in the dark is.Most of the really good writing occurs near the end of the book For example, there is some very good description of everyday animals we take for granted, which Angeni has never seen It makes it easy to figure out what the creature is without the author having to name it.Theme plays a major role in the entire book, leading to some thought provoking messages I love stories that make me think about what I believe and what may be true This book has a lot of passages that do that.The Not so goodThe author warns in the description IMPORTANT Please be advised that Crystal Shade Angeni and its episodic release, Crystal Shade Episodes is not a fast and easy mainstream read You can t quickly skim through and read it in one night, but you have to absorb the words and create the fantasy in your mind Therefore, if you don t like slower paced books or non mainstream storylines, please read the excerpt before making any purchase If you re looking for a book that begins with conflict or is paced faster than a snail, look somewhere else This is an epic tale and, as the volume number indicates, will be told inthan one book In fact, the story ends just when the conflict begins I like to call this the Soap Opera Gimmick end every book in the middle of a fight so the reader will buy the next one to see what happens I don t know about other readers, but I feel cheated when authors do this Leave me with questions, but don t leave me in the middle of a conflict.Another complaint I have is the overuse of some words, especially the words shy and cold It made me think of what Inigo says to Vizzini in the Princes Bride You keep using that word I do not think it means what you think it means Lastly, there are entire scenes that seem to be unnecessary For instance, why does it matter to the reader what the names of the gods and goddesses are and what provinces they supposedly rule The author spends an extrodinairy amount of time on world building, using specific names and stories to explain the placement of each province Perhaps the information will come into play in another volume, but it was tedious in this one.The OverallTake the author s warning seriously While I enjoy books that make me wonder about truth and reality, I also like them to balance that with action and external conflict Crystal Shade has very little of that, which often bored me There is plenty of action near the end, but it left me unsatisfied because the story itself didn t end My suggestion is this, read Crystal Shade if you enjoy long, slow tales and don t mind a cliff hanger ending If that s not the type of story you like, then you ll probably want to pass on this tale


  6. Kelly Kelly says:

    I haven t read very much high fantasy, because the genre intimidates me For years, I have avoided reading it, and I ve read very few high fantasy novels After reading Crystal Shade, I feel mostly confused and still intimidated by high fantasy.I ve always avoided high fantasy because I ve always believed that I won t understand it The confusion I have over Crystal Shade doesn t just deal with being confused about the story, although I do admit that I was confused throughout parts of it I m al I haven t read very much high fantasy, because the genre intimidates me For years, I have avoided reading it, and I ve read very few high fantasy novels After reading Crystal Shade, I feel mostly confused and still intimidated by high fantasy.I ve always avoided high fantasy because I ve always believed that I won t understand it The confusion I have over Crystal Shade doesn t just deal with being confused about the story, although I do admit that I was confused throughout parts of it I m also confused because I m not sure I really understood it For me, I felt like the story was slow, and during those times e.g., the angels training , I wondered what the point of it was What I m really confused about is am I right about the way I feel, or am I wrong I haven t read enough high fantasy to be able to compare Crystal Shade to anything, so I don t know if high fantasy tends to be slower in terms of the story and whatnot If it does, then Crystal Shade is probably the right pace for a high fantasy novel I m starting to think that I truly don t understand high fantasy, because even though I overall understand Crystal Shade well, mostly , I kind of feel like I just didn t get it, and I think that s because of me, not because of the book.Despite my confusion, there were moments when the writing was so great that I didn t care whether or not I was understanding the story as a whole As long as I understood those good moments, I was happy The idea of the story is interesting and when the writing really supported the story, I felt like high fantasy is a genre I might start readingof I liked Angeni as a character I liked her inquisitiveness and her desires to be good, not just at what she did like art , but as a guardian She was very easy to like I also liked her sister Aurora, and her playfulness, but Angeni was easily my favorite character The other thing I really liked was the three seasons, Slumberous, Deciduous, and Prosperous They were obviously the same as some of our seasons winter, fall, and spring , and I enjoyed reading about them Finally, I enjoyed the storytelling aspect of the novel storytelling fascinates me, and I like it when is shows up in novels.The final verdict I didn t fall in love with The Crystal Shade the way I hoped to, but I also didn t hate it I assume that for the high fantasy genre, this is a solid novel I m still not convinced that high fantasy is the genre for me, but I think that people who like high fantasythan I do and who haveexperience with the genre than I do will really enjoy The Crystal Shade


  7. Sitt Sitt says:

    The first novel introducing us to a fantasy trilogy upon we get to learn about the crystal shade and the main heroine of the story How do I know it s a she Let s take a look From the cover there are some hints that might give some mental notes to some connections that I keep in mind for later on.From the title I derive one of the keywords Angeni , it is an abbreviated girl name for angel So the figure in the center is a girl with angel wings Also we see the number 11 showing 3 times Not on The first novel introducing us to a fantasy trilogy upon we get to learn about the crystal shade and the main heroine of the story How do I know it s a she Let s take a look From the cover there are some hints that might give some mental notes to some connections that I keep in mind for later on.From the title I derive one of the keywords Angeni , it is an abbreviated girl name for angel So the figure in the center is a girl with angel wings Also we see the number 11 showing 3 times Not only does this number shows the publishing date it is also versed inside the beginning of the story We might also consider some symbolism or spiritual meaning behind the number and what I found out in some resources, which tell that one understanding of the number 1 is a new beginning and purity , in case the number occurs doubled then the power of the attributes are increased, no guarantees provided.In the first chapter there is an old man indulging in his old memories, playful children come along and want to hear a story, so he tells the story of the person most dear to his heart, the one who he met long time ago and became one of the legendary guardian of the crystal shade Displayed to us is a small glimpse into the childhood of Grace Sessa Aredia from the outskirts of Odessiana in the valley of Seradelphia Her ultimate dream is to become an aresian guardian with white wings Every person has a guardian angel for a lifetime, it guides the holder in giving hint of notions to which way to follow but in the end the holder must decide for him herself The story continues where Grace actually becomes chosen by a higher mother to become a guardian, at first it is very hard for her to leave her family behind at such a young age, which symbolizes her pure soul and a start to a new beginning as Angeni She has to learn about suffering, good and evil to be able to protect the people in Sachylia, and foremost will learn something on the crystal shade Follow Grace in her search for the truth I liked the idea of the storytelling as well as the graphic style in the cover image that gave hints to the story But the story line was kept on a slow pace, too slow for me to keep up with the mystery


  8. Rabid Readers Reviews Rabid Readers Reviews says:

    Seven year old, Grace, wants to be a guardian angel with all of it s nobility with, in typical child fashion, not thinking about the downside I finished this book last week and thought long and hard about the review I would write This was an interesting read and beautifully written I didn t think, reading the description, that I d buy Grace as a 7 year old but I do The writing style and setting were very vivid and alive While reading this book I was constantly reminded of Dune by Frank He Seven year old, Grace, wants to be a guardian angel with all of it s nobility with, in typical child fashion, not thinking about the downside I finished this book last week and thought long and hard about the review I would write This was an interesting read and beautifully written I didn t think, reading the description, that I d buy Grace as a 7 year old but I do The writing style and setting were very vivid and alive While reading this book I was constantly reminded of Dune by Frank Herbert Not that the storyline is anything like the Herbert novel but the feeling I had while reading evoked memories of sitting outside as a younger person reading that novel and tracing back over things to make sure that I got where the story was going I think this novel is mislabeled as YA, I think it s all ages I m not sure, as I sit here now, that I fully understood the book but I realized at some point over the last few days that maybe we re not meant to understand Maybe as the story unfolds, we achieve clarity I didn t indentify with little Grace but I bonded, in a sense, with her character She s incredibly well written There are times, within the storyline, that I wanted to shake her or warn her and isn t that the sign of a good novel When you care about the characters I think little Grace is done well in this respect I was given this book to review and the author told me that it would take a long time to read I read it in a sittinga long sitting, but a sitting nonetheless I was captivated with the world described and the complexity of the storyline There are times when it s not so fast moving but I think this is a novel in which the reader gets lost so let it last forever, I say I think all ages will enjoy this entrancing narrative with beautiful settings and age appropriate dialogue I would give this novel to my 10 year old to read


  9. Aurorae Aurorae says:

    Pros Beautifully written elegant and enchanting read A complex and very unique heroine and a great storyteller Believable secondary characters and dialogues A brand new fantasy world No known classes, no known weapons or character traits Finally A very unique, unpredictible and interesting angel story which is finally not a religious propaganda, but it is for everyone Forget everything you think you know about angels These angels, rather guardians are much better It is about a journ Pros Beautifully written elegant and enchanting read A complex and very unique heroine and a great storyteller Believable secondary characters and dialogues A brand new fantasy world No known classes, no known weapons or character traits Finally A very unique, unpredictible and interesting angel story which is finally not a religious propaganda, but it is for everyone Forget everything you think you know about angels These angels, rather guardians are much better It is about a journey and revelations Finally it is not a book full of actions just to keep you entertained Peace dominates Few, but well crafted and memorable battle scenes Each detail has a place, each element has a purpose A so strange, realistic and very detailed fantasy world without the known cliches, mixed with science fiction and other genres The description says its an Auralight Fantasy It perfectly describes the book Long chapters with a story in a story Each chapters has a beginning, middle and an end Great contrast between the beginning and the end Cliffhanger ending Intense, full of unpredictible twists.Cons Slower read Patience required It is not for everyone Long chapters 148,000 words, but only 9 chapters Cliffhanger ending You have to wait for the sequel


  10. Adrienna Adrienna says:

    Once I started the book, not sure if it is because I am reading other books simultaneously, but so far not keeping my interest I may have to restart and hope that I can gravitate to this author s style of writing I see in the synopsis that it is a mixture of genres like SYFY, Fantasy to name a couple of which I usually like reading Sadly I was unable to complete this read after reading up to page 40 I re reviewed the synopsis to see how it caught my interest however, I saw that the author Once I started the book, not sure if it is because I am reading other books simultaneously, but so far not keeping my interest I may have to restart and hope that I can gravitate to this author s style of writing I see in the synopsis that it is a mixture of genres like SYFY, Fantasy to name a couple of which I usually like reading Sadly I was unable to complete this read after reading up to page 40 I re reviewed the synopsis to see how it caught my interest however, I saw that the author was trying to showcase a 7 year old girl Grace who had quite an imagination and great desire to be a guardian angel but seemed mutually impossible since she didn t have wings It was staged in a fantasy world Crystal Shade and featured guardian angels and briefly covered evil winged ones too up to the page I read I was intrigued with the angelic beings, yet the book just didn t work for me.I received a eBook copy via Smashwords from the author and reading it on Aldiko reader I believe I received an ARC copy over a year ago from the author to provide a honest review Reading on tablet.Free book read received in 2012 tried to read in 2014.Adrienna TurnerAuthor of God is in the Equationwww.dream4.org