No Angel by Daniel A. Kaine
Born with a birth defect called Devil Syndrome, it is impossible for Josh Harper to hide the two small stumps of hornlike bone atop his head. If people also knew about his ability to create force fields with his mind, they’d lock him up for sure. Left to fend for himself on his eighteenth birthday, Josh tries to make it on the streets. When he’s attacked, he’s rescued by Sam Mitchell, who has an equally strange power—and a set of pure white wings.
Sam ran away from home a year ago, and the new life he’s built for himself includes living in an abandoned house and looking after three younger kids, all with Devil Syndrome. Then along comes Josh. After a rough start their relationship grows and the two young men find a haven in each other’s arms. But when tragedy strikes their newfound family, Sam’s hatred of regular humans spirals out of control, and Josh will have to make Sam see sense before everything he’s worked so hard to build is destroyed.
Josh has just turned 18 and his Aunt and Uncle feel they have fulfilled their promise to his deceased mother to raise him and so kick him out. Josh has no idea of how to survive on the streets. His first night he is attacked by two men but is saved by an “angel”. Sam is Josh’s angel. Sam has the same medical condition that Josh does, “Devil’s Syndrome”. Sam has one other thing though that Josh hasn’t seen before, wings. Sam takes Josh home with him. Josh meets the rest of Sam’s rag tag little group of fellow “Devil’s Syndrome” sufferers. Sam teaches Josh on surviving on the streets and some defense moves but it will be Sam that needs to be saved next.
This is a YA/NA novel. There is little sexual content. Kissing and some touching are all. This story has some very intense subject involved, homelessness, huger and parental rejection/abuse. Some of what is covered is very hard to hear and understand. I think the author does a good job of covering some of this huge issue. I felt for all of these characters. The world building is a little sketchy, but since it is mostly set in a contemporary setting just adding in some of the effects of this Syndrome was good enough. In regards to the characters the author did a good job of making you feel for them and want to know what will happen to the little group. The backgrounds for the two main characters are added slowly. I think that helped the story be more believable. People don’t usually just through everything about their life out there right away so it is good to get a slow, smooth flow of information on the characters. I would have enjoyed a little more in regards to the kids in the story. We get Josh’s information but Robbie’s is about a sentence and Becca’s nonexistent.
Overall I enjoyed the story and felt pulled into the little world these characters inhabited. I think even considering the content that this felt a little light for lack of a better word. There is dark subject matter but it never delved to deep into it. The relationship between the two main characters was sweet and charming. I would love to see more of what becomes of the group but I think the ending leaves the book able to support itself.
Posted on Sunday, February 9th, 2014, in Book Review, Fantasy, Four Roses, M/M Romance, Novel: 150 pages and above, TJ and tagged Daniel A. Kaine, Dreamspinner Press, Four Roses, M/M Romance, Novel, YA/NA. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.