My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Rating and reviewing this book is a bit tough for me. I loved it. I’ll be absolutely honest. Although I have read several books with the same basic idea at the root (girl dies, goes to purgatory, chooses the life of a hero), this one is by far my favorite one.
For me, the characters came alive. Each of the archangels were completely different from the others. And the trainees were colorful. Joanna was the modern girl, while the Colonel was definitely someone who rode on a river boat at some moment in the distant past. Titanic James died in the early 1900s, and Danielle felt more like a 50s girl to me. Caroline was the only one that did not seem to stand out in my memory.
The only reason I did not give this book 5-stars is because there are a lot of dry passages where nothing is really going on. Some people would say that those were being used for character development, but they were so dry and slow that anything that happened in those could not be seen as development, but more as a detriment to character.
I did love the ending, and I have the rest of this series on my list to read when I find the time.