Like YA? NA Paranormal? Urban Fantasy? | Review of A Gift of Wings by Stephanie Stamm

by: Stephanie Stamm
Published: November 10, 2012
Publisher: Zeke & Me Books
Genre: YA, NA Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Source: Author


The world he left behind…

Half-Seraph and skilled fighter, Aidan Townsend could no longer live with the consequences of being a celebrated member of the Forces of the Fallen—so he walked away from it all. Now, he has created a new life for himself—a human life—as songwriter and lead singer for a successful Chicago band. And he keeps his angelic abilities carefully hidden—even from himself.

…is the world that awaits her.

Lucky Monroe is just an ordinary girl—or so she thinks. About to turn eighteen and with high school behind her, she’s looking for a job, contemplating the possibility of college, and gradually coming to terms with her beloved grandmother’s descent into early-onset Alzheimer’s. Then her cousin Josh takes her to hear a popular local band—and she sees fiery wings extending from the back of the handsome and charismatic lead singer. Suddenly, she finds herself enmeshed in a world of Fallen angels, demons, and ancient deities—a world that promises knowledge of her newfound powers, as well as a budding romance, but also threatens all she holds dear.

(Source: Stephanie Stamm)

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My Thoughts:

Not usually a fan of the YA/NA paranormal/urban fantasy genre, I enjoyed reading Stephanie Stamm’s A Gift of Wings. And I know why.

Stamm cleverly incorporates today’s world via a setting in Chicago with a young woman facing real, today’s world issues. Alongside this setting, Stamm builds a host of characters from other worlds — seraphs, cherubims, fallen angels, demons and ancient deities. Perhaps this combination is what made my enjoyment reach an “I really liked this book” peak.

Stamm is masterful at developing characters with depth and using good descriptive language. Lucky, the female protagonist, is a young, strong, and happy woman facing many issues — looking for a job, a grandmother with Alzheimer’s and living in a care facility, and, of course, financial struggles. Early on a touch of romance is added when Lucky attends one of Aidan’s concerts. No one ever said tall, dark and handsome in a leather motorcycle jacket would not make the perfect love interest in a young woman’s life.

Fascinating me the most was Stamm’s use of words, flowing language that keeps you reading. A couple of quotes that I fell in love with:

She had forgotten how substantial his voice seemed until he spoke, and the sound flowed into the room like the waves of the ocean, rolling and resonant and ancient. (Kindle location 1552)

His footsteps echoed hollowly in the hall, a staccato accompaniment to the anxiety that was settling deep into his bones. (Kindle location 863)

Stamm hasn’t just written a YA, NA Paranormal or Urban Fantasy novel. Stamm has written a first-rate novel. With this book, the genre does not seem important to me. I found myself reading because it was a good story line with believable and engaging characters.

My Recommendation: 

For anyone who likes YA, NA paranormal, urban fantasy or is just look for a first-rate novel.

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Meet the Author:

Stephanie Stamm lives and works in Southwest Michigan. She holds an advanced degree in Religion & Literature from the University of Chicago, and she has been a press operator, a teaching assistant, a research assistant, an English and Humanities instructor, a potter, and, for the last 12+ years, a technical writer.

An avid reader of fantasy, she finally decided to combine her fascination with angels, ancient religions, and world-building and write the novels she wanted to read. A Gift of Wings is her first novel. She is currently at work on the second volume of the Light-Bringer Series, A Gift of Shadows. You can visit her and read more about the Light-Bringer Series at

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I received a copy of A Gift of Wings by Stephanie Stamm in exchange for an honest review.

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Come back for Friday Favorites on September 20th for another favorite quote.  


5 thoughts on “Like YA? NA Paranormal? Urban Fantasy? | Review of A Gift of Wings by Stephanie Stamm

  1. sstamm625 September 18, 2013 at 1:39 pm Reply

    Reblogged this on Reading, Writing, and Rambling.


  2. sstamm625 September 18, 2013 at 1:39 pm Reply

    Thanks so much for your review, Sherrey! And you too, Teri!


    • Sherrey Meyer September 18, 2013 at 2:07 pm Reply

      Stephanie, a really good book is easy to review, and this is a first-rate work, as I’ve said in my review. Good luck as you move forward in the series.


  3. tpolen September 18, 2013 at 5:02 am Reply

    I read this book also and completely agree with you, Sherrey – wonderful book!


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