It’s Women in Horror Month, and what better way to celebrate it than to share a new release by a wonderful author! Theresa Braun’s new short story, The Celestial Assignment is available now! Check it out!
The Celestial Assignment
Publication Date: February 14th, 2020
Genre: Short Story/ Urban Fantasy/ Paranormal
After a sudden death, Will, a misguided angel, is tasked with protecting a baby girl. Watching over her as she grows up and navigates the world appears a harsh punishment for his past failings. Can he redeem himself, or will he fall further from grace?
“I devoured this phenomenal sorrow-filled piece in one sitting, but Braun left me with so many questions I had to think about. She creates a world that’s vivid, lush and visceral, while setting the reader up for heartbreak and despair. Amazing read, can’t recommend ‘The Celestial Assignment’ enough.” –Steve Stred, author of Ritual
What did I think?
The Celestial Assignment falls within a literary genre of paranormal and fantasy that is not my normal one to turn to, although I am fascinated by the thoughts of others on the life after death question. Theresa Braun uses humour (and numerous expletives) to move through the idea of some humans becoming angels after death and watching over the lives of those on earth. It is an interesting notion of promoting self-reflection through an angel school.
Will is assigned as guardian angel to watch over and protect newly born Celeste, and after time begins to understand his own shortcomings in his human life, not that he can do anything about that, but he tries to steer her as best he can. The period of self-revelation is intriguing and perhaps demonstrates that it is never too late to learn and even to change.
Despite being a short story there was a good amount of detail in the plot, and the twist at the end made me smile. That said I was disappointed that the characters, and Will in particular, weren’t developed further or with more depth. I felt that there were missed opportunities for Will to comment on or consider some of his own actions whilst undertaking his role as a guardian. Nevertheless, The Celestial Assignment is an engaging story that makes you think!
Excerpt from The Celestial Assignment:
Looking around the circle, I noted everyone’s arms tattooed with wings in shades matching their clothing.
“What am I doing here?” I asked, studying the new gray markings growing iridescent on my skin.
“You’re getting a new assignment,” said someone with platinum hair. His wings were the real deal, tucked at his back, and he wore a white T-shirt and white jeans.
“As opposed to what?”
“Going back to earth. That hasn’t been working.” He stared at me with his unnaturally light blue eyes. “Don’t worry, there’s a manual under your seat.”
About the author:
Hmmm. What’s this? Looks like Ms. Braun left her computer on and her Goodreads bio open.
This should be fun.
What can we say about Theresa? I mean other than the fact that she’s weirdly obsessed with smiley faces :-). Like, seriously obsessed >:-*. It’s kinda scary :-O.
I think she thinks she’s from Renaissance England or Venice or something. I never could figure out which one it was. (She’s really bad at doing accents.)
She likes romance novels and crime TV, which are pretty much the same thing when you think about it. Ha! Am I right?
She has a hell of a singing voice. Seriously. It’s, like, seventh circle of hell bad.
She likes editing. A lot. Just wait till she gets a load a this.
Cats. Shoes. Chips and salsa. In that order.
Yeah, that last part didn’t make sense to me either.
Theresa Braun: https://www.theresabraun.com/
N.B. I was gifted a Kindle version of the short story The Celestial Assignment as part of the book blog tour and in exchange for my honest review. Thank you to Theresa Braun for the digital copy, and to Shannon of Reads and Reels for organising the tour. For more information about reviews and how I work with others, please see my disclosure page.
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