Well, I’m doing a big sigh about Angel Thieves by Kathi Appelt. I know not everyone will share my opinion of this particular novel, but my big hang up about the whole thing is the fact that it is religious. And I am just not a religious person. At the same time, I can see the merit in a novel like this because as far as I can tell it doesn’t seem to push religion in a problematic way. I’m, of course, of the mind that The Bible is one of the greatest works of fiction in the world–not because of its content–but simply because of how it has stood the test of time and how many people it has somehow managed to convince that it’s real. It’s just like that bestiary book I read about a month ago, where there were so many books in the past that suggested that creatures like dragons were real and so many people accepted that at face value without any proof, and I feel that the bible is incredibly similar to that, only it hasn’t quite gotten to a universal place where people are waiting for proof rather than accepting belief without it. And I think, what I appreciate about Angel Thieves is that it is a work of fiction and everyone knows it.
I’m curious, for sure, how this novel about a thief, a savior (I think?), and an ocelot is going to go. I’d like to give this book a shot and so I have added it to my TBR. I don’t want to be the kind of person who writes off a novel for something like this, so I’m going to try it. Apparently this book is told from the perspective of a river, which is an aspect to the book that I find incredibly interesting and am looking forward to experiencing. Mix that in with the thievery of angel statues in order to survive, the savior attempting to basically save the thief, and a creature living in the bayou after having been captured and lost by a poacher and you have to admit that there’s a lot of curiosity you feel after looking at this book.
An ocelot. A slave. An angel thief.
Multiple perspectives spanning across time are united through themes of freedom, hope, and faith.
Sixteen-year-old Cade Curtis is an angel thief. After his mother’s family rejected him for being born out of wedlock, he and his dad moved to the apartment above a local antique shop. The only payment the owner Mrs. Walker requests: marble angels, stolen from graveyards, for her to sell for thousands of dollars to collectors. But there’s one angel that would be the last they’d ever need to steal; an angel, carved by a slave, with one hand open and one hand closed. If only Cade could find it…
Sixteen-year-old Soleil Broussard is meant to save Cade Curtis—at least that’s what she thinks God wants her to do. With the country and the world the way it is, Bridget takes great comfort in her church and religion, and maybe that’s just what Cade needs: comfort. Maybe it’s what everyone needs.
Zorra, a young ocelot, watches the bayou rush past her yearningly. The poacher who captured and caged her has long since lost her, and Zorra is getting hungrier and thirstier by the day. Trapped, she only has the sounds of the bayou for comfort—but it tells her help will come soon.
Before Zorra, Achsah, a slave, watched the very same bayou with her two young daughters. After the death of her master, Achsah is free, but she’ll be damned if her daughters aren’t freed with her. All they need to do is find the church with an angel with one hand open and one hand closed…
And now I leave it to you. What do you think of this book so far? Is it one that you might read? Or do you think you’ll pass? Let me know in the comments!