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Angel Dust by Sarah Mussi

Angel Dust

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Love and romance, shot through with a good sprinkling of lust, fuel this compelling and dramatic teen novel. Angel Serafina is given a special mission; she must guard the Twelfth Gate for St Peter. She’s been specially chosen and she knows it is a very important job. Then she spots Marcus Montague, birthday boy, just turned eighteen, drop dead gorgeous and bound for hell. Can she save him? Or, is he her temptation. How Serafina tells the story of her dilemma is spell binding..

Did you know that every Hot Key title will give you its unique Hot Key Ingredients: 60% Dark Romance, 30% Urban Grit, 10% Paranormal which, together with our review and the opportunity to read a 'try before you buy' extract will help you decide whether it's the book for you.


Angel Dust is the perfect romance. Innocence and enlightenment share the narrative here and create a perfect balance for anyone who enjoys a bit of angst other than standard happy endings. Sarah Mussi so brilliantly creates a tormented character, one whose innocence takes them into a situation, and whose enlightenment does not help them resolve the dilemmas in which they find themselves involved. Like Romeo and Juliet, here are two lovers whose futures are by no means guaranteed. But as readers we yearn for their happy endings, and cry for the missed opportunities. Rarely has teen infatuation and love been so brilliantly conveyed and so convincingly explored. It is an unputdownable book that confirms Sarah's place as a writer of wonderful books for teen readers.

The author says
: 'Angel Dust is a powerful story of first love and first pain. It’s a metaphor for that terrible journey from innocence to experience.'

ABOUT HOT KEY: Hot Key Books is a brand new publisher that will focus on fiction for ages 9+ to young adult. The company name derives from the power of stories to open doors and feed the imagination of readers. Hot Key Books seeks to unlock the power of reading, a love of books and a joy of stories for readers of all ages. It also reflects the digital age in which we now live through its association with 'hot key' commands - the short cut command on a keyboard.


Angel Dust by Sarah Mussi

When Serafina, the brightest and most beloved of all God's angels, is sent to collect Marcus Montague - "the original badman" - and take him to Hell, she finds herself powerfully drawn to him and makes a decision that places her in the middle of a war between Heaven and Hell. Can Serafina fall in love without falling from grace? Can Marcus's soul be saved? And just who is the mysterious and ever-so-helpful stranger Harry?

An urban love story written by an author with a distinctive teen voice.

The Hot Key Books launch titles for 2012;

Angel Dust by Sarah Mussi - Hot Key Ingredients: 60% Dark Romance, 30% Urban Grit, 10% Paranormal
Insignia by S J Kincaid - Hot Key Ingredients: 60% Action, 20% Friendship, 20% Sci-fi
PUBLISHED 30 August 12
Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner - Hot Key Ingredients: 50% Friendship, 20% Dangerous, 20% Rebellion, 10% Conspiracy

Shrunk by F R Hitchcock
Constable and Toop by Gareth P Jones
World Between Us by Lydia Syson
Under my Hat (collection of short stories) by a variety of big name authors
Cloud Hunters by Alex Shearer
Jepp who defied the Stars by Katherine Marsh


In August 2012 Lovereading asked our teen members and browsers whether they would like to review this title ahead of publication. We had lots of requests to do so and a number of lucky readers were selected and were sent a copy. Below you can find out what they thought:

'Angel dust by Sarah Mussi was truly excellent. I’d give it 5 stars!...Mussi created a world that I did not want to leave and a book that left me hungry for more paranormal romance books as thrilling as this one.' Seren Mehmet - Click here to read the full review.

'I thoroughly enjoyed the book, which I found to be fast-paced and compelling with the author taking the reader on a journey of many twists and turns.' - Roshana Wick - Click here to read the full review.

'All in all, this book was thoroughly enjoyable and a good read. It took me about two days to read it because I couldn't put it down for very long!' - Rebeca Ullah - Click here to read the full review.

'OMG, I LOVED this book! The dark romance between "Zara" and Marcus was so heart-warming, I could feel their love through the authors words!' - Jhaneel - Click here to read the full review.

'On the whole, I enjoyed reading this book, It allowed me to create my own opinions. If you
enjoy reading about forbidden love and angels, you will absolutely love reading this book.' - Shriya Samani - Click here to read the full review.

‘'Angel Dustis a book that is gripping, thrilling and I absolutely adore. It really helps that I already like Paranormal and Dark Romance books from Lauren Kate and Alyson Noel, and this lived up to my expectation. Or even higher! - Lauren Young - Click here to find out more.

Heart wrenching, soul pulling and a book I will never forget.I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, it had me gripped from the very beginning. A great book for any one who enjoyed Malorie Blackman's Noughts and Crosses. As both portray a story of forbidden love. It also shows that love will prevail no matter what the circumstance or the consquence of their love. A story that crosses dimensions and will be loved by many people.' Holly Compton, 14

'The book was brilliant, and easy to read, I really liked the characters and wanted to get to the end to see if it all turns out well...A great read for anyone 12 plus who loves fantasy and romance books with a modern twist.' Molly Hudson - Click here to read the full review.

'This is a gripping read by Sarah Mussi, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoyed the Fallen series by Lauren Kate, or the Noughts and crosses series by Malorie Blackman.' Rachel Bourn - Click here to read the full review.

'This book brings heaven, earth and hell together in the strangest love story between two people who couldn’t be more different. It will keep you up all night turning page after page...' Stefanie Tucker - Click here to read the full review.

'Angel Dust is a book with an unusual story line and is full of dark humour. Dilemmas and clichés in this book will definitely hook teenage girls and young adults.' Robin Johansson Forte - Click here to read the full review.

'I enjoyed Angel Dust but I would say that it is not for the easily bored...All in all, the book is very good and it captivates the reader in the perfect way.' Delilah Acworth - Click here to read the full review.

'I feel that this book really makes you question where the line between good and bad is, and whether punishments are fair. The details in description, setting and chapter enhanced the reading experience.' Rebecca Tyrrell - Click here to read the full review.

'A nice light read without the angst (despite its summary), about a love stuck between Heaven and Earth' Georgina - Click here to read the full review.

'I would recommend this book to anyone, it is a good read if you like the paranormal.' Chloe Sheehan - Click here to read the full review.

'I like the fact that this book is written in the first person as it makes me feel like I’m the main character, going through everything that Sera is.' - Izzy Guider - Click here to read the full review.

'Overall, I wasn’t thrilled by this book. I wanted to love it, the storyline is good, the characters are good, it is written well: yet still, I found this book dull.' Harriet Cunningham - Click here to read the full review.

About the Author

Sarah Mussi

Sarah Mussi was born in Gloucestershire. After her education at a girls’ school in Cheltenham, she completed a post-graduate degree at the Royal College of Art before leaving the UK for West Africa. She lived in Cameroon, Nigeria and Ghana for over eighteen years, finally teaching English in Accra. Sarah now lives in Brixton and teaches in Lewisham, splitting her holidays between England and Ghana.

Sarah’s first published novel, The Door of No Return, won the Children’s Book of the Year 2007 Award at the Glen Dimplex New Writers’ Awards and was shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award, shortlisted for Wirral Best Paperback of the Year and awarded Junior Library Guild Status in the USA. Her second novel, The Last of the Warrior Kings, inspired a London walk and was shortlisted for the Lewisham Book Award.

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2nd August 2012


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