Last Book Syndrome: ‘Heaven’s Forgotten’ by Branden Johnson

by Clarissa Chua


Moira just wants a normal life for her daughter, Penelope. And sometimes, it seems like she has achieved it. Penelope is a sweet, smart, and precocious four-year-old girl. However, she is also the product of Moira’s affair with an angel. Her parentage gives Penelope strength far beyond what any child should possess. It also makes her the target of fallen angels who intend to use her mysterious powers as their way back into Heaven. Worse yet, one of those fallen angels is her own father. Now, Moira finds herself caught up in a terrifying struggle for Penelope’s life against beings more powerful than she can imagine. And when Penelope’s true power is revealed, it will shake the foundations of reality.

Suspenseful and action-packed, Heaven’s Forgotten demonstrates the power of a mother’s love against the longest odds in Heaven and on earth. Read reviews: Goodreads


I dived into the book, expecting it to be solely focused on the supernatural. Little did I know that it will also have a substantial focus on humanity, love and action. I commend how the book deconstructed my view of human characteristics which then allowed me to delve deeper and to see humans in a new light.

The existence of supernatural creatures clearly pointed out how frail and vulnerable human life is. Michael, as well as the other Watchers, questioned numerous human choices and actions when they first fell. And somewhere in their adventure on earth, they discovered how human life is indeed flawed yet still wonder-filled.

“A little girl. Humans were such strange creatures—reproducing in such a bizarre and wonderful way.”

The story contained a lot of nuances especially when it came to confronting the past. Adam and Murphy faced this problem quite tragically but I value its setting in the book. Even if it did not unravel much of the plot, it uncovered Adam’s character as one of the main ones in the book.

In contrast, I was glad to see how Moira untangled herself from her past notions of Michael and in turn, its paving of the way for her to face her future.


Moira’s character and indecisiveness threw me off a bit as the story progressed that there came a point where it was a challenge to empathize with her. Despite this, I loved how Branden Johnson maintained that one thing in her self: her desire to save Penelope.


I honestly felt a lot of emotions throughout the book, which makes it tough to confine into words, but I feel that Heaven’s Forgotten will surely be a delight to those who seek an adventure beyond the natural realm. ☁


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