Saturday, November 6, 2010
I wanted so badly to love this book especially since Shirvington is a debut Australian author but unfortunately I am left with mixed feelings about it. There were certain aspects of this book that I did thoroughly enjoy but other parts fell short.
First off, my favourite thing about this book was the beautiful prose. Here is just one example:
"I slowly opened my eyes. The sun speared its first bright rays of golden orange into the sky and I leapt from the cliff with the sorrowful knowledge that no matter what the outcome, at very least, part of me would die that day."
Shirvington really shows some talent as a writer.
The concept of this book was interesting and unique with it whole hierarchy of angels. At first it was a little bit confusing but as the story went on it unfolded nicely.
The romance in this book was both gorgeous and smoking hot! I didn’t particularly like the whole love triangle thing but I liked the chemistry Shirvington created. The way she described Violet's emotions and thoughts during those romantic moments. For example:
“Then he touched my lips with his, trembling and I knew control was on tenuous string. But it still wasn’t enough. If I couldn’t have the control I wanted, then maybe I’d be better off with none at all.”
The trouble I had with this novel was the characters. For me they just seemed a little bit too perfect. Looks, money, smart, an apartment with a doorman, a parent that doesn’t care what you do but still loves you etc. I need to feel like I can relate to the characters. Either I see something of myself in them or somebody I know but I couldn’t.
Also Violet the main character is only 17 years old and sometimes the situations she was in or actions seemed more like something a 25 year old would do. For me personally I think the characters would have worked better if they had been adults. It would have made the scenes more realistic.
Overall, this book had loads of potential but for me it was just an okay read. I am sure it will have lots of fans especially if you love Angel books and love triangles (eg Fallen). The sequel Entice is out in 2011 and despite this books flaw I will be giving it a read.
Rating: 2.5 stars
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My blogger friend Cass enjoyed this book. Go check out her review and her author interview at Words on Paper
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