Ugh where to begin. I gave this two stars only because I was interested enough to finish it, also because I didn't "hate" it. Although this was a hugeUgh where to begin. I gave this two stars only because I was interested enough to finish it, also because I didn't "hate" it. Although this was a hugely disappointing ending. In the strain the whole concept of vampirism being biological completely sucked me in. Unique concept! I didn't expect the whole end of world and harvesting idea either, so what happens in the second book was also original storytelling. However the characters, all started out pretty good, but quickly were losing me as the story went on. They felt very one dimensional, cardboard, especially Gus! He was more of a cartoon character, so over the top silliness and given the absolute worse dialogue EVER! Barnes was never really explained and was a total stereotype. I also could never really figure the old rich guy out. Who is so awful, that he would destroy the whole world just to live as some nasty parasite forever. Zack completely changed from a pretty nice kid to a complete sociopath like it was nothing. I don't care how young you are or who is manipulating you, how do you become someone who kills animals like that. It all didn't gel well at all. In the end I could care less if any of them made it. I never worried or felt any concern for them. Not a good sign.
Initially I thought the whole archangel bit and pulling in that legend could be interesting. I still think that. But not the way they the authors did it. This story went from biological to biblical which made no sense at all. I saw no connection there. Maybe a smoother transition or perhaps sticking with one idea or the other, be it science or biblical legend. It all felt pulled together hastily. ,it felt like a rushed mess. I feel the authors "wrote on the go" versus laying out a rough storyline covering the direction they wanted this to go.
Overall ifs completely forgettable. I imagine I may view the show to see if they make any changes for the better.
A well done sequel to angel fall. I feel this book added to the overall world building nicely. The story is developing at a quick pace as well as theA well done sequel to angel fall. I feel this book added to the overall world building nicely. The story is developing at a quick pace as well as the characters. It's a gritty, at times horrifying world that the author never waters down for the sake of being YA. It's a blood and guts kind of world. The romance portion of it takes a back seat to the horror and action elements which I find refreshing.
My grumble regarding this series is the light banter that takes place often times between raffle and penryn. I feel that the world is terrifying with scenes of torture and terrible deaths and somehow that a child of 17 would not have the ability to be light hearted after witnessing the things she does. It doesn't feel congruent or realistic. How can a young woman or anyone see that and not be the least bit affected? It diminishes the story. I think it doesn't belong in this world. Maybe if the world has been like this for years or she has grown up in it but remember 6 weeks is just not enough time to become "acclimated" to this atmosphere.
It's a 3.5 rating. Would be higher if not for that....more
Lots and lots of good reviews on this one led me read. To me this was a mildly entertaining read. As a fan of Angelology, I was looking forward to thiLots and lots of good reviews on this one led me read. To me this was a mildly entertaining read. As a fan of Angelology, I was looking forward to this one.
A different take on the apocalypse, angels versus humans and battle for the earth. Six weeks after the earth has been taken over pretty much by the angels, we meet Penryn. A quite capable 17 year old girl who sees a white feather floating out of the sky followed by fighting angels each with different colored wings. As the downed angel is held while the others literally amputate his wings, penryns younger, handicapped 7 year old sister, Paige catches their attention. Leaving the injured angel behind, they snatch up Paige out of her wheelchair and fly off with her. This begins the relationship and journey between Raffe the angel and Penryn. She needs him to find her sister and he Needs her because he is grounded.
This beginning was not unique and seemed like this road trip has been done before. I was waiting for all the cliches to kick in: hot angel, girl in distress, hate each other, then fall in love blah blah blah. But this story took some unusual twists and turns that I didn't expect and was delighted at where it went. There is a fun and snarky dialogue between these two which I never expected. Although in some places the banter seems so light and normal, you forgot the seriousness of the situation the world is in. It felt at times not congruent with the overall story. I also didn't expect angels to talk like us or act so human, even need food like we do or bleed for that matter. These things niggled at the back of my mind throughout. I would be enjoying a lark, but wondering at the too humanness of the angel. I did enjoy that Penryn was a capable fighter. A girl that had to take care of her family at all costs. She had to. Her sister could not walk and her mother is schizoid and floats in and out of the story all batshit crazy like. So yea, strong girl.
My reason for 3 stars is that this could have gone way deeper. No where does this story address mans feelings about this being angels attacking the earth. What about all the religions of the planet? All the different belief systems and / or the mom believers? Is there a God, is this just angels, why are they here. I feel there were some missed opportunity here to create some cool mythology. One that didn't even actually have to be religious or preachy either. I also did not understand the whole scene at the angel aerie. What is up with zoom suits ans sexy dresses? I'm not going into this due to spoilers but this was bizaar and felt like it didn't belong in the story.
I also felt like this was a world in which the end happened a long time ago, not within 6 weeks, everything devolved too quickly to me. Another thing I must address about this book, is that it is very brutal in parts with graphic violent content. Very visual and disturbing. If you are the sort of person who can read zombie books, then you're totally fine. Trigger: dead children, mutilations and cannibalism. It can be rough in parts. Interesting enough to continue with the sequel just not one of my favorites. ...more
Im actually giving this "series" about 10 stars!!! It all started with the first book The Daughter of Smoke and Bone followed up by Days of Blood and
Im actually giving this "series" about 10 stars!!! It all started with the first book The Daughter of Smoke and Bone followed up by Days of Blood and Starlight and I just simply cannot wait another year for book the final book!!!
Once you start to read these books you lose yourself completely in the world of Karou and Akiva. The highly anticipated book 2 was over the top good. Laini Taylor has a wonderful gift of world-building. Here she builds the world within the portals to our world of a war that has raged for over 1000 years between Chimeara and Seraphim (monsters/demons and angels) that is so utterly beautiful, intense, brutal, haunting. Caught up in this are our protagonists Karou and Akiva who are in one way like Romeo and Juliet and i mean only that they are enemies that fall in love but thats where the comparisons ends. Although you have this slight element of romance, it is more of a story about how to bring peace after only war has been known for so many.
In war there there is tragedy and casualties, this story is not any different from that, so know going into this you will become attached to characters, but Laini will not spare them if need be. I feel this YA book is a rise above the rest and is for all ages of those who love fantasy.
"Once upon a time, an angel and a devil held a wishbone between them. And its snap split the world in two"
Once upon a time an angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well.
This is the opening page to this YA goodness. This is by far one of the best
Once upon a time an angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well.
This is the opening page to this YA goodness. This is by far one of the best YA books I have read. Not only is this world of myth making, world building, highly imaginative story beautiful, it's written with such grace and style that I can't believe I've waited this long to read this. The characters are some of the most well-layered and memorable with strong back stories to go with their highly original worlds. I also can say that although the cover of this book is artistically beautiful, it does seem more suited for girls, but that would be a huge mistake. This is appealing to anyone who loves mythology, angel/demon lore, fantasy.
Get out there and read this. The ending is mind blowing!!! Can you say cliffhanger? ...more
I wanted to LOVE this book. The stories of the fallen angels, Book of Enoch, celestial instruments, angelologist are all favorite subjects of mine andI wanted to LOVE this book. The stories of the fallen angels, Book of Enoch, celestial instruments, angelologist are all favorite subjects of mine and not nearlly enough books about them. However, I can't find myself able to give this more than 3 stars. In fact, I almost quit on the book at page 100.
The story seemed to have trouble finding it's footing. I found the beginning to be slow whereas the author would introduce her characters, then jump to a little history lesson (dryly) on the angels descent and naughtiness with the local women, then back to the characters of which were not really fully developed and they too did not seem to find their voice.
The best part of the book, which made me glad I held on, was the middle part where we went back in time to France explaining all about the expedition and finding the cave that held the fallen, etc. This was told in the first person of Celestine, friend to our current day Evangeline's, grandmother, Gabrielle. More fluidity and character development here.
Back into the present we go supposedly tying up all loose ends, yet it never really does and leaves many unanswered questions, which leaves me to believe that there will be a sequel. And yes, I will read the sequel.
Although this isn't the book I thought it was going to be, in can improve within a series (hopefully) and the concept is good. There is the pedestrian elements of a "thriller" along the lines of Dan Brown some may find entertaining, I know I did. So it's worth it. Good effort for a first novel. ...more
Angels and Time Travel, sounds interesting? It's not. This book seems written rather quickly with little real character development or depth.
The storAngels and Time Travel, sounds interesting? It's not. This book seems written rather quickly with little real character development or depth.
The story of an assassin who finds redemption through time traveling with an angel to make right all his wrongs was a good premise, but sadly turned into a boring, preachy read. From a historical perspective, I did learn a few things. The assassin, Toby, gets sent back to 1200's medievel times to Norwich to help a jewish family out of a predicament they are tangled in which could end badly for them and all the jews in their community. In this time you learn about how the jews suffered so in England at the hands of their christian community. I was not aware of this part of history and found it interesting enough to find out more about it.
Being this is a first book in what apparently will be another series for Anne Rice, I will give it the benefit of a doubt and continue with the 2nd installment. Although, I do miss the rich, elegant writing style of her vampire stories which were far more believeable as well than this, I will give it a chance.