I don't know what to think. I loved the descriptions of the world, the characters and their actions. Classic Jacqueline Carey writing. But I was left...moreI don't know what to think. I loved the descriptions of the world, the characters and their actions. Classic Jacqueline Carey writing. But I was left wanting more. I don't know what else to say about it.(less)
Ya know? I may just have to read this again to see if I can understand what happened and to whom. I don't understand why I am left feeling like, yeah,...moreYa know? I may just have to read this again to see if I can understand what happened and to whom. I don't understand why I am left feeling like, yeah, it seemed interesting as I read it, I just didn't know where the characters were going, who they were, and why all of it was happening.
I liked the main character. I liked what I could figure out of the plot. Maybe this is not a good book to listen on text-to-speech? I just felt like I was lost. What happened to her brother who now seemed to have the name of an angel, what? Aliens? Angels? No, I didn't go back and read about Grimm's Godfather. Maybe that is why I feel I am missing so much.
The writing was done well. No great editing errors. That is a relief. And I think it is because of the main character that I am giving this story 4 stars. But I am left with more questions than answers.(less)
This was an excellent read. I felt like I was watching a movie, drawn in completely. The world and characters were so real I could smell it.
This book...moreThis was an excellent read. I felt like I was watching a movie, drawn in completely. The world and characters were so real I could smell it.
This book came to me as a complimentary copy from BookRooster dot com so I could review it. I liked it so much I went ahead and bought my own copy so I could share with those who might not be able to afford it right now. I am looking forward to the sequels but I will have to wait until they come out in Kindle format.
In my tags/shelves I indicated angels and aliens. Well, I suppose that is up for speculation. I don't want to say too much about the plot or characters and so spoil it for others. I, also, tagged adult/young adult as the story encompasses both, and dogs.
The setting is future America/world and pre-apocalyptic. It does make you think and hope for a better future. And through the ugliness of that world, is a sweet girl, a dancer. Okay, that's all I'm saying about it. But I know I will think on this book for a long time. There is a depth to it that is lacking in a lot of YA books these days. I like a book that keeps me thinking.
Now I will have to go read other books by Sandy Nathan. Oh, and I hope someone decides to make this book into a movie. That would be awesome!(less)
What would you give up for love? Your memories of the loved one? To know that you might not even have these precious memories? But to save her life? W...moreWhat would you give up for love? Your memories of the loved one? To know that you might not even have these precious memories? But to save her life? Would you?
These are some of the questions that Zane must work out. It plays on your emotions while giving you insight into this character, Zane.
Thank you, Christine Fonseca, for allowing me to read this character study. Love Zane! I look forward to the next in your Angelic series.(less)
Recommended by Isabelle. Author: M. L. Woolley is very nice. Must read these books soon!
*** Okay, I have been sitting on what to say in this review all...moreRecommended by Isabelle. Author: M. L. Woolley is very nice. Must read these books soon!
*** Okay, I have been sitting on what to say in this review all day. The plot, the story was interesting. I like reading or watching 'end of the world as we know it' books or movies. I liked the characters and watching their development, toward good or bad. I was happy (but does it cheapen the message) for the redemption of some. I kind of wished one who wasn't redeemed had been, while another was that I felt didn't deserve it, but got it. But that's me playing god in M. L. Woolley's world. I especially felt drawn in for the preparations of what is coming.
BUT... I had a hard time with the point of view, rather, whose point of view this is now, especially in the beginning of the book. It seemed to jump around. Maybe titling each section would help the reader know who we are reading about. And then there were a couple places where a more universal POV jumped into the middle of an individual's POV. I think this was something missed by the editor(s)
I have nothing against religion, per se, but the inclusion of certain scripture and verse weakened the story and what seemed to be main goals.
On the other hand, I loved the idea of the dream relationship and wished to read of more individual occurrences of the dream meetings. And I would have loved seeing the best friend's story built up more, and a follow through of predicted great deeds.
I am, however, looking forward to reading the sequel, maybe what I need resolved in the story and with its people with be written there.(less)
This is such a quick paced and exciting book that I had to declare, early into reading it, that it couldn’t be my night-time book. The subject matter...moreThis is such a quick paced and exciting book that I had to declare, early into reading it, that it couldn’t be my night-time book. The subject matter of Angels, good versus evil and the grey in between, is disturbing in itself, but Ms. Fonseca’s style of writing keeps the action immediate, in-your-face. AND, there is the internal dialogue the main characters go through while trying to bring about a greater good.
The characters were strong and likable, unless they were meant not to be. The evil ones were, evil! The plot with or without the prequel, Dies Irae, held together in this, I hope, growing series of Requiem. Oh, and if you are not Catholic (I’m not), nor a music major (I am. Thank you, Prof. Laura Hemenway), the story is still accessible. To enrich the experience, take the time to Google these terms. The titles reflect the angst within the books.
But LOVE is the emotion that pulls the reader. Yes, there is romantic love, but that isn’t to the sickening extent as true romance books go. The love for fellow humans is there, also.
My complaint is that the angst often reflected itself, became redundant. What I wanted, when I read how much the two main characters loved each other but couldn’t follow through due to Angel rules, was more history. Why did they love each other so much? I know the time to present their original meeting and growth of their relationships would have slowed the book down. I give kudos to Ms. Fonseca for not getting bogged down. And maybe a deeper story can come out separately of more origins of the relationships.
The topic at hand, Angels, makes writing fiction that isn’t doctrine or didactic problematic. There are so many people who are “Angel experts.” I can see those coming forward and arguing that certain Archangels wouldn’t act this way or that. Since I am not one of those experts, I have dabbled in reading the occasional Angel book, so the story remains a fantasy full of conflicting and human emotion that may or may not be following ‘mere guidelines’ (sorry, my inner pirate came out there). But speaking of the angst, I loved the tools the author used to reflect inner conflict, the kind we all go through. Thought patterns, in real life, are seldom grammatically correct, full sentences, but rather fragments fighting for top billing. Cool tool, Christine!
I’m looking forward to more from Christine Fonseca. (less)