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Abandoned as a Child on the steps of St Rose Convent in New York. Evangeline Cacciatore grew up knowing little of her parents. Assisting a scholar in the convent one day, she uncovers a disturbning secret conected to her family.
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published March 9th 2010 by Viking (first published January 1st 2010)
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Jun 16, 2010 rated it did not like it

Over the years, I've received student papers so awful, I'm tempted to just write, "Nice font choice" and move on. For Trussoni's sad book, my comment is "Nice cover." Fetching, isn't it?

However, what a surprise.

Not one of my GR friends has any mention of this book - not a review, not a to-be-read, and definitely not a wishlist pick.

Gee. I wonder why.

Several reasons come to mind. Overall, the book is a half-witted concoction clearly written in the hopes that it would become a movie, or rather
Mar 08, 2010 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: People I don't like
Recommended to unknown by: The stupid New York Times
This one kept losing stars as it went. The broad concept was really interesting, excerpting one of those weird bits of the bible and making it the basis for an otherworldly, fantastical story. But the characters are flat and the writing is dull -- most of the first half of the book is scenes of people doing research, and we get to read right along with them as they examine ancient historical texts and first-hand accounts of angelic encounters. This is about as exciting as reading a musty old ...more
Mar 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
Honestly, if I could give it 3.5 stars, I would. Since I can't, I'm rounding up, as a gesture towards giving the author the benefit of the doubt, expecting that the next book will be better.

Angelology is a mixed bag. Personally, I find angel lore, and other mythologies, fascinating, and I thoroughly enjoyed the mix of Judeo-Christian and Greek myth, Talmudic scholarship and discussion of the Book of Enoch (a personal favorite). The subject of the Nephilim has intrigued me since I first read
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
I am so glad I found this on audiobook at the library. It turned out to be a very good medium for this story. I have to say that for a slow starter, I really got drawn into this book, and when it ended, I had separation anxiety!

Two things kept me from giving this a five star rating:

1. The slow, meandering start. I was initially thinking, uh-oh, this might turn out to be a real snoozer. Boy was I wrong!
2. The ending was a cliffie that really got my blood pressure up! I didn't like the way this
Nov 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-paranormal
Well...the cover is FABULOUS.

Ok guys, I will admit it: I don't like nuns. I mean, not on a PERSONAL level, but their world view is not compelling in a general fictional sense, and they've always bugged me since one of my first acting classes when I had to play Agnes of God in a scene, and I remember I spilled Coke on myself during the performance and broke character and got yelled at. So this could be my personal problem with one of the main characters that is skewing my opinion. Because she's a
When you read as much as I do, it is rare to come across a totally unique story. Angelology is that rare gem.

This book has almost every element a great book should offer: multi-faceted, fascinating characters, an exciting, complex, layered plot, and really excellent writing. The story is a tapestry of interwoven storylines, that includes history, religion, philosophy, art, puzzles, and scavenger hunts.

The story revolves around Sister Evangeline, a young nun, who has been part of the Franciscan
Mar 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Dare I say it? Yes, I dare say -
Angelology by Danielle Trussoni is the heir to Elizabeth Kostova's The Historian.

Angelology is a breathtaking story of ambitious scope: good vs. evil, man vs. fallen angels, Nazis, Greek mythology, the Bible, Milton (Angelology owes much to Paradise Lost). And the heroine is a nun - gotta love it!

Sister Evangeline is leading a quiet life of prayer in a convent situated in Milton, New York, when she receives a letter from Paul Verlaine asking for access to the
Jul 29, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ladywritten, specfic, 2011
All 452 pages of it. Yup.

I had issues with this book from the first page. The writing is...not good. I know Trussoni went to Iowa (which is usually a yardstick of some kind) and she wrote an acclaimed memoir before this, and this very book is a NY Times Notable Book of 2010. So you'd think she'd write a good sentence. But no. The book is full to bursting with things like:

"Verlaine stared at her, flabbergasted at what this otherwise rational woman had just said."


"The chaos of people
May 29, 2010 rated it did not like it
Gah...I wanted to like this book so much. Its premise is so fascinating, but it's execution is like being trapped in a coffin with a rich, old dead woman (one who is wearing enough perfume to clear a street riot) and having to listen to her talk about her less-than-exciting life as a nun.

You know there are some exciting parts somewhere if only she'd stop blathering on about the absolute stupidest details, like the color of the typewriter she used to respond to some man's letter or the size of
Prologue: In which I apologize to the people who like this book

I'd like to apologize for what you're about to read. I know you really enjoyed this and you thought it was just an amazing fantasy epic on par with say Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code.

Me? I should have known better then to read a book that had words like "if you loved The Da Vinci Code" on the back cover. My feelings about The Da Vinci Code and Dan Brown cannot be fully expressed in words but it’s very difficult to spell out primal
"Angelology" is not a Biblical-based novel, it is an adventure in an imaginary world. It combines angels and ancient myths and interweaves them into a contemporary setting.

This novel is a struggle between good and evil, between Nephilim (angels of the earth) and Human beings. It is a story of magic, and struggle, and hope. We watch as Evangeline, who grew up in a convent, encounters a world and a life she never knew existed. We are introduced to that world with her, and find ourselves
May 25, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
When my friend Deb told me she was reading a book called Angelology, and that I had to read it, too, I was skeptical. I mean, it sounded like some funky new age treatise, and secretly, I was worried about what chemicals might be misfiring in her brain. Then she began to describe the plot, and even before she gave me the book, I was hooked.

Imagine a world where angels walk beside us, not as mystical guardians but as immortal (or as near to it as makes little difference) preter-natural beings with
Mar 20, 2010 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: people who like dan brown books
This book did not live up to the hype. It's Dan Brown with a slightly better editor. The book is split into three sections. The first section was ok. The author did a good job of introducing the families and the specific players. The second section set up the action and gave a history of what the characters were searching for. There were parts of this section that were interesting, specifically the trip to Bulgaria. The third section, was the most similar to a Dan Brown book. It was rushed: new ...more
Ronda  Tutt
Mar 16, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, paranormal
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Nope. Not happening. I can't even make it to page 100. I am absolutely bored senseless. Danielle Trussoni's Angelology is a mess. There's probably a story there somewhere, but I just don't have the energy to dig through all the long-winded descriptions, the flashbacks, and the (fictional) historical research. I also have zero interest in any of the characters. NONE of them. I don't care about Evangeline, Verlaine, Grigori, the mystery that needs to be solved. Nothing has me at all thinking: ...more
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Mar 20, 2010 rated it did not like it
Ok, I got to page 100 last night before I gave up. I was reading it during the commercials during Glee, with Beck's "Loser" stuck in my head thanks to the episode, and I just gave up. I can't believe the author could take so little happening and stretch it out to 100 pages of tiny print. I don't need every thought that goes through the character's mind. There is so much telling in this book, so many infodumps. The dialogue was in paragraphs. This could've been so good, too. Ugh.
Jun 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: My worst enemy
The only reason I didn't give this book one star was because the concept was intriguing and it's clear the author did her research.

But between the truly horrible writing and editorial neglect, this book was almost painful to read. The only reason I even finished it was to see if I could.

I don't even know where to begin with the myriad inconsistencies and sloppiness of this story, which could have been told in half the time if the writer had not gone to infuriating pains to describe in
Apr 16, 2010 rated it it was ok
I gave this two stars because that indicates "it was okay". I have mixed feelings about it. The writer is an "outside-the-box" thinker and has a brilliant vocabulary. She created an entire society in this book, fascinating journals and interesting ancient religious artifacts in the story. The story takes place over two days, with a side story of a past event taking up a good chunk of the book. The side story was interesting in and of itself and would have made a good book. The book depticts a ...more
Jan 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
I would definitely recommend this book. It read like non-fiction. Like the events were really happening or could happen. Isn't that the goal of any fiction author? To make the story so believable that you find yourself googling names and events? There were times when too many facts and names were thrown out. Times when I found myself skipping ahead to the action, but in the end, all those facts are what made the story so believable.
Mandi Schreiner
Feb 04, 2010 rated it liked it

Reviewed by Amanda

You may or may not have heard/read/seen the hype surrounding this book. It has already been tipped to be a best seller by the media.

Reading the back cover blurb I was really excited to get the chance to read this book before the release date. It sounded like a great read (and that was before I read the hype, by the way I believe the story has already been optioned as a movie.) This is Danielle Trussoni's debut fiction novel, she already has a much acclaimed
Mar 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
I'd actually give this 4 1/2 stars. I really enjoyed this one & it kept my interest throughout. I am surprised this got such low ratings because it was really quite good! I guess everyone has different opinions. There are a few books out there that some people gave high ratings to that I didn't care for at all. A few examples are The Gunslinger, Sharp Objects, The Pagan Stone, & The Time Traveler's Wife. In my opinion, these were terrible! Okay, back to Angelology. I have had this book ...more
May 15, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, angels
There was a lot of buzz about this. I wasn't all that thrilled about the angel aspect or the secret-history-revealed part that seemed to appeal to others, but I gave it a try. What got me to keep reading was that the protagonist works in a library, and that's where she discovers the letter that eventually brings everything into the light. What can I say? But I had to overcome a slow opening where Evangeline (the names were a little heavy-handed) looks at herself in a mirror, and goes through her ...more
Darshan Elena
Sep 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
So well written, so beautifully researched and documented, so lovely in its narrative scope, Danielle Trussoni's Angelology is a spectacular summer read. This novel is ideal for individuals interested in religious histories, art, and tradition, especially that associated with world Christian faith, and the struggle between good and evil on earth. Most masterful in this book was its historical breadth and nuance: I learned so much even as I was whisked into a world where angels reside and bring ...more
Aug 10, 2013 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: I'd like to say "no one" but apparently this was a best seller at some point so I guess whatever
Holy Christ, but this was pedantic.

If not for the fact that I've blood-oathed myself into reading every single book on my TBR, this one would so have never made the cut.

Seriously. This is crap. The writing is pretentious (and smells heavily of Thesaurus)and is extremely uninspiring. The plot is basically a jumble of cliches that have no impact and ultimately does nothing with whatever potential it had.

Oh, and also, this happened on page 362:

"The sight was so terrible that Evangeline caught her
Heather *Undercover Goth Queen*
I won this book through First Reads. I was never quite clear on where this story was going, and the ending seemed abrupt and to come out of nowhere. I liked it, but I just didn't think it fit with the rest of the book. There were really interesting passages throughout and bits of elegant writing, but I couldn't help but think of The Da Vinci Code (which I never read) and The Historian (which I hated). Fans of those books will surely love Angelology. As for me, I thought the characters were ...more
Apr 16, 2010 rated it it was ok
Adding this book to my "great concept/interesting subject matter, poor execution" list. I so wanted to like this book. Dark angels, Nephilim, secret societies fighting through the ages tied to a modern mystery.

But the writing is so heavy-handed and overly florid it's genuine work to soldier on through to the good bits. Not to mention jarring shifts in voice, POV and timelines. Constantly spelling out exactly what a character's thinking or how they're interpreting something isn't good writing.
Feb 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: library
My amazon shopping cart that is "saved for later" is pretty much my personal repository of books that I may one day read. Last Friday I trolled through the cart looking for the ideal book to scratch a wintery malaise of restlessness, laziness, and a desire to be entertained. Enter Angelology, one of the few recent thrillers to be written up in the NYT (despite its lurid cover) - and scratch my itch it did. Oh baby.

The premise of the book is fairly simple - god is real, angels are real, original
Mike (the Paladin)
A lot of people like this book. It was one several of my friends listed as good. Some of the reasons I can't really give it a good rating are going to apply to "me" and possibly not to others. those I'll go into last. They may require a spoiler tag. What they will definitely entail however is an explanation of some things a little personal. Feel free to read just the first more objective "stuff' if you like.

The book opens with us in a learning mode. It also however likes to drop dark hints about
Sara Strand
Jul 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
I'm going to get my geek on for you. I totally love books that have a weird, supernatural/paranormal theme. Which is why I love Twilight, Harry Potter, True Blood, etc. Now, while part of me thinks this kind of stuff can't possibly be true, the other part of me thinks it's awesome and kind of hopes it is.

Because I'm a dork and you love me anyways.

But this book was RIVETING. Seriously. I actually read Cassandra Clare's series The Mortal Instruments, which is a young adult series, so I had
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Danielle Trussoni is a New York Times and Internationally bestselling novelist, with books translated into over thirty languages.

Trussoni wrote the supernatural adventure novels ANGELOLOGY (2010) and ANGELOPOLIS (2013), which have been described as "Breathtakingly Imaginative" by People Magazine and a "stellar...thrill ride" by
USA Today.

Her forthcoming novel, THE ANCESTOR explores the legacy of

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