I'm sorry that I bought it - Boring, depressing rather than fun.
So many well written books die in obscurity. It's a pity to see something like this sell so well. I thought that a bestseller had to be a good read, as well as have a great premise. But apparently, premise is enough...
I had a hard time pushing this book. The violence is depressing, and there's no feeling of triumph, despite some victories.
The author tells rather than shows. Repeatedly, characters that we barely know tell us that the protagonist "will be a great angelologist". But, she acts like a good little girl, a clerk and a nun. No action or memory showed that she was special.
The characters triumphed over their challenges too easily. Two scary thugs are taken out by a lucky shot from a moving car by someone who had never held a gun before. Suspense building, then nothing, flat. Oh, that was easy.
This book was painfully detailed. It took forever to wade through all of the details while reading even a single paragraph. In concept, I think the book is totally unique, and I have often wondered about the mysterious nephilim from a scant few Bible passages. I was quite disappointed in the ending, also.
Lushly written, this detailed and fascinating novel utterly absorbed me, and was certainly unlike anything that I have ever read before! I really enjoyed it, though I can see how the writing style may not be well-suited to every reader. Some of the sentences were overly florid, though I do feel that style reflected the lavish world Trussoni created. The characters, though well-constructed and sympathetic, spoke in the same style as the prose, detracting credibility. I would imagine that this would be a hard audiobook to become enraptured in. There were a few minor editing errors, but my biggest complaint was the redundancy. I suppose if you didn't read this book in less than twenty-four hours the constant reminders, re-caps and refreshers would be helpful, but to this reader they were deeply annoying and only served to lengthen and unnecessarily draw the action out even further. Most of the story's threads were neatly tied, but I do hope that Trussoni writes a sequel - the detailed world she created could certainly be explored further, and there were definitely some lingering questions that still hung in the air after the last page was turned.
I expected to have problems with the religiousness of this book but can honestly say I loved it. It does get overly religious at times but I just let it go in one ear and out the other. The good guys (Evangeline, Celestine, Gabriella and Verlaine) and even the bad (Grigori) were spectacular characters. Though the story is a fantasy, these people made it seem very real and even possible. The action was intense and the scenes with the nephilim very violent. There were times where the book dragged with too much information, granted most of it is relevant to the story but it was overwhelming. It seemed to me that the seemingly peaceful nuns at St. Rose convent morphed into ninja nuns way too quickly. If they were in disguise, it was a well kept secret.
I loved the mystery of where the Lyre was hidden but I felt the unraveling of clues was rushed and far-fetched (everything was found immediately with minimal information and searching). I must admit that I didn't see the ending coming and was rather surprised. It was definitely set up for a sequel.
Angels are out there---and they're not nice!!! Intelligent, well-written genre novel. Not at all my usual type of book, but I really enjoyed it and will definitely read the sequel when it comes out.