25 Nov 2017

Review: Angels' Whispers


★☆☆☆☆

'' ''There's a fine line between genius and madness'' '' 

And not so fine line between fiction and textbooks. More of that later...

From the back cover:
Alex Meyers, a dynamic, global entrepreneur, has an advantage that no other human has ever had: he is protected by Aranes, the Superior of the Angels. While he is skiing, he dies in an avalanche, but his all-powerful protector breaks one of the ethereal world’s most important Rules and brings him back to life. Alex falls head over heels in love with the beautiful Angel, who appears to him in human form. But she disappears just as suddenly as she had appeared.
While he searches for Aranes, Alex discovers her true identity and that he actually might be the high-ranking Celestial Abaddon, who is mentioned in the Revelations prophecy as the one who will defeat Lucifer.
The man who fate has thrust among the world’s superpowers is now living a nightmare. He wants to evade Lucifer’s pursuit, find out who he truly is and once again see the only being he has ever loved. And the only way to do it is to make the ultimate sacrifice.
I always try not to be mean, when writing my reviews, but sometimes the book just riles up such an annoyment. Like this one little thing called textbooking. Sometimes the story flew forward, so well written and fluid. Then you hit the wall, hard, by a page-long philosophical theory about how different people have thought in the past. Though a part of it is actually vital to be there for the storyline, most of it though felt like a copy-paste from a textbook. And to be honest, I caught myself reading only every fifth word in those parts. Yes, I get it, they portray perfectly Alex's train of thought, but a full page of internal monologue? Nope, no thanks.

Well, since we're on a roll, let's get all the negativity out right away. Since the author has tried to include a bit romance in the story, which, I think, is a bit vital since love is what seems to drive Alex forward a big part of the book. But I don't know if I missed a piece of the puzzle or what happened, but there, right in the middle of happenings, there was a love scene. You think now, that ''Yeah, so?''. Well, drumrolls, please! With characters, you meet for the first time (I'm quite sure). Talk about first impressions. And then the story follows one of them a bit further and then she also vanishes from the book. Like, I don't get it.

Let's move on to more neutral matters. Angels' Whispers contains a lot of descriptive text. There is very little monologue since most of the time, the story is told how the certain character thinks of the situation. And almost all of the characters are someway supernatural or just highly intelligent so they perceptive. You get to hear all about what each scenery or room contains, down to the floorboards and the ties people are wearing. At times, I felt that the descriptions went a bit overboard. But mostly they actually suited the writing style.

As what comes to the characters, as I said earlier, they are either from Above or just highly intelligent. I read the back cover the last time weeks ago, so I didn't remember certain things, which then came to me as surprises. The back cover reveals things, that didn't actually come up so clearly in the story. Although the characters all mostly live inside their heads, they show a great deal of emotion outside, even if they didn't want to.

The ending left me cold, the sole reason is that no question or problem that was presented in the story got answered. Maybe they are in the next installation, but the first book doesn't encourage to pick it up.

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