My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I would give this book 3.5 stars if there was a such thing. There were parts of this book that I really loved, like the descriptions of the passion and love between Reed and Evie and the horrifying way the author captured terror in words. There were also things that really stuck out to me. For one there was Russell’s accent. It really did get to me. I much rather would have read normal language with descriptions of a southern twang. The author has a knack for description, and describing his manner of speech would have been something I enjoyed much better. Language was another thing that stuck out to me, particularly the slang. The dialogue felt like it was trying too hard to be cool, and ended up being incorrect for this generation. My husband very nicely pointed out to me that the author is from another part of the country than we are, so maybe this has something to do with it? Either way, I haven’t heard the word copacetic in this decade. I haven’t heard phat since I was in 6th grade, and I’ve never heard anyone refer to something as “this is so gonna pop”. Also everyone in this novel seemed to be a tool at one point or another. I use the word tool, and I like using it, but I don’t always go on “tool” auto-pilot. Some people aren’t tools, they are just plain stupid, annoying, dumber than bricks, etc.
There was the other fact that the book was along very similar lines to Fallen, but I do prefer this book to that series. Daniel was nasty to Luce because he loved her, Reed was nasty to Evie because he loved her. This could just be a similarity because they are both angel based story lines though, as the similarities seemed to end there. The love triangle though, was eerily similar to Twilight. Russell would be Jacob, Reed-Edward and of course Evie-Bella. Russell, just like Jacob, began to really irritate me (Sorry Team Jacob/Russell). Reed, hovered over Evie while she slept, just like Edward hovered over Bella. He even professes his “I could kill you if I took this kiss too far” in a very similar fashion to Edward. I know a lot of people love this triangle of love thing, where the main character is torn between two boys, but I end up thinking–just make a decision and stick to it and GET rid of the third piece of the triangle PLEASE because his angst is really annoying me! Overall the book had an interesting story line and was well-written. I will read the next book in the series to see what happens.