“Ok! No choice! Have to read!”see full review » see other reviews »
Didn’t Like It
“I felt I could have done away with nearly all of the first 200 pages. I didn't feel any of the mystery or excitement of the first book. The important parts of this book could have been added to the last one or the next. Disappointing.”see full review » see other reviews »
“Well, I really enjoyed this book until the ending, which was a disappointment.
I don't know whether there is a third book planned by the author for this series, the ending potentially could have been a set-up for that, but I think this story should have ended with this book, and it felt like a cheat the way the author concluded this to me.
That said, however, most of the story was well-written, exciting stuff, combining religious history, Russian history, and many famous historical figures into the epic battle between angels and humans.
The author did a great job melding medical stuff with biblical stuff, and creating a group of unique and fascinating characters with a rip-roaring action-thriller of a story, that takes the reader all over the world as the two sides battle for supremacy.
The reader can never *quite* make up their mind which side is good and which evil, so you don't know from chapter to chapter whom you want to root for to come out on top, and for me, that is a good read.
But, as I said, the ending was a great disappointment after the lead-up the rest of the story created to the ending. If there's a third book coming, I guess that explains how this one ended, but I wanted a proper ending, and what I got felt like a rip off. I won't read any others in this series, because the story should have ended here, and even though I don't feel I got a real resolution to the story, I'm done with this one.”
“Didn't love it but found it enjoyable, the action kept me reading but missed knowing about Evangeline's life in those missing 10 years”ann K wrote this review Monday, July 8, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I felt I could have done away with nearly all of the first 200 pages. I didn't feel any of the mystery or excitement of the first book. The important parts of this book could have been added to the last one or the next. Disappointing.”Carolyn B wrote this review Monday, July 8, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Trussoni has again competently woven a fantasy that has fascinating connections to real events in history. This time she has connected Russia's imperial past to the angelological world. Her special kind of brew is always engrossing. But her avoidance of expounding Verlaine and Evangeline's storyline in the sequel is very disappointing. Evangeline is always talked about in the book but she is only an active participant in a tenth of the story. She left Angelology with Evangeline becoming an angel. Of course you would want to follow her and read about how she deals with this change, the immense effect that it would have on her whole being. But the sequel begins a decade after and immediately goes into action mode. There's a lot of plot (and insights into the angels, the great flood) but the emotional story has been overlooked. The "egg birth" has also been dropped from nowhere but I can forgive it for Lucien whom I find to be a very interesting character. I also find Verlaine's reaction to Evangeline's choice or non-choice in the end too black-and-white, immature and simplistic. Knowing what she has been through and what she is still grappling with, he expects her to choose to be human so easily? Just because she does not choose to be with him, he reacts like a rejected teen and proclaims such a definitive statement that the next time he sees her, he will kill her? Maybe the author intended for this kind of plotting. Maybe the emotional component I'm looking for (especially when it comes to Verlaine and Evangeline) will all be in book 3 but I do not know how this could be achieved when the world is already in chaos by the end of book 2. I will have to reserve judgment till then. ”Ursula wrote this review Wednesday, June 12, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A better read than the first one, the author did not repeat herself too much. Can't wait to the third (and final) book to just get this trilogy over with.”KerryLC wrote this review Friday, May 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Not as good as Angelology. Did not have as many historical references as the first book. Still, a pretty good read ”lovetoread wrote this review Friday, May 17, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Ok! No choice! Have to read!”Caroline Hayes wrote this review Tuesday, June 11, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“ This book was sent to me via NetGalley and after talking to Jane at Penquin about this I've also got other things to include in the post.
In the beginning we see Evangeline who is on her way to France to see a great uncle.The last time she was seen was about three years ago. With the Watchers caught, and Angelogists trying to stop dark Angels from getting the upper hand. Also Verlaine is looking for Evangeline. This book was full of action and adventure I really enjoyed the journey the author takes you on.
This book would be great for people who love history, different countries including Russia, Paris. Also great for Angel lovers out there! Can't wait for the third book!
I also got a party kit you can get here: Party Kit and Angelologist Georche which are great little things you can do with book clubs. I looked through these and they look like a ton of fun and something everyone can enjoy!”
“Have a hard time putting it down! Wonderful writer and fascinating story. Can't wait for the third and final book of the trilogy!”D. Marshall wrote this review Saturday, May 11, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No