(Ascendant, Kimberly Grey)
Every feel like alternate universe theory is not only plausible but very real, and crossing over with reality? I don’t usually, but the more I think about this book the more it sincerely feels like something I wrote in another timeline. That’s a compliment and a good sign for me: I’m basically trying to say this book contains a whole bunch of elements you never see in mainstream fiction (it’s indie), and also is all about angels (we all know I love those suckers.)
Was it a good book? We run into a few troubles there. Not helping my assessment is the fact I spent the last X amount of time extremely depressed, triggering about midway through my read, so my memories are not as concise as I like them to be.
This book succeeds in being a story. The worldbuilding is both great (angels!) and not so (where and when are we? Is this Earth?). The characters are strong (our leads) with a found family theme and no romance, but the cast is also too large at times, involving many names and people we either meet once or never directly see. The writing is strong throughout though, but the rather simple plot has spots of muddle. It’s this sort of a stew of a book.
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Honestly, the experience of reading this book was so hair-pulling I needed to make something about it fun, and that’s how we ended up with this title. Halo is an angel para-ro book from 2010 that I’ve been avoiding for probably 10 years by now. It sounded boring, like it didn’t have a plot beyond a bland romance. And then I read it and it was boring, like it didn’t have a plot beyond a bland romance. There’s still some things worth discussing though- like the extremely conservative viewpoints being preached on every page (yes, it’s a Real Christian book), the sheer codependent controlling behavior of the boyfriend, and how bad Beth is at being an angel.
This is a book where the evil love interest takes over 200 pages to show up, acts not at all as a friend or temptation, plans to rape the main character, and then is sent to Hell. It’s a 500 page long book where that is the only conflict. It’s a very anti-goth story (I’m offended) with a character who goes through the same pages long internal crises every chapter. I hate this book.
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I thrift-shop trawl at least once a week, usually on my way to work in the morning, and to my surprise I found two new angel books two days in a row- Angel and Halo (next to read). After pretending I didn’t have literally 15+ physical books in my to-read pile, I bought them and promptly joked with my friends. I have two new bad angel books to read, I said. Ha, won’t these chunky monstrosities hurt me? What sort of fun, silly reviews can I concoct? You know, the normal things.
Problem: I loved this book. Quite early on I realized this book is not what it looks like- or, uh, feels like? What at base glance seems like every other YA para-ro where the girl has secret powers and the guy is so gorgeous is actually one of the best angel books I’ve ever read. This book inspired me. I thought about this book. I think I can’t wait to pick up the rest of the trilogy. I’m serious- the bar might be low, but Angel inexplicably sores.
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When I accidentally began my paranormal romance binge focused on angel books focused on about 2010 era, I did not know how much pain I would be walking into. There were laughs in Sweet Evil, stupidly bad as that was. There were highs in Fallen, which had a couple good ideas. And then there’s Hush, Hush, a series so mindbogglingly bad it does nothing but frustrate and taunt me. There’s barely even humor to be found in the poor writing and horrendous world-building, plot, and characters. It’s just a slop you have to wade through for over 400 pages.
This book features pointless breakups, never seen new antagonists, more confusing angel lore, the world’s longest series of semi-breakups and reunions over the course of non stop, short lived teen parties, even worse girl-hate, slut shaming, and so much more.
Continue reading “Crescendo built to nothing but my own hatred of this series”