I really wanted to like this book. Really, I did. So much so, that I kept pushing myself to keep reading even when I was bored to tears, having already pieced together most of the plot and guessed the ending several chapters in. But with the exception of the last 10% of the book (and that might be being generous), I just didn’t feel any connection to this story. In fact, I was so dissatisfied, that I do not plan to read the second book in the series, which is highly unusual for me, in terms of my reading habits.
This is an abnormally harsh review, and for that part of me wants to apologize, even though the whole point of writing reviews is to provide other book-lovers with unbiased, and honest opinions, to help them make their own decisions regarding which books to spend their time on. That being said, I would not recommend this book, for the following reasons:
- The storyline is not original, hence my ability to piece the whole thing together almost immediately. Reading a book that holds no surprises is not fun.
- For the most part, the characters are one dimensional, and just not likable. The sole exception to this is the demon Caelum, who starts to show some duality in his nature towards the end of the book, but for me, it was too little, too late.
- The word choice is awkward through most of the book. I felt like I was reading a paper written by one of my students at many points. This may be due to trying to make Ariel sound old fashioned and stiff, but it was taken too far in my opinion, making the book difficult to read.
- The action scenes were repetitive. They were well-written, but seemed to have the same substance over and over again. Which is too bad, because they could have been the book’s saving grace.
- The romance, or lack thereof, was also a huge let down. Again, the tension between Caelum and Ariel could have been the book’s saving grace, but this realization was left until too late, and not fleshed out enough to be satisfying.