Book Review: Angelology by Danielle Trussoni

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Angelology is the first book in the Angelology series by Danielle Trussoni.

Summary:

Evangeline has spent the majority of her life behind the walls of a convent, living a life of contemplation and prayer.  Her mother died in Paris when she was small, and only a few years later, she was given into the care of the sisters at St Rose Convent in New York by her father.  When she is old enough, she decides to become a nun at the same convent.  But, a chance meeting with a visiting historian has lasting consequences and turns her life completely upside down.

Secrets abound, and Evangeline and her family are caught up in them.  And as the truth unravels, Evangeline finally uncovers who her parents were and what they did…

Favourite Quote:

It’s funny how the past is so often judged sacred while the modern world is held in suspicion.

Review:

So, this is going to be a mixed review.  Let’s look at what I didn’t like to begin with.

First off, I feel like I should have liked this book more than I did.  I love paranormal fiction especially if it is blended with a nice dose of mystery and history too.  However, I think I’ve realised that I do not like my paranormal fiction to have a literary bend; to me, it makes the story too…heavy.  And I’m guessing it is that which is responsible for my feelings towards this book.  It was a heavy read, and that made it a slow read.

The other big problem I had with this story was the ending.  So, I had made it through the heavy, slow-paced 640+ pages, the driving force behind which was to finish the book and reach a satisfactory conclusion, only to be given the foundation of the next book in the series instead.  I had no idea this book was part of a series, so you can imagine that this was a major stumbling block to my enjoyment of it (which I freely recognise is more my own fault than that of the author’s).

And so to the good points of the book.  The characters.  They were great.  It was easy to like the good characters (Evangeline and Verlaine) and dislike the bad ones (Percival Grigori).  Also, if you like rich, fluid detail in your prose, you will love this book.  It is packed full of vivid descriptions, of settings, of people, of their thoughts and feelings.  The story was fresh and on the whole, engaging, which kept me reading until the end.  The mythology and lore that is wrapped up in the narrative is interesting and helped to create a fascinating premise, I only wished I enjoyed reading it more.

The next book in the series is Angelopolis.

Rating:

two-stars

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12 thoughts on “Book Review: Angelology by Danielle Trussoni

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  2. Also, isn’t it a little awkward to use the same title for the first book that you use for the whole series? Now she (and any reader) has to keep clarifying which one she means all the time. Seems like a mistake to me.

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    • I know what you mean. I have come across this a few times recently. It’s almost as if the series hasn’t been given a name. When I was reviewing Shiver by Maggie Stiefvatar, there was a page in the back that said the book was part of the Shiver, Linger and Forever trilogy (which were the titles of the three books in the series). I thought hmm…ok…but then when I was adding it my Goodreads, I noticed there the series was called The Wolves of Mercy Falls. That was a little confusing…

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      • Oops — definitely sounds like something got changed midstream on that one. The more I look into this trilogy business (and especially after beta reading a book 4 of 5) I’m convinced that you really have to at least mostly write the entire thing before even publishing the first one. Otherwise you get to book 2 or book 3 (or beyond) and realize you’ve painted yourself into a corner and the later books suffer for it. Plus my writer friends feel super pressured to push those 2nd and 3rd books out super fast once the 1st one is out; very stressful. Then at the writers conference I went to last weekend, an editor gave the exact opposite advice: to wait to see how book 1 does before even starting book 2, because if book 1 tanks then you’ll have wasted any time you spent on book 2. But then, the rest of what she said was pretty odd too, so….

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      • I agree. I think you have to know when your writing book 1 whether it will be part of a series or a standalone – then you have to stick to it. I also agree if it is a series you have to have a pretty good idea where the story is going in book 2, book 3 etc if you haven’t already drafted it, otherwise the books will be too disjointed. The best series I have read have seamlessly flowed between instalments.

        I can almost understand where that editor is coming from, but you might as well be optimistic and at least pen book 2, just in case an agent / publisher gets in touch. It’s better to be prepared, surely?

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      • I would probably lean in the completely opposite direction, and write all three books before publishing the first one. I mean, sure, you could have a “good idea” what you’re going to do with books 2 and 3, but I think about it like it’s one big story broken into three parts. And I can’t imagine getting to end of my three-part story and *not* realizing that I need to change something in the beginning third in order to make the middle and end work better.

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  3. Well, I would say that literary is supposed to be more pleasant to read, if not necessarily as easy and fast — more beautiful, more thought-provoking, more stimulating. So if what you were getting was that it was just longer and harder to slog through, sounds like a failure to do either literary or story telling. And even if this is book one of three, there should still be a resolution to the current book’s question/plot, even if the overarching issues are still continuing and there are questions remaining. Like, you solved this problem, but that just brings up the next one, that’s even more daunting. Even if you’d known this was part of a series, I can see why you’d be peeved to just be left hanging like that.

    I’m actually a little relieved to see you give a non-stellar review once in a while. If I tried to read all the books you reviewed and loved… well, let’s just say I’m trying to be as selective as possible and even so, I’m pretty far behind on that already!

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    • Maybe it’s just me and I don’t like literary fiction. lol

      I’m usually quite good at picking books I’ll know I’ll enjoy reading – hence the lack of negative reviews. But whatever way I tried to dress up my thoughts on this book (I don’t want to be negative, and I don’t enjoy writing negative things about books, after all, we know how much time, effort, blood, sweat and tears has gone into writing it), but I would have been lying if I had said I was interested in reading and actively seeking the second book in the series.

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