Few Are Angels (Paperback)
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- Published: 28 May 2012
- Format: Paperback 298 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780615650432 ISBN 10: 0615650430
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Following Ella's parents' tragic death, she moves in with family friends. There, she meets a mysterious stranger who tells her that he can explain who she really is. Danger surrounds her past and she is determined to do something even more dangerous: remember.
After the first chapter, I wondered what I had gotten myself into. I broke from reading and looked up this book's ratings on Amazon. They were stellar. I thought people were nuts. The first chapter was horrible. There were so many descriptions that they contradicted themselves. Things were supposedly happening in the twinkling of an eye, yet the descriptions made the scene feel as though it was all in slow motion. Icky, ick, ick!
I had said I would review this book, so I continued. And then...suddenly, it was Chapter 8. How did that happen? Something just clicked and it really took off. The rest of the story was brilliant. I flew through the rest of the book in a breeze.
It was Twilight-esque. There are similarities to the Twilight saga. Bella. Ella. Moving to a new home in the woods. The pull between the mysterious stranger and the childhood friend. That is about it (well, that I can say without being too spoilerish for you). Ella is not Bella. Bella was never confused about Jake the way Ella is about Alex. Bella went to high school. Ella went to a mental hospital. Why? Hey, I'm not into ruining books. So, you'll just have to take my word for it. Things are similar but they arealso different here. As a Twilight fan, it was wonderful.
The writing was annoying. I was annoyed by the use of negatives and double negatives. And details, how I love details! The inconsistencies in the details here made me want to scream. In Cedar, tell me, are there four or five deputies? Which is it?
I said Chapter 1 was awful but the rest was much, much better. I admit it was difficult to gather my bearings in the first few chapters. The narrator skipped around and things were confusing. It was all a part of the weaving of the mystery - which was excellent. I wanted - no, I needed - to know what was happening. I am still unsure whether I liked this sort of confusion or not. For sure, from a plot formation aspect the method of changing points of view is an excellent tool. However, story-telling demands a certain level of informing which I felt was not delivered at times.
Let me be clear: it is perfectly acceptable not to tell readers information. It is not acceptable to tell a story without giving some sort of foundation. Dan Brown did this well. He told readers things like "somewhere in another part of the world, a dark figure..." The "somewhere in another part of the world" grounds us readers. It is this grounding that was missing in many parts. This is why I hesitate in saying this piece-meal fashion was a good aspect to the story. However, once things became clear and I had a basic idea (or theory) of what was going on, look out! I wanted to know who was doing what, when, and where. It was absolutely wonderful.
The biggest issue I have with this book is this: How is it possible that the climax of the entire story is told in the Epilogue? Really? Folks, there is no conclusion to the story in this book whatsoever. What kind of ending is that? I get the wanting to make money and capitalize on a series but sheesh! Readers, you have been forewarned. There is no conclusion to this book contained within this book. However, have no fear, there is a sequel. It's called Awakened. I am off to read it now though I am posting both reviews simultaneously here.
Given the technical issues I mentioned above, I would still rate this story as one of the best I've read as of late. I could not put it down and was upset whenever I was interrupted. I would highly recommend reading this - and to a general audience, especially given the level of violence, sexual romance, and other aspects to this book. If you do pick up this one, make sure you pick up a copy of Awakened too. Believe me, by the end you will be so happy you did. I know I am!
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