The Book of Angels: Twin Flames Rising Kindle Edition
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Nevertheless, beyond Nathalie, I found that some of her characters seemed too flat, such that it detracted from the realism of the novel. There is clear dichotomy between who we as readers should be perceiving as “good” and who we should consider “evil”, and this tends to be established at our first impression of any given character (except perhaps for Carson). Frankly, it seemed at times that characters like Tameka, for example, were simply a plot device designed to evoke sympathy. As for Tariq, his relationship with Nathalie seems to serve as a sort of panacea to the majority of the problems in the book, which overall just seems a bit too simplified. I imagine though that this issue maybe resolved in the next book…
Finally, regarding the whole motif of the Twin Flames: while I found it interesting, the timing just seemed all off, considering that it appeared in the title and was thus established to be some sort of central theme/metaphor underlying the whole book. Yet no mention of the Twin Flames comes until close to the end of the book, at which point the reader needs no tarot card reader to tell them that Nathalie and Tariq have an important spiritual connection.
The idea of spiritual ascendance in this story is overall rather downplayed and at times even presented as wicked, as in when Malika and the other nuns pray for Nathalie to stay with Carson. As such, I simply found its reappearance towards the end of the novel a little sudden, but once again perhaps (and hopefully, as I do see a lot of potential for contrast between the somewhat old-world Christian values of Malika and the esoteric, new-world idea of Twin Flames and spirituality) such motifs will make further appearances in Maya El’s later novels.
Despite my critique, I would still recommend this novel simply because it’s a short read, covers a lot of important subject matter, and is designed to make you think and ponder regardless of whether you consider the writing top-notch or not. Overall, a job well done.
At the time this story begins, Chicago is a city in lockdown. Backed by a president intent on making America safe, its police force make their own rules, and have unofficial carte blanche to terrorize and control its people of color.
At the largest black Baptist church in Chicago, the camera loving, outspoken, successful pastor Carson Parker, is a shining light for his flock, helping the community, providing hope and strength, a force to be reckoned with.
Living in a beautiful house, his wife Natalie is safe and secure, she’s in a perfect marriage as far as the outside world is concerned. However Natalie’s husband is a very different man than the caring, charismatic pastor, he is controlling, violent, and terrifying! Natalie knows she must do something, but how, and who is the sexy mysterious man who haunts her dreams?
As this clever police thriller morphs into a mystery, romance, murder, and then a horror story, this talented author takes the reader on the rollercoaster ride which is Natalie’s life.
This book has an absolutely riveting storyline, and yet it is so much more. The character of Natalie shows such strength in the face of adversity that she is empowering, and her journey of self-discovery shows us that there are forces out there which we do not understand, and yet they are there, and their powers can shape our destiny…
I downloaded this book using my Kindle Unlimited subscription, and highly recommend it.
One thing I found is that the author does a really good job of setting the scene, more so the relationships between the main players in the story. There are elements of domestic abuse at the onset of the story, which normally is over the top or inaccurate in trying to communicate the hardships of a situation. However, I found that El does a strong job of portraying this information, sometimes the casual links that may go unnoticed, such as creating elements of isolation for the wife, that to many readers may go over looked. Yet, it’s there, portrayed in some of the manners that are quite real to life.
It’s also a romance story in hardship, highlighting elements in a community that is faced with strife. Mainly violence that targets black youth, it identifies a real situation, but is not preachy about it. It more so speaks to the experience from a matter of fact situation, one that a lot of individuals can identify with based on experiences and past backgrounds. If anything, some of the frustrations, such as police control and helplessness coupled with lack of income, are real. That’s perhaps a caveat to the fantasy world, a fair bit of real is interjected throughout it, but it makes a stronger story for that aspect.
I’d give it a try, it’s not a bad book and worth a look over.