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Revelations: Song of the Silvertongue 1 Paperback – December 26, 2012
"Warlight" by Michael Ondaatje
A dramatic coming-of-age story set in the decade after World War II, "Warlight" is the mesmerizing new novel from the best-selling author of "The English Patient." Pre-order today
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Cool Angels: I'm as much of an angel hater as the next person. Come on, they're boring! They fly around a lot and are angsty because they can't be human. I don't like angel books! Genevieve does a great job of making angels interesting. Really interesting. She gives them a logical back-story, rules, and justification for their actions.
Crappy small town: Genevieve creates an atmospheric, suffocating backdrop for her story. She doesn't just tell you it's a crappy small town, it becomes an actual character. I dunno about you, but I'm almost sick of the adorable little towns that seem to be populating novels these days. I DON'T NEED CUTESIE TOWN RESIDENTS THANK YOU (I blame Gilmore Girls - though I love Gilmore Girls)!
Killer Action Scenes: Genevieve writes some of the best action scenes I've read in Young Adult/New Adult lit. They aren't overly long and they're really descriptive. Also, there's lots of fire. I love fire.
The maybe not so good:
Ramp Up: The middle of Genevieve's novel is awesomeness. It was well written, engrossing, and I couldn't put it down. However, the first chapter of the novel felt a bit weak. I feel like this is one of the most important parts of a novel, as well as the hardest to write (you know, because I have so much experience). The moral of this is to keep reading past the first few chapters. It's so worth it!
Love-triangle (ish): I can't go into too much detail without giving away too much info, but there's a love triangle, and it's annoying; important and necessary, but annoying. There were some points when I wanted to slam three heads together.
Final Thoughts: other than the violence it apparently brings out in me, I really liked this book. It was a quick read, has some great characters and a focused and unique plot. I haven't read a lot of biblical end-of-times books (y'know, other than the Left Behind series WAY back in the day...and I just dated myself), but this one has great energy and it left me ready to pick up the follow-up Genesis right away.
But this author's other book was a really fun read, so I gave this one a try. Sure enough, it's sharply told, has a great pace and story structure, and has some fun twists and turns to keep you guessing. The book has a neat take on the mythos that rides the line between staying true to traditional beliefs and reinventing them.
The prose is super subjective and puts you in the head of the main character. It captures her feelings and thoughts really well, and does a great job of bringing the reader closer to her story.
The characters are cool plays on familiar small-town types. The kid who's stuck in town and wants to get out, the jock, the weird religious kid with the big family. But they are all developed and unique, and the result is a different view of everyday life in small-town America.
There's plenty of action, and the romantic storylines will keep you turning pages (not to mention the plot twists and well-placed reveals). Strongly recommended for anyone who likes contemporary fantasy or Y/A fantasy.