09 March 2010

ARC Review: Danielle Trussoni - Angelology


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Hardcover: 464 pages
Publisher: Viking Adult (March 9, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0670021474
ISBN-13: 978-0670021475

Genre: Paranormal Litarary Thriller
Characters: Evangeline, Verlaine, Gabriella Lévi-Franche Valko, Celestine  Clochette.
Book Origin: A copy was offered to me by Viking/Penguin

Cover Summary:
A thrilling epic about an ancient clash reignited in our time- between a hidden society and heaven's darkest creatures
There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bore children to them.

Genesis 6:5

Sister Evangeline was just a girl when her father entrusted her to the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in upstate New York. Now, at twenty-three, her discovery of a 1943 letter from the famous philanthropist Abigail Rockefeller to the late mother superior of Saint Rose Convent plunges Evangeline into a secret history that stretches back a thousand years: an ancient conflict between the Society of Angelologists and the monstrously beautiful descendants of angels and humans, the Nephilim.

For the secrets these letters guard are desperately coveted by the once-powerful Nephilim, who aim to perpetuate war, subvert the good in humanity, and dominate mankind. Generations of angelologists have devoted their lives to stopping them, and their shared mission, which Evangeline has long been destined to join, reaches from her bucolic abbey on the Hudson to the apex of insular wealth in New York, to the Montparnasse cemetery in Paris and the mountains of Bulgaria.

My Review: What would you do if you found out Angel hybrids exist here on Earth and that they’re not anywhere near the cherubs humanity pictures Angelic creatures to be?

Evangeline’s days exist out of prayers, mass, devotion and preserving the books in the library of the Convent St. Rose. Then one day she finds a request in the daily mail, if the sender of the missive could visit the libraries archive to research a connection between Mother Innocenta and Mrs. Abigail Aldrich Rockefeller. She denies access but the two names fuel her own inquisitive mind and in her eagerness to uncover she finds much more than she bargained for.

Evangeline’s day-to-day life is turned upside down. Not only her past but her very family is intricately woven with the secrets of the convent and a sister present there.

I have absolutely fallen for the storytelling of Danielle Trussoni! ANGELOLOGY is intricately set up, it blends rich Biblical Lore, history and myths in to a story that demanded my unwavering attention. It isn’t a story that I could easily let go off, from the very first chapters I was absorbed by the secrets that taunted me as a reader to find out the how, why and where of it all. And with it I mean the connection between Abigail Rockefeller and Mother Innocenta at first, and from there it spiraled in to unfolding all the info that lead to that connection between these two strong characters; namely, the protection of the Lyre.

Evangeline is the center of ANGELOLOGY, everything revolves around her even though I didn’t find out until the very end to what extent. Evangeline is a character that I could instantly connect with, she is sharp-minded, young, devoted to what she does though a rebellious streak is also present. With the beginning I got drawn in to her day-to-day life but quickly the request of Verlaine teases her inquisitive mind. The story contains various strong female characters, not only Evangeline, but also her grandmother Gabriella Lévi-France Valko, Sister Celestine Clochette and Dr. Seraphina Valko, they all do not shy away from what needs to be done, they have passion for their convictions and make sacrifices for the greater good.

They are Angelologists, they fight the Nephilim – hybrids of Angels and the first Daughters of Men – and try to protect humanity against their powers. Their battle with their nemesis’ are both physical as focusing on obtaining Angelic artifacts of power. ANGELOLOGY is the story of obtaining and protecting such an artifact, it lead me from New York, to France in WOII and the mountains of Bulgaria back to New York. The story is divided in several Sphere chapters, with the first one I was quickly allowed to submerge in to the story but it is the second Sphere chapter that I struggled with. Not so much with the storytelling as that I got vast amounts of information, the back-story of how the Nephilim got to be, how they integrated so well with humanity and how they received gifts from their Angelic ancestors that advanced their race incredibly from the humans. Along there are myths such as Orpheus that also held significance and the hunt for the Lyre by the Angelologists was the focus of their group at that time. Celestine and Gabrielle in WOII were young, eager, smart and upcoming Angelologists and via their research, conversations with their mentors like Dr. Seraphina Valko I got to find out all I wanted to know about their group and the Nephilim they were battling. It felt like I got a course in Angelology 101 and while it captivated me it also demanded a constant focus. I had to considerably slow down my reading to absorb all the info given which made this part very intensive to read.

What it did provide was the fact that Danielle Trussoni really was able to delve in to her Angel Lore and she hit it home for me with her Nephilim, they are of ethereal beauty, of innate grace and sensuality yet possess a cruelty and hunger for power that turns them in the very evil of the world. The author also brings a love story to the plot that has substantial consequences, it is very subtle yet if you read carefully one of the discoveries Evangeline makes in the end wasn’t very surprising for me. After the second Sphere the story resumes a wonderful pace of revelations, in which Evangeline received help from Verlaine, nail biting moments as the leading group of characters/Angelologists chase clues around New York to discover and protect the Lyre. Every story thread interconnected in the end and amplified the absolute need to keep on reading.

Evangeline and Verlaine have chemistry, they’re both focused on solving the mysteries and secrets while the Nephilim up the ante and become a more visible threat. One Nephilim family gives face to their race and the creepy shills were joined by awe for their beauty and wings. Sometimes it felt that looking at them was like being a moth drawn to a flame. You knew you were going to get hurt yet you couldn’t look away from them. In most times, a fatal mistake to make. I was going through the suspense motions of the plot when I was suddenly confronted with a love angel between Evangeline and Verlaine. I liked the chemistry between them but I feel this romance needs further exploration and development for it to become convincing enough for me.

Sometimes a meaty book comes along that demands all of the reader, for me ANGELOLOGY was such a story. It demanded my attention, my curiosity, my emotions and every spare minute I could read. Perhaps individual the theme’s and topics are not original but this author concocted it in to an original story full of edge-of-your-seat scenario’s, characters who have a passion that demand their all and a fine line between good versus evil that founds a plot of puzzle pieces that fit in the very end.

ANGELOLOGY encompasses a story that needs to be experienced firsthand to get the full flavored effect of the atmospheric writing style, the compelling characters and the layered story is a treat to unravel. While not perfect Danielle Trussoni delivered a novel that will speak to a large group of readers and with a few open ended story threads the sequel already holds great potential! I can’t wait to join Evangeline in another grand adventure.

4 stars

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16 comments:

  1. Very nice review L (as always) I'm not sure if this is for me or not but maybe worth a try.

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  2. "It demanded my attention, my curiosity, my emotions and every spare minute I could read."

    Wow. I keep seeing this book around, but what you said here grabs me. I love when a book does this. I recently had this with a book, and it was like I was swimming in the goodness of it all the time. Hmm!

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  3. Nice review Leontine *whistles* - I'm in a mood to read about dudes with wings.

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  4. LOL - I had the same quote highlighted as Carolyn to put in my comment. I love how you phrase it. Nice review.

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  5. Wow your review just convinced me that I should give it a try, love your review!

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  6. Always such nice review over here :=)
    The book does sound good

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  7. hey honey, i wanted to drop to see what you been doing!!! i have seen this book around blog land and to see you reviewing it... i guess i need to take a little notice of it, huh... lol. awesome review honey!!!!
    love ya!!!! hope all is well!!

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  8. I want to read this too! And I've seen it compared to the Da Vinci Code, which I really enjoyed -- now your terrific review. I love books that walk that fine line between good and evil.

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  9. I love the cover it really caught my attention. I'm not sure if this is for me but your review was wonderful! I will definitely keep it in mind.

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  10. I think it's wonderful that you enjoyed this book so much and you sure know how to sell it :) Wonderful review, hon!
    I see at your side bar that you're already reading book 4 in the Deviations series? I have to get back to reading to keep up with you ;) I just can't find the concentration at the moment...

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  11. @fiction Vixen - I loved the novels of Katherine Neville & Dan Brown too so my book loving heart was excited to read this one. But I agree, it may not be for everyone.

    @Carol Crane - That quote was something I strongly felt, some books are read in the blink of an eye and some books demand more of me. To really commit myself to reading it and in the end rewarding me with a layered story that I was immersed in :) Can you tell me I'm not completely disconnected with the tale LOL

    @Smokinghotbooks - Hhmmmm if these Angels are right up your alley I don't know hon, they're beautiful but cruel too in an evil kinda way.

    @Mandi - I had phrases scribbeled down in my notes and when I let it sink in the quote was something I had to put in my review.

    @Marissa - I think the history created by Trussoni will intrigue you very much!

    @Blodeuedd - For my Trussoni can't write ANGELOPOLIS soon enough LOL

    @Cecile - There is no smut to be found in this one LOL And I'm doing good, I'm actually looking at my new bookcases hon, now a lick of paint and they will go up next week YAY

    @Donna - I think it will at least entertain you, if you take a liking to the writing style of Danielle Trussoni!

    @Tricia - Enter the giveaway and you'll have a shot at a free signed copy, Donna also has the same contest running!! And yeah the wings wow!! The wings also have incredible significance in the story.

    @Janna - If i enjoy a book my inner book pimp takes over LOL And I'm finished with the DEVIATIONS series and it is gooooood. I read bk 2-4 in one week...ONE! That hasn't happened to me in a LONG time! I'm writing the review tomorrow and you can expect a series review somewhere next week. And Phantom, oh hon, I luuuuurve Phantom and the smixing *shivers* Okay....controling enthisiasm. I'm on such a hot streak, I haven't read "bad" books in a month or so - not that I'm complaining LOL

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  12. @Janna - PS: smixing...my fingers couldn't control my enthusiasm LOL It is smexing of course *wink*

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  13. LOL! The smixing/smexing is that good, huh? I agree that this is a hot series and I want to finish it soon! I can't wait to find out more about Phan, cos he and Noah are hot together for sure :)
    I look forward to your review, hon!

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  14. Great review, Leontine! So great it's on my TBR pile, maybe at the top. Can't wait to get my own copy and read this.

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  15. Hey Leontine!

    It really sounds like you loved this book. I gotta admit to being wary of purchasing it for myself though. I'm not one to step out of my pre-developed boundaries and I've always been a creature of habit. But after reading your review, it's a definite maybe.

    HUGS, VFG

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  16. Hi. I'm Sophie.

    I absolutely loved Angelology — couldn't put it down, and it's been a long, long time since a book really drew me in like that. If I had to put it down and do other things, I couldn't wait to get back to it!

    May I also suggest for those who liked this book, that you try a non-fiction book that will blow your mind too, with angels and paranormal events. It's the autobiography of musician Eddie Benitez. And it's a real life angel and demon thriller. And he claims his music is coming directly from the angels — he plays guitar, incredibly. Makes instrumental music that will have you calling to mind the Lyre in angelology!

    The book is called Angels on My Stage: The True Story of Eddie Benitez.

    Apparently some people have claimed to have seen angels, or beings of some kind, on his stage when he plays. Some claim healings when they listen to his music. So it's really an echo of the story in Angelology, only it came out about 3 weeks BEFORE Angelology!

    See what you think.

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