Friday, May 28, 2010

ANGELOLOGY by Danielle Trussoni

Publisher: Viking
Date published: March 2010
ISBN: 978-0670021475
Mythical, contemporary
Reviewed by Valerie
Obtained by publisher

After her mother had been murdered, Evangeline’s father brought her to America and left her with the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in New York. Now she’s twenty-three and after a young man asks to visit the archives of the convent, she discovers some correspondence between the mother superior and Abigail Rockefeller. Abigail, the young man, her grandmother and the sisters of the convent are thrown into an age old battle between human and the Nephilim. The Nephilim are the descendants of angels and humans and are now in top key places around the world, orchestrating their own agenda. The angelologists are those keeping a track on these creatures and insuring they never get the upper hand. Evangeline has a whole lot of learning to do when she finds out that her parents and her grandmother are angelologists. Soon they are running from the evil Percival, a Nephilim who is sick and needs what they are hiding to be healed again. But poor Evangeline also has to find out what her destiny is and on what side she belongs.

This is an intriguing story on many levels. I particularly enjoyed all the Biblical and mythological references made. This author has very cleverly drawn all these references to give her readers a believable story which may seem out of this world. The suspense is well written and all your emotions will be pulled tight as you read. Although I was fascinated by what I was reading, I was also a little disappointed. I found a few things confusing and some ‘whys’ left out. I was wondering if the Nephilim were not as clever as the author said and relied on watching the angelologists for their information, why didn’t the angelologists just leave the artifact hidden so that the Nephilim wouldn’t find it? I am also not that sure about the ending. It certainly wasn’t what I expected and I’m not so sure that I am happy about it. The only person I really liked in this story was Evangeline’s grandmother and her whole story. It was also a shame that the evil Nephilim Percival wasn’t somehow more so. On the whole a story that is ok to read, but don’t expect too much literary greatness.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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