Thursday, January 27, 2011

Review of Fallen Angel by Heather Terrell

Fallen Angel

Title: Fallen Angel
Author: Heather Terrell
Pages: 310 (ARC version)
Publication Date: Dec. 28th, 2010
For: 13+ some violence and sexuality

Back Cover

Ellie was never particularly good at talking to boys—or anyone other than her best friend and fellow outcast, Ruth. Then she met Michael. Michael is handsome, charming, sweet. And totally into Ellie. It’s no wonder she is instantly drawn to him. But Michael has a secret. And he knows Ellie is hiding something, too. They’ve both discovered they have powers beyond their imagining. Powers that are otherworldly.

Ellie and Michael are determined to uncover what they are, and how they got this way . . . together. But the truth has repercussions neither could have imagined. Soon they find themselves center stage in an ancient conflict that threatens to destroy everything they love. And it is no longer clear whether Ellie and Michael will choose the same side.

First Lines

"I watched my curtains billow in the early autumn wind that wafted through my opened bedroom window. The night beckoned to me. And I answered its call."

In a Sentence

To me, Fallen Angel was composed of flat characters and an overdone plot wrapped up in pretty packaging. 

My Thoughts

Fallen Angel was Halo all over again for me. Maybe it's just me, but I feel like the YA paranormal romance genre is becoming over-saturated with the same storyline over and over again. Girl has some sort of "mysterious" power. Girl meets "mysterious" boy. They fall passionately in love with each other by page 100 and then go off on some sort of quest to discover the "mysterious" meaning behind some sort of giant question that the reader can guess the answer to in a few pages. Or worse, the title itself gives it away! 

Maybe it's unfair to unload all of my frustration with the genre on Fallen Angel, but it was kind of the straw that broke the camel's back...if you know what I mean. The author's writing style did show potential, and here and there I got a glimpse of her creativity, but I felt like most of that potential was tossed aside in favor of creating a formulaic book that would appeal to the masses. 

I think I could have handled the overdone and easily predictable plot if the characters were better developed. However, I felt like both Ellie and Michael, the two main characters, were completely flat. To me, they seemed to be representations of a type of person instead of actual persons themselves. Ellie was the insecure but intelligent teenager whose paranormal attributes made her "special," and Michael was the mysterious and ridiculously attractive guy who randomly shows up in the main character's life and ignores everyone else but her. Cue 100 pages of teenagers mooning over each other, bring in a "Big Bad," have the good guys kick some butt, and then throw in some sort of complication near the end to set things up for a sequel. 

I do think that the author had a good start with the idea behind Fallen Angel. Yes, several similar stories have been done before, but the way she was taking the mythology of angels and the Nephilim intrigued me. The parts of the book that explained Ellie's origins were the ones that I actually enjoyed reading. However, in my opinion, an interesting mythology was not enough to hold the rest of the book together. 

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  1. It's a shame, but I think that authors and publishers are relying too much on stock plots and pretty covers to sell books, rather than investing the time and energy in developing talent. It's a waste.

  2. Without good characterization any plot, but especially one that is formulaic. I would agree that this genre is getting too saturated at least for people who read as many books as most book bloggers do, but I doubt if there is an end in sight as long as the general audience still clamors for more. Great review, will not be bothering with this one.

  3. You know I am actually considering getting this, but your review is making me have second thoughts. Gosh Halo was just a no no, I really hope this book is not anything like it!

  4. I'm sad to hear that this book isn't all what it says it is. I just got it. But I can totally understand how the same plot is being used over and over again. Thanks for the review.

  5. I felt the same way:P How some books that look really good tend to disappoint?

  6. Wow- I dont even have to write a review Ill just put up the picture and say read Natalies review and that sums up how I felt too...LOL

  7. OMG I want to read this book and HALO! Now what! mmmm...

  8. Gahhh why are so many books just formulaic these days? The premise and cover look fabulous, but it's too bad that the story doesn't live up. Definitely scratching this off my TBR list. Thanks for the honest review, Natalie :)

  9. Am I the only person that loved Halo?!?...LOL...I have never heard of Fallen Angel. I agree, many plot lines are lacking in originality. I am curious to check this one out though. Maybe I'll borrow it from the library. Thanks for your honesty.

  10. Eeek! 1 heart. I got this book at the library. I want to check it out it. Maybe I'll learn from it how not to write. But as readers and writers, I think it's good to read both good and bad books. I agree. The genre is becoming over-saturated. Many of the books are starting to seem the same. Some titles do give the story away! Thanks for the honest review :)

  11. Bummer. I had high hopes and I love the first line. Thanks for your honest review ;)

  12. "Michael was the mysterious and ridiculously attractive guy who randomly shows up in the main character's life and ignores everyone else but her."

    Grr, I despise that guy. And he shows up in almost every. single. YA book. Do girls not question the bizareness of this dude? Pretty soon, we'll all think we're entitled to a superpowered guy who obsesses over us! :-D

  13. It's another Halo? Oh no! That is not good to hear. Halo was a huge disappointment for me, and I'm on an ARC tour for this one, so I guess I'll be reading it soon. I hope it's not too much of a letdown.

    Thanks for the honest review!

  14. l was so excited about Halo but heard bad things about it. Then l seen this and was excited about it but have seen a number of disappointed reviews!
    It's a shame =(

  15. While I'm sorry you had to suffer through a one-star book, thanks for saving me the time. I wont' be adding this to TBR list.

  16. I couldn't agree more. This book was a fail for me as well. The mythology that showed up at the VERY END was awesome, but more could have been done with it. Sigh.

  17. Also, yeah, whoever picked the title of this book has clearly never heard of a spoiler alert.


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