Note about my Reviews

Dear Authors: The reviews in this blog are only personal opinions. I have absolutely no background in literature, writing or reviewing. I am a Librarian (actually a Library Technician for those who care OR know the difference) with a love for a good story. The opinions in the reviews are ONLY my OPINIONS. I am not commenting on the writers ability since well -- I am not a writer and never will be. If you are the author of any of the books reviewed here, my opinion is just that and not a judgment against you!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Archon: The Books of Raziel by Sabrina Benulis

Dear Author: Please do not be offended by my review, it just wasn't my type of story and does not apply to your ability as a writer

Archon: The Books of Raziel
by Sabrina Benulis
HarperVoyager (HarperCollins)
ISBN: 978-0-06-206940-5
Buy From Indigo
Suggested Ages: 16+ (This is MY suggested age as it is very dark and writing style is difficult)

Description: Angela Mathers is plagued by visions of angels, supernatural creatures who haunt her thoughts by day and seduce her dreams by night. Newly released from a mental institution where she was locked away for two years, she hopes that her time at the Vatican’s university, the West Wood Academy, will give her a chance at a normal life. Unlike ordinary humans, Angela is a blood head — a freak, a monster, the possible fulfillment of a terrifying prophecy of overwhelming death and destruction. Only in Luz, the Vatican’s wondrous enclave, are blood heads accepted and encouraged to discover what kind of powers or special abilities they might possess.

But within West Wood, a secret coven plots, and demons and angels roam the streets searching for the key to open Raziel’s book — a secret tome from a lost archangel. Some are determined to destroy Raziel, while others, like the beautiful Supernal Israfel, one of the highest of the high, wish to free him. And when the Archon — the human chosen to possess the spirit of a dead angel — rises as foretold, they will control the supernatural universe.  Torn between mortal love and angelic obsession, Angela holds the key to Heaven and Hell — and both will stop at nothing to possess her.

The Good Stuff
  • Unusual and unique storyline
  • Poetic writing 
  • Wonderful ability to set mood and landscape
  • Cover is awesome!
  • Scenes involving sexuality were done extremely tastefully
The  Not So Good Stuff
  • Religious in nature & has Angels and Demons -- soo not my type of story
  • Extremely violent and dark
  • Very little humour -- you guys know I need some 
  • Seriously confused with who was who and what they were -- please remember I have no religious background so my confusion could be do to this (That and obviously she is far more intelligent than me)
  • Didn't care for or like anyone in the story - had nothing emotionally invested in anyone which made it a real challenge for me to finish
  • No sense of hope & really frickin depressing
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"Far from lovely and delicate, he was the picture of beautiful terror."

"Kim was expendable in the long run, but there was no way she would let go of a toy without a fight."

Who Should/Shouldn't Read
  • For the mature YA reader who has a real interest in Angels
  • Not for those who like a lighter read
2.5 Dewey's

I received in exchange for an honest review -- sorry guys have to be honest

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