Monday, 17 March 2014

Review: The Color of Angels' Souls


The Color of Angels' Souls: A NovelThe Color of Angels' Souls: A Novel by Sophie Audouin-Mamikonian
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

The cover is gorgeous, and the plot is very interesting, but this book didn't live up to my expectations.

Jeremy Galveaux, 23 yr old financial wizard, is brutally murdered outside his apartment block. He becomes an angel, forced to feed on human emotions to survive, and sets out to discover why he was killed. As part of this, he follows Allison, the murderer's intended victim, and falls in love with her. The other angels warn him that no good can come of falling in love with a human, but he can't resist trying to save Allison from the killer who is still on the loose. However, it's not only the human killer he has to worry about, the world of the Angels is divided into two factions, the Reds who enjoy negative emotions, and the blues, who feed on positive emotions. Each tries to influence the affairs of humanity to produce more of their chosen emotion. Jeremy finds himself caught in the middle, a dangerous place to be.

This book had a lot of promise, the storyline was complex and interesting, but in the end it just didn't pull it off. The dialogue was very clumsy and obvious - I'm not sure if that's due to the translation or the original text, but it really affected my enjoyment of the book. There are also cultural references that just aren't believable for the characters. The POV moves all over the place and some elements move beyond fantasy into the ridiculous.

If you can read French, it might be worth trying the original, but this translation just isn't sure what it wants to be.



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