My rating: 4 of 5 stars
ARC kindly provided by Victory Editing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Ok, so I was PRETTY STOKED about getting to read ‘Angles of Moirai’! (Hey! Don’t point fingers at my slang! I’m proud to be an Aussie *winks*) I came across it one happy, book-starved day on Netgalley and the cover looked absolutely ENCHANTING! It was so enchanting in fact that I just HAD TO zoom in and then look for a better quality image of the cover so I could just stare at it and then LATER scrutinise every little single bit on it (aka the feathers) and figure out what everything is!
I’d also like to clear something up: the Angels of Moirai are MYTHOLOGICAL not BIBLICAL! Their existence stems from the Greek and Roman myths and the Three Fates. This was BOUND to make the novel more interesting!
Call me a traditionalist and old-fashioned, but when I opened up the .mobi file and looked through I opening pages (I know strange right?) I saw that the author, Nicole Salmond, had included TABLE OF CONTENTS! I got pretty excited… (I know – weird.) You don’t see a table of contents very often in novels these days but I miss seeing them very much. (I admit now: I’m a tiny, itty-bit eccentric…)
I loved the author’s style: intriguing, sophisticated, compelling and beautiful. It had that posh school and mystery lingering in the atmosphere which reminded me a lot of Lauren Kate’s ‘Fallen’ series and Becca Fitzpatrick’s ‘Hush Hush’ series. The style was also a tiny cliché. There was a bad-boy angel and the good-girl human.
The novel becomes awesome from the get-go. The author was able to grip my interest and make me read on through a series of flashbacks that left me questioning and curious. I would wonder who exactly this Lila character was and would learn so much about her in a short time. It let me connect with her and forge that funny reader-character bond that made me admire her character, personality and attitude.
I loved that the author made the transition from the REAL world as we know it to the FANTASTICAL world a smooth one when Lila learns about the Angels of Moirai from James. Sooooo many fantasy novels often make an abrupt change from one world to the other world for their main characters. I SERIOUSLY dislike this; it is the reason why I rarely give a five star to fantasy novels with angels. But Nicole Salmond has made this novel just right for me.
Ok, so there were SLIGHTLY cheesy moments that made this novel seem a bit like Twilight with Bella and Edward: “I am angel, Lila. An angel who has spent over a thousand years watching from a distance what love can do to a man and a woman, a true form of life itself. I was at peace with what I did, my role that I play in this world. I was never to experience the emotions of a human again after my death; we are not designed that way. The moment I saw you in the forest that day… it was like everything I had ever known to be true, suddenly changed, and I began to question everything. I tried endlessly to stay away, to keep my distance, but the more I stayed away, the more I wanted… I needed to be near you. I don’t know what will happen next, but I won’t deny my feelings for you any longer.”
At times the novel was bittersweet; very sad, too. It was a LOVELY romance story with that hint of fantasy and paranormalcy that made it A GREAT READ. ‘Angels of Moirai’ was also pretty short; I read it in under 3 hours. It had GREAT PROSE and EXCELLENT GRAMMAR; no spelling mistakes but a few typos.
Even though I rates this novel a four star, there really is NOTHING that I hated or disliked about it. I did wish, however, that it could have been better and I felt like the complication of the novel was slightly weak. I also didn’t see much I James’ ‘Angel’ world and there really is not as much action in the novel as you would expect. The story was really VERY romantic and concentrated mainly on Lila and James. I, however, DO believe that some more action or drama could have spiced the novel up.
The ending and the resolution of the novel was VERY satisfying but also a bit confusing for me: it seemed to drag on a bit. JUST when you thought that the novel ended – and in an awesomely epic way too – it then continued on to the next chapter and brought a bit more drama with it. I did wonder what the point of it was.
Congratulations to Nicole Salmond on an EXCELLENT beginning to a series!
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!