Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Fallen: Raziel review

She was just an ordinary mortal . . .
“You’re dead” is so not what Allie Watson wants to hear. Unfortunately, it explains a lot. Like the dark, angelically handsome man who ferried her to this strange, hidden land. The last thing she remembers is stepping off a curb in front of a crosstown bus. Now she’s surrounded by gorgeous fallen angels with an unsettling taste for blood—and they really don’t want her around. Not exactly how she pictured heaven.
. . . until death catapulted her into a seductive world she never imagined.
Raziel is unsure why he rescued Allie from hellfire against Uriel’s orders, but she stirs in him a longing he hasn't felt in centuries. Now the Fallen are bracing for the divine wrath brought by his disobedience, and they blame Allie for the ferocious Nephilim clawing at the kingdom’s shrouded gates. Facing impossible odds at every turn, the two must work together to survive. Raziel will do anything to defend his spirited lover against the forces of darkness—because Allie may be the Fallen’s only salvation.

My Thoughts: Ever since I started reading the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, I’ve been looking for another series that could have the same setting, but deal with a different person from the same group in every book. There were already plenty of books out there with that element, but that wasn’t the only prerequisite for a new series. It had to be likable. I already knew that nothing would take the place of the BDB series, but there must be a close second, or a series with great potential. I think The Fallen series has great potential!
This is my first adult book with fallen angels in it, so I had no real expectations when it came to what a group of angels would act like. I’m trying hard not to compare this series to BDB too much, but there are some positive and negative aspects of this book compared to BDB, I didn’t connect with these characters very well initially. Raziel was cold and had the kind of description that I’m used to a side character having before they get their own book and become more personal. I also thought at times, that Allie was stuck up. But other than the problem with how relatable the characters were (at first), everything else (including the characters) was fascinating. 

I’ve never heard of a story like this when it comes to fallen angels. It’s almost as if this book goes the opposite way when dealing with who the fallen are, whether they deserved to fall, and who the good guys really are. Being a Christian who loves to “study to show herself (yourself) approved (2 Tim. 2:15 ) it took a moment to except some of the background story pertaining to the fallen angels. But after a few chapters, I was totally into it.

Another thing I liked about this book was the overall problem. There’s always a problem between the main guy and girl which keeps them from being together, or seeing how they feel about each other, but there is always a bigger problem that affects the whole group. With this one, there is a war going on, and it’s getting closer and closer to the fallen’s door. If done right, this along with the main couple’s love problems will provide me and others with an exciting and alluring new series to read.

Note: This book was just released today!

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