Wednesday, July 11, 2012

REVIEW: Of Darkness and Light by Lily Crussell

Recap:

Strange things begin happening to Elora. She gets the feeling she’s being followed all the time, she’s feinting in the school hallways, the lights keep going out around her, and always accompanied by the sound of wings. But it’s got to be paranoia, because if you can’t see it, it’s not real, right? She thinks she’s losing her mind and that feeling only increases when a handsome stranger saves her from an assailant she can actually see, but she can’t help but think he might be in on it. Who can she trust when she doesn’t even trust her own perceptions?

Title:  Of Darkness and Light
Series:  Shadow of the Nephilim
Book #: 1
Author:  Lily Crussell
Approximate Book Length:  292 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  16+
Sexual Content:  Mild

Thoughts:

The book starts off with a bang, throwing Elora right into the fray as the weird stuff starts happening. Then we watch as she meets Raziel and things continue to get weirder. Once he starts hanging around more often, things get safer, but not more normal as he comes clean about himself and everything Elora believed in gets tossed out the window.

The best thing I can say about this book is the character relationships. Elora and Raziel’s love story is incredibly sweet and totally swoon worthy, her friendship with Thomas is adorable, and the relationship that’s created between her and Barachiel and her and Lucifer are both pretty fun actually. However, there’s also a lot I didn’t much like about the book. I like that there’s mystery that keeps you guessing pretty much right up until the end, but it got really frustrating at times and turned out really confusing more often than not. There’s also a LOT of philosophical musing throughout, putting a very religious undertone to it that made me personally slightly uncomfortable (but that’s just me).

There’s also a lot of down time in the book, spent waiting and going through the motions. One thing that really bothered me is how often Elora put herself down. I understand the instances where it was the “angels are superior and awesome” etc etc, but still it was really brought up too often and made you want to start slapping some people around, including Elora. That being said, the overall story is still exciting and intriguing and the book is worth checking out!

In Conclusion:

Shrouded in mystery, Of Darkness and Light plunges you into a world full of angels and mythology that will have you questioning what to believe right up to the last page. Go check it out!

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