Grade: 1 star out of 5
Heaven-sent?To sum up my opinion on Fallen Angel: did not like; will not touch sequel; probably won’t read any paranormal books by Terrell.
Ellie was never particularly good at talking to boys—or anyone other than her best friend and fellow outcast, Ruth. Then she met Michael.
Michael is handsome, charming, sweet. And totally into Ellie. It’s no wonder she is instantly drawn to him. But Michael has a secret. And he knows Ellie is hiding something, too. They’ve both discovered they have powers beyond their imagining. Powers that are otherworldly.
Ellie and Michael are determined to uncover what they are, and how they got this way . . . together. But the truth has repercussions neither could have imagined. Soon they find themselves center stage in an ancient conflict that threatens to destroy everything they love. And it is no longer clear whether Ellie and Michael will choose the same side.
Novels like Fallen Angel make me dislike the paranormal genre. What once was so original has become this washed-out cliché garbled mess. Try as I might, I can’t completely shy away from fantastical elements. They are what take me to a new place and yet I seem to be going to the same place over and over again with overly hyped “pretty cover” books.
The love connection between Michael and Ellie was strenuous at best with no backbone to the story. Or maybe it had a backbone like a jellyfish. Either way I didn’t buy the little melodramatic tête-à-tête.
A big detail that sets Fallen Angel apart from other “angel” books is that whenever they kiss Michael and Elli always have to suck on each other’s blood. It’s an addiction. A really sick, why!?, addiction. An addiction that I wasn’t too fond of because there’s nothing more fun then reading about two people tongue wrestling and slurping down each other’s blood. A little pain with pleasure please. Everyone’s a masochist. Or would it be a sadist?
Of course Michael and Ellie believe they’re vampires because they drink blood (and can see things when they do), have really sharp teeth, and can fly. When really the title is “Fallen Angels” so it’s sort of a WTF moment. The title is ONE BIG spoiler that readers can’t avoid. Oh and the idea of them being vampires goes on for about half the book. (Or a bit more, I don’t know since I no longer have the book.) Until the parents set them straight with a tale that’s decent. I believed it. I didn’t believe what Ellie does after it.
The rising climax was well done but the actual climax was lack luster.
Anyway I’m done. Ish.
Source: from me, myself, and I
Published: 2011, January 1