[Review] Angels of Moirai

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Title: Angels of Moirai

Series: Angels of Moirai #1

Author: Nicole Salmond

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Published: May 3, 2015

Source: Copy provided by NetGalley

Quicklinks: Amazon | Goodreads

Since man first walked the earth, the Angels of Moirai have watched over them. Born human, they are taught never to feel, never to become attached, and never to become emotionally compromised.

Eighteen-year-old Lila Kingston is haunted by dreams of a mysterious angel. Suddenly the dramas of her broken family and the snobby rich kids at her school fail in comparison to the challenges she must face.

Hailing from the Angels of Moirai, James Taylor has been entrusted with the fate of lives from around the world for over a thousand years. His sole purpose is to ensure every mortal follows their designated path, but when Lila puts that very purpose at risk, he must make a choice—a choice that ultimately leads to the devastating consequences of a love never meant to exist.

The choice was never easy. Those kind of choices never are…
Welcome to the new Twilight. *Sigh*

Angels of Moirai had me at its summary since I'm one to fall for the whole angel-like stuff in books, but did it live up to my expectations?

I want to first talk about the characters which, in my opinion, had no depth. I couldn't connect to literally any of them and it really impacted the rating from the beginning considering that without connections to characters, I really couldn't care less about what happened throughout the whole story. Lila (aka Bella) was your ordinary teenage drama character who rebelled against her parents because they were too busy and rich to really care for their children. That part is fine because it's logical; if my parents treated me the way the parents treated her, I would have rebelled hardcore (more than I had when I was still a teen). 

James Taylor (aka Edward) is your typical brooding, mysterious, unbearably hot, unrealistic character. No one is that perfect, seriously, that whole thing is getting old. He is, of course, bipolar towards Lila (as with any character in a story line like this), yet does that stop her from falling head over heels in love with him in just a small span of a few days? No, of course not. 

As for the story line itself, it was your typical YA cliche which wasn't at all disguised with its original qualities such as the angels of Moirai themselves or even their origin. I really liked the origin of the angels and wished so hard the author got more into that. All that happened was an explanation of them and that was it... nothing else. We read nothing more about it after the fact. 

In comes the whole "I'm not human, I'm an angel. I love you, but we can't be together because it's forbidden," element of the story. That's all fine and good, but when it came to the "threat" (note that it's in quotations), it fell really short. There was a lot of reminders that what they were doing was forbidden and that they can't hide it or whatever, but there was no real threat that showed up enough to cause much of a fuss or even worry me. I think throughout that whole book the "threat" came up like three or four times in a span of a paragraph or two. Devastating to say the least. 

Now let's get into this whole Twilight-esque crap I had to read through. I'm sorry, Twihards, but I'm not a Twilight fan and just reading something similar is just excruciating. We all know what happens in Twilight when things stop working between Bella and Edward, and needless to say, it happens here too because why the hell not? And just like Bella pissed me off the whole time while she cried like someone died over a boy she hadn't known for that long at all, Lila pissed me off with that shit too. Absolutely terrible. Maybe this is how parents feel when they see their teenage daughter wailing over a boy she dated for a month. 

The story as a whole was only okay. For the most part, the book was boring, slow, and just not fully engaging. I had to stop several times just to give myself a break because I couldn't take how slow it was moving. I like my action... I like things to happen and leave me on my toes, but this just.... my toes didn't break from any anticipation or excitement like they would should it have been a lot... more

As for the ending, it left me wondering what would happen next and I think I would actually suck it up just to see where the author wants to take us in this journey of Lila's. 

In short, this book isn't for me, but if you really liked Twilight, you might like this, too. 

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