3.5/5 yay!

Published 12/04/2012 by Lily Crussell

Very few things make me happier than good reviews. Ok, maybe puppies and baby animals do, but good reviews put a big old smile on my face any day of the week. I’d like to thank the lovely Meg for taking the time to read and review my book! 3.5/5 is wonderful! I’m thrilled.

One thing I will comment on though, and it’s something that is really annoying me! My book was ‘professionally’ copyedited because I’ve read the book so many times that I fill in any blanks or mistakes without thinking. I know it by heart. So I asked a ‘professional’ to fix all grammar, spelling and layout problems. Aparently the word ‘professional’ is a bit of a stretch in this case! I am working on it. I have a lovely editor lined up for when I have some spondooly (money) so this will be fixed. I’m really upset that someone can claim to be an expert in this field, charge me £350+ for the pleasure and in fact not fix it at all. Lesson to be learned from this? Do your research!

The review is here; http://meaghan.theburnsonline.info/2012/04/review-of-darkness-and-light-by-lily-crussell/

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Title: Of Darkness and Light

Author: Lily Crussell

Buy it here: (Amazon)

When Elora starts being followed everywhere she goes, she assumes it’s paranoia, afterall, if you can’t see it, it can’t be real…can it? Things grow increasingly weird in Elora’s world; the sound of wings, footsteps and physical attacks with no one in sight. Could she be losing her mind?  When an attractive stranger saves her from her assailant, she can’t help but think he might be in on it.  Who can she trust when she doesn’t even feel able to trust herself?” – Goodreads synopsis.

Finding a good angel book is a difficult feat; there’s an overabundance of novels in the angel genre and a variety of angelologies to choose from.  Stumbling upon a good angel romance is even harder.  An angel’s presence on earth typically signifies some higher purpose.  How will the romantic theme play into their agendas from above?   Then of course there’s the thou-shalt-not-touch-me-with-thy-vile-hands vibe they always seem to emit.  You can bet a relationship between an angel and a human is going to be scandalous.  We can’t have anybody corrupting out angels, can we?  Honestly, my reaction to each of these factors varies from book to book.  It depends on how the situations are executed and handled by the characters.  Overall, I thought the way Of Darkness and Light employed these elements was enjoyable.

You can’t have a good book without good characters.  Fortunately, this wasn’t a problem with Of Darkness and LightElora and I got along well; she was pretty level-headed and an easy person to connect with.  She claimed not to have a sense of humor, but I didn’t buy that for a second- not every heroine can make me laugh, and (yay for Elora!) she managed it.  Thomas, her best friend, sort of reminded me of Bobby Boucher from The Waterboy.  No, no! Not in the he was a thirty year old man who hadn’t graduated high-school wayJust in that Thomas was a Mama’s boy, and Mama was bent on keeping him and Elora apart because “that girl is the devil!”.  I appreciated how supportive Thomas was throughout the ordeal, even as his mother tried to wreck their friendship, and even as the events began to contradict his beliefs.  Speaking of good friends, I adored Barachiel. (How could I not? He’s snarky!)  I loved the easy dialogue between him and Elora, and their friendship was a high point in the book.  Their relationship did seem a bit more than platonic towards the end, thoughI don’t think I’ll root for him as a love interest, just because I have a pretty good idea of who would win that battle anyways.  I grew attached to most of the other characters too; Raziel was a sweet love interest-even if I liked Barachiel better-and some other interesting persons popped up who helped make the book a memorable one for me-and I mean that in a good way.

The Lurve…

…it has the power to single-handedly make or break a story.  And I thought the romance in this book was surprisingly sweet.  It isn’t love at first sight-in fact, whenever Elora and ‘Jack’ first meet, she thinks he’s a stalker.  (Bonus points to Elora for both being suspicious and for naming him after Captain Jack Sparrow.)  As it turns out, ‘Jack’ is an angel, the angel Raziel to be exact, who chose walking the earth as his punishment for some misbehavior.  His reason?  Because he’d been waiting to meet Elora for a long, long time.  Raziel’s explanation for taking an interest in Elora was a bit lacking; he waited thousands of years for her?  What makes Elora so different?  Also, I would’ve liked to see more of the early stages of their relationship-the progression of their feelings felt a bit rushed.  Having said this, by a 1/4 of the way through the book their adoration and love for each other was endearing; their relationship felt genuine in the end and that made everything else forgivable.

My thoughts:

One thing that really stood out to me about this book was that it wasn’t afraid of violence.  Elora tells it like it is, not bothering to construct euphemisms for the horrors she witnesses.  The descriptions are blunt and intense; she narrates in a way that makes her feelings clear, but also emphasizes her maturity.  Because of this I recommend Of Darkness and Light for more mature readers.

The story was easy to follow, even if the whole, I’ve been waiting my whole immortal existence for you aspect of the romance was a bit disappointing.   At times I was bothered by the grammatical mistakes or missing words, but for the most part I didn’t notice them.

Typically whenever a heroine becomes depressed over a guy it annoys me to no end.  There was a point during Of Darkness and Light where I was torn between feeling irritated with Elora’s lapse of gutsiness and appreciating the depth it added to her character.  Her emotions were painful and she wasn’t about to pretend all was well.  However, if a heroine insists on dragging me down to the depths of despair, I’d rather it be over something other than a guy.  Like if the local Starbucks was going out business.

Lucifer was an intriguing character, to say the least.  He was almost an entirely separate entity from Satan-not dissimilar from Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde.  None of the characters wanted anything to do with Satan, but Elora pitied Lucifer.  From her research she gathered that he fell from grace because of his hatred and jealousy of humans.  This confused me; I’ve always thought Lucifer fell because of his pride-that he wanted to dethrone God.  So, I did a little research of my own and found this.   I’ll for sure be looking at this closer, but it makes for an interesting debate.  I didn’t expect to do any deep thinking reading this book; it was a nice surprise.

In Conclusion

Of Darkness and Light was a breezy, compelling read with a cute romance. I was satisfied by the ending, despite my being eager for the sequel.  When compared to other books of its genre, it stands out in that it broaches subjects most angel books shy away from.  A good debut from Lily Crussell!

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