10 March 2012

Blog Tour Review: Angel Evolution by David Estes

Angel Evolution (Evolution Trilogy #1) by David Estes

Published: October 2011

Pages: 366 (ebook)

Genre/s: Young Adult, Paranormal

Source: Book Tour for Fierce Reading Virtual Book Tours

Check It Out: Goodreads ~ Amazon ~ Amazon UK

Synopsis

When Taylor meets Gabriel at college, she is in awe of the subtle glow that surrounds him. No one else, not even her best friend, seems to notice.

Something about him scares her.

Is all as it appears? While Taylor struggles for answers, she finds herself in the middle of a century old war centered on one miraculous revelation: evolution.


My Thoughts


Angel Evolution, the first book in the Evolution Trilogy by David Estes, is the story of Taylor, a slightly unusual teenage girl in her first year of college who meets a mysterious, gorgeous guy whilst hunting for four leaf clovers in the rain. Drawn to his ‘light’, she quickly discovers that Gabriel is no normal college boy – he’s an angel. Taylor has been plagued by dreams of beings and evil snakes and even has the snake tattooed on her shoulder – her own way of trying to overcome the dreams that haunt her.

Told in alternating POV’s, Angel Evolution progresses through Taylor meeting Gabriel and discovering his true identity, to her best friend Sam and the mysteriously dark boy, Chris, who begins dating Sam after meeting her through Taylor.

I had a little trouble with the relationship and dialogue between Taylor and Gabriel – a little bit too insta-love for my tastes, and some of the dialogue was a little stilted (like Taylor saying ‘man’ in a couple of conversations with Gabriel – sure I call my bf ‘dude’ sometimes, but I’ve never called him ‘man’). And the story was perhaps unintentionally hijacked by the relationship between Chris and Sam, which was a little cuter and funnier. As a character, I liked that Taylor wasn’t the stereotypical teenage girl, however at times she seemed a little too trusting of a dude with massive white wings, and my fondness for Gabriel ebbed in some parts of the book.

I did appreciate the way that the history of the Angels and Demons was weaved into the story without feeling like a data-dump, and there’s a twist to this book that I didn’t imagine when I started reading.

What I did love was the song lyrics at the beginning of each ‘part’ of the book - I only wish there had been more!

Overall this is a solid book with an interesting storyline. I’m hoping that the characters mature and grow a little in the next book in the series, which I definitely want to read!




1 comment:

  1. character growth seems to be a big issue for me too in the books I have been reading recently. I have this book coming up for review and im really interested to see how it is. I think it sounds pretty good. Thanks for the great review.

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