Published by Obsidian Mountain Publishing on Sept 30, 2010
Genres: Adult, Paranormal
Format: eBook from Free Download
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Gabriella’s past is a mystery, but that never stopped her from achieving her goals. As a supernatural specialist, and far more intelligent than anyone her age, she has always been ignored by her peers. Because of the isolation she has always felt, she put her life and soul into her job. Being a supernatural specialist hasn’t given her the divine intervention she always longed for, until one day a shipment arrives from Italy containing three dead bodies with an uncanny ability to regenerate. Gabriella is frightened and intrigued, but not as scared as she becomes when a dark creature attacks her.
As the bodies come back to life, the plot takes an unexpected twist that you won’t see coming. The supernatural world only begins to unfold before her as angels appear, her dreams start to haunt her, and the very past she has forgotten comes back with startling clarity. Romance blooms, escape plans are made, an assassin is out to kill her, and death is only around the corner. But what is more terrifying than all of it is the fact she is the chosen one, the Illuminator, the one who will save them all.
This was a book that I was drawn to as soon as I saw the cover. It is gorgeous with a sci-fi feel. and fits the mysterious and adventurous summary. Needless to say, when I picked it up, I had high expectations. Unfortunately, I was left feeling very unsatisfied and let down.
The plot felt like it moved quite slowly, and there was a lot of repetition. Over and over Gabriella talked about her grief and her feelings for Andrew. It was the same feelings and thoughts every time, and it just felt like too much.
I didn’t connect with Gabriella at all. In the beginning she was a skeptical scientist whose job was to prove or disprove supernatural occurrences. With this in mind, she seemed to accept everything that happened way too easily. Once things started, she never once stopped to question anything. She fully believed and accepted everything as it happened. It didn’t feel like the same character that was introduced in the first chapter.
I also took exception to her instant connection with everyone: Joseph, the angels and her mother. Everyone she met seemed to form an instant and intense connection with her. It felt awkward and fake since she laments about having no friends in the first few chapters. It doesn’t feel reasonable that a self-proclaimed loner hermit would form such close and intense relationships to several people within such a short time frame.
Overall, I didn’t connect to this book at all. I had problems with the main character, and the constant repetition of her thoughts and feelings. I loved the concept of the book and the cover, but the actual content didn’t meet my expectations. I am especially saddened as it seems that everyone else I know who read this book loved it. I just wish I had too.