Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Book Review: 'Shattering Halos' by Sunniva Dee


Shattering Halos is a book which draws the reader through adventure after adventure and into the world of angels on Earth without pause. Sentences fall into one another with little time to dawdle over details and there were very few boring or unnecessary scenes.
Gabriel is a guardian angel out the pages of a fashion magazine with high morals and an unending need to protect his charge, Gaia. Gaia is an ordinary human girl who almost died in a horrific car crash, only to actually witness her guardian angel. The premiss is strong and drew me in immediately but the worst sides of this issue weren’t dwelt on and Gaia got on with her life a little too easily. She was far more distraught by a later romantic mishap which did not sit well for me.
In addition, Gabriel acted like a young teenager as opposed to an angel that has lived through centuries of guarding his charges and he falls into temptation far too easily to be realistic. I felt the chemistry between the two would pay off far more if their relationship was developed more slowly and with Gabriel’s reactions being more manly rather than coming down to the high school level of Gaia.
Sunniva Dee also tries to get many different themes and story arcs into one piece from the darkest of advances to the biggest of battles and sweetest of loves. I feel the story could have been simplified and cut down for greater effect and realism.
The romantic side of the relationship is very overcharged and oversimplified  and feels like teenage high school drama.  It wasn’t really my cup of tea. The bedroom side of the relationship was not too detailed. Parts were mentioned but the joy of the outcome was more metaphysical than physical.
Taking all this into consideration, this book is not one I would recommend to a lover of adult fiction but perhaps it’s more appropriate for lovers of young adult or new adult stories. They may enjoy Shattering Halos for the fast pace and innocence of a younger time.

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