I've read a lot of romance novels... A LOT... and I was pleasantly surprised by the originality of this book. The premise, good versus evil, is certainly not new, but Ward manages to spin a tail that is intriguing and edgy. The only criticism I have for the book is the fizzle of the relationship between Marie-Terese and Vin. They start out hot and heavy in the beginning, especially Vin's attraction to her, and by the end of the book they are very much in love but it seems watered down. I hear Crave is the same, and though I will definitely read/listen to Crave as the series is off to a great start, I hope Ms. Ward fixes this issue in her future books. I did not feel this way about her characters in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series.
As a side note, the narrator was male and actually delivered the story better than I think a female would have given the dark aspects of the book. However, sometimes I wondered if he was human or a computer narrator. A little more inflection and flow to the narration would make it just about perfect!
AND that is a good thing. If I wanted another BDB novel I would have just waited until the next book came out. I really like male readers and was not disappointed by Eric Dove's performance. The storyline is very different from anything else I have ever read. I have read a lot of mystery, traditional romance and paranormal romance, and some sci-fi. This story line is intriguing to me and nobody writes sex scenes quite like J.R. Ward. Can't wait to listen to the other two novels!
Who is the target audience for this book? If it's women, maybe don't start out with a protracted sports metaphor. If it's men at least start out with a protracted sports metaphor that makes sense, and then maybe don't go with the all consuming, all redeeming love story that changes the man and saves the woman.
In fact, no matter who the audience is, that particular story line is soo tired, soo overdone, soo unrealistic and soo sexist that it is unbearable to read.
Also, the author has some weird choices in language style. The narration was fine. I hardly noticed it in particular, which is all I really ask of acceptable narration, but it wasn't anything extraordinary.
I try to say something redeeming about every book, and I've had a hard time coming up with it for this one, so here it goes: The croquet playing angels are kind of funny (They appear for about five minutes.).
I would give this book 3.5 stars. It was really engaging with lots of twists and turns. It is part of a series but can stand on it's own. The only thing I found off putting was some of Vin's vocabulary was a little unrealistic - a little too uppety. Other than that, I really enjoyed reading this and it took just a couple days.
Narration was great! Could totally distinguish all the voices.
I stayed with it to the end, but I'm a bit ashamed to say so. Lots of improbable overcharged sex and crazy fantasy religious/demonic interactions. If you're looking for escapism, this one will do it.
every time I started thinking this was a 5 star book, it got booring or tiresome or tedius. I liked the characters most of the time ... It was just a relief to finally get to the end
After reading the entire Black Dagger Series, I decided to listen to the Fallen Angels. Much to my delight, J R Ward does not disappoint. I can say with conviction that I am addicted to her characters and hope that she keeps them coming. This modern day science fiction-thriller offers superbly real moral and ethical dilemmas that exist in a world too close to our own.
I download books to listen to while I work. I have listened to some great books but this is my favorite of all so far. It is an orginal story line the keeps you engaged in the story chapter after chapter! I can't wait for the sequel!
The Story line started out rough.. I wasn't sure what to expect.... this is so different from her first books BDD. The reader after a little while actual grows on you and these Demons are well.. Just listen. Take your time enjoy the ride and what a ride it is. :)
I hate the horribly even monotone Eric Dove ruins this book with I can't even tell if the story is good over my own snoring its like listening to that dry eye commercial for hours ugh snore zzzz