Angels’ Whispers by J. F. Cain

35122999I received a free review copy from the author of this book in exchange for an honest review. I ended up DNFing* this book at 13%. This was not because this book was bad, but rather because for some reason it just wasn’t for me.

I didn’t have any major issues with this book that would make me not like it. In fact, I rather liked the main character Alex and there was nothing problematic. The reason I ended up putting it down and calling it finished was because I spent the whole time I was reading it wishing I could finish it or put it down. It wasn’t because of something that was there so much as perhaps something that seemed a little off.

I wasn’t a massive fan of Aranes, she seemed too one-dimensional for my liking and the spiritual world thing of angels etc. was far enough away from actual religious ones that I felt it needed more explanation. These issues, of course, probably resolved themselves in the remaining 87% of the book which I didn’t read, but I wasn’t captivated enough to particularly want to find out more.

In addition to this (and this is probably my most serious complaint about this book) the book was just a tad verbose. Good use of complex language to evoke a response from the reader or to paint a scene is, of course, welcome and important and I am a massive fan of lyrical and luscious writing styles, but in some sentences every other word gave me pictures of either the author using a massive thesaurus during her revision process or otherwise possessing an incredibly gifted vocabulary which she felt the need to overpack her book with. It made the writing seem a little bit stilted and was one of the main reasons I couldn’t get into this book.

On the more positive note which I touched on earlier, I really liked Alex (the main character) and Daniel (his best friend) and I am somewhat saddened that I do not get to further explore their relationship, but if any of my predictions came true about what would happen in this book then I think I am happy to preserve their preciousness in the state in which it was in the first few pages of this book.

In conclusion, whilst I have no real complaints about the content of this book or anything like that, this book’s writing style and some of the elements evidently just weren’t compatible with my reading tastes and hence I ended up DNFing it. However, if you have slightly more patience for overly complex sentences (for example, if you like Charles Dickens I think you should have no problems with the amount of complex vocabulary per sentence in this book, whereas I cannot stand Dickens’ writing style) and are otherwise interested by the plot summary (which I think does seem to be explaining the book honestly at least to this point) then give it a try, because you may well enjoy it.

*Please Note: As per my review policy, I will review books if I do not finish them, but I will not rate them so my rating will not affect any averages on GoodReads etc. and neither will this book be marked as read. This is because I do not believe it is fair to review the entirety of a book based off of a section of it and when looking at ratings, people generally assume they are for the entire book. However, with reviews one can specify which parts of a book one is referring to.


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