Monday, 23 July 2012

Review: Flaming Dove - Daniel Arenson


Outcast from Hell. Banished from Heaven. Lost on Earth. Laila--half angel, half demon. Laila--of tears and blood, of sins and of piety. Laila--alone, in darkness. This is her story.

Genre: Paranormal , post-apocalyptic
Pages: (print 292)
Published: 2010
Source: Freebie

My thoughts:
I am a bit torn really, I really liked the book, but the thing is, I hated the end. I am sure many will say, but the end was perfect! Just as it should be. Well not in this girl's book. It made me sad and angry.

The world was just, wow, so cool. Earth is almost destroyed, almost no humans around as they are all dead. Instead demons and angels fight each other in a war going on 27 years. I liked the world, the angels, the demons. All strength and weaknesses. 

The main character Laila is both and can neither go to heaven of hell. She is sad, angry and lonely and I loved her. I kind of just wanted to hug her. At least she has one friend, a wolf.

Then there is Michael who is the angel's leaders, and Belzebub who rules Hell. Both need her to win. A battle of epic proportions are about to begin.

I did not like her sister though, Bat El. She was tstl, but at the same time she was not. She was just pure, naive, a harp playing angel, but still I wanted to give her a smack over the head.

Conclusion:
And then there was the end who made me angry. But up to that, one cool book and Arenson a talented writer.

Cover:
Nice


43 comments:

  1. I am not a very tolerant reader and if the ending is likely to make me angry then I probably wouldn't pick that book up. But, it is such a shame that the ending ruined the book for you!

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    1. It did ruin things :/ I still gave it a 3 cos I am in denial and pretend nothing happened

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  2. Poor girl....stuck between to worlds. Sorry about the ending dearie. I hate endings like that

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    1. Yup, but she does have earth, at least

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  3. The end would have killed me! I am such an ender!

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    1. I want good endings, or endings that makes sense, here it just made me mad

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  4. Sounds like a gritty read, too bad the ending wasn't better for you. What is worse, wrong ending? Cliffhanger or open endings? I can't decide!

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    1. Wrong ending, cos with a cliffie at least then you have more to wait for and it can all end good..oh wait..open endings sure suck too. But no wrong endings are the worst

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  5. Now I'm super curious about this ending! So since it didn't end super well in your book, I'm assuming this is a stand alone so we won't get an explanation or a change of circumstances in the next book?

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    1. This is a stand alone, there will be nothing more..and I can't really say what I hated but it was just arghhh

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  6. I don't like the cover. A cliffie ending? I do hate them all!

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    1. Nope, not a cliffie, this is a stand alone.

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  7. i hate endings that leave me like that...but dang if you haven't made me so curious i need to read it now..and then i might end up in frustrated denial like you..excellent review!

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    1. Lol, read it and get crazy like I did, cos it was so infuriating

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  8. At least it gave you some strong emotions. :) It's funny how an ending can make or break a book for us. At least you enjoyed the writing. I've had books like that. Didn't love the story, but still enjoyed the writing.

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    1. Such a good story too but but..arghh i can't say what since that is a spoiler

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  9. If I was going to guess what the book was about from the cover, I'd say it's about a purple lady who can shoot circles of flame out of her head.

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  10. I've never heard of this until now. And I'm really curious to see what it was that made you so mad with the ending. But sounds like an awesome read. :) Thank you!

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    1. I wish i could tell it..read it and we can discuss it

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  11. I just finished one where the ending ticked me off too!!

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    1. it just made me go all arghhhhh!

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  12. A character that you wanted to smack over the head? Sounds very much like TSTL!

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    1. She was, I try to blame it on her naivety but honestly, tstl

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  13. It sounds interesting, but I did go oh, oh when you mentioned the ending. If there is one thing I hate it is a wrong ending and so I'm not sure I want to go there...

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    1. It was bad, really bad, and it did make the book worse for me

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  14. Thanks for heads up, Blodeuedd! I would probably pass it because the ending usually makes or breaks the book for me :)

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    1. Sometimes endings that I do not want work, but here, no

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  15. Hmm this sounds promising.

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  16. I hate it when an ending makes me angry, I literally screamed at one recently lol. It's even worse when you liked the book up til that point!

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    1. So much worse! I really liked it and then screeeeeam

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  17. A bad ending generally ruins the book for me too. So sorry.

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  18. Oh the angry end bothers me... Too bad because like you I think the world is very intriguing and well I didn't know this book and I like the cover as well. It's difficult when you really like a book and the end ruin everything because you can have a really good feeling after that...

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    1. An ending that you do not like can ruin it all, and sadly for me this time I did :( So I had to rate the book on the rest, trying to anyway

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  19. Yes, I need a good ending too or else I get super annoyed with it.

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  20. If you felt that strongly then the writer must be good at his job! To evoke such feelings. Even so, sorry the ending wasn't your thing

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    1. Good and bad, arghh hating that ending still

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  21. I'm very funny about my endings. I don't like cliff hangers, bad endings, or wrong endings. I'm just picky I guess. But I sure want to know what was so wrong about it. I'm curious like that.

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