Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Review: Shadow of the Sun

DISCLAIMER: I reached 78% of this book before giving up, I considered that a great feat. Shadow of the Sun is free on Kindle, please continue reading for the download link.


Author: Laura Kreitzer

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.


Gabriella Moretti is a Supernatural Scientist at the Zelko Corp. When not in her lab coat, she goes by the name of Mary Sue. Her hobbies include reading, moping (due to the lack of social and love life), playing with her niece, studying ancient artifacts, and as of lately, electrocuting people. Mary Sue Gabriella's fondness of coffee mugs and pens started at an early age of twelve, when she graduated from high school. And by the age of nineteen, she had already acquired a doctorate degree. Gabriella is a super-genius (she said so herself). So it came as a no-surprise when we discovered that she is a SPESHUL girl instantly loved by many.

The Immortal Superheroes Angels have superpowers that will give the Justice League a run for their money. These Superheroes Angels can fly, run fast, rip-off airplane doors with bare hands, speed read, and make hotel reservations. They also like to hang out in libraries to learn about chemistry, physics, astronomy, technology, biology, history, calculus... *snores*... oh sorry, got a little sleepy there. Did I mention they like to read? Not that there's anything wrong with that, especially when you're a four-thousand-year-old-angel from Italy with the name of Andrew/Karen/Liz/Carmela/Luke/Aiden.

Warning, there are things in this book that may or may not make your eyes bleed. Regardless, I should tell you that SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER Gabriella dreamt of her parents making out. Eww, right? Like honest to god make out session (in the library of all places). END OF SPOILER. The romance in this book is vomit-inducing, so I'll spare you all the gory details. Lucky you.

The only redeeming quality of this book is.... let me think... hold on, I'm sure I could think of something. Oh yeah, it's free. And it's also effective when counting sheep doesn't do the job. I give this a rating of:

I would not recommend this if you're looking for a vague angel book. Actually, categozing this novel on the Angel Genre is a stretch. A R-E-A-L stretch. But if you're okay with the absence of wings, heaven, hell, and even God's existence (in an Angel story), then you and this book are going to get along just fine.


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