Angelopolis: El paraíso perdido (Angelology, #2) By Danielle Trussoni

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I think this was okay, but only if you don't really pay too much attention to detail. You know, facts that are wrong or sentences that make no sense or things that are mentioned once but later seem to be forgotten completely, even if they had something to do with the plot (supposedly)... Then again, I am very sure that most people that read this are neither as old and cynical as I am, and that they read this a lot faster with less attention to details than I did. Since I read this due to a project at school, I simply HAD to pay a lot of attention to every damn thing in it, and it made it a lot worse.

What even a fast reading of this book can't save is the ending. Yeah, who would've known there would be a sequel to this sequel, yaawwwn. Ah well, no matter what my opinion is, I'm sure this will sell quite well and charm a lot of people who will be all oh she is sooooo ingenious! but I know better dammit. Still, I've had worse. At least the parts which I just read through fast weren't too shabby, although I didn't really care for the characters, but all the fast-pacedness pays off in a novel like this. Things just happen one after another and poof, the book ends without the reader paying much attention to the supposed facts dribbled in the text.

I'm not even sure I know people who would like this. And yet I'm sure there will be at least hundreds of people that like it. I'm just not one of them, and I am quite certain neither are any of my friends. 335 Angelology was AMAZING. I cannot wait to get my hands on this one! 335 I so hope that this will come out sooner than expected. I loved Angelology and I WANT to know WHAT HAPPENS next!!! 2012 is sooo far away!!!

*Edit 14.2.2013*
It's still unpublished, but OH MY GOSH! That cover!! It's so damn AWESOME and CUTE! Fab, now I have to wait more.... 335 I was waiting for this book; Angelology, although not without faults, had an interesting premise, more-or-less coherent storyline and a cliff-hanger; I was curious what's next. Next turned to be a major disappointment. The storyline is convoluted, choppy, new characters are introduced, then dropped like hot potato, they advance the plot somehow, and we never hear of them again; the writing is really clumsy, virtually everyone in the book speaks in exactly same, wooden, let me give you a lecture style. The most interesting and engaging character, Evangeline, has only a few pages in the sequel - why? Her motives to surrender to the evil killer angel Eno are totally unclear; the meeting between her and Verlaine, after 10 years, could be just as well a meeting between casual acquaintances. Verlaine thinks he's in love with her and wants to go to the end of the earth to find her; yet, when he does, at the end of the book, he completely changes his mind - I'm trying to avoid spoilers here - again, why, we have no idea. The book ends abruptly and my first reaction was - WTF? A major irritation for me, an art history graduate, was the story of Fabergé eggs. The two prominent angelology scholars, Bruno and Verlaine, think that the egg they were given is gaudy, and they have not a slightest idea what the gaudy thing can possibly be; good that they did not throw it to the garbage. Really, guys? You never, ever heard of Fabergé eggs? Google it, dammit. OK, maybe I'm biased on this...but, as experienced and successful angel hunters, they act in an extremely stupid and incompetent ways when faced with their adversaries. I may be missing something, but I don't understand why they were not quickly killed many times over. Long story short - the book seems to be hastily slapped together, the editor didn't help much - for ex., imprisoned angels are in empty cells, yet later on use the broken chairs and cots to break out from the prison... well, it was bad enough that I'm not willing to read the third part. You've lost yourself a reader, Ms. Trussoni.
335 5 / 5

Aunque es casi la mitad de pequeño que el primer libro, supo cómo superarlo con creces.

Reseña: http://www.eternamenteentiniebla.com/... 335

Angelopolis:

In June 2010, I read Angelology in virtually one sitting. After finishing it, I would periodically check to see if there was a publication release date for a sequel. So, after three years of anticipation, I eagerly began the sequel. Unfortunately, I was a bit disappointed. Though I never felt lost in the sequel, it left me rather unsatisfied. The first book, in my memory at least, was a lushly written, layered novel that blended different periods in time with different narrative styles to create a unique debut. Trussoni blended historical fiction with the fantastic - and threw in a bit of a literary mystery, too, with some romance. The characters felt realistic and the plot unraveled in a delicate balance of action, prose and context that kept the pacing quick

The sequel felt completely different. It was not lushly layered, nor was it a fast-paced novel. There were a few scenes bursting with action, but they were spread out few and far between the scenes that comprised the bulk of the book: explanatory dialogue. Extensive, very detailed explanations fleshed out Trussoni’s world in more detail, but the reveal of this added detail left a lot to be desired. By using her character’s voices as the sole form of imparting information, their words served as information dump trucks vomiting out nothing more than lectures. Interesting lectures, yes, but it left little room for the characters to develop, grow or reveal meaningful relationships. There was little reminiscent here of the lush prose and interesting characters of the first book.

The sequel picked up ten years after the events in Angelology but covered little of what seemed like the interesting action that took place during that period. This book really felt like it was paving the way for a third book, getting a lot of detail out of the way. Maybe when fitted between the two books, this won’t feel like such a disappointment. And there were elements that worked well here - I especially liked the historical artefacts that wove their way into the story - the Faberge eggs, Rasputin... but, ultimately, what little plot points that emerged here were predictable, and the overall tone was too dull for this to be an entertaining follow-up. I will read the third novel, but I am not really looking forward to it in the same way that I thought I would have after finishing the first book. 335 Note: I read the Chinese translation of this book, and I will merely run a simple list about the pros and cons of this novel:

(1) The research and the mythology are awesome. (at least it seems awesome enough to me)

(2) The story takes us to different parts of the world, and the description of different landscapes is nice.

(3) My good-to-bad rating of angel-related-series (including YA, Japanese manga and novels for adults): Angel Sanctuary >> Daughter of Smoke and Bone series >> Angelology series >> Angelfall series >> Mercy series >> Unearthly series >> Fallen series >> Forbidden >> Prophecy of the Sisters series >> Angelfire series >> Hush Hush series >> A Temptation of Angels (by Michelle Zink)

(4) But the characters are all flat like a piece of wood.

(5) Hardly any of the characters' motivation and reasoning makes much sense. For example, who in his or her right mind would try to blow up a nuclear plane?

(6) The romance does nothing to impress me.

(7) There're action scene in the end, but I can't suppress my disbelief when none of the characters seems to: (a) thinks about the consequences of their action before they act, (b) make any reasonable decision and choice.

(8) Due to the problems stated above, the ending feels very, very forced and disappointing.

(9) Last but not least, I'm pissed to see the author continues to treat the Noah's Ark myth as a historical event, there're enough videos on Youtube to inform you how unlikely it was for good-old Noah to keep so many animals alive and keep them fed on his Ark...

2.5 to 3 stars. 335 I thought Angelology by Danielle Trussoni was wonderful! The minute I reached the last page, I was impatient for the next book. I can tell you that it was well worth the long wait for book II in the series, Angelopolis . According to her own tweets, the author went to a convent to do some research on writing about a nun as a character. She left there instead, with the idea of writing a book about angels. I can tell you that I am glad she did. This series is rare in its sophisticated and well researched subject matter.

The first book, Angelology ,introduced us to Evangeline, who is the fascinating main character of that we we meet again, ten years later when Angelopolis opens. We last saw her spreading her wings and leaping...into the future. A future that begins in The First Circle. Near to the Eiffel Tower we find a broken body of an angel, lying in a puddle of blue blood,and two gifted Angelologists. Bruno and Verlaine have been searching for years for Evangeline. Verlaine carries within him the secret love he feels for her. While looking down on the body before him, he realizes that he is surrounded not only by humans but many of the various types of angels. The Mara, the Gusian, Rahab, Anakin, and more. So many, and all standing in the open. He looks at the identification his partner is showing him with the face of Evangeline. The angel he seeks, the woman he loves. This identification had been taken from the dead angel.

This second book re-tells the story of the tortured Romanov family, with twists we have never imagined. Rasputin, could he be more than we ever imagined him to be? And the question of the Faberge eggs, and their possible connection to angels is brought up and investigated. We are taken from the heights of beauty, perfection and love to the very depths of humankind and the earth itself. We are introduced to miracles and moments of inconceivable evil. We meet members of Evangeline's family, and find friends and enemies that she was unaware of. And this book, like the first has a dramatic ending. As with book one, we are left hanging. As with all good books, we are left wanting more. The ending leaves us breathless and feeling the not just the loss of a story finished, but the anticipation of what is to come. Trussoni has a gift for leaving us with a good ending. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good thriller, a mystery, a bit of religious spice and controversy and most of all to anyone who enjoys a good compelling read! 335 Amo estos libros y muero por el que sigue, Danielle no nos hagas esperar tanto. 335 Angelopolis is a disaster of a book.



It begins well, with our hero from book #1, Verlaine, and his meeting with Evangeline. Evangeline is taken by Eno, an evil Emin angel, which is the start of our adventure to Dullsville.

Trussoin spends an incredible number of pages dedicated to what each type of angel looks like, and what they do. Equally, the dedication to Noah and his seed catalog is tiresomely drawn out.

What is lacking from Angelopolis is a point. Verlaine MUST get Evangeline back because he feels awe and flutters when he's near her. The actual emotions of the characters are so stilted and academic, it hurts. The motivation is nil, and so the characters simply exist and perform the essential tasks needed to move the meager plot forward.

In one passage, Verlaine shivers because There was something in her manner that inspired a sense of fearlessness. What that something is, we don't know. The character that inspires fearlessness, said relatively little.

In another instance, Vera has just awoken to find her party greatly reduced.

Vera wanted to say something but she couldn't find her voice. She hoped that her silence would be understood as a kind of vigil.

These kinds of passages just scream cop-out. These are moments to be taken advantage of in character development, but instead, Trussoni simply moves forward. After all, there's boring and oddly executed action scheduled!

Equally troublesome are the settings that contain items that were previously not included.

There was no bed and no sign of food or water.

Just one page later and in the same setting Trussoni writes, Lucien went to his bed and pulled a beat-up suitcase from underneath.

Magically appearing beds are one thing, but cots and metal chairs make an appearance as well in a prison setting.

There were no blankets, beds, or toilets nothing more than what was absolutely necessary to sustain the creatures.

They (Angels) screamed and struck at the tower with whatever was on hand--metal folding chairs and rods broken form the cots in their cells.

Now they have cots, but no beds? It's troublesome when an author isn't clear about the rules that govern the world she's created. The angels either rest or need sleep, or they don't.

While I'm discussing things that don't exist, let's talk about the title.

At the heart of the plot are the evil angels and their threat to humanity. Very little time is spent on creating a sense of fear and impending doom. We simply have to take it on the word of the Angelologists that the angels are evil.

Let's not forget that Evangeline is in danger and Verlaine must save her because he feels awe and flutters when she's around. So, in what must be the stupidest section of the book,

This kind of manufactured, stilted drama, I could simply not take it seriously.

Finally, the conclusion is horribly thrown together, and an ridiculous cliffhanger is tacked to the last page. Dumb.

Quotes taken from an unedited e-galley.

ARC provided by Netgalley.com and Viking
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Han pasado diez años desde que Verlaine viera a Evangeline en el puente de Brooklyn, convertida en un ángel. Ahora es un cazador de élite en la Sociedad Angelológica y cumple con empeño su misión de capturar, encarcelar y eliminar a los nefilim como ella, crueles y bellos descendientes de la unión entre ángeles y humanos.

Sin embargo, cuando vuelven a encontrarse inesperadamente en París, Verlaine comprende que ella es distinta de las criaturas que persigue. La fascinación que siente solo aumenta cuando Evangeline es secuestrada por una de las criaturas angélicas más peligrosas y buscadas. Verlaine y sus colegas angelólogos lucharán por liberarla y su investigación los llevará de la torre Eiffel a los palacios de San Petersburgo, de la remota Siberia a la costa del mar Negro. La ver­dad sobre los orígenes de Evangeline, así como fuerzas capaces de aniquilarlos, los aguardan. Angelopolis: El paraíso perdido (Angelology, #2)