Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Review: Lucian Divine by Renee Carlino

luciandivine_03-1-1-1Lucian Divine by Renée Carlino Published – January 9, 2017

“My guardian angel is a drunk.”

Evelyn Casey's life is at a standstill. She's in her mid-twenties, struggling with the dating scene in San Francisco. Nothing seems to be working out, and she’s starting to think that she’ll live out her days in her crummy apartment with her overbearing roommate, Brooklyn. It's absurd, but sometimes Evey longs for a guardian angel to show up and save the day.

And then he does. Seriously. His name is Lucian and he's a guardian angel, been on the job for two thousand years. His sudden presence in her life is both good—he's brilliant, witty, and warm—and bad—he's brilliant, witty, warm, and hot as ----. But as perfect as Lucian seems, he’s got problems of his own. He’s taken up drinking and he’s brazenly inserted himself into Evey’s life, going against the greatest cosmic law ever created.

For Evey, the rules are simple: You are not allowed to hook up with your guardian angel. But sometimes fulfilling your destiny requires a leap of faith, a confrontation with God.

Yes, God as in God.

I was looking forward to this book and it's premise. I mean, guardian Angels who fall in love with the person they have to protect? Yes, please. But Lucian Divine fell short for me. 

Evey is trying to enjoy her life in San Francisco. She has a a job that eats away her creativity as a designer, a roomate who make everything about herself and not the best luck with guys. One night, after a bad date, she meets Lucian and her world is put upside down.

Lucian has been a guardian angel for two millenia, but he's not very good on the job. He's on probation with only one soul to care for: Evey. He's been looking after her since she was a baby, he helped her, confort her and interviened in her life as needed to make her into the woman she was now. And while he's been watching her, he fell for her. 

My biggest problems with the story were the insta love and the world building. 
For Lucian, you can see how he fell for Evey through the years. But Evey meets him, finds out he's her guardian angel and bam! she loves him. No sense of I always felt you near, she never notices when he pretends to be someone else in her life, nada. She just loves him. And the most trouble part of this is that Julian tells her she feels that way because he was made perfectly for her, so obviously he's everything she wants. I didn't buy it.

And the world building... this has so much promise! a burocratic like system of guardian angel who are assinged to one or more people to protect. But the thing is, the author didn't developed this at all. Lucian didn't know anything, and so the reather doesn't either. And I'm all for exploring and giving more human characteristics to angels but this beings who were made to protect people seem more interested in hooking up between them and the way they speak about their charges, is more like humans are nothing but a pain. not very protective and caring.

The big confrontation the blurb mentions with God? Not one word of it is put into words. 

Overall, I feel like this book had a lot of potencial, but it just wasn't explored as much as I would have liked.




Renée Carlino is a screenwriter and bestselling author of contemporary women's novels and new adult fiction. Her books have been featured in national publications, including USA TODAY, Huffington Post, Latina magazine, and Publisher's Weekly. She lives in Southern California with her husband, two sons, and their sweet dog June. When she's not at the beach with her boys or working on her next project, she likes to spend her time reading, going to concerts, and eating dark chocolate. Learn more at www.reneecarlino.com

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