My Rating: 2.5/5
Author: Larissa Hinton
Title: Angel Diaries (Volume One)
Genre: Young Adult/Paranormal
He was forbidden. Uncontrollable. Never to be seen, mentioned, or otherwise talked about. Until the nightmares began. Searing the screams, carnage and death into her skull. Forever. Before this, Lindsey had a normal life. Somewhat. She had a boyfriend who was acting strange, an ex-boyfriend who has been too flirtatious and a best friend who turned psychic. Once upon a time, the hardest decision Lindsey had to make was who she would take to the upcoming Winter Dance: her boyfriend, Philip, or her ex, Luke. Now, she’s not even human. She’s an Angel. This book is recommended for 16 years or older due to adult scenes and situations.
Angel Diaries is a young adult book that follows Lindsey on her discovery that she is part angel. She also is involved with a long triangle between her ex-boyfriend and her current boyfriend. Her best friend, Jia, is a psychic (and technically a medium because she sees ghosts.)
The book is written in first person through Lindsey’s perspective. Lindsey lives with her mother. In the prologue, we learned that her mother was ripped in half at her wedding and taken captive by a witch. He returns her, but she is pregnant with Lindsey. The story continues when Lindsey is a teenager. Lindsey has boy trouble in that she can’t seem to commit to one of her interests. She is constantly going back and forth between Luke (the ex-boyfriend) and Phillip (the new boyfriend.) The characters, in general, are not well-developed. For example, their backgrounds tend to be vague. Her mother at times doesn’t even seem like a mother, but rather another teenage roommate. We don’t hear about her past. We don’t really know much about her father when she finds out about him. Her best friend, Jia, has recently discovered she is psychic, yet we do not know how or why. We don’t even know exactly how her psychic powers work.
The writing itself felt very choppy – even for a diary form. Ideas or events are not smoothly done. The grammar also adds to the roughness. She writes the diary as if she were speaking – so things are not grammatically correct (and tenses are switched throughout the book.) The plot mostly involves the love triangle – switching between the two boys who seem to like to pressure her into picking himself. The angel/preparing for some unknown battle is just a tiny portion of the book, and that is not even fully explained. I understand this is only supposed to be the first book, but there should be more explanation. It was like everything made sense in the author’s mind; but when writing it down, she left holes that the reader could not fill. I also didn’t understand the whole Goth versus preppy thing. Although it was the stereotypical Goth version, it didn’t connect back to either the love triangle or the angel part of the story. In other words, this book (in the summary) has potential and a gripping prologue, but it probably needs some editing to things out.