Sunday, January 8, 2017

Review & Promo Tour - Lucian Divine - Renée Carlino



“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'm still completely stumped on my final thoughts on this book. I finished it nearly 2 weeks ago, yet I still can't decide what I thought. 

I'm a new reader to Renee Carlino, although I have been meaning to read a book of hers for ages, and it's more than obvious why she is so loved by her readers. Renee is an incredibly talented storyteller, and it was her beautiful words and captivating voice that kept me glued to this story. 

My issues, if I ever decide I have issues, are with the actual story itself. I'm not entirely sure I felt all that strongly for it. Firstly this epic cover hooked me in, I mean look at it, it's stunning!! Then the subject matter, Angels. A HUGE fave of mine, when I'm on a PNR kick. So add in the blurb, which was completely different and unique, and I was desperate to read this book. 

I loved how it began, and how the characters meet, it was quirky and funny and like I said the writing style had my eyes glued to the story. But I felt like the story kicked up a notch in speed all of a sudden, and everything was happening in ultra fast, supersonic time. One minute Evelyn was seeing Lucian for the first time, the next everything was happening all at once. It felt so rushed. I think I would of liked to see more build up to Evelyn and Lucian deciding how much they liked each other. Evelyn decided so quick, and Lucian gave everything up so quick on her decision. Hmm not sure. But I know that something potentially epic, didn't quite feel that epic to me. 

The ending was of course a mixture of really sad, then a glimmer of hope. So a mixture of feelings, and it was a nice way for it to conclude. But I felt like I came to the end, and realised it had all happened in the blink of an eye. 

Don't get me wrong, this book was great, really lovely. Unique, different and some really crazy hot scenes too. The characters were also fantastic and made for a lovely story. I just think the pace and speed at which everything happened let me down a little. But I also know this will not be an issue for 99% of the readers, so it's probably just me. I'm still hoping to try out some more of Renee's books, as I do love her style. 

4 stars.


“Isn’t love supposed to be easy? Isn’t love supposed to be fun? The moment you fall in love, you become acutely aware of all the different ways the person you love can die. It’s sickening. It’s morbid and painful and heart-wrenching, and it’s all totally worth it.”


“Evey, next time, in the next life we’ll be together—that’s how this will be corrected. This will be righted. This can’t be our forever fate. Next time we’ll live together, we’ll die together. We’ll experience every war together, inside ourselves and outside in the world. We won’t be out of reach, unavailable, unattainable, just love longing to be. Let’s keep moving fast in opposite directions. Keep praying we meet on the other side. I’ll see you there; I know I will. I have to believe that. Watch for me. I’ll be barreling toward you, arms wide open, and then we’ll crash into each other with the force of two spent lives yearning to be one.”



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. 

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