Angelology, by Danielle Trussoni
When I first started reading this book, I felt I was in for a real treat. Trussoni has a gift for description that is a pleasure to read. Unfortunately, that seems to be where her only talent lies. There are two main culprits in making this book less than it should be: first, the dialogue is just awful. Trussoni's characters speak exactly the same way she writes, but real people don't speak that way. Real people don't elaborate upon their descriptions with what in some cases amounts to prose poetry. This might have been fine for the angelic characters in the book, but it sounds awkward coming out of human mouths. Second, the plot twists and mysteries are all so painfully obvious. It takes very little time to figure out what Trussoni clearly meant to be shocking revelations, which makes the characters seem naive and unrealistic. It's such a shame that an author can write so beautifully in some parts, and so dreadfully in others.