Revelations by Pamela Daniell
Publication Date: May 2016
*I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review
Jenny’s life has been somewhat average until now. When she turns seventeen, circumstances lead her to learn that she’s Nephilim, and her choices will determine the outcome of a divine war between heaven and hell.
The first thing I noticed about Revelations is how good the storyline is. I found it to be interesting, but not in an overdone fashion; it was pretty straightforward. I appreciate the fact that the story was written from Jenny’s perspective, which gave me some insight to her character. However, I can’t say that the whole reading process went as smoothly as I was hoping it would.
Firstly, I noticed that the characters’ emotions weren’t expressed well enough to make an impact on me. They all spoke and acted like they were reading from a script, and were following cues from some unseen director. The one emotion the characters “successfully” expressed was anger, and that’s mostly because there were a few shouty capitals and exclamation marks involved.
Moving on to Jenny herself, I found her to be quite dense. I’m aware of the likelihood that the author intentionally made her oblivious to what was happening under her nose, but I just couldn’t bring myself to tolerate it. In the beginning, Jenny did not seem to be interested much in her situation; she wanted to continue living in blissful ignorance. I’d like to think that if I just discovered I am not completely human, my preferred genre would change from mystery fiction to something related to demons and angels.
She does grow as the story progresses and even though her overly trusting tendencies are what landed her in trouble, they turned to be a necessary part of the story. There is romance, and it plays an important part in the story, but it doesn’t feel like it’s the focal point (which is always refreshing).
In all, I think Revelations has a lot going for it plot-wise (which makes me curious about the rest of Jenna’s story). I just wish the characters came across as more realistic.