“A seemingly insignificant moment, a reaction, a simple decision…something so small can set your life on an entirely different course and turn your whole world upside down.”- Abbey, Even Angels Fall
Title: Even Angels Fall
Author: F.L. Darbyshire
Publication Date: August 21, 2014
Publisher: Grosvenor House Publishing Limited
*I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.*
After suffering an unthinkable loss, Abbey Miller and her family move to Leeds to rebuild their lives and start again, but the pain and grief that Abbey carries with her is impossible to escape. As she finds herself becoming increasingly isolated from her family, she develops a firm friendship with Lucy, Nathan and Liam, who introduce her to a brand new and exciting world, far removed from all of her problems. But will her new friends bring her the light hearted relief she has longed for? Or will she find herself getting drawn deep into their dangerous and intoxicating world?
The cover for this book is okay, I wish it was a little more colorful and maybe even abstract.
I have a love/hate relationship with the writing for this book. First, let’s talk about what I loved. This book deals with a number of serious themes, like loss, drugs and alcohol, family issues and I really enjoyed that. After loosing her other half, Abbey has a hard time moving forward. Her family also has a difficult time moving forward and Abbey’s relationship with her family becomes strained. This leads her to getting mixed up with the wrong crowd and experimenting with drugs and alcohol. You get to see Abbey struggle between what is right and wrong and finding her way back home. Reading Abbey’s struggle was heartbreaking and my heart went out to her.
But here’s what I didn’t like: the WAY the book was written. The book is written in 3rd person POV and while I’m not super picky when it comes to these kinds of things, I wish the book was written in 1st person instead. I felt that it would have had more of a impact reading the story through Abbey’s eyes instead of being told the story. There were also many characters in this novel and transitioning from each person’s thoughts could have been smoother.
While there are many characters in this book, I’m only going to focus on our two main characters: Abbey and Alex.
For the most part, I liked Abbey. She really struggled throughout this book and had a number of new experiences. The one thing I wish she would have done more of was maybe question her own actions a little more. She questions everything that was going on around her, but when it came down to it, she easily gave into doing drugs and taking shots. She does redeem herself though in the ending by getting the help she needs and that was great to see.
Alex is a drug dealer and I thought that I would spend majority of the book disliking him, but he ended up being an alright guy. I thought that he would be selfish, but he actually cares deeply for everyone in his life and looks out for everyone. I felt that he was a great match for Abbey. He never forces Abbey to join his lifestyle. He actually pushes Abbey to fix her relationship with her family and reminds her of everything she still has even though she lost an important part of her.
As I said before, I had some issues with the writing for this book. Another thing I had an issue with was that ending. THAT ENDING! WHY?! After everything Abbey went through and overcame, I did not like the way her story ended. I do have to commend the author on taking that risk because that was not an easy decision to make.
Overall, I enjoyed this book and if not for my issues with the writing, I would have probably rated it higher.