Lucian Divine by Renee Carlino
on January 9, 2017
Genres: Angels, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
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“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 really hope my guardian angel is drunk…it would make a lot of sense…just saying.
I have to begin this review at the end of the book. Because when all’s said and done, at the end of a book it’s all about how you feel. Do you feel complete? Was there something more you wished would happen? When I got to the last page of Lucian Divine I did two things; for one I kept trying to turn the page hoping for more, for two my heart swelled with this warmth of what I can only imagine was contentedness and quite possibly love.
Books have this amazing way of evoking feeling from us. No matter who you are or where you’re from, it makes no difference, books make us feel…something. I myself have been angry, frustrated, happy, sad, panicked, anxious, intrigued, excited, empowered, and content while reading. It’s impressive that simple words strung together to make complex sentences which eventually lead to stories being told can be as powerful and inspiring as they often are. Some authors “show”, some “tell” some make us “guess” others make us “feel” it’s all just a matter of style and what a particular reader enjoys.
Renee Carlino has magically blended all those styles together in her writing. Each time I pick up one of her books I know I’m going on a journey. This time for me, it was a restoration of faith…sort of. I have this mantra that I tell myself all the time. I even have it tattooed on my arm, there is always hope. There was a similar mantra in Lucian Divine, just have faith. Faith by definition is: 1. complete trust or confidence in someone or something; 2. strong belief in God or the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof. This story, while using the theory of religion as a plot device, is really so much more.
…and it still amazes me that faith alone holds the key to religion everywhere, all over the world. Faith is strong enough to die, to kill, and to sacrifice for. Faith alone.
Evey and Lucian’s story is about love in it’s purest form. It’s about learning who you really are so you can the best version of yourself for the other person. It’s about knowing in the deepest part of you to believe in someone or something that you can’t explain but you know it to be right. Lucian Divine challenges the reader to look beyond the words on the pages and to feel the brilliance of faith, love, humanity. I am thrilled that this was one of the first books I read in 2017. It’s not one I’ll soon forget.
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.
* I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader’s Copy of this book *