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Some sacrifices should never be made—even for love.
Mikayel lives by one rule—obey the orders of the angelic Council at all costs. But when he and his friends, Azza and Demi, are sent to Earth as teenagers, following the rules is more difficult than they expected.
Being human isn’t the only problem facing the three angels. Unbeknownst to the Council, demonic activity is on the rise, threatening to break a tenuous peace that has existed for a millennia.Caught in a struggle for power with unseen demonic forces, and fighting against his rising emotions, Mikayel must now decide how many rules he is willing to break to save his friends, a decision that could reignite an ancient war and will threaten the only thing that matters to the angels, the survival of humanity.
I count myself rather lucky that I had a chance to read this novella before the links were made available (which they are now WOOT! Bought mine to keep because it's that good.).
Here's what Ali Cross, author of Become, had to say: “Dies Irae is the perfect introduction to Christine Fonseca’s Requiem series. The beauty of the words will tempt you, the tragedy of the story will break you, and the love, woven throughout like music through the trees, will haunt you for days afterward. Dies Irae promises a tale unlike any you’ve read before.”
What do I have to say?
Honestly, it's still lingering with me. Been a few days since I finished and I still feel swept up by the poetic nature of the prose, a style meant to hook, grab and sink you into the emotional fray of Demi, Azza and Mikayel. I know I'm a bit of a sensitive soul sometimes, no shame in admitting it, but I had to dab a Kleenex at my eyes a time or two. I'll tell girlfriends it was allergies, but between you and me, Christine did a wonderful job. If you are not interested in a story about angels, sacrifice and that deep kind of love that roots its way into your heart, then maybe this novella isn't for you. But if you're interested in beautiful writing and a beautiful story, then I'd say give Dies Irae a try.
As for my weekly report: #Writemotivation and Birth of a Novel
January saw me making forward progress with MINGLED. Last week I was at 45k word count and this week I'm at 52k. Yes, I've been making sure to hit Save like my life depends on it...cause I know my sanity does after my last debacle. Because I made some changes toward bettering my balance, I didn't get to work on UNCOMMON. However, I shall make some adjustments to my goals that are more in line with my overall "balance" goal.
I met my two book task with Under the Never Sky, Dies Irae and my sci-fi beta read. I have another beta read I get to tackle and I'm sooooo excited.
Last week I did great on the blog front and an epic fail with Twitter. Sorry guys. I know we all mess up sometimes so I'm getting over myself to do better this week.
Reading Dies Irae has me anxious for Lacrimosa, which I believe is due out in March of this year. If it comes earlier, I'm jumping on it! Now I've got a hankering for another wonderful angels and demons book. I've read Chain of Souls by Maria Zannini, an excellent read, and Become by Ali Cross, a dark and haunting read. I wonder what other angels and demons books have been released in the last three or four months that I should take a gander at. Any suggestions?