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Angel Evolution! By David Estes. Oh joy…or not.

on July 7, 2012
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I tried to like this book, I really did! I just couldn’t…
It was so similar to other stories I had read, I groaned inwardly when I finished the first part of the book. 
It’s not just the book, it’s what it was about, that made me feel so negatively towards the entire novel. Maybe if it was the first time I had encountered this plot and idea of the book, 
I would have felt differently but no such luck 😦
I have read similar book to this, and because of that, I can’t say I liked it. I twas just so…ordinary.

The Plot:
This is ALL you need to know:
There’s this pretty, “special” girl who just doesn’t know it. In addition, she has no idea she is pretty. Both of these factors lead to her low self esteem. (And she’s socially awkward, but that’s a given lately in YA fiction.)
Then comes the guy. He’s hawt, of course, but he has a secret agenda! He has a mission. It involves her and it isn’t good…
 Not that she knows that! Yet…
 But when he’s with her, she feels so special!
But what will happen when she finds out his secret?
And what will happen to him when he fails his mission and falls in love with the target? (Or does he?…..<insert suspenseful music>…)

The Protagonist:
Taylor:
She was like a brick, no personality at all. It didn’t even seem like she loved her family. She was happy to get away from her dad and had no connection to her brother. Her brother, she claimed didn’t care about her, well how is that? There is no evidence to support that and how can you not love your sibling? No matter what, even if you hate them you still FEEL something towards them, have some sort of a connection. It’s simply not possible to feel NOTHING towards your bro or sis!
Also, when meeting Gabriel, she didn’t change out of her sweatpants or put makeup on because “that’s the kinda girl she is”. 
Wow! You’re sooooo deep bella, I mean Taylor! Hehehe
I think the author was trying to make her come across as deep or so sophisticated and mature by making her the atypical girl but the effect was that she seemed like she was trying TOO hard to be “different” which makes her seem no different than anyone else.

Overall Impression:
This book was a hard read for me because it was so dull and uninteresting. By page 43, I had had enough of this book. I wanted to put it down, but because of the deadline, I plunged on. If I could have abandoned this book, I would have. There was nothing that struck out to me about the book, neither the characters or plot nor the writing style. Everything seemed…average.
The plot was not engaging, especially in the beginning and it continued to drag on. The characters were mediocre and I felt no real connection to any of the half-developed characters. Taylor, the protagonist who was a college student, seemed like such a brick head sometimes, I felt hatred towards her. She was another faceless girl who fell deeply in love with the hawt guy, who just so happened to be evil. There was nothing about that made me even remotely interested in her, if she fell of a cliff, I would wouldn’t even blink my eyes. Maybe I would cheer if I bothered to pay attention…
 
 
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