Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Reveiw ~ Danann Falls From Grace by Joanne Valiukas

TITLE: Danann Frost Falls From Grace
AUTHOR: Joanne Valiukas
COPYRIGHT: 1/21/2010
TYPE: Paranormal Romance
PAGES: 402 (I read the E-book version)
SERIES:
Yes I believe there will be a second one.

REASON FOR READ: Offered on Book Lovin’ Bitches and thought it sounded interesting

SUMMARY (from Goodreads):
Danann Frost is thousands of years old, yet young for her kind. She is a creature of the Light, an Angel, one of the Seraphim; a race of beings that live beyond our world. She has been cast out of paradise and Fallen from Grace, all for the love of a Dark One - a vampire. The only problem is, Seth did not want her and told her to go and not come back. Danann has made a life for herself amongst the vampires of this world and they protect her fragile nature. She and the vampire Asher live on the fringes of the human world; love and loyalty cannot separate them but trouble and vengeance are on their way. After two hundred years of enduring the crippling punishments of her Fall, Seth walks back into her life but he is bitter and angry and out for revenge. Thank God he is after someone else...or is he? Can Danann escape the dark intentions of her once-beloved for whom she Fell from Grace, or has she put all those that she holds dear in danger? Journey with Danann as she takes the path to taking back her Light and ascending to be Angel once more. Will the Archangel Uriel surrender her Light or will Danann be doomed to walk in darkness forever

THOUGHTS/OPINION:
First take a vampire (aka Dark one) throw in a an Angel who does have human modesty and you have the plot give or take. The fact that Seth (aka dark one) thinks that Danann (aka angel) is a goddess (hence the name) and that Danann is really an angel but doesn’t tell Seth makes a pretty good love problem. Also throw in that Danann cannot be with Seth unless she falls from grace which she does (hence the title) Danann gets a rude awakening because falling isn’t anything like she images.

This story takes us all over the place during lots of different times. Danann is cursed there is betrayal and hurt and well after all love but can it conquer is basically the whole plot. This is a character driven book so if you don’t like the characters you are going to be in trouble.

THINGS I LIKED:
- I did like the aspect of a vampire and angel love which is why I picked this book to begin with. I am obsessed with Angels and I love any story that has to do with them. I also liked the idea that someone from the light can fall in love with someone who is supposed to be dark.
- There is wonderful mix of mythology and own creation in this story that makes it unique besides the angel and vampire mix. The vampire lore is different and to me so was some of the angel lore that I’ve come to read. Making this a well-built fleshed out world building… well world.
- I did enjoy the fact that two men were introduced and the fact that character loved each one in her own way. I knew who I wanted her to end up with but I also appreciated the whole falling in love in different ways.

THINGS I DIDN'T LIKE:
- OMG seriously a cliff hanger I could’ve done without I wanted my HEA I needed my HEA after reading this book. It has A LOT of details. Other than that little bit (but important) note I did enjoy the book.

Are you keeping it or passing it on? keeping

Would you recommend this book? Yes if you like sweeping romance novels and a unique background this is for you. However, if you want a HEA not for you.

Challenges:
E-book Challenge
Out do Yourself Challenge

Author Info:
http://joannevaliukas.com/

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Reviewing Next:
Planning to Live by Heather Wardell

1 comment:

  1. Surely a HEA should come at the end of the story, and Danann's tale has a whole 'nother volume to go; Danann Frost Embraces the Darkness will be released around the middle of the year.

    While there's no HEA in the first one, I'd say there's quite a powerful HFN. It's not the traditional "I've got a hot guy and I'm not afraid to use him" HFN, rather it's more to do with personal empowerment. In the first one Danann sticks it to a powerful and self-righteous arcangel, finds out she's actually something quite special, chooses to... but we're getting into spoiler territory here.

    Everything gets tied up in the second one. You'll get your HEA.

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