Willow’s Review of Divinity by Michelle L. Johnson
Such a promising synopsis and gorgeous cover, but such a disappointing read. I really wanted to like this book, really, but unfortunately this one was just not for me.
Where to start with this review? Usually in moments like this when I struggle to put to words what I’m feeling, I will break my review down to strengths and weaknesses, but when I just tried to do that, I couldn’t come up with any real strengths. I feel horrible because when I look at the other reviews for this book, they are mostly in the 3s, 4s, and 5s. As a result, this makes me wonder what I missed while reading.
Truthfully, when I read the synopsis I thought this book had a lot of potential…I wouldn’t have tried to read it otherwise. And there were some good moments, but most of those were overshadowed by a general miasma of anger on the part of the main character, death (seriously no one close to Julia is safe in this book), and too little explanation to late. There’s also very little action, which made it even harder to get through because in place of action there’s tons of info dumping. The scenes I enjoyed were made up of Julia’s stalker, a problem which is over before it is ever really explained, and Julia’s mother, who just happens to be the only interesting character in the book in my opinion because she’s a few cards shy of a full deck.
Forgive me, dear readers, but I’m just going to have to say it straight up, I really disliked this story. I couldn’t connect with Julia, didn’t understand the point behind the A’nwel (I felt that it was put in the story simply to give Julia something else to deal with), and couldn’t give a flying catnip toy about any of the Archangels or their purpose. Each chapter brought up questions for me which were either never explained fully or were given answers which were either simplistic in nature or created even more questions. I couldn’t understand why it took the entire book to bring Julia up to speed about her powers and purpose, or why the author had to continually point out her anger towards her father, who just happened to be Gabriel.
Will I read the next book in this series? No. But this doesn’t mean that other readers shouldn’t give this book a try. Just because I had problems with it doesn’t mean others won’t find value in it, as testament to the number of high reviews which can be found on Goodreads and Amazon. This is a prime example of what works for some, doesn’t necessarily work well for others.