Lucian Divine by Renee Carlino | WTF Did We Read?!

January 16, 2017 | Posted by Genesis & Amanda in Book Reviews | 32 Comments

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Lucian Divine by Renee Carlino | WTF Did We Read?!Lucian Divine
by Renée Carlino
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Publication Date: January 9th 2017 by Self-Published
Pages: 260
Format: ARC, eARC
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1 Stars
Source: Author via Mail, Publicist via Netgalley

“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 received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

THE STORY

Amanda: After reading Renee Carlino’s Swear on This Life, I was crazy excited to read Lucian Divine!! I even got my copy from Renee herself after she read my review!!! But now it’s my third DNF book ever! I’m crying, it was so bad I had to stop at half way.

Genesis: I feel the same! I read and loved Before We Were Strangers and Swear on this Life. Both books made it to my fave reads of their publishing year. When I heard Renee was expanding to the paranormal genre, I jumped with glee! I couldn’t wait to read a new book by Renee. When I started reading, I was actually liking it and found it funny at times, but soon it started going downhill for me. I’m surprised I didn’t DNF’d it like Amanda did. I guess it really was a trainwreck: I couldn’t look away, in this case, I couldn’t put the book down.

AmandaI found myself forcing my way through the first 50%. I only got that far because, like Gen, I saw it like a trainwreck – just not a very good one, I guess! LOL! I kept waiting for it to either become clear that the whole thing was meant as a humorous read because it was just SO ridiculous, or for it to just suddenly get better… By halfway, I knew neither was going to happen so I moved on.

Genesis: Ridiculous is right! My jaw would drop open at all the ridiculousness happening. There was this one part that showed Evey couldn’t live without Lucian View Spoiler » and I was so disgusted by this! I used to be a cutter myself and let me tell you, I hate when people joke about it or don’t take it seriously. I was offended by the statement and how Evey didn’t even think of the consequences of this action. When I reached this point of the story, I knew I wouldn’t enjoy it much, and I was right.

Amanda: I couldn’t figure out why all of a sudden this seemingly normal human was just accepting the presence of angels, guardian angels, this particular angel’s story, and was suddenly in love with him!! Get out of here, that’s insane. At one point, I remember telling Genesis that to me, it seemed more like reading the script of a porn video, than a book. And now knowing what I missed (see Gen’s spoiler above), I’m angry that I had any part in this book or its promotion.

My mental health history is something I am vocal about – as well as awareness and understanding – and part of that history includes cutting and suicide attempts. That topic and those things are no joke! We take them very seriously at Latte Nights Reviews, and obviously, would never promote them!

Genesis:  I agree. I do not promote them when they are being made fun of or mentioned so lightly. If it’s a book that’s serious, like Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow, I’ll gladly promote it because people should be educated and if that’s the only way, by reading fiction, then okay! But it disgusted me so much when I read that in the book. Funny thing is that I wasn’t even that offended with the religion aspect, which was also taken lightly and sometimes offensive. I did get offended since I’m a Christian, but the stunt about the cutting had my blood boiling.

THE CHARACTERS

Genesis: Evey was a character I found myself liking in the beginning. She seemed to have a good head on her shoulders, with a vision of what she wanted to do with her life. When Lucian came into her life, it’s like everything stopped. She would still go to work and everything, but it’s like Lucian became her everything, and vice versa. I get that Lucian is a guardian angel and because of the paranormal aspect of the story, it’s okay for Evey to fall for Lucian immediately. The problem I had was that I. Could. Not. Buy. It! The romance and the story itself were unbelievably rushed. I told Amanda this should have been a series, not a standalone, because it’s like the author tried to make everything fit into one short book.

Amanda: I had the same thought process about Evey in the beginning — I liked her, she seemed like a regular person, and the date at the beginning is totally relatable! Then Lucian happens and everything goes straight to hell! (pun intended) All of a sudden, she’s flighty, she bails on working at the beginning, at her bosses and there is no recognition of that at all! Some guy shows up, angel or not, and you’re suddenly a dufus?! Nope. Not feeling it. I could not get into this at all — I need to care about the people I’m reading, care about their relationship, and I was closer to hate! Their relationship made no sense — the sex was alright, because who am I to judge sleeping with a guy you’ve just met because they’re sexy and you want to? But to fall in love in the span of what I think may have been 24 hours (?), get outta town!

Genesis: Exactly! It’s like Evey forgot how to be herself and be her own person. Lucian was no better. At first, I liked him and could see his appeal, but after? Hell no! He knew he was putting Evey and himself in danger. If he stayed with her, he would possibly die, but he didn’t care. He jeopardized Evey’s life, instead of stepping back and searching for an alternative. He would depend so much on Evey! I was glad to see that as the book progressed, Evey would tell him that they needed to have distance, like a regular couple, which had me doing a fist pump because it was about damn time she noticed their relationship was toxic and co-dependent.

OVERALL

Amanda: I wound up putting the book down somewhere in chapter nine. When Lucian admits he changed from “guardian angel” to someone who was in love with Evey after he went into someone else’s body, and through their eyes saw her naked and it turned him on. Yes, that is a real part of the storyline. Ugh. At that point, I closed the book and had to admit defeat lest I push myself into the dreaded reading slump that occurs post-total-garbage-book!

Genesis: As you can see, Amanda has some negative strong feelings for this book LOL. I really should have DNF’d this one like she did. I had really high expectations for it and it didn’t even come close to meeting them. It was a major disappointment that left me disgusted and wondering what the hell I had read.

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Amanda’s Rating

 

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  • Ah, it’s so disappointing that both of you didn’t like the book 🙁 We’ve heard so much about Renee and how good her books are. Love your review!!!!!!! <3 We love puns – especially the one about going to hell. We loved that one 😀 We agree, mental health isn't something to be taken lightly of , so it's not good to see that this book brushes it off so casually. Again, great review, and hope the next book is MUCH more enjoyable.
    ~ Pendragons

    • Amanda Mitchell

      Thank you! It was actually a super fun review to write since it was our first one together!
      We’ve loved Renee’s other books, which I think made this one even more disappointing!

    • Her books really are great! But this one just didn’t make the cut.

  • I considered requesting this book, and you two have made me really glad that I didn’t because I don’t like books that are ridiculous in an unrealistic way like that. And all the examples you guys gave of specific things definitely fall into that category. And seriously, just throwing self harm into the book for the heck of it? If something like that is going to be included, then it should be in order to open up a legitimate dialogue about mental health and part of the character and her story, not just a random thing. Sorry this was disappointment for both of you.

    • Amanda Mitchell

      I totally agree with you! Super unnecessary to just toss in some self harm – like it’s a condiment.

    • And there were even more ridiculous things happening in the story *shudders* I agree about the legitimate dialogue!!

  • YIKES!! I loved the idea of this and the paranormal angle but this does not sound good at all. I am kind of glad I didn’t get approved now. Great review ladies!

  • Oh, noes. I was looking forward to reading this one on account of I’ve been loving Renee Carlino’s books. Whelp.

    • Amanda Mitchell

      We were so excited to read this book because we love Renee’s other work – I got my copy from Renee herself after my review of Swear on This Life – but wow… Definitely not for us!

    • I agree with you! I was so looking forward to this one since BWWS and SotL were great but this one was just garbage.

  • Yikes, so sorry to hear that you guys didn’t enjoy this one. I have only read Before We Were Strangers and I really enjoyed it. Unfortunately, most of the reviews I’ve seen for this one are not positive so I think I will have to skip it. Hope your next read is better!

    • Amanda Mitchell

      Swear on This Life is another Renee Carlino book that you could check out!! It and Before We Were Strangers get a lot of positive feedback!

    • You should read SotL!!!

  • Oh boy! This sounds like a hot mess. This author’s works normally doesn’t work for me, so I wasn’t interested in that one, but I’m really glad I didn’t consider reading it. The cutting thing really pisses me off. Way to be insensitive. Sorry this wasn’t for you guys. Hopefully your next buddy read will be for a book you love.

    • Amanda Mitchell

      Fingers crossed for the next one for sure!!

    • It was a major mess, Nick!!! Seriously, you wouldn’t like it at all.

  • Totally different take them me… I had wrote something else but I took it down b/c, well, I’m dumb!! I’ll email ya 🙂 Great discussion of the book!

    • Amanda Mitchell

      I’d love to know what you had to say about this book!

    • Haha Kristin! I thought your comment was still here. I was going to copy/paste my answer LOL.

  • Aw too bad. Sorry this one didn’t work for you, but you have me curious about the author’s other works. 🙂

    • Amanda Mitchell

      Swear on This Life is a great one by her!!

    • You should totally check out her two previous published books 🙂

  • Oh jeez, I shouldn’t laugh, but it’s hard not to at the mess this seems to be.

  • Yikes, this book sounds like a hot mess. I think I’ll pass. Thanks for the review, ladies!

    • Amanda Mitchell

      You are welcome! Just saving the world from bad books, one day at a time!

    • You’re welcome, girl! We saved you big time LOL

  • Oh WOW does this sound a mess. Amanda’s last bit about where she DNFed had me laughing but like… a sad “what even?” kind of laughing. Yikes. It sounds BAD. And I agree that the MH stuff is definitely NOT something to take lightly and I feel you for being disgusted. SO sorry that this was such a mess for you both, I hope your next reads have been better! I enjoyed your review though! 😀