A Touch of Crimson by Sylvia Day – 2 Stars

A Touch of CrimsonCover art thanks to Goodreads, click on it to visit book’s page there.

Book one in the Renegade Angels series.

I own a copy of this book on my Nook.

Book  Synopsis:

Adrian Mitchell is a powerful angel leading an elite Special Ops unit of Seraphim. His task is to punish the Fallen-angels who have become vampires-and command a restless pack of indentured lycans. But Adrian has suffered his own punishment for becoming involved with mortals- losing the woman he loves again and again. Now, after nearly two hundred years, he has found her-Shadoe-her soul once more inhabiting a new body, with no memory of him. And this time, he won’t let her go.

My Review:

I’m a fan of Ms. Day’s Crossfire series, although this book has been on my to-read list longer then I’ve known about her more popular read.  I’ve owned this book for a while now and finally decided I need to get around to clearing off some of the titles that have been on my to-read list for too long.  I added this one back in Oct 25 2011, shortly after it was published and just never got around to it.  I’m a fan of angel and vampire paranormal stories, so thought this one would be right up my alley.  It wasn’t…

It was alright, but I just never got excited about the action or invested in the characters.  Around page 100 I seriously thought about DNFing this title, but stuck it out a little longer and ended up finishing the book.  The story must have picked up and I started sorting everything out.  I didn’t hate the book, hence finishing it and not giving it one star, but I’m also not burning from desire to go out and read the next one.  Book three isn’t going to be published until she finishes the Crossfire series, and who the hell knows when that is going to be…  If I do continue to book two, which isn’t very likely, it will be all for the character Elijah who is the only character that was able to catch my interest in book one.

So what was the problem?  What didn’t work for me?   Part of it was a case of too many plot threads.  There was just too much going on and we never got the chance to get invested in one dilemma before moving onto the next.  Each chapter in the beginning felt like a different book,  the action and events didn’t start piecing together until it was almost too late for me.  If I had been going my normal DNF guidelines I would have given up before the story started making sense.  I never did come to care for the lead characters.  I could tell at the end where I would have normally been in tears over the sacrifices they were making for each other I though oh look only 60 more pages til I’m done.  I didn’t care one way or the other if they ended up together.  I just wanted to be done.

The idea behind the story was great, but too many plot lines made it thin for me.  I also felt there was a serious lacking of ‘bad’ guy in this story.  The vamps were set up to be the fall guy, but they were pretty weak and you could see the author was setting them up to be redeemed by the end of the series.  Which is great, everyone ends up a good guy, but makes the story lack a real motivator for the action.  We needed someone to hate or blame to become more supporting of the ‘good’ guys.

So was there anything I liked?  There must have been for me to finish the story.  I did like Elijah and his friendship with Lindsay.  I also was intrigued to learn more about the other angels living and work at the compound, but we never learned much about them beyond their not approving of Lindsay.  I also kinda liked the Vamps and how they were not such bad guys as the angels would lead us to believe, but again they were not in the story much.  I also did like the idea that these two had this great love and been forced apart over cycles of reincarnation of Shadoe’s soul.

I wanted to like the story more, but in its current form it just didn’t work for me.  Don’t let that stop you from giving it a go though.  This book had the unfortunate timing of following a book I was crazy for, so that may have colored my thoughts a bit…but then again maybe not.  I think I will probably just stick to her Crossfire series which I enjoyed a lot more.




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