Title: The Unsaintly
Author: Lisa Vasquez
Published Date: July 24th 2014
***THIS BOOK WAS GIVEN TO ME IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
The Unsaintly is the journey of Isabel, the daughter of Louis VII and Blanche of Castile, who devoted her entire life to the servitude of God. When Isabel begins to suffer from stigmata, she learns that it is just the beginning of her role in the fight between Heaven and Hell. Her sacrifice is not great enough when the abuse inflicted by the stigmata she suffers leaves is then replaced by the real horrors inflicted by God’s rival; Lucifer.
All that she’s learned up to this point will be tested along with her faith, in this horrific story of good, evil, and everything in between.
First, I must say that the details and character building were great and the scenes of Hell, angels, demons and God were phenominal. But… Such mixed emotions! I wanted so desperately to love this book. I just got lost a few times. I mean, what a fantastic idea! The synopsis had my attention immediately. I felt myself losing interest in the confusion of changing times and setting.
The story jumped around quite a bit. I lost track of where we were going a few times, but I just can’t complain too much. I feel like this writer has a fantastic imagination and her technique will grown with time. Her attention to detail and remarkable imagination really has me curious as to what she will create next.
Dark and twisty, gory at times and a little hopeful… overall a good storyline, I don’t think Vasquez should be counted out. Historical fiction isn’t easy to write and from what I understand, this was her first go at it. I will most likely go on to read the future books because the creation of this world was outstanding. It was an interesting look at the interworkings of the universe and how humans fit into it all.
Overall, I’d say give it a shot. The talent is there and you may discover something you love in the unique writing of Vasquez. Even though I had a tough time here and there, the sheer creativity of the world is worth the read and it’s truly original.
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