Uriel’s Fall – Loralie Hall
Since the dawn of whenever, humans have lapped up stories of demons and angels. We have built civilizations and communities around such religious icons like Michael and Gabriel or Lucifer and Belial. For some cultures, we look to these creatures as the beginning and ending of man. They are the gods, demigods, or demons that we worship, fear and sometimes pray to never meet. However, even without believing in such religious icons, we often experience what it’s like to carry demons on our shoulders and what it’s like to look at paradise. Whether it be an addiction or an affliction, or the face of a new-born child smiling up at us. We carry them inside of us, even if we do not believe in their existence. They exist in our day-to-day lives.
The fact that we all understand what it is like to carry both demons and angels inside of us, made me excited to read Uriel’s Fall, which is a fictional story about a young archangel who hangs with the demons in the underworld. However, don’t expect this story to be as black and white as Christianity has taught. Instead, in this story angels and demons are not so different from each other. The sides they fight on have more to do with political agendas than whether they are truly good or bad individuals. There is no bad or good in this story. For these angels and demons are as complicated as the humans who walk the earth. Like us, they are all shades of gray.
I’ve always had a thing for heavenly and demonic tales and any spin usually will incite my interest. Hall spun a unique and compelling story that I enjoyed immensely. The concept of an archangel (Uriel), who falls in line with Lucifer and who suddenly hears voices in her head was pretty fun to witness. I enjoyed all of her characters! And I loved the spin on several of them that you might never expect. Those who should be good are not always so good and vice versa. There were complicated character designs with questionable motives that was definitely an engaging tactic, which kept me reading more.
One large aspect of this story is the office culture that Hall creates. Uriel is just like one of us. She has a 9-5 job and that job is not exciting in any way — at least the office part isn’t. She is an office droid much like myself, and I found that I could completely relate to that part of her life completely. While the office culture is a big component of the atmosphere, it does not overshadow the main story, which is more about a girl with a serious mental issue than it is about office culture. In the mix of everything going on in Uriel’s life, you throw in a love triangle and steamy sexual tension and you got yourself a hot mess. Personally, I don’t need to always see the sexual tension come to fruition to feel the story did the sexy feelings justice. In this case, I actually would have preferred it not to have occurred. It felt a little over the top, like a non-alcoholic punch getting spiked. And I love me some sexy, erotic stories! But it just didn’t work for me this time. In addition, my only other gripe is that at times there were a few comprehension gaps and a lack of clarity regarding internal dialogue. Fortunately, these bumps were a small portion of the story and did not overshadow the tale itself.
If you like stories that involve angels and demons and want a unique spin on the concept then I recommend this book. Hall kept me involved and engaged the entire ride and I am definitely on-board to read any sequels or other stories she has in the works. She’s a good writer and I encourage you cherubic readers and addicts out there to give this book a try. I don’t think you will be disappointed. It’s a relatively fast read because you will never be bored and there is little to no downtime. Give it a peek! You can find it on Amazon for 99 cents in kindle format or $12.66 in paperback.
What’s a corporate demon to do, when the voice in her head is devouring her sanity from the inside out, and the hosts of heaven and hell would rather see her destroyed than surrender a power no one should possess?
Ronnie has the job any entry-level angel or demon would sell their soul for—she’s a retrieval analyst for the largest search engine in the world. Ubiquity is a joint initiative between heaven and hell. Because what better way to track all of humanity’s secrets, both good and bad, than direct access to their web browsing habits?
She might appreciate the position a little more if a) she could remember anything about her life before she started working at Ubiquity, b) the damned voice in her head would just shut up already, and c) her boss weren’t a complete control freak.
As she searches for solutions to the first two issues, and hopes the third will work itself out in performance reviews, she uncovers more petty backstabbing than an episode of Real Housewives, and a conspiracy as old as Lucifer’s descent from heaven.
Now Ronnie’s struggling to keep her sanity and job, while stopping the voice in her head from stealing her life. She almost misses the boredom of retrieval analysis at Ubiquity.
Loralie Hall is a full-time corporate drone and a fuller time writer. Her spouse is her muse and their cats are very much their children. When they’re not spending way too much time gaming, they’re making the world more good by vanquishing one fictional evil at a time.
Check out her site: http://www.urielsfall.com/
*I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.