Tuesday, 12 August 2014

{Review} Uriel's Fall (Ubiquity #1) by Loralie Hall

22357822Posted by Melanie 
Release Date: July 1st, 2014
Finished Date: August 2nd, 2014
Publishers: Self Published 
Genre:  Paranormal, Romance 
Source: For Review
Format: eBook 
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 they shouldn't 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 damn voice in her head would just shut up already, and c) her boss wasn't a complete dickhead.

As she searches for the 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. On top of all that, if she forgets the cover sheet on her TPS report one more time, she's absolutely going on final written warning.

Now Ronnie’s struggling to keep her sanity and job, and stop the voice in her head from stealing her life. She almost misses the boredom of data analysis at Ubiquity. Almost.

The Review: Uriel’s Fall is the story of Ronnie/Uriel who is a demon working alongside angels at Ubiquity, a place where angels & demons are given physical forms so they can hunt down rogue cherubs that have come to earth illegally and inhabit humans. Ronnie’s job is quite sought after because of the physical form they’re allowed to take. Ronnie however can’t remember anything before a starting her new job in her new form, she is told the memories will return – but when? Then she starts hearing a voice in her head that starts to really become a problem as it gains more power…. Is she losing it? Is the voice her true self? And why can’t she get any answers from her so called friends? As the voice starts giving her some information about who she is and 3 of the powers that be become involved, Ronnie realises there is more to her amnesia than meets the eye and she is determined to unravel the puzzle… but can she even trust this voice along with the memories & feelings it evokes in her?
I liked Uriel’s Fall, didn’t love it but I could appreciate the story. The thing that kept me reading was the lost memories and finding out who Uriel was and who the voice was. I don’t want to say a great deal about how it could come about because that is explained throughout the book but at times it was hard to get my head around. I liked Ronnie/Uriel’s character, she was relatable and was easy to read, giving us some good humour but also giving us a good idea of the problems with having another inhabit your brain making it a believable portrayal. The voice in her head was interesting, it tried to gain more dominance/control as the story went along which brought another dimension to the main character but was very irritating at times when there is a lot of internal bickering going on. There are a couple of potential love interests which brought a bit of hotness to the story but I found it hard to become invested in them because of the dual voice/one person issue – who were they interested in? – which was also a big issue for the character. As I said, I appreciated the story but it was kind of hard to get into. In the beginning there was a lot of information overload so it took a while to understand what was going on and the dynamic of the world they lived in, I wouldn’t say that I 100% ‘got it’ but I got the gist. My curiosity was piqued more than anything and I was invested in finding out the who, why and what of the story. I will say that it steadily got better and better for me leading to a couple of great showdowns and the big reveals that left me satisfied at the conclusion. So, a mixed bag for me but I did enjoy it. 

Thank you to Loralie Hall  for giving me the opportunity to review this book in exchange for an honest review. 


mollymortensen said...

I'm not sure what to make of this book. I don't like the voice in her head plot, do I think I'll skip it. Thanks.

alessya said...

Great review! :)

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