Title: Talisman of El
Author: Alecia Stone
Series: Talisman of El #1
Publication Date: May 20, 2012
WHAT IF YOUR WHOLE LIFE WAS A LIE?
Population: Human ... 7 billion.
Others ... unknown.
When 14-year-old Charlie Blake wakes up sweating and gasping for air in the middle of the night, he knows it is happening again. This time he witnesses a brutal murder. He's afraid to tell anyone. No one would believe him ... because it was a dream. Just like the one he had four years ago - the day before his dad died.
Charlie doesn't know why this is happening. He would give anything to have an ordinary life. The problem: he doesn't belong in the world he knows as home.
He belongs with the others.
I really wanted to like this book. I mean, it's written by a book blogger! Unfortunately, this book did not really work for me. I found it really dragged on and I couldn't get invested in the story or the characters. It seemed unnecessarily long and, while I did slog my way through it, I didn't enjoy myself.
Main character Charlie starts off as a typical fictional orphan. But don't worry, he's special! Alex, Derkein and Richmond (who I can't help but picture as a minuature goth version of Richmond from IT Crowd) were fairly stock supporting characters, with the possible exception of Derkein.
On the bright side, I did find the world to be very interesting and original. Elements and angels are a mix I haven't seem before. Unfortunately, for me, the original storyline was not enough to make up for the poor pacing that made this one a chore to read.