Angels on Sunset Boulevard
by Melissa de la Cruz
Read between October 2009 and January 2010
Ugh! Let’s see, I first opened this book and began reading it in hmm October, I think. It is now Mid-January and I forced myself to finish is. I hate to give up on a book, but I almost wish I would have.
The concept behind the book is good and original. TAP, or The Angels Practice is a Facebook/My Space type website with a twist. It is more like a cult, just for teens and young people. One of the biggest parts of TAP are the parties where a special narcotic/hallucinogenic drink is served to free them of their inhibitions among other things. Like I said, I thought it was very original, I just wish it played out better.
The author, Melissa de la Cruz has written some very well-liked books, including, but not limited to her Blue Bloods series about vampires. The writing in itself was good, descriptive, and easy-to-read. Somewhere after the first couple of chapters it just got painfully boring for me to read. There is a bit of mystery involving a missing rock star and some random missing kids, but I just didn’t care. The characters who went missing weren’t major and I had no connection with them.
The most disappointing thing for me was the ending. It just fell flat. It seemed rushed and frantic and then just ended. I felt there were so many loose ends that were just left. I would have liked some things played out a bit more and explained. We found some things out about Taj, the main female character, but it was all so rushed. I would have liked to know more about what she was thinking and why certain things happened. I don’t want to reveal too much, so I will leave it at that.
Overall, good concept but poorly executed. I have not turned off of this author completely though. I have heard good things about many of her other books. Although, some people who reviewed this book loved it. Hmmm…whatever floats your boat I guess. This just wasn’t for me.