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Envy of Angels, by Matt Wallace

pbanditp's review against another edition

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2.0

It wasn't bad but I just couldn't get into the story. It seems more like random associated scenes put together but didn't have much of a connection or any character feelings to bring it along. I really wanted to love this and get some good laughs but it just wasn't for me.

schmehl's review

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adventurous emotional funny lighthearted fast-paced
  • Loveable characters? Yes

5.0

auntblh's review against another edition

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4.0

3.5 stars - I liked this but I'm not sure if I will continue in the series thus the rounding down. It was a quick read but that could be why I don't feel like I got a good grasp on the characters or the world.

izzy_happyfornow's review against another edition

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4.0

I urge you to read this book. It's utterly insane and amazing. I can't wait to read book 2!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5n9YDM-r4HU

impalalove's review against another edition

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3.0

This book is trippy.

iblamewizards's review

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funny lighthearted fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? N/A
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.0

It was nice to start 2023 with a fun, quick read, and Envy of Angles did not disappoint. It was a crazy ride, but I enjoyed every minute of it. There were a lot of characters introduced, and not a huge amount of development for them, and the world isn't fully fleshed out yet, but it didn't detract enough from the story to affect my rating. Instead, it made me pretty keen to read the rest of the novella series to find out more!

The humour is a blunt instrument, and might not be to everyone's taste. But it was the exact kind of irrelevant, over-the-top silliness that I was in the mood for. There is nothing subtle about Envy of Angles, so be prepared for some crazy shenanigans. Just sit back and enjoy the ride. 

stiricide's review against another edition

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3.0

Eh. This is fine, in a Repairman Jack in the kitchen sort of way. Prime and Sol Majestic are better.

hartd's review against another edition

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5.0

This is fantastic! It made me smile a lot and laugh out loud more than a few times, which is not really all that easy to achieve. I'm very excited to continue with the series. I can't believe this is not a hit TV show already, and I won't be at all surprised if that happens. I don't know why it took me so long to hear about this series, but I know I'll be recommending it far & wide.

It's original, as you can tell from the summary, with some very appealing and realistic characters, but it plays with a lot of concepts that will be familiar to any fan of urban fantasy. Buffy/Angel fans really need to read this in particular, as the humor is similar. It's as fun (if not more so) as the original voyage to Lorne's home dimension. But unlike Buffy/Angel, there is not any heavy interpersonal stuff, at least not in this first outing; it's pretty lighthearted in that way, although I did really like the friendship between Lena and Darren. I can imagine so many potential stories in this world.

This is in third-person omniscient, although we don't see everyone's PoV all the time, and it works well for the story that's being told. It focuses on several sets of characters: the young chefs Lena and Darren (who is gay, although that's only mentioned once); the catering company's procurement team, a group of fantasy-quest-type characters led by a grizzled magician in the vein of John Constantine; and the world-weary executive chef, Bronko. There are lots of other fun characters, too, such as the pothead busboys, who felt a little bit like Statler and Waldorf at first, and the douchebag chef, who seems like he's going to be permanently at odds with Lena, but probably not in a tiresome sexual-tension way, as the narrative makes it pretty clear the guy is an actual jerk.

The plot is about orchestrating a major banquet for warring demon clans. The pace is fast, and the story takes more than a few surprising turns. It's fun, hilarious, and smart, and none of the humor made me uncomfortable at all. I only cringed at a few disgusting moments, and I'm sure I was meant to.

Great book, and I am diving into the rest of the series immediately.

imzadirose's review against another edition

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4.0

My Husband recommended this to me because He thought I would like it, and I did. Not my usual type book but definitely enjoyable. Looking forward to more.

anywiebs's review against another edition

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3.0

A fast paced fantasy with a set of strange characters and events.
So far I am not sure I like all the characters, but will continue with the seires.