Title: Lucian Divine
Author: Renee Carlino
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 9 Jan 2017
Source: Review Copy
BUY LINKS: Amazon
Synopsis from Goodreads
“My guardian angel is a drunk.”
Evelyn Casey’s life is at a standstill. She’s in her mid-twenties, struggling with the dating scene in San Francisco. Nothing seems to be working out, and she’s starting to think that she’ll live out her days in her crummy apartment with her overbearing roommate, Brooklyn. It’s absurd, but sometimes Evey longs for a guardian angel to show up and save the day.
And then he does. Seriously. His name is Lucian and he’s a guardian angel, been on the job for two thousand years. His sudden presence in her life is both good—he’s brilliant, witty, and warm—and bad—he’s brilliant, witty, warm, and hot as —-. But as perfect as Lucian seems, he’s got problems of his own. He’s taken up drinking and he’s brazenly inserted himself into Evey’s life, going against the greatest cosmic law ever created.
For Evey, the rules are simple: You are not allowed to hook up with your guardian angel. But sometimes fulfilling your destiny requires a leap of faith, a confrontation with God.
Yes, God as in God.
I’m going to be honest here but Lucian Divine is unbelievably hard to review; it is the same stunning writing style we have come to expect from Renee Carlino but with a twist. It is especially difficult to write about without giving spoilers, I will say it is cleverly thought-provoking on a number of levels.
Lucian is unlike any Guardian Angel you may have encountered, tasked with watching over Evelyn without interference, something Lucian isn’t that skilled at carrying out and is still paying the price for previous errors. Lucian’s life and that of the other Guardian Angels is incredibly boring apart from the small space of time they have to themselves. However, they generally tend to run amuck in this time, sowing their oats and generally acting out in any way they can. They are just as fallible as the humans they watch over. With no memory of their existence prior to that of Guardian and no additional knowledge of religion, life after death or any of the other philosophical questions, you can’t help but compare their lives to purgatory.
Lucian is aware his feelings for Evelyn are different to any charge he has encountered in his existence, he loves her on an elemental level, bringing the notion of soul-mates to live. Although Lucian has watched over Evelyn all her life his feelings for her have always been legitimate and developed with age. It reminded me a little bit of the imprinting used within the Twilight books. There is a connection between Lucian and Evelyn that is stronger than the barriers between them. Although, any kind of relationship between Lucian and Evelyn is destined to have consequences.
Lucian Divine explores all aspects of faith; not just in a religious context but also in the faith we have to have in each other to be able to trust another person. The faith in ourselves to have the strength and conviction to follow our own paths, to have belief in ourselves. There is a lot of deliberation between the idea of destiny, fate and free-will, how much control do we really have over our future, is it pre-determined or are there a number of different paths that we can take but ultimately end up where we should be.
If that isn’t enough to get your brain working overtime there is also the question of why bad things happen to good people, where is the justice in the world. If there is a higher power then why are there so many atrocities happening in the world. Even on a personal basis, why are individuals caused pain and suffering through their lives. It really does make you think.
Lucian and Evelyn are the embodiment of soul-mates but is that enough to give them a happily ever after in a world of consequences. You’ll have to read it to find out 😉