where I got my copy: Laura Kreitzer
where to buy: Laura Kreitzer's Website, Amazon, BN
Gabriella's past is a mystery, but that never stopped her from achieving her goals. As a supernatural specialist, and far more intelligent than anyone her age, she has always been ignored by her peers. Because of the isolation she has always felt, she put her life and soul into her job. Being a supernatural specialist hasn't given her the divine intervention she always longed for, until one day a shipment arrives from Italy containing three dead bodies with an uncanny ability to regenerate. Gabriella is frightened and intrigued, but not as scared as she becomes when a dark creature attacks her.
As the bodies come back to life, the plot takes an unexpected twist that you won't see coming. The supernatural world only begins to unfold before her as angels appear, her dreams start to haunt her, and the very past she has forgotten comes back with startling clarity. Romance blooms, escape plans are made, an assassin is out to kill her, and death is only around the corner. But what is more terrifying than all of it is the fact she is the chosen one, the Illuminator, the one who will save them all.
THOUGHTS:Dr. Gabriella Moretti never fit anywhere besides her profession and inside the confines of her lab that they call "fishbowl". At age of 19 she already graduated with honors and with a Ph.D, impressive? yes and she is probably the most intriguing character that I've read this year. Her character surrounds a great depth of mystery. The first two chapters did not really try to hide that. She is someone else, something else... People envy her especially her peers, how can they not, she was above them all. A great example is her 19 year old assistant Sally - snooty, nosy, rude and insecure. I would understand it if Gabriella is a horrible boss but no, unless you push her buttons. She is humble and nice if people gave it a chance to really get to know her. As far as her field goes, as Supernatural Specialist, Gabriella has yet to discover something real, something to be proven that exists, on any myth the world has to offer. Vampires? Nope. Werewolves? nope. But Angels yes.
Caskets were delivered to Gabriella's office for examination, the documents show that they are carbon dated as ancient artifacts. When she saw the bodies inside, they looked like they just died the other day. Freaked out, astonished and confused she decided to peel a piece a piece of skin, the previous reaction was doubled when she saw that they healed faster than she could bolt out of her lab. The next morning a mysterious box was placed on top of her table and when she opened it darkness consumed her, a figure, as dark as coal with blazing red eyes told her not to wake the angels. It was not long enough to get an answer to that question because the next 24 hours her world as she knew it was gone, replaced by something she's been looking all her life. A supernatural adventure...
I love this book all 98% of it. I have two minor issues, number one: I could do without reading the very long mourning and grief stricken stage in the book. And wished that Gabriella wouldn't cry as much on the second book. I find those two over dramatic and I got a little bored :( but with those two blunders aside, I can honestly say that this is my favorite (adult) series in 2010. The story was fast paced, full of wonder and have that astonishing depth in its plot. Kreitzer also made a wonderful love story. An undying and unconditional love that will always prevail no matter what. I know it sounded so cliche but trust me this one is different. I love the dialogues and the powerful emotions that goes with it too. It was neither cheesy nor predictable and I think most readers will find that refreshing. The action was heart pounding/ full of adrenaline and the air of mystery surrounding Gabriella's existence makes you want to read faster than usual to find out the real deal, her journey of finding out who her real parents are, the role of the three Angels - Lucia, Ehno and her beloved Andrew was a powerful combination that made this book a worthy read. I think readers will feel connected to any of these amazing characters. Oh and did I tell you guys that Laura is self published? The big houses truly missed out on this talented writer.