Book: Rage of Angels | Author: Sidney Sheldon | Started: 3/2/14 | Finished: 3/6/14 |Rating: 3.75 stars
Synopsis: Rage of Angels is the one of the most compelling novels Sidney Sheldon has ever written, and Jennifer Parker, his heroine, his most extraordinary creation. Jennifer, the daughter of a small-town lawyer, joined the staff of the District Attorney of Manhattan, to fight for justice as her father had done. But less than twenty-four hours after being sworn in, Jennifer’s hopes, her dreams, her career, were smashed, and she found herself facing disbarment and a possible prison sentence. So begins the story of a brilliant and beautiful young woman who becomes one of America’s most successful defense attorneys. It is also the story of the two powerful men in her life: Adam Warner, a man of honor and integrity, born to lead his country; and Michael Moretti, compelling, strange and vengeful, a dark angel who spreads wide his wings of terror. In Rage of Angels, a master storyteller takes us behind the closed doors of the courtroom and into the hearts of characters you will never forget.
My review: I read this book in high school and loved it. I would randomly think of this book over the last few years and tell myself that I needed to read it again. Last year I had a friend buy the book for me but then it spent a few months on my shelf with me grumbling to myself “read the book, just read the book” so I finally picked it up and I wasn’t disappointed this time around either.
Jennifer Parker is a young, beautiful, brand new lawyer and should be celebrating the best day of her life so far, right? Right? Well too bad, because she isn’t. In fact, she’s wondering if she’s even going to be a lawyer by the end of the day. I quickly found myself cheering for her and hoping that she gets everything figured out.
I think the strongest part of this book was the characters. Jennifer is written so well and so strong that I either want to be her or want to be friends with her. She is smart. She is confident. She is selfish and that’s what we need some of our leading ladies to be. I’m so annoyed with this trope of the woman just patiently waiting around for the guy to fall in love with her. She is independent. She knows what she wants. Sheldon does a great job of making her stand out. I know, I know, she’s the main character so she should stand out. But after not reading this book for three years, I remembered Jennifer’s character extremely well so that should tell you something. Then there’s Michael Morelli. One word: asshole. He doesn’t try to hide it. He doesn’t hide his want for Jennifer and it’s somewhat creepy but that’s what makes the character because it’s so believable. He is the Mafia prince and he is unlike any other main characters in the book. As much as I didn’t like him, he’s still an important part in the story and I still loved reading abut him. But then there’s Adam Warner. Sweet, attractive, extremely successful Adam. He’s written differently than the other two and most male lawyers than I’ve read about before. At times I forgot that he’s a lawyer because he is just so sweet and caring and seems like he’d be fun to hang out. Sheldon did an awesome job at writing about all of these characters.
Every character in this book is a unique in their own way. They are written so well that it’s easy to tell which is which. While reading this book, I can feel the hatred and anger off some characters and the happiness and joy and love off of others. It’s so refreshing reading a book where I can point out every character, even the small ones.
One thing I didn’t like about this book: The timing in this book was odd at times. The first few chapters- a whole year went by. Then another set of chapters would just be a couple weeks. I really had to pay attention to how much time was passing by at times. I also felt like the book could have been better had it not been in third person. “Jennifer thought…” should have been “I thought…” “I felt….” and it would have hit me a lot harder. Maybe 16 year old me liked third person more? But this time it just didn’t hit me as hard as the first time I read it.
I don’t like or dislike this, but I’m so used to reading mystery novels where I know what the objective is at all times: someone was killed, so who the hell did it? While reading this, I just felt like I didn’t know what the plot was supposed to be. I loved this book, but at times I didn’t know what the point of the book really was supposed to be. I kept reading because, well, I loved the characters and I desperately wanted to know what happened with them.
This book wasn’t boring at all, just some parts were “this is what Jennifer did today.” “Jennifer did this yesterday.” “For the last two weeks this is what Jennifer has been doing.” When the book had a lot of action, there was a lot of action and the book was impossible to put down. When the book was just talking about Jennifer and what she was doing, it seemed tedious at times. If I didn’t like Jennifer so much, I’d probably be a little bored.
Memorable quote: “You crawl into my skin and I’ll crawl into yours and then you and me will rap about hate.” -Abraham Wilson
“No one owns me but me. I intend to keep it that way.” -Jennifer Parker
Things I took away from this book: New Adult and some YA really, really need to take lessons on how to write their women because Sheldon does it so well in this book. This will be a book that I remember for a long long time, but after reading it again, I still don’t know why.