Renee Carlino – Lucian Divine – ARC Review


“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.

*ARC kindly provided by the Author in exchange for an honest review*

Lucian Divine egy különleges történet egy nem mindennapi szerelemről, és Renee Carlino egy pillanatra el tudta hitetni velünk, hogy olykor a szerelem képes arra, hogy a világegyetem minden törvényét és szabályát is áthágja.

Kétezer év. Kétezer évnyi születés, halál, sorsok, egymásra találások, szerelmek, felfedezések, háborúk, történelmi és aprócska pillanatok.  Kétezer év. Ennyi ideje van a Földön Lucian, hogy őrangyalként a rábízott lelkekre vigyázzon. Ám kétezer év alatt sohasem következett be az, ami Evey-vel történt, hogy a lány, akinek baba kora óta vigyázza az útját, elrabolja a szívét. Ez lehetetlen és megmagyarázhatatlan, ráadásul minden kozmikus törvény ellen való vétek, amely súlyos következményekkel jár. Azonban amikor Evey egyik éjszaka találkozik egy furcsa, ittas férfival, aki mint kiderül nem más, mint az ő őrangyala, visszafordíthatatlanul ő is beleszeret a vicces, jóképű, kicsit iszákos :), gyönyörű angyalba. 

Különleges és meglehetősen izgalmas volt ez a történet. Nagyon tetszett az a háttér, amelyet Renee Carlino megfestett az angyal világnak, és nagyon tetszett, ahogy bemutatja, hogy bizony az angyalok sem tökéletesek. Vannak közöttük alkoholisták, vannak simlisek, vannak, akiket csak a gyors légyottok érdeklik, és vannak, akik közel sem törődnek azzal, hogy jól végezzék a dolgukat. Az írónő nem ment bele mélyebben vallási dolgokba, Istenbe vagy a halál utáni életbe, hiszen a válaszokat az angyalok sem tudják. 🙂

A borító egyszerűen gyönyörű, a könyv stílusa pedig nagyon különleges volt. Valamiért olyan érzésem volt, minta egy novellát olvasnék, holott attól jóval hosszabb kötetről van szó. Úgy gondolom, hogy talán azért volt ilyen érzésem olvasás közben, mert nagyon gyors leforgású a kötetet, sok ugrással, és akárcsak egy novellánál, itt is hiányzott egy kicsit a lassabb épülés, és az átvezetők, de pontosan ettől volt különleges. A szereplőket nagyon megkedveltem, a humoros, sármos, iszákos angyal pedig az én szívemet is elrabolta. ♥

Egy hirtelen megérzés, hogy még egyszer körül kellene nézned, mielőtt lelépnél a járdáról, egy utolsó gondolat, amely a megfelelő pillanatban segít jól meghozni egy nehéz döntést, egy madártoll, amelyet rejtélyes módon a szobádban találsz, egy megpillantott árnyék a sarokban. Gondoltál már rá, hogy lehet, hogy egy őrangyal vigyázza az életed? {{Igen, eddig én sem. :)}}

My Review in English

Lucian Divine is a unique story about an unusual love and Renee Carlino could make us believe for a moment that sometimes love is even able to break all the laws and rules of the universe.

Two thousand years. Two thousand years of births, deaths, fates, loves, discoveries, wars, historical and tiny moments. Two thousand years. This is the time since Lucian is on Earth as a guardian angel with the duty to look after the souls who have been assigned to him. But in two thousand years has never occurred such a thing what happened with Evey, the human girl he knew from the moment she was born, and who at the end somehow stole his heart. This is impossible and inexplicable, moreover, against all the cosmic laws, a sin which has serious consequences. However, when Evey one night meets a strange, drunk man who – as it turns out – is none other than her guardian angel, she also falls in love irreversibly with the funny, handsome, slightly drunken :), beautiful angel.

It was a pretty exceptional and thrilling story. I really liked the background what Renee Carlino painted for the angel world, and I liked the way she showed us that angels are not always perfect either. Some of them are alcoholics, some of them are swindlers, there are those who are interested in only one night stands, and there are those who don’t care nearly enough about to do their jobs well. The writer didn’t go into deep about religion, God or life after death, because you know: the angels also don’t know the answers. 🙂

The cover is breathtakingly beautiful and I also found the writing style very special. For some reason, it felt like I was reading a short story, maybe because like a novella, this story was also very fast-paced with a lot of jumping in it, and it missed some transitions and the slow building, but it was really unique this way. I loved the characters so much, and the humorous, charming, drunken angel stole my heart, too. ♥

A sudden feeling that you should look around one more time before you step down from the sidewalk, a thought in the last minute, that helps to make the right decision in a hard question, a feather, that you mysteriously find in your room, a shadow that you see in the corner for a second. Have you ever thought that maybe a guardian angel is watching over you? {{Yes, so far I have not either. :)}}

My Favorite Quotes From the Book

“No one should be punished for giving love and getting it in return, even if others think it’s wrong. How can two able-minded adults loving each other ever be wrong? It makes no sense.”

“Evelyn, I’ve existed for more than two millennia. In two thousand years, I have watched over so many lives. At times, more than five souls were my responsibility alone. I’ve watched all of them die. I’ve held many of them while they were dying. It’s in my nature to do that, to give peace to my souls, to look out for them when I can, to sway the good ones to do the right thing, and to protect man and life here on Earth. I’ve watched over stunningly beautiful and brilliant women, but I have never felt love for any human the way I feel it for you. You are literally the air in my lungs.”

“Love is selfish, isn’t it?”

“And then I realized, that is love. That is life. Brutal and beautiful all in the same.”

“I don’t know whether I’m alive or dead, in heaven or hell or if any of this is even real. I just know that I love you…”

“I’d die ten thousand deaths for you.”

“Evey, next time, in the next life we’ll be together—that’s how this will be corrected. This will be righted. This can’t be our forever fate. Next time we’ll live together, we’ll die together. We’ll experience every war together, inside ourselves and outside in the world. We won’t be out of reach, unavailable, unattainable, just love longing to be. Let’s keep moving fast in opposite directions. Keep praying we meet on the other side. I’ll see you there; I know I will. I have to believe that. Watch for me. I’ll be barreling toward you, arms wide open, and then we’ll crash into each other with the force of two spent lives yearning to be one.”

5 – Angel- Stars

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About the Author

Renée Carlino is a Renee Carlinoscreenwriter and bestselling author of contemporary women’s novels and new adult fiction. Her books have been featured in national publications, including USA TODAY, Huffington Post, Latina magazine, and Publisher’s Weekly. She lives in Southern California with her husband, two sons, and their sweet dog June. When she’s not at the beach with her boys or working on her next project, she likes to spend her time reading, going to concerts, and eating dark chocolate. Learn more at

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