Well the page 99 test was created by Ford Maddox Ford as a way to test the quality of a book you may want to read. Apparently page 99 is the point in the book where the author should have hit their stride and hopefully we’re not so far in we hit spoilers.
THE ULTIMATE QUEST FOR REDEMPTION
On his eighteenth birthday, Aaron begins to hear strange voices and is convinced he is going insane. But having moved from foster home to foster home, Aaron doesn't know whom he can trust. He wants to confide in the cute girl from class, but fears she'll confirm he's crazy.
Then a mysterious man begins following Aaron. He knows about Aaron's troubled past and his new powers. And he has a message for Aaron: As the son of a mortal and an angel, Aaron has been chosen to redeem the Fallen.
Aaron tries to dismiss the news and resists his supernatural abilities. But he must accept his newfound heritage and quickly. For the dark powers are gaining strength, and are hell-bent on destroying him....
““Nephilim usually have a normal childhood, but once they reach a certain level of maturity, the angelic nature starts to assert itself. That’s when the problems begin, almost as if the two halves no longer get along.”Zeke threw the ball and Gabriel was off. “Seems to happen around eighteen or nineteen.””
Okay, so let’s start with the synopsis: the synopsis is something that I imagine drew me to this at the time of purchase. Reading it now though, I’m very meh about it. It doesn’t really draw me in or make me feel as though I want to read it. I’m intrigued that the MC is a guy. It’s not something I come across often in mainstream YA and when I’ve read it, I haven’t liked it. (Indie YA male protagonists have been fine, but trad published are just eurgh *pulls hair out*.) So while that make me wary, it also makes this book stand out to me. The synopsis isn’t enough to decide which way it’s gosnna go though.
The cover: IT’S A MAN/BOY WITH WINGS!!!! No seriously, that’s pretty much all I have. He has lovely hair. I wanna run my fingers through it. Please can someone find me the winged man/boy so I can keep him in my bedroom? Actually, his wings would take up too much room... Darn! Okay, way off topic here. I think you’ve all just discovered How little I have to say about it. Okay, doing it properly: the cover is quite clean. Just our angelic man/boy on a white background with the title/author name. It’s nothing extraordinary. The thing that draws the eye in is the guy.
The paragraph: The paragraph is confusing. We appear to have stepped into the middle of a possibly important conversation people. What are we going to do about it? Shall we just work with this? It’s such a random paragraph that I can’t really get a feel of the story, but the whole page wasn’t much better. So from what I’ve gathered buying this could’ve been a mistake... It’ll be interesting to find out...
What do you guys think of the sound of The Fallen?
Let me know in the comments!