Book Review | THE WHISPERS OF THE FALLEN by JD Netto

2/5 stars

Ever since the dawn of days, rumors about the Diary of Lucifer echoed throughout Elysium. Hidden from all human knowledge, the Diary was kept a secret, locked away in the small village of Agalmath.

Isaac and Demetre find themselves in a dangerous journey as they uncover the truth about the Diary and those who guarded it for all these years. However, for Isaac and Demetre, danger lies at every step, hidden in the most unexpected places.

Hunted by the Nephilins and the Fallen Stars, they must find others who will join them in the battle against the coming darkness. (c) goodreads

…where do I even start with this review? As obvious by the title, I didn’t like this book. The only reason I didn’t give it one star, was because the premise and the plot was fairly interesting. I picked this novel up because Sasha Alsberg from YouTube was raving about it on her Instagram constantly. One day she posted that The Whispers of the Fallen was on sale for $0.99 on Amazon, so I got it. Why did I do that.

I hated all of the characters. I couldn’t connect with any of them, and I just became apathetic towards all of them. There were some deaths in this book, and I was just “ok cool”, and flipped the page.

There are two POV’s in this book. First we have Isaac, who has the majority of the POV, and then Nephele, whose POV comes in towards the end of the novel. I thought it was pretty cool that we got to see the antagonist’s point of view (Nephele’s), but it was poorly executed. It’s always fascinating to see an antagonist’s point of view, because in their eyes, they’re not an antagonist. So what’s their background, what’s their story, what’s their motive? With Nephele’s point of view, Netto seriously missed an oppurtunity. He could’ve built an antagonist that we could have understood. But instead, her character fell flat, and had no dimension whatsoever. We learned hardly nothing from Nephele’s POV that it was pointless.

Isaac was just a dull character for me. He was the cookie cutter Mary Sue character that was forced into a situation. He’s always trying to stay strong and keep secrets and oozes loyalty. All of those are good traits, yes. But that’s exactly it. Where are his bad traits? Where’s the “human instinct” that everyone keeps mentioning? They’re not there, and they are seriously making Isaac lack in character.

Another thing that just turned me off from this novel was Netto’s writing style. It was too “showy” for me. He just told you what everything was. He lacked descriptiveness, and that created a choppiness that made it hard for me to read at long periods of time. After most of the dialogue, Netto used a lot of verbs such as “retorted”, “muttered”, and “mumbled”. And that’s all fine and good, but when you use it after every single dialog it gets to be too much, and it just sounds cheesy and over dramatized.

However, I did like the premise of this novel, I thought it was interesting, and there are definitely a few plot twists that you won’t see coming. It’s very quick paced, so if you like action novels, you might like this book. But I definitely did not enjoy this book.

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