Is it possible to keep secrets in the age of social media? When someone lives their entire life in the spotlight, what could they possibly hide from you? Ideal Angels explores just that. It’s the story of one man, one woman, one week. They meet, fall in love, and never look back. Eloise s phone is never far away, furiously cataloguing their ups and downs. But there are always shadows, lurking just out of reach. The moments after the camera flashes, unseen, uncaptured. The threat of an inescapable doom. How much can one person change you? How much can one person be your downfall?
Good morning my loves!
I hope you all had a jolly good weekend and are feeling refreshed ready for the week ahead! Today’s post is one that I always love doing, my stop on a #RandomThingsTours blog tour for Ideal Angels by Robert Welbourn. This is a week-long tour where you will be blessed with both reviews of this really great book and some super content too. I suppose my post today is a mix of the two. Part review and part excerpt to get you all excited for the book.
Ideal Angels, unlike many other books I have read, does the stream of consciousness writing, really well. It is sometimes risky to write in such a way but when done properly, it really pays off. After reading just the prologue, I was already hooked. At the last minute I asked if I could share the prologue with you today, knowing that, if you share similar reading tastes as me, you will be hooked just as I was. And so here it is, you lucky people!
Tumescent, tumescence, a rush of blood but not to the head. The anger gives way to resignation, betrayal turns into hopelessness. Despair is everywhere.
Your world is different from mine. Your forever stretches from first matter to last. Mine is in the blink of an eye. There was darkness before, and that darkness will come again. You can’t control it, you can’t swim. There is only sinking. You can try to hedge your bets, you can plan for what’s coming, but you cannot stop it coming. From the top of the highest height, you feel like you can see everything, but you cannot. You are blind. It is so much more. It is like your eyes are inside out, and everything you see is inverted in a way your brain cannot comprehend. It threatens to tear you apart. You know you will eventually be torn apart, but you do not know how. Not yet. You will not know until it happens, and by then it will already be too late. It will not be a she, or a him, but it will be you. You will tear yourself apart searching for a meaning that does not exist. You will kick and scream and scratch and cry and bleed and it will all be for naught. It has already been done. Everything that ever is, ever has been, or ever will be is already done. You cannot stop it. You cannot control it. You can only accept it. You know you will not be able to, but you can try. You can pretend. You can fake. You are a fake. Your whole life has been a fake. Everything is nothing. But this is okay. This is not necessarily a bad thing. You are…
In that darkness there is a light, and in this light there is a promise. The promise is her name, the promise is that maybe everything will be okay. But you know it can never be, the promise is a lie, so you stop thinking, you stop feeling, the light goes out and you continue.
Now you see why I was so compelled to keep reading!
This is brilliantly simple story. Our narrator meets the most incredible woman, an art student, named Eloise. He falls deeply in love and this book recounts the short but overwhelming of their relationship. We get to know Eloise from our narrator’s point of view, but this just leads to more questions…
A fantastically written book, one that really pushes you to empathise with the boyfriend, and what starts as an incredibly passionate love story, end up being something much darker.
I would highly recommend you check out all of the other wonderful bloggers on this tour and I especially suggest you check out the book. You will not be disappointed. You can pick up a digital or print copy here.
Peace and pages