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Guest DNF review: Gabriel's Inferno by Sylvain Reynard

Gabriel's Inferno by Sylvain Reynard (Gabriel's Inferno #1)


Synopsis from Goodreads
Enigmatic and sexy, Professor Gabriel Emerson is a well respected Dante specialist by day, but by night he devotes himself to an uninhibited life of pleasure. He uses his notorious good looks and sophisticated charm to gratify his every whim, but is secretly tortured by his dark past and consumed by the profound belief that he is beyond all hope of redemption.

When the sweet and innocent Julia Mitchell enrolls as his graduate student, his attraction and mysterious connection to her not only jeopardizes his career, but sends him on a journey in which his past and his present collide.

An intriguing and sinful exploration of seduction, forbidden love and redemption, “Gabriel's Inferno” is a captivating and wildly passionate tale of one man's escape from his own personal hell as he tries to earn the impossible...forgiveness and love.

NB: This book was a semi-finalist for Best Romance in the 2011 Goodreads Choice Awards.

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 Sofija is my dear friend from Goodreads, and our opinions about the books we read are very often the same. However, while I don't write DNF reviews, she writes those with gusto.

When I saw her thoughts on Gabriel's Inferno I begged her to let me guest post it here, because it's fun and truthfully represent both of our feelings about this book.

She also generously agreed to translate it for my Russian speaking readers into Russian, and for that I owe her a huge thanks as well. Here you go, the review from wonderful Sofija...

NOTE TO THE AUTHOR: It's a negative review. We do not aim to offend you in any way, just express our feelings about the book. Please, do not read past this point if you think it will upset you.

I took a gamble with this book and unfortunately lost. Should have listened to my friends.

It was like repeatedly hitting myself on the head with a frying pan. Pointless and painful. Gabriel's Inferno was one big mess.

Let’s start with the writing. It was awful! I had to crawl through all the grammar mistakes and strange sentence building. (You should know, it is really bad when the girl who learned English by watching Buffy notices them). It was uneven, chaotic, jumping from one thing to another. The story was told in third person POV but it kept jumping from thoughts of one character to the other so abruptly that it left me confused.

I have a horrible confession to make. I hate The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri. Don’t hit me! I know that it is seen as one of the greatest works of world literature, but I just can’t get through it. I tried to read it four times at different age of my life and I’ve never got farther than the third circle of Hell. So seeing as Gabriel's Inferno has The Divine Comedy as the key element of the plot, you understand why I wasn't a fan.

Then there was this one little problem with me hating every character. Especially Julia. She was just a pathetic excuse of a human. She cried all the time! ALL THE TIME! It’s a wonder she didn’t die from dehydration. And the author made her look like a saint. Nobody is that perfect! She was so good that I’ve wondered if little birds did her hair and other cute animals made dresses for her, and I kept expecting cherubs to start singing in her honor.

You can see book annotation describes Professor Gabriel Emerson as

“Enigmatic and sexy. He uses his notorious good looks and sophisticated charm to gratify his every whim, but is secretly tortured by his dark past and consumed by the profound belief that he is beyond all hope of redemption.”

Let me translate it to you. It means that he is an asshole at day and wimp at night.

And the DRAMA! Or god, so much drama… I rolled my eyes so far back into my head, I almost seized.

I would have stop reading it after first 40 pages, but I promised myself that I will try to finish my books however awful they are. So I tortured myself, wasted my time and got behind my reading challenge, but I was still determined to see the end of this book and be forever done with it. I was 70% in when I learned that there will be sequel! So no, I won’t torture myself anymore just to be probably left with a cliffhanger. Nope… I am done!
  Karina: Congrats, Gabriel's Inferno! You just became a second book on this blog which received 1/10. Curious which one was the first? Read this!

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Я решила рискнуть с этой книгой, но к сожалению проиграла. Следовало послушать своих друзей…

Это было всё равно, что бить себя по голове чугунной сковородой – болезненно и бессмысленно. Gabriel's Inferno был одним большим бардаком!

Давайте начнём со стиля написания. Это было ужасно! Я с огромными усилиями пробиралась сквозь огромное количество грамматических ошибок и странных по своему построению предложений (и если это заметила девушка, которая учила английский смотря Баффи, то значит дела совсем плохи). Язык был неровный, хаотичный, прыгающий с одной мысли на другую. Повествование велось в третьем лице, но автор так быстро и неожиданно перескакивал с мыслей одного персонажа на мысли другого, что я терялась и не понимала что происходит.

Я должна вам признаться в ужасной вещи. Дело в том, что я ненавижу «Божественную комедию» Данте Алигьери. Только не бейте меня! Я знаю, что это одно из величайших произведений мировой литературы, но я просто не могу пробраться сквозь него. Я пыталась прочитать его 4 раза в разных возрастах, но так никогда и не смогла пройти дальше третьего круга ада. А так как в Gabriel's Inferno «Божественная комедия» является одной из важнейших сюжетных линий, то вы понимаете почему я не в восторге.
Потом, была ещё одна маленькая проблемка – я возненавидела всех героев книги. Особенно Джулию. Это было просто жалкое подобие человека. Она постоянно плакала! Всё время! Удивительно, как она не умерла от обезвоживания. И автор разрисовала её как святую. Мне иногда казалось, что по утрам косы ей заплетают маленькие птички, одежду шьют миленькие животные и пухленькие херувимчики поют псалмы в её честь.

В аннотации к этой книге вы можете прочитать следующую характеристику профессора Габриеля Эмерсона:

«Загадочный и сексуальный. Он использует свою внешность и очарование что бы добиться своего, но на самом деле томимый его тёмным прошлым, он поглощён отчаянием, веря, что никогда не сможет добиться искупления своих грехов».

Позвольте, я переведу для вас. Это значит, что он ведёт себя как подонок днём и как слабак и плакса вечером.

И не забудьте о драме. О Господи, там было столько драмы! Я закатывала глаза так часто, что у меня чуть не случился припадок.

Я бы бросила читать уже после первых 40 страниц, но я пообещала себе, что постараюсь до конца дочитывать все начатые книги. Поэтому я продолжала пытать себя и зря тратить время, но я была решительно настроена довести это дело до конца. У меня уже было прочитано 70%, когда я узнала что у этой книги выходит продолжение! Нет, я не собираюсь мучить себя только для того, что бы в конце быть оставленной с открытым финалом. С меня довольно!
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