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Re: Paranormal Elements

Post by bookowlie » 13 Jun 2018, 20:22

kfwilson6 wrote:
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Bookmermaid wrote:
10 Jun 2018, 20:51
I am currently reading the book but not particularly enjoying the paranormal events. However, I enjoy reading about the imagined lifestyles of the great artist Da Vinci and his close friends.
I enjoyed this too. It makes me think of the movie Ever After. I think that is a major part of why I wish there had been more about Fioretta and Giuliano. I actually just wanted to see more about da Vinci. He is portrayed really well in that particular movie and it's always sort of made me imagine him as brilliant, awkward, and quirky.
I also wished da Vinci had been fleshed out more. His role was so minimal that he was almost a throwaway character.
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Post by Sahani Nimandra » 14 Jun 2018, 10:30

A use of a bit past regression adds a mystic touch to the read. I felt it thickens the plot a little. The increase of suspense of knowing what does this mean, is it true or not is present. Therefore, I think it was good.
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Post by Bookmermaid » 14 Jun 2018, 12:12

I understand your desire for more of Fioretta and Giuliano, they need a novel of their own.

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Post by chelhack » 15 Jun 2018, 03:08

I loved the whole story and the paranormal element was a great touch and very well has written as well as, a great touch in making this book that much more interesting.
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Post by RedLetter » 15 Jun 2018, 10:08

I feel the paranormal element has taken the plot beyond the scope of reality. I also think the plot of this story would have been fine and allowed the reader to traverse without this paranormal content.

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Post by Amcdanel86 » 15 Jun 2018, 11:03

I liked the paranormal aspect of the story. i think the author could of still told the background story with out the paranormal aspect. by putting the visions as a diary found.

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Post by holsam_87 » 16 Jun 2018, 02:09

bookowlie wrote:
01 Jun 2018, 09:20
Did you enjoy the paranormal elements of the story? Would the plot have worked as well without the supernatural tie-ins between the three time periods? I don't usually like this genre, but the author did a good job of using it to advance the plot. I think the story would have had a more serious, realistic tone without the paranormal aspects.
I'm not so sure it would have worked without the paranormal elements. Perhaps more development would have been done with Alex and Angela's relationship? After all their relationship needed more development to be realistic.
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Post by Dael Reader » 16 Jun 2018, 07:55

I usually enjoy a touch of paranormal in a novel, but it seems too ridiculously overblown in this one. To my knowledge, reincarnation and past life regression does not work this way. What Angela seems to be experiencing is some type of spirit possession. Which could be an interesting take. But the thing that irritates me is that we are supposed to believe that Angela is a serious, intelligent, art historian, not a psychic. In fact, her supposed academic knowledge has nothing to do with the book at all, since everything is solved through the possession blackouts. I think it would have been a better book if we saw even a little academic work at play here. And the psychic information and/or flashbacks in time could have been done as dream sequences, not blackouts.

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Post by bookowlie » 16 Jun 2018, 13:45

Dael Reader wrote:
16 Jun 2018, 07:55
I usually enjoy a touch of paranormal in a novel, but it seems too ridiculously overblown in this one. To my knowledge, reincarnation and past life regression does not work this way. What Angela seems to be experiencing is some type of spirit possession. Which could be an interesting take. But the thing that irritates me is that we are supposed to believe that Angela is a serious, intelligent, art historian, not a psychic. In fact, her supposed academic knowledge has nothing to do with the book at all, since everything is solved through the possession blackouts. I think it would have been a better book if we saw even a little academic work at play here. And the psychic information and/or flashbacks in time could have been done as dream sequences, not blackouts.
Yes, overblown is a good word. A little paranormal goes a long way, in my opinion. Like you, I would have like to see Angela's art history expertise highlighted a little more to solve the case. Due to the past-life regression, she could have basically solved the case even if she had been an accountant. :)
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Post by ViziVoir » 17 Jun 2018, 20:06

I feel like the paranormal elements may have blurred the book's identity too much. One of the worst things an author can do is make their story unfocused, and this book already starts at a disadvantage simply due to the premise of past lives.

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Post by EricaWilson » 17 Jun 2018, 22:54

The paranormal elements made the story a little more mysterious and added some suspense mixed in with the romance. I personally feel that they were a good addition to the story.

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Post by ZenaLei7 » 18 Jun 2018, 14:50

ZenaLei7 wrote:
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Yes, I did enjoy the paranormal elements in the story. I feel like it added depth and mystery to the book. I think the supernatural tie-ins is what helped develop the plot, but it could have worked just as well without it.
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Post by KRay93 » 18 Jun 2018, 18:56

I wasn't particularly bothered by the use of supernatural elements in the story, but I didn't like their inconsistency within the framework of the likelihood of the story. It is one thing to experience the memories of a supposed past life in the first person, and quite another to see these memories from the distance or to have your ancestors appear to you with cryptic messages. I did find negative the influence of these elements in the very climax of the story (that "intervention" of these "ghosts" at the end), as well as the fact that the story only moved forward through the clues that Angela got in her dreams.

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Post by dgallois » 18 Jun 2018, 21:18

I have almost finished the book but felt I could comment on this one. I do like the way the author has used the paranormal elements. It works for this story. I wasn't really sure I was going to like the book after the first "flashback" but I stuck with it and have had trouble putting it down. If I didn't have to work or drive or like do anything other than read, I would have finished it the day I started reading.
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Post by klwoodford » 19 Jun 2018, 02:08

I really love the paranormal events and past life regression. I feel that the author executed the visions and differentiated and connected the three time periods seamlessly. This can be difficult to do without making the book hard to follow, but the author nailed it!

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