Thursday, June 14, 2012

"Gabriel's Inferno" By: Sylvain Reynard Review

"Gabriel's Inferno"
By: Sylvain Reynard

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.
My Thoughts:
    I don’t understand this book at all. I found this title on one of those “If You like 50 Shades of Grey,” lists, it has over 4,000 ratings on Goodreads, so i thought, hey, if all these people loved it as much as they do, surely I will like it too! This book was so off the mark for me, it’s insane.
       Julia Mitchell has went off to college in Toronto, Canada. She’s alone in the big city, having suffered a pretty bad break up with her previous boyfriend. Incidentally, her main teacher is Gabriel Emerson, her best friend from home’s brother. He doesn’t remember her from his younger days, but she remembers him with fondness bordering on hero worship.
     To start this out, I read the entire book. I regret it, but I read it thinking it was going to get better. AND IT NEVER DID! The characters were terrible, the plot was implausible, the dialogue is poorly written, and the romance was nonexistent.
     Julia is a terrrrrible heroine. She’s whiny, depressing, and if she was one of my friends I would have stopped talking to her a long, long time ago. She had a one time encounter with Gabriel when she was like 17 and he was drunk, and is absolutely crushed when he doesn’t remember her. This colors most of the novel, so be prepared for that to be repeated and repeated. She’s mad at him for not remember her, but she never once tells him who she is.
     Gabriel is a self-serving jerk who blames himself for everything, and seems to actually enjoy having a dark and tortured soul. He’s irresistibly drawn to Julia, though for the life for me, I don't see why. He just “can’t help himself” which had me banging my head against the wall more than once. They want to be together, then they don’t, then they do again - oh but wait, he’s her professor and it isn’t professional so they’ll just keep it secret - but wait, someone found them out. The book just goes on and on like that, can you actually hear me rolling my eyes?
     This book will be turned into a series and this book is only the first installment. According to the author, the second title is called “Gabriel’s Rapture” and will continue Julia and Gabriel’s adventures. I will never ever read the title, but for those people who enjoyed “Gabriel’s Inferno” they may be interested. I kept trying and trying to enjoy this one but it never did it for me. I was relieved to finish and then, a little embarrassed to realize I had spent my time on it. Run from this one folks, it’s pretty wild.

Book Details
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Date of Publication: April 18, 2011
ISBN: 978-1936305629


  1. That's such an unfortunate review. I adored this book. I thought it was well-written, leaps and bounds above Fifty.

    Heartfelt, romantic and soulful. To each his own and all that, but I 1000% disagree

  2. I didn't like the book either. Your'e not alone. I thought I would though. I did a lot of skimming, but gave up around halfway through. The characters drove me insane and it was dreadfully boring.

  3. Thanks for suffering through the whole thing, I had this on my maybe list and quickly removed it. Who needs another terrible protagonist!

  4. I don't know, this one just didn't work for me at all. Thank you guys for the comments, agreeing or disagreeing :)