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Gabriel's Inferno Paperback – 1 Apr 2011

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  • Paperback: 518 pages
  • Publisher: Omnific Publishing (1 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781936305629
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936305629
  • ASIN: 1936305623
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 561,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sad Classics Teacher on 8 Oct. 2012
Format: Paperback
Gabriel's Inferno is an interesting example of falling onto the bandwagon while desperately trying to be different.

It copies 50 Shades of Grey in having a physically strong male lead with huge amounts of money who was been abused in childhood and maltreated by an older female lover in early adulthood, plus a weak female lead who forgets to eat and bites her lip all the time. Julia, however, does not have the intellect or the emotional strength that make Anastasia an interesting character, despite petulant outbursts. The presentation of "damaged" characters, so unconvincingly copied in Bared to You, is even less convincing here - you can't just keep hinting at dark pasts and expect the reader to believe that there is something terribly wrong. There is a lot less sex than in 50 Shades, and - weirdly - that is unconvincing too. There is, though, a HELL of a lot of swearing.

While mercifully free from typos and major SPaG errors, it is written in a very immature style, with heavily-ladled adjectives and adverbs and repeated motifs. There is a notable obsession with brand-names. It tries to be literary but sadly just doesn't manage it. The constant objectification of Julia by men calling her "Rabbit" and "Kitten" is pretty unpleasant too, and isn't balanced out by her occasional statement that she isn't anyone's pet, particularly because most of the time she is exactly like a pet, or a baby who allows herself to be spoon-fed so that Gabriel can feel masterful and nurturing. How did she ever get to university, let alone reach the level of doing a Master's? If she is so poor, how come she has so very many pairs of pyjamas?!

It also tries to set itself up as a book for readers who have been educated beyond the normal level, and in this falls flat on its face.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By LuciaCalwen on 30 May 2012
Format: Paperback
Wow! This is a phenomenal book!

Gabriel's Inferno is the best story about forbidden love I have ever read. All characters were believable and real. They have their ups and downs, fears and dreams, past issues and hopes for future. This is very compact and smart book. It has everything - romance, erotica, art, religious elements. I really enjoyed reading it, it made me cry, laugh, smile, anxious... Reading Gabriel's Inferno was really a fulfilling experience! And I absolutely love all those references to another classic literary works, especially the ones considering Lord of the Rigs.

Main female character, Julia, is kind, sweet, smart and reincarnation of pure goodness. But also, she can be very passionate and angry when needed. She has definitely become my favourite female heroine .She always did exactly the same thing I would do if I was in her shoes. And Gabriel... he went thought various changes during the book and I have no other choice than fell in love with him. He may have a dark past and intense personality, but he is a true gentleman and he knows how to spoil a woman. I felt so much compassion for all characters, not just for Julia and Gabriel. Most of the time it was a sensual and pleasant reading but sometimes it was very heart-wrenching and my heart was racing when something bad was about to happen or something tragic to be discussed (and there is not many books that would do that to me).

Dear SR, you have earned a prominent place on my favourite bookshelf with this book and you gained another devoted fan who is eagerly awaiting sequel.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Miralles on 1 Aug. 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
What can I say? I struggled through it and was mostly irritated by the heroine's wimpyness and the hero's insistence on treating her like a pet kitten or rabbit to be fed and pampered. He was supposed to have all of these deep and dark secrets that he was sure would drive her away but (predictably) when he tells all she doesn't leave.

Sigh. I must say I got pretty tired of his constant elevation of her to goddess status. She was too perfect for words, IMO (according to Gabriel).

Julia was, I think, a normal young woman who had an interest in Dante and he was a sex/drug addict who went from one extreme to another regarding women. Talk about seeing all women as either Madonnas or whores. His adoptive mother was in the Madonna category and they both talk about her being in "heaven" taking care of them, etc. ALL the other women Gabriel has ever been with are whores except for Julia. The fact that she's a virgin prevents her from being in that category so he idealises her to the extreme. He gushes and gushes over the tiniest thing she does, for Pete's sake! LOL.

One must wonder how long such a relationship could last given the pedestal he put her up on. Nobody is that perfect, let's face it. I can only imagine his utter disappointment if she ever did anything remotely wrong.

I don't think it's healthy for a man to "worship" a woman (or a woman a man). People are human and make mistakes, and elevating her to this category is odd, especially in this day and age.

Oh, and this book is written by a man. I don't think a woman author would've written about the main female character in such unrealistic terms. Nobody is that good/pure/fragile/forgiving, etc, etc. Let's just say her character was very flat.
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