09-19-2009 06:52 AM
I think Nora's father's death impacted her in more ways than we have been shown. On page 189 her mother said, " You've always been so much like him, right from the start." That line really jumped out at me as significant. I think that when her father died, she inherited (so to speak), some of his resistance, him being more Nephilim. I think it makes her more open to fallen angels (or ANY angels) scoping her out.
Nora's relationship with her mom is pretty open, I think. Nora has never given her mother a reason NOT to trust her, and therefore feel comfortable enough to leave her for a length of time. I can't imagine a parent(s) leaving their teenager at home alone. Maybe for one night, but not for several. This coming from a mother who had a 'good' daughter (for the most part). I think is holding back more than has been let on so far.
I think it works with the relationship Nora and her mom have, plus their situation, single working mom. Lots of parents don't have that choice.
I thinks it does work for them. I know lots of parents don't have a choice; sad, but true.
-Sir Richard Steele
09-19-2009 10:20 AM
This isn't a response to the question posed per se, but I just want to add that, for me, the familial relationships (or lack thereof) were the weakest part of the book for me. It's just way too convenient that Nora's dad is dead and that her mother is never around. What kind of teen is afforded the freedom to galavant around at all hours of the day and night like Nora is? And the housekeeper that was introduced to explain away that situation at the beginning--where exactly is she later in the book? I know this is fiction and I should suspend imagination (which I did for the supernatural parts just fine) but when you add realistic aspects to such a story, I think they should actually be realistic.
Wanted to add something to this:
Although it is a reality for many teenagers, after reading so many books that have the same formula; either an orphan child, or absent parents, it sort of lowers my interest to some level. if there is no new twist to this old tale, I would rather read something that has happily married, or happily divorced parents in it, with hoards of siblings.