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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Holy Parrot is a work of fiction in a literary style in the interpersonal drama sub-genre. It is best suited to the general adult reading audience and was penned by author Angel A. In this fascinating cross-cultural novel, we meet Leo, an Australian student working in a small Colombian village, who finds himself embroiled in the complicated life of Maria and her family. When the purportedly virginal teenage Maria claims to be pregnant with the next great religious leader, her family keenly goes along with the idea, but other people are not so sure, believing that the runaway Pablo is actually the father. What results is a fascinating examination of science, faith, belief, and human emotion.
Author Angel A knows how to keep readers in the palm of his hand, delivering a superb range of dramatic highs and lows that come from some really surprising and eye-opening clashes of opinion and belief. The literary style of the work gives us a critical and highly amusing attitude with which to approach the story, with the often hapless Leo slowly watching the family boil over and wondering wholeheartedly what he can do to help. This is paired nicely with the family and Maria herself, sticking firmly to their convictions and unable to be swayed. At the center is Gabriel, the enigmatic parrot causing trouble whenever he opens his beak. The subsequent fallout, causing mass worship, was so fascinating. The reader is left to unpick and understand why it’s in our nature as people to behave this way. Overall, I would recommend Holy Parrot for readers seeking something totally unique to explore from the fresh perspective of an engaging author.