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Archon (The Books of Raziel #1)

3.12  ·  Rating Details ·  871 Ratings  ·  205 Reviews
Angela Mathers is plagued by visions of angels, supernatural creatures who haunt her thoughts by day and seduce her dreams by night. Unlike ordinary humans, Angela is a blood head - a freak, a monster, the possible fulfillment of a terrifying prophecy of overwhelming death and destruction.
Paperback, 385 pages
Published 2012 by HarperCollins (first published December 27th 2011)
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Jan 09, 2014 Max rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teens to adults
I received the ARC version of this book from a friend who is in the industry and read it while traveling. I haven’t reviewed books up until recently but I’ve been an avid reader for a long time, and I have to say I will give this my best shot.

Maybe this synopsis will help out the other readers of the book as well since it seems they missed a lot of the information that was actually in the book though they said it was not there.

As for the synopsis, this book is about Angela Mathers who is a tro
Oct 13, 2011 Melindeeloo rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The two things going for Archon are the gorgeous cover and the dark atmospheric feel to the writing especially with respect to the academy setting of the story. Unfortunately, that isn't enough to overcome the fact that the first third of the book is very confusing and that I really couldn't connect with any of the characters.

Archon's protagonist is a Blood head, which has nothing to do with vampires, although that is what came to mind everytime I saw that word, but instead refers to a red-head
I am baffled by all the excellent reviews. Are there 2 versions of this book out there and I have the version intended to bewilder and confuse? An angel I am told was male, but later that he/she/it is pregnant? A fairie is an angel? Angela is the Archon but not? She houses Raziel's soul but doesn't? And I still don't know what the Ruin is...! It was a sign when I realized I was two weeks into this book and still only about 60% through it that I was not going to agree with all the positive review ...more
Nov 16, 2011 Krystal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Angela Mathers has not had the easiest childhood; she has extreme reactions to vivid dreams and can see angels. For Angela, seeing is believing and she once again takes it to an extreme. She decides to try to kill herself, hoping that she would be able to live in a world with angels-she mistakenly believes angels are only around and with the dead or dying.

In the beginning of the book, the author explains much of the necessary background a reader would need to fully grasp the concepts of this no
Both the cover and the description definitely enticed me, but unfortunately this book failed to deliver on that promise. The writing itself was not actually at fault, as what prose there was carefully written, with lush words and interesting word choices. Sadly, there was just not enough of this to pull this book through to be a success. The characters, including many supernatural beings including angels, demons and jinn, were not fully fleshed out to be remotely sympathetic, or even interesting ...more
Feb 04, 2012 Mav marked it as avail-both  ·  review of another edition
The book description is all over the place. Either Archon is that big of a mess, or someone at HarperCollins needs to be fired, or has been and this is their revenge.

I'm a sucker for angels though -the constant barrage of bad reviews for Halo is the only thing keeping me from read it- and will probably pick up this book anyway.
Step Into Fiction
Oct 15, 2011 Step Into Fiction rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jessica
Captivating story, fantastic characters with one hell of a heroine.

Review originally posted at Step Into Fiction

Review completed by: Jessica
Mar 06, 2012 Jodi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Angels, and demons, and witches oh my! My senses were overwhelmed with “Archon” beginning with the book jacket, making me want to read what was inside. With the first installment in her trilogy, Benulis uses lush descriptions and larger than life characters to tell the story of a battle between Heaven and Hell.

Angela Mathers has led a hard life. Born a twin, she was shunned by her parents because she was a blood head, a feature that according to prophecy will be the dark messiah. Filled with sel
Sep 19, 2011 Torzilla marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Sounds like this book will either be awesome, or a hot mess.
Nov 09, 2011 Angela rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amazon-vine
Although I read a lot of urban and paranormal fantasy, both YA and adult, the realm of angels was new territory for me. I'm not entirely sure if it is my lack of experience in this sub genre or just this particular book but I found Archon, the first book of The Books of Raziel series, to be completely confusing.

I never felt like I understood the world that Angela and the other characters inhabited. I didn't understand the rules, the prophecy, and even what was actually taking place at times. Whi
While this book was good, it left me with far more questions than it did answers. I know that it is the first book in a trilogy, so I didn’t expect to have the events in the book all wrapped up in a neat bow by the end. But this book left me with question all throughout the book as opposed to at the end. Let me start by saying that I reviewed this book from an ARC copy provided by the publisher. Because of that I am keeping an open mind and hoping that the finished copy of this book underwent so ...more
Jul 19, 2012 Ally rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Archon is a book that suffers from a rather unusual problem. The setting outshines the characters. The water drenched crumbling world of Luz is fascinating. You can tell the author has planned it out well and probably has notebooks filled with little details about it that just didn't make the final edit. The concept is interesting as well playing with traditional ideas of the Antichrist or Ruin as she is referred to in this book.

The problem lies with the characters. Their physical presence is e
Dec 01, 2013 Shara marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: no-longer-own
The premise: ganked from publisher's website: There are some things worse than death . . .

For years, Angela Mathers has been plagued by visions of a supernatural being—an angel with beguiling eyes and magnificent wings who haunts her thoughts and seduces her dreams. Newly freed from a mental institution where she had been locked away for two years, Angela hopes that attending Westwood Academy, the Vatican’s exclusive university, will bring her peace and a semblance of normality.

But Angela isn’t
Jun 02, 2012 Pauline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
The concept behind this book is the prophesy that someone with red hair will bring the ruin of man, causing all people with red hair to be isolated into carefully monitored groups where they can be watched to see if the prophesied "blood head" is among them.

Actually, this is a pretty little Goth story, very charming in a dark way. The lead character, Angela, was abused by her wealthy parents then disowned by the rest of the family when those overbearing parents died in a fire...then tormented b
Sabrina Benulis is a master at worlds. Luz is amazing, it really made me want to be able to drive in and explore, take photos, live there!
but to be honest it was pretty much the only thing keeping me reading (as well as my small obsession with angels).

while Benulis is great at worlds, her characters are left being overshadow, or over looked.
I didnt connect to any of the characters and actually found myself wish Angela would just get it over with, but to be honest she didnt even fell like a real
Donte M.
First things first, I absolutely adore the supernatural, as well as horror, so this book seemed to be one written just for me, what with its dark, homicidal and/or suicidal characters. So imagine my disappointment when I’m reading through and see almost the same recycled history of angels and demons, though it’s not the same, so I digress. *Minor spoilers throughout*
• Dark, suicidal main character.
I have a soft spot for damaged or broken characters that, for the most part doesn’t hide from s
Dec 20, 2015 Tamara rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I do not even know how to explain this book. To be honest, I don't even think the author could explain this book. It was so utterly disgusting, confusing, and it sounded like gibberish. May God help anyone who tempts to read this book.
Jan 24, 2016 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal, dark, fantasy
Angela is a mess of a girl. Abused, put in an institution, several suicide attempts, her last attempt killed her parents. She got into West Wood based on her artistic talents, but the real reason she entered was to try to make peace with her brother. She didn't realize that the Academy ran and sanctioned by the Vatican, was a cesspool of sin and debauchery. The Vatican is waiting for the Archon; blood-head, a female with red hair and supernatural talents. This female is said to be the reincarnat ...more
Afraniq (ForestGreenReader)
Parts of the book get really confusing, and sometimes give so many names and information that I got confused. But the book is fast-paced and it answers questions later on. I believe a lot of the things left unanswered in this book will be revealed later on in the series.

I really loved the main character, she's confident but sometimes insecure and doesn't just know everything off the bat. Her confusion and journey for answers was real and not too rushed. And we're as lost as she is and we get to
Angie M
Jul 20, 2015 Angie M rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dropped
The premise for this book seemed really cool, and I'm always down for an angel book. But as soon as I hit chapter one, I knew I was in trouble. The author doesn't explain anything. She expects us to know what's going on. I still don't really understand the academy or blood heads or anything. And the main character Angela? I couldn't connect with her because we're never given that chance. I really could care less if she were to actually die, which is all she cares about anyway.

I could deal with t
Seregon O'Dassey
*Warning: possible spoilers*

This started as a standard YA novel, but "escalated quickly" as they say. Angela Mathers - who just can't succeed in suicide no matter how or what she tries - is in an exclusive school run by the Vatican. Only exceptionally talented students get in, along with all "blood heads", i.e. redheaded young women. Why all redheads? Well, it is believed that when the Archangel Raziel chose to be reincarnated as a human, he left note that it would be as a redheaded female who w
Dec 17, 2014 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Archon is book one in a series about Angela Mathers, a troubled young woman who dreams of angels and is apparently unkillable (she knows, she's tried). The book starts as she's released from a mental institution and starting out at a new university, West Wood Academy, a priest-run school for blood heads like her (red-headed children with powers). Society sends all such children to one place, because one of them is going to be the prophesied Archon, who will unlock the lost book of the archangel ...more
Feb 17, 2014 Sam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OK. Let me start by saying that I am a reader. When I pick up a book, I always finish it out of respect for the work an author has put into it. No disrespect to previous reviewers but ??????? As I see from previous comments, other readers, by putting this book down too early, may have done themselves an injustice. ARCHON by Sabrina Benulis is not a self published piece. A major publisher found the story compelling enough to take it on it not only in the US but internationally as well. My guess i ...more
Dark Faerie Tales
Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: A wild mix of angels and demons, each player having their own agendas, and the mortal with the power to destroy it all. LOTS of details and subplots to follow making this more political than romance in its presentation.

Opening Sentence: “That’s an incredible painting.”

The Review:

This book turned out to be a hard read for me. There is an obscene amount of back story details and lots of little sub agendas for each character, that the overall s
Danielle Wilson
Jan 22, 2013 Danielle Wilson rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I had high hopes for this book. The cover looked cool. The story blurb sounded interesting (if a little high school-ish). Then I started reading.

Please believe me when I say I don't typically have trouble with reading comprehension. I felt like a complete idiot when reading this book though. I spent so much time feeling confused that I just couldn't get into the story, let alone feel sympathy for ANY of the characters.

The setting of Luz seemed like an awesome place. The crumbling ruins on a sto
Feb 12, 2012 Martina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 09, 2012 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-3-march
From the inside cover:

There are some things worse than death…
For years Angela Mathers has been plagued by visions of a supernatural being—an angel with beguiling eyes and magnificent wings who haunts her thoughts and seduces her dreams. Newly freed from a mental institution where she had been locked away for two years, Angela hopes that attending Westwood Academy, the Vatican’s exclusive university, will bring her peace and a semblance of normality.
But Angela isn’t normal. With her stain of da
Diletta Brizzi
Dico subito che avevo riposto tante speranze in questo libro, la trama innovativa e la cover mi avevano davvero attirato. Sono state mal riposte? Lascio giudicare a voi perché “L’amore immortale” di Sabrina Benulis mi ha lasciato un grande, grandissimo punto interrogativo stampato in faccia e ora vi spiego.
Parto dalla protagonista, Angela, la ragazza dagli splendidi capelli di fuoco e grandi occhi azzurri, che ha passato un’infanzia terribile coi genitori che non la consideravano e che le riser
Dec 27, 2014 Wendy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I first read Daughter of the Blood by Anne Bishop, I found myself on shaky ground. I'm an extremely visual reader, creating scenes and characters in my head as I read the words on a page. I picture everything. With the first book in the Black Jewel's Trilogy, however, I had trouble seeing the world the author had created in my mind's eye. I can't explain why, just that it's so. Perhaps it was the way the author jumped right into the story and took off running. It was the same for me with Ar ...more
Jul 02, 2012 Serena rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
TRAMA: Fin da bambina, Angela Mathers è perseguitata da visioni soprannaturali: affascinanti creature alate popolano i suoi sogni e la ossessionano, senza darle tregua. Tanto da spingerla a tentare il suicidio, più volte e in molti modi diversi, ma sempre senza successo: pare proprio che Angela non possa morire. Quando viene dimessa dall’istituto di igiene mentale dove è in cura, la ragazza si iscrive all’Accademia Westwood di Luz, esclusiva università vaticana, decisa a iniziare una nuova vita. ...more
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Sabrina Benulis lives in the Pocono mountains of PA with her husband, daughter, and a spoiled but sweet cockatiel. When she isn't writing or cooking up another story to tell, she's learning to be super Mom.

Her third book in The Books of Raziel series, Angelus, is scheduled for release on February 9, 2016.

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“Any final requests? This is going to be quick."
"Yes, actually I'd like you to change your mind."
"Not about to happen.”
“I loved him, but he didn't want me anymore.
I suffered, and he laughed at my umanity.
This desire will be my end.”
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