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Angels' Blood (Guild Hunter #1)

4.12  ·  Rating Details ·  53,050 Ratings  ·  3,262 Reviews
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Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux knows she's the best—but she doesn't know if she's good enough for this job. Hired by the dangerously beautiful Archangel Raphael, a being so lethal that no mortal wants his attention, only one thing is clear—failure is not an option...even if the task is impossible.

Because this time, it's not a wayward vamp she has to tra
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Published May 10th 2010 by Tantor Media (first published January 1st 2009)
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Marsha No, thank God! Elena is a skilled hunter, doesnt spend time being glamorous or helpless or petulant. She isn't impossibly perfect/beautiful, and her…moreNo, thank God! Elena is a skilled hunter, doesnt spend time being glamorous or helpless or petulant. She isn't impossibly perfect/beautiful, and her weaknesses are believable.
She works for an organisation of hunters, male + female who are all tough,strong and skilled. She's intelligent, and more like a real woman than many of the Paranormal Romance books out there. The world-building in the series is superb, the secondary characters fantastic- many good enough to be the centre of their own book.
And the archangel Raphael is a three dimensional alpha male. Definately a series worth reading.(less)
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Kat Kennedy
A number of child-angels gather around their mother up in heaven somewhere, each taking a seat on a fluffy cloud of perfection to eagerly await the forbidden story: How Mum and Dad Met.

"Mother!" the eldest, almost a teenager, chirps. "Tell us, please!"

A chorus of cherub voice cry out in agreement like the tinkering of old church bells.

"Yes, mother!"

"Tell us!"

"Please tell us!"

The mother laughs, her face a beacon of light and joy as she gestures for the children to sit quietly.

"Very well then, ch
Jun 22, 2011 Lora rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who are looking to read more paranormal romance
You know how if you eat too many sweets you eventually throw up? Well, I think that's where I'm at with the paranormal romance genre. It just isn't for me anymore.
Angels' Blood is listed as an "urban fantasy with romance" - well, I'm here to tell you that if this is urban fantasy, I'm Donald Trump needlessly living out my writing fantasies by having a GR account as a girl named Lora.
It is ridiculous to call Angels' Blood an urban fantasy. It has all of the classic PR traits: an oversexed, dange
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
I've been a fan of Nalini Singh for several years now. I started reading her with the Silhouette Desires she published, and I liked the way she wrote intense love stories with magnetic heroes and heroines I liked. I waffled for a year or so before deciding to try her book Slave to Sensation. I was just getting into paranormal, and I wasn't sure about the sci-fi elements. Finally, I read it, and I was hooked from that point on.

When I heard that Nalini Singh was venturing into urban fantasy, of c
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish


I've been getting a lot of recommendation requests for solid PNR or UF series', something that will hold a readers attention while they wait for the next Black Dagger Brotherhood book. The truth is, there's nothing that compares to the BDB and looking for something "the same as" will only lead to disappointment. So don't bother. Instead, look for something just as compelling, exciting, sexy, and gripping, even though the world is entirely different. When people ask my opinion
Jennifer Kyle

”I was born to be what I am.” A hunter. A tracker. A loner.”


Elena Deveraux is a vampire hunter and has been requested to work a job for the Archangel of New York, Raphael. This story has an equal amount of action, attraction between Elena and Raphael, great cast of supporting characters and a lot of excitement.

“The man wants you – but I’m not sure if he wants to fuck you or kill you.”

The attraction and chemistry between Raphael and Elena was steamy as they work towards catching a rogue Arch
Jo ★The Book Sloth★
5 Deserves All 1.000 Re-reads I'm Gonna Do Stars

So after I read this book for the millionth time I decided that it deserves a review.

Let me begin by saying THIS BOOK IS ONE OF THE BEST EVER! This book and generally this series is a 10/5 stars! It isn't just one of my favorites. It is one of MY ABSOLUTELY FAVORITE fantasy-romance series!

This book is the start of an epic love between the Guild Hunter, Elena and the Archangel of New York, Raphael. Elena is hired by Raphael to find another archangel
4 Stars

I didn't realize this series was more Urban Fantasy than Paranormal Romance. I'm not a huge fan of the Urban Fantasy genre (the focus centers more on the plot than the romance), but I very much enjoyed reading this story. Nalini Singh is one of my favorite authors and she has the ability to captivate and enthrall me no matter the genre. I won't lie, though; I prefer her Psy-Changeling series to this one. That said, Angels' Blood is one fantastic read!
Blacky *Romance Addict*

Nalini Singh!

This book!


Amazing series, but after reading the other books, this one still remains my favorite. Just brilliant <3

Some of my favorite quotes <3

"She looked into that perfect face and knew she’d never met a more deadly being in her life. If she displeased him, Raphael would kill her as easily as she might swat a fly."


"“And if I fail?”

“Don’t fail, Elena.” His eyes were mild but his smile, it spoke of things better not said aloud. “You
Destini Mia~ ♕ Sassy Lassie
Did I ever want this book to end?

What more could you want than a steamy PNR read?

"... with a master at the art, all pain is pleasure."

Elena is a Guild Hunter, which is like a bounty hunter except she tracks vampires and returns them to their master... the angels.
Then Raphael, an incredibly powerful and ruthless archangel, request her help and she knows that failure isn't an option. Especially when he might not let her live, even if she does succeed.
*** 4 ***

A buddy read with my Wednesday UF and PNR aficionados at BB&B!!! Where are our wings???

I guess this is my year to tackle Nalini Singh, since obviously my lack of knowledge about her body of work was becoming to gape like a festering wound in my PNR education.... WHat I have learned so far is that I love how sexy Changelings are, how passionate the newly awakened Psy can get, and how Humans are developing some major inferiority complexes in all of the worlds she creates. They tend
"I'm crazy about you, Archangel. You scare the shit out of me at times, but I want to dance with you anyway."
-Elena to Raphael

Soooo... I was expecting to read a good book... but never was I expecting to find my next fav. series! I can't believe I waited this long to read this book. I just loved it. I know that some gave just 4 stars to this book, and I don't get it, it had EVERYTHING a good book should have to be one of the bests.

Paranormal-romance and UF fans ------> you MUST read this boo
3.5 stars.
Full review to come.

There is just something not-so-sexy about angels.
Wings and flying? Yicks!
I guess i'm a vampire girl by heart?

Buddy read with my new friend Hayley.
For good luck:

May 11, 2014 julio rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of magic bites,
Recommended to julio by: MostlyDelores
Shelves: dnf, bantha-poodoo, no

dnf at 20 percent.

obsessed with power dynamics, status symbols, and physical beauty.

plus awkward, melodramatic writing as nuanced as any american daytime soap or panel talk show hosted by women trying to out-bitch one another for an hour.

this book filled me with hate.

*is full of hate*
A paranormal romance fan will like this book because the biggest problem with most PNR's is that the world is lame. The world in this book is pretty awesome! Nalini Singh has the gift of building new and exciting worlds in her series.

So, in this one, we are all ruled by angel overlords. It's like they are the mob-bosses of the world. They each have a territory that they watch over, and they rule with an iron fist. Sure, we still get to have our human governments, to deal with our petty human con
I have a horrible track record with books everybody else seems to love. I’m usually the one person on the face of the earth that’s guaranteed to hate them so I was understandably nervous when I started this.

Oh God, everybody likes this

I didn’t hate this. I frigging LOVED it.

This entire book is like a breath of fresh air. It seems to break every cliché used in these types of books. The main character, Elena, is a total BAMF. In so many paranormal stories the MC is the exception to some mysteri

14/09/2016 Buddy reading with the awesome UF addicts over at BB&B!

“What happens if I don’t kill her?”
“Then she will kill you. She will make you mortal.”

In a world that's ruled by archangels and where vampires are made by archangels, Elena Deveraux is the best vampire hunter the Guild has. So when lethal archangel Raphael asks for the best, Elena is given the impossible task of finding an archangel who has gone bad. Failure to find him would not only mean her death, but the death of

Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
LOVED. EVERY. PAGE! I picked up this book hearing great things about the series and Nalini Singh, so I gave it a shot. From the very first page, I found my eyes glued. And when I wasn’t reading, I was thinking about it. Angels’ Blood has to be one of my favourite books featuring angels. It’s simply brilliant!

Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux has to be one of my newest favourite heroines. I found myself instantly trusting her judgement. In a world where angels, vampires and humans co-exist, you would
Robin (Bridge Four)
3.5 Let's get this party started Stars

Read with my fellow UF/PNR lovers at Buddies Books and Baubles

When I’m beginning a new UF/PNR series there are a few things I look for.

- Is the world and/or lore different and interesting?

In this Angels are not heavenly creatures doing gods will or if they are they have no knowledge of it. No instead they are immortal beings who seem to like to play games with the mere mortals of the earth. Oh and also they make and control Vampires. Yeah I didn’t see that
Oct 29, 2014 Shandra rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: buddy-read

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This book started out super strong, and quickly took a nose dive. The premise of the story was so intriguing, I couldn't believe how badly the author was messing it up! I'm a reader, but a poor review writer. My time on Goodreads has been grooming me and I'm attempting to become better with my reviews. I found myself despising this book soooo much, I thought I should keep some notes as to why. So, for the first time in my reading experience, I did so.

I'm not going to ret
Monty Cupcake ☠ Queen of Bloodshed ☠
I'm not a huge fan of angel books, but this was different. They didn't make the angels prissy and perfect, and by perfect I mean the type of angel that plays a harp or swings a sword, all while having pure thoughts. Nope, these angels are not that at all. They definitely have lots of impure thoughts and make mistakes. They're more like the Greek gods in their having strengths and territories + they make vampires.

Raphael definitely improves as the book goes on, changing from "you're all ants ben
Mar 26, 2016 MelaDWolf rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, romance, vampire
5''It was perfect!''stars

“You want to play? Come find me angel boy.”

There is not a lot to say that already wasn't. This book was such interesting read and I can't say that I was bored even for a moment.

''This was the kind of job that made legends out of hunters. Of course, to be a legend, you generally had to be dead.”

I must say that author did great job - writing was perfect, new world that she build and I liked a lot how relationship between Raphael and Elena started and then developed. Both
The Holy Terror
Jan 31, 2011 The Holy Terror rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Immortals After Dark, fans of sexy angels
*3.75 Stars*

This was a unique take on vampires and hunters with the addition of angels as rulers, caretakers, lords, and lovers. I've always kind of had a thing for angels and I love that they're sexual beings in this series. It's one of the few things that makes me upset about Richelle Mead's Succubus series because one of the most charismatic and sexy characters has to remain celibate or he'll become a demon. Religion is absent in Angels' Blood and I was exceedingly grateful for that. There is
Feb 04, 2016 Gökçe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Konusu çok özgün ve güzeldi. Hem melekleri hem de vampirleri içinde barındırıyordu ama bu bizim okumaya alıştığımız türden daha farklı olarak ele alınmıştı. Bu da kitabı farklı kılıyor. Karakterler çok hoşuma gitti. İlerleyen kitaplarda daha çok okumak istediğim isimler var. Özellikle Dmitri ve Jason. Elena ve Raphael'in arasındaki çekim zaten okunmaya değer. Aralarında geçen diyaloglar... Kısacası kitabı beğendim. Başlarda çeviriden dolayı okumakta biraz zorlandım ama kitap ilerledikçe çeviri d ...more
Aly is so frigging bored
27-30 August 2016 reread
Buddy read with Ange, Maru and Sarah
As you know, Nalini's book get better with each reread :)

July 2015 re-read
I love you! I love you! I love you!

October 2014 re-read
Buddy read with Jo

February 2013 re-read
Buddy read with Maru

*sigh* Still the best book and series EVER.
I love everything in it:
-the writing style
-the hero: Raphael; archangel, hot, sensual, powerful, strict and sometimes cruel with everyone else but the heroine, and did I say hot?
-the heroine: Elena; smart,
Eon ♒Windrunner♒
3.5 Stars

In Angels’ Blood we are immersed in a world where archangels are the absolute rulers, gods to be feared, the creators of vampires and also their masters. There are some humans with particular skills such as being hunter born, but I am not sure how many and if there are any other types of talents. I guess all will be revealed in due process. So we have an earth that seems pretty much like our own, but different areas of earth are ruled by different archangels. They in turn have many ange
Hulya Kara Yuksel
Oh my freaking God!!! Raphael, come and find me please... I need your angel dust!!! :)


“Oh, this is a special blend for you." Taking one of the fingers she hadn't licked, he rubbed it along her lips. "What we usually shed is apparently comparable to the most delicious of chocolates or the finest of wines. Decadent, rich, and very expensive."
She told herself she wasn't going to lick the glitter off her lips. "And this blend?" The taste was inside her mouth without her having any
Anzu The Great Destroyer
*2013 edit
This review is embarrassing. But I'll leave it here. It's good to see how much I've changed over the years... I'll be writing my current thoughts in bold. Eh.

3.5 stars

Wow… even now I’m short on words. This may be the best book, and I mean THE best book, I’ve ever read (No, it's not. It was still pretty good). Nalini Singh landed on the first position in my top favorite authors because of this (... Nope. Not anymore.). I will start by saying that I love her writing style. She’s got some
Oct 21, 2013 MelissaB rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: urban fantasy fans, paranormal romance fans
Elena is a hunter whose job is to track rogue vampires for angels. She was born a hunter, with greater strength and scenting abilities than the average human. In this world, vampires are Made by angels then owe the angels 100 years of service for their immortality. Elena is paid by the angels to track and capture the vampires that decide to renige on their side of the deal.

Elena is summoned to the office of Raphael, the archangel of New York. Raphael is part of the Cadre of Ten, the ruling body
Sep 17, 2016 Emma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
2.5 stars rounded up because it was still addictively readable. I found myself quite resistant to the idea of Archangels in a paranormal romance. Paranormal romance is not my favourite genre. I don't mind romance in my urban fantasy but this..I don't know how many times the female love interest called Raphael beautiful but it was too many. I'm also not fond of the vampire-oozing-sex-appeal idea. And the ending
*Originally Read 1/13/11 - 1/15/11*

This was my first book by Nalini Singh, but it wasn't my last. After reading this book I got online and ordered all of the books in her other series.

I really liked the world that Singh created with this novel. It is definitely a concept I haven't read before. I love when someone comes out with a new way to portray angels and vampires. I didn't just love the book for its world though. The author did a great job creating compelling characters.

I don't usually enjo
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  • Archangel's Consort (Guild Hunter, #3)
  • Archangel's Blade (Guild Hunter, #4)
  • Archangel's Storm (Guild Hunter, #5)
  • Archangel's Legion (Guild Hunter, #6)
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