Raziel (The Fallen #1)
She was just an ordinary mortal . . .
“You’re dead” is so not what Allie Watson wants to hear. Unfortunately, it explains a lot. Like the dark, angelically handsome man wh...more
In the beginning of the book, we're introduced to Raziel, one of The Fallen. It says, the...more
Allie Watson has just died and has been pulled back from the flames of hell by a dark and mysterious man. Now she finds herself in a place that is hidden from the world. This is the home of the Fallen, beautiful angels who fell from heaven and are now cursed to drink blood, and they see her as an intruder into their world. Raziel felt something wasn't right when he saw that Allie would be going to hell so he saved her and brought him back to his home. Even though he was the one to save...more
But for what ever reason, he couldn't let her go and ended up taking her to his home. And hence she lived there and experienced and learned the everyday lives of the Fallens. Not much of a going on really, more of a background introduction for future installmen...more
Overall Rating 3.75
Story Rating 4.50
Audio Rating 4.50
Character Rating: 3.50
NOTE: I need to explain that this book, other than one moment, is a strong 4.5 for me. I really did enjoy the story, world building, and tone of The Fallen: Raziel.
(Going to do review in reverse order)
Audio Specific: Narrators Paul Costanzo & Karen White did a wonderful job on this audiobook! I am a huge fan of the duel narration as I think it balances the emotions/voices of the characters. In this ca...more
Felicia and Tara both talked about a specific scene that was slightly bothersome. Perhaps being prepared for it helped, but I did not share the same hesitations. It worked for Raziel and Allie’s story. Theirs was not a perfect love story, but I liked it that way. It was perfect in its imperfection. I love the struggle, the denial, the inevitable moment when the last bit of resistance comes crashing down, and even after that, when they stil...more
If you’ve ever read a paranormal romance starring fated mates…oh wait, Anne Stuart doesn’t do checklists. In Raziel the author plays with biblical myths, turning more than a few on their heads. The plot is complex and I’ll do my best to cram it into a nutshell.
Raziel is a fallen angel (yes, there’s a compound filled with future heroes) who works as a reaper for the extremely anti-social head fallen angel Uriel. While on a routine reaper pickup, Raziel im...more
A brilliant piece of work by Kristina Douglas (aka Anne Stuart) that takes the Judeo-Christian foundations and blows them to smithereens! All in the guise of a paranormal romance novel. SWEET!
But every time I went to the library, this book called out to me. Really, it did. I caved. RAZIEL is the type of novel that makes you think. If it doesn’t; then you have missed a very integral part of Ms. Douglas’ work.
Allie is dead; her human, physical body gone. She...more
While this book begged for a dual narration, because I was thrown more than once by the POV switch when I read it myself, I wish the male half of this dual narration had as much skill and insight into characters as the female half did. She was perfect for me!
I could live with P.C.s semi robotic performance if he hadn't hit my number one No, No button ... making hot, virile men sound like OLD men.
I enjoyed the effort put into creating a twist on the fallen angles background. The perspective was fun to explore and helped create a wonderful team of fallen angels to route for. It would have served well to have built up more animosity for the antagonist.
On to the leads. The hero was likeable, though he wasn't described too well. I'd have enjoyed getting to know him better. He wasn't developed as much as I prefer. The heroine left some to be desired in the personality department. I liked her...more
The audio book is narrated by both a man and a woman. My only other experience with this is Karen Marie Moning's Fever Series. In that series, the main dialogue was female first person POV, so most of it was done by the woman, but the male dialogue/voices were done by the male. In this book, not so. It was a little discombobulating at first, however once I figured out this was due to the 1st person POVs changing from the heroine to the hero,...more
I am always cautious when it comes to reading new authors, because pretty much anyone can get published now...more
Y Raziel, un Ángel Caído, es quien debe llevar a Allie a
su destino después de muerta: Cielo o Infierno.
Pero, cuando Allie es destinada al Infierno, Raziel, inexplicablemente
la salva de las fauces oscuras del llamado Infierno, y con esto, desata algo peligroso. Mas que la furia de Uriel, y mas que unos Nefilims deseosos de matarlos.
Ok, hacía tiempo que no leía algo, uhm, de Ángeles Caídos y eso,
y tengo que decir que amo saber algo de estas h...more
I love any fiction book that has to do with fallen angels, or angels period. And I went in thinking I was going to love this book. However, this was not the case. I couldn't stand any single character in this book. Especially all of the Fallen. They were just plain rude and hateful to Allie. Sure she wasn't the sweetest girl, and at times I did feel she deserved some of it, but not all of it. Allie was just shallow and whiny. I got tired of hearing how sexy and beautiful Raziel was and...more
Raziel is a fallen angel. Together with his fellow brothers (in arms), they live with their bonded human females in the hidden world called Sheol. If I understood their history correctly, God had placed the punishment and eradication of all evil to the archangel Uriel. He in turn uses fallen angels and demons to carry out his orders. When Raziel is to escort another soul to the bowls of hell, he does his duty as usual only to do something completely out of the ordinary. At the last minu...more
Raziel: Thinks: It has been a long time since I got laid. But enough, got to go to work collecting death souls and dumping them in hell or heaven. Oh, I am late better go before my scarey fuck up boss fires- er kills me.
Allie: Thinks:Hurry I am late.
Later: Allie dies and Raziel collects her soul. Saves her from hell.
Some slow boring stuff happens.
Little joke, sorry, I will get to business.
The beginning of the book is strange, from New York to hell, a fast journey. But Kristina finds a way to make it an easy read.
From than on the books takes on a complete different direction I thought it was gonna go. We end up on an island. In my dreams a beautiful island, with gorgeous Raziel. (I like Raziel)
Allie and Raziel begin there a difficult relationship, which comes with a lo...more
Well that and the cover was droolworthy. What can I say, I'm a sucker for a pretty cover. The book is a little over 200 pages long. I pretty much sucked it up and read it in a few hours time. Raziel is the first in her The Fallen series.
Allie was having a normal day and then she's told by an angel that she's now dead. Raziel is one of the Fallen and he and other Fallen have been tasked b...more
Opening Sentence: I am Raziel, one of the twenty fallen angels spoken of by Enoch in the old books.
Raziel is a fallen angel. Cursed by God, he doesn’t have many options. Raziel serves Uriel by escorting the dead to their final destination: heaven or hell. Unfortunately, Allie’s number has been punched. Raziel sets out on just another delivery assignmen...more
I liked Raziel in the beginning but when Allie died and was tak...more
When I started reading the story I was so confused. The intro is told by Raziel (hero) and Uriel (all important, second hand of God). So you hear a little bit about Raziel’s duty...more
Paranormal Romance – Jan. 25th, 2011
3 ½ stars
Raziel is a fallen angel and an immortal. His life is an endless mass of dreary days. The fallen angels’ main duty is to ferry the souls of humans after they have died. It is his turn but when a young woman is killed and he transports her to her 'destiny' (either Heaven or Hell), he finds that she is destined for Hell! Raziel doesn't know why but he is troubled because he can easily tell this young human is not evil enough to...more
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