I liked Iris in Driving Mr. Dead and, while I didn't find myself loving her a quickly as I did Miranda from that novella, I came to completely adore h...moreI liked Iris in Driving Mr. Dead and, while I didn't find myself loving her a quickly as I did Miranda from that novella, I came to completely adore her in The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires. Iris was good, humorous, a hard worker and wary of vampires. Her healthy uncertainty and fear of vampires was actually what drew me to her. So often in UF/PNR the heroines are so brave and fearless from the get go that they act stupidly. They insist on being part of fights where they stand no chance, ignore warnings from their paranormal hero etc. Iris wasn't shaking-in-her-boots afraid, she was just cautious, smart, and knew when to run or when she was making a dumb choice. She also knew when risking her own life was worth it though. I loved the relationship between Iris and her sister, Gigi.
“Why would I take an unstable, hungry vampire home with me? Do I look particularly stupid to you?” He snorted. “No, which is why you should take me home with you. I already know where you live. While you were running to your car, I looked in your purse and memorized your driver’s license. Imagine how irritated I would be, how motivated I would be to find you and repay your kindness, after I am well again.”
The storyline for The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires was a great one. I've always been curious regarding the contents of human blood in relation to vampires in fiction and why it isn't used more often. After all, most things end up there in some capacity (alcohol, drugs, sugars etc). I think it's a perfect way to attack vampires and would be interesting to see more of. Of course if I saw it all the time I wouldn't have been as excited to see it here... Anyway I was glad to see Harper's spin on it.
“As best we can tell, the vampires in question all suffered a form of poisoning. The compound is like steroids for vampires, on an exponential level. It brings out the worst of our aggressive, territorial behaviors while enhancing our strength and lowering our inhibitions.”
Cal was a difficult character for me to decide what I thought about. At first I found him to be too similar to Collin from Driving Mr. Dead. They were both haughty, stand-offish, only put up with the heroine because it was their only option etc. To be honest I was really disappointed by this. I absolutely loved how funny Driving Mr. Dead was and I didn't want it to be just a formula for this book too. As the novel progressed Cal started showing his differences though and became his own vampire. He loved to start fights with Iris because he found it amusing, he was calculating, he was a lot more vampire-y to me. Cal had been poisoned by bad blood that made him sick and was unhappily relying on Iris. The vomitous shower scene... loved it! I really enjoyed reading about a sick vampire, enough so that I might need to go hunting down similar books. A sick werewolf or zombie would be great.
“Besides, what happened to ‘no emotional attachments’?” I asked him pointedly, though I didn’t pull away. “I’m just a human, after all.” “I shouldn’t have said that.” He hesitated. “I find myself … more attached to you than I previously believed. It’s particularly strange considering I’ve only known you a few days. Perhaps it’s like Stockholm syndrome.”
“Hey, what’s this?” I asked, pulling a copy from the pile. “The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires. A comprehensive guide to safe, loving treatment of the injured undead.” I flipped through the book and found nutrition guides, feeding schedules, an appendix on skin care after minor sunburns. “This would have been useful a week ago,” I muttered. “Wait, he’s injured? Your vampire is injured? Iris, you didn’t pick this guy up while he was hitchhiking or something, did you?”
I loved how this book was wrapped up especially the glimpse of the future between Iris and Cal. Overall The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires was an immensely satisfying, fun read.
I knew Bayou Moon was going to feature a new hero and heroine and I'm so glad William carried over from On the Edge but I have to admit that I spent t...moreI knew Bayou Moon was going to feature a new hero and heroine and I'm so glad William carried over from On the Edge but I have to admit that I spent the entire introduction of Bayou Moon's Cerise comparing her to Rose. I loved Rose from the get go and I had trouble letting her go for a starter heroine who was completely new. I never doubted that Cerise would find a place in my heart too though. I think I should have waited longer before picking up Bayou Moon, however, so that Rose, Declan and William as a secondary character wouldn't have been quite so vivid in my mind.
“It didn’t knock me out. I jumped in.” Dear Gods. “You jumped into the water with a Gospo Adir eel in it?” “I couldn’t get a good cut from the boat.” Unbelievable. “Are you crazy?” “Look who’s talking, swamp mermaid.” “I jumped in to rescue you, you fool!”
I absolutely loved how William and Cerise met and their initial interactions. It never ceases to impress and please me how well Andrews pulls off humor without being silly. It's always so well crafted and executed.
William leaned forward and pointed at the river. “I don’t know why you rolled in spaghetti sauce,” he said in a confidential voice. “I don’t really care. But that water over there won’t hurt you. Try washing it off.” She stuck her tongue out.
I was also pleasantly surprised by how different Bayou Moon was from On the Edge. I'd expected some echos from the previous novel but some things went as far as shockingly different. I was completely thrown off guard by the swamp setting at first. And while Cerise and William had the same feelings towards each other that Rose and Declan had, in no way could I even begin to call them the same characters but with different names which I often find myself considering when it comes to paranormal romance series. Andrews is a master at creating unique characters and dialogue. None of the heroes and heroines I've been introduced to have liked each other from their first encounter, in fact they often fight like school children, yet it's always fresh, makes me giggle and crave more.
She waved her hands in the air. “Do me a huge favor, Lord William. Keep your thoughts to yourself for the next few miles. If you keep talking, I’ll have to hit you with this pole, and nobody wants that.”
William's interactions with Cerise's family were so interesting to read about. All William wants is a family but that's been denied him and he has come to believe he doesn't deserve one because of his status as a changeling. On that same note, it was just as interesting to read about Cerise's interactions with them. As her head of household she feels the weight of the world on her shoulders. Watching her bear the burden of responsibility for death and money contrasting to William being tested at every turn and trying to learn them was fascinating.
Bayou Moon is another amazing story from Andrews. I absolutely loved William, Cerise, her chaotic family, the Mire... I can't wait to delve in to Fate's Edge.
The snark! I really liked the narrator's voice. Okay, I'll confess. I loved her voice. Miranda was funny, clever, sassy, and perhaps a touch crazy. Th...moreThe snark! I really liked the narrator's voice. Okay, I'll confess. I loved her voice. Miranda was funny, clever, sassy, and perhaps a touch crazy. That's my kind of heroine! It's a delicate balance that occasionally can result in an obnoxious, over-the-top, annoying character but when done right, they're my favorite. I'm so glad that Harper did it just about perfectly because within the first few pages I was salivating for more. Occasionally Miranda slipped into the too silly but I already adored her enough that I didn't mind.
I squinted at the faded, peeling road sign that marked the fork off Sedgemoore Road. I was pretty sure the bold block letters were painted sometime during the Lewis and Clark expedition.
My first impressions of Collin... I found him immensely amusing but couldn't for the life of me see him as the love interest. In fact, if Miranda hadn't occasionally mentioned his appearance and her physical attraction to him, I would picture him in my head as Lurch from The Addams Family (super tall, pale, no facial expression or sense of humor - completely unsexy right?). Once the book starts heating up my original un-receptiveness to him as the hero didn't matter. YUM!
I was pleasantly surprised by how funny Driving Mr. Dead was. It reminded me of the earlier Stephanie Plum novels (by Janet Evanovich) which I absolutely love. Everything that can go wrong does in hilarious ways to poor Miranda and Collin ends up suffering for much of it - which may or may not have led to several serious cases of the giggles. Whenever Collin is personally affronted by circumstance I had to laugh.
Driving Mr. Dead was an absurdly humorous, charming and addictive read. I absolutely cannot wait to continue on with The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires. My only regret in reading Driving Mr. Dead is that I didn't save it for a long car ride or something of that nature.
If you're in the mood for something you can laugh your ass off at while ogling pretty immor...moreReview originally posted on Bitten Books and given 4 stars.
If you're in the mood for something you can laugh your ass off at while ogling pretty immortals, Dating the Undead is definitely for you. The articles, ads, quizzes, recipes... every single page had so much thought put into it making Dating the Undead work like an actual magazine; a magazine that was supernaturally clever. I've picked up hundreds of magazines in my lifetime and usually I just skip to the parts I enjoy, I was amazed that all of the little things I typically ignore (like fan letters and horoscopes) were included and that they were just as fun and amusing as the longer pieces. Reading Dating the Undead became an experience because of this.
The continuity and world immersion of Dating the Undead was perfectly done and so much fun. I loved reading a joke or about a product on one page and then seeing it crop up again several pages later. One of my favorites was the Coffin Klein brand. There's an ad for it in the very beginning and if you look closely enough at some of the pictures that have low riding jeans, you'll see the paranormal label again. Very sneaky and clever... and delicious.
One of my favorite articles included the pick up lines one, soo funny. "The moon isn't full tonight, but I bet I can make you howl." I also enjoyed the possible celebrity immortals article; some of the possibilities had me wondering why hadn't I thought of that before. Gerard Butler as a werewolf? Totally plausible and hot. Many of the articles poked fun at other paranormal books (sparkling vampires, check) as well as the overused cliches in the genre (mortal male best friend that ends up causing a love triangle when he really never stands a chance-this one got a while article on how to keep him in the friend zone).(less)
Review originally posted on Bitten Books and given 4½ stars.
I'm always up for a historical romance that involves the reform of a rake, and what could...moreReview originally posted on Bitten Books and given 4½ stars.
I'm always up for a historical romance that involves the reform of a rake, and what could possibly make that even better? Having a little paranormal added in there, of course! Within the first few pages of the book I was kicking myself for not having read it sooner. The beginning was amazing. I was instantly intrigued by the characters and story which almost never happens with romances for me. I usually have to read a few chapters and get to the 'good' parts (at least to the point of the hero/heroine meeting) before I'm entranced and can't put the book down. But no, Archer captured me with just a few pages.
One of the things I was most pleased with in reading this book was that Whit wasn't just described as a hellraiser, he actually did cruel things in the story. I hate it when a writer describes her hero as a debaucherous manwhore but never proves it in the book because as soon as he sees the heroine, he magically changes. Then again it completely enrages me when it's on the opposite end too and the hero cheats on or seriously betrays the heroine. Cheating heroes make me rage like nothing else! I thought that Archer did a masterful job in keeping Whit true to his gambling addicted form while maintaining my hope and interest in his character.
Ever since seeing Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows I've had this ridiculous love of all things gypsy... and RDJ (but he's been a long love of mine). I was immensely satisfied with Zora's character. Not only was she everything I love in a strong romance heroine but she also had so many of the kiss-ass traits I love in urban fantasy ones. To go even further I'd have to confess that my gypsy fascination is burning even more brightly (subtle joke was purposeful).
In historical romances the hero as nobleman and the heroine as a poor commoner is an overused basis from which I still, more often than not, derive enjoyment. Maybe it was the paranormal aspects but I found Archer's take on this station imbalance to be completely fresh and a whole lot of fun.(less)
With Urien dead, Niniane (Tricks) can take her place as Dark Fae Queen. This is easier said...moreReview originally posted on Bitten Books and given 4 stars.
With Urien dead, Niniane (Tricks) can take her place as Dark Fae Queen. This is easier said than done considering her first meeting with the Dark Fae on her own results in an assassination attempt. Niniane can't turn to the Wyr for help anymore so she attempts to disappear. Her friends in the Wyr demesne are worried about her though and want her found at any cost. Tiago is sent to find and protect her, and somewhere along the way he find himself guarding her with his life because he wants to.
I really enjoyed Storm's Heart, mainly because I loved the characters. I fell in love with Tricks in Dragon Bound and was very excited to read more about her and her transformation into Niniane, Dark Fae Queen. I certainly wasn't disappointed. Niniane remained herself but we got to see her mature and work towards a more queenly personality. Tiago wasn't in Dragon Bound much so I wasn't sure what to expect, but holy cow was he kickass and smoldering! I liked that Tiago and Niniane weren't equals per say, but each had their strengths. I also liked that Niniane was always challenging Tiago so the difference between them never mattered. I also loved the character background stories, both were very fitting and didn't disappoint. I especially enjoyed the reasoning behind Niniane's nickname, Tricks.
So many books in the paranormal romance category have powerful supernatural males and either human or relatively weak women, but somehow the heroine becomes vital or she has some amazing power that no one else has. I liked that while Niniane was queen, I never felt like it put her into that silly 'special' category.
I prefer my romances to be as angst free as possible. Angst and unhappiness just aren't my thing. I love how Harrison dealt with issues in Storm's Heart. She wasn't afraid to face them head on in her writing then simply move on. I love that her characters are intelligent, fierce, loyal and loving but most of all willing to work things out and not leave me in agony.
There were a few loose ends and other aspects that I'd hoped would be included in Storm's Heart that weren't. I especially wished we'd seen more of Pia and Dragos considering her, uh, current condition. I was glad we got to see more of Rune, loved him in the Dragon Bound. He bothered me a little bit in this one because I was so involved in Tiago and Niniane's relationship and I didn't care for his actions however honorable they were. I still adore him though and look forward to his story. Carling... I hated her until the end scenes. I'm very excited to learn more about her now though, she seems like she'll be the most complex character so far. I'm really worried, however, because she might not be good enough for Rune.
All in all, Storm's Heart was an amazing followup novel to Dragon Bound. It was a little slower actionwise making it more character and emotion based. I found Dragon Bound to be more of a 'stand out' novel than Storm's Heart but I think fans of the first book will devour this one like I did.(less)
I put off reading the Edge series for quite a while. Kate Daniels is my one of my absolute favorites, love everything about that series so I dug my he...moreI put off reading the Edge series for quite a while. Kate Daniels is my one of my absolute favorites, love everything about that series so I dug my heels in when it comes to reading On the Edge. To be honest I didn't want to fall in love with characters after being spoiled by an amazing series where it stars the same main characters. Ilona Andrews has this amazing ability to create a burning need to desperately require more. I've reread the Kate Daniels series an absurd number of times but I always need more. The Edge features a new couple each book so I think this was the first time I hoped not to fall in love.
Few worlds can compare to the elegance and power of Ilona Andrews'. The Edge sits between The Weird which is a place of powerful magic and The Broken, a magicless place (our unfortunate real world). Many authors have written about two 'worlds' colliding but this is the first time I've encountered a venn-diagram-y center; loved the concept and execution.
"Rose leaned her crossbow on her hip and took a deep breath. “You’re trespassing, and you aren’t welcome.” “You’re rude. I find it unattractive in all people, women especially.”"
Oh boy, what an entrance! From page one I was so excited to see how this book played out but after seeing Rose and Declan meet... I was a goner. I love watching the 'jerks' Andrews creates unfold into characters I love fiercely.
How hard did I squee when Declan told Rose to give him three challenges and if he won she was his and if he lost she was free? Like crazy! I wasn't expecting On the Edge to take a fairytale-esque turn. Urban fantasy has yet to give me that treat, of course it would be a favorite author to deliver on this.
"Why me? “Right. Any other tips?” Her sarcasm whistled right over his head. “Yes. Look at me and not at your plate. If you have to look at your plate, glance at it occasionally.” Rose put down her fork. “Lord Submarine . . .” “Camarine.”"
All of the characters were unbelievably intriguing and captured me so quickly but Rose and her family... they will stick with me for quite a while. Rose's role as her brothers' fierce protector would have instantly won me over but I needed no winning. She had me at every turn. As you discover more about her (I don't want to spoil it but especially once you find out more about her and Declan's initial meeting and Rose's challenges), what I already loved about her just got better and better.
"“I mean to have you, Rose, you and all of your thorns. I’m a disagreeable and stubborn bastard, but I’m not a fool. You didn't really expect me to pass you up, did you?”"
I am completely happy, satisfied, and madly in love with everything On the Edge gave me. I even read it a second time after I finished.. just to be sure.
Pia has succeeded in being the first to find and steal something from the dragon's horde. S...moreReview originally posted on Bitten Books and given 4 stars.
Pia has succeeded in being the first to find and steal something from the dragon's horde. She doesn't like stealing, didn't even want to, in fact she left something of equal value behind and an apologetic note. She knows it won't matter though, the leader of all Wyrkind will hunt her down and tear her limb from limb in revenge. Stealing hadn't been her choice. Pia's scumbag ex-boyfriend was threatening to tell secrets she'd foolishly told him to an unknown enemy just as frightening as Dragos Cuelebre. She couldn't have guessed that despite the Cuelebre's rage, it was the first time in far too long that he wasn't bored and perhaps he'd want to keep her.
I almost skipped over this book entirely after reading the provided summary. The 'claiming her as his own to further explore the desire they've ignited' and slave bit of it left me very wary. I'm so glad I read Dragon Bound anyway! That part of the summary is highly misleading so don't go into this book thinking his price for stealing is making her his sex slave like I did.
I loved Pia and Dragos. They were both funny, in their own ways, and very passionate. The contrast between the two of them was enormous but it made everything more interesting to read. I loved their arguments, battles of wit, sweet moments and smut scenes. We've got the Wyr lord who used to eat people and has never heard no and a skittish half-breed who leaves an apology note for stealing and, while typically a pacifist, hates being told what to do. It was very enjoyable reading the worst of their clashes and seeing how they eventually got to a place where compromise was possible. Yay for character growth! Loved the dual POVs, I'm almost always a fan of that though. I think it was especially cleverly used in Dragon Bound seeing as Pia and Dragos are so vastly different from one another.
I won't lie. Generally when I pick up an adult paranormal (fantasy) romance, I'm reading it for the lovin'. Harrison dished that out quite nicely but she also surprised me with a fantastic and utterly unique plot and cast. I'll admit when I discovered what Pia was I had to put the book down to squeal in excitement for several moments. Fae are becoming more common in PNR/UF but this is the first time I've encountered elves and thunderbirds (!!!). Can't wait for Storm's Heart. I loved the characters that will be featured in the sequel.(less)
Review originally posted on Bitten Books and given 4½ stars.
Maddie is struggling from day to day as an outcast after moving in with her grandmother du...moreReview originally posted on Bitten Books and given 4½ stars.
Maddie is struggling from day to day as an outcast after moving in with her grandmother due to a haunting family tragedy. Her world gets tipped upside down again when two new students make an appearance on the same day, both of whom can't seem to leave her alone. Chase takes on a role as her knight in shining armor while Dougal gives her the creeps. I don't want to give anything more away because a lot of my enjoyment in reading this book was finding out all of its secrets, but I do want to say that this is a paranormal like none I've read before. You won't be getting vampires, werewolves, or witches in this book. In fact, fantasy romance might be a more appropriate category.
I really enjoyed this read. Once I got started I couldn't seem to put it down. The story and characters' uniqueness is what really sucked me in. If you're a jaded paranormal reader and are tired of reading the same plot line with new characters, give this book a try. I bet you haven't read anything similar.
I think the book was written perfectly for teen enjoyment. I'm a little older than the target audience but I never found this detracting from my own enjoyment. There were no eye-roll moments or frustrating (as an older reader) scenes which are most often my problem with YA books. I found all of the situations and emotions relatable and believable despite the fantasy elements.
I completely adored Chase. It took a while for him to grow on me because I was convinced he couldn't be as wonderful as he seemed in the beginning but Maddie is definitely a lucky lady. Chase was literally my perfect YA hero; protective without being a caveman, caring, chivalrous, handsome, funny etc. I'm so glad the book split the POVs in half between Maddie and him with a few guests thrown in. I loved having a chance at getting into his head.
I only had one issue while reading The Key. The very beginning, first two or three chapters (there are nearly fifty so it's not very much of the book), was rough going for me. I think it's because I was confused and there was a POV change, which was a little too soon for me, or maybe it was because I was simply acclimating to the characters and story and couldn't appreciate the book yet. Either way, I reread that section after finishing the book and found I loved it just as much as the rest. I wanted to mention that though for any future readers who might have the same experience. Stick with it, it's not a very long patch. The book gets wonderful really quickly and you'll come to appreciate the introduction of some great characters.(less)
To her great displeasure Maia Woodmore finds herself and her sister under the guardianship...moreReview originally posted on Bitten Books and given 4 stars.
To her great displeasure Maia Woodmore finds herself and her sister under the guardianship of Dimitri, Earl of Corvindale. He is rude, cold and worst of all, one of the only people who knows about the incident that could destroy her upcoming marriage with scandal. While Maia is battling Corvindale at every turn, she's also about to find out that she and her sister are in grave danger from ruthless vampires determined to kidnap them to entrap her brother. Dimitri couldn't be more annoyed. Up until the arrival of the Woodmore sister, he had spent his days quietly researching ways to break his covenant with Lucifer. Since Maia's arrival he's not only had to fight off other vampires to keep the Woodmores safe, but he's also had his sanctuary disrupted with open curtains during daytime and rearrangements of his library. Dimitri has his own painful secrets and no matter how much Maia pries or helps out, they will remain buried.
I was pleasantly surprised to find that The Vampire Dimitri starts at about the same place in time that The Vampire Voss did. I was expecting The Vampire Dimitri to pick up where the other left off. I enjoyed reliving a few scenes from the previous book in new POVs and seeing some of what was left out of the book. However, these scenes left more like outtakes since they often had gaps in time between them and much was left out that was included in the first book. I think these scenes won't make nearly as much sense if you haven't read the first book. Once the book gets caught up to the end of The Vampire Voss, the book runs much more smoothly.
I really struggled with the first half of this book. I hated Maia in the first book and my hatred transferred over to this one. Every time she opened her mouth I wanted to stuff a sock in it. About midway through, I began going back and forth practically every page on whether I found her amusing/likeable or whether she still made me want to toss her off a bridge. If you make it this far, there is a huge beacon of light at the end of the tunnel. Maia gets unbelievably better. In fact, by the end of the book I adored her and found her mouth endearing.
I loved Dimitri. It didn't matter how brooding or emotionless he got, I always enjoyed his character. Many of this thoughts and actions made living with Maia in the first half of the book bearable. He was of much the same opinion on the surface as me, “Maia should not be seen or heard.” There were several times when I had to laugh at how Dimitri dealt with her.
I thought the ending to this book was even better than the first's and I loved the ending in the first book. I liked that they were similar but unique enough to keep things interesting. I can't wait to see what The Vampire Narcise brings!(less)
This book was an absolutely brilliant blend of the best aspects of historical romance and p...moreReview originally posted on Bitten Books and given 5 stars.
This book was an absolutely brilliant blend of the best aspects of historical romance and paranormal romance. I love the masquerades and other parties, gentlemen's clubs, forgotten propriety and general atmosphere of historicals. Gleason fit those all in seamlessly with my favorite paranormal aspects; a dark, cocky vampire hero, heart racing plot, seduction and especially the heroine's discovery of another world. This is the first historical paranormal romance I've read. I was expecting the different halves of the book to clash and stand out from one another. Instead, everything flowed wonderfully and I was left completely immersed in a supernatural regency England. I would definitely recommend this to any readers familiar with one genre and looking to try out the other, you won't be disappointed.
Not only was this new England as pleasure to read about, but I also fell completely in love with Angelica and Voss. Often times when the hero starts out as a rake, he doesn't remain in character after meeting the heroine which many readers find frustrating including myself. Gleason did an amazing job keeping Voss true to himself, allowing him to grow and not torment the reader too much while doing so. Angelica was a dream come true to read about. I adored her. She was funny and unbelievably caring. She wasn't weak but at the same time I felt she was very true to the time period.
I have very few complaints about this book. First off, I hated Chas and Maia and I think we were supposed to like them, especially since the sequel features Maia. I found her annoying and obnoxious. I liked Chas until he actually appeared in the story, then he became an inconsiderate, self righteous jerk. Maybe the reader is meant to feel this way, because I certainly don't see anything redeemable about him. Several pages from his 'POV' lead me to believe otherwise though. I really trudged through those pages though, definitely didn't need a love scene for a character I hated. My last, very minor issue, was with the prologue. I actually enjoyed it after I got a few chapters in, but I was very confused at first and that through me off. I'm not sure a reader who picked up the book in a store who reads the first few pages is going to get a feel for how the book really is.
Anyway, the negative aspects of this book were easy for me to ignore since the rest of the book was absolutely amazing. The masquerade was perfect. I haven't read anything so heart pumping and delicious in ages. The entire book could have been confusing and poorly done, and I still would have loved it just for this single scene.
To end this review, I want to briefly touch on the conclusion of the book, without spoiling anything of course. The last few chapters literally made me squeal. I loved it. The ending was deeply romantic and I've never encountered that type of solution to the blood lust issue before.(less)
It's not often that I finish a book and think “I need to read this again!” Angels' Blood wa...moreReview originally posted on Bitten Books and given 5 stars.
It's not often that I finish a book and think “I need to read this again!” Angels' Blood was an absolute pleasure to read, I was swept away. This series will definitely be on my 'must buy' list which not many books receive the honor of, simply because I read so much each year.
I fell madly in love with all of the characters. Elena was a perfect heroine to read about; a traumatic past that makes you want to hug her, a fierce heart that causes her fight for her friends and adopted family, a smart ass tinged with kindness personality, and a general aura of awesomeness that leaves her kicking the bad guys to the curb. I loved how honest her point of view was, especially when it came to Raphael. I loved that we could see that she wasn't sugarcoating her view of him from the beginning thus letting us see how her view of him changed throughout their relationship and the book. Raphael is easily one of my favorite love interests out of all the books I've read. I loved that we saw things from his point of view occasionally, most urban fantasy and paranormal romance authors don't do that. I think it really helped the reader see him evolve. And I honestly think I might have combusted from his sexiness combined with the ending of the book.
So adult paranormal romance has to have love scenes right? And holy smokes did Singh deliver. It's been a while since I've read anything that unique and scorching hot. It wasn't just the actual scene that made the book sensual. The arguing and banter throughout the book was like foreplay and, I have to say, it was a lot of fun to read.
The violence and gore in this book was a lot more graphic than I had anticipated. It didn't bother me at all, I actually thought it added a lot to the world building as it had a realness and gritty feel. However, I would steer younger readers away from this book because of it. Continuing my topic of world building, I thought an angel ruled Manhattan was an amazingly done world. Singh snuck so many details into the action and conversations it became an easily visualized place. Her angels and vampires were amazing too, unique and so much fun to read about.
I cannot recommend this book enough and I'm totally kicking myself for not reading it sooner. Angels' Blood is a great example of the genre and any new readers would get a great taste with this book. Aficionados would be blown away by its uniqueness.(less)