I hadn't realized this book was part of a series until I was over half-way through with it. It is number two in the series, but I think it speaks well...moreI hadn't realized this book was part of a series until I was over half-way through with it. It is number two in the series, but I think it speaks well for the author that I didn't know it was a series book and did not find myself confused one little bit throughout the story. It was full of wonderful imagery, likable characters, and the pacing was amazing. I couldn't put the book down. I'm happy to say the rest of this series is now being added to the to-be-read pile simply because of this book alone. They're sitting on my kindle waiting for me to pick them up. Great job, Ms. Archer and here's hoping I enjoy the rest of the series as much if not more than this book. (less)
I really really enjoyed this, but then again I love me a good firefighter romance lol. The pacing in this was awesome. I gave it a four instead of fiv...moreI really really enjoyed this, but then again I love me a good firefighter romance lol. The pacing in this was awesome. I gave it a four instead of five stars only because I was able to set down the book about 80% of the way through and read a whole other book before finishing this one. It wasn't that it was bad, just as I got toward the end it didn't hold my attention as much as it did in the first 75% of the book. I still enjoyed it regardless and I will definitely be reading the rest of the hot shot series. (less)
I had been hearing some wonderful things about Nalini Singh and so had decided to try one of her books. I picked up Angels' Blood after a friend recom...moreI had been hearing some wonderful things about Nalini Singh and so had decided to try one of her books. I picked up Angels' Blood after a friend recommended it and I'm so glad I did so. This story sucked me in so that I finished it in roughly 10 hours. I simply could not put it down. Thank goodness it was my day off, because having to take a break from the book because of work would have driven me insane. Okay now onto the review:
Normally, a character like Raphael would piss me off, he is rude and arrogant and at times in the beginning of the book a complete and utter dick. However, for some reason, Ms. Singh managed to pull off his character. The Archangel who oversees North America, was a success to me, BECAUSE of his faults. A compelling and seductive character who not only manages to seduce Elena, but also the reader. He draws you in, making you want to learn more about him, find out why he is the way he is. He may have invaded Elena's mind making her want to have sex with him and basically committed mind rape with it, but not only was Elena able to stop it, she called him on it, and he felt horrible because of it. I think that's why it didn't bother me, but be forewarned, Raphael is a character that you'll either love or hate. There's no in between with him. Some readers won't be able to get past his faults, others will be able to.
Elena is a Vampire Huntress, and a kick ass one at that. She doesn't take shit, for the most part doesn't take Raphael's shit. When he tries to seduce her with his mind without her knowing and she catches him, she calls him on it, my favorite is when she actually shoots him to protect herself when she felt that she was in danger. Any heroine who's not afraid to shoot a potential love interest after treating her horribly and making her afraid get a two thumbs up in my book.
The sexual tension between the two characters is HOT, Raphael always finds way to be near Elena, touch Elena, as though he can't not and doesn't want to be away from her. He makes sure she's watched for protection when he's not around her. The sparks really fly with these two.
The worldbuilding in this story was out of this world. It was as though it were a character of it's own so vivid it was. A world where Archangels rule, where vampires serve them, where humans coexist with them knowingly. The Archangels make the vampires, and it's a very selective process. The story is centered in New York, but it really feels as though it's another world/realm and when you're reading the story it really feels as though it's possible that a world like this exists.
I could have done without Raphael's cruelty in the beginning of the book, but I feel it helps with his characterization and that he's redeemed by the end of the story. I would definitely recommend this story to friends and it's made it's way to my favorites list. I wouldn't be surprised if I found myself reading it again. This series is a new guilty pleasure of mine and I've already ordered the second in the series and can't wait to start it and find out how Raphael and Elena grow from here. I'm definitely a new fan of Nalini Singh and will be starting her Psy-Changeling series soon to see how it compares. Bravo Ms. Singh for creating a vivid and imaginative world and characters that pull you into the story even with their faults.(less)
Another awesome story in the series, the only thing I had an issue with was that I felt the ending was really rushed, would have liked more tension/ac...moreAnother awesome story in the series, the only thing I had an issue with was that I felt the ending was really rushed, would have liked more tension/action/battle, feel like it felt short, but I already bought the third book in the series so I'm excited to start reading that!(less)