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Angelica

(Samaria #4)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  4,386 ratings  ·  120 reviews
Two hundred years ago, the god Jovah created a legion of land dwelling angels, led by an appointed Archangel.  Now, Jovah has a new appointee: Archangel Gaaron.  For his life-mate, his Angelica, Jovah has chosen a woman named Susannah.  Slowly, an unspoken affection develops between the two. But there is a terrible threat besetting the land-and the true hearts of Archangel ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 560 pages
Published February 24th 2004 by Ace (first published March 4th 2003)
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Christine
Sep 24, 2010 rated it it was ok
This is the 4th book in the series, but it goes back in time to take place before the beginning of the 1st book. It stands alone as a romance between Garon, the next chosen archangel, and Suzannah, his chosen Angelica.

After thoroughly enjoying the previous two books in the series and at least finding myself inspired by the world building and politics of the original book, I was very disappointed with this one. It began more slowly than any book to date, spending an entire chapter boring me with
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Althea Ann
Oct 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Samaria Series

If all romance books were like these, I might consider myself to be a fan of romance novels in general.
The 'Samaria' series is primarily romance - but it's balanced with enough other plot elements that it doesn't get too tedious. They're even frequently... romantic!... in a way that doesn't (usually) make me want to strangle the characters! (They're never explicit/erotic, though.)
I did read all five books back-to-back, which meant that some of the elements did get a little repetiti
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Carien
Jun 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This was a reread, but I never reviewed the book before so it's high time I did.

This is chronologically the first story set in Samaria, but it's book #4 in the series. And to new readers I can advice to start with either book #1 (Archangel), or better yet book #2 (Jovah's Angel), because my copy of Archangel pretty much ruins the suspense of Jovah's Angel in the cover blurb. But then again I started reading this series with Jovah's Angel, so I might be prejudiced.

Anyway, I think this book is bes
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Barb Nelson
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
Since I am a fan of the series, I bought this book when it came out, but for some reason I never got around to reading it. But I spent the past two days in a car and on planes, and I was able to borrow the e-book from my library. For the first half of the book, I thought it might be my favorite of the series. As plenty have pointed out, the basic plot is almost identical to the first book in the series, but she solved some of the problems with that book by making the characters and their motivat ...more
Maja
Whenever I reread Samaria, I do it deliberately out of order; I know you can either read it in publication order (Archangel, Jovah's Angel, The Alleluia Files, Angelica, Angel-Seeker) or in chronological order (Angelica, Archangel, Angel-Seeker, Jovah's Angel, The Alleluia Files), but I always like to do them in what I call the "Jovah reveal order" -- progressing further and further along into Samaria's understanding of the truth that governs their world by starting off with the two books that d ...more
Katherine
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: review-later
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Shoshana
Mar 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, fantasy, romance
This one was cool. The mysterious invaders are a great way to up the ante from the traditional variety of Samaria plot. I like Susannah and Gaaron (except for his name) and that they're a little more grounded than, say, Rachel and Gabriel or Rebekah and Obadiah or Elizabeth. And they're a good grounding for a flighty, emotional cast of supporting characters too, which characters I nonetheless like and think are a strong backbone for the book. Miriam's evolution might actually be my favorite aspe ...more
Angela
Two hundred years ago, the god Jovah created a legion of land-dwelling angels, led by an appointed Archangel. Now, Jovah has a new appointee: Archangel Gaaron. For his life-mate, his Angelica, Jovah has chosen a woman named Susannah. Slowly, an unspoken affection develops between the two. But there is a terrible threat besetting the land--and the true hearts of Archangel and Angelica may never be known. (cover blurb)

In Samaria angels and mortals share a peaceful world. Guided from on high by a
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Anna
Apr 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Sharon Shinn you're amazing! I love this story. I love everything about it. Each character had such a distinct personality, and felt so real to me, that I wished they were my friends. Shinn has such instinct with relationships. Her talent to write about human nature moves me. I feel as if she has her own special magnifying glass, peering into the core of our souls, allowing her to write stories that warm our hearts. I read Angelica at a difficult time in my life, and had I not had this uplifting ...more
J.H. Walker
Jan 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is the fourth book in the Samaria series and it doesn't disappoint. You know what they're about. This is just another one and it's wonderful. If you didn't like fantasy, you wouldn't be reading this review. This is fantasy at its best. Just read the book. ...more
MB (What she read)
It was fun to re-read this because I remember enjoying it previously but had completely forgotten the plot.
YT
Jul 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Eleanor
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This might be the best of the Samaria series! It's a prequel, set a mere 240 years after the settlement of Samaria by humans. And it's interesting to see the peoples of Samaria actually in harmony with one another. In the timeframe of the books set in later times, some group is always being oppressed, and the Archangel prior to the Archangel-elect is evil or crippled. And of course, the you-know-what secret has been lost or suppressed in the later books. This book has no terrestrial villain. Cra ...more
MNBooks
Aug 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Book four was a throwback to the early days of Samaria—Gaaron and Susanna. There were several parts of the story that connected dots to the other books and were neat “ahhh” moments, as if Shinn had been thinking about this during book one. But other parts of the story were just so out there! For example we know from book 1 that Edori are not super fond of Angels because of Susanna’s story... yet I was so confused why THAT was the rumor being passed down through generations when there was a heck ...more
Juushika
In Samaria's past, strange and deadly attacks by outsiders occur just before the appointment of a new Archangel. I'm ashamed of myself for not anticipating the worldbuilding which occurs here--it's a logical choice, and suits a prequel since it expands the worldbuilding but doesn't progress reveals in the overarching plot. The romance takes a backseat, both to that element and to the secondary character of Miriam, whose impetuous personality and strong character arc are significantly more intere ...more
Margo Berendsen
Aug 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Archangel to-be Gaaron reminded me a bit of Gabriel from the first book, though Susannah was a much gentler, reasonable girl than Rachel from the first book. However that caused its own problems - a lack of tension between the Gaaron and Susannah, and a lack of any real time with them together. Fortunately Miriam's story made up for the lack. I liked seeing her get sent off to a "work camp" as punishment for her irresponsible act that ended up costing a life. Ironically, when she runs away from ...more
Felicia
Oct 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
Sometimes when I am invested in a series - I follow through even though it’s a bad idea. This is one of those series where it should have ended at book three. I am not sure what the point of this book was - it wasn’t the S/F Fantasy cross of the earlier three books and neither was it a credible romance. The relationship between the protagonists was pretty much non-existent and as some other reviewers pointed out, they hardly met in the book at all! Frankly this book is just an indulgence on the ...more
Anne
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I wish I could read this series again. The library had it in a town I lived in years ago, but I have never found it available since I moved away. I remember enjoying the books greatly but just can't remember whether I loved them or liked them a great deal. I do know that the series by Shinn, Mystic and Rider, captivated me even more than this one, so I will give it a four star. I still hope I have the chance to read it again... ...more
Laura
Jun 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
Not my favorite of the Samaria books. The romance between Susannah and Gaaron is the kind of drama that could be easily avoided by just having a couple of conversations, and while there are a variety of tribes and ethnic groups on Samaria, they’re all depicted in somewhat one-dimensional ways. The most interesting theme the book brings up - how to defend yourself when weaponry would compromise everything you value - is sort of forgotten, then deus-ex-machina’d away.
Erin
Sep 18, 2020 rated it liked it
I could not believe that I hadn’t read this book before, considering I’ve read 3 of the Samaria books multiple times over the last 12 years! Not sure how I missed it. So in that regard, it was such a treasure to read a new-to-me book in this series. But honestly, I was really dissatisfied with the end, for a number of reasons.
Tori
Sep 08, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-books
The main romance was so much like the one in Archangel that that part of the story was a total snoozefest. The side plot with Miriam and the Edori was much, much more interesting and the basis for any stars given.
Sara
Sep 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Moved slower than others in the series. Ending was seriously rushed.
Bayla
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
*4.5 stars*
Polly
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am currently adding these old favorites to my digital library. I just finished revisiting this for the umpteeth time. Love this series.
Megan Eggers
Apr 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It is so rare, to find a character in which I see myself.
Molly Mortensen
If you're like me and really liked the main trilogy and want more, just stop there.

Susannah was a fine character and the Edori are always great, but Gaaron had zero personality. There was no romance between them. Yes, at the end they both said I love you, but there were no feelings of love. Respect, friendship, but not romantic love.

Miriam actually became my favorite. She grew as character and I felt more for her little romance than I did for the one that had most of the book dedicated to it. T
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Melanti
May 03, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi, 2012
This book isn't as bad as my 2 stars seems to say. If one were reading it as a stand-alone novel, it works better. But taken as part of a series, it has much to be desired.

It's a very marshmallowy book. Kind of sweet, but not a huge amount of substance to it. It seems especially marshmallowy since a lot of the plot has been recycled from the first book. And I much preferred Rachel's fiery spirit to Susannah's passivity. There were several plot threads that would have been resolved MUCH earlier i
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Kelsey
Mar 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, romance
The first three books of the Samaria series have a special place in my heart (I especially love The Alleluia Files), but Angelica doesn’t quite live up to its predecessors.

This book is set farther back in time than the other three (before Archangel). An odd choice, but I was willing to roll with it. Also, like the others in the series, it revolves around a romance—and therein lies the sticking point for me. Susannah, who is Edori, a member of the freedom-loving nomadic tribes, is called as the A
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Summer
In Angelica, Gaaron is next in line to become the Archangel. I didn't read the previous book in the series but I hear Angelica takes place at some time before it. Gaaron has a lot on his plate with the Gloria coming up in less than a year. He calls on the oracle to ask Jovah who is to be his angelica. The oracle gives him the name of an Edori woman named Susannah to be his bride. But things don't go exactly as Gaaron planned. Susannah has just ended a long relationship on bad terms and neither h ...more
Ashley
Jan 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Hmmmm. Sharon Shinn is a phenomenal writer, and that's certainly on display in Angelica. Her strength lies in her characterization; I loved (and loved to hate) the characters of Samaria. I was especially taken with Shinn's ability to create real, less likable people--Miriam especially. There's such a temptation to make people perfect with one superficial flaw, which is honestly no better than writing a Mary Sue. People like Miriam, however, are deeply imagined. Even if her actions aren't always ...more
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