Angels' Blood by Nalini Singh
Published by Berkley on March 3, 2009
Narrator: Justine Eyre
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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USA Today bestselling author Nalini Singh introduces a world of beauty and bloodlust, where angels hold sway over vampires…
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 track. It’s an archangel gone bad.
The job will put Elena in the midst of a killing spree like no other…and pull her to the razor’s edge of passion. Even if the hunt doesn’t destroy her, succumbing to Raphael’s seductive touch just may. For when archangels play, mortals break…
Considering how much I enjoy Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance, I’m a little embarrassed to admit I’ve never read a Nalini Singh book. It’s not been a conscious effort to avoid them, it’s just that neither angels nor sci-fi are a go-to thing for me. In fact, I was quite surprised to find not just Angels’ Blood, but the first five books in the Guild Hunter series hanging out in my iBooks library and have no idea when I purchased them. And yes, I get that this says all kinds of bad things about the state of my TBR pile.
Angel’s Blood ticked off a lot of my five star book boxes:
Kickass heroine ✓
Alpha Male ✓
Interesting World Building ✓
Loads of action ✓
Side characters I want to know more about (I’m talking about you Dmitri and Venom) ✓
First up, Angels’ Blood was hard to put down. It wasn’t just the action happening that kept me turning the pages, I had lots of questions that kept my brain buzzing the entire time I read. Most had to do with not only Elena and Raphael’s back stories, but of the Guild and how and why it came into existence, plus I needed more info on the angels.
I have no problems reading books about demons or angels, but I need an explanation of who they are, where they came from and how they fit in the world. These weren’t your typical angels. In this world the angels rule over everything with an iron fist with no god in sight to keep them in line. They aren’t sweet, loving, angels. They are cold, inhuman, and seem to have very little mercy in them. Brutal is a word that came to mind more than once. But no backstory is given about them at all which didn’t sit well with me.
I really liked Elena, even though sometimes her mouth got the best of her. As for her family, maybe if I’d known more of the history, I’d have been more forgiving with how much head space she gave those idiots. Especially her father. There was no mistaking that she was tough. I just wanted to know more about her.
And Raphael was the epitome of an alphahole. I loathed him at the beginning. But like any good book boyfriend should, he redeemed himself. It helped that the picture Ms. Singh gave us was just so dang pretty. But, again, I wanted more.
From the beginning, the chemistry between them was a sticky sweet visceral thing you could almost touch. And when I say sticky, I mean it. If his wings weren’t shooting gold angel glitter all over her, she was talking about how damp she was. Don’t get me wrong, these two were smoking hot together, it just felt a bit, well, messy with all the descriptions. Add in the pheromones Dmitri was constantly putting out and sometimes it was enough to send my germophobia into red alert phase.
When Elena and Raphael weren’t glittering up the place, they were hunting for a rogue archangel who was wreaking havoc and building up a jaw dropping death toll. The sheer gruesomeness of some scenes caught me by surprise. Although at times predictable, the buildup of suspense as they’d close in, only to have him slip through their fingers again and again, had me carrying my iPad everywhere so I could get one more paragraph read in between chores and errands.
I wanted to give this five stars, but I had too many unanswered questions. That doesn’t mean I didn’t really enjoy the book. I did, I just wanted more. Since I have the next four books already loaded, I’m really hoping I’ll get them soon.
Rating: 4 More, More, More Stars
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