Blogger Bully Review: Angels’ Blood by Nalini Singh

April 15, 2011 Uncategorized 12 ★★★★

The blogging community is small and the paranormal blogging community even smaller.  We all know each other to some degree.  One of the bloggers I know better than most is Angela from Dark Faerie Tales.  She and I launched our blogs within a month of each other in 2009 and she has been an invaluable resource, sounding board, co-host, and fast friend ever since.

Until now…

It pains me to have to call her out, but Angela is a Blogger Bully!  blogger bully

We talk shop all the time and always recommend books to each other.  But recently, it’s gotten ugly.  See I haven’t read one of Angela’s favorite series, and she hasn’t read one of mine.  Naturally we started trash talking and threatening each other until…Blogger Bully was born. 

Once a month, Angela and I will each bully each other into reading a book we love that the other hasn’t read.  First up for me is Nalini Singh’s ARCHANGEL’S KISS while Angela will tackle Ilona Andrews’ MAGIC BITES today on her site…

 


Angels' Blood (Guild Hunter, #1)

Title: Angels’ Blood
Author: Nalini Singh
Series: Guild Hunter #1
Cover Art: N/A
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Excerpt: Yes
Source: Bought
Reviewed by: Abigail

  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Original edition (March 3, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 0425226921
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425226926

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Sexual Content:

Two graphic sex scenes.


Rating:


Excellent – Loved it! Buy it now & put this author on your watch list.


Description

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…

Review

I always get a little uneasy reading books about angels because I never know how much religion is going to get pulled in and mucked around with.  I wish more authors would handle them the way Nalini Singh does: her angels have absolutely zero religious connotations.  They are simply unbelievably powerful beings with wings.  In her mythology, they are the creators and masters of vampires.  No halos or divine callings, they simply rule…everything.

Since this is paranormal romance, I have to start with the love story.  The romance is hot and very well paced.  Elena and Raphael circle each other like prey and predator, attacking and withdrawing, attacking and withdrawing in a dance that beautifully blurs the line between aggression and passion.   The two are perfectly matched.  Elena is pure feminine strength with enough life experience and street smarts to know how far she can push the scary/sexy Archangel Raphael.  He is barely controlled fury with iron like control.  It was fascinating to watch his estimation of Elena grow from useful to intriguing to captivating.  The transition was very believable considering the kind of character he is.  It wasn’t love at first sight for these two—far from it—they each had to win the other’s respect before they began to see each other in a romantic light.  Really well done in that respect.

And even though this was paranormal romance, the worldbuilding was extremely well developed.  The origin of vampires and their relationship with angels was a unique idea that offered a really fun playground for these characters.  Vampires are usually at the top of the food chain and I loved seeing them in a subservient role.  But vampires never willingly submit to anyone which necessitated the need for Hunters, humans who tag, bag and return them to their angel masters.

Overall, I’m so glad I got bullied into starting this series.  It’s already one of the better paranormal romances I’ve read with cool mythology, creepy villains, hot vampires and even hotter angels.  And the best thing about ANGEL’S BLOOD?  The ending is a complete shocker that fearlessly promises to deliver an even better follow up.  If Nalini Singh was willing to take this kind of risk in her series debut, I can’t wait to see what she does in ARCHANGEL’S KISS. 

 

Previous Books in Series
Also Reviewed By:
Angels’ Pawn (Guild Hunter, #0.5 prequel)

12 Responses to “Blogger Bully Review: Angels’ Blood by Nalini Singh”

  1. Maria

    Love the idea of Blogger Bully! Would definitely be a way to tackle some of the older books that I have in my TBR!….lol

  2. Tina Moss

    Singh's Angel series is a good one. And I agree, I hate when writers put religious context into the paranormal realm. Leave it out! In working on my MS with my co-writer, we were VERY careful not to comment on religious beliefs with our angelic and demonic characters – they're just interesting supernatural beings.

  3. Patrice

    Blogger Bully is a great idea! I love the way Nalani Singh writes but I am somewhat overwhelmed by her Psi/Changling series. I seem to pick them up haphazardly, which makes me feel like I'm missing some key point or something. lol So when the Archangels series started I jumped on it to read "in order". And it has rocked! There is great characterization and the vampires in this world are a unique twist from other stories. I was waiting for Archangel's Consort and loved it. So keep reading, IMO it gets better!

  4. Abigail [All Things Urban Fantasy]

    Sharon & Natasha & Maria & Tynga – We had a lot of fun coming up with the Blogger Bully idea and 'calling each other out' too :)

    Tina – It's not usually an issue except when angels are in the picture. And it always irks me when the religious aspects are brought in. Theologically it is always so far off base that it pulls me out of the story.

    Patrice – I've only read one of her Psi/Changling short stories, but I liked it. However I can see how you could get a little confused since there are so many. But This series was a breeze to jump into. I already wish there were more finished & just waiting for me :)

  5. Dark Faerie Tales

    Well, I'm always right, Abigail. I knew you would like the book. So I say — Round 1 goes to me!!

    Thanks for picking such a great book to bully me with. I'm glad your going to continue reading the Archanels series.

  6. Abigail [All Things Urban Fantasy]

    Angela – Wait, how do you win? I mean, sure, ANGELS' BLOOD was truly excellent and I can't wait to devour the rest of the series, but you got to read Kate Daniels! For the first time! And Curran! I rest my case and claim victory for me.

  7. Offbeat Vagabond

    LOL! What a fun idea guys. Really cool. Great review. I love the Guild Hunters series. The first one is my favorite and I am so with you, the ending is definitely the best part. I loved book 2, but it wasn't as great as this one. I just bought book 3 and will dive into it very soon. Thank you guys so much for the fun post :)