Angels’ Blood ~ Nalini Singh

  • Title:  Angels’ Blood
  • Author: Nalini Singh
  • Series:  Guild Hunter #1
  • Genre:  PNR, UF
  • Format:  eBook
  • Source:  Own Copy
  • Reviewed by: Sonja
  • Rating:  1.5 out of 5

Description:  Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux knows she is the best- but she does not know if even she is good enough for this job. Hired by the dangerously beautiful archangel Raphael, a being so lethal that no mortal wants his attention, Elena knows 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 does not destroy her, succumbing to Raphael’s seductive touch just might. For when archangels play, mortals break.

Review:  This book totally irritated me. Made me want to throw things. I mean seriously! I have never EVER read a book that I actually finished that made me want to throw things as I was reading. Even while I hated the darn thing, I knew I cared enough about the characters to finish.

What worked for me: I really enjoyed the world Ms. Singh created. It was different. I mean, yea, there were vampires, but they were not your typical vampires. (Although, I have read enough urban fantasy about now that I am starting to realize there is no such thing as typical vampires . . . every author manages her/his own spin – some more successful than other.) I liked (and disliked) the angels – and how they ‘ruled’ the world and how they evolved. I really like Elena and her friendship with Sara and Ransom. Their relationships were priceless and relaxing. I even liked Dmitri and Venom. (I know, I can’t believe it either.) I really, REALLY cared about Elena and wanted to know her back story that is hinted to throughout the book.

What didn’t work for me: I hated the angels. Well, I didn’t hate the characterization, I hated that the terms ‘angel’ and ‘archangel’ were used. It caused a lot of resentment in my little Christian self. (which in large part caused my throwing things . . .) I hated the sex – it never like it – but I really hated it. Ms. Singh uses the colloquialisms that I find insulting and demeaning making the sex scenes even worse for me. In addition, the metaphor of the ‘all-powerful’ male and the female under his authority felt akin to rape to me. These two things really ruined the series for me.

Now – having said *all of that* let me say – I simply could not put Angel’s Blood down. I was awake til 2 am trying to finish it – and when I could no longer hold my eyes open, I slept only until I could read again and finished before I even had a cup of coffee. I really cared about Elena. And, I could see that she was having a positive effect on Raphael – and I wanted to see what happened with them. I really wanted to know Elena’s history – and hoped she would have a delightful future. I was *terribly* disappointed to not have her entire back story revealed in this novel. I am really not sure I can read another book in the series to unearth this absolutely fascinating aspect of the story.

I absolutely *loved* *adored* *reveled in* the ending. I am an eternal optimist and in a genre that has such a negative interpretation of the human condition, I adored the fact that one person *can* make a difference. Caused me to round up my 1.5 star rating to 2 stars.

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