Angels’ Blood & Archangel’s Kiss By Nalini Singh

From Barnesandnobel.com:  

Angels’ Blood

Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux is hired by the dangerously beautiful Archangel Raphael. But 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.

 Archangel’s Kiss

New York Times bestselling author of Angels’ Blood Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux wakes from a year-long coma to find that she has become an angel-and that her lover, the stunningly dangerous archangel Raphael, likes having her under his control. But almost immediately, Raphael must ready Elena for a flight to Beijing, to attend a ball thrown by the archangel Lijuan. Ancient and without conscience, Lijuan’s power lies with the dead. And she has organized the most perfect and most vicious of welcomes for Elena…

Elena Deveraux is “hunter-borne,” which basically means she can track vampires by scent.  In Nalini Singh’s first entry in the Guild Hunter Series, we learn that vampires are actually made by angels, and angels don’t like it when their vamps misbehave.  Elena works for the Guild, and is frequently contracted to track stray vamps for the angels, but this time an archangel is interested in her services.  Raphael, the archangel of New York, needs Elena to track a fellow archangel gone bad.  Though Elena knows it’s unlikely she will survive this hunt, she has little choice but to work with Raphael to track down the incredibly disturbing Raum.  The hunt inevitably pushes Raphael and Elena closer together, giving us a seriously steamy romance laced within the action.

The sequel to Angels’ Blood, Archangel’s Kiss, picks up right after Elena seemingly perished while “saving” Raphael from Raum.  We find Elena in the Refuge, where Raphael has somehow turned her into an angel.  Since this is so rare, the other archangels in the Cadre of Ten are very curious about Elena.  Raphael’s Seven (7 vamps and angels sworn to protect him) have been ordered to protect Elena from attack, though they really don’t care for her.  Strange attacks are taking place around the Refuge, which are thought to be power plays by angels hoping to take Raum’s place in the Cadre.  Raphael becomes increasingly concerned with Lijuan and the ball she is throwing to introduce her newly un-dead army.  Meanwhile, Elena tries to come to grips with her new life as an angel and archangel’s lover.

The Good:  There is just so much goodness in these books; I don’t even know where to start.   I LOVE the idea of angels flying around New York and vamps essentially being angel pets.  I thought the whole premise of the series was so fresh and original.  I like the complexity of both Elena and Raphael, and the supporting characters were really great!  LOVE Illium…but more on that later.  The bad guys in the Guild Hunter world are seriously effed up.  If I had seen some of this stuff in a movie, I wouldn’t have slept for weeks.  Especially Raum, he was just disturbing.  But I thought the idea of an angel existing so long that they no longer care about right or wrong was intriguing. Its nice to get a break from villains going on and on about how noble their motives really are and meet a bad guy who’s simply insane.  Like the Joker with a raging case of bloodlust.  I know this is blasphemy to some, but I don’t really care for the psy\changeling series by Nalini Singh.   To be fair, I only read the first book, but I just didn’t care for the detached-ness (new word?) of the psy and I thought the book was just boring.  But after reading these books, I am going to give the series another shot. 

The Bad:  I feel like I would be really nitpicking to find something bad about these books.  I guess Elena’s flashbacks to her traumatic childhood get a little redundant.  And there is something about Nalini Singh’s writing that makes me want to take a nap after I read.  Its very soothing, even when she describes dismembered bodies.  Would we call the ability to eloquently describe corpses a talent?  I will say that some of the crime scenes are really violent, so if you are bothered by that sort of thing, you might not like the books.  But chances are if you’re American, you’re more comfortable with violence than sex, so…. Anyway, yeah, that’s all I got for the bad.  Moving on…

The Bumpin’ Uglies:  In my Hierarchy of Paranormal Hotness, Elves just got gently nudged aside (but I totally copped a feel in the process).  I am completely obsessed with angel wings and being dusted.  I have a very severe sparkle addiction (except vamps that sparkle, that’s just lame), so the whole idea of angel dust being erotic and giving me a sparkly glow at the same time… well, that’s my own personal heaven.  There were several steamy scenes with Raphael and Elena in both books, with some of my favorites utilizing the more sensitive areas of angel wings.  Still waiting on that ‘angel dance’ scene though.   And I totally blame Spartacus: Blood and Sand for getting me started on the curly blonde men obsession!  Meet Varro: 

Sup.

He looks a lot like I think Illium should look.  Unfortunately, he was just killed on the show (Bastards!), so I don’t see much reason to continue watching.  I am really hoping Nalini Singh will do a spin-off series, much like the Night Huntress World series, focusing on Raphael’s Seven.  HOTNESS. 

Rating:  10 with angel dust sprinkles.

 

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Brendan Kabir
    Apr 15, 2010 @ 14:47:09

    Thank you for writing such an appealing post. Normall I see the same thing and it starts to get on my nearves. Thanks again and I’ll be back for more.

    Reply

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