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Posted January 14, 2013
Rating: 4 Heat Rating: 4 out of 5 This is a difficult review fo
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Heat Rating: 4 out of 5
This is a difficult review for me to write. I really liked this book but there were a ton of things that were wrong with it. I want you to understand however that I found Archangel of Mercy thoroughly engaging despite its many flaws and I think you should try it.
Let's start with Gabe. He is an extremely unlikable hero. He's a complete elitist who looks down on everybody around him. He treats our heroine Aurora like crap for a good part of the book and expects her to be thrilled with his obnoxious behavior. In spite of all these defects though I found Gabe enjoyable once we got to know the real man. I'm just sorry it took so long to reveal the gem that he truly is.
Another thing that can be considered a flaw in this book was the world-building. Talk about intricate and multilayered! I had a difficult time keeping up with all the info that this book contained. I mean, I understand needing to spend a good portion of the first book in a series on the world-building but I think that this was a bit too much. I can see readers getting lost. Nonetheless the world was fascinating and amazing. I applaud Ashcroft's creativity and imagination. She managed to combine fantasy, paranormal and sci-fi. She even managed to talk about Archangels and demons while totally sidestepping any religious complications. Very impressive.
Something else that I found off about this book was despite all detail there was practically no info about Aurora's mother's home world. That didn't makes to me. Why put so much effort into creating one world while not even bothering to name another?
While I can forgive a lot of the screw-ups in this book there is one major omission in the story that I can't forget about. It's slightly spoilerish but it needs to be said. How the hell does Gabe have his beloved's necklace? There is just no logic in that. I simply can't comprehend how he would have it with the circumstances that the author created.
There are a couple of other bothersome things about this book, including a scene where Gabe somewhat forces himself on Aurora but I think I highlighted the major ones.
One thing that I can't find fault with in this book was the sexual tension between the protagonists. Holy hotness did they throw off sparks! Their passion was exhilarating and the scenes were absolutely delicious. Be prepared from some serious sexing!
Now I know that I've just given you a bunch of things that was messed up about this book but I honestly mean it when I say that I that I really enjoyed this novel. From the very moment Gabe fell into Aurora's lap I was riveted and engrossed in the story.
This is the first novel by Christina Ashcroft that I've read but I can guarantee that it won't be the last. If you're into dark heroes with tortured pasts and intense sexual desires that will have the pages sizzling in your hands, then I suggest you read Archangel of Mercy.
Posted December 29, 2012
The writing in itself was very good and it flowed
Reviewed by FRANCESCA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog
The writing in itself was very good and it flowed.” ~Under the Covers
You know what they say…never judge a book by its cover. I’m sad to say that this was totally the case here. I saw the beautiful cover and had to read it. I started the book and it didn’t grab me right away, so I put it down for a bit. Then I finally picked it up again and… well lets just say that I tried to be open minded but had quite a bit of trouble with this book.
See, it’s really hard to enjoy a book when the hero is egotistical (most of the time, there were a few exceptions) and the heroine tries so hard at being tough and kick ass that she just annoys the hell out of me. Yes, I’m sad to say this is a heroine I would gladly stab… repeatedly. Just when I thought she was getting a little better she would do something stupid again that would make me cringe or pull my hair out. I’m actually not sure if I disliked her more, or maybe it was the hero. But they were very close in that department. Although towards the end I could say at least he redeemed himself a bit while she stayed annoying. So yes, she wins.
But enough of that. The writing in itself was very good and it flowed. It was actually a fast read. The storyline had a lot of potential that was never developed, but maybe it suffered a bit from all the pointless sex the book had. Yes, I just said pointless sex. Something is wrong with me. *Checks forehead for temperature* But if I start to feel the need to skim a sex scene, there is a problem. And I found myself wanting to do that a lot in this book.
So what can you expect of this book? Well, fallen angels and Archangels with a bit of a chip on their shoulder, who really need to work on their attitude and how they use women. A story about lovers getting a second chance at love (that is quite obvious from early on). An undeveloped (to my taste) side story about a missing girl that is talked about in the first 20% of the book and then gets pushed aside by all the sex and doesn’t pick back up until the very end. Oh and the mix of sci fi with PNR that I’m not sure I was all too excited to see (aka aliens traveling through lightening, fallen angel battling said aliens to protect human half-ling soulmate).
In the end, although I should say that I was happy with how things turned out and how they got their HEA, all I could do was sigh in relief that it was done before I had to subject to my friends to anymore text messages about what was going on in the book. But no worries, the pretty cover was not harmed in my fits of wanting to throw the book across the room.
*Review copy provided by publisher
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Posted July 2, 2013
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