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Fans will relish this engaging romantic fantasy
Raphael and Elena while flying over Refuge see a body near where Raphael's land touches that of Elijah. Loyal vampire Noel was battered and left to die with a warning to Elena as a Hunter Gild weapon was buried inside the severely injured man's chest. The trail is cold. Raphael wants to kill the violator who harmed Noel but needs proof as he knows the games to test him and his soulmate have begun and the danger increases with deaths and torture.
Although the terrific Archangel's Kiss is a direct sequel to Angels' Blood readers will have some problems during the first few chapters catching up with the back-story unless you read the previous tale recently. However, that will pass quickly as the exciting story line grips the audience while taking place entirely on the Archangel plane. The mystery is deftly handled as is the relationship between the archangel and the hunter he made while the strong support cast contains distinct different personalities. Fans will relish this engaging romantic fantasy as everything converges at Lijuan's ball.
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posted by iamjennro on November 8, 2010Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 12, 2012
rekindled my passion for Ms. Singh¿s novels
I was lucky enough to win Archangel’s Kiss by Nalini Singh in a giveaway hosted by JoJo’s Book Corner. Now I’m a big fan of Nalini Singh but have been putting off this book for quite some time. I had a bit of trouble connecting with the characters in Blaze of Memory, which made me a little leery of this book, and typically read series which have different couples each novel. The combination was a bit offsetting. After passing the novel over one too many times, I finally settled down for a read. Well, it turns out, my misgivings were unfounded. I enjoyed this book. Oops, I guess I shouldn’t have saved that declaration until the end. Too late now. First up, Raphael. I started off disliking the prick. I wanted to plant my fist in his mouth so many times in the beginning. Things he said to Elena like “You’re no more my equal now than you were before I Made you immortal” and “You can call me ‘Master’” had me spitting mad. It’s one thing for others to treat her like she’s nothing more than a pet to Raphael, another for the bean head to support that belief. GRRR! I’m not sure when, why, or how, but somewhere along the lines his personality tempered. Instead of treating Elena like a child, he encouraged her to be strong and mask her weaknesses. Though Raphael presented a strong front to all, even in his mind, I couldn’t help but feel sorry for him. The idea of never being able to show weakness less those around you attack seemed like such a horrible existence. Everyone needs peace from time to time. I hope in the next novel he gets an opportunity to experience and truly relax. Elena, on the other hand, was forever strong and determined. She refused to let others tear her down, not even Raphael with his snide comments. Despite being tormented by her past, she knew who she was: the hunter-born, brave even when deathly afraid. I loved her strength and willingness to confront her fears. For Elena, the book was also about revelations. It gave insight to her past–a past she’d repressed because it was too painful to bear. As Elena said, “Some secrets hurt too much.” <sigh> As to the story line, there were some areas I liked and some I liked not so much. The mystery I really enjoyed. So much speculation, I was never quite sure whodunit until the villain stepped up to the plate and said, Idunit! The archangel politics also had me intrigued. Ms. Singh presents the angels as inhuman creatures, it makes me wonder where they came from. Elena and Raphael had a lot of sexual chemistry. Ms. Singh really made it shine. However, it brings up a matter I didn’t understand and didn’t like. Raphael constant denied Elena sexually because apparently her body was too weak for the event. That was just odd. How can a body be too feeble for sex but strong enough for combat training? I didn’t get it. When they finally got around to doing the deed it left me with the thought “What’s the big deal?” Anyway, I just felt like it was false sexual tension and unnecessary. This is more of a nitpick thing, but I wondered why the color of Raphael’s eyes were constantly mentioned. It got to the point I mentally screamed, okay already! I know he has blue eyes. I get it! Reading this book has rekindled my passion for Ms. Singh’s novels. I’m looking forward to her newest release which came out a couple of days ago.
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Archangel’s Kiss takes up almost immediately after the end
Archangel’s Kiss takes up almost immediately after the end of Angel’s blood and continues the story of Raphael and Elena.. As the story grows so does the intensity, passion and power. Singh, a true storyteller allows her characters to grow, demanding a place in our hearts..Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
After a year in a coma, Elena wakes up with awesome wings.. a combination of night and day, deep midnight wings with touches of gold.. the dawn as it rises. Unfortunately she has no clue how to use them or strength to even hold them up. At the weakest point in her life, mortal or immortal she must learn all over again. And learn fast, evil never plays fair. Demanding training session consume her days, when not learning how to fight angels, she is learning about angels.. Falling in love with the few angel children and deeper in love with Raphael, the delicious angel.
Raphael, holding on to his territory by the sheer loyalty of his Seven is determined to protect Elena. Sending each of the Seven to train her teaching her skills she must learn and must learn fast.. Determined that above all she survive. All the while learning how to be in a relationship, learning about his heart and “humanity”.
This book while revolving around Raphael and Elena is more about the angels themselves. Their secrets, their power struggles, their greed and yes their goodness. While in the secret refuge of angels, attacks are made. Initially seeming to point towards Elena but are a series of slight in hands.. The mastermind wants to breed confusion, anger then finally war.. distracting and therefore weakening the Cadre.. A new enemy and an old one..
Lijuan, the oldest Archangel is just plain off her rockers, obsessed by Elena.. Obsessed by death she is determined to create her own army of newborn.. and is ready to show off all with under the guise of having a ball to introduce the MADE angel. Lijuan is perfect, written as the archangel who controls China she has the mysterious touch to her... The layers and layers that revolves around Chinese culture. Brilliantly written..
Michaela has returned and most decidely wants a piece of Elena.. She resents her “control” over Raphael, the fact that Elena draws attention just by being who she is. And of course is just a wee bit mad herself. Walking a deliciously delightful line between totally insanely evil and acceptable Archangel.
Elena and Raphael have to find ways to avoid the pitfalls others are throwing at them, deal with the ennui only the truly immortal can feel and stop those who thrive for power. This series is a Machiavellian delight proving his axiom, “Power Corrupts, Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely”. It leaves the reader to wonder if Raphael would have fallen had he not found Elena. Not succumbed to his heart. Had he destroyed her as first advised what would have become of him? I know there really wouldn’t be a story, well not this story had that happened but it would be an interesting secondary story..
This story bleeds darkness into the light, we see Ms Singh’s true gift as a storyteller come to light. She holds us in the palm of her hand from the first page to the last.
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Delving Deeper into the World of Angels and Vamps
Redonk Nutshell: Hunter-turned-angel Elena struggles to find her footing with her new status amid the threat of her consort's covetous fellow ArchangelsWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Book two in the Guardian Hunter series wins the award for "less cheesiest cover." In fact, I think this cover is kind of bad*ss. I can't say that about any of the others, unfortunately.
Archangel's Kiss picks up more or less right off where book one left us, plot-wise. Elena wakes after a year-long coma to find that she's not a) dead (yay!) and b) a vampire. Instead, she's sporting a pair of kickin hot wings. Turns out her dear Raphael managed to turn her into an angel, a rare, if not unheard of, concept. Which makes Elena one hot commodity. And a huge target to Raphael's enemies.
The main conflict in this book is the rising distortion of power of the Archangel of China, who has been reanimating the dead. Lujian, the aforementioned villan, isn't necessarily your average evildoer. In fact, she's not always bad. She's just a bit...off, a common side effect of having lived thousands of years.
Lujian invites Raphael & his consort to her Bejing home, a cunning dare disguised as a ball. Elena works her butt off to re-train her newly formed body. What we get is a lovely treat of some familiar faces, recurring supporting characters that demand our individual attention. There's Illium, the stunning blue winged angel with a charming sense of humor. Venom, the vicious and poisonous vampire with snake like eyes and movements. Galen, the grey winged angel that re-trains Elena with her blades. Jason, the dark and mysterious tattooed angel who serves as Raphael's spymaster. Aodhan, the quiet and diamond like angel that doesn't like to be touched. And of course, Dmitri, Raphael's right hand and confidante, a vampire several hundred years old that is constantly tormenting Elena.
The main points of book two are 1) Elena's recuperation and 2) Lujian's confrontation by the Cadre of Ten. For some people, the focus of Elena's orientation into immortality may drag or seem boring. I saw it as time well spent among Raphael's infamous Seven. We get glimpses into their lives and their pasts, as well as delving into the horrific event that shaped Elena into who she is today. Generally, the dark and morose tone continues on from book one, but this time Elena is an immortal.
And of course, there's Raphael. The pompous, gorgeous, and utterly terrifying Archangel that is slowly but surely evolving into something altogether different with his love for Elena. It's lovely to watch. Hilarious, even, at times.
I enjoyed book two. In fact, it deepened my affection for the series as a whole. Jammed packed with action, humor, and some super smutty angel-time, Archangel's Kiss makes a great sophomore book to the Guild Hunter series.
Archangel's Kiss by Nalini Singh, 323 pgs, 2/2/10
Romance: 3/5 Raunch: 3.5/5
Posted August 9, 2011
Sexy angels and ... zombies?
Archangel's Kiss is a riveting sequel to the thrilling Angels' Blood. Elena, the first ever angel-Made is getting used to her new life with wings. While Elena enjoys the seemingly peaceful confines of the Refuge, a vampire is found mutilated with a knife bearing the Guild's seal, buried deep within his chest. Someone is not happy with Elena's new status as Raphael's consort and has some plans of their own. Meanwhile another, larger threat gains power in the Forbidden City. Lijuan has some new pets; the Reborn; the walking dead.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
This volume of the Guild Hunter series was a great read that evoked emotions from both sides of the spectrum. We get to see Elena become accustomed to the culture and life-style changes of angel society. I've never read about a main character with wings. I forgot they were there half the time and I feel like this made the reading experience more real for me. I was confused right along with Elena and felt her frustration at the unfamiliar appendages and her joy when she finally learned how to use them. One of the best parts of this book is Elena going to school with the child angels. The beautiful innocence of the young angles she interacts with brings a new depth to the angelic world that Singh has presented to us thus far. The adult angels have a hard, cold edge, but even the cruelest of angels is humbled and warmed by the young.
Another part I loved about this book was Elena's growing friendship with Illium. He is such a vivid character to me with his exotic coloring and wry humor that is absent in most of the angels we have met in the series. His obvious affection for Elena is blooming into something more as he shamelessly flirts with her making us fans worry for Bluebell. Hopefully he doesn't push Raphael too far, I would miss him!
On a darker note, Elena's childhood trauma is brought to the forefront through nightmares and flashbacks that are interfering with her daily life and at times distracting her to the point of danger. I'm not creepy and sadistic or anything, but I enjoy a darker tone to books like these. The chilling events add substance to a character and bring us as readers closer to them, having known their difficult pasts. Elena suffered witnessing the deaths of her sisters and the gruesome torture of her mother. The disturbing things she was forced to see and participate in at such a young age have scarred her psyche, but have shaped the deeply moral person that she is. The surfacing of these memories provide a gateway for Raphael and Elena to trust and open up to each other, making them a more relatable couple. Raphael remains the dark, stoic, sexiness that he is, but now we get to see a more human side of him that just makes him that much more endearing.
Finally, the intense creepiness of Lijuan's Reborn is just well...damn creepy! We are left not with a cliffhanger, but the promise that it is nowhere near over between the Archangel of New York and Lijuan. I will be continuing this series for sure. All you Raphael fan girls out there, you know I love you! As for me, I think I'm pretty much in love with Illium.
Posted December 19, 2010
Still love this series. The second book can't quite compete with the first (because the beginning of relationships are always so great to watch bloom) but I loved watching Raphael and Elena grow, both as individuals and together. We learned a lot more about both of their pasts, and get to understand how they became who they are. This book definitely did not feel redundant or like a repeat of the first; the locale, the villains, the plot were all totally unique. Although I missed Sara and Ransom, it was nice to get to know the Seven better and have the focus be very angel-oriented (although Elena still got to get her hunter-on). That being said, I'm excited for them to return to NYC and see how Elena's new 'condition' is received and plays out. This series continues to be a great love story with strong and interesting characters, as well as plots and intrigue that keep the reader (or me at least!)coming back for more.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I loved Archangel's Kiss. I would recommend reading Angel's Blood first. It is not necessary though. I was sorry to finish the book because it was so good. I do like the fact that Singh does finish the story.
You feel like you are actually with the characters. Singh's description of the setting is so vivid you feel like you are there. She develops the characters so well that you have no trouble remembering them and who they are. This is a book for those loving romance that sizzles and action that can be bloody. In short not for sissies.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 13, 2010
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Quick Read, Leave You Wanting More!!
No matter what is said about this book, be aware..... you will get hooked! Raphael could be any brooding, powerful, over protected boyfriend. But for one BIG difference: he's the Archangel of N. America! WOW that should make any girl just swoon over and beg for more. Not Elena, she would rather bite off her fingers than give up her freedom to this amazingly over exuberant man. Nothing less than 'Fab-U-Less' can be said here. Such a Great Read!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 12, 2010
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You Should Defenitely Check out Archangel's Kiss By Nalini Singh
Raphael was willing to sacrifice his immortality as an archangel for his love for Elena. Elena, a born vampire hunter, lay on deaths door in Raphael's arms when his kiss of true love turns the first mortal in history to an immortal angel. Political power struggles ignite in the angelic world. Some want her dead, other want to destroy Raphael through Elena. Together they face many unknown and known enemies as Elena fights to survive in a new world and their new life together.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I enjoyed reading the continuation of Raphael's and Ellie's story. At times, the story line was slightly repetitious in trying to reiterate a specific point or character trait. But all in all I definitely enjoyed reading Archangel's Kiss and forward to seeing where this series will go next.
Posted February 19, 2010
Really took me to another place.
I felt like I could really see what was being described. It almost made fantasy seem real in this world. There was a lot of XXX rated material too. Not sure if I really liked it being soo XXX rated.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 19, 2010
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I strongly recommend you read the novella "Angels' Pawn" and the previous book "Angels' Blood" before reading this novel. Since this book has already been reviewed thoroughly, my review will be short and sweet.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I enjoyed this installment. I love the dark world that Nalini has created; and the even darker perspective of vampires being created from diabolically cold-hearted angels. I can honestly say that my attention was completely captivated during most sections of this book. At times, the story was so spine-tingling dangerous and gut wrenchingly tragic I couldn't but it down.
There were three reasons as to why I didn't rate this 5-star. The internal dialogue was excessive and Elena's childhood flashbacks felt redundant; even though they were extremely interesting, they did grow tiresome and felt like it took up at least 70% of the focus in this installment. Also there were just too much sexual tension and/or sex scenes than there were action/fantasy scenes for my tastes.
For those wondering the genre of this series; I would categorize this as a romantic dark urban fantasy. I highly recommend this book to fellow dark urban fantasy readers, and look forward to the next installment.
Posted February 8, 2010
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Entertaining Romantic Fantasy
This sequel to "Angels' Blood" features a steamy romance, vibrant descriptions and a beautiful but dangerous angelic world. Elena is an engaging newborn angel who insists on retaining her human individuality as a hunter and Raphael evolves into a more sympathetic character while retaining his lethal edge. However, the story lacks the pervasive tension, urgency and action which characterized the first book. The sexual tension between Elena and Raphael is not as exciting as when they first met; but, the emotional tension within their relationship is interesting and, at times, engrossing. Although integral to the plot and interesting, the psychologic tension which Elena experiences while suffering from post-traumatic flashbacks of a decades old vampire attack is a bit overdone. (Further, the trigger for Elena's flashbacks is not adequately explained and the flashbacks get a bit monotonous and slightly irritating.) The story involves threats to Elena and attacks from an unknown source. Overall, the narrative proceeds at a moderate pace and only speeds up during sporadic action sequences and the action-heavy ending. For fans of romantic fantasy, this book provides an absorbing and immensely enjoyable read with an intriguing pairing between an independent female hunter turned newborn angel and a millieums old angelic male of immense power. However, for action/adventure fans, this story lacks the urgent pacing, intensity and action of the first book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 7, 2010
strong second book in the series
I really love the relationship between Elena and Raphael. It is not perfect. It is developing. Even though they are angels, the relationship rings true to me. This was a strong second book in the series. The secondary characters are also great. "Bluebell," Dmitri, even Michaela is multi-dimensional. My only complaint was the Slater surprise. It just didn't add to the overall story well. Lijuan's surprise could have been more impactful if it hadn't ended so quickly. Overall, loved the book and I look forward to reading the next one.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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