Saturday, February 26, 2011

Review: Angels' Blood (Guild Hunter #1) by Nalini Singh

Book: Angels' Blood (Guild Hunter #1) by Nalini Singh
Release Date: 03 Mar 2009
Publisher: Berkley
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, Angels
Summary: Nalini Singh introduces readers to a world of beauty and bloodlust, where angels hold sway over vampires.
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.

Review: It's not often that I finish a book and think “I need to read this again!” Angels' Blood was an absolute pleasure to read, I was swept away. This series will definitely be on my 'must buy' list which not many books receive the honor of, simply because I read so much each year.
I fell madly in love with all of the characters. Elena was a perfect heroine to read about; a traumatic past that makes you want to hug her, a fierce heart that causes her fight for her friends and adopted family, a smart ass tinged with kindness personality, and a general aura of awesomeness that leaves her kicking the bad guys to the curb. I loved how honest her point of view was, especially when it came to Raphael. I loved that we could see that she wasn't sugarcoating her view of him from the beginning thus letting us see how her view of him changed throughout their relationship and the book. Raphael is easily one of my favorite love interests out of all the books I've read. I loved that we saw things from his point of view occasionally, most urban fantasy and paranormal romance authors don't do that. I think it really helped the reader see him evolve. And I honestly think I might have combusted from his sexiness combined with the ending of the book.
So adult paranormal romance has to have love scenes right? And holy smokes did Singh deliver. It's been a while since I've read anything that unique and scorching hot. It wasn't just the actual scene that made the book sensual. The arguing and banter throughout the book was like foreplay and, I have to say, it was a lot of fun to read.
The violence and gore in this book was a lot more graphic than I had anticipated. It didn't bother me at all, I actually thought it added a lot to the world building as it had a realness and gritty feel. However, I would steer younger readers away from this book because of it. Continuing my topic of world building, I thought an angel ruled Manhattan was an amazingly done world. Singh snuck so many details into the action and conversations it became an easily visualized place. Her angels and vampires were amazing too, unique and so much fun to read about.
I cannot recommend this book enough and I'm totally kicking myself for not reading it sooner. Angels' Blood is a great example of the genre and any new readers would get a great taste with this book. Aficionados would be blown away by its uniqueness.

Thoughts as I Read:
  •  "Raphael clearly knew how striking he was, and he knew the effect it had on unsuspecting mortals. Which made him an arrogant SOB she should have no trouble resisting." This is my first book with angels, I believe. I'm enjoying how they're portrayed so far. It's so hard for me to adjust to such a different kind of vampire than I usually read though. All of the different interpretations amaze me.
  • "She wanted to fly more than anything, but not in the arms of an archangel who might drop her in his current mood." I'm loving the interactions between Elena and Raphael so far. I'm a huge sucker for reluctant and anger fueled partnerships though.
  • ""And after?" Dmitri's voice was full of sensual anticipation. "May I have her after the hunt? She... draws me." "No. After the hunt, she's mine." Any begging Elena would be doing would fall on his ears alone." Oh, yum. Elena's definitely stronger than I am. I don't usually enjoy the build up, I often find it frustrating, but I don't mind this at all.
  • ""Ellie, my darling, please explain to me why the office has been flooded with calls about, and I quote"-she crooked her fingers in the air-"a vicious vampire on the loose, a crazy knife-wielding maniac, and oh, this one's my favorite-an assassin carrying a gun!" "I can explain."" Ellie seems like way too sweet a name to call Elena but then coming from Sara, it fits her perfectly.
  • ""You've made me a little mortal."" Holy smokes, I'm on the edge of my seat and I can't put this book down!
  • ""Why do you think humans pay a fortune for it?" "I thought it was a status thing-you know, look at my vial of angel dust, it's bigger than yours."" I had assumed angel dust was the same deal as vampire blood in the Sookie Stackhouse books. Guess we were both wrong!
  • ""Will you trade your life to keep your memories?" A soft question. She thought that over. "Yes," she said quietly. "I would rather die as Elena, than live as a shadow."" I hope we see a return to this conversation from Raphael's POV.
  • ""Am I a monster, Elena?" She looked into that perfect face and saw the echoes of cruelty, of time. "Not yet," she whispered. "But you could be."" Singh has been such a tease. I've been enjoying the serious moments just as much as the yummy ones though.
  • "He'd known why Jeffrey had summoned her, why he'd finally deigned to speak to a daughter he considered worse than the lowest street trash. Not only had he known, he'd accurately predicted her reaction. And he'd provided her with the most perfect revenge possible." Ugh, I love Illium. I definitely hope he plays a bigger role later in this book or in the following books.
  • ""And me? What would you do to me? Shoot me again?" "I'm not feeling guilty for that." But she did. Just an eensy bit. "Does it hurt?"" OMG, I don't want to spoil anything but seriously... OMFG
Rating: 5 Bites


  1. Yay! This one is my favorite! :D
    Have you read Archangel's Kiss too? I'd read it again and again ^_^

  2. @Ren
    Ugh, I haven't had a chance to read it yet! I typically read 4 books a week but I haven't finished a single book in almost two months because of my classes. I've bought it and the third book though and I'm dying to read them. I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed it though, now I really hope to read it soon.

  3. This has been on my TBR list for awhile now! awesome review! ill make sure to bump this from my list :)

  4. Sounds great :) I've got it on my TBR pile

  5. This is a MUST READ book!! One of the best series ever!! Great Review


  6. I really love the Psy-Changeling series, so I want to read this one to more with your review :D

  7. I just read the novella to this and I am going to read this soon. Can't wait, great review BTW. (:

  8. I got this book as a Christmas present two years ago from a friend, and I absolutely love it. Plus, I really love the last quote you gave! I also love that part. It's SOOOOOOO SWEET! Everything you said on your review was a bull's-eye, that Raphael can totally make anyone swoon, that Elena is a kick-ass heroine. But you forgot to mention Raphael's 7. WOW. I just love them! Oh! I also love the ending of this book! With the wings and everything (major spoiler. Lol)!! I'm so happy that we share the same feelings for this book! Great review!!!

  9. I luved this book. Sexy, tense, gore, intense... An, hey... Elena is a great-ass-kicker and I'm dying to read the second... wanna see how this things about the "zombies" are gonna develop


    Ana Death Duarte

  10. Ah, forgot to mention the angel dust stuff... funny thing (not so funny in real life, I meant curious =s) is that it is a drug... and the author used it as addictive in the book as well heheh


    Ana Death Duarte

  11. This book is already published in Indonesia langauge.
    It's on my shelves. Wish get enough time to read it. :D


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