Book Review: Archangel’s Kiss By Nalini Singh
Title: Archangel’s Kiss
Author: Nalini Singh
Genre: Urban Fantasy/ Paranormal Romance
Paperback 352 pages
Why I Read Archangel’s Kiss: Because I read many great reviews about it and I enjoy Nalini Singh’s Books
Mode of Possession: I bought the book
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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…
About Archangels’s Kiss
Archangel’s Kiss begins a year after Angels’s Blood. During that time Elena has been in a coma during the transformation from a mortal hunter born vampire hunter and an Angel made. There are many layers to Archangel’s Kiss. We see the politics of Angel and Archangel society, quest for power and two beings trying to figure out their relationship.
The world of Archangels’s Kiss is amazing. The overall idea of Angels, Archangels, Vampires, humans and hunters is fascinating, sensible, and mind-blowing. The way the characters interact with each other and the multi-layered story makes for a very exciting and interesting–can’t put the book down–read. The relationship between Elena and Raphael is explored deeply. You see both Elena’s past and Raphael’s past and you see what contributes to how they are today. You see the strength of both Elena and new week angel, and Raphael, an incredibly powerful Archangel.
There wasn’t much sex in this book. However, the sex scenes that did exist, were hot and vivid. Ms. Singh is a master of writing sex scenes, building tension and feeling.
The Not So Good
I Love Nalini Singh’s writing and look forward to each book with anticipation. However, I found certain aspects of the book redundant. There was a lot of time given to Elena and Raphael’s relationship, which was fine but I was looking for more action. After reading Angel’s Blood where we were on a hunt that never gave, where the tension was high through out the book, Archangel’s Kiss was tame. I understand the need to relive Elena’s past but I thought Raphael’s past was more interesting. Personally I wanted to see more action and less past, more Raphael and more of Raphael’s past.
Archangel’s Kiss is a worthy sequel to Angel’s Blood. It reunites you with great characters and you fall right in. The world building is phenomenal as well as the characters. This is a true love story of two people trying to navigate their way to a happily every after. It can get gory and bloody at times but that’s par for the course in Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter Series.
I felt the same way. I liked AK but I didn't love it as much as Angel's Blood…something was missing.