Book Review: Archangel’s Enigma by Nalini Singh

Book: Archangel’s Enigma by Nalini Singh

Published September 2015 by Penguin|384 pages

Where I Got It: I borrowed the e-book from the library

Series: Guild Hunter #8

Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance

Naasir is the most feral of the powerful group of vampires and angels known as the Seven, his loyalty pledged to the Archangel Raphael. When rumors surface of a plot to murder the former Archangel of Persia, now lost in the Sleep of the Ancients, Naasir is dispatched to find him. For only he possesses the tracking skills required—those more common to predatory animals than to man.

Enlisted to accompany Naasir, Andromeda, a young angelic scholar with dangerous secrets, is fascinated by his nature—at once playful and brilliant, sensual and brutal. As they race to find the Sleeping archangel before it’s too late, Naasir will force her to question all she knows…and tempt her to walk into the magnificent, feral darkness of his world. But first they must survive an enemy vicious enough to shatter the greatest taboo of the angelic race and plunge the world into a screaming nightmare… 

I liked Archangel’s Enigma!  The title is really fitting, considering the book focuses on Naasir.  He’s pretty mysterious, from when he’s appeared in the previous books, and it was nice to get his story.

I did mention how mysterious Naasir was, and we definitely learn a lot about him.  I did feel for him, and he’s had a lot to deal with.  It did take away a little bit of the mystery surrounding him, and I have mixed feelings about it.  It was nice to learn more about him but at the same time, I liked the mystery of wondering what was going on with him and what his story was.

Andromeda was interesting too, and I completely understand why she would take a vow of celibacy.  With the family she has, it could have gone a few different ways, but Singh did a great job at showing her hesitation and why she made the choices she did.  I really liked her, and I thought she was a smart woman.  Plus, she’s a scholar, and she seems really curious.

She and Naasir made a really interesting pair, and she was so accepting of who Naasir really was.  It went both ways, and you could tell he really cared about her.  They both accepted and saw the other for who they really were, and they really would do anything for each other.  Naasir in particular- he did help her get out of her grandfather’s court, and into a court that is a much better fit for her.  I just want Andromeda to be happy and away from her family.

3 stars.  I liked Andromeda and Naasir, especially as a couple but I do have mixed feelings about finally getting Naasir’s story.

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Book Review: Archangel’s Shadow by Nalini Singh

Book: Archangel’s Shadow by Nalini Singh

Published October 2014 by Penguin Group|378 pages

Where I Got It: I borrowed the e-book from the library

Series: Guild Hunter #7

Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance

In the wake of a brutal war, the archangel Raphael and his hunter consort, Elena, are dealing with the treacherously shifting tides of archangelic politics and the people of a battered but not broken city. The last thing their city needs is more death, especially a death that bears the eerie signature of an insane enemy archangel who cannot—should not—be walking the streets.

This hunt must be undertaken with stealth and without alerting their people. It must be handled by those who can become shadows themselves…

Ash is a gifted tracker and a woman cursed with the ability to sense the secrets of anyone she touches. But there’s one man she knows all too well without a single instant of skin contact: Janvier, the dangerously sexy Cajun vampire who has fascinated and infuriated her for years. Now, as they track down a merciless killer, their cat-and-mouse game of flirtation and provocation has turned into a profound one of the heart. And this time, it is Ash’s secret, dark and terrible, that threatens to destroy them both.

I liked Archangel’s Shadows but it’s not one of my favorites in this series

Janvier and Ashwini were interesting characters and I liked them.  Ashwini was particularly interesting, especially because of her family.  I really liked her, and though I liked Janvier, I didn’t like him as much as Ashwini.  I did like them together, and there’s definitely a connection between them, but compared to some of the other couples (mostly Elena and Raphael), they were just okay.

I liked the story, and we do see more of the world they live in.  There’s so much going on in thiis world, and I feel like we learn more about it with every passing book.  I was really interested in the grey area that we saw in this book and even though it didn’t occur to me that some of the vampires might have “cattle,” it did make sense.  It made me sad to see that there were women dependent on these vampires for support, but it also doesn’t surprise me.

We also see the aftermath of the battle and how the Tower is trying to deal with some of the rumors and stories circulating around town.  No one can catch a break but Ash and Janvier do get their HEA.  It is romance after all, and no romance is complete without having a happily ever after.  I’m glad Ash told Janvier her hesitations and family history.  It did make sense for why she didn’t want to be a vampire, but she did come around.

Even though I like the characters and story, and was glad to read about Janvier and Ash, I also wasn’t super into the story or the pairing.  I don’t know why, but it felt like something was missing.  According to the author’s note at the end of the book, there is a novella that goes into more detail about their relationship.  I don’t think it’s necessary to read it, because you do get their story and you know what’s going on.  Plus, you do get hints throughout the previous books that mention both Ash and Janvier.  Still, I can’t help but wonder if that’s the missing piece for this book.  That might not be the case for other readers, but it might be for me.

3 stars.  I liked Archangel’s Shadow but it’s not my favorite in this series.

Book Review: Archangel’s Legion by Nalini Singh

Book: Archangel’s Legion by Nalini Singh

Published October 2013 by Penguin|384 pages

Where I Got It: I borrowed the e-book from the library

Series: Guild Hunter #6

Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance

Nalini Singh, the New York Times bestselling “alpha author of paranormal romance” (Booklist) returns to an immortal world of violent passion and lethal power…on the brink of a deadly archangelic war.

Angels are falling from the sky in New York, struck down by a vicious, unknown force.

Vampires are dying impossibly of disease.

Guild hunter Elena Deveraux and the Archangel Raphael must discover the source of the wave of death before it engulfs their city and their people, leaving New York a ruin and Raphael’s Tower under siege by enemy archangels.

Yet even as they fight desperately to save the city, an even darker force is stirring, its chill eyes trained on New York…and on Raphael. Rivers of crimson and nightmares given flesh, the world will never again be the same… 

 

I really liked Archangel’s Legion!  I definitely liked it a lot more than the last couple of books, and I’m glad we got back to Elena and Raphael.

It’s not that I don’t like reading about the other characters, because I do.  But we started with Elena and Raphael, and I’m glad their story has continued.  I just love them as a couple and they balance each other out really, really well.

There’s a lot going on with this book, and I feel like this is going to be the turning point in the series.  With a Tower that’s under siege, and the archangel’s getting more powerful, things are getting really interesting.  The world’s changing, and the Cascade is pretty much the reason for that.  I wish we knew a little bit more about it, but maybe that will come up in the books to come.

That’s what I’m hoping, anyway.  I mean, I’m sure we’ll see how much things change, and if alliances are formed between all of the arachangels, and how the divides that will form.  I’m assuming all of the archangels will be pitted against each other, but maybe they’ll all unite against one really bad force.  It’s hard to say, at least right now, but I’ll find out once I keep reading.

There’s a major battle- against Liujan, of course- and I have the feeling it’s far from over.  Things have taken a turn for the worse, and things are going to get a lot worse before they start to get better.  It’s romance, so of course everything is going to end happily ever after…at least eventually.

This world is a lot more cruel and cold, so maybe not, but you never know.  Still, I’m pretty hopeful things are going to be fine in the end.  It just might take a while to get there.

4 stars.  I really liked the story, and I’m glad we’re back to Elena and Raphael!  Hopefully, we’ll stay with them for a while but with things going the way they are, I have the feeling we’ll be seeing a lot of other characters.  It’s not going to stop me from reading on to see what happens.

Book Review: Archangel’s Storm by Nalini Singh

Book: Archangel’s Storm by Nalini Singh

Published September 2012 by Penguin Group|315 pages

Where I Got It: I borrowed the e-book from the library

Series: Guild Hunters #5

Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance

Enter New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh’s darkly beautiful world of archangels and immortal power, as a pact is sealed between two souls bound by blood, stirred by desire, and driven by vengeance…

With wings of midnight and an affinity for shadows, Jason courts darkness. But now, with the Archangel Neha’s consort lying murdered in the jewel-studded palace that was his prison and her rage threatening cataclysmic devastation, Jason steps into the light, knowing he must unearth the murderer before it is too late.

Earning Neha’s trust comes at a price—Jason must tie himself to her bloodline through the Princess Mahiya, a woman with secrets so dangerous, she trusts no one. Least of all an enemy spymaster.

With only their relentless hunt for a violent, intelligent killer to unite them, Jason and Mahiya embark on a quest that leads to a centuries-old nightmare… and to the dark storm of an unexpected passion that threatens to drench them both in blood.

I liked Archangel’s Storm!  This one was interesting and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

It was nice getting a book focusing on Jason.  He’s a pretty mysterious guy, and it was great to learn more about him.  I did like Jason and Mahiya together, and I’m curious to see how that works out.  Considering everything Jason does, he’s probably going to be away quite a bit, but still, I can’t help but like them together.

I really, really liked Mahiya.  She’s had to deal with a lot, and I can’t imaging being in Neha’s court as her niece.  There’s a lot of family history we didn’t know until this book, but I’m glad we know it.  I feel like it explained a lot about Neha, and I feel like I understand her better.  It’s too bad we don’t get more about her consort, who’s only been mentioned, but I’m honestly glad we get the backstory.

We do get more of Dmitri and Honor in this book, and I was a little disappointed with that.  Mostly because I just read their book, and I didn’t need more of them in this one.  But I also wanted more of Jason and Mahiya and they took away from that.  Even though their chapters were pretty scattered throughout the book, I still wanted less of them and more of Jason and Mahiya.

I do want to know if everything we learn about Neha’s family will go somewhere in the books to come.  I hope so, because it did catch my interest.  I wasn’t expecting that to happen, but once I knew, I really wanted more.

3 stars.  I liked Archangel’s Storm but I wish we had more of Jason and Mahiya and less of Dmitri and Honor.

Book Review: Archangel’s Blade by Nalini Singh

Book: Archangel’s Blade by Nalini Singh

Published September 2011 by Berkley|336 pages

Where I Got It: I borrowed the e-book from the library

Series: Guild Hunter #4

Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh is back in the shadows of a deadly, beautiful world where angels rule, vampires serve, and one female hunter must crawl out of the darkness to survive…

The severed head marked by a distinctive tattoo on its cheek should have been a Guild case, but dark instincts honed over hundreds of years of life compel the vampire Dmitri to take control. There is something twisted about this death, something that whispers of centuries long past…but Dmitri’s need to discover the truth is nothing to the vicious strength of his response to the hunter assigned to decipher the tattoo.

Savaged in a brutal attack that almost killed her, Honor is nowhere near ready to come face to face with the seductive vampire who is an archangel’s right hand, and who wears his cruelty as boldly as his lethal sensuality…the same vampire who has been her secret obsession since the day she was old enough to understand the inexplicable, violent emotions he aroused in her.

As desire turns into a dangerous compulsion that might destroy them both, it becomes clear the past will not stay buried. Something is hunting…and it will not stop until it brings a blood-soaked nightmare to life once more… 

I liked Archangel’s Blade!  This one is definitely interesting, but I don’t know that I like it as much as the other books in the series.

This book focused on two different characters- Dmitri and Honor.  It’s interesting to follow two different characters, especially Dmitri.  I’m glad we got to know him more, because he’s definitely an interesting character.  I can’t remember how much we’ve seen of Honor, or even if she’s been mentioned.  If she has, it clearly hasn’t made an impression on me, though her story was sad but also interesting.  Still, I was more interested in Dmitri’s story.

I’m disappointed that we didn’t get more of Raphael and Elena, because I really like both of them.  They make appearances, of course, so we still know what’s going on, but I’m hoping we get back to their world.

I guess this is where I have mixed feelings.  On the one hand, we’ve had a few books focusing on Raphael and Elena, and we were suddenly pulled from their story to see the series focus on someone else.  But at the same time, there are a lot of characters, and with someone like Dmitri around, it’s also nice to see what’s going on with some of the other characters.  So hopefully, we’ll see a balance of Raphael and Elena and some of the other characters.

I don’t know how I feel about Dmitri and Honor.  Of all the vampires Honor could have chosen, she went with Dmitri?  It’s just so strange, given what he’s into, and what’s happened to her.  It seems like she’s a reincarnation of his mortal wife, but something about them just didn’t sit right with me.  Since they’ve had their book, hopefully future books will focus on some of the other characters, and we’ll just see them in passing.  I’m not sure if I’d be interested in another book about them.

3 stars.  While I don’t love Dmitri and Honor as a couple, I still liked Archangel’s Blade, and I’m hoping we get back to Raphael and Elena soon.

Book Review: Archangel’s Consort by Nalini Singh

Book: Archangel’s Consort by Nalini Singh

Published January 2011 by Berkley|352 pages

Where I Got It: I borrowed the e-book from the library

Series: Guild Hunters #3

Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance

Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux and her lover, the lethally beautiful archangel Raphael, have returned home to New York only to face an uncompromising new evil.

A vampire has attacked a girls’ school—the assault one of sheer, vicious madness—and it is only the first act. Rampant bloodlust takes vampire after vampire, threatening to make the streets run with blood. Then Raphael himself begins to show signs of an uncontrolled rage, as inexplicable storms darken the city skyline and the earth itself shudders. The omens are suddenly terrifyingly clear.

An ancient and malevolent immortal is rising. The violent winds whisper her name: Caliane. She has returned to reclaim her son, Raphael. Only one thing stands in her way: Elena, the consort who must be destroyed…

I really liked Archangel’s Consort.  There’s a lot going on in this book, and I think it’s a great addition to the series.

In this book, we see Raphael and Elena back in New York.  Caliane is waking, and things are changing in this world.  She’s supposed to be really powerful- more than Lijuan.  I’m having trouble picturing it, but I also want to see how that plays out.  I think I’m having trouble with it because we’re meeting her for the first time in this book, though she’s been mentioned before.  And I feel like we don’t know a lot about her.

The world is changing because of Caliane, but I’m hoping it goes back to normal.  As normal as a world like this can be.  We also see how Elena gets drawn into things because of an attack at a high school.  Her sister is involved, and I wasn’t expecting that to happen at all.  I thought Elena was the only one with Hunter abilities, but we learn she’s not, and that she seems to have a pretty interesting family history.

I wonder if all of the angels and archangels are affected by what’s going on with Caliane.  Raphael is, and I think a few others are as well, but I’m having a little trouble remembering.  For some reason, I feel pretty fuzzy on the details but either way, Raphael doesn’t have an easy road ahead of him, especially where his mother is concerned.  I want to know how it’s all connected.

4 stars.  I really liked Archangel’s Consort.  I wish I had more to say about it, and that I remembered more of it, but I still enjoyed reading it.

Book Review: Archangel’s Kiss by Nalini Singh

Book: Archangel’s Kiss by Nalini Singh

Published February 2010 by Berkley|352 pages

Where I Got It: I borrowed the e-book from the library

Series: Guild Hunter #2

Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance

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…

I liked Archangel’s Kiss!  I don’t know if I like this series as much as her Psy-Changeling series but I’m only a couple books in, so maybe I’ll have a better idea once I read more of this series.

This book picks up after Elena wakes up from a coma to find that she’s become an angel.  I liked seeing Elena deal with becoming an angel, and getting ready for a ball thrown by Lijuan.  She has a lot to learn about being an angel, and this book deals with that.  It’ll be interesting to see what else is in store for Elena, and if it’ll affect her Hunter abilities.  We see a little bit of it in this book, and I’m curious to see how all of that will work out in the future.  It could be an interesting combination.

I also thought that everything with Lijuan was interesting.  So far, it seems like the books are focusing on the other archangels.  The first book focused on Uram, and Lijuan is pretty important in this one.  It makes me wonder if each of the archangels are going to have an important part to play in the rest of the series.  The cadre does seem to be dropping like flies, and I wonder how long that can be kept up.

We meet a lot of characters and I honestly can’t remember most of them.  Hopefully, we’ll get to see of them, and I’ll actually be able to remember them.  But I also wish we hadn’t met so many of them in this book.  It felt like too many were introduced.  Hopefully this won’t continue, but maybe she’ll start doing a list of characters, like she did with her Psy-Changeling series.

I do like Elena and Raphael, and I do like them together.  I like that it’s not immediate and that things are moving relatively slow.  At least in terms of romance novel land.  There are definitely going to be a lot of adjustments in their future, that’s for sure.

3 stars.  I liked it, and I can’t wait to see where things are headed next.