Saturday, July 9, 2016

Angels' Blood by Nalini Singh ~ Review

Source: Purchased

Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux knows she is the best- but she does not know if even she is good enough for this job. Hired by the dangerously beautiful archangel Raphael, a being so lethal that no mortal wants his attention, Elena knows failure is not an option—even if the task is impossible.

Because 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 does not destroy her, succumbing to Raphael’s seductive touch just might. For when archangels play, mortals break.


I adore this author's other big series, Psy-Changeling, so I was excited to start this series.  I've read a few of the little novellas that start this series out and they've been pretty good.  And while I did enjoy Angels' Blood, I'm thinking this isn't going to be an obsession the way Psy-Changeling was.

This world is really interesting.  Vampires are created by angels that are very much a part of the everyday life.  When an angel makes a vampire, the vamp agrees to 100 years of service in return.  Some vamps change their mind about that service and take off.  That's where the hunters come in.  

Elena is a hunter born meaning she's able to track vampires better than your average hunter.  She can scent them.  Human and from a family that's not happy with her "choice" of employment, she's one badass hunter.

Raphael is not just an angel but an archangel.  He's come into that power after hundreds of years of being an angel.  His past experience with human women is not a happy one but he's very drawn to Elena despite needing her for a hunt that might get her killed.  

This author is a master at creating dynamic worlds, rich with the promise of many wonderful stories to come.  A paranormal world that lives very much in our own world with just a few additions to our history books, it creates a comfortable and satisfying place for the drama to unfold.

I enjoyed Elena and Raphael's story but what surprised me was that their story isn't over.  This series doesn't have different couples for each book set in this exciting world.  No, it looks like at least the first three are about this couple.  Somehow that just made me sad.  It was clear they still had story left.  Their relationship isn't quite right at the end.  These two have dominance issues.  The badass in Elena gets in the way of the power that is an archangel.  It's just not a stable ending for them.  But I do like a couple to be settled at the end of a book. 

I may read the next book but not right away.  While I enjoyed this one, it just didn't compel me to rip open the next book.  Maybe I'm just not a vampire girl.  Maybe I'm just not an angel girl.  Most likely, I'm just not in the mood to read on right now.  



  1. I liked it too, but I feel the same way that you do. It was a good book but didn't have the same grab factor that the Psy-Changling have for me.

  2. It makes me sad that this isn't going to be a new obsession for you on one hand. On the other that is what makes the Psy-Changling so much more.