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View our feature on Nalini Singh’s Archangel's Kiss.New York Times bestselling author of Angels' Blood

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...
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Eleven days until the release of ARCHANGEL'S CONSORT, re-read of Book #2 complete. I had remembered the aching tension between Elena and Raphael for the first half of the book, as Raphael has waited over a year for her to wake up from her transition coma, and her body is still too weak to withstand his unleashed passion (the man literally glows with arousal, *squeeee*). I had forgotten the amazing details with regards to Elena training her weak muscles to handle wings, the multi-layered mysteries and dangers that swirl around her. The glimpses of The Refuge, where the dangerous vampires and ancient angels that pose such horrific danger walk amongst angel children, young well through their fifth decade.

Singh had laid the seeds for ARCHANGEL'S KISS at the end of ANGEL'S BLOOD, just as she sets up tension for ARCHANGEL'S CONSORT and Elena's return to Manhattan. If I wasn't excited enough for the release of Book 3, reminders about revealing Elena's wings to the world and Raphael and Elena getting an opportunity to "dance as angel's dance" (swoon).

9/5/11 - Re-read after ARCHANGEL'S BLADE, just couldn't leave the series behind. Love Elena learning her wings!

5/11/12 - Really just re-read the opening, I still love Elena getting comfortable in her new body. The mystery/danger part of things didn't interest me this time around.

2/26/13 - Still love the wings, and the exchange of amber.more
Unexpected, and a nice continuation of the series. I've read other books from this author and they tend to be heavy on the erotica, but not this. More focused on the world of the angels, the mysteries, and the development of the main character. A good read and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.more
I’ll keep this one short.

The writing was really good but for the life of me I couldn’t get into this. I needed over 6 weeks to get through this, which must be a new record.

To be fair, I knew beforehand that angels aren’t my thing but still gave this series a try because of its raving reviews. In the first book it wasn’t that obtrusive, probably because it was a lot more action packed. There were more Vampires and Elena solely as a guild hunter.

But in this second installment it was angels, angels and angels – So yeah, I truly struggled getting through this at all. Had the story developed differently, I probably would’ve even stuck with it but the moment angels became the sole focus, I was as done and won’t force myself to read through the following books of the series.

But still 3 stars for the sorytelling/writing and character development.
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The story opens with Elena trying to adapt to her new wings and new lifestyle. After spending a year in a coma as a result of both her near death and Raphael’s kiss that turned her, she most learn to retrain her body and her new feathery appendages. She also needs to catch up in her history and learn the rules that govern the angelic culture. But just because she is at the Refuge, a place –like the name implies– that is sacred to all angels, doesn’t mean that life and political machinations won’t try to destroy her.

Archangel’s Kiss is a race against time to try to discover the perpetrator(s) behind the attack on an angelic child, the most horrible of offenses. That is obviously part of a power play to take possession of the newly vacant seat in the Cadre left after Uram’s demise. I love the story; we get to know more about Raphael and the angelic culture as well as we begin to get an inside look into the men that compose The Seven with the introduction of new characters. We also learn more about Elena’s family and past as well as the Cadre in and on itself. Elena and Raphael’s relationship deepens while they both learn to cope with the change and possible ramifications off of it.

My only problem with the book is Elena. She went from a kick ass character to a highly insecure girl. She still fights for her freedom and independence (she is a warrior after all), still meets Raphael head on when she knows she is right. But there is a good chunk of the book where she keeps wondering “how this immortal being could be with her, have chosen her”. I would have actually expected that on the first book, when they are getting to know each other, not after they both almost sacrificed each other for one another and accepted their love for what it is.

In all, is a great book, a good sequel that develops the characters further while making sure it packs a some good old action scenes in between.more
Archangel’s Kiss by Nalini Singh(Book #2 of the Guild Hunter series)4½/5 starsSource: PurchaseYet another re-read for me and man was this one just as good the second time around as it was the first time! At the end of book one, Angels’ Blood, Elena and Raphael are both battered and broken following their showdown with the bat-sh*t crazy archangel, Uram. Archangels’ Kiss begins one year after the fateful battle above New York. Elena has been in a coma for the entire year; as far as anyone, including Sara and the Guild know, Elena is dead and; Raphael has remained by her side willing her to come back to him. Not surprisingly, when she does wake, Elena has a few questions; topping the list:*Where is she? (The Refuge; a place no mortal has ever been!)*How did she and Raphael survive the fall from the sky? (very carefully)*How long has she been asleep? (one year; didn’t you read the above paragraph?)*Why in Hell does she now have wings? (Apparently a long-held myth came true and in a moment of pure love, Raphael not only saved Elena’s life but made her an angel.)Elena doesn’t have long to ponder these heavy questions and even heavier answers before the proverbial crap hits the fan. Not everyone is excited about Elena’s new condition and someone is out to kill her and bring down Raphael at the same time. Vicious attacks are being perpetrated against Raphael’s people and Elena is called on to help track the evil-doer. As soon as she able to get out of bed Elena resumes her work as a tracker within the Refuge, begins studying angel history with Jessamy and the angelic young and begins training (weapons and otherwise) with Dimitri, Galen, and Illium. Elena knows she must prove herself to Raphael’s Seven and if she cannot do this, she will never be accepted nor respected by Raphael’s innermost circle. Elena pushes herself to the breaking point every day in order to be strong enough and competent enough to stand among the Seven and by Raphael’s side. Elena’s determination is admirable and one of her greatest strengths.Elena’s new condition, strength, and position as Raphael’s mate are known, but not well known. Unfortunately (especially for Elena) one of those who does know of the situation is Lijuan, the oldest and now craziest of the archangels. For Lijuan, Elena is a novelty and in order to better appreciate Raphael’s new toy, Lijuan invites the pair, and everyone else of significance in the angelic world, to her court for a grand ball. While a ball does sound like a grand time, there’s one teensy, tiny little problem: Lijuan has discovered how to make zombies and she’s not afraid to show them off. Understandably everyone, including the über-scary-nothing-scares-us Cadre is concerned by this development.In order to avoid the appearance of weakness Raphael and Elena prepare (intensely!) to attend the ball. As their departure date grows ever nearer the attacks against Raphael and Elena continue to escalate. By the time they reach China, everyone is on high alert. To say there is a kerfuffle, an incident, an event that occurs at the ball would be nowhere close to what goes down. I’m not even sure there is a word to describe the ugly that goes down at Lijuan’s ball. Lijuan allows her pets to walk freely among the guests, the mastermind behind the vicious attacks is both discovered and beheaded and the members of the Cadre are forced to stand against Lijuan. Given her age and power even the oldest among the Cadre are not sure the combined power of the remaining can take her out. See? Didn’t I tell you the crap hit the fan?Mixed in nicely and logically with all the drama is the growing relationship between Elena and Raphael. Raphael is used to having his way and having his word obeyed always and without question. Elena is strong and fiercely independent and not about to take orders from anyone least of all her mate. Though the two often butt heads they are also clearly meant to be together and work well as a team. Their naughty moments are sensual, lusty and hot and will keep you coming back for more.The Bottom Line: I can’t get enough of this series!! Elena and Raphael are excellent characters but the strength of the series lies in the long-reaching, twisting and turning plot line and the fantastic cast of other (they are so not minor) characters. Woven into the major plot line are multiple arcs involving a variety of characters. We learn a bit more, though not nearly enough, about most of the members of the Seven and gain some insight into a few other members of the Cadre. Singh has created characters to love, characters to hate, and characters to absolutely reserve judgment about until a later time and date. Though I have read most of the series more than once, I can still see this as a series I will return to again and again as the years go by!more
Elena & Raphael will have an eternity together--if Elena can survive her enemies, who are just as determined to see her dead as when she was mortal.I really loved how their relationship is still evolving in this book. Despite the fact that Elena is now immortal (a very weak, very young immortal), her fundamental self has not changed--not even her hunter abilities--leading to many more clashes between herself and Raphael about the dynamic between them. This is a wonderful continuation of the Guild-Hunter series, and based on this book, there will be lots of interesting evolution to come in the relationship between Elena & Raphael.more
As is obvious by the cover, Elena has been Made into an angel by Raphael's ambrosia kiss. This book is mainly set in the Refuge, a place exclusively for angels. Lijuan is up to no good and someone is killing people in the Refuge. Raphael and Elena's relationship is really quite new - something I appreciated much better reading these books back to back and so it made sense there was still some settling to do in their relationship. I didn't love how it ended - I prefer all bad guys to be destroyed/jailed etc as appropriate and I don't think that happened here.more
Redonk Nutshell: Hunter-turned-angel Elena struggles to find her footing with her new status amid the threat of her consort's covetous fellow ArchangelsBook two in the Guardian Hunter series wins the award for "less cheesiest cover." In fact, I think this cover is kind of badass. 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, 2/2/10Rating: BRomance: 3/5 Raunch: 3.5/5more
Is it wrong that I really want Illium and Elena to be together? omg I just love Illium. *sigh* this series is good. (:more
Book 2 in the Guild Hunter series by New Zealand author Nalini Singh. After the fight with Uram, vampire hunter Elena and Archangel Raphael almost died. Elena has woken from a year-long coma to find that she has become an angel. Raphael takes her to the angel's Refuge, where she heals and is trained to use her new body. Raphael has become weaker through his love for Elena. He must ready her for a flight to Beijing, to attend a ball thrown by the archangel Lijuan whose power lies with the dead.more
While I love the world that Singh has created in her Guild Hunters series and I enjoy the characters, I find myself not really rooting for the Raphael/Elena relationship. Although Raphael was a lot more bearable in this book than the previous one. I don't think I can actually ship the pairing until Elena proves herself to be as strong as Raphael is. I mean she did take him on when she was still human. The other thing that has irked me about the books is Elena's constant attraction to the other men around Raphael. The vampires are explained by their scents, but the angels also seem to hold her interest.Despite it all I couldn't put the book down. The world of corrupted immortals who have lived too long to have pity or compassion fascinates me, as does the concept of evil angels. The twists in the mysteries in each book are interesting enough that I struggle to pin down the actual villain until the end.more
After reading this book, I'm convinced that Nalini Singh is a brilliant writer. This story is incredible, filled with extraordinary characters and fantastical events. It's extremely well-written, and I'm anxiously awaiting the next book of the series. For a long time, I've despaired of finding another series that compares to Ilona Andrews' 'Kate Daniels' or Lilith Saintcrow's 'Dante Valentine'. Well, look no more, because this is it. I love this book, I love this series, I love this author.more
I could not get into this book. I like Nalini Singh's other books but for some reason this one did not do a thing for me. Slow and plodding at the best of times.more
Archangel's Kiss by Nalini Singh was everything I expected it would be- once again proving how brilliant this writer is. I loved loved Elena's debut novel, Angels Blood- I went into this with my expectations high. It didn't disappoint. It is heart-stirring, dangerous and intensely romantic. Heeelllllooo, Raphael and Thank You, Nalini Singh- Our beloved archangel took my breath away at least once every five pages.Elena has finally waken from her year-long coma to find that she is no longer a mere mortal. To her surprise she is now an immortal, an angel. One of the weakest angels, but hey- at least she gets to keep her hunter-born skills and sleep with one of the most erotic, powerful archangels EVER. And now, in gaining his one true love, her archangel Raphael has showed his weakness- Elena. They are all gunning for her, but she's not just Raphael's plaything, she's hunter-born... an immortal with the heart of a mortal.Loads of action in this book- Danger is always cooking. Knives always being thrown (literally.) Lijuan is building an army of the reborn, someone is pitting all the archangels against each other, stealing the innocent angel children. An angel crazed enough to believe they can best Elena and the Cadre is terrorizing the Refuge. As frightening as it is to be one of the weakest angels in the Refuge- Elena won't let this trump her efforts to learn how to fly and fight. But she only has a short time if she needs to fly before Lijuans ball... can she do it? Will her efforts be futile against the surprises Lijuan has waiting for her?This novel holds a pleasant amount of emotional action too. Raphael and Elena have grown to fully trust and love each other, to know each other. Raphael's dialogue made my heart skip a beat. He is so beautiful in everything that he says to his lover. He even begins to realize that for their love to blossom, he must open up. It is fun getting to know him with Elena. There is a monumental amount of character development from her and their relationship. It is delightful that the author chose a realistic path in that Elena must to learn to fly, to train with her new wings. So adorable that she is so weak and for the first time in her life she needs to rely on someone other than herself.I will now say that I am also perfectly enthralled with Raphael's Seven. They're the seven he trusts with his life, who live to make sure he's always safe. Illium, or Bluebell, the blue winged angel.... oh I can't even put into words how captivating he is. The way Nalini Singh describes just his eyelashes?! To die for. This author puts you right there in the Guild Hunter world. I mean really, how does she make secondary characters so damn intriguing?!If you love angels, paranormal romance and the like - read this book. I highly recommend it. I was completely absorbed. After reading the last page I was like what? that's it? I want more. I don't know if I am going to be able to wait until next year for another Bluebell fix.more
This was another fun read from Singh, not as fun as the first archangel book, but still quite enjoyable. The first half of the book was slow and somewhat repetitive, an affliction that all but the best of books in series suffer. The pages started to turn faster through the second half of the book, and I was wanting more when I came to the last page. I look forward to the next book in this series, and expect it to be just as fun. Angels seem to be the new vampires.more
Ever since I read the previous novel, Angels' Blood, I have been waiting impatiently for this book to come out. I was nervous about reading it though. Sometimes I'll love the first book in a series and then feel disappointed in the following books. That is definitely not the case here. It was definitely worth the wait.In this book we get to see the vulnerability of Elena in relation to all the other angels in her new world. She's used to being the strongest person and now has to deal with being the weakest. I liked that though she tried to stand on her own she didn't fall into stupidity and refuse to listen to Raphael about her limitations as a new angel.I loved watching Elena's interactions with the Seven and all the new angels she encounters in the refuge. I'm very interested in seeing more developments with the members of the Seven. I also liked how the author avoided making Michaela into a cardboard cutout villain. She's not wholly bad although she's not wholly good. She has vulnerabilities and weaknesses that throw her into an area of gray that Elena wishes she didn't have to see. It's much easier to hate someone when you don't feel bad for them.The author did a good job of showing Elena emotionally vulnerable but still strong. It was her choice to allow herself to lean on Raphael and he recognizes and treasures it. I loved how he's learning that though he is powerful he can't force Elena to open to him. Trust is a fragile thing and he realizes that he has to toe the line or he'll break her. I liked watching him try to reconcile his own personality with the care the new relationship needs.Speaking of breaking Elena, this book did a really good job with sexual tension. Because Elena is still so weak from the transition Raphael won't make love to her because he's afraid he'll break her. The tension was great and the payoff worth it. I also really loved the vulnerability we saw when Raphael couldn't leave Elena in silence. After her year in a coma and his inability to reach her mind he has some definite anxiety there. It was sweet to see.I can't wait to see what will come with the next book. I'm so glad I found this series!more
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Eleven days until the release of ARCHANGEL'S CONSORT, re-read of Book #2 complete. I had remembered the aching tension between Elena and Raphael for the first half of the book, as Raphael has waited over a year for her to wake up from her transition coma, and her body is still too weak to withstand his unleashed passion (the man literally glows with arousal, *squeeee*). I had forgotten the amazing details with regards to Elena training her weak muscles to handle wings, the multi-layered mysteries and dangers that swirl around her. The glimpses of The Refuge, where the dangerous vampires and ancient angels that pose such horrific danger walk amongst angel children, young well through their fifth decade.

Singh had laid the seeds for ARCHANGEL'S KISS at the end of ANGEL'S BLOOD, just as she sets up tension for ARCHANGEL'S CONSORT and Elena's return to Manhattan. If I wasn't excited enough for the release of Book 3, reminders about revealing Elena's wings to the world and Raphael and Elena getting an opportunity to "dance as angel's dance" (swoon).

9/5/11 - Re-read after ARCHANGEL'S BLADE, just couldn't leave the series behind. Love Elena learning her wings!

5/11/12 - Really just re-read the opening, I still love Elena getting comfortable in her new body. The mystery/danger part of things didn't interest me this time around.

2/26/13 - Still love the wings, and the exchange of amber.more
Unexpected, and a nice continuation of the series. I've read other books from this author and they tend to be heavy on the erotica, but not this. More focused on the world of the angels, the mysteries, and the development of the main character. A good read and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.more
I’ll keep this one short.

The writing was really good but for the life of me I couldn’t get into this. I needed over 6 weeks to get through this, which must be a new record.

To be fair, I knew beforehand that angels aren’t my thing but still gave this series a try because of its raving reviews. In the first book it wasn’t that obtrusive, probably because it was a lot more action packed. There were more Vampires and Elena solely as a guild hunter.

But in this second installment it was angels, angels and angels – So yeah, I truly struggled getting through this at all. Had the story developed differently, I probably would’ve even stuck with it but the moment angels became the sole focus, I was as done and won’t force myself to read through the following books of the series.

But still 3 stars for the sorytelling/writing and character development.
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The story opens with Elena trying to adapt to her new wings and new lifestyle. After spending a year in a coma as a result of both her near death and Raphael’s kiss that turned her, she most learn to retrain her body and her new feathery appendages. She also needs to catch up in her history and learn the rules that govern the angelic culture. But just because she is at the Refuge, a place –like the name implies– that is sacred to all angels, doesn’t mean that life and political machinations won’t try to destroy her.

Archangel’s Kiss is a race against time to try to discover the perpetrator(s) behind the attack on an angelic child, the most horrible of offenses. That is obviously part of a power play to take possession of the newly vacant seat in the Cadre left after Uram’s demise. I love the story; we get to know more about Raphael and the angelic culture as well as we begin to get an inside look into the men that compose The Seven with the introduction of new characters. We also learn more about Elena’s family and past as well as the Cadre in and on itself. Elena and Raphael’s relationship deepens while they both learn to cope with the change and possible ramifications off of it.

My only problem with the book is Elena. She went from a kick ass character to a highly insecure girl. She still fights for her freedom and independence (she is a warrior after all), still meets Raphael head on when she knows she is right. But there is a good chunk of the book where she keeps wondering “how this immortal being could be with her, have chosen her”. I would have actually expected that on the first book, when they are getting to know each other, not after they both almost sacrificed each other for one another and accepted their love for what it is.

In all, is a great book, a good sequel that develops the characters further while making sure it packs a some good old action scenes in between.more
Archangel’s Kiss by Nalini Singh(Book #2 of the Guild Hunter series)4½/5 starsSource: PurchaseYet another re-read for me and man was this one just as good the second time around as it was the first time! At the end of book one, Angels’ Blood, Elena and Raphael are both battered and broken following their showdown with the bat-sh*t crazy archangel, Uram. Archangels’ Kiss begins one year after the fateful battle above New York. Elena has been in a coma for the entire year; as far as anyone, including Sara and the Guild know, Elena is dead and; Raphael has remained by her side willing her to come back to him. Not surprisingly, when she does wake, Elena has a few questions; topping the list:*Where is she? (The Refuge; a place no mortal has ever been!)*How did she and Raphael survive the fall from the sky? (very carefully)*How long has she been asleep? (one year; didn’t you read the above paragraph?)*Why in Hell does she now have wings? (Apparently a long-held myth came true and in a moment of pure love, Raphael not only saved Elena’s life but made her an angel.)Elena doesn’t have long to ponder these heavy questions and even heavier answers before the proverbial crap hits the fan. Not everyone is excited about Elena’s new condition and someone is out to kill her and bring down Raphael at the same time. Vicious attacks are being perpetrated against Raphael’s people and Elena is called on to help track the evil-doer. As soon as she able to get out of bed Elena resumes her work as a tracker within the Refuge, begins studying angel history with Jessamy and the angelic young and begins training (weapons and otherwise) with Dimitri, Galen, and Illium. Elena knows she must prove herself to Raphael’s Seven and if she cannot do this, she will never be accepted nor respected by Raphael’s innermost circle. Elena pushes herself to the breaking point every day in order to be strong enough and competent enough to stand among the Seven and by Raphael’s side. Elena’s determination is admirable and one of her greatest strengths.Elena’s new condition, strength, and position as Raphael’s mate are known, but not well known. Unfortunately (especially for Elena) one of those who does know of the situation is Lijuan, the oldest and now craziest of the archangels. For Lijuan, Elena is a novelty and in order to better appreciate Raphael’s new toy, Lijuan invites the pair, and everyone else of significance in the angelic world, to her court for a grand ball. While a ball does sound like a grand time, there’s one teensy, tiny little problem: Lijuan has discovered how to make zombies and she’s not afraid to show them off. Understandably everyone, including the über-scary-nothing-scares-us Cadre is concerned by this development.In order to avoid the appearance of weakness Raphael and Elena prepare (intensely!) to attend the ball. As their departure date grows ever nearer the attacks against Raphael and Elena continue to escalate. By the time they reach China, everyone is on high alert. To say there is a kerfuffle, an incident, an event that occurs at the ball would be nowhere close to what goes down. I’m not even sure there is a word to describe the ugly that goes down at Lijuan’s ball. Lijuan allows her pets to walk freely among the guests, the mastermind behind the vicious attacks is both discovered and beheaded and the members of the Cadre are forced to stand against Lijuan. Given her age and power even the oldest among the Cadre are not sure the combined power of the remaining can take her out. See? Didn’t I tell you the crap hit the fan?Mixed in nicely and logically with all the drama is the growing relationship between Elena and Raphael. Raphael is used to having his way and having his word obeyed always and without question. Elena is strong and fiercely independent and not about to take orders from anyone least of all her mate. Though the two often butt heads they are also clearly meant to be together and work well as a team. Their naughty moments are sensual, lusty and hot and will keep you coming back for more.The Bottom Line: I can’t get enough of this series!! Elena and Raphael are excellent characters but the strength of the series lies in the long-reaching, twisting and turning plot line and the fantastic cast of other (they are so not minor) characters. Woven into the major plot line are multiple arcs involving a variety of characters. We learn a bit more, though not nearly enough, about most of the members of the Seven and gain some insight into a few other members of the Cadre. Singh has created characters to love, characters to hate, and characters to absolutely reserve judgment about until a later time and date. Though I have read most of the series more than once, I can still see this as a series I will return to again and again as the years go by!more
Elena & Raphael will have an eternity together--if Elena can survive her enemies, who are just as determined to see her dead as when she was mortal.I really loved how their relationship is still evolving in this book. Despite the fact that Elena is now immortal (a very weak, very young immortal), her fundamental self has not changed--not even her hunter abilities--leading to many more clashes between herself and Raphael about the dynamic between them. This is a wonderful continuation of the Guild-Hunter series, and based on this book, there will be lots of interesting evolution to come in the relationship between Elena & Raphael.more
As is obvious by the cover, Elena has been Made into an angel by Raphael's ambrosia kiss. This book is mainly set in the Refuge, a place exclusively for angels. Lijuan is up to no good and someone is killing people in the Refuge. Raphael and Elena's relationship is really quite new - something I appreciated much better reading these books back to back and so it made sense there was still some settling to do in their relationship. I didn't love how it ended - I prefer all bad guys to be destroyed/jailed etc as appropriate and I don't think that happened here.more
Redonk Nutshell: Hunter-turned-angel Elena struggles to find her footing with her new status amid the threat of her consort's covetous fellow ArchangelsBook two in the Guardian Hunter series wins the award for "less cheesiest cover." In fact, I think this cover is kind of badass. 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, 2/2/10Rating: BRomance: 3/5 Raunch: 3.5/5more
Is it wrong that I really want Illium and Elena to be together? omg I just love Illium. *sigh* this series is good. (:more
Book 2 in the Guild Hunter series by New Zealand author Nalini Singh. After the fight with Uram, vampire hunter Elena and Archangel Raphael almost died. Elena has woken from a year-long coma to find that she has become an angel. Raphael takes her to the angel's Refuge, where she heals and is trained to use her new body. Raphael has become weaker through his love for Elena. He must ready her for a flight to Beijing, to attend a ball thrown by the archangel Lijuan whose power lies with the dead.more
While I love the world that Singh has created in her Guild Hunters series and I enjoy the characters, I find myself not really rooting for the Raphael/Elena relationship. Although Raphael was a lot more bearable in this book than the previous one. I don't think I can actually ship the pairing until Elena proves herself to be as strong as Raphael is. I mean she did take him on when she was still human. The other thing that has irked me about the books is Elena's constant attraction to the other men around Raphael. The vampires are explained by their scents, but the angels also seem to hold her interest.Despite it all I couldn't put the book down. The world of corrupted immortals who have lived too long to have pity or compassion fascinates me, as does the concept of evil angels. The twists in the mysteries in each book are interesting enough that I struggle to pin down the actual villain until the end.more
After reading this book, I'm convinced that Nalini Singh is a brilliant writer. This story is incredible, filled with extraordinary characters and fantastical events. It's extremely well-written, and I'm anxiously awaiting the next book of the series. For a long time, I've despaired of finding another series that compares to Ilona Andrews' 'Kate Daniels' or Lilith Saintcrow's 'Dante Valentine'. Well, look no more, because this is it. I love this book, I love this series, I love this author.more
I could not get into this book. I like Nalini Singh's other books but for some reason this one did not do a thing for me. Slow and plodding at the best of times.more
Archangel's Kiss by Nalini Singh was everything I expected it would be- once again proving how brilliant this writer is. I loved loved Elena's debut novel, Angels Blood- I went into this with my expectations high. It didn't disappoint. It is heart-stirring, dangerous and intensely romantic. Heeelllllooo, Raphael and Thank You, Nalini Singh- Our beloved archangel took my breath away at least once every five pages.Elena has finally waken from her year-long coma to find that she is no longer a mere mortal. To her surprise she is now an immortal, an angel. One of the weakest angels, but hey- at least she gets to keep her hunter-born skills and sleep with one of the most erotic, powerful archangels EVER. And now, in gaining his one true love, her archangel Raphael has showed his weakness- Elena. They are all gunning for her, but she's not just Raphael's plaything, she's hunter-born... an immortal with the heart of a mortal.Loads of action in this book- Danger is always cooking. Knives always being thrown (literally.) Lijuan is building an army of the reborn, someone is pitting all the archangels against each other, stealing the innocent angel children. An angel crazed enough to believe they can best Elena and the Cadre is terrorizing the Refuge. As frightening as it is to be one of the weakest angels in the Refuge- Elena won't let this trump her efforts to learn how to fly and fight. But she only has a short time if she needs to fly before Lijuans ball... can she do it? Will her efforts be futile against the surprises Lijuan has waiting for her?This novel holds a pleasant amount of emotional action too. Raphael and Elena have grown to fully trust and love each other, to know each other. Raphael's dialogue made my heart skip a beat. He is so beautiful in everything that he says to his lover. He even begins to realize that for their love to blossom, he must open up. It is fun getting to know him with Elena. There is a monumental amount of character development from her and their relationship. It is delightful that the author chose a realistic path in that Elena must to learn to fly, to train with her new wings. So adorable that she is so weak and for the first time in her life she needs to rely on someone other than herself.I will now say that I am also perfectly enthralled with Raphael's Seven. They're the seven he trusts with his life, who live to make sure he's always safe. Illium, or Bluebell, the blue winged angel.... oh I can't even put into words how captivating he is. The way Nalini Singh describes just his eyelashes?! To die for. This author puts you right there in the Guild Hunter world. I mean really, how does she make secondary characters so damn intriguing?!If you love angels, paranormal romance and the like - read this book. I highly recommend it. I was completely absorbed. After reading the last page I was like what? that's it? I want more. I don't know if I am going to be able to wait until next year for another Bluebell fix.more
This was another fun read from Singh, not as fun as the first archangel book, but still quite enjoyable. The first half of the book was slow and somewhat repetitive, an affliction that all but the best of books in series suffer. The pages started to turn faster through the second half of the book, and I was wanting more when I came to the last page. I look forward to the next book in this series, and expect it to be just as fun. Angels seem to be the new vampires.more
Ever since I read the previous novel, Angels' Blood, I have been waiting impatiently for this book to come out. I was nervous about reading it though. Sometimes I'll love the first book in a series and then feel disappointed in the following books. That is definitely not the case here. It was definitely worth the wait.In this book we get to see the vulnerability of Elena in relation to all the other angels in her new world. She's used to being the strongest person and now has to deal with being the weakest. I liked that though she tried to stand on her own she didn't fall into stupidity and refuse to listen to Raphael about her limitations as a new angel.I loved watching Elena's interactions with the Seven and all the new angels she encounters in the refuge. I'm very interested in seeing more developments with the members of the Seven. I also liked how the author avoided making Michaela into a cardboard cutout villain. She's not wholly bad although she's not wholly good. She has vulnerabilities and weaknesses that throw her into an area of gray that Elena wishes she didn't have to see. It's much easier to hate someone when you don't feel bad for them.The author did a good job of showing Elena emotionally vulnerable but still strong. It was her choice to allow herself to lean on Raphael and he recognizes and treasures it. I loved how he's learning that though he is powerful he can't force Elena to open to him. Trust is a fragile thing and he realizes that he has to toe the line or he'll break her. I liked watching him try to reconcile his own personality with the care the new relationship needs.Speaking of breaking Elena, this book did a really good job with sexual tension. Because Elena is still so weak from the transition Raphael won't make love to her because he's afraid he'll break her. The tension was great and the payoff worth it. I also really loved the vulnerability we saw when Raphael couldn't leave Elena in silence. After her year in a coma and his inability to reach her mind he has some definite anxiety there. It was sweet to see.I can't wait to see what will come with the next book. I'm so glad I found this series!more
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