ARC Review: Archangel’s Heart by Nalini Singh

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Archangel’s Heart
Author: Nalini Singh
Release Date: November 1, 2016
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Guild Hunter #9
Rating: C

Elena and Raphael are back again as the focus of another Guild Hunter book. This time the pair is called away from New York for a meeting with the Cadre. When they arrive, Elena is shocked to hear that she resembles someone who used to live in the area. Thinking there may be a connection to her mother’s past laying in the city, Elena investigates with the help of fellow angel Aodhan.

I mentioned in my review of “Archangel’s Legion” that Raphael and Elena’s books are usually game changers in the Guild Hunter series. Well… I was wrong. “Archangel’s Heart” was a filler book. We do have some fairly big revelations about Elena’s family, but I wasn’t on board with the direction of that storyline. Continue reading

Review: Archangel’s Legion by Nalini Singh

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Archangel’s Legion
Author: Nalini Singh
Published: 2013
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Guild Hunter #6
Rating: C-

After a short break from following guild hunter Elena and archangel Raphael, the series returns to focus on these two in Archangel’s Legion. In this one, the couple is trying to stave off a war while hiding how out-of-control Raphael’s powers are becoming.

Whenever it’s an Elena and Raphael story you know something major is going to happen in the series. Despite their books being game changers, I’m never thrilled to see Singh return to the couple. Raphael is a character who is a little too powerful and the fact that he keeps gaining abilities is not helping things. Unfortunately, heaping powers onto main characters is a trend that happens in many long standing urban fantasy and PNR series. While it wasn’t surprising to see Singh go down this route, I was a little disappointed that she did. I would have preferred to see Raphael struggle with losing powers. Raphael has been one of the more powerful angels his entire existence. It would have been much more interesting to see an exploration of him dealing with dwindling powers and trying to maintain his place in the angel hierarchy amidst a war. As it stands, the plot of this one was pretty predictable since, at this point, I’ve seen it done so often. Continue reading

Review: Must Love Hellhounds by Various

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Must Love Hellhounds
Authors: Various
Published: 2009
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy Anthology
Series: Southern Vampire Mysteries #9, Guild Hunter #.5, Kate Daniels #3.5, & The Guardians #5.5
Rating: B

The Brittingens Go to Hell by Charlaine Harris

Rating: N/A
Didn’t read this installment in the book. I’ve tried to read Harris in the past but could never really get into her. So I decided to skip this one.

Angels’ Judgment by Nalini Singh

Rating: A-
This is a short prequel story to Singh’s Guild Hunter series. It features Sara Haziz right before she decides to accept the Guild Hunter director job. Its basically a “how they met” story about how Sara and her husband, Deacon, got together. I loved this story.

Sara and Deacon are assigned the job of finding out who is behind a spurt of vampire slayings in the area. Signs point to it being a hunter who has gone rogue. However, things begin to get complicated when one of the archangels decides to test the potential new guild director.

Like most of the things I’ve read from Singh, this was pretty fabulous. However, places felt a little rushed. Singh had several good plot threads going that could’ve easily carried a longer story. Great installment for fans of the series. Continue reading

Review: Archangel’s Enigma by Nalini Singh

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Archangel’s Enigma
Author: Nalini Singh
Published: 2015
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Guild Hunter #8
Rating: A

Archangel’s Enigma is the eighth book in Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter series, which is set in a reality where angel’s rule the world. Unlike Singh’s Psy-Changeling series, these books have a little more edge to them and lean more toward Urban Fantasy than strictly Paranormal Romance.

Young angelic scholar, Andromeda wants nothing more than to be left to her studies. Unfortunately, her time is running short and she must soon return home to serve for 500 years in a corrupt court. Before she faces her unpleasant future, Andromeda decides to help Archangel Raphael find the resting place of an ancient angel who has been sleeping for centuries. To assist her in the quest, Raphael sends the feral Naasir. Continue reading

Archangel’s Shadows


Archangel’s Shadows

Author: Nalini Singh

Publish Date: 2014

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Series: Guild Hunter, book 7

Rating: C

Archangel’s Shadows is the seventh installment in Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter series and features the characters Ashwini and Janvier. I had been looking forward to seeing Ashwini and Janvier get their book ever since I read about them in the short story, Angel’s PawnUnfortunately, I was a little let down by their novel.

Ashwini is still recovering from an injury she sustained in the last book, Archangel’s Legionwhen she’s given the “fluff” task of investigating the cause of a mummified dog. What on the surface looks to be a simple case, turns out to be connected to something much more insidious. With the city’s vampire population on the verge of going into a blood frenzy Ashwini will need to work together with vampire, Janvier, to put the pieces together before everything turns to chaos.

From my description you would think that most of the book will concentrate on Ashwini and Janvier, but that would be incorrect. Archangel’s Shadows is steeped in characters and the perspective changes frequently. As I’m a fan of ensemble books, this normally wouldn’t be an issue but it didn’t work for me here. Primarily because when the point of view switched to characters other than Ashwini or Janvier it was rarely to advance the main plot. This caused the book to drag in places and interrupted the flow of the story.

I also had an issue with how easy everything was for Ashwini and Janvier. Conflicts were handled quickly and efficiently, both in their investigation and their relationship. The big battle (if that’s what you would call it) lasted a nano-second and both of them walked away without a scratch. This was a huge let down after watching Ash and Janvier try to find answers around a mummified dog and dead prostitute for most of the story. The same thing goes for the conflict in their relationship. Most of the book is Ashwini angst-ing over if she should pursue Janvier since she has a “big dark secret” that might ruin their relationship. While I could understand her worry, it was annoying how easily the issue was fixed once she finally told Janvier about it. I hate when the majority of conflict between characters is due to not talking and the solution to Ash’s problem was so obvious that the whole situation was just frustrating by the end.

I’ve heard a lot of people refer to this installment in the series as a filler book and I can see where they’re coming from. After the events of the Archangel’s Legion, I’m guessing that Singh wanted to re-stabilize her world and that’s why this book’s plot is rather low-key. However, the low amount of conflict, tension, and how easy problems were solved didn’t work for me here. I look forward to reading the next installment in the series, but I’m really hoping that Singh will start keeping her books to one or two character perspectives.