Archangel’s Kiss  (Guild Hunter #2) by Nalini Singh
Gollancz (March 2010) | Paperback, 323 pages
Paranormal Romance

Archangel’s Kiss is the second book in the Guild Hunter series by Nalini Singh, and after absolutely loving the first book in the series, Angels’ Blood, this one had a lot to live up to. I’m happy to say it didn’t disappoint. I loved it. The prose is just as lush as the first book, Elena and Raphael are still fantastic characters and the world-building just as vivid.

However, I did feel as though the balance between urban fantasy and paranormal romance was slightly out of kilter. The first half of the book definitely sits in with the latter genre as there is a lot of sex, verbal adoration, basically lots of lovin’s! Don’t get me wrong, I love the romance between Elena and Raphael but I felt for the first half of the book I was a bit saturated with it and it did get a bit repetitive. But the second half of the booked kicked into high gear with lots of action, suspense and Elena back in the role she fits so well, that of the kick-arse chick. I was worried she was turning into a love sick puppy but her fighting personality won out – yay! I do adore the relationship between Elena and Raphael, it is swoon-worthy and very intense, but I’m pleased it didn’t dominate the entire book.

The story picks up a short time after Angels’ Blood ended and Elena’s friends are wondering if she’s dead or alive, or more accurately one of the undead, as in vampire. But nobody is telling them anything and they are becoming increasingly frustrated. They decide to break into where they think Elena is being held, but once they set eyes on what she’s become they can’t believe their eyes…

There’s a big learning curve for Elena and she needs her friends and Raphael to help her through, especially when she is invited to a ball by the eldest of Archangels. Raphael is worried as this could be the perfect opportunity for others to kill Elena for real and so he instructs his most loyal and dangerous vampire to train Elena in the fighting skills she will need if an attempt is made on her life. Unfortunately for Elena she’s still weak from the transformation, but Dmitri does not go easy on her.

Apart from what’s going on in Elena’s personal life, she is asked to help when there’s a new bout of fresh vampire kills, and one of the angel children is kidnapped and found brutally beaten to the point of death. Elena has to use her abilities to track the scent of the killer and it leads to an unexpected source.

We get more of a glimpse in to Elena’s painful and horrific past. She begins to lean on Raphael more and more to give her strength and support. Her memories of her past are throwing up all sorts of visions about her mother and father. The more that is revealed the more I want to know. Elena is a complex character and she is fast becoming one of my favourite heroines.

VERDICT:

There is a lot going on in Archangel’s Kiss and I lapped up every word. This is a wonderful series with gorgeous prose, fantastic characters and the world-building so vivid I could be living along side Elena. Elena and Raphael are becoming two of my favourite characters as well as one of my favourite couples. A great addition to the series!

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BOOKS IN SERIES ORDER

  1. Angels’ Blood
  2. Archangel’s Kiss
  3. Archangel’s Consort
  4. Archangel’s Blade
  5. Archangel’s Storm

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Carolyn created Book Chick City in July 2009 due to her love of books. A Brit chick obsessed with zombies, kick-arse chicks and sexy heroes. She's also seriously addicted to chocolate, shopping, and coffee. Her favourite genres are Urban Fantasy, Romance and Zombie Lit... Brrraaaaiiinnnnsss!

10 Comments


FICTION STATE OF MIND February 17, 2011 at 7:30 am

great review Ive heard so much about these books so I'm going to take a leap and buy book 1 thanks for listing the seirs titles, a great idea i have to remember to do that when reviewing a series.
happy reading Kai

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Lynda February 17, 2011 at 8:41 am

i am reading this now! on my 1st and 2nd page though, real life gets in my way.hehe..Thanks for reviewing this.Cannot wait for book 3.

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Jennifer (An Abundance of Books) February 17, 2011 at 10:08 am

While I love this series, Singh's descriptions can be a bit over whelming. Sometimes it's hard for me to keep up with all of the tastes and scents that are used to describe just about everything. But it's how Elena sees the world through her Hunter's senses and it's a creative way to allow readers to view the world as she does.

Jennifer (An Abundance of Books)

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Laura Summers (BCC) February 17, 2011 at 12:44 pm

Oh I really want to read this series now – there have been so many good books/reviews this year to choose from! :)

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E.J. Stevens February 17, 2011 at 1:12 pm

I have the first book on my tbr pile and can't wait to read it. Great review! :)
xx,
E.J.
From the Shadows
Spirit Guide Series

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Kelly-Ann aka hijab-beegirl February 17, 2011 at 9:25 pm

Hi! This book series sounds great and my kinda reads. I've never written a review before, in fact I don't know where to begin =S

Right now, I am reading Elmore Leonard's Be Cool :D

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Meagan-By the Book Reviews February 17, 2011 at 10:05 pm

This book sounds awesome! I've heard about it but hadn't read a review yet. I haven't read the first book but this series sounds really good.

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Lowslung February 18, 2011 at 9:22 am

I've not picked up on these title before – the review makes them sound very enticing!

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Lisa@ButteryBooks February 19, 2011 at 5:24 pm

I am so glad I found this review. I am going to be on the lookout for the first book in the series when I head to the library today.

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Book Chick City March 9, 2011 at 8:12 am

Kai (FSoM) – It's a great series and I'm sure you'll like i :)

Lynda – I hate it when life gets in the way of a good book! Glad you're enjoying the series.

Jennifer – I think Singh is very creative in her writing but it is OTT, but I kinda like that. Although if people had the kind of relationship like Elena and Rachael's they wouldn't be able to function, it's just so intense! LOL

Laura – I think you would love this series :)

E.J. – I hope you enjoy it as much as I did – great novel :)

Kelly-Ann – It's a great read, so I hope you like it when you get round to reading it :)

Lowslung – Oh you must try this series, especially if you enjoy paranormal romance or urban fantasy.

Lisa – Yay – I hope you enjoy it, let me know what you think of it when you've read it :)

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