Sunday, 10 January 2016

Archangel's Kiss review - written by Nalini Singh

ATTENTION! If you are going to read the following book review be aware that it is a review of the second book in the Guild Hunter's series and may give away the ending of the first book.
If this does not bother you and you just want to get a feel for the series, feel free to read ahead.

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Quick overview:
After hunting and defeating a rouge archangel, the last thing Elena remembers is falling to her death and receiving a life-changing kiss from the one-and-only archangel of New York, Raphael. The archangel who she also happens to be in love with.  
When she wakes up from a one year coma, she goes from hunter-born guild hunter, hired to hunt a rouge archangel, to the first ever Made angel in existence. 
Now Elena and Raphael's love and her very existence has every immortal interested, and this sudden interest may just kill Elena and everyone she has ever cared about. With an archangel position up for grabs Elena's vampire and angel hunting abilities are high demand. 
Now not only is the immortal word turned upside down but Elena has a deadline before she has to meet the most powerful creature is existence... No pressure, but time is up...

(Book 2 in the Guild Hunter's series: Archangel's Kiss by Nalini Singh)

Read the full summary and check out other books by Nalini Singh on this Goodreads link

Personal opinion on the book:
I personally found this book to be a bit of a labouring read. I actually really liked the underlining plot line, but I found that the references to minor characters from book one to be quite confusing. This being as the reference to the characters were quite vague and didn't have enough detail to help me remember who the characters were or their impact on the story. I also found that there was a strong sense of angel politics present in this book, for some readers this would be fine, but I personally found that this just made everything more confusing. 
Now, don’t get me wrong, I loved the first book and the way that Nalini Singh wrote it. The character development was great and I was so pumped to read this book. But we all know how it can be with second books not living up to the high expectations that we set for them. I believe that this book would have been ten times better if I hadn’t have left such a large amount of time between reading book one and two.

Overall, I really liked the underlying story line and the progressing of the characters, but I just don’t think that this was the book for me. 

Quote of the book:
We die... We die together. That's the deal. - Elena  

Books in the series:

  1. Angels' Blood
  2. Archangels Kiss
  3. Archangel's Consort 
  4. Archangel's Blade
  5. Archangels Storm
  6. Archangel's Legion 
  7. Archangel's Shadows
  8. Archangel's Enigma 
  9. Coming soon!
Please note that there are soooo many books that are prequels or happen between books, I am not going to write all of them, but trust me. There are plenty of books in this series!...

If you like... then try...:
If you like the Guild Hunter's series I highly recommend the Maximum Ride series by James Patterson! I have adored the Maximum Ride series since forever and it is about a kick-ass girl called Maximum Ride. She is a science experiment and lives with her five other flock members. Oh and don't forget that they all have wings...

Read the full summary of the first book in the Maximum Ride series, Maximum Ride the Angel Experiment on this Goodreads link

Star rating (out of 5):
I give this book a star rating of 3.5/5 stars. I found aspects of it a bit confusing to follow, but overall it still had a great underlining story line that drew me in enough to get me through the confusion. 

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Thank you for reading this review, I know that this is my first review where I haven't absolutely adored the book and it was quite hard to write this. I still love the first book and believe that this series is still a good one. Although this book may have not fit my expectations I still love the characters and the story line. 

Until next time, keep reading.