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Angels' Blood

Angels' Blood

Geschrieben von Nalini Singh

Erzählt von Justine Eyre


Angels' Blood

Geschrieben von Nalini Singh

Erzählt von Justine Eyre

Bewertungen:
4.5/5 (101 Bewertungen)
Länge:
10 Stunden
Herausgeber:
Freigegeben:
May 10, 2010
ISBN:
9781400187157
Format:
Hörbuch

Beschreibung

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.
Herausgeber:
Freigegeben:
May 10, 2010
ISBN:
9781400187157
Format:
Hörbuch

Über den Autor

NALINI SINGH New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Nalini Singh loves writing paranormal romances. Currently working on two ongoing series, she also has a passion for travel and has been to places as far afield as Tahiti, Japan, Ireland and Scotland. She makes her home in beautiful New Zealand. To find out more about Nalini’s books, please visit her website, www.nalinisingh.com.


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  • (4/5)
    I cannot BELIEVE it took me so long to start this series. Awesome. On to the next!
  • (2/5)
    just not good.
  • (4/5)
    Book 1 in the Guild Hunter series by New Zealand author Nalini Singh. Guild hunter Elena Deveraux is used to tracking down vampires trying to opt out of the hundred years of servitude that is the angels' price for immortality. But this time she is hired by the dangerously beautiful Archangel of New York City, Raphael, to track a supremely deadly archangel, Uram, gone bad. Elena is a fighter and unable to treat the powerful archangel Raphael and his immortal vampire cadre with the submissive deference that they expect. Her unwillingness to submit captures Raphael's interest and he soon begins to pursue Elena. This is a great twist on the vampire genre with the addition of earth bound angels. A great cast of characters include deadly vampires Dmitri and Venom, Illium the gorgeous flirtatious blue-winged angel with a weakness for mortals, angel spymaster Jason, and Elena's fellow hunters Sara and Ransom. Enjoyable.
  • (5/5)
    The character Ellie portrays a rags to independence story. She's crude belligerent disrespectful and distrusting. By the end of book she had me rooting for Ellie. Well written.
  • (5/5)
    I loved the audio reader! She inhabited all the characters wonderfully. I could not put this book down! The world and characters are irresistible! I can't wait to read the next books in the series.
  • (5/5)
    The fact that it hooked me up enough to not put the book down for a whole day until I was done with the story speaks off of how good the story is.
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    Review: (July 10, 2012)

    This series had been recommended to me so many times already that I honestly lost track. Then I joined Gotta Have Paranormal with a Kick: Vets VS Newbies Reading Challenge and my partner, Vet Angela (yup, I’m the newbie of the duo) chose Angels’ Blood for me. I cannot thank her enough! There are few series that I get hooked on like “can’t stop reading.” It happened when I discovered Night Huntress by Jeaniene Frost, Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward, The Midnight Breed by Lara Adrian, The Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning, and it just happened again with Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter, who would have thought that ethereal beings such as angels could be so devastatingly hot!

    Elena Deveraux is a born hunter, she works for the one organization on Earth in charge of tracking unruly vampires that have broken their contracts and have become fugitives of Angelic Law. As a born huntress, she is faster and stronger than the average human with heighten senses. Her particular skill gives her the edge in tracking down vampires, after all the girl can literary distinguished their unique aroma. That skill combined with her spotless track record has brought her up to the attention of the Cadre, the governing circle of Archangels ruling Earth. Now she must work alongside Raphael in order to track down a threat that can potentially end civilization as we (they) know it. Elena knows that this mission has put her on borrowed time and her attraction to certain Archangel is not making things easy at all, not to mention that echoes from the past are threatening to spill into the present.

    Elena is a tough, no-nonsense, type of character. Her exterior persona is that on cool and controlled, but a tragedy during her childhood marked her forever. I love reading about her type of characters, strong and independent, but honest and grounded. She will not start a problem but she sure knows how to end them.

    To contrast her we have Raphael, New York’s devastatingly beautiful and lethal archangel. Tasking Elena with a mission that could prove to be her last, he is surprised to find himself attracted to woman with the platinum hair. Of the two, Raphael is the character that has the most growth throughout the book. He’s arrogant and condescending, but then again, he is also over millennia old. By the end of the book what started as a weird relationship (he likes to push, she pushes back) turns into a full blown romance.

    If you are a PNR fan, this series is a most have.

    For this and other reviews visit my blog, Journey with Words
  • (4/5)
    Book 1 in the Guild Hunter series by New Zealand author Nalini Singh. Guild hunter Elena Deveraux is used to tracking down vampires trying to opt out of the hundred years of servitude that is the angels' price for immortality. But this time she is hired by the dangerously beautiful Archangel of New York City, Raphael, to track a supremely deadly archangel, Uram, gone bad. Elena is a fighter and unable to treat the powerful archangel Raphael and his immortal vampire cadre with the submissive deference that they expect. Her unwillingness to submit captures Raphael's interest and he soon begins to pursue Elena. This is a great twist on the vampire genre with the addition of earth bound angels. A great cast of characters include deadly vampires Dmitri and Venom, Illium the gorgeous flirtatious blue-winged angel with a weakness for mortals, angel spymaster Jason, and Elena's fellow hunters Sara and Ransom. Enjoyable.
  • (3/5)
    My first Singh book after many a recommendation from friends. Okay, the whole alpha male thing will always bug me. It's not my bag and I knew that going into this book. Having said that, I really liked the world-building. It was an interesting combination of ideas and mythos both familiar and less so, it intrigued me and really held the novel together when the central romance just bored me. Definitely an example of how good PNR can be, even if the romance was the low point for me.
  • (5/5)
    Pretty entertaining. New twist on vamps and angels with enough cool secondary characters to keep it interesting. Worth a read.
  • (3/5)
    Um, I really don't know what all the fuss is about. I didn't love it and thought it dragged on in places and not a lot happened. All the characters seemed to merge and I thought it was fun but not great.
  • (3/5)

    The good -
    -A new alternate reality world and new twist on vampires and angels, and a subspecies of humans called hunters.
    -A good start to the background plot and politics.
    -Some really good characters.

    The not so good, I wouldn't call it bad, it is just what was lacking for me.
    -The side characters are more interesting than the main characters. I liked Elena and Rafael but didn't love them. Their relationship building and emotions, although all through the book, just didn't have the spark/chemistry, or at least not enough of it, IMO.
    -The main emphasis seemed to be relationship, not the plot, which for me denotes more a PNR than a UF, yet not much happens there either. Not that this is bad but... the relationship was more about talking about what was going to happen, which was the f word, than actually doing anything. One sex scene way past the middle, if I remember correctly. It was like she was trying for a UF and got confused so went and put a lot of talking to add in a relationship.
    -The plot was somewhat simplistic- Angels need hunter to help find and destroy bad vampires. The politics were more complicated but mostly veiled in mystery, some being answered. The politics were the best part of the book actually, hence trying to be UF.
    -In this reality, the angels are known to humans and are the top dog. They are uber powerful and consider humans no more than play things. The power discrepancy and feudalistic society left me a little put off.

    So over all... there is a good political story going on but it only involves the angels and somewhat their vamps. The relationship was OK almost good, but not great, as the chemistry was on and off and I never loved either character. Rafael felt a little flat. Their are some very interesting supporting characters that I want to know more about but Elena and Rafael get the next 2 books. I believe their characters will develop more fully so will definitely continue the series. I am hopeful as I know Nalini Singh is a great author, who usually hits it out of the park. This one just didn't do it for me.
  • (2/5)
    Alledgedly, Nalini Singh writes sexy paranormal fantasy. In reality, she writes pretty bland, non-erotic, non-romantic paranormal fantasy. The main character, Elena, is dull and always insists on being in control. The male lead, the Arcangel Raphael, is arrogant and sex-obsessed. Like the worst of the teen paranormal "romance" we have here the situation where the two seems to switch between hating one another, being fascinated by each other's sexy looks and smells and trying to kill one another or threatening one another. Totally dysfunctional. This is not what romance is about. And even the sex scenes are insipid. On several occasions I would have set it aside had anything better been on hand, but as it was I soldiered on through and it did pick up the pace towards the end although, honestly, I couldn't see the attraction. She may be a New York Times Bestselling author, but she doesn't rate on my list of "Paranormal romance/thriller" writers.
    Still, maybe her Psy Changeling series will be better. I made the mistake of reserving them both from the library and now I feel committed to read them.
  • (4/5)
    If someone had told me that the main protagonist in this book was an angel, I probably wouldn't have read it.

    I tell you what, I would have missed out big time!

    This book was a fantastic read. The pacing was amazing, the characters easy to fall in love with, and the overall story something you wish could be made into a movie (but you wouldn't want ruined).

    I'd definitely recommend this book to ANYONE interested in supernatural or paranormal fiction, and I'd even put the author on your "to read" list.
  • (5/5)

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

    Really awesome idea with angel's basically owning the vamps, and creating them as well. Interesting how the angels were portrayed. They were kind of evil, with no compassion. I think that's what made it interesting for me, because when I think of an angel I usually think of compassion and love. That was not the case with these angels. Elena is a guild hunter, she's "licensed to hunt vampires & assorted others". She born with the ability to smell vampires so she can track them better. She's a woman with a truly horrific life history. I think that's another thing that I really enjoyed about this book. It was horrific, and terrifying. I couldn't put it down.

    This book was like Saw, meets CSI, meets angels/vamps, meets buffy, add a bit of sex and ta-daaa. If that doesn't say read me I don't know what else does.

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

  • (3/5)

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

    Angel's Blood was not as good as I thought it would be. Elena is a vampire hunter. She finds vampires and returns them to their master, the angel that created them. She has a special ability to scent vampires, which makes her unique. Raphael is the archangel of New York and requests her assistance to find an archangel gone bad.

    This story never fully captured my attention, though there were many unusual aspects. Angels making vampires was an intriguing idea. The secrecy and mystery surrounding angels, especially archangels, was interesting. It was completely different than anything I've read lately. There was some action, some humor, and plenty of questions as to what exactly was wrong with the archangel gone bad. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to empathize with Elena nor was I able to really like Raphael. I understood that he wasn't human and wouldn't behave as a human does, but he was so cold and hard throughout most of the book. He redeemed himself in the end, but it was too late for me to warm up to him. I haven't decided if I'm going to read the next in the series yet.

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

  • (5/5)

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

    For one? I love LOVE love this series. And now I can re read books when my eyes and pain go funky. -dances-

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

  • (4/5)

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

    My sense of humour really kicked into gear while I was reading Angel’s Blood. Especially when Elena decides to open her mouth at any given point. I’m really looking forward to the series if they stick to this style. I’m suddenly very glad that I have book two to jump straight into. Come and embrace the humour, sarcasm, action, angels, vampires and the...

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

  • (4/5)

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

    I liked the world building and the characters were interesting without much navel gazing, but the wondrous angel cock I could have done without.

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

  • (4/5)

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

    Angels' Bloodby Nalini Singh#1 Guild HuntersAudio narrated by Justine Eyre4-1/2*Vampire hunter, Elena Deveraux, is hired by a cadre of seven ruling archangels to help track down an ancient one who has become blood borne, gone rogue, and has fallen into the depths of insanity, murdering countless innocents. Standing her ground because of her inimitable pride and facing off with those more powerful than her has caught the attention of the archangel, Raphael. Something about the two of them together seems fated as she makes him more mortal and as they face an ultimate battle with their enemy, Raphael may be the only one able to save her in the end.This is reminiscent of the Anita Blake, vampire hunter, series as well as Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress novels as far as having courageous, kick-butt heroines who have something special that draws the unconquerable males to them without fail. This was a quick read, and a great start to this series.

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

  • (5/5)
    Angels' Blood
    5 Stars

    Elena Deveraux is a vampire hunter with a reputation for always finding her prey. Hired by the lethal archangel of New York, Raphael, to locate one of his ilk who has gone rogue, Elena soon realizes that the greatest threat to her life and her sanity may just be the very archangel with the key to her heart and her soul.

    World building is one of Singh’s greatest skills and the world of the Guild Hunters is no exception. Her angels and vampires are original and compelling with angels that are anything but angelic and vampires that are so much more than simply vampiric.

    Raphael’s arrogance, imperiousness and domineering attitude do not make for positive first impressions. Nevertheless, as the story progresses and his backstory emerges, it becomes clear that there is more to him than meets the eye and he slowly succeeds in winning you over with his mix of intense power, romantic gestures and pure sexiness.

    Elena is a wonderful mix of strength and vulnerability that one cannot help but admire and empathize with. She also has a serious problem with her mouth getting ahead of her brain, which gets her into some rather sticky situations with Raphael and his men.

    The secondary cast comprised of Raphael’s fellow archangels with their own personal agendas, the men who are loyal to him unto death as well as Elena’s self-absorbed family and her steadfast colleagues at the Guild are all fleshed out just enough to keep you guessing and whet your appetite for more.

    In terms of the audiobook, Justine Eyre’s narration is captivating. While she may not be to everyone’s liking, her throaty voice resonates with me and she manages to capture the essence of all of the characters, male and female.

    All in all, a fantastic introduction to the series with a straightforward plot, a psychotic villain and a final twist at the end, which ensures that I will be continuing with the series sooner rather than later.
  • (4/5)
    This was a decent start to this paranormal romance series. In general this was a pretty typical paranormal romance. The main heroine, Elena, has special Hunter powers that make her stronger than normal and overworks herself like crazy (like many UF and PNR heroines). The male lead, Raphael, is your typical over protective alpha male (although he tries to temper himself to allow Elena room). I enjoyed Elena’s relationship with her best friend; they have a funny and cute friendship that added a lot to the story.I did enjoy the reimaging of a world run by angels and how vampires related to the angels; the explanation behind this was well done. I also enjoyed the twist the story took at the end. Overall this was an engaging read but not all the different from many of the other PNR series out there. I thought some of the elements in the world were interesting (angles and how vampires relate to them). I didn’t really enjoy Raphael as a character all that much...too alpha male, but I know a lot of PNR readers dig that. I enjoyed the book well enough but am not sure if I will continue the series or not at this point.
  • (3/5)

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

    Well this was my first adventure into Singh's style. I thought her world building was excellent. Angels and vampires living amongst us! Cool. The story of a rogue archangel on the loose kept me turning pages. Unfortunately the romance kept dragging the story down. I liked both the hero and heroine but didn't really care if they hooked up or not. The scenes of them together weren't all that smoldering and I would've preferred a fade to black rather than something lackluster. The other characters especially Illium with his love for mortals and gorgeous blue wings, kept me turning pages.

    I'll continue with the series because I like the world and the story coming up next brings together three things I can't get enough of angels, vampires and zombies! I'm also hoping the romance factor gets an energy boost too.

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

  • (3/5)

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

    Ok, I admit it. I read these. Don't judge. ;P
    They were a little more raunchy than I generally enjoy reading, that having been said, these are quite enjoyable. Enough so that I continue to buy and read them.
    I am constantly surprised in this genre by the lack of repetitiveness and the phenomenally rich worlds I find. Nalani Singh's creativity was a delightful surprise and her writing just keeps getting better.
    Just added the latest to my Nook last week and I am looking forward to reading it.

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

  • (5/5)
    I also read this book a couple of months ago. I am currently trying to catch up on reviews. So sorry for the delay. On to the review!

    I have been a fan of Ms. Singh's psy-changeling series for a very long time so I finally decided to read this book because of my serious love of that series. This is serious isn't as engrossing as that one in my opinion but it is still excellent in it's own right.

    I love the strength of Elena, she is all about fight and I love that in my heroines. I also love the complete unapologetic ruthlessness of Raphael. He is completely comfortable being exactly who he is and the epitome of an alpha male. I enjoyed the sensual tension between these characters, they are both so strong and such fighters, it was so nice to watch them fight each other and their emotions.

    The world this book is set in is interesting. It take the vampires/angels plots and moves them around enough to not be out of the genre but also enough to be new and fresh. I will continue on in this series.

  • (5/5)
    Making my Top 10 List for 2011 reminded me that I planned on re-reading Angel's Blood and Archangel's Kiss prior to reading Archangel's Consort.

    I had forgotten how much development and world building went into Book 1, I was so fixated on Elena and Raphael everything else faded into the background. Re-reading reminds me of Dmitri, Holly Chang, and all the fascinating supporting characters I'd like to know more about.

    Watching Raphael's evolution is interesting as well, he really is horrific at the start of this book. Can't wait to read Book 2, and of course, anxious for January 25 when I can read Book 3.

    Re-read #4: I always skip the opening with Elena's vampire retrieval, when I re-read the story starts with the call from Sara. I tend to skim the visit to the vampire room. Despite enjoying ARCHANGEL'S BLADE (until the final reveal), Dmitri didn't interest me enough to be the main focus of a scene. I do like how he pushes Elena, in all of these books, usually as a "be stronger" tactic (but sometimes just dickery).

    Re-read #5: When I'm getting on a plane, facing the long, slow line of people to board, I often find myself hurridly accessing my Kindle app or Dropbox before turning on airplane mode. Just to make sure I have the right book at my fingertips for that long, slow flight. This time around I loaded ANGELS' BLOOD... and then the rest of the series. You never know how far you can get in a plane ride, and once I start reading about Elena and Raphael, I never want to stop...
  • (4/5)
    My brain's too scrambled to write a proper review (ZOMG SUNSHINE WHEEEEEEE), so a bullet list it is:

    Awesome:

    - No fated mates
    - EVERYONE's race is mentioned. None of that "white's the default" crap. Also, the non-white characters aren't sidekicks or comic relief. THANK YOU!
    - Vampire hunter heroine is not a killer driven by hatred. She's returning wayward vampires to their angel masters. Really the whole "racism is bad" device had been beat to death in paranormals/UF.
    - Plot is smooth, evenly paced and sensical. The archangel Raphael needs Elena's superb hunter skills to help him find and kill a wayward archangel and they find themselves attracted to each other as they work together.
    - Extensive world building without info dumping. Why this archangel is bad is divulged in bits and pieces across the whole book. Ditto for how these vampires are different, angel politics, etc.
    - Secondary characters were fully formed people. They had flaws and strengths just like the protagonists.

    Kinda Meh:

    - Hero and heroine are sort of stock characters. Spirited, proud heroine good with knives butts heads with cool, emotionless immortal with powers beyond belief.
    - Villain captures Elena before the FINAL COUNTDOWN (cue song) and holds her captive. So obviously done to provide plot exposition that it wasn't suspenseful at all.

    Bad News:

    - Nothing I can think of.

    In sum:

    Liked it, but nothing game changing. I'm looking forward to reading the next one.
  • (5/5)
    My first Nalini Singh book and I am looking forward to reading the rest of this series.
  • (3/5)
    im not sure how I feel about this one. angels making vampires? and are angels a different race or a species? and how did they get 'here'?
    elena is a vampire hunter. she works for the hunter's guild and tracks down rogue vampires. once caught she returns them to their angel masters. (angels make people vampires in return for 100 years of service.)
    elena is forced into accepting a commission from the archangel raphael. one she definitely doesn't want. but the hunt isn't one she can refuse. and the lure of the oh so sexy raphael is too much to resist.
  • (3/5)
    A new, fun, different sort of series. It has all the standard elements of paranormal romance, but takes an interesting turn at the end. The presentation of the angels is also intriguing. Looking forward to the next book.
  • (4/5)
    I honestly didn't expect to like this one. I gave it a try because a few of my friends here seemed to really like it.

    I'm glad that I ignored my doubts and read it. I was skepitcal of the angel theme (something I don't enjoy very much) but it wasn't too much of it, I still would've wished for more vampires instead of Angels though.

    The story was engaging and action filled which had me breezing through this book. Elena is a strong character that I like very much.

    For once I actually have issues with the male lead character (I know, right? That doesn't happen very often). I can't put my finger on it but something about Raphael annoys me - I think it might be the way he acts so superior because he's an angel and they are so much better than humans or vampires.

    I can deal with pricks, even arrogant ones but Rapahel takes his superiority act too far for my taste. That doesn't mean though that I didn't enjoy the chemistry between him and Elena. I did, a lot and the banter between the two was very entertaining.

    So if you have the same doubts, give it a try and you might just find yourself liking this one.