Vampire angels must be a trend now in paranormal romance. Who knew? And yet, I managed to finish it despite my ambivalence. Maybe I have a previously unknown-to-me fondness for vampire angels! Allie Watson is a writer of snarky Biblical murder mysteries.
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Vampire angels must be a trend now in paranormal romance. Who knew? And yet, I managed to finish it despite my ambivalence. Maybe I have a previously unknown-to-me fondness for vampire angels! Allie Watson is a writer of snarky Biblical murder mysteries. Not the most common occupation but not the most unusual either.
On her way to a meeting with her editor, she has a close encounter with a bus. So close, in fact, that she ends up a bloody pancake on the street. If she happened to have been helped along by the very attractive man in front of her in the hot dog line, well, that would be the lead-in our plot. Raziel is a fallen angel. Cursed by God, he must partake of blood and can no longer bear the touch of fire. Raziel and his fellow fallen angels live in a sort of sanctuary, away from their age-old enemies, the Nephilim.
Originally, the Nephilim were heavenly warriors sent after the angels when they fell. But the Nephilim also fell and instead of being cursed with a thirst for blood, they ended up with an incessant hunger for flesh. The problem is that Uriel hates the Fallen and constantly schemes to find a way to destroy them forever. Despite this preference, Uriel has given the Fallen the task of ushering the recently departed to the afterlife. But for some reason unknown even to himself, Raziel literally saves her from the fiery pits and finds himself saddled with a woman he wants nothing to do with.
The question, though, is why Allie was slated to go to hell in the first place. The answer to that question is a plot that will change the Fallen forever and usher in a new age for them.
There are many similarities in terms of elements: angels with a penchant for blood, a mysterious woman tossed into their midst by fate, and a soulbond. I find I prefer the latter since I come from a fantasy reading background. I like it when worldbuilding holds up to scrutiny, especially in non-fantasy genre books.
I definitely can see how some readers might find it confusing because it does take a while for things to become clear. Allie is introduced to the world of the Fallen. The other angels want to get rid of her. Raziel and Sarah, the Source a woman who donates blood to the fallen angels without mates , are the only people who argue in her favor.
The barrier to their sanctuary is weakening and the Nephilim have found them. A lot of it was instead driven by external factors, in which the couple would then have to react. I think I would have preferred a little more action on their part but I also realize that might be difficult to do when they spend the bulk of the novel in a house located in some other-dimensional sanctuary.
Despite the paranormal trappings, this is a story where the conflict rests between Allie and Raziel. Allie is trying to accept that she is dead and that she cannot return to her previous life. The book had an odd detached tone to it, which is doubly strange because the bulk of it is told in first person POV. Speaking of which, I feel that I must warn readers that the book is told in alternating first person POV between Allie and Raziel, interspersed with third person narratives from a couple other characters.
There is, of course, the obligatory sequel-bait. It felt a little rammed in, so the characters involved were a bit too superficial for me. Something happens at the end that should have hit me hard as a reader but failed to do so because I was not invested at all in the characters.
I wish I could say I enjoyed this book more. I did finish it and again, that says a lot considering my disinterest towards angels. But while all the pieces were there, it read so methodical to me that I felt like it was going down a list, checking off various points as the book progressed. Jia is an avid reader who loves fantasy and young adult novels.
She's also currently dipping her toes in the new adult genre but remains unconvinced by the prevalent need for traumatic pasts. Her favorite authors are Michelle West and Jacqueline Carey. Jia's on a neverending quest for novels with diverse casts and multicultural settings. Feel free to email her with recommendations at jia dearauthor. Also the alternating 1st person does NOT work for me. Anyhow — great review! I also felt really detached from the narrative. Part of that I think was the setting… almost everything was described in black and white, with mists.
The only concrete setting characteristic in the book is the ocean, with the salt. So the setting never felt immediate, which made things rather detached. And the narrative just never seemed real enough. I never really felt like the emotional character arc was developed. Too much emphasis on the mate-bond trope. A C is probably fair, though I was frustrated enough that I might even have went with a lower grade. Ell : Did you see the tags I used on this review? XXX is writing historicals now!
Shay: Kristina Douglas is the pseudonym for Anne Stuart. I wonder if her new heroes will be like the ones from her RS novels. Those guys were psychotic as hells. I mostly enjoyed this book, but found it had that same detached quality that others have mentioned. I never felt grounded in a scene lots of mist and confusion all around and the fact that Allie is dead? Does that make sense?
Still, I finished the book and will likely order the sequel. DM : There are lots of reasons to do this. I personally did not feel that that Raziel or the sequel-bait were particularly psychotic. There exists an extra layer of separation by way of being paranormal versus taking place in the so-called real world. Anne Stuart has a long history of psychotic heroes. I think you are right. I have not heard a peep about this book. It was totally new to me when I saw it here.
Yes, Stuart is known for her morally ambiguous and sometimes downright amoral heroes. But one of the things I find equally unusual about her books is the exceptional spareness of her prose. I am also curious about the moral ambiguity of the heroes. Jia : Read Black Ice. The hero is definitely morally ambiguous and the writing is really lean.
The rest of the Ice series was enjoyable but not on the same level. I second Black Ice as a great intro to Stuart. Ritual Sins left me cold, ditto Lord of Magic. Some are more relatable than others. Cookie cutter characters dumped in by the numbers plots with familiar genre tropes. And because everything is so familiar, nothing surprises. So sad! We do not purchase all the books we review here.
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REVIEW: Raziel by Kristina Douglas
Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? She was just an ordinary mortal Unfortunately, it explains a lot. Like the dark, angelically handsome man who ferried her to this strange, hidden land. The last thing she remembers is stepping off a curb in front of a cross-town bus. Now she's surrounded by gorgeous fallen angels with an unfortunate taste for blood-and they really don't want her around.
Added by 4 of our members. Kristina Douglas's sexy new series introduces a realm of fallen angels and ruthless demons, where an eternal rebellion is brewing. She was just an ordinary mortal. Unfortunately, it explains a lot. Like the dark, angelically handsome man who ferried her to this strange, hidden land. The last thing she remembers is stepping off a curb in front of a crosstown bus.