Author: Nalini Singh
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: 03/03/09
Nalini Singh introduces readers to a world of beauty and bloodlust, where angels hold sway over vampires.
Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux is hired by the dangerously beautiful Archangel Raphael. But 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 doesn’t destroy her, succumbing to Raphael’s seductive touch just may. For when archangels play, mortals break.
Plot: 2.5 Stars
I enjoyed the idea that vampires were made by angels, instead of them being seem as evil. But not a lot of details about the relationship between angels and vampires were discussed. Whenever she had questions, Raphael would tell Elena that it was dangerous for her to know the information. That just felt like a cop out to me, almost like the author wasn't sure of the details yet so she would save the information for a future book once she'd figured it out.
Pace: 2 Stars
The pace of this book threw me for a loop. One second I couldn't put it down, and the next it was just dragging. There were times where it seemed like the main characters got sidetracked and the storyline took a tangent that seemed totally irrelevant to what was going on. Normally these random tangents tie in near the end, but this book had a couple that never seemed to come back around and fit in, therefore they ended up feeling like a waste of time.
Characters: 3 Stars
I wanted to like Elena, I really did. She seemed like such a strong woman. But as the book progressed, she became consumed by Raphael, even when he wasn't controlling her. There were also a bunch of smaller characters I wish we could've seen more of: Sara, Random, Deacon, Dmitri, Venom, and the other archangels. Although it was a paranormal romance focusing on Elena and Raphael's relationship, they seemed a little too cut off from the other characters.
Cover: 3 Stars
The cover model was an acurate depiction of Elena. But the rest of the cover fell flat for me. The color choices were too bright. The light yellows and whites made it really hard to see the buildings in the background, which ended up making the cover look a little flat. Had the colors been darker, the details would've shown through.
Overall: 2.5 Stars
Disclosure: I bought this book for my own enjoyment.