ARC Review: Archangel’s Heart by Nalini Singh

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ARC Review: Archangel’s Heart by Nalini Singh
Archangel's Heart

3.5 Stars

Book Info

Released: November 1st 2016
Series: Guild Hunter #9
Published by Berkley
Pages: 384

“While I love Elena and Raphael, I was looking forward to really progressing more into the politics of the world and maybe even learning more about some of the other characters.”
~ Under the Covers

Nalini Singh has returned to Raphael and Elena in the ninth book of the Guild Hunter series. In this Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance hybrid, readers are once again submerged into a world where war is brewing. It seems like the archangels are gearing up for something big and doom seems like it’s only a few days away.

A lot of this book is about Elena and her past. We get a whole lot of backstory, especially concerning her mother. I liked this insight into Elena’s character as I think it further develops her. But there’s also quite a bit of time spent deepening the romance between her and Raphael. Quite a lot of the pages, especially in the beginning, is just Elena and Raphael telling/showing each other how much they love each other. That’s nice. I mean, I’m all for the romance but I was also hoping for more. While I love Elena and Raphael, I was looking forward to really progressing more into the politics of the world and maybe even learning more about some of the other characters.

I felt like we were stalled a lot in this book. Pages and pages were filled about the past whereas I was ready to move on. Don’t get me wrong, I liked the book quite a lot. I am just ready to have other characters get their stories told, namely an angel who I’ve been obsessed with since the beginning. I don’t know if I would be happy with another Raphael and Elena book if Singh were to do one. Especially after this book, I feel like we’ve covered everything there is to cover about them. I want new characters and new stories instead of filler to extend the series.

Nevertheless, some interesting advancements were made in this book. I just hope we have new narrators who will be able to continue the story.




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About Nalini Singh

I've been writing as long as I can remember and all of my stories always held a thread of romance (even when I was writing about a prince who could shoot lasers out of his eyes). I love creating unique characters, love giving them happy endings and I even love the voices in my head. There's no other job I would rather be doing. In September 2002, when I got the call that Silhouette Desire wanted to buy my first book, Desert Warrior, it was a dream come true. I hope to continue living the dream until I keel over of old age on my keyboard.

I was born in Fiji and raised in New Zealand. I also spent three years living and working in Japan, during which time I took the chance to travel around Asia. I’m back in New Zealand now, but I’m always plotting new trips. If you’d like to see some of my travel snapshots, have a look at the Travel Diary page (updated every month).

So far, I've worked as a lawyer, a librarian, a candy factory general hand, a bank temp and an English teacher and not necessarily in that order. Some might call that inconsistency but I call it grist for the writer's mill.


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Amy R

Thanks for the review, I’m behind on this series as I’ve only read the first 4 books.

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Def read this one in order. Hope you can get back to it

Sophia Rose

LOL, Annie! And I was the opposite. I was glad to come back to their story and get more on Aodhan which will hopefully have a future story now that he’s coming out of his shell.

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I feel like most people would be like you but like you mentioned with Aodhan, I’m way more interested in characters who haven’t had their story told yet.


Thanks for the review Annie