Archangel's Kiss

Mass Market Paperback | February 2, 2010

byNalini Singh

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View our feature on Nalini Singh’s Archangel's Kiss.New York Times bestselling author of Angels' Blood

Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux wakes from a year-long coma to find that she has become an angel-and that her lover, the stunningly dangerous archangel Raphael, likes having her under his control. But almost immediately, Raphael must ready Elena for a flight to Beijing, to attend a ball thrown by the archangel Lijuan. Ancient and without conscience, Lijuan's power lies with the dead. And she has organized the most perfect and most vicious of welcomes for Elena...

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View our feature on Nalini Singh’s Archangel's Kiss.New York Times bestselling author of Angels' Blood Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux wakes from a year-long coma to find that she has become an angel-and that her lover, the stunningly dangerous archangel Raphael, likes having her under his control. But almost immediately, Raphael must ...

Nalini Singh is passionate about writing. Though she’s traveled as far afield as the deserts of China and the temples of Japan, it is the journey of the imagination that fascinates her the most. She’s beyond delighted to be able to follow her dream as a writer. Nalini lives and works in beautiful New Zealand. For contact details and to...

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Format:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 6.75 × 4.19 × 0.94 inPublished:February 2, 2010Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0425233367

ISBN - 13:9780425233368

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A brilliant follow-up!!! We pick up shortly where we left off in ANGEL’S BLOOD. Raphael gave his Elena immortality in order to save her life. Her transformation is nothing that has ever been seen in recorded existence. While Elena is considered a baby in immortal terms, Raphael’s enemies would like nothing more than to destroy his happiness by killing her. Not wanting to be a weakness to Raphael, Elena throws herself into training and getting used to her new body. Thankfully, Elena’s hunter born tracking abilities stayed with her after the transformation. They are needed here. A series of unfortunate events have been staged in order to create dissention between the archangels. With a seat open in the Cadre of Ten, some nefarious, power hungry beings are playing a deadly game. If that wasn’t enough, Lijuan—a batsh*t crazy archangel with some super scary abilities—is throwing a ball in Elena’s honor to welcome her into the immortal world. To decline such an invitation would be unwise. Everything comes to a head at the ball and you definitely don’t want to miss this explosive second installment to the series! The brilliance of Nalini Singh always amazes me. Her stories are finely crafted with engaging plots and extraordinarily complex characters! I loved reading about Elena’s transformation and I admire the strength she possessed. Despite the past she still suffers from and her current status as a weak, baby immortal, Elena’s determination is off the charts. I want to be Elena! I also love the shift of background in the book. The story is set at the Refuge, a safe, hidden land where younger immortals are protected. We also get page time with the rest of Raphael’s Seven, including Galen, Aodhan and Naasir. There is nothing about the story that I didn’t like. I can’t recommend this series enough!
Date published: 2015-06-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read. Even bettr than the first.
Date published: 2014-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Archangel s Kiss Great descriptives felt like I was there. Favorite book so far
Date published: 2013-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Archangel's Kiss A fantasy of many people is to fly - not to mention how to land - but not many think of what it would take to actually do it - none except Nalini Singh. And she does it with plenty of humor and laughter - and the love of an archangel!!!
Date published: 2013-09-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Archangel's Kiss Reminds me of the Anita Blake series from Laurel K Hamilton. Good reads!
Date published: 2013-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous Reviewed at Another Look Book Reviews The second book, Archangel's Kiss is just (if not even more) exciting than the first Angel's Blood book. With the exciting conclusion of Angel's Blood, the story left our heroine hunter, Elena in a very precarious medical condition. Elena awakes after a year long coma and discovers that she is now an angel. Here's what I loved. She awakes but it takes her time to become physically healthy again. It is so awesome and so much more realistic ( I know angels and vampires but still) that she needs to build her strength. She needs to train all over again and she needs to learn to fly. I would have been so annoyed if she woke from her coma and BAM she is fully ready to be in action and takes flight like nothing happened. Right away, Archangel's Kiss earned my respect. The entire story takes place in a secret Angel world called, the Refuge. This angel domain is a place of retreat hidden away from the mortal world. It should be a perfectly safe place to allow Elena to heal and train. Unfortunately there is an angel who wants to be escalated to the position of an archangel and in doing so, causes a ripple effect of destruction among all the other archangels. Archangel's Kiss was like a mystery with the readers trying to guess who the culprit was. The angels of this Guild Hunter series can be wicked cruel. These are not the religious God fearing type of angels. These angels have slaves, territories and some of them are very depraved. Even Elena's archangel, Raphael has some wicked cruelness but so far it doesn't seem to be unjust. Even in book 2, Elena and Raphael are still very much exploring their feelings towards each other. They have such a pull to one another that the one definite thing is quite clear; they are soul mates and by the end of Archangel's Kiss, there is no doubt how solid their love is for one another. Nalini Singh has created an extraordinary cast of secondary characters. On one page you can't stand them and then on another, you feel a bit sorry for them. It is a very interesting read because besides Elena and Raphael, it is hard to put your finger down and label any one of the characters. Raphael's group of warriors, known as the Seven, have now been all introduced by the end of Archangel's Kiss. The relationship between the reader and these Seven need to still grow because once again, Nalini Singh is very careful to only write the bare minimum about these warriors. A great formula because they all hold my interest and she could very easily create books entirely based on each of the secondary characters. I am so curious about each and every one. I also like that the group of protectors are taking their time on deciding how they feel towards Elena. They are not quick to trust. They are completely true to Raphael and they will do anything for him, even protect Elena with their lives. The villain in Archangel's Kiss was hard to nail down precisely because the reader was kept in the dark most of the book not really knowing who exactly they were. There is also an amazing sub story about the most powerful Archangel and a puzzle regarding the mystery of her power. Is she evolving or is she devolving? And finally, Elena's nightmares really escalate. As the reader, you are just dying to read where all of that is leading. Freaking loved this book, Archangel's Kiss. Teaser: drip drip drip, Elena's first flight, nasty deaths, walking dead (the reborn)
Date published: 2012-12-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not bad but not great (In the event the Chapters-Indigo website deletes my rating, I mention here that I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars/leaves.) In general I enjoyed this one. The central plotline of the book was interesting and did grip me at the end, although it did take me a while to get into the novel. I enjoyed the adventure side of things, and I was also interested in finding out more about the characters and their backgrounds. On the negative side, Singh's descriptors became truly repetitive after a while, as well as occasionally laughable. I tell you, if I had read one more line about the 'cruel pleasure of his kiss' or somesuch I would have had to ask someone for a basin to throw up my dinner into, quite honestly. Ugh. The sexual scenes were, IMHO, one of the weaker elements of the novel. I will add however that this isn't just a weakness of Singh's novels but also of virtually all romance novels I've read -which seem to get follow a twelve-step manual where intercourse is the be-all and end-all of sex. Furthermore, the way the novel focused on the sexual aspect of the relationship did tend to reduce the degree of attention paid to the actual feelings involved in the relationship, although this was admittedly not as great a problem as in other 'romance' novels I've read. Unfortunately however what brings this novel down somewhat is the author's use of tropes originating in the romance novel genre. I found all the characters, including those met in the previous novel, somewhat difficult to warm up to and care about, which may have been partly due to the overuse of these cliches. Anyways, JMHO. I will also mention that I do intend to read the third book in the series. Other books I recommend: -Dragon Bound, by Thea Harrison -Stormwalker, by Allyson James -Daughter of the Blood, by Anne Bishop -The Demon In Me, by Michelle Rowen -The Shadow Reader, by Sandy Williams -Fantasy Lover, by Sherrilyn Kenyon -Once Burned, by Jeaniene Frost
Date published: 2012-01-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bring on more angels This is the second book in the Guid Hunter series and it was great, I loved the first one and this did not dissapoint. Archangels Kiss basically begins where Angels Blood left off and then we get into the action,romance and great storyline that Singh brought to us. I'm going to keep this short, overall the book was great and I'm loving the character and story development, I also love Raphael and Elena's relationship, and by the way I'm loving Illium I wouldn't mind seeing a little bit of a love triangle between them but there may be hell to pay for that. I really like this book/series and can't wait till the next one.
Date published: 2010-04-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Took 2 months to finish I think that Nalini Singh made a mistake by starting down this Archangel path instead of sticking with the Psy/Changeling series. I have been a long time fan of Singh's work starting with her first forays into the romance world with Desert Warrior & Awaken to pleasure. When she left the Harlequin world to start her Psy series I eagerly followed and wasn't disappointed. As she matured as an author so did her writing and I eagerly looked forward to each release in that series. Just when she'd hooked us with that series, she introduced us to this Angel series and I am not impressed. The story telling is boring - I just don't buy the chemistry between Elena and Raphael. I love an alpha male hero as much as anyone else but I don't like Raphael. He is cruel and arrogant and I just never believed that Elena truly has his heart. I know that she's continuing in this series but I think that I'm going to take a pass on this line and hope that she goes back to her roots and the Psy series.
Date published: 2010-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from exhilerating! Second book in this series and I couldn't put it down!! What an awesome read! It has angels, vampires, hunters, magic and sex. Superbly written story! Can't wait for book three to come out!
Date published: 2010-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't Say Enough about this NEW Series!!! There have already been some great reviews...so again I'll keep it short and sweet. If you are just starting this series, begin with book one Angels Blood, it really is an absolute must before reading this, book two. What I love about this series is the strong characters and the way the story line grabs hold of the reader from start to finish. I couldn't put this book down. Nalini Singh does such an excellent job of immersing the reader completely into her world of Angels and Vampires. I agree with one of the other reviews that waiting till next spring again for book three will be tough. I really can't say enough about this series...I LOVE IT! Highly Recommended.
Date published: 2010-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Where's the Next!?! Archangels Kiss was better than Angels Blood. The love story between Raphael and Elena continues while danger continues to surround them. Elena finally wakes from her yearlong coma to find that Raphael has given her wings. In this novel she must learn to fly and fight if she is to stay by Raphael side while danger is behind every corner. I am truly excited for the next novel in this series to come out!
Date published: 2010-02-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Downhill series I read the first book and thought that it was just OK. There were technical issues, but the story was good enough to ignore them. This time, though, with this book, I'm stopping mid way through. While there are no technical issues, the story simply bores me. I might decide to finish this book sometime in the future, but as it stands, I have no desire to right now. I'd rather do the dishes, or clean up the dog poop in my backyard. I wont be continuing on with this series, and will stick with the Psy series instead.
Date published: 2010-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Archangel's Kiss is the follow-up to Singh's excellent series starter, Angel's Blood. SPOILER ALERT!!! There is no way I can review this book without some spoilers from the previous book. If you are new to this series, I highly recommend you start with Angel's Blood. So stop now if you don't want me to blow the ending for you.......I mean it. Read these books in order. You won't be sorry. In the the first book, Elena, a Guild Hunter with extraordinary tracking skills, met Raphael, the fearsome archangel, when she was hired to track an psychotic rogue archangel who was leaving a trail of mutilated women across the city of New York. During their time together, Raphael and Elena fell in love and when Elena was mortally wounded, Raphael’s body produced ambrosia, an extremely rare occurrence, that turned Elena from human to angel. Archangel's Kiss picks up some time after this dramatic conclusion, as newly angelic Elena awakens after a year-long healing coma. A major focus of the story is Elena's struggle with her transition from human to angel. She doesn’t know the first thing about being an angel (especially how to use her wings) and must learn to adapt to her new physiology. Raphael takes her to the Refuge, a place that only angels can reach (although vampire servants are brought there by angels) to give her the time she needs to learn and adjust. Unfortunately, Elena must learn quickly. Because of the rarity of being a Made angel, Elena has attracted the attention of the other archangels, particularly the oldest and most inhuman of them all, Lijuan, who’s been using her powers in dark and terrible ways of late. When Raphael receives an invitation for the two of them to attend a ball in Elena’s honour hosted by Lijuan, they have no choice but to accept because this is no social event but rather a way to measure Raphael’s power. When the Refuge becomes tainted by a series of cruel and sadistic murders followed by a horrendous attack on an angel child, angelic factions, uneasy at the best of times, become set against one another. Raphael soon sees it as the power play it is - there is a power void left by Uram's death and someone is positioning to fill that void. Elena and Raphael must work together once again to find the killer and put a stop to murders before an all out angelic war breaks out. This stunning blend of paranormal, fantasy, mystery, action, romance, and erotica will grab you and keep you until the last page is read. The world created by Singh is original and meticulously detailed: a modern setting that’s ruled over by territorial, utterly inhuman, and highly lethal angels and archangels and the vampires that serve them. The characters in the Guild Hunter novels are wonderful and intriguing: Singh has a true talent for depicting the inhumanity of the angels, and yet making them seem real at the same time. She has also done a fantastic job finding the right balance as she brings Elena's and Raphael's strong personalities together without compromising the integrity of either one of them. Elena struggles to find her new identity and not be overwhelmed by Raphael. Raphael, afraid of Elena’s fragility - even a young immortal can be hurt beyond repair - contemplates his own mortality because Elena’s humanity has weakened him in some ways even as it has strengthened him in others. The relationship between Elena and Raphael is sizzling hot and the layer of sexual tension that hums just under the text is erotic. Raphael is waiting for Elena to fly because then she will be truly strong enough for them to mate as equals. Before, when Elena was human, Raphael had to hold back or he would have killed her with his strength, but now that she is angel like him, he can let go. And so Raphael waits and the waiting and the resultant sexual tension is explosive. Combined with the rest of the story, the pace Singh sets is perfect, keeping things moving at a breakneck pace without glossing over or skipping the details. This was an excellent read. I liked it even better than the first book (which I admit took me a few chapters to warm up too). Singh has done a great job of planting the seeds for future novels. I can't wait to see what comes next. 2010-037
Date published: 2010-02-12