meilufay’s #CBR4 review #36 Angels’ Blood by Nalini Singh
As I’m sure you all have noticed, the genre market has exploded with books that are a cross between romance novels and fantasy/sci fi. It’s a movement I love because I have blood sugar problems – a little sweet is about all I can tolerate. Obviously, this being the case, the sort of “vaginal fantasy” (as Felicia Day calls it) that I like is science fiction or fantasy action with a taste of romance. This bestselling series by Nalini Singh is romance with a taste of fantasy. Essentially, a Harlequin romance (am I dating myself with this reference) with supernatural elements. I did not enjoy this book. I’m not saying it’s terrible, it’s just not my cup of tea. In it the world in run by angels. Angels produce this kind of toxin as a side effect of being almost immortal and have to get rid of it periodically or something really really bad will happen. The toxin, when fed to a genetically appropriate human, creates vampires. Elena, the main character, is a vampire hunter. It’s literally in her genes (I guess in the same way some people are genetically designed to accept the change into vampirism – whatever, this is not the kind of pseudoscience that bears any relationship to actual science). Normally, she hunts down rogue vampires (that’s vampires who escape their angel masters and go on killing sprees) but she’s been hired by Raphael, the archangel of New York, to hunt down a rogue angel. Not only an angel, but an archangel – one of a handful of angels who rule over all other angels. (Are you annoyed with this mythology yet? Because I’m sort of annoyed typing the whole thing out.) Of course, it goes without saying that Elena is a leather wearing badass and that Raphael is a hot hot hottie and that they play that line between killing each other and f*cking each other. (It may be like a romance novel, but this ain’t your Momma’s Harlequin.) At one point, Raphael covers Elena with angel dust – think glitter with an aphrodisiac element – from his wings. Yeah. It’s just way too… I just can’t, ok you guys? I know lots of people love these books and lots of people love these kinds of romance and I say to those people be proud! Do not be ashamed!! Do not hide your book covers on the subway!! Do not allow yourself to be embarrassed by it! Ignore all the sarcasm and snark I’ve loaded into this review because I happen to be a bitter cynical bitch who hates this crap!! Enjoy this series if it’s the kind of thing that floats your boat – just don’t expect me to march in the purple glitter unicorn parade OK???