Review: Archangel’s Viper by Nalini Singh

Review: Archangel’s Viper by Nalini SinghArchangel's Viper by Nalini Singh

Series: Guild Hunter #10
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Berkley on September 29, 2017
Pages: 400
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
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Enter New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh’s breathtakingly passionate Guild Hunter world with the story of a woman who isn’t a vampire or an angel…or human…

Once a broken girl known as Sorrow, Holly Chang now prowls the shadowy gray underground of the city for the angels. But it’s not her winged allies who make her a wanted woman—it’s the unknown power coursing through her veins. Brutalized by an insane archangel, she was left with the bloodlust of a vampire, the ability to mesmerize her prey, and a poisonous bite.

Now, someone has put a bounty on her head…

Venom is one of the Seven, Archangel Raphael’s private guard, and he’s as infuriating as he is seductive. A centuries-old vampire, his fangs dispense a poison deadlier than Holly’s. But even if Venom can protect Holly from those hunting her, he might not be able to save himself—because the strange, violent power inside Holly is awakening…

No one is safe.

The Delight

Another mesmerizing adventure in the Guild Hunter world between a pair partnered to get some answers, but more of a match than they could ever imagine.  At moments, intense, humorous, passionate, and always engaging, Archangel’s Viper was all that I could want from the latest series installment.

Review

As the Guild Hunter book ten, Archangel’s Viper does not make a good place to jump in with the series particularly since it regularly references events from way back in the first book of the series.

This is a unique series in that some books continue Raphael, the archangel, and Elena, the Guild Hunter’s story and some focus on the members of Raphael’s Chose Seven all set against the rush of power and unique worldly phenomena known as the Cascade.  Archangel’s Viper tells the story of Venom one of the lesser known of the Seven and a unique heroine who is someone who is nothing like any others and is still trying to find herself.

Venom and Holly enjoy antagonizing each other.  He does it to keep her out of her head and to make her feel a normal balance in her life, but as for Holly, she feels the need to keep the suave, sensual, and arrogant vampire at arm’s length for reasons she doesn’t want to look at closely.

I had to smile when I was reading this book because like many others from the author, just when I was on the verge of getting overly annoyed at the constant sniping, Holly got a clue and it tapered off.  I loved how this was a great blend of action, suspense, and full of the unique elements from this world where angels and vampires exist with humans.  There is so much going on to bring layers of internal and external conflict into play.

I was fascinated by learning more about them individually, particularly the mysterious Venom, even while seeing their relationship start from a wary friendship and build into more.  While Holly feels unsettled by Venom in many ways, his oddities are not the reason which makes her one of the few to see the real him.  Just as he unsettles her, Venom finds that Holly gets under his skin as well.  He refuses to treat her like she’s broken or fragile after what she’s been through nor is he afraid of what is inside her.

I enjoyed how the book ramped up my curiosity and need to know what was really going on with Holly then had me tearing through pages near the end when things got crazy intense.

I devoured the book and now I must be patient for the next release from this fantastic series.  I think paranormal romance lovers and urban fantasy fans will both be good targets for this exciting, passionate book/series.

My thanks to Penguin-Random House for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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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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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • Ooooo, I keep seeing this book around! I’ve not read anything by Singh but I’ve always wanted to try her books. There are so many. O_O Maybe someday!

    Have a great week. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • You really must, Alyssa. Might be fun stuff for you. 🙂

  • I’m not much for this kind of books it your review makes me want to read it. It just amazes me how authors can have characters going and still keeping things straight.

    • Haha, just call me the book temptress, Evie. 😉

      I agree. In longer series, they must have to keep spreadsheets for that sort of thing.

  • This was a very good addition to the series. I had fun with this one. Thank’s for the review.

    • I thought so, too, Angela. I can’t wait to get the other’s story and find out what’s going on in China.

  • Oh just bought this one too, cant wait to read it. Great review Sophia

    • Yay! You’re in for a treat, Sharonda. 🙂

  • I read her Psy-Changling books but it was a toss up which series I was going to read. I bought a few from each series at a used bookstore and I ended up loving her Psi-Changling but haven’t started these yet. Your review makes me want to! Her Rock books are good too. Thanks for sharing!

    • So many books and series to choose from, Lorna. I started with this series since it was shorter and then crossed over. I love them both. Still need to read her Rock books, too.

  • oh I am glad that you loved this one. For some reason I am way behind on this series, and I have no clue why since I adore this author. Really need to catch up soon.

    • It’s tough to keep up with them all, Renee. Whew! LOL Hope you get the chance though since these are great. 😉

  • I’m so behind in this series, like really behind… yes I did read book 1 and that’s all but I think I have some other books in my TBR pile… well… one day!

    • LOL, you are not alone, Melliane. I have so many series to catch up on.

  • Debbie Haupt

    Great review and yet another author I want to try 🙂

    • Oh yes, Debbie. You will probably love them. 🙂

  • Karen

    I can’t remember where I left off with this series. Hmmm lol

    Did she ever write a book for the blue haired (?) one?

    For What It’s Worth

    • LOL, so hard to keep track.

      Not yet, Karen. I can’t wait to get his and his Sparkly friend’s story. 🙂

  • I need to read more of her books. This one has been getting good reviews.

    • I second that, Mary. I think you’d love them. 🙂

  • I really need to start this series. This looks so good!

    • I found them addicting and read the first three back to back. 🙂

  • I just finished the audiobook for this one. I really loved it. I’ve wanted to know more about Venom for a while. I’m glad he finally got a story. Great review.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    • I was just as antsy to get Venom’s story after all the hints about him in earlier books. Loved this and was glad it lived up to expectation. 🙂

  • I had never picked up this series before diving into this book, and I know I would’ve loved it even more if I had, but still, I really enjoyed it. I’ve read a few books in Ms. Singh’s Psy-Changeling series and loved them, so when this was offered up I couldn’t resist even not being familiar with the world or creatures. I really need to go back and read the first book! Glad to hear you’ve loved the series, Sophia Rose! Wonderful review! 🙂

    • Hey, that’s fantastic that it turned out so well though you dove right in like a trooper, Rachel. 🙂 I think you’ll really love getting it from the beginning.

  • RO

    I’ve heard Nalini is a really good writer, but I’ve never read any of her novels. I’ll have to remedy that because this one sounds really over the top and interesting. Hope all is well! Hugs…RO

    • Oh, she really is, Ro. I hope you get the chance soon. 🙂