Review: Archangel’s Enigma

I know I say I love a lot of authors…but Nalini Singh is in a class by itself. She’s absolutely in my automatic-buy and, if I had any doubts of that status, her latest book Archangel’s Enigma would have certainly put her there. Reading one of her books is never enough and I often have to go back and reread the entire series to get some sort of handle on my addiction to her writing. She’s that good.

This book is part of her Guild Hunter Series but don’t let the fact that it’s not the first in the series deter you. Each one is contained and you can read them alone. I often go back and forth reading one and then randomly picking another to read. Each one is different with a different hero and heroine and each one has its own particular magic.

Archangel’s Enigma is Naasir’s story. He’s one of Raphael’s Seven, a dedicated group of warriors that stand by his side. Each man has his own history, characteristics and unique attributes. The only thing they have in common is that they’re simply fascinating. Naasir is no exception. He’s feral and loyal to the Archangel of New York, so when Raphael gives him a task, he’s determined to get it done.

His job is to find another archangel that’s hiding in Sleep. To help him, Naasir takes Andromeda along, an angel who’s also a scholar and our heroine. They set off together, challenging each other to a fight and starting to get to know each other, when Andromeda is kidnapped.

It’s a go, go story. Naasir and Andromeda don’t stay put for very long. They face terrifying, difficult challenges not the least of which is finding a way to stay with each other after their job is done. The story of how it all works out is nothing short of wonderful and beautiful.

We also get snippets from other characters but not enough to deter from the main story or to throw anyone off who is just starting the series. And certainly, it does a wonderful job of getting me excited for the next book in the series. I simply can’t wait.

I know paranormal isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but this writer is one to consider. She not only managed to stand out enough all the way from New Zealand that an agent took notice, she’s also on the New York Times Bestselling list again and again. If you’re interested in finding out more, here’s her website and the cover of the book.

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Upcoming books!

I love knowing the releases of upcoming books. I write them in my agenda and they help me get through dreary Mondays at work. I go through the author sites, check their upcoming releases, then write them into my agenda religiously every year. This time around, I thought I’d share some of the titles I’m particularly excited about with you guys. That way, if you’re a fan, you can also add them to your list.

Madeline Hunter has Tall, Dark and Wicked coming out October 6th.

Nora Roberts has Stars of Fortune coming out November 3rd.

Nalini Singh has Archangel’s Enigma coming out September 1st.

Elizabeth Hoyt has Sweetest Scoundrel coming out November 24th.

Mary Balogh has Only a Kiss coming out September 1st.

Kristen Ashley has Hold On also coming out September 1st.

Jill Shalvis has All I Want coming out October 6th and My Kind of Wonderful December 22nd.

Annabel Joseph has Torment Me coming out at the end of September.

These are just some of the amazing books coming out before the end of 2015. Do you have others you’re looking forward to? Share them with me! I’d love to add them to my list. 😀

Summertime Madness Book Tag

Alas…It already looks like summer is leaving us here in good old Canada. Today, it’s grey, damp and rainy. I won’t complain because we’ve had a lovely summer even if it only lasts two months here. Plus, I got tagged by Melissa Barker-Simpson for this lovely Summertime Book Tag and I can’t wait to share in. (thank you for thinking of me Melissa!)

Here are the questions (and none of them are crazy exam-like questions):

  • Show a book with a summery cover.
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And yes, I read this one and absolutely loved, loved it. Mary Balogh is amazing.

  • Pick one fictional place that would be the perfect destination for a summer vacation!

I would love to visit England for the summer. I’ve been and it’s just beautiful, full of incredible culture and wonderful people. True, my hubby is British, so I’m a little biased. If I had to choose another destination, I’d love to see the East Coast of Canada. Halifax and Nova Scotia. They’re gorgeous places and I’ve never been.

  • You’re about to go on a flight to your summer vacation. But you want to read a book that lasts for the whole flight, what novella do you choose?

Depends how long the flight is. If we’re talking only a couple of hours, then I’d reread a book. Right now I’m rereading the Archangel series by Nalini Singh. It’s one of those I keep reading over and over.

If the flight was transatlantic, about 6 or 8 hours, then I’d choose a new book. I’d like to take something I haven’t read yet. Right now I’m reading a Chaos novel by Kristen Ashley. It’s nice and thick, she’s a reliable author and I’d love to have a few hours to just read and read.

On a very long  flight, I’d love to take something out of genre that I would read. I like to read Jodi Picoult…Its not my usual thing but I like the way she writes. Or something completely different for me. Just take a chance and test something off the shelf. You never know what you’ll find!

Okay…one thing is obvious, I sure can ramble! Time to shorten these answers!

  • You have a case of summertime sadness what happy book do you pick up to shine a smile on your face?

Anything by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. I just finished one by her and she’s outstanding. Though, for honesty’s sake, I’d have to add that reading anything romance cheers me up.

  • You’re sitting at the beach all alone…which fictional character would be your beach babe?

Ah….beach babe?…….Ah…….ahem….let’s see….ah….

  • To match your ice cream you want an icy cool sidekick! Which fictional side kick do you pick?

Ah…side kick? I thought these questions were going to be easy!….ah….I’m going to choose my doggies…and thank Callum for the idea!

  • Share the Summertime Happiness! Who do you TAG?

Oh…here we are! The end! Hm…who do I tag…hee hee…the power…hee hee. I choose….Infinitefreetime, aka Luther M. Siler. Ha!

 

Review: Shield of Winter

I love Nalini Singh. She’s one of those authors who’s writing is magical. I can read one or two sentences and, no matter what she’s writing about, I want to continue. Her Psy-Changeling series is absolutely delicious.

Like most of her heroes, Vasic is a little scary. He’s an Arrow, a highly trained soldier who’s just that close to being a lethal killer. Vasic admits that he feels very little and his life is pretty hopeless. Still, he feels for the other Arrows and is devoted to duty.

His duty is protecting Ivy Jane, our heroine. Like Vasic, she’s gone through horrible trauma and is more than a little apprehensive of him at first. Together, they fight for their people and come to find in each other more than just support but healing and, finally, love.

I can give you the gist of what happens but it won’t do the book justice. Nalini Singh, once again, weaves her magic and reading this book is sheer delight. The lines aren’t over the top, the characters are real and attractive, the plot is logical and not contrived. There’s a reason she’s on my automatic-buy list and this book reminded me of it. In fact, I ran to the bookstore to find another of her series that I had managed to miss.

If you don’t know Nalini Singh, check her out. She’s a New York Times Bestseller for good reason and, take it from me, she’s reliably amazing. This book is just one of the many she’s written that deserve great compliments.

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(credit: goodreads.com)

Note: click on cover to go to site.

Teaser Thursday

Teaser Thursday isn’t a real book meme but my usual schedule is all out of whack. Normally, I post teasers on Tuesdays. I got this idea from the bookish meme Teaser Tuesdays hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Here’s how it works.

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other Monday Morsel participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

“His eyes kissed her with frost. “The day I feel is the day I die.”” Pg. 26 from Shield of Winter by Nalini Singh.

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(credit: goodreads.com)

Note: click on cover to go to site.

My favourite series

Absolutely recommended. Hands down. These are my favourite series in no particular order. In order to make this list, the series has to have more than 3 books and they have to reside on my Keeper Shelf.

* The Black Dagger Brotherhood by J. R. Ward.

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* The Guild Hunter Series by Nalini Singh.

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* The Psy/Changeling Series also by Nalini Singh.

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* The Maiden Lane series from Elizabeth Hoyt.

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* The Outlander series from Diana
Gabaldon.

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Did I miss any? Rats!

* The Rarest Blooms by Madeline Hunter!

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Miss any now? Do you have a series you adore? Or one I should have included? Give me a shout! I love to find great new books!

P.S. If you click on those covers, you can go to the author sites.

Review: Archangel’s Storm

Archangel’s storm is another amazing book from the Guild Hunter series. Certainly one I wouldn’t want to miss. It has a fantastic, powerful hero, a misunderstood heroine and a great plot. I couldn’t put it down.

Jason is an amazing hero. He’s mysterious, tough and distant. Incredibly well portrayed, he not only grabbed my interest he managed to be romantic and kind without breaking character. I believed his tender moments and I believed his tough, distant, cold responses.

Mahiya is a woman who has suffered and has managed to survive by hiding her true self. She’s cautious and intelligent. It says a lot about Ms. Singh’s writing that she manages to create interest when both her hero and heroine are introverts. In someone else’s hands, these characters might have been doomed. With Ms. Singh, I couldn’t wait to find out more about them.

Their romance progresses gently and grows slowly, so we believe it. The reader can see the changes, the way the intimacy and trust grows between the characters. It’s an organic, natural thing that reinforces trust in the writer.

There is great danger, intrigue and mystery in Archangel’s Storm but, most importantly for me, there’s a great love story that had me glued to the book. If you’re a fan of Nalini Singh or if you like paranormal, check this one out. You’re in for a treat.

Note: click on cover to go to site.

Monday Morsel: Archangel’s Storm

Monday Morsel is a little twist I put on the bookish meme Teaser Tuesdays hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. It works just like Teaser Tuesdays…except it’s on Monday. 🙂

Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other Monday Morsel participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

“Mahiya was a mystery and Jason did not like mysteries.

So he would solve her.”

Pg. 35 from Archangel’s Storm by Nalini Singh.

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Top 5 series I keep rereading obsessively

I reread some books over and over. I reread some series over and over. These are the series I keep rereading like an obsessed addict.

5. The Mackenzie Mountain series from Linda Howard. Just yum!

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4. Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series. Of course!

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3. J. R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood. Sigh…so good!

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2. Lisa KleyPas’s contemporary series starting with Sugar Daddy.

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1. Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter series. I just can’t get enough of her writing.

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How about you? Do you reread some series over and over?

 

(Note: click on covers to go to sites.)

Review: Archangel’s Shadows

I couldn’t wait to get this book. Nalini Singh is one of my favourite paranormal authors. She has a way of creating amazing heroes. Men who are flawed but are still awe-inspiring and just a little scary.

Janvier is a little different from her usual terrifying heroes but he’s just what Ash needs. She’s a hunter recovering from a traumatic past and someone who won’t let a very grim future get in her way. I won’t go into specifics but I’ll say mention that, if life had dealt me those cards, I would have folded in. Ash, fights her way forward and I loved her for it.

We also get to see Raphael, Elena and the Seven which I adored. There are many characters that I truly love in this series and I was so glad we got to see bits of them.

The entire world that Ms. Singh has created is so appealing or maybe its just her magical writing. I don’t know. What I do know is that her next book in this series isn’t coming out until the summer and that’s a long time away.

If you’re a fan of paranormal romance, don’t miss out on Nalini Singh. She’s absolutely fabulous. You don’t have to follow this series if that’s not your taste, she also has another series on changelings that’s absolutely amazing. Click on the cover below and it’ll take you to her site.

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