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Review and Giveaway: Angels Of Darkness

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Angels Of Darkness
Authors: Nalini Singh, Ilona Andrews, Sharon Shinn, Meljean Brook    
Release Date: October 4, 2011
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
ISBN: #978-0425243121
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Anthology
Format(s): Paperback (416 pgs), e-book
Book Source: Publisher

“Angel’s Wolf” by Nalini Singh (Guild Hunters Story)

Summary: Noel was a vampire of power and position within Archangel Raphael elite team. After an unspeakable act of violence left Noel shattered, he recovered physically, but not emotionally. He is sent to work for angel Nimra, who has a traitor in her midst. Once together, the two develop a close friendship and maybe something more.
Twimom’s Take: Noel and Nimra are both strong (and feared) individuals who hide emotional scars from the world around them. I enjoyed watching their romance develop – it was very sweet for such fierce characters. There is great plot movement and character development, with a mystery at the core of the story. “Angel’s Wolf” is a lovely romance and a great introduction to Ms. Singh’s Guild Hunters for anyone that has yet to pick up the books. The characters are not part of the other stories, and there are no spoilers for the primary storyline.
Rating: 4 stars: Enjoyed – strongly recommend (A-)

“Alphas: Origins” by Ilona Andrews

Summary: A woman is kidnapped into a world divided by a superhuman civil war.  As the captive of an irresistibly dangerous male, she has two choices: submit and become a pawn, or take hold of her own destiny.
Una’s Take:  This is a new world that Ms. Andrews has created and it is completely, mind-bogglingly outstanding and wonderfully woven.  It’s science-fiction for paranormals or vice versa and either way you look at it, the story is mesmerizing.  I found myself lost in Karina’s plight and the choices before her.  This story was a completely and thoroughly gripping page-turner.  I truly hope that there will be more stories to be told from this exciting and fresh new world.  If my assumptions are true, this would be a fabulous “prequel’ into a new series. (I hope!!)
Rating: 4.5 stars: Loved it! – enthusiastically recommend (A)

“Nocturne” by Sharon Shinns (Samaria series)

Summary:  Accepting a position in a secluded and whispered-about mansion, a woman soon discovers the source of its mystery: the blind, tormented angel who lives there, and whose secrets could now destroy them both.
Una’s Take:  I was a little surprised when I started reading the story.  It didn’t quite match in my head the pictures created when I read the summary.  However, it is a very enjoyable story of two deeply wounded souls who learn to stop running away and start reaching for life, healing and the greatest prize, love.  It is a gentle story with gothic images and undertones and a brash, realistic yet romantic heroine.  Albeit a little straight forward of a romance story, the personalities of the characters I find quite fascinating along with the setting.
Rating: 3.5 stars: Enjoyed – strongly recommend (B+)

“Ascension” by Meljean Brook (Guardians Story)

Summary: Marc Revoire is one of the chosen Guardians, a man who sacrificed his life to save another, then given angelic-like abilities to come back and protect humans from demons and evil. While searching for a demon in a small town, he is surprised to find fellow Guardian, Radha, who is “on vacation.” The two share a past, but haven’t spoken in over a hundred years. Will they be able to move past their old mistakes in order to have a future?
Twimom’s Take: Although this is a romantic short, the mystery of what is going on in this small town takes center stage. Marc senses the evil of a demon corrupting a small town. The local vampire community is being killed off and the Guardians must figure out what is going on. I enjoyed following the pair as they evaluated each clue, eliminating suspects and narrowing down solutions. The story flows and there is no need to have read any of the other Guardian books to enjoy this one. Marc and Radha’s romance is more about re-igniting a deep passion they both have, and learning to let go of youthful mistakes from their past.
Rating: 4 stars: Enjoyed – strongly recommend (A-)

Our Rating (for the entire book):


Enjoyed – strongly recommend (A-)

GIVEAWAY: We have one (1) copy of Angels of Darkness to giveaway here at That’s What I’m Talking About. To be entered, please leave a comment telling us who your favorite fictional Angel or Demon is. You do not need to be a google follower of our blog, but it always appreciated. Contest is open from October 7, 2011 until Tuesday October 11, 2011 at 9:00 PM EDT. If your email is not part of your profile, please leave it so I may contact the winner.  One entry per person. Contest is restricted to US mailing addresses only. One (1) winner will be selected from eligible entries using random.org. I am not responsible for items lost in the mail.

Thanks and Happy Reading!


  • Don’t enter me – just dropping by to say I can’t wait to read this one!

  • Wow! Thanks for the awesome review and giveaway! I’ve really been looking forward to this anthology b/c of Nalini Singh’s and Meljean Brook’s stories. I’d have to say that right now, my fav Angel is Raphael from Nalini’s Guild Hunters and fav demon would be Rachel from Kristine Douglas’ Demon. Great authors all in this anthology and I can’t wait to read it!

    Thanks again!

    GFC ~ erin
    efender1(at)gmail(dot)com

  • Thanks for the giveaway! My favorite demon is either Rydstrom from Immortals After Dark or Pritkin from Cassie Palmer (though he’s only 1/2 demon!) Oh! Or maybe Lore from Demonica.

    Jen
    jendaleen at aol dot com

  • Thanks for the reviews, Ladies. I’ve been waiting to get my hands on this book. Since I’m currently reading the Demonica series by Larissa Ione, my favorite demon is Wraith.

    asiancocoa94 at aol dot com

  • I can’t wait to read this book!!! Great giveaway and review. My favorite demon would be Sin from Larissa Ione’s Demonica series. She us such a badass and her book is my favorite in the series. I think My favorite angel is Illium from Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunters series. Love Bluebell. Again great giveaway thanks!

    Zona716(at)gmail(dot)com

  • I can’t wait to read this anthology. There are some of my favorite authors in it. My favorite demon would be Eyedolon from the Demonica series. I admire his ability to be level headed in a time of crisis. My favorite angel would be Bluebell from the Guild Hunter series. I’m dying to learn more about him!

    rummanaha at hotmail dot com

  • My favorite fictional angel is Nalini Singh’s Illium. Favorite demon is Larissa Ione’s Wraith. Thanks for the great giveaway.

    Crystal816[at]hotmail[dot]com

  • Thanks for the giveway I would have to say favorite demon is Shade from the demonica series by Larissa Ione hands down…I love him…
    aleciab32@gmail.com

  • My favorite fictional angel is Christina Henry’s Gabriel from Black Wings and my favorite demon is Giguhl from Jaye Wells’ Sabina Kane series.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  • This book sounds intriguing!!! Luv Anthologies!!! Thanks for the chance to win!!!! 🙂

    jfort357(at)bellsouth(dot)net

  • Dying to read this book. My favorite angel would be Raphael from Nalini Singh’s books and my favorite demon would be a toss up of either Al from Kim Harrison’s Hallow series books or Eyedolon from Larissa Ione’s Demonica series. Thanks for the chance to win this awesome book.

    LadyVampire2u AT gmail DOT com

  • All the dark angels presented seem so irresistible and dangerous. How about I skip them and ask for the demon angel on the cover of the book.

    Smokin’!

    tomewriter(at)gmail(dot)com

  • Thanks for the giveaway. This book sounds very exciting!!! I would have to say Eve from The Otherworld Series by Kelley Armstrong. Like her a lot.

    I am a follower

    sariahwalters at gmail dot com

  • My favorite is Raphael from the Guild Hunters series.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  • I don’t know if this is still open. It says October 7th through September 30th…but I’m sure I remember you saying this was the last day to enter on Twitter. Well if it is please enter me in. I’ve heard so many great things about this anthology and after your awesome review I know I need to read it! Plus the cover is awesome. 😀

  • Oh crap…and my e-mail is

    paperbackdaydreamer (dot) gmail (dot) com

    wow, sorry!

  • Thanks for catching that D! Yes, the end date of the contest is today, Tuesday October 11, 2011 at 9:00 PM EDT.

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