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review 2014-11-26 01:53
Guardian Demon
Guardian Demon - Meljean Brook

In Guardian Demon, the final book of the Guardians series, things have finally escalated in the war between Guardians and hell. Lucifer has set into motion events that will allow him to break through the barrier to earth and destroy humanity. In order to stop him, the Guardians must pool all their resources together. This includes Andromeda Taylor, who, after the events that brought Michael back from hell has committed herself to leaving the guardians by “falling”.

Guardian Demon was an intense read and an excellent conclusion to these books. What made it so suspenseful was that everyone was racing against the clock to discover Lucifer’s plans for starting the apocalypse and to save loved ones who got pulled into the fire. This became direr as each move seemed to play into his hands. On top of this, Michael has finally returned from his torture in the frozen field and is committed to atoning for what he has done to Taylor before the personal clock he’s racing against runs out.

What I love about Brook is that she isn't afraid to put her characters through some pain. Just because someone has been a staple of the series since it began or has gotten their own book, doesn't mean they’re safe. Knowing that characters you love could be hurt makes the emotional impact of the battle so much more engaging. I only wish that Brook had pushed this envelop a bit more in the final confrontation and that ending of the book wasn’t so clean cut.

All in all, this was a fantastic read and a very satisfying conclusion to the series. If you’re looking to get into the Guardians, I would recommend you start at the beginning with Demon Angel since each book builds upon the other. However, if you don't want to read all 8 books in the series then at least read Demon Angel and Demon Moon prior to this one since the characters from those two books are key ones here.

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review 2014-01-20 01:59
Anyone else want a story focused on Keir or it just me?
Angels' Flight (Guild Hunter, #0.4, 0.5, 0.6, 3.5) - Nalini Singh

This anthology consists of four short stories set in Singh's Guild Hunter universe. I skipped Angel's Judgment since I had already read it in Must Love Hellhounds.

Angel's Wolf: 3.5

Nimra, the angel of Louisiana, discovers that she may have a traitor in her court after a cats dies from drinking an iced tea originally meant for her. Noel, the vampire who was tortured in Archangel's Blade, is sent to help her uncover the would-be murderer. Noel is still pretty screwed up from a brutal torture and is under the assumption that he's being sent down to Louisiana because he's broken. So, when he arrives at Nimra's court he's not the most pleasant person to be around.


Noel was a pretty fascinating character and I loved watching him work through his issues. However, his relationship with Nimra didn't work well for me. I had a hard time believing the attraction between them. It didn't help that I found Nimra a little boring. She was a little too much of a sad-sack for me to get into her character. I felt for what she went through and how the years have started to catch up with her, but I got tired of her constant depression. Even though it was refreshing to see a female angel in a position of power who wasn't bat-shit crazy. All in all, this was good short story but I wouldn't be in any rush to re-read it.

Angel's Pawn: 4

I think this was the shortest story in the anthology, but it was also one of the best. However, it doesn't have the traditional HEA the others do, but hopefully that just means that we'll eventually get a full book for Ashwini and Janvier.

If you've been reading the series, you'll recognize the characters Ashwini and Janvier since their odd relationship tends to occasionally get mentioned. Janvier is a Cajun vampire who drives Ashwini crazy by intentionally breaking his contracts, so she's forced to hunt him down in the swamps. Then, just to piss her off, he typically turns himself in to the angel he offended after leading her on a merry chase.


As the story starts in this one, their circumstances have changed a bit. Instead of hunting him down because of a broken contract, Ashwini has come to Janvier to ask for back-up in dealing with an angel who has specifically requested her help. This was a really great introduction to the characters and their relationship, but I wanted more... in a good way. Ashwini has some pretty powerful psychic abilities and the implications of that power was pretty intriguing. My only complaint is that Ashwini reminded me a little too much of Elena, both with the hints of her past and her attitude. So hopefully, if these two do eventually get their own book, Ms. Singh makes some strives to differentiate the two characters.

Angel's Dance: 4.5

This one follows the two angels, Jessamy & Galen. Jessamy has never been able to fly under her own power due to a deformed wing. Because of this, she has never left Refuge (basically a sanctuary for angels). She has also given up the hope of finding a mate, since most of the angels around her were once kids she taught. That is until Galen appears and immediately sets his sights on her.

Angel's Dance was the best story in this anthology, which, in part, might be because it had the most page time. (Banking a little over 100 pages.) So both Jessamy and Galen were able to be fleshed out and their romance had more time to evolve. However, I think most of my enjoyment came from seeing a relationship centered around two angels, which is a first for Singh.


I loved how even the dynamics in their relationship was since they were both on the same footing. This also let us see a softer view of the angel culture since there was no power plays or moral conflicts between a human and angel pairing going on. Instead, the majority of the conflict here centered on Jessamy's reluctance to get into a relationship with Galen, as she believed that due to her "deformity" she would hold him back. So this was a nice slow-burning romance.


Side note: This one left me really wanting to see Keir, the angelic healer, get his own story.

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review 2014-01-15 02:14
Demon Bound
Demon Bound - Meljean Brook

Jake is one of the younger guardian angels, who was turned during the Vietnam War. Since he's still fairly young, Jake is a little more enthusiastic than the older guardians. So, he often runs his mouth off and is forced to pay five dollars to a fellow guardian for saying something offensive. In this story, he starts working with the guardian Alice.


During her human life, Alice made a bargain with a demon that she would bring him Micheal's heart. Fearful of being forced into fulfilling that bargain, Alice has never gotten close to many of the other guardians. At the beginning of this story, Alice's fears are being realized. The demon has gotten impatient for Alice to finish their deal.

I really adored this entry in the series. Jake's out-going and enthusiastic nature was a great contrast to Alice, a modest introvert.The only reason why Demon Bound isn't getting a full five stars is because the main plot featuring the bargain got a little lost in the middle of the story. Jake and Alice get stuck in hell and, while it was interesting, it was a little jolting getting back to the main plot on Earth. The time spent in Hell was important, but it was just more important to the over-arching plot of the series rather than the one focused on in this particular book. We also got a lot more background on Michael here and I love him even more now. I can't wait to see what Brook does for his book.

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review 2014-01-11 22:12
Demon Night
Demon Night - Meljean Brook

Ethan is a guardian (essentially humans turned angels) who has been keeping an eye on Charlie. Charlie is an ex-singer who is struggling to recover her life after a self-destructive streak. She's being watched by the guardians because her sister is currently dating a demon who wants to find a cure for vampires' bloodlust. Unfortunately, the demon has made plans for Charlie in order to secure her sister's cooperation.


Honestly, I wasn't too enamored with Demon Night. The storyline was good, but it dragged in some places. I also wasn't really able to get on board with Charlie and Ethan's relationship. Ethan by himself was great and Charlie was an interesting heroine, but something about them together just didn't click. The side characters really made up for the lack-luster relationship though.


We see a lot of Jake, a young guardian who was a Vietnam vet before being changed. He offers a lot of humor to story and it's great to see the way he interacts with Charlie. I also enjoyed how Brook used this plot to muddy the lines between good and evil. The first two novels in the Guardian series really have that "demons are pure evil" vibe going on. Even Demon Angel does despite having a demon heroine, because her "goodness" is subtly attributed to her being half demon. Demon Moon really starts to blur those lines through showing the relationship between Charlie's sister and her demon boyfriend. Yes, he has an agenda but it comes across that he really does love his girlfriend. However, the sister's attitude to what he does to Charlie pissed me off. Then again, the sister in general annoyed me.

All in all, this is a really great paranormal series, but if you're going to start reading these books, I would suggest doing it in order.

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review 2014-01-02 21:49
Archangel's Storm - Nalini Singh

This is going to be a short review. I think I'm in the minority when I say that Singh's Guild Hunter series works a lot better for me than her Psy/Changling one. Primarily, its because the Guild Hunter world, characters, and plot threads feel a lot smoother. I get the sense that Singh knows exactly where she wants to go with this series and despite how much I love the Psy/Changling series I just don't get the same vibe with it.

With that said, Archangel's Storm was probably my least favorite in the series even though I still really enjoyed it. I think its primarily because I wasn't expecting such a quiet relationship between Jason and Mahiya when all the other books had rather explosive main characters. However, this wasn't bad. After adjusting, I ended up really enjoying how the relationship developed between them. It worked well for the quiet and contemplative Jason.

My only nit-pick with the book was that the small scenes centered on Dimitri and Honor really threw me off balance. I enjoyed seeing them both develop a bit more, but I think those scenes would've worked better if they had been inserted as a short story at the end of the book or sold separately. This is mostly because I thought the snippets concerning them disrupted the suspenseful atmosphere of the plot with Jason and Mahiya too much.

All in all, an enjoyable addition to the series. I can't wait to read the next book, which will apparently go back to following Raphael and Elena.

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