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review 2017-08-03 01:22
Archangel (Samaria #1) by Sharon Shinn




AuthorSharon Shinn

Title: Archangel


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Through science, faith, and force of will, the Harmonics carved out for themselves a society that they conceived as perfect. Diverse peoples held together by respect for each other. Angels to guard the mortals and mystics to guard the forbidden knowledge. Jehovah to watch over them all...

Generations later, the armed starship Jehovah still looms over the planet of Samaria, programmed to unleash its arsenal if peace is not sustained. But with the coming of an age of corruption, Samaria's only hope lies in the crowning of a new Archangel. The oracles have chosen Gabriel for this honor, and further decreed that he must first wed a mortal woman named Rachel.

It is his destiny and hers. And Gabriel is certain that she will greet the news of her betrothal with enthusiasm, and a devotion to duty equal to his own.

Rachel, however, has other ideas...





I actually had this book on my shelves at home but I couldn't remember ever finishing the book and I also couldn't remember why. So when the author was recommended to me I decided to pick it up and finish it.

I remember now.

In Archangel Shinn creates a really fantastic world by blending spiritualism and fantasy in one place. Our angels reach a sort of promotion stage in becoming archangels but there's a catch. They have to sing, and they need human assistance.

This is where readers find themselves following along the early stages of Gabriel's oncoming promotion to becoming an archangel when he has to find and convince Rachel to sing with him.

This is where my interest I think the first time around really failed to follow along to the end of the book. Rachel is one of the most god awful heroines to be paired with Gabriel. No matter how nice he is, no matter what he does, Rachel is constantly cruel, cold, rude, and completely careless of why she suddenly has this bigger purpose and why its so important.

She doesn't really care about anything or anyone outside of herself because she is still so caught up in herself that she can't think of anything outside of her own selfish self centered wants and desires even as she is so inconsistent when it comes to really investing in that self absorption when confronted with it.

Its really odd and clashes with your hopes that she will overcome her past to blossoming into this better more humble person and achieve healing but readers never really get that.

In the end I felt like the choice in heroine was completely wrong for this kind of story and it didn't mesh with me. I uprated because I liked the angels and the world that Shinn created but poor character personality kept me from rating the book much higher than that. 

I read Archangel after receiving an author recommendation from Olga Godim.





Until next time book lovers...



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review 2017-02-14 19:25
Samaria: Warrior Princess
Samaria: Warrior Princess (Volume 1) - Jaxx Summers

Title: Samaria
Author: Jaxx Summers
Publisher: Cultural Cocktails
Series: Volume One
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five

"Samaria" by Jaxx Summers

My Thoughts....

This was a enjoyable read especially if you are into interracial paranormal romance. It will be quite interesting to see how this entertaining story will come out about this vampire Viking [Alarik] and warrior princess [Samaria].Will this Viking be able to save Samaria from her wicked sister [Nzinga] before it's too late? Be ready for one phenomenal amazing ride of good and evil that will definitely keep your attention as you will be kept turning the pages and yes, left wanting more. Now to get the rest of this captivating story the reader will have to get the next part.

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review 2014-01-31 01:12
Archangel by Sharon Shinn
Archangel - Sharon Shinn

This book had great world building and characters. I loved all the science fiction elements that had me imagining all sorts of crazy ideas. The author did a fantastic job at providing just enough information to really hook you in to wondering how and why the world these characters inhabit came about.

The characters and their development were spot on for their personalities. If you've ever known a stubborn person, the main character pretty much fit the bill to a T. She did become a bit aggravating because of this personality trait, but she often had every right to her behaviour based on her history. As for the male lead, I liked him and I didn't like him. It was a little creepy how possessive he was, the god says you're mine SO YOU ARE MINE! Hah, maybe it wasn't supposed to come off that way but that's how I interpreted it.

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text 2013-11-20 00:43
Winged Heroes and Heroines of Romance
Ninth Orb - Kaitlyn O'Connor,Nicole Ash
Angels' Blood - Nalini Singh
Wicked Wings - Sahara Kelly
Kinked - Thea Harrison
Hunting Season - Shelly Laurenston
Logan & Jenna (The Wolf's Mate, #6) - R.E. Butler
Winterland Destiny - Jaci Burton
Jovah's Angel - Sharon Shinn
Wicked Magic - Cheyenne McCray
The Darkest Passion - Gena Showalter

Wings are sexy! Bring out your Angels, Fairies, Harpies, Winged Aliens, Cupids, Superheroes, and whatever other wings appear on a mostly human form.


Here as some books I really enjoyed that feature heroes and heroines with wings in their everyday bodies or half shifted forms. 


1. The Ninth Orb by Kaitllyn O'Connor features a hero whose wings mark him as warrior class. 

2. Angels' Blood (Guild Hunter, #1)  by Nalini Singh, this series delights in first our Angel hero's and then our transformed heroines amazing wings. 

3. Wicked Wings by Sahara Kelley, utterly silly erotic little fairies have a great deal of in flight fun. Wingin' It is also great but hard to find. 

4. Kinked by Thea Harrison, oh lovely Harpy. 

5. Hunting Season  by Shelly Laurenston, Viking Godess! I am thrilled to share that she will be writing in this world on the West Coast in the upcoming year.

6. Logan & Jenna by RE Butler pretty pretty fairy.

7. Winterland Destiny  by Jaci Burton, more hot fairies 

8. Jovah's Angel  by Sharon Shinn, Angels abound.

9. Wicked Magic by Cheyenne McCray, Warriors with Wings

10. The Darkest Passion by Gena Showalter, Glory Glory, he's go wings 


 Please let me know you recommendations for romantic leads with wings.


If you would like to vote for the best of best go to this Goodreads list: Winged Heroes and Heroines of Romance




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review 2013-10-05 18:50
Archangel by Sharon Shinn
Archangel - Sharon Shinn

Angel Gabriel, being next in the line to become Archangel and lead the annual Gloria to assure God everything is in harmony has a problem. He needs to find his chosen bride by God – the Angelica – within six months to assist him with the Gloria or desaster will strike. He isn´t happy about Rachel being a farmer´s daughter und probably untutored to lead the Gloria with him. But God´s will has to be obeyed. When Gabriel arrives at the village where Rachel is supposed to live he finds everything is destroyed and there´s no trace of his future wife. Where should be start searching for her now?
I´m absolutely enthusiastic about this book, the confrontations between Rachel and Gabriel are a demonstration of misunderstandings between man and woman. Gabriel doesn´t always show much sensibility (e.g. one of his wedding gifts) in dealing with his wife and hurts Rachel´s feelings and Rachel is more than once only stubborn to have her own way because for the sake of stubbornness. The plot is exciting, the environment unique, the characters likeable and the romance is heartwarming. Furthermore the difficulties of transition between old (Raphael) and new (Gabriel) Archangel shows how hard it is for a longstanding leader to give up privileges, power and leadership to a younger generation when the time has come. Raphael stops at nothing to prolong his reign and to hinder Gabriel to sing the Gloria.
I was really entchanted by this book!

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