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.
Source: Netgalley and purchase My Rating: 5/5 stars
Holy hell!! I have been waiting and waiting and waiting for this book and the wait was so very, very, very worth it!! And so, without further ado . . . . .
Viper isn’t a typical vampire and through most of his long life, he hasn’t felt the difference too keenly. Of late, however, his otherness has begun to weigh a bit more heavily on him and there’s only one other “person” in the world who can understand his position. Trouble is, that “person” isn’t Viper’s biggest fan and she can frequently be found hurling insults at him rather than just talking to him.
Holly Chang long ago left behind the adopted name Sorrow, but that’s the only thing she’s left behind from that terrible time. Since being taken, used, and changed by the now-dead archangel Uram, Holly has known she is unlike every other creature on Earth. The only other being she even remotely resembles is the utterly obnoxious and thoroughly fun to insult, Viper. Because of their similarities, Holly has been under Viper’s supervision for years for training and other cautionary reasons. Essentially, no one can explain what Holly is and until she is better understood and her powers thoroughly catalogued, she’s not going to be truly free. Furthermore, if she tells anyone about the unsettling changes she’s noticed, she’s going to become a prisoner.
As if the unsettling changes weren’t enough, there also seems to be a bounty, a very large bounty, on Holly’s head. Yeah, loads of people know of her otherness and there are those in the supernatural community who are willing to pay a fortune to have her as a part of their collections. In order to keep her safe, Viper has been assigned to her side night and day until the culprit can be found and dealt with. Neither expects the rat’s nest of awful they dig up and where all the awful leads them. In fact, the awful is a whole new level of awful and leads Viper and Holly deep into enemy territory, a place they need Raphael by their side to get the hell out of in one piece.
The Bottom Line: I have been waiting for Viper’s book for a very long time and it was so worth the wait! Aside from Bluebell, Viper has always been one of the most playful (for lack of a better word) among Raphael’s Seven. He likes to use his innate abilities, forged in Neha’s court, to mesmerize friends and foes alike which only causes him difficulty with Holly. Holly is the only other person on Earth who can truly understand Viper and once they get past all the sniping and picking at one another, they make a truly impressive team. What they have to face, endure is beyond what many could survive, but survive and flourish they do, even in the face of a truly evil archangel!
About the series as a whole, I am immensely thankful I didn’t have to give up this series because book ten was yet another book dedicated to Elena and Raphael. As much as I like those two, and I really do, there are still major players remaining who have yet to have their story told. I was also quite glad to see the whole Lijuan issue take a back seat in this installment, the Legion to be included even in a limited way, and the changing relationship between Bluebell and Aodhan being addressed even in a limited way. What I’m driving at is this, there is still a tremendous amount of ground to cover in this series and I hope that material is dealt with in the coming books and not broken up with more Elena and Raphael reads. They need to be involved, but they don’t need another book dedicated to them and them alone. We need more like Archangel’s Viper and we need them now 😊
About the author and where to find her:
NEW YORK TIMES AND USA Today bestselling author of the Psy-Changeling and Guild Hunter series Nalini Singh usually writes about hot shapeshifters and dangerous angels. This time around, she decided to write about hot and wickedly tempting rock stars (and one gorgeous ex-rugby player). If you’re seeing a theme here, you’re not wrong. Nalini lives and works in beautiful New Zealand, and is passionate about writing. If you’d like to explore her other books, you can find lots of excerpts on her website. Slave to Sensation is the first book in the Psy-Changeling series, while Angels’ Blood is the first book in the Guild Hunter series. Also, don’t forget to swing by the site to check out the special behind-the-scenes page for the Rock Kiss series, complete with photos of many of the locations used in the books.