Raziel (The Fallen #1) by Kristina Douglas

Title: Raziel
Author:  Kristina Douglas
Series: The Fallen
Publisher:  Pocket
Published:  January 25th 2011
Pages:  384

She was just an ordinary mortal . . .

“You’re dead” is so not what Allie Watson wants to hear. Unfortunately, it explains a lot. Like the dark, angelically handsome man who ferried her to this strange, hidden land. The last thing she remembers is stepping off a curb in front of a crosstown bus. Now she’s surrounded by gorgeous fallen angels with an unsettling taste for blood—and they really don’t want her around. Not exactly how she pictured heaven.

. . . until death catapulted her into a seductive world she never imagined.

Raziel is unsure why he rescued Allie from hellfire against Uriel’s orders, but she stirs in him a longing he hasn’t felt in centuries. Now the Fallen are bracing for the divine wrath brought by his disobedience, and they blame Allie for the ferocious Nephilim clawing at the kingdom’s shrouded gates. Facing impossible odds at every turn, the two must work together to survive. Raziel will do anything to defend his spirited lover against the forces of darkness—because Allie may be the Fallen’s only salvation.

                Celeste put Raziel between her 2nd and 3rd shelf

My Review:   What a quick and fun read. I would actually like to give this book 3.5 stars. Right off the bat I loved the changing POVs. Anything written in first person is my favorite, but then to have the first person change all the time was a total win. My favorite genre is angels and this book on fallen angels is a different take than what I’d read before. The background and the conflicts were all fabulously told. The interesting take on Uriel vs Lucifer, blood eating, being dead in the human realm vs dead in Sheol are just a few of the great plot lines in the book.

For me, I wasn’t sold on the chemistry between Allie and Raziel and I never really saw what their emotional connection was other that being attracted to each other. Even by the end there was no stronger connection than physical that I could see. I loved the dark Raziel but not Allie, which is probably why I didn’t give this book a higher rating. She had a lot of endless chatter and when a heroine is stupidly brave it annoys me. The author just didn’t sell me on her. I could not get enough of Raziel even though he was coarse and rude, but oh so sexy.

All in all it was a good read and now that the scene is set I have a feeling the next installment, The Fallen: Demon, will be even better.
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Posted August 18, 2011 by celeste in Angels, Demons, Reviews, Romance, Series / 0 Comments

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