The Fallen: Raziel by Kristina Douglas
Mass Market: $7.99
Pocket Books: (January 2011)
Favorite Lines: “It was taking forever to get to his rooms—we went through a maze of hallways, and up so many stairs I was ready to fling myself down on the polished wood floors, gasping and panting like a landed fish.” (p. 79)
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.
The Fallen: Raziel is a paranormal romance between a human woman and an angel. In their world, there are no female angels. There are fallen angels who drink blood and fallen, cannibalistic angels sent to destroy the blood drinkers. The story is told in first person, but the person telling the story is constantly changes.
When I started reading the story I was so confused. The intro is told by Raziel (hero) and Uriel (all important, second hand of God). So you hear a little bit about Raziel’s duty to deliver souls for judgment which is told in the first person point-of-view, before listening to Uriel’s first person account of how everyone needs to be smited.
The first chapter of the book is told by Allie (heroine), the second chapter is told by Raziel, the third chapter is told by Allie, and the fourth chapter is told by Azazel (a secondary character). The book continues like that, so it was hard to become close to any one character. It wasn’t until close to the end of the book that I was able to overcome the challenge and let myself sink into the story.
The instant lust in the book is delicious, but the translation of that lust into love was hard for me to swallow. Raziel didn’t want a mate. Allie just wanted to be skinny and alive. They wanted to sex each other; instead they ended up mated. I never truly believed they were meant to be together even though Raziel’s favorite historical time period was the Renaissance. (Yep, when women were overweight.) And one of the heroine’s major hang ups is her weight.
Don’t let me discourage you from reading The Fallen: Raziel. The story of the angels fall from grace and their possible redemption is fresh. Its take on Lucifer was enlightening. I want to know more about the secondary characters. The cover art is spectacular. Once I got over the POV changes, I enjoyed the blistering hot sex scenes, the brutal action and the possibility of an engaging series. It would have been simple to put this book down at any point during the first half of the book. I’m glad I didn’t take the easy route.
The next book in the series is Demon. It will be released in June 2011.