Wild, absolutely wild

Archangel’s Prophecy by Nalini Singh (book 11 Guild Hunter)

This book has driven the fans wild, absolutely wild.  And I’m not going to tell you why. #spoilers

If you want a new series to read, do you want one that’s rock steady and you get what you expect?  Or do you want one where the author embraces her vision for the characters and leaves her readers at 2 in the morning throwing the kindle against the wall with tears streaming down their faces and fury in their hearts? I know what I’m choosing.  Drive the fans wild I say.

Elena and Raphael are the alpha couple of paranormal romance.  Their story is so intricate and absorbing that time after time Ms Singh revisits them.  I’m usually a one and done girl, once I’ve had the HEA, I’m moving on.  Not with these two, never with Elena and Raphael.

All the Nalini Singh trademarks are in evidence – superb characterisation, outrageous story telling, unparalleled world building, true humour and painful emotion.

After eleven full novels and a whole load of novellas all of which I’ve read several times searching for clues I now have absolutely no idea what will happen next.  And it’s killing me.  Think on that.  How many authors run out of steam about book 7 or 8?  With book 11 in her guild hunter series Ms Singh has thrown everything we know up in the air. Perhaps under a bus might say it better.  Pure bloody genius.

Given everyone else is ‘telling’ the author what should I happen next, I will too!  I need Aodhan to get his book, then conclude Elena and Raphael’s story with Bluebell’s accession. Yes, definitely that.  Oh no that means that Titus might not meet Tasha. I need Titus settled.  And what about Caliane, perhaps with Alexander? Or Kier?  I’ve forgotten new character Andreas needs a story.  But will Astaad decide on Mele alone?  Eek! Now I’ve started I can’t stop.  Like I said superlative characterisation and world building.

Beating Casanova?

Her Last Move by John Marrs

I’m told that this new one by John Marrs comes under the genre of “police procedural”.  I’ve never tried one of those before, so why not?!

Well, the problem with popping your cherry with Mr Marrs is that its a bit like being a virgin and meeting Casanova.  How the hell do you go back to the ordinary police procedural when you start with one so good?!  I’ll forever be comparing.  Oh well, its done now.

I adored the whole idea of the facial recognition specialist, what a compelling concept that is.  It felt really spooky yet not.  Imagine having that kind of skill (or is it a gift?) what would you do with it?  And how would you run your daily life?  Just fascinating, and with such great research.

As we’ve come to expect with Mr Marrs the writing is at breakneck speed, the characterisation is brilliant, the story gripping and the insight into human behaviour spot on!

There are a number of moments when you think – an author is not supposed to do that.  My heart kept saying “its not the way it works” but my brain kept going.  Thankfully no one seems to have told the author some of the rules about heroes and heroines!  As this book is just superb for that, I do wonder though how loudly his editor gasped as they read it?!

Another great book in what’s becoming a real body of work for this fantastic British author.