Source: Jo

Archangel’s Sun by Nalini Singh

Archangel’s Sun by Nalini Singh

Archangel’s Sun by Nalini SinghArchangel's Sun by Nalini Singh
Series: Guild Hunters #13
Genres: Paranormal
Reviewed by:Jo
Published by Berkley Publishing Group

The Archangel war is over and now it’s up to the surviving Archangel’s and their people to take care of the remaining reborn and the disease that has been left in the aftermath.  The worst of which is in Africa, the home of the new Archangel of Africa – Titus.  Titus is a man who expects those both in his command and those loaned to him to do what is needed to be done and just deal with it.  To the soldiers his way of commanding can seem harsh and plain spoken, but it’s not like he is not asking anyone to do anything more than he is right now.  However, when he asks the Cadre for more help he gets an answer he wasn’t expecting – the Hummingbird.

Lady Sharine, also known lovingly as the Hummingbird, is just now coming out of centuries of time where she barely functioned due to a horrible prank pulled on her by an Archangel she was in a relationship with – Aegaeon.  When Sharine was asked by the Cadre to take over Lumia, a place of Angel arts and history, she not only accepted the job but came out of her self imposed kaleidoscope of life.  Now she is being asked to go to Titus and help him save Africa from the disease still attacking it. 

Titus has no idea what to expect when Sharine arrives but it certainly isn’t the small woman who not only won’t take being put on a shelf and pampered by him and his court but demands to help with the problems.  Both Sharine and Titus are surprised as she remembers aspects of herself that were always there but life experiences had caused her to not use and started to help turn the tide in Titus’ efforts to clear Africa.  As Titus and Sharine follow the clues they discover as they travel Africa, it becomes clear that the diseased reborn was not all that was left behind.  Now it’s a race to see if they can find the cure to save humankind, Vampires and Angels from this new aspect of the disease before it’s too late.  Of course falling in love isn’t on either “to do” lists, but sometimes the fates have the final say.

When you have a rough and tough Archangel and an ancient angel whom most believe must be treated with kid gloves thrown together, the outcome is remarkable to say the least.  I know that this story was about the Archangel, but to me it was Sharine’s story with Titus as her fitting partner.  I loved learning more about both Titus and Sharine, but I admit I was rooting for Sharine the entire way.  I really enjoyed watching as Titus and Sharine fell in love while battling the reborn and the aftermath of the version of the disease that was let loose in Africa.  When the cure was revealed, I was shocked at what it was but it fit so perfectly once I thought about it.  I also admit to hoping that Aegaeon gets more karma after learning just why Sharine lived in her kaleidoscope for so long.  The very best thing was watching Sharine learn to use her gifts and strength and learning that Titus is an Archangel with a marshmallow inside for the woman he loves.  Archangel’s Sun takes you on an emotional journey in so many ways that I could not even begin to list them all, but the journey is well worth traveling.  Titus and Sharine’s story is also Joyfully Recommended from me as a must read if you have been following this story line.

Deal With The Devil by Kit Rocha

Deal With The Devil by Kit RochaDeal With the Devil by Kit Rocha
Series: Mercenary Librarians #1
Genres: Science Fiction
Reviewed by:Jo
Published by Tor Books

The world is no longer as we know if after all known conveniences and governments were destroyed after the world was bombarded by the Flares.  Now things are run by corporations and its a serious divide of the haves and the have nots.  Another thing that these corporations have done is mess with humans, with technology, and new science.  As such not everyone is what or who you think they are.  It’s in this world that Nina and her roommates (and best friends) are living in. 

Nina is an information broker who uses anything and everything she can lay her hands on to help the helpless in an America that barely struggles along.  Nina and her roommates are know as mercenary librarians and they are as deadly as that sounds, if needed to be.  When Nina is approached with job that could possibly get them access to part of the Rogue Library of Congress she agrees to the job as that knowledge would be priceless to obtain. 

Garrett Knox, known as Knox, is the Captain of the Sun Devils, he is trying to pull his team out of the job of taking care of anyone TechCorps wants to be disciplined in some way.  The major problem with this is that once your are part of these teams, the only way to leave is death.  Another is that the teams have been biologically changed and the medication they need to keep them alive is strictly produced and protected by TechCorps.  The team is basically on a countdown towards their own death unless they can get access to this medication. 

Knox has one way to get the access he needs to this life saving medication and it involves turning Nina over to someone he doesn’t know.  Getting Nina to agree to the job was one thing, but as he gets to know her better, Knox knows he can’t do it. Nina and Knox are becoming involved but both have secrets they’re keeping from the other.  Just when they both are ready to tell the other the first of their secrets, the group is ambushed by the person who wants Nina.  It’s going to take trust in several areas if everyone is going to come out alive at the end.

When the world has been shaken upside down and only partially put back together, Nina and Knox find each other but only their smarts, fast actions and trust will allow them to find a future together.  I was fascinated by this new world that Kit Rocha provided.  At first I did not see how Nina and Knox could ever overcome all that was between them to get together.  But the twists, turns and a few OMG surprises showed me that not only could they become a couple but that they could continue to help the helpless and prevent the corporations from destroying what was left of civilization.  I seriously can’t wait for the next mercenary librarians book. There were so many loose threads that were left dangling.  Deal with the Devil has many surprises and just learning about this new world had me engaged from the first page and then Nina and Knox pulled me along as their story rolled out. 

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