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This review is only for Angel's Wolf. I haven't read the other authors yet and don't want to be spoiled!

Loved Nimra and Noel. A very sweet romance. Both are deliciously tortured souls who find peace and love with each other. Made me want to get on a plane to LA right away. I enjoyed the different characters of Nimra's court. I wonder if Midnight will make an appearance in later books? It sounds like a scary potion.

Curious about the other stories in the anthology. My TBR list just got a lot longer! ( )
  Akaria | May 13, 2015 |
This was a so-so anthology for me. I skipped Angel's Wolf by Nalini Singh since I read it in [b:Angels' Flight|9738582|Angels' Flight (Angels' Pawn #0.5, Angels' Judgment #1.5, Angel's Wolf #4.5, Angels' Dance #4.75)|Nalini Singh|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1311894951s/9738582.jpg|14627662] a couple of months ago.

Alphas: Origins by Ilona Andrews: 1.5 This was my least favorite in the anthology. Essentially, the heroine is kidnapped and held captive in an alternate dimension where she's expected to act as food for a vampire-like being. I freakin' hate captive heroine stories where the lead falls in love with her captor. HATE THEM. So this wasn't my cup of tea at all. However, I will say that I enjoyed the ending even if it was a little deus ex machina.

Nocturne by Sharon Shinn: 4.5 This was by far my favorite one in the anthology. Moriah has been in hiding from the Angels for years due to a crime she committed against a nobleman. However, Moriah has a healthy does of curiosity, so when she sees a chance to get close to an angel without the fear of being recognized she takes it. The angel she finds is Corban, who was blinded in a tragic accident and has been throwing himself a giant pity party for years. Their personalities immediately clash and an interesting friendship begins. I loved Moriah, she somehow managed to come across as both cynical and optimistic, which oddly worked for me. Also, Corban and the mythology surrounding angels was pretty intriguing. Some of those aspects reminded me a lot of Nalini Singh's Guild Hunter series. I would recommend this short story to anyone looking for a good angel romance.

Ascension by Meljean Brook: 4 This was a fairly mediocre one for me. Brook always manages to pack a lot of story into a short amount of pages. However, I feel the need to say that, if you haven't read [b:Demon Forged|6357771|Demon Forged (The Guardians, #5)|Meljean Brook|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1276276666s/6357771.jpg|6544517], a discussion between the two main characters contains spoilers. Radha is worried about Marc, a fellow Guardian, after she notices his demeanor at a gathering. Concerned, she follows him to middle-of-no-where Illinois and tags along as he hunts down a demon terrorizing the local community. These two used to be really close until a misunderstanding caused them to not speak for over 100 years. This sheer stubbornness reminded me a lot of Irena and Alejandro. However, I think I enjoyed the relationship between Radha and Marc a lot more. As I said, there was a lot going on in this story. I enjoyed the mention of Guardians having some religious fanatics in their midst and the plot involving a group of teenaged girls was pretty amusing. I would recommend this to fans of Brook's series. ( )
  Book_Minx | Jan 24, 2015 |
I only read Nalini Singh's Guild Hunter (#3.5) story "Angel's Wolf" so far. I tend to dislike angel stories but after two friends rec'd Singh's books, I decided to check her out.

Im quite impressed with the writing; her intriguing characters, pacing, and overall world/alternate universe, what have you...it sucked me in even though this novella was just a peek into the series.

I hope to read the other stories in this anthology, but for now Ill rate and mark this as read. ( )
  fueledbycoffee | Sep 30, 2014 |
Angel's Wolf by Nalini Singh — Noel, a vampire, is sent to help an angel whom someone is trying to kill. I like everything Nalini Singh has written. This story hasn't changed that.

Alphas: Origins by Ilona Andrews — No idea how to rate this. The blurb is not exactly helpful. You might expect a woman kidnapped by some noble creature (or at least one who doesn't ooze malice the first few encounters), but I couldn't wrap my mind around the ideas of a real ugly kidnapping, blackmail (she has to feed the guy with her blood if she doesn't want her six-year-old daughter to die) or the actual feeding in something which is supposed to be a romantic story. Since I don't know anything about this world, maybe that is the reason why I couldn't like it. Maybe it's one of those which you have to be familiar with the world to like it. Since I love the way Ilona Andrews writes, I would go with that.

Nocturne by Sharon Shinn — I liked this story. A woman is on the run from her past and she is hiding as a cook at a school for abandoned street children. The blurb says the mansion nearby is where she meets the blind, tormented angel who lives there, and whose secrets could now destroy them both. I have no idea what secrets. She was just curious about all the mystery surrounding the old mansion and she sneaked in and found a blind angel. It's not a bad story, but nothing really exciting happens as in the other three.

Ascension by Meljean Brook — Sneaky Meljean Brook. I love her anthology stories. They are usually awesome. This one is about two Guardians separated by a lack of communication a hundred and forty years ago. Marc is trying to find the source of unrest in a small town where he lives and Radha, worried about him even though she thinks he rejected her, comes to help him. ( )
  Irena. | Aug 26, 2014 |
Only read Ilona Andrews' Alphas.

Hmm. I'm torn. The first half of the story gets a tepid 3 from me, while the second half gets a solid 4. This short story had the potential of being an awesome full-length novel, so I'm kinda sad that the premise was "wasted".

The world the Andrews' created is cool and had there been more time to see it develop, rather than have major info-dumps to explain its complexity, this could easily have been the first book of a series/trilogy. Too bad, so sad, cuz I would have signed up for that asap.

The characters were interesting, but again, being that it's a short story, there wasn't time to explore them in-depth and really bring them to life. Where the authors never disappoint, is in writing likable MC's. Never a dull or weak heroine in sight when reading anything from the Andrews'. All the characters had interesting facets and/or abilities. I was fascinated by the possibilities and simultaneously disappointed that I wouldn't get to read more. Why you no make this a novel, Ilona?

The first half was a little tough, because I felt like I was dropped into the middle of a story where many interesting things had happened and I was required to quickly catch up so I could understand all the interesting things that were now happening. Many of these things made me think, "That's really interesting and unique, but why?" Everything felt rushed and fell short and that's a shame. The second half was easier, because the action picked up and because I had more info to go on.

Despite its shortcomings, this short still managed to entertain, but after thinking it through, I'm not torn on how to rate it. It was chock-full of thwarted potential. Though I wish the authors would expand on it, I'm inclined to think that it's not gonna happen, because this short had so much in it that it'd be a spoiler for any follow-up - but then again, what do I know? I do feel slightly robbed. Had I gotten more, this could have been a new favorite of mine. Worthwhile read despite my gripes, because the Andrews' are just that good and because my biggest gripe is that I wanted more. ( )
  JennyJen | Aug 14, 2014 |
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Collects four romance novellas involving angels, including tales in which a woman finds a blind, tormented angel in a secluded mansion, and a vampire becomes obsessed with an angel who rules the Louisiana territory.

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