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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Review – Ashes of Angels by Michele Hauf

Ashes of Angels

Title: Ashes of Angels

Author: Michele Hauf

Publisher: Harlequin Books

Buy Link: Buy Ashes of Angels Here!

Rating: You Want to Read

Reviewer: Wendy Mitchell

Blurb:

As a muse, Cassandra Stevens had been warned of the Fallen angel who'd one day come to impregnate her with a nephilim, an evil offspring. But no one could have foreseen that Samandriel—the raven-haired, silver-winged Fallen one—would sweep her off her feet. Against all good sense, Sam stirred her suppressed desires, yet for her own sake she dared not arouse his carnal ones. For Sam had been summoned to earth by a dark vampire lord. And more Fallen were on their way. Despite the dangers, Cassandra needed Sam by her side, for only together could they prevent the apocalypse that had been unleashed…

Review:

There is an unseen war going on that most of mankind knows nothing about. Fallen angels are being summoned to find and impregnate their human muses in the hopes of producing a Nephalim. The Anakim tribe of vampires is hoping the blood of the Nephalim will enable them to return to the sunlight. Tracking the halos and muses of the Fallen gives the Anakim a way to capture the endangered muses. In this book, the reader gets two stories for the price of one. The novella The Ninja Vampire’s Girl takes place first.

In The Ninja Vampire’s Girl, we meet Coco, the sister of a muse, who is interrupted while stealing a hidden halo by a vampire who is obviously on the same quest. Zane is a scarred, ex- SAS, British vamp, who brought fond memories of Spike to mind. Coco is at first repulsed and then madly attracted to Zane. There is no shame in my girl’s game either, she goes right for the gusto and that freaks Zane out just a tad.

This is a quick playful romp that I enjoyed, kind of like a really good, fattening and incredibly rich appetizer. If you are new to the series, this will provide invaluable information quickly. A very nice and welcome surprise for the series loyal and new followers alike. Good job!

Cassandra is a muse, which means if her Fallen angel finds her, he will be compelled to impregnate her. In Ashes of Angels, Sam is summoned to Earth and his muse just happens to be Cassandra. He however has no intention of impregnating Cassandra. He just wants to redeem himself and go home to Above. Cassandra was very lucky that fate was smiling down on her, because she was not a cautious girl. She had been prepared for what could happen if she comes into contact with her Fallen, but she just goes with the flow. I would have really liked a bit more fierceness from our heroine. While the story in itself was a good one, I just really felt alienated from the two main characters. Cassandra was just a little too flighty for my taste, but maybe that’s an artist thing. Sam came off as a tad bit beta to me, which was odd, since he was a heavy duty smiter in his glory days. It was worth the time to read it, especially since it is part of a wonderful series. I will still follow Michele Hauf’s work.

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