22 February 2011

REVIEW: Raziel by Kristina Douglas

Kristina Douglas
ISBN #: 978-1-4391-9192-7
Publisher Name: Pocket Books
Date Released: February 2011
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Book Format: Print


She was just an ordinary mortal . . .

“You’re dead” is so not what Allie Watson wants to hear. Unfortunately, it explains a lit. 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 cover is interesting and drew me to pick it up in the bookstore. However, I was annoyed when I first started reading because the heroine makes it feel as if it’s a light paranormal with a ditzy heroine and when I’m in the mood to read those I need a cartoon cover, not a cover that makes it feel as it’s a dark paranormal.


I am Raziel, one of the twenty fallen angels spoken of by Enoch in the old books. I live in the hidden world of Sheol, with the other Fallen, where no one knows of our existence, and we have lived that way since the fall, millennia ago.


Barnes and Noble had a Groupon where if you spent $10.00 you received $20.00 in return. I jumped all over that. I went to Barnes and Noble and scanned the romance shelves, not sure what I wanted when the cover and the first page of RAZIEL caught my eye. I vaguely remembered seeing the cover on people’s blog and picked it up to read.

RAZIEL pulled me in right away. I loved the writing and the author’s voice. So upon first reading RAZIEL I thought I was going to love it and not be able to put the book down. Then I met the heroine Allie. I don’t know what’s been up with me or the books that I’ve been reading lately, but the heroines in the last couple books that I have read have got on my last nerve. Allie, the heroine of RAZIEL was no exception.

At first, I assumed that I had strong feelings against Allie because she had the ditzy heroine feel that I associated with light paranormal romances and I wasn’t in the mood for a light paranormal romance, but the more I read, the more I realized that nope, Allie just got on my freaking nerves. I’ll do my best to explain why.

Allie and Raziel meet when Raziel is tasked to escort her to her next life when she dies. However, when Raziel sees that she’s going to hell instead of heaven, he pulls her back from eternal damnation and takes her to the secret isle where the fallen have been hidden since the dawn of time.

What I didn’t get is that Allie accepts that she’s dead, but she cannot accept anything else that is going on around her. Not only does she not accept what’s going on around her, she acts like a complete moron about it. She’s dead, her body was cremated and she seems to think that she can leave and go about her life like nothing happened? HUH? It also annoyed me that she knew nothing that was going on and she acted like she had all the answers and wouldn’t shut her mouth when people who had the knowledge tried to give her the answers and she wouldn’t listen to them. That drove me batty.

Another aspect of RAZIEL that bothered me was Raziel and the other fallen angels believe with good reason that she was sent to them do infiltrate their secret hiding place and destroy them. While the reasons for their suspicions were written in a very believable matter, the solution bugged me. The solution involved mind rape and a seduction that involved the heroine saying no and the hero convincing her otherwise, to put it delicately. I was also disturbed that Allie annoyed me so much that mind rape and seduction didn’t annoy me as much as it should’ve.

Allie however seemed to become less annoying when she and Raziel had sex. Yes, the woman in me found that while I was glad Allie gained some sense, it bothered me that she had to be ‘tamed’ so to speak to get there.

Once the hormones got out of the way, RAZIEL really picked up and I enjoyed it very much. I loved the beginning and the end of RAZIEL and I especially loved the world that Ms. Douglas built for her characters. I would definitely read the next book in the series.

Bought with my own money.


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7 people posted their 2 cents:

A Buckeye Girl Reads said...

I see what you mean about the cover-I wouldn't have pinned this as a light pnr. It looks good though-I'm going to have to put it on my wishlist.

Mandi said...

I agree - by the end I enjoyed this book..but there were a few rough patches along the way.

Anonymous said...

I actually just tried to read this one yesterday, it was a DNF for me. I'll give it a few days and try again. Nice review.

Lynette said...

@buckeye girl
I wouldn't necessary say this was light PNR, just that the heroine's annoyingness made me feel that it was at first. With a different heroine my feelings would've been different.

Thanks. I hope the next book has a better heroine.

Try it. The middle is kind of annoying, but like I said the beginning and end worked for me.

VampFanGirl said...

Ugh!! I really, really don't enjoy an annoying heroine and Allie sounds like perhaps she should have just gone to hell like she was originally bound for. That's some harsh negativity coming from someone who hasn't read the book but this is one of several reviews I've read that dislike the heroine. The only thing compelling me to read this series is the cover for book two. Me gots to have it!!!

Great review Lynette!

zbft said...

I'm glad I found your blog. Your reviews made me pick books I usually don't pick up, and see some of the books I've read in a new perspective - ward and Hill's books to name a few.
And this kind of heroine you are describing definitely would give me headache for rolling my eyes, made me think about 'writer's block' and put the book to DNF piles.
(Grins) I will wait for your review on the next book b4 picking it up.

Lynette said...

Sorry it's taking me so long to respond. Haven't been on the blog for awhile because of my toothache from heck.

The cover was really well down, which is why I picked it up. While Allie was annoying I think with a different heroine the series would be great, because I loved the concept. I'm hoping that was the next book it'll pick up for me.

You're making me blush. Thank you for the awesome praise. Though I didn't like the heroine, the premise was really well done and original.

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