Once a broken girl known as Sorrow, Holly Chang now prowls the shadowy gray underground of the city for the angels. But it’s not her winged allies who make her a wanted woman—it’s the unknown power coursing through her veins. Brutalized by an insane archangel, she was left with the bloodlust of a vampire, the ability to mesmerize her prey, and a poisonous bite.
Now, someone has put a bounty on her head…
Venom is one of the Seven, Archangel Raphael’s private guard, and he’s as infuriating as he is seductive. A centuries-old vampire, his fangs dispense a poison deadlier than Holly’s. But even if Venom can protect Holly from those hunting her, he might not be able to save himself—because the strange, violent power inside Holly is awakening…
No one is safe.
Worldbuilding: I really enjoyed the New York setting, full of paranormal elements – angels, archangels, vampires -, and it was fun to travel to Budapest too 😀
Characters: Holly was the snarky, uber-spunky, independent, loyal and loving toward her family, rebellious, and colorful heroine of my dreams. She kicked ass despite her traumatic introduction into the paranormal world, and didn’t let her issues put her down. I adored how tortured she was throughout the novel and how determined to not let anything put her down.
Venom was the snarky, alpha, super-strong, and sexy smooth killer dude of my twisted dreams. Let me be honest here, I love male characters with a snake/reptilian thing going on (like Orochimaru from Naruto, or Scorpius from Farscape, for instance – they were villains, which made them even hotter, lol!). Other than the creepy eyes, lol, I really loved how he treated her – as a force to be reckoned with, not a vulnerable, breakable thing. So Venom totally did it for me on his own, and all the more as Holly’s partner.
They had charisma and sexual tension thick enough to cut with a single hair, let alone a knife xD
Plot: The story starts with a bang and keeps going strong. I loved the pace of events and there was enough gore and action to please my evil little heart. The slow burn romance was delicious.
Writing: Third person, past tense narrative, his/her POV. I adored their voices and banter. Really loved the fluid writing style.
Curb Appeal: Hot cover, hooking blurb – impulsive buy material for my PNR cravings.
The reason why this baby receives the Bomy Award of Excellence is, aside its awesome entertaining value that I elaborated upon, the fact that it was a 5+ butterflies read despite it containing the pet peeve PNR creature for me: angels. Nalini Singh rocked this baby in delicious and surprising fashion!
I recommend Archangel’s Viper to fans of PNR featuring vampires and non-cringe-worthy angels/archangels, deliciously snarky banter, and to fans of characters with reptilian attributes (like venom and uber-awesome snake eyes!). Big, big like!