Review: The Fallen: Raziel by Kristina Douglas (Audiobook)(Rating 3.75 Wine Glasses) #toberemo

Posted June 18, 2011 by Felicia S in Uncategorized / 13 Comments


From Goodreads: Kristina Douglas’s sexy new series introduces a realm of fallen angels and ruthless demons, where an eternal rebellion is brewing . . . and one unsuspecting woman can change the fate of the Fallen forever.
She was just an ordinary mortal . . .
“You’re dead” is so not what Allie Watson wants to hear. Unfortunately, it explains a lot. 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.

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Overall Rating 3.75
Story Rating 4.50
Audio Rating 4.50
Character Rating: 3.50

NOTE: I need to explain that this book, other than one moment, is a strong 4.5 for me. I really did enjoy the story, world building, and tone of The Fallen: Raziel.

(Going to do review in reverse order)

Audio Specific: Narrators Paul Costanzo & Karen White did a wonderful job on this audiobook! I am a huge fan of the duel narration as I think it balances the emotions/voices of the characters. In this case, both had similar timing and pacing which made the story flow very well.

Complaints: I only have one but to me it really made me dislike Raziel for awhile after (aka 3.5 for the character rating). The first time (since this is PNR, I don’t consider this a spoiler) that Raziel and Allie have sex, there is a question of whether it is by force or choice. I do feel she would have chosen to sleep with him but we won’t know because of the power he put over her. I even kind of understood why he did it but it was still bothersome for me.

What I Loved: I loved absolutely everything else about this story. I think Allie was a strong, resilient character that reacted much like anyone thrown in her situation would. She seemed to roll with the punches she was thrown with minimal whining (though she did a little) and with gumption (which I appreciated). Raziel was a great alpha in that even when he “knew” what she meant to him, he was fighting it. Why? Well dangit he didn’t want a mate. What is that saying? The bigger they are, the harder they fall! All of the side characters were richly descriptive and an integral part of the story. The world building, story creation, and pacing were phenomenal. I do believe these are angels that I am looking forward to reading more about, especially after that ending!

Why I gave this a 3.75: The one moment stuck with me for awhile and I wanted to strangle Raziel. He did grow on me again and I ended up enjoying this book immensely. Please, understand that this is just my POV as the reader and I do not think everyone will have a problem with that scene.

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RazielDemon (The Fallen)

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13 responses to “Review: The Fallen: Raziel by Kristina Douglas (Audiobook)(Rating 3.75 Wine Glasses) #toberemo

  1. Tara SG (25 Hour Boo

    Wow I think I want to read this even more knowing what you didn't like to see if I would feel the same way… Sounds like a good read either way!

  2. Smash Attack!

    I really enjoyed the fallen angel and nephilim lore in this one! I never really thought about their first sexual encounter in that way…

  3. Jenny

    That moment would certainly bother me as well, but it looks like the characters are well-done enough that you're able to overlook it somewhat. I'll have to give this one a try though I'm glad to know about that part going in so I'm not as put off:)

  4. Aisle B

    Ahem… would it be so wrong just to get the book for the abs-a-licious angel boy…. Right -o! I knew you would understands :)Great review and 3.75 wine glasses is enough since Allie sounds like my type of gal.

  5. Bookish Brunette

    Hmmm… So liek it was a question whether it was really consensual in your mind or the actual chicks mind??I'm confused. I'll reread it again the review again! No… still a little confused…The cover is STUNNING- with man candy. *ahem* Just sayin'.

  6. Melissa (Books and T

    I couldn't quite get past that part. Oh if it was only changed a little… I would have loved this book. That is why I won't dismiss the next one, but still admit it will make me a bit cautious while reading it.

  7. greg

    this just seems like an amazing audio book and honestly i like the whole angels and demons sides. i will for sure look for this book and read it as soon as i can.

  8. Missie

    I remember when Melissa (Book and Things) reviewed this book and she said the same thing about the sex part. I still bought the book based on her review, but I haven't read it yet!I'm a fan of duel narrations too, I just wish Audible would have more sales. LOL

  9. Paranormal Haven

    I liked this one but didn't love it. I had a hard time getting along with Raziel. I have the 2nd book in the series but I'm not in any huge rush to read it. Nice review!