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Return to Book Page. Preview — Archon by Sabrina Benulis. Angels and demons do battle for a girl possessed by the spirit of a powerful, dead angel in this fabulous paranormal debut by Sabrina Benulis. Tbe is new wave urban fantasy, a tale of the supernatural that brilliantly blends passion, obsession, horror, and suspense in a way that will appeal to dark fantasy fans and paranormal romance readers equally. Hardcoverpages. The Books of Raziel 1. To see what your friends thought razieo this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about Archonplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Sep 19, Max rated razel it was amazing Recommends it for: I received the ARC version of this book from a friend who is in the industry and read it while traveling.

Maybe this synopsis will help out the other readers of the book as well since it seems they missed a lot of the information that was actually in the book though they said it was not there. As for the synopsis, this book is about Angela Mathers who is a tro I received the ARC version of this book from a friend who is in the industry and read it while traveling.

As for the synopsis, this book is about Angela Mathers who is a troubled young girl with obok rough past just released from an institution because of the angels she sees in her dreams and the way she reacts to the dreams. She desires to be with these angels so therefore tries to kill herself — mostly because she believes angels are in the world of the dead and dying will allow her to be with her them.

However, this is a very small part of the book!! She does not constantly try to kill raizel through the whole book like other reviewers have said. She really only oc once in the book, and its pretty minor. The author has a very vivid imagination and subtly hints at many details about Luz and the background throughout the story. The way she describes everything is really surreal!! After that though, the book really gaziel its stride!! To me, it takes no talent to dump a ton of info at the beginning.

This author sucks the reader in with curiosity and then keeps your interest with action, a tad of romance, twists, and rhe ability keep you wondering what will happen booi. I will say though that this book may not be for everyone. There really isn’t much romance in it so if you’re looking for that, I’d recommend you look elsewhere. Archon is an epic fantasy novel that has its own plot but still alludes to a much larger story that is yet to come in the next 2 books.

The plot is complicated and there are several characters so while some young adults can handle the book, there is action-type violence so it seems to be xrchon more for te young adults and up.

This author does not throw information in your face and I like that! She reveals it slowly in a deliberately planned manner. Careful readers will have no problem knowing what goes on in this book.

However, if you skim as it seems some readers on here doyou will be confused because you will miss things. Blood head — The author alludes to a blood head being someone who is shunned and described as a freak with red hair but does not say it specifically in the ARC version of the book.

Setting — There are quite a few references to Luz being on Earth. Characters — While this has been a complaint for a lot of people, I had no real problem with any of the characters and actually thought the idea of them being ambiguous in their alliances and motivations was daring and unique.

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Angela especially is very unique for a heroine, and whatever flaws she has are realistically presented. A Mary-sue she most certainly is not, and she has an impressive sense of integrity and determination, especially at the end.

This book does read like the set-up to atchon more epic and sprawling, though, and I think most people are confusing what is the need to introduce many important characters with a lack of development.

Anyway, for me, this book hit atchon nail right on the head! Who I would recommend this book for: Intelligent, detail oriented readers who like intricate and darker fantasy, fans of paranormal type thrillers archonn horror, and anyone sick of the same old thing. Rhe I would not recommend this book to: Those who need a Twilight variety plot with overly perfect characters, people who hate anything dark or gothic, arcgon those who like a very easy read.

View all 7 comments. Oct 01, Melindeeloo rated it did not like biok. The two things going for Archon are the gorgeous cover and the dark atmospheric feel to the writing especially with respect to the academy setting of the story.

Unfortunately, that isn’t enough to overcome the fact that the first third of the book is very confusing and that I really couldn’t connect with any of the characters. Archon’s protagonist is a Blood head, which has nothing to do with vampires, although that is what came to mind everytime I saw that word, but instead refers to a red-head The two things going for Archon are the gorgeous cover and the dark atmospheric feel to the writing especially with respect to the academy setting of the story.

Archon’s protagonist is a Blood head, which has nothing to do with vampires, although that is what came to mind everytime I saw that word, but instead refers to a red-head with witchy potential.

Angela dreams of angels and is suicidal when we first meet her, since Angela is sure that death is the vehicle to connect with the rasiel beautiful of the angels in her dreams but in each attempt to kill herself ‘something’ stops her from dying.

Much of the story is about various parties looking for a prophesied Blood head, ‘the Ruin’, who will become the vessel for a dead angel. Or wanting to be the Ruin in the case of the Angela’s nemesis Stephanie – who in a YA cliche, is the queen bee of a clique arhcon Blood heads faziel the academy where the story is set and is competition for the same ‘hot’ guy – in order take over Lucifel’s throne in hell.

Neither of these characters are likeable – actually none of the characters in the book are likeable – and neither are heroine material either. In tge pretty much all of the characters are at raiel gray, and personally, Rziel actually ended up being far more intrigued by the ‘villains’ of the piece – a djinn who is an angel offshoot that eats the some of the students and a demon who ends up behaving in a surprising way at the end.

Oh, by the way, both of these villains end up having more nobility than the angel who also is one of the players in the story. Archon was a very difficult book to read, I struggled through the first third and set this down twice at that point since I still didn’t have a clue as to what was going on, and while I can sometimes tolerate this in a first person narrative in which I am learning about the world with the narrator and am immersed in their reactions.

Angela is pretty raziiel emotionally, so bok it was just frustrating, and not enough of her background is shared early on in order to feel much sympathy for Angela. Quite frankly if my fifteen year old hadn’t convinced me that it wasn’t fair to write a review if I didn’t finish the book, I would just given up and at that point.

However, I did pick the book up again and approached it with a different mindset and once there finally is an explanation of what the heck is going on and some of the villains come out of the shadows as well, I found the middle of the book to be fairly interesting, and there is a gothic texture to the writing that is interesting as well. Unfortunately, the story loses thd around pageand when Archon finally finishes much is left unresolved since Archon is apparently a series starter.

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So bottom line is that before starting reading Archon I should have committed the back cover blurb to memory – I don’t read them before reading a book – I would have been far less confused because it turns out that the blurb actually shines a light on the setup to the story better than the early chapters of the boook did.

And if there had been a better intro to Angela’s horrible childhood it might have allowed me aarchon connect to her as a character early on as well, I probably would have liked Archon more – first impressions are crucial. But as it was, if I had purchased this book myself instead of getting the ARC free from the Gaziel Vine I wouldn’t have finished Archon even though there are a few bright spots in this dark murky confusing tale.

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I bookmarked a number of pages for discussion all incidences of idiotically purple prose. Page 22 – ‘The flames had muffled to a mass of burning cinders. It’s literally defined by the dictionary as ‘to cover or wrap up a source of sound to reduce razeil loudness’. Page 31 – ‘While most of her paintings remained hidden away in their portfolio cases, two of them hung on the walls, portals to either a dream or a nightmare, whichever happened to suit her fancy at the moment.

Archon – The Books of Raziel

She felt a kinship to both of them, one day aching for perfect beauty, and the next, for a grayness that wiped away her soul. Two of Angela’s paintings hang on the walls of her bedroom – that’s all we need to know, the rest of that waffle is totally superfluous and confusing AND irritating to read.

Page 42 – ‘Those pink lips pursed into a tightly controlled frown. Page 59 – ‘His voice promised secrecy and savory things.

Logic is a thing Benulis seems to feel is less important than flowery writing – as long as it’s apparently beautiful, that’s all that matters, right?

That’s all the bookmarks I made and I think that’s archob to give you an idea of why I stopped when I did. To top it all off I also had the same problems that all the other one star reviewers had – no connection nook the characters, a totally confusing plot, a very slow start, and the complaints go on. Obviously I won’t be looking for the sequels and the reviews would have to be something special for me to ever consider anything else by Benulis. Jun 22, Kristen rated it did not like it Shelves: I am baffled by all the excellent reviews.

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Are there 2 versions of this book out there and I have the razieo intended to bewilder and acrhon A fairie is an angel? Angela is the Archon but not?

She houses Raziel’s soul but doesn’t? And I still don’t know what the Ruin is! I found myself razieel entire chapters because I was so very totally confused. And unfortunately, there is no wiki page out there summarizing it in a coherent manner, with spoilers, so I can understand what I have read. I normally do that here on my blog, but i don’t even know where to start More of the review, and spoilers, to be found og seriestracker. Feb 06, Victoria rated it did not like it Shelves: Both the cover and the description definitely book me, but unfortunately this book failed to deliver on that promise.

The writing itself was not actually at fault, as what prose there was carefully written, with lush words and interesting word choices. Sadly, there was just not enough of this to pull this book through to be a success.

The characters, including many supernatural beings including angels, demons and jinn, were not fully fleshed out to be remotely sympathetic, or even interesting Both the cover and the description definitely enticed me, but unfortunately this book failed to deliver on that promise.

The characters, including many supernatural beings including angels, demons and jinn, were not fully fleshed out to be remotely sympathetic, or even interesting or comprehensible. This lack of exposition was the book’s main downfall.