Book Review: “Elena’s School of Horror” by Nalini Singh

Posted August 13, 2018 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews / 2 Comments

Book Review: “Elena’s School of Horror” by Nalini Singh

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

"Elena's School of Horror" by Nalini Singh
Genres: Paranormal Fantasy, Alternative History
Published by Author on July 17, 2018
Pages: 5
Format: PDF
Source: Author

Also by this author: Archangel's Legion, Archangel's Shadows, Archangel’s Enigma, Shards of Hope, “Fairy Balloons”, "An Unexpected Guest”, Allegiance of Honor, "The Song of the Wolf", Silver Silence, Archangel’s Heart, Archangel’s Viper, Ocean Light, Cherish Hard, "Ain’t No Party Like A Bear Party", Archangel's Prophecy, "One Night At The Refuge", "Secret Things", Rebel Hard, Rock Hard, Wolf Rain, "Clean and Dirty", "Wolf School", "Naya’s Most Important Visitors", "Grocery Shopping", "A Gift for Kit", "Movie Night", "Kaleb and Sahara’s Meeting with Sascha and Lucas", "Housewarming at the Orchard", "Christmas in the Kitchen", "Stalking Hawke", "Romancing Drew", "Sunday Morning", "Rowan", "Baubles & Ben", Wild Embrace, Love Hard, Rock Addiction, "Music Awards", Rock Courtship , "Rock Courtship Memo"s, Rock Redemption, "Sunshine", Rock Wedding, "With This Memo", A Madness of Sunshine, "Beary Tiny Ghosts", Alpha Night, "A Wedding Breakfast", "Poker Night", "Knives and Sheaths", "Seedlings", "Star Kissed", "A Walk on the Cliffs", "Wild Cat Blues", Slave to Sensation, Caressed by Ice, Visions of Heat

A free short story, 9.2 in the line-up, from Nalini Singh’s July 2018 newsletter in the Guild Hunter paranormal romance series set in an alternate history and revolving around former Hunter-now-Archangel Elena, taking place after new family members come to “life”.

My Take

It’s a sweet bit of “therapy”, as Elena works to fulfill her promise of horror. It’s a tricky one, as some event occurred 200 years ago in Aodhan’s past that has him too traumatized for normal life. Well, normal for an archangel.

I loved how into it Aodhan got, reacting just like a human in all the “right” spots, *giggle*. It must’ve warmed Elena’s heart.

““I am in character,” he answered before taking another handful of popcorn. “Horror movies are not an angelic thing.”

Singh uses third person point-of-view from Elena’s perspective, which provides all the fun and fears of the story while keeping Aodhan’s past a secret.

It’s not all for Aodhan though, as events in Archangel’s Heart, 9, have left Elena raw as well.

The Story

It’s a tough obligation, choosing the right horror movie when introducing a newbie to the genre. It can’t be a film that brings one’s personal horrors back to life, but it must be a good flick that represents the genre well.

And sucks them in…bwa-hah-haaa…

The Characters

Elena Devereaux still works as a Guild Hunter, tracking down naughty vampires, but as a newly formed archangel, she must learn how to function in the world of the Cadre and support Raphael, her mate, the terrifying Archangel of New York.

Aodhan “Sparkle”, the glittering diamond of an archangel hates for people to touch him. The blue archangel, Illium, was his boyhood friend and the only one whom he permits physical nearness.

The Title

The title is too perfect, as this is truly “Elena’s School of Horror”.


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2 responses to “Book Review: “Elena’s School of Horror” by Nalini Singh

  1. I never connected with this author’s work but I did try her during my first forays into the minefield of UF/PNR. It was through reading stuff like this that I learned my likes and dislikes in the genre so I don’t regard it as time wasted! It wasn’t to my taste but there was nothing wrong with it so I see why she remains popular!

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