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Angel Amour: Sexy or Sacrilegious?

Hush, Hush

Fitzpatrick's Hush, Hush

There seems to be a new and emerging trend in romance novels: the bad-boy angel.  Whether it is Nalini Singh’s “Archangel” series or one of the many teen novels about the Fallen Angel, you see these heavenly, celestial beings popping up all over romance novels.

Last night I was doing some late night shopping at my local Walmart–the only store open past 9:00 pm–and I came across a rather large YA (young adult) display of angel romances.  There was Becca Fitzpatrick‘s Hush, Hush, Lauren Kate‘s Fallen, and Alexandra Adornetto‘s popular release Halo.  It was crazy.  All of these books feature angel heroes–Note: Halo actually switches it up with a female angel–and love interests who fall in love with–you guessed it–mortals. Dun. dun. dun! How can it be?!?

So what is the appeal of the angel hero? I mean sure he is hott stuff what with being perfect and able to fly, but isn’t there something a little…shall I say….creepy about a romance novel where the hero is not only another species, but a divine being and holy messenger for God?  Cause, I hate to break it to ya, but the term angel actually comes from the Hebrew word mal’akh, meaning “messenger,” and the Greek angelos, which becomes the etymological root for the English word angel. Historically they aren’t exactly sex-on-a-stick beings. Plus, they were totally androgynous throughout most of history.

Guild Hunter

Singh does sexy archangels in her Guild Hunter Series

Angels–at least biblical angels–really aren’t supposed to be getting down and flirty, falling in love and lust with mortals.  So what is so sexy about a book in which they do?  Books about fallen angels are popping up left and right, and personally, I think it has something to do with the stories of rebellion and redemption. Fallen angels are both good and evil, divinity and humanity.  They are holy and yet they have fallen from grace. Much like the vampire, fallen angels are immortal (or so we would assume), sexy, and have this dangerous edge.  They are in a word–glamorous.

And I get that, but really, are angels the new vampires? Publishers seem to think go. Because of their immortality and heavenly looks, fallen angels have become the new “bad-boys” of YA, according to an article in Publishers Weekly that further states, “YA  angels also appeal because of ‘the intrigue of fallen nobility,’ said Jon Anderson, executive vice-president and publisher of Simon & Schuster’s children’s publishing division. ‘They sat on high and got cast down.’”

Last semester I looked at angel mythology in romance novels–hence the oh-so-pretentious use of Hebrew and Greek and the mini-etymology lesson–and during that independent study, I asked author Lauren Kate–via email on her website–why she chose to write about a fallen angel.  She responded:

“I’ve been writing love stories for as long as I’ve been writing. To me, the most complicated romances make the most interesting narratives, so I’m always looking for new obstacles to throw in my lovers’ paths. When I was getting my masters degree in fiction, I was studying biblical narratives and came across a line in Genesis (6:1-4), which describes a group of angels who fell in love with mortal women. Putting this reference together with a mention in Isaiah and another in Palsm 82, biblical scholars conclude that these angels were actually cast out of Heaven for their lust. Which means—you could say—that these angels chose love over Heaven. I found this to be an endlessly interesting set up for an incredibly complicated romance. I started thinking about what kind of mortal girl it would take to attract an angel’s attention. And what it would be like for her to find herself in this position. What kind of baggage would an angel have? What would her very over-protective parents think? From there, this whole world unfurled in my head with fallen angels, demons, reincarnation, and the war between good and evil all battling for a piece of the action.”

And in her book, angels are sexy. They really are.  Over the past year, I have read a lot of angel romances, and they are all different in their own way.  Michele Hauf‘s angels are bad guys in Angel SlayerNalini Singh‘s angels are sex personified and clearly not human.  J. R. Ward‘s angelic host run around playing polo and talking in British accents in the first of her series CovetBecca Fitzpatrick‘s fallen angel is dangerous, a predator, yet love has the power to make him good.  Sigh.  Even Cassandra Clare‘s popular YA series Mortal Instruments incorporates some angel mythology. It’s crazy and complicated and completely original, but it is still angelic.

But what about you? What do you think about the recent rise in Fallen?  Personally, I think they are fascinating–as long as I don’t stop too long to think about it–but I don’t think angels will ever be able to beat the vamps.  But then again . . . they don’t have to drink blood so maybe they will!

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March 29, 2011 at 9:21 pm 3 comments

Steaming Up Spring Break: Some Suggestions!

I am faced with a lovely 13 hour drive in the car tomorrow about to embark on my last spring break. EVER.  Well, probably for a long time unless I end up working in education.  I think adults call “spring break” vacation or something odd like that.  But anyway, in honor of my final foray into irresponsible, youthful vacays, I am dedicating this post to spring break reads…and some spring break romance suggestions.  I’ve got my kindle all packed–with wonderful romances that is–and don’t you want to know what made the cut? As I said before, I love me some lists.  So here it goes:

Whatcha Readin? Lizzie’s Epic Plans for Poolside Reads:

Damanding title no?

1. Call Me Irresistible by Susan Elizabeth Phillips.  Finally, after waiting for months, I have the time to pick up SEP’s newest release.  For those of you who are SEP fans, Call Me is Teddy Beaudine and Meg Koranda’s story.  Those names sound familiar?Think back…coming to you yet? If you said, “Wait, aren’t Ted and Meg the children some of our former SEP favorite characters?!?” Yes! They are.  Let’s see if their story is as good as their respective parents’ 🙂

2. The Perfect Mistress by Victoria Alexander.  This spring break, I am taking chances on some new authors for me and stories. A spicy Regency period historical, this book sounds charming, funny, a little spooky, and undeniably sexy, as it follows Lady Julia Winterset and Harrison Landingham, Earl of Mountdale.  Come on–who doesn’t want a little historical seduction to go along with their spring break?

3. His Heir, Her Honor by Catherine Mann.  I am not typically a HUGE fan of category/series books that deal with the whole “having a baby” theme.  I don’t know.  They don’t usually apply to my life or where I am right now.  Goodness.  College student + babies +pregnancy = scary as shit.  But I LOVE the title. Plus, maybe I need to expand my horizons and all that…

Past Readings? Lizzie’s Epic Former Poolside Reads:

1. Anything by Jennifer Crusie.  I know, I know.  Y’all are tired of me going on and on about Crusie.  But…I first discovered her on spring break, so I cannot not suggest her as a spring break read.  Plus.  Her books are so funny and sunny and the perfect reads for a lazy afternoon by the pool.  Go with a class like Welcome to Temptation or her newest Maybe This Time. You’ll fall in love–assuming you are not a robot.

Fairytales never mentioned the dangers of becoming a swan

 

2. Iris Johansen.  Another great spring break read.  Her romantic suspense stories are spooky, edge of your seat, and completely engaging.  Just what you need on a relaxed vacation.  A little spice and danger.  I really love The Ugly Duckling and The Face of Deception.  Only bit of advice–before starting one of the Eve Duncan stories–like her newest release–pick up Face of Deception.  It gives you the background and really will make the whole experience so much clearer.

3. Ransom by Julie Garwood.  A clear, fun, passionate, and suspenseful medieval romance.  Two things make Garwood’s book epic–in my opinion at least–the dialogue, which is witty, clever, and very realistic, and the characters who are more than one-sided stereotypes.  Sure the hero is a hunky, warrior, laird Alpha male who is a little cynical, but he is also protective, understanding, and too sexy for words.  Plus, Gillian the heroine is not TSTL (Too Stupid to Live), which is always really nice in my books.

4. Angels’ Blood by Nalini Singh.  A clever, sexy urban fantasy, this book is wonderfully written and really the hero Raphael?  He is simply angelic–note: he is actually an angel.  The first book in Singh’s Guild Hunter series, the book takes place in a world where angels and vampires are out in the open.  Some danger, some hott sex, some good reads.  Perfect for the beach–cause you just might need the ocean to cool off after this one 😉

So there you go my dearest friends.  Some books I hope turn out to be great, and some books that I personally think are worth multiple reads.  Trust me dearest friend, if you are looking for something to spice up your spring break and really get you warm, take a look at some of these books and bon voyage!

March 19, 2011 at 3:30 pm Leave a comment


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