Friday, December 02, 2011

Short & Sweet Reivew: Sins of the Angels by Linda Poitevin

Title: Sins of the Angel
Author: Linda Poitevin
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: The Grigori Legacy #1

Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages
Published on September 27, 2011 by Ace

Source: Bought at the bookstore

Purchase the book on: [Amazon] or [Book Depository

Summary (via Amazon):

A detective with a secret lineage. An undercover Hunter with a bullet-proof soul. And a world made to pay for the sins of an angel...

Homicide detective Alexandra Jarvis answers to no one. Especially not to the new partner assigned to her in the middle of a gruesome serial killer case-a partner who is obstructive, irritatingly magnetic, and arrogant as hell.
Aramael is a Power--a hunter of the Fallen Angels.  A millennium ago, he sentenced his own brother to eternal exile for crimes against humanity. Now his brother is back and wreaking murderous havoc in the mortal realm. To find him, Aramael must play second to a human police officer who wants nothing to do with him and whose very bloodline threatens both his mission and his soul.
Now, faced with a fallen angel hell-bent on triggering the apocalypse, Alex and Aramael have no choice but to join forces, because only together can they stop the end of days.
My thoughts:   

Sins of the Angels is the first book in a planned series, which features homicide detective Alexandra (Alex) Jarvis. There’s a serial killer on the loose, who happens to be a fallen angel who is trying to find a way back into heaven. In order to solve the murders and capture the killer, Alex will have to partner up with the supercilious but sexy Jacob Trent (Aramael). Aramael is a power, a fallen angel hunter who is posing as a mortal detective to stop his brother from murdering innocent people and wreaking destruction on earth.  What Alex and Aramael don’t know is that a murderous fallen angel is only the beginning of a sinister plan.

Mrs. Poitevin does an amazing job on combining angel mythology with police procedurals for an engaging story. There have been a lot of different angel books lately hitting the market. I’ve read a couple of books with angels, but I never enjoyed them as much as I did reading about vampire, faeries or witches. When I first heard the synopsis for this book, I was really intrigued by it and the cover reminded me of my favorite Fringe heroine, Oliva…I knew I had to check this book out. The beginning started out great but as you reached the middle of the book it felt like the story was being stretched. There wasn’t much happening, felt like I was reading word fillers till the next interesting scene. A little after the half-way mark, the book begins to pick up its pace as the author take readers through the many different plot twists. The other half of the book totally made up for the first half, and readers are left with a shocking cliff hanger till the next book!

This book would have been a solid 5, but there were two things that bugged me in the first half of the book which was the interaction between Alex and Aramael (Jacob Trent). There were moments when Alex briefly saw and felt Aramael’s wings, but she kept telling herself that she was only hallucinating and it can’t possibility be real. The two main characters also fight their attraction to one another for the majority of the book. They don’t really admit to their feelings till maybe three or four chapters before the book ended! Alex would keep finding reason not to get to know Aramael, and Aramael kept telling himself that it’s against everything he believed in/was told and he could never be with Alex, and that he shouldn’t feel the way that he does. I wasn’t a fan of the whole internal monologue they had going on.

Regardless of my little complaints, it was still a great well-developed story. I look forward to Sins of the Son (book 2), which comes out March 2012.  If you love reading about angels, or looking for a good new urban fantasy series than I suggest you give this debut novel a try!

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