Sins of the Angels – Linda Poitevin [Review]


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Blurb for Sins of the Angels

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.

Jen’s Review of SINS OF THE ANGELS

*This is an update version of a review that first appeared on our old blog Books That Hook.

I read Sins of the Angels because I had already read it once before and loved it. I borrowed a copy from the public library.

The Story

Sins of the Angels  is about a workaholic detective named Alex who is investigating a series of murders perpetrated by an angel named Caim. Of course, she doesn’t know this. Nor does she know that the new partner assigned to her is also an angel. Even when she catches glimpses of his wings, she refuses to believe it.

Her partner Trent (Aramael) is trying to track down Caim, who is his brother. He also has to keep an eye on Alex because she’s a nephilim, which is exactly what Caim is looking for. He believes he can use a nephilim to help him get back into Heaven since he’s been exiled for so long, no thanks to Aramael. As the story progresses, Aramael develops feelings for Alex, which get in the way of him being able to track and stop Caim.

Alex spends most of the book trying to catch Caim with good-old-policework. Despite her ancestry, she’s just a regular woman trying to do her job the best way she knows how. For a long time, she’s kept in the dark about Caim and Aramael’s true nature.

I’m not sure how to classify this book. In some ways, it seems like urban fantasy, especially since the author developed the mythology so thoroughly. In other ways, I’d call it a paranormal police procedural.

There’s just the right amount of romance for my taste. There’s action, mystery, a conspiracy, and personal obstacles. What’s best, in my opinion, is how Poitevin blended everything together to fit with the world of angels she created.

The Characters

Alex, stubborn and thick-headed, refuses to see what is right in front of her. This might annoy some readers. But, I still liked her. I think disbelief is a natural reaction. It’s much easier to accept you’re seeing things than it is to accept your partner is an angel.

I liked Aramael too, even when he was posing as Trent. He’s a tortured soul who is a bit of a mystery. It doesn’t hurt that he’s hot too.

The Writing

Linda Poitevin’s writing style is clear and easy to visualize. Every word and every scene felt like it had purpose. I loved this book, and she became one of my favorite authors.

Do I Recommend?

If you haven’t read Sins of the Angels yet, I strongly recommend it, especially if you like books that mix the supernatural with detective work.

In conclusion, I want to repeat: don’t expect a lot of romance. Also, I should warn you that the ending isn’t happy.

This book’s strengths are as a police procedural and thriller, along with an original interpretation of religious elements.  Sins of the Angels is thrilling, dark, sexy, and suspenseful.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars (A)

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About Jen Schaper

In addition to being a book blogger, I am a mother of three children, a retail backroom coordinator, and a wannabe writer (when I make time to do it).
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