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Review: Sins of the Angels by Linda Poitevin

>>Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Title: Sins of the Angels
Author: Linda Poitevin
Series: Grigori Legacy #1
Format: ARC
Pages: 325
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publication Date: September 27th, 2011
Publisher: Ace Books
Rating: B-

From Goodreads: 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.

Why did I read this book? I saw this book floating around the blogosphere and that it was written by a Canadian author. After I read that it was about angels, I knew I wanted to get my hands on it.

Source: My very first Goodreads First Reads win! Yes!

My Review
There are some really great things I enjoyed about Sins of the Angels and just a few things I think could be improved upon. The story follows protagonist Alex Jarvis, a Toronto police detective who's following a string of brutal murders with no leads on the killer. Our other protagonist is Aramael, a Power (an angel of the sixth choir) who is sent to protect Alex from the serial killer she's searching for. Aramael, being a Power, doesn't interfere with humans (that's for the lowly Guardians), and has an issue with this mission but tries to get through it since he is also hunting the serial killer, who happens to be a Fallen Angel. This causes a lot of tension between Alex and Aramael, of course, and then there's the attraction they share to each other.

I really liked the the characters, especially Alex, since she's a tough cop but she's not without flaws. She finds herself overwhelmed from her case and this is made worse by Aramael since she can see his true form if they touch. She thinks she's losing her grip on reality because insanity runs in her family.

I also liked the world building. Out of all the paranormal races (vampires, werewolves, etc) I like angels the most. I think they could be used more so I was glad to see a book based on that mythology. The angel hierarchy resembles the Christian one but with changes and also includes a history of the past thousands of years existing with humans. I think this mythology is nicely woven into the book that also has a feeling of a crime novel since most of it is spent trying to solve all these murders.

Some of the issues I had with the book is that a lot of the conflict the characters feel is created by them not telling the truth to one another. This is sort of a pet peeve of mine (I always say: why can't they just say it!) and it creates some fustration for me. I would have liked to see things resolved more between Alex and Aramael sooner in the story so we could have a better payoff at the end. The novel also ends wide open for another sequel and maybe I'm just impatient but I would have loved to see more closure.

Rating: B-
I'd definitely recommend Sins of the Angels for urban fantasy lovers, but I warn you: you will like the characters and may wish more from them that you won't get possibly until later installments in the series. It's a fast-paced read and filled with good world building and action to move the story along. I'll definitely be picking up the next book in the series when it comes out (I just have to find out what happens, darn it!)


  1. Lisa, will you be going to the signing for this in Nov? It sounds really good and your review has made me want to read it even more now.

  2. Cindy, yes I plan to go to the event! I want my signed copy :)



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