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on December 28, 2011
Source: Received from publicist. Many thanks goes to Brady from Penguin US for sending me a copy of this book for review. I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.
My rating: 4/5

Sins of the Angels is aptly named as the world is set to pay in blood for the sins of one angel in particular. Aramael is sent to hunt the Fallen Angel wreaking havoc on earth, and goes undercover as a police officer to assist in the hunt for said angel. Alexandra Jarvis is one of the lead detectives on the case, and is highly annoyed when she learns that she has acquired a new partner midway through the investigation. She does not realize that the case has a supernatural angle, and it will take more than the entire police force to stop this killer.
Sins of the Angels ramps up the action, and keeps us guessing as to how different characters are tied into the story. Motives vary, and it is hard to decipher just which side of the playing field some of the characters are on. Alexandra Jarvis is a tough detective used to relying on no one. She is a believable character, and I enjoyed reading her story, even when she balked at various points throughout the novel. The interaction between her and her new partner, Jacob Trent, led to some interesting scenes. She doesn't want a partner and he doesn't want a partner, but they are forced to work together.
The action keeps the plot flowing rapidly, and the reader will inhale the book until they finish it. It is that captivating. There is a romantic sub-plot as well. Watching the two characters fight their feelings was intriguing especially knowing that said feelings should not exist. I'm curious to see what happens in the rest of the series, as the world could be irrevocably changed by said feelings. Trent or Aramael is also an engaging character. Watching him fight his emotions, and fulfill his duty to hunt down the Fallen Angels adds another dimension to the read. Knowing who the killer is and his relationship to Aramael also adds another twist to the story.
Certain descriptions and scenes are particularly gruesome, and realistically portrayed. The killer is methodical, and his lack of caring make the scenes all the more chilling.
Though there is a romantic sub-plot in the novel, it ramps up from barely there to all-consuming in moments without really spending time in between those stages. With the twist thrown in though, I'll be waiting to see what happens next between the characters, especially since there is the potential for a love triangle to develop in the next few books.
All in all, a bold and brilliant new read to add to the roster of great urban fantasy reads. Those new to the genre, and those who voraciously read the genre will enjoy this new author. Sins of the Angels may have left us with more questions than answers, but I'm sure Sins of the Son will answer some of them for us. I know I'll be reading it as soon as it comes out. Poitevin is one to add to the must read list.
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on November 3, 2011
Intriguing story, rich characters, and well-build realms, this dark Urban Fantasy kept me reading until my eyes were crossed. I could not put this book down. Ms. Poitevin's application of Angelology was brilliant. Her portrayal of a strong heroine who doesn't swoon at every flexed muscle, refreshing. Her world building with Heavenly beings loaded with their own foibles was scintillating and like nothing I have ever read before. I cannot wait to read the second book, due out March, 2012. Smart, sharp, sensational, with just one small question. If you haven't read this book, what are you waiting for?
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on January 31, 2012
Great read from the first to the last page! I haven't read this good of a serial killer book since Tami Hoag's older stuff like Ashes to Ashes and Dust to Dust. Sins of the Angels is of the same caliber. Loved the climax and loved that the romance was electrifying yet still subdued enough to not overshadow a deadly serial killer investigation. The angel's mythology was so intriguing, it kept me glued to the story, and the characters lived in my head all day until I could get back to the book. I am looking forward to the second book with much anticipation.
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on October 2, 2011
Alexandra works as an homicide detective in the big Toronto area and a gruesome series of murders are on her hands. The violence of each scene brings back painfully memories, but with the murderer picking up his pace, there's no time to dwell on her feelings. To make matters worst, her old partner retired and Jacob Trent has been assigned to her, and he is quite a piece of work, that arrogant prick. To good for paperwork and proper investigating, what kind of clown is he? What she doesn't know, is that Trent was sent from Heaven to protect her and help catch the paranormal killer. He might be an angel, but he is no slice of paradise if you ask Alex!

Sins of the Angels is like no other Urban Fantasy I ever read. The closest comparison I can think of is Diana Rowland's Kara Gillian series because of the strong thriller aspect. Sins of the Angels is deeply rooted into law enforcement work and even though I don't know much about police investigations, everything seems very real, and I'm sure Linda Poitevin did her homework to create a world as close to reality as possible. Because it's the world Alex lives in. She doesn't believe in supernatural and denies it's very existence until she can't hide from it anymore.

The psychological aspect is as strong as the police element and it's another reason why this book stands out. You spend a lot of time in Alex & Aramael (Trent)'s heads and you are privy to all their thoughts, their beliefs, their dilemmas and feelings. I usually prefer first person narration but Linda's choice to use third person narration served her well, because it allows the reader to understand the character's motivations, even though I wanted to smack Alex on the head at some point. Boy, that girl is stubborn!

The entire story line happens in a few days windows, but because we follow everything that happens, and the characters don't sleep much, it feels longer than that. The plot progresses steadily though and will keep you on your toes.

I was shocked and died a little inside when I read the last chapter. Linda Poitevin, you are a very cruel woman! She must not believe in happy endings because the end is horrific and cruel, but at least she supplied us with a spark of hope. I absolutely can't wait for the next installment and thankfully the release date is just a couple months away.

My Verdict:

Sins of the Angels is a thrilling Urban Fantasy with a strong psychological element that will leave you breathless and craving for more. Just remember, Heaven doesn't necessarily means good, and good won't always prevail, so keep your head low and buckle-up for a macabre trip to Toronto.
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on January 11, 2014
From the moment the first chapter started this book grabbed my attention and held me fast as the plot developed.

Alex Jarvis is a police officer with attitude. What starts out as a serial killer case where she knows how to catch the bad guy turns into a war from heaven above.

Jacob Trent isn't what he seems. He knows the serial killer well - they've been brothers since the dawn of time. He's assigned to help Alex Jarvis find the serial killer. Only he's been assigned as part of the hunter of Fallen Angels from heaven and his duty is to protect Alex. She's Nephilium. And because she is the world that this author creates gets complicated fast as the story moves through Earth and Heaven to stop a war.

Oh, and they're attracted to each other.

Just a little more complicated for the author but dropped in so well you just want to keep reading! Their chemistry is hot.
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