Saturday, May 19, 2012

Sins of the Angels (Grigori Legacy #1) - by Linda Poitevin

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.

Review:  Sins of the Angels is a dark, sometimes melancholy, book that tackles murder, mayhem, angel politics and the apocalypse.  Strong characters carry this book, but at the same time, seemed to frustrate me to no end.  The world building was not a focus in this book, although I would have liked to have read more about Heaven.  The description in this book about the crime scenes and victims was gory and terrifying - I loved it!

Simple death did not satisfy whoever had done this, whoever had done the same to others.  There was more here than disregard for human life, more than a desire to kill.  This was...Alex paused in her thoughts, searching for the right word.  Obscene.  Depraved.  Another word jolted through her mind, and she shuddered.  Evil.

Alex is a detective, working a serial murder case.  Victims are turning up slashed and posed in the pattern of a crucifix.  There are no connections between the victims, and the police force is stumped.  Alex has been living on very little sleep, plenty of caffeine and a heaping amount of stress.  Alex was raised by her sister, and has a horrific past concerning her parents that is revealed in this book.

Jacob Trent, or Power (a choir of angels) Aramael, is send from Heaven to help Alex.  Why would Heaven send an angel to help a human?  Because Aramael's brother, Caim, is a Fallen Angel and is responsible for these crimes against humanity.  Aramael is the only Power strong enough to capture Caim.  Caim's motivations lie in gaining re-entrance into Heaven, while making his brother suffer.  Caim has pent up rage against his brother, because Aramael caught him once before and left him in Limbo for thousands of years, and kept Caim from his soulmate.

One of my issues with this book was the romantic tension between Aramael and Alex.  From the first meeting of these characters, it was obvious that they would be interested in one another.  Both try to fight off these feelings for roughly 80 percent of this book.  Aramael because he knows that angels should not be capable of feeling love or anything else towards any entity, especially a human.  Alex because she is stubborn and believes that "Jacob Trent" is a paper-pusher who has no business being her partner or on this case.

Aramael and Alex deny feelings for one another for what seems like the entire book.  They repeat their reasoning to themselves over and over again.  Once Aramael comes clean with Alex about himself, which she seems to accept without too much question, the actual romance begins.  There is not much romance, but it become obvious that these two have been pining for one another.  They share one moment together - one - in this entire book and then they are separated.  I did not read this book for the romance, however, it would have been nice to see them at least be less antagonistic towards each other for more of this book.  Poitevin does a nice job when she writes the romance in this story, and it's a shame we didn't see more of it.

Then he crushed her against the counter, his powerful length pressed against her every inch.  Hips lips found hers, fierce with hunger.  The ache in her belly turned molten and, in a single beat of his heart against hers, ignited into wildfire that spread to her every fiber.

This book changes point-of-view several times, which is something I really enjoy.  I love to hear different parts of a story from different viewpoints.  I was very interested in the subplot of Heaven's politics.  The One, which is the God-figure, created mortals and has protect them for thousands of years.  Her attention (yes - I said "her") to the mortals is what drove a wedge between her and Lucifer.  Those angels that followed Lucifer became Fallen Angels, and The One and Lucifer have been keeping a tenuous peace based on a treaty for a very long time.  If a Fallen Angel is killed by one of Heaven's angels, the treaty is moot and the war between Heaven and Hell, known as the apocalypse, will come to fruition. 

There is a lot of maneuvering, betrayal, disloyalty, egomania and sneakiness happening in Heaven.  Mittron, who requested Aramael for this hunt against Caim, has his own agenda.  I found Mittron to have an immature quality about him by the end of this book.  He is surely a more hated character than Caim, in my opinion.  The One, herself, is playing at some sort of game with another angel we meet later on in this book, Seth.  It will be interesting to see how all of this maneuvering plays out in future books.

"But it made no difference," Mittron continued.  "She relied on me, yes, but never really saw me.  Never saw that it should be me at her side, that it should have been me all along."

Another thing I had a slight problem with was the introduction of Seth as a member of the dreaded love triangle.  Almost this entire book is undercut with Aramael-Alex sexual tension.  Seth shows up late in the game, makes a comment about how extraordinary Alex is, and then by the end of the book, it seems that this is headed towards a love triangle.  This seems to be a set up for the next book in this series, but I cannot accept Seth in this capacity - at least not at this point.  Aramael and Alex share a frightening connection that I don't believe Seth can come close to.  

There is a big show down at the end of this book between Aramael and Caim, and an interesting conversation between The One and Seth.  There are a few surprises along the way, including the fate of Aramael.  Although I had a few issues with this book, I am looking forward to reading the next in this series, Sins of the Son.


Beth D. said...

I accidentally read the second book first which I really enjoyed! Great review, I look forward to going to crack open the first one. The second have some great character stuff in it, but I would have to say I was a little frustrated with it in the same ways you were the first one.

Beth ^_^

Jamie said...

Hi Beth! I have the next book in this series. I'm just waiting for some time to read it. The series seems to be off to a great start. I just want more, you know?

kimba88 said...

I am intrigued and might pick this up, despite the issues or maybe i will wait to read your thoughts on book

Braine @ Talk Supe said...

And here I thought this book was good based on the synopsis and cover. Seems like your recent reads are 3's I hope the next one is a 5 :)

Talk Supe

Jamie said...

Braine - it's not that I didn't like it. I did, for sure and I'm definitely reading the next one. I just had a few issues.

TheReadingPenguin said...

The relationship building sounds positively maddening! While I'm no fan of insta-love, that slow build can be just as bad. Great review!

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