Warning: Cliffhanger (That’s just mean!)
A hard-as-nails cop. An undercover hunter. And a world made to pay for the sins of the angels.
Homicide detective Alexandra Jarvis is up against a serial killer unlike any she’s ever encountered. She has neither time nor patience for the arrogant new partner assigned to her in the middle of the case, but he seems hellbent on getting in her way—and under her skin—at every turn.
A millennium ago, Aramael sentenced his own brother to eternal exile. Now the fallen angel is back and wreaking murderous havoc in the mortal realm, and it’s up to Aramael to stop him—and to keep the stubborn human police officer out of his path.
With tensions flaring between them and Alex’s uncanny ability to see him for who he really is, Aramael’s mission and his soul are both in serious danger. Can he and Alex work together to capture the fallen one? Or will Aramael end up committing a sin more unspeakable than that of his brother?
“You’d better hope to Heaven that you don’t, Alex Jarvis. Because you don’t stand a chance against him. Not you, and not your entire police force.”
Okay, this was a book for me. I enjoyed the hell out of myself reading this. I can easily see why others wouldn’t. This is not the best book I’ve ever read, it is not the most unique, either. But, that is okay. This is, however, familiar. I didn’t find myself struggling to keep up with new events or anything. This is the type of story I personally enjoy to read from time to time.
This is a straight urban fantasy novel. There is a detective hunting for a killer who isn’t human, and is leaving bodies everywhere. There is a romantic interest that shows up that isn’t quite happy to even be there in the first place. The world at large doesn’t know that the supernatural, in this case Angels, exist in the first place, so it takes time to explain that it does. Just pure urban fantasy. This isn’t first person perspective, though. It is third, and it does jump around a bit. That took some getting used to, though I did get used to it by the end.
The main character, Alex, is a typical urban fantasy lead. She is angry at the drop of a hat. She is a detective with the local police department. The interesting parts about Alex is that she refuses to believe what she is seeing when she sees Aramael as an angel, all because of her past. Her mother was crazy, saw angels, and now Alex is seeing angels. Therefore, Alex thinks she is going crazy like her mother was. So, she resists and resists and resists the facts that are being presented to her.
Aramael, the love interest, is basically all anger. Everything makes him angry, probably even his existence. That and impatience are his defining features. He is just as blind as Alex is, because he wants to just be angry about everything. It is kind of exhausting being him.
I’ll give this series one thing, though. The police aspects of the story aren’t anywhere close to being the worst I’ve ever read. In some respects, they are actually better than a lot of series I’ve read. Sure, it has some things that would never, ever, ever happen in real life. But this isn’t real life, and they’re hunting an *angel*. I will say though, that their panic level is way too low. I wasn’t keeping count while reading, however at a guess, there must have been 50 dead humans by the end of this book, all within a span of about a week. In real life, the panic levels would be insane, both inside and outside the department, and multiple agencies would be called in to help.
Sins of the Angels, this series, has soulmates. Bonded at first touch. In a romance that will be forbidden between an angel and – well anything other than an angel. It is especially bad with an angel and a nephilim. Now, I have nothing against soulmate bonds, I actually kind of like them. However, there isn’t really much keeping these two together other than the bond. Then again, they didn’t really have much time in the book to get to know each other past the bond and the obsession. I hope for more out of this relationship in the coming books.
The series has an odd approach to love, so far. There are soulmates now, but they weren’t soulmates before. God took away love because of reasons that are really cruel. God is actually really cruel to the angels in general, now that I think about it. There are perspectives in this book from former soulmates, who are no longer because God took it away. This was all a bit confusing for a while, honestly, before it was all explained. And it took a while to be explained. Also, for an infodump, Poitevin chose the wrong people to do it – I don’t know why she chose one person talking to another person who had actually lived through it and understood the intricacies of it.
The world is very familiar. There are angels and nephilim and fallen angels. There is Lucifer and the Grigori who fell. There is a treaty in place to prevent war (the word apocalypse was used) between the angels and fallen angels, where they have to follow rules. Yet, those rules seem to be easily overcome by just kind of talking around it. The interesting thing about Grigori Legacy, is that they call the god “The One”, and The One is a she, and she is an active, talking member of the series. That is definitely different than normal. Also the angels are all bureaucrats. They listen and do what they are told. End game. They have no free will, only obedience.
I enjoyed reading the book. I know others wouldn’t: religious themes, soulmates for romance, the time it takes to get answers. However, for me, it was a great read. I enjoyed it on a personal level.
To read more reviews for this series, check out the Grigori Legacy series page!