ARC Review: Sins of the Angels by Linda Poitevin

Posted September 20, 2011 by Carmel in / 4 Comments

Title: Sins of the Angels
Author: Linda Poitevin
Publisher: Penguin Group
Published: September 27, 2011
My Copy: NetGalley

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.

Linda Poitevin’s first installment in her Grigori Legacy series is a unique cross between Dark Urban Fantasy and Mystery. At first glance, this combination of genres seems like an unlikely duo but rest assured; Poitevin marries these two styles together beautifully. In the earlier chapters I found myself caught up in the intrigue of Alex’s murder investigation but then the angels make their grand entrance and I found myself irrevocably glued to my eReader. At that point I knew that there’d be no sleep for me that night until I finished reading all 336 pages.

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the mystery side of this story. I used to be a big reader of Thriller novels up until I fell in love with the Paranormal genre. The format of the serial murders that Alex is investigating is well laid out. As a reader, I felt like I was part of the detective task force. I enjoyed following the trails and the clues that Poitevin cleverly lays out for us. My insides did a little happy dance every time that Canadian branded content weaved its way into the plot. Home grown supernatural authors are rare enough but those who actually incorporate canuck content are nearly unheard of! International readers will have no problem following the story because the Canadiana isn’t overwhelming but I couldn’t help but take note of Linda’s shout out to Toronto. I secretly hope that Alex’s next investigation will take her to Ottawa!

The celestial characters in Sins of the Angels are pretty gangsta! I fell off the angelic fiction bandwagon early on. I found that most authors portray them as goodie-two-shoes’. Anyone even remotely familiar with the bible knows that that couldn’t be further from the truth. I was thrilled to see Poitevin portray them in a more accurate light. I’m talking flaming wings, heaven’s wrath and archangels. Sweet! There’s still that all important “obey God’s will” rule and the angels follow a strict code but at least they’re not pushovers. Linda also incorporates her own spin on angel mythology which I found to be quite fascinating too.

Alexandra’s character is engaging, three-dimensional and relatable. There’s a nice balance between her tough cop exterior and her vulnerable, human core. I enjoyed witnessing her many internal debates while faced with a reality that includes angels. Jarvis struggles with the possibility that she may have inherited her mother’s schizophrenia vs the possibility that it’s not all just in her head. Alex remains uncertain for a very long time as to which is the better scenario. Is it better to be insane or to live in a world where God’s messengers really exist? I sympathized with her dilemma and understood her concerns. Aramael is a captivating character as well. He has his own internal war going on except his problems are of a much larger scale. The chemistry between this forbidden couple is electrifying. Not only are they in a race against time to prevent the apocalypse but they’re also battling with the impossibility of their relationship. I felt the Earth tremble when Alex and Trent finally lock lips!

In the final chapters I found myself counting down the pages while pulling out my hair trying to figure out how Poitevin could possibly wrap everything up with so little time left. When I finally made it to the conclusion I started jumping for joy only to find myself slammed back down by an unexpected twist. I can only guess as to where Linda will take the Grigori Legacy from here. Sins of the Angels shook me, spun me, flipped me and then ground to a halt leaving me breathless and reeling. What a ride! Jeez Linda, you have some explaining to do! The next book, Sins of the Son, is expected out in March 2012.

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4 responses to “ARC Review: Sins of the Angels by Linda Poitevin

  1. Great review Carmel! I also got a little giddy when the Canadian references were made. lol I found this to be a great start to a promising series. Can’t wait to see where Linda takes us. 🙂

  2. This sounds great Carmel!! I need to line up some new titles since I don’t have anything coming up after Lover Reborn and Sacrificial Magic.
    I just added it to my TBR, I’m going on vacation at the end next week, we are driving to Miami, so I’ll have plenty of time to read it on the way there..good thing the hubby likes to drive.
    Plus this also has Julie’s endorsement, I don’t need to know more.
    Thanks for the great review.