Sins of the Angels

, by Kt Clapsadl

Sins of the Angels by Linda Poitevin
Grigori Legacy #1

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.

Alex is a homicide detective that doesn't play well with others, so when she is forced to take on a new partner whose arrogance knows no bound, the sparks were bound to fly. But personality conflicts are soon to be the least of her problems as there is much more going on than meets the eye in her latest case to catch a serial killer. Unknown to her, she has a secret lineage, and her new partner Trent is actually Aramael, one of the few Powers of Angels that hunt the Fallen. One of which is his twin brother and the very killer she is trying to catch, but there is much more at stake than a few mortal lives, for one misstep could trigger the apocalypse.

The romance between Alex and Aramael had so much potential to be a scorcher, but unfortunately things barely simmered in the end. I had such high hopes after seeing Aramael's almost violent reaction of hatred towards Alex in the beginning, just because one strong reaction usually leads to another. Seriously, how many times have we see seen characters in movies and books be fighting one minute, and then can't keep their hands off one another the next? Unfortunately, things just didn't play out the way I would have liked as they both seemed rather oblivious to the attraction for most of the book. Then all of a sudden it was like a switch was flipped and they were head over heels. But even then they wouldn't do anything about it, because their relationship was forbidden. I was just left feeling rather unsatisfied. 

Despite my issues with some of the aspects of Sins of the Angels, what kept me reading was the interesting mythology behind it. There are Angels, with different castes who follow the One true God (who actually is a Goddess), and then there are also the Fallen Angels who followed Lucifer in his betrayal of the Goddess. A war has been brewing between them for millenia, which is held by a very fragile truce. In the middle are humans, but they are at least protected from the fallen by one cast of the Angels, Guardians. The descendants of the celestial beings, called nephilim have no such protection, and are generally hated by the Angels, but coveted by the Fallen. All of these elements blended together made for quite the interesting cast of characters.

As much as I enjoyed the unique factor of the mythology in Sins of the Angels, in the end the book was only a mediocre read for me. There really wasn't enough forward momentum in any aspect of the plot or romance to really keep me engaged. In fact, the procedural aspect really seemed to be the main focus, and as I'm not a huge fan of them, it did make it a little hard to keep reading at times. In fact, I found myself skimming the areas of police work to just get past them, but unfortunately it felt like I was skimming more often than not. That being said, I don't plan to write the series off quite yet because the mythology is interesting, and I am curious to see the fallout from the ending of Sins of the Angels. Hopefully the next installment will focus a little more on the characters rather than the investigative side of things. 

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