Friday, August 12, 2016

New Release : Born Sinner (Se7en Sinners) by S.L. Jennings

Twenty-two years ago, I was cut from a cold, sodden womb, and cradled in the filth and poverty of Chicago’s concrete arms. Statistically, I wasn’t supposed to survive these streets past the age of eighteen.

Fate had a different plan.

I was bred for one purpose and one purpose only: to unleash death and destruction on my world.

My thoughts are power.

My words are weapons.

Evil created me then grace tried to save me. But first… they tried to kill me.
They call themselves the Se7en. They are sin and salvation, and everything we’ve feared from the beginning of time. And their leader is the deadliest of them all.

He doesn’t lose.

He doesn’t compromise.

And most importantly, he doesn’t distract himself with mortal weakness.

Not until me.

Kill one to save a million.

That’s what he told me when he took me as his prisoner.

Kill one to save a million.

That’s what he’s been trying to tell himself ever since he took me into his arms.
I'm a big fan of paranormal books. So I always get excited to find new-to-me authors in the genre. This is the second book by S.L. Jennings I've read but the first from her in paranormal...and I loved it. A story as old as time, a war waged between "good" and "evil", angels and demons, witches, warlocks and even vampires, a touch of horror, this book had it all. Themes of love, redemption, forgiveness, and hope were woven into darker themes of loss, excess and temptation. Jennings created a rich and vibrant world where not all is as it may seem and even sinners dream of walking a path in the light. Evil isn't necessarily darkness and good isn't necessarily light.

Eden has been an outcast and toss-aside her entire life. She has always known she was different. With an ability that entices her into darkness and puts a target on her back, she drifts through life trying to be unseen and forgettable. L, and his family, the Se7en Sinners are damned but walk a path seeking redemption against their very nature. They are warriors in a war most don't even realize is happening around them. He is a brute force and a broken man and may be the only one who can save Eden from herself.

There were a few moments I felt that little bit of familiarity pricking at the back of my mind, the familiarity that you experience when you you've read or watched a lot of one particular genre. It was distracting only for a moment until I cleared my mind and just let Eden's story draw me further and further in. Although I loved all the characters, there was a time or two Eden was a little bit flip floppy for me in her interactions with L. Sometimes it made sense and other times I thought it had moved past that. Regardless, I found myself lost in these characters, their journey, the story and the emotional highs and lows that made you smile, gasp, laugh, yell and feel that gut punch angst. There wasn't one part of the story from beginning to heart stopping end that I didn't enjoy.

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