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Sins of the Angels (Grigori Legacy #1)

3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  1,050 ratings  ·  218 reviews
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 P
Mass Market Paperback, 325 pages
Published September 27th 2011 by Ace
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I really had no expectations going into this book, so I was pleasantly surprised to find myself with an absolutely engrossing story. There is a definite romantic angle at work here, but it would be a mistake to go into this expecting a HEA at the end. I’ll get into that more a little later, but I just wanted to make that clear up front. Sins of the Angels stays true to Urban Fantasy and has set up a romantic arc to span multiple books.

One thing I loved about this book was the fact that the roman
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All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

SINS OF THE ANGELS is the first book in Linda Potevin’s Grigory Legacy urban Fantasy series about a homicide detective and the angel assigned to help her track down a fallen angel who is ritualistically slaughtering people. There’s plenty of blood and action scenes, new angel mythology, and the foundation set up for a romance to develop in future books.
The romance was my favorite part about SINS OF THE ANGELS because it was so unconventional. An angel t
Jacob Proffitt
This book would have been vastly improved if it hadn't been angels, God, and/or heaven. Aliens, maybe. Or, I dunno, wizards. By invoking biblical naming, however, you expect some of the biblical concepts of angels and heaven to apply: things like love, compassion, or even justice. Instead, we have a venal heaven run through privilege, manipulation, scheming, ambition, and rage. Oh, and one where "love" was completely removed eons ago because it's a weakness. Right. God removed love from heaven b ...more
Dark Faerie Tales
Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Nothing hotter than a man with wings, eh ladies?

Opening Sentence: It was done.

The Review:

God really is a woman. Well, at least in this book, she is. In Ms. Poitevin’s version of things, The One was once Lucifer’s companion, soulmates if you will. It was she who created the race of humans, and he who, like we all know, led us down our path of destruction, also taking with him a choir of angels called the Grigori, those that were meant to watc
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

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
I loved this story! I've always loved stories with angels, and this one just made me giddy with happiness. The tension between Alex and Aramael is current and overwhelming at times. You just keep waiting for something to happen between them. WOW! ZING! BOOM!

The author really took some good steps with creating her idea of heaven & hell! Love that the "ONE" was female... who didn't know that?

I'll recommend this to anyone that enjoys a good thriller romance. It's a great start to what could b
Blodeuedd Finland
It was good! Yes you know it's good when I start a review like that. It just built up and got better and better, until I could not put it down even though I was at work. I even dreamed about it during the night. She sure knows how to build up the tension until you just can't let go.

Alex is a cop and she is tough, but she also hiding a lot. Something dark from her past that still haunts her, and knowledge that she is fragile. I liked her. When her new partner was an ass she told him so, she did n
Lady Heather
There are so many things I loved about this story... starting with the fact it takes place in Toronto, a place I've lived and love!

I also really liked the research the Author did on Angels, and what She took from the Bible about Lucifer's betrayal and how a 1/3 of all the Angel's fell from Heaven. I liked that She acknowledged that Angel's 'chose' to follow Lucifer.

The Author also had the Angel's have families and Soul-mates before the Fall... and after the Fall, God took the Angel's free will,
Bryan Schmidt
If there's anything I'd generally say I wanted to read about less than Zombies and Vampires, it's angels. I lived through the whole 90s angel craze, and, well, I still have wing scars on my back. So why am I reading two books by Linda with angels? Because they're so damn good. Oh no, I started out reluctant. I was reading this one because I'm doing an interview with her and she's a friend of a friend who recommended it. But then the book went and got all good and un-put-downable and all and darn ...more
Chrysoula Tzavelas
This book had the seed of a good story. Unfortunately, it was planted in a patch of tired old tropes that stifled the seed’s growth.

I wanted to like this book. I wanted to love it. And it started out in such a promising way. The heroine, Alex, is a competent, detail-focused homicide detective who has overcome horrible trauma in her past. The hero, Aramael, is a hunting angel, who, okay, broods and reads poetry, but is framed by an interestingly bureaucratic Heaven. The bad guy is a fallen angel
Aug 12, 2011 Jennifer rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: urban fantasy fans
*This review is based on a advanced reader's copy of the book I won through Goodreads FirstReads Giveaways.*

I've read a lot of paranormal/urban fantasy over the years, but this is the first book I read that featured angels, and I wasn't exactly sure if I'd like it or not.

But I did...a lot.

A serial killer is plaguing the streets of Toronto, and homicide detective, Alexandra Jarvis is on the case...and saddled with a new partner much to her chagrin.

Aramael is an angel...a Power to be exact; a hun
At first, I'm so excited with the idea of homicide investigation and angels. When Alexandra sees Aramel's wings for the first time, I think, cool, this is going to be awesome.

UNFORTUNATELY, even if she is shaken, she doesn't say anything about it, being afraid that she is insane like her schizophrenic Mom. And this drags on and on!!! I'm getting annoyed and very impatient with Alexandra questioning her insanity in between the investigation and repeatedly asking her superior to switch partners.
Shanshad Whelan
Couldn't really get into this. If you're going to do something with angels and demons . . . or aliens . . . or monsters . . . or any kind of critter that is supposed to be distinctly NOT HUMAN by definition, then I really would prefer them to act in that way.

The set up pretty much has angels acting like a bunch of humans, with human desires goals and motivations. I didn't buy it, couldn't buy it. There are other angel tales out there I like more than this, though I will admit it's not my favorit
Really liked this book, a story of a detective chasing a serial killer who starts to see wings on her new partner and is convinced she is going insane following in the footsteps of her mother. Turns out theres a whole other explanation for her feelings and whats happening, if she could only get to the bottom of it.
As I say I really liked this book, really interesting with a good storyline and the only reason it didnt get a 5* is because the ending had me confused but I'm not worried because
Qwill / The Qwillery
Sins of the Angels is the first book in The Grigori Legacy series and is Linda Poitevin’s a debut. The story takes place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and centers around Alexandra Jarvis, a homicide Detective for the Toronto Police. Horrific serial murders are taking place in Toronto and Alex is on the case. The murders dredge up awful memories for Alex. At the same time Alex is dealing with the murders and trying to tamp down those memories, she’s assigned a new partner – Jacob Trent. He has been ...more
Short review: Wow, with her debut novel Linda Poitevin made her entrance into the world of writers with a BANG! Yep, all capitals. Such a thrilling and amazing start to the series, that I couldn't put it down and read until 3am when I hit the last page. Of course the breath I released wasn't much of a relieved and satisfied one as Linda Poitevin left us with a heartattack inducing cliffhanger ending, but it was the perfect conclusion to the first instalment! I SO cannot wait for more!!

Detailed r
Sins of the Angels was pretty good, dark UF with angels and the world building drawing heavily on Christian angel mythos, the series gets its name from the fallen Gregori angels who gave forbidden knowledge to the humans they were supposed to guard (and Nephalim are their half human children).

Angel Aramael, whose job it is to hunt rogue angels, forms an unlikely connection to the mortal he is sent to guard, homicide detective Alexandra Jarvis, who has a touch of angel blood, and who, as a Nepha


Ok, I'll be brutally honest with this review. The book was a chore at times to read and on more than one occassion I was ready to throw the book to the side, but dut to trying to do better in my reading challange I trudged along.

So why, do you ask did this seem such a trudge. It had everything going for it. Fallen Angels. Avenging Angels. Impending apocolypse. IT should be a joy to read, but what its big faili
This book grabbed my attention by offering some of my favorite types of characters…angels. I have read many books that featured angels but none of them in such a way as this one. What I liked is that this book put a fallen angel in the role of the really bad guy. It wasn’t just hinted at but actually detailed. One of the fallen angels is trying to earn his way back by finding and killing a Nephil. So we end up with a serial killer that is going to be impossible to catch because he is a fallen an ...more
I'm not sure how I could have missed this series so long. Ok, no, I know, I'm lying to myself. I'm responsible, because I'm biased. I fear I saw angels in a Christian contest and run the other way (religion has that effect on me).

I'm glad that I stumbled on Sins of the Angels a second time.
The book has a dark world that so suits my mood, a heroine that is both strong and frail, a blurry line of good and evil (how good is Good when it hurts people in his path to reach a its Goal? Ahhh, moral
Kathy (Kindle-aholic)
3.75 - rounding up.

I would say that if you are of a particular religious persuasion and dislike anything that tweaks with certain aspects of the Creator, Lucifer, Angels, then you will have some issues here.

I love that kind of stuff, so those parts were my favorites. Definitely changes the dynamic of the battle between heaven and hell.

To be honest, the set-up of the whole world and Heaven/Hell were of more interest than the main characters. Not that they were bad, but they were a bit cold and pr
Alexandra works as an homicide detective in the big Toronto area and a gruesome series of murders are on her hands. The violence of each scene brings back painfully memories, but with the murderer picking up his pace, there’s no time to dwell on her feelings. To make matters worst, her old partner retired and Jacob Trent has been assigned to her, and he is quite a piece of work, that arrogant prick. To good for paperwork and proper investigating, what kind of clown is he? What she doesn’t know, ...more
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Sins of the Angels is first in Linda Pointevin’s Grigory Legacy series with a fresh new look on Angels and Demons; good and evil. Alexandra Jarvis is a homicide detective in Toronto, Canada working a particularly gruesome serial killer case where the body count is high, but the savagery and depravity is higher.

Fighting demons from the past become a struggle for sanity when Alex meets her new partner, Jacob Trent. From their very first meeting, Alex recogniz
Rich Weatherly
Five Stars to SINS OF THE ANGELS: The Grigori Legacy
by Linda Poitevin

Spectacular Debut Urban Fantasy

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…

When SINS OF THE ANGELS: The Grigori Legacy hit the book shelves in September 2011, it did so as resounding success with stellar reviews by the literary community, and with good reason.

Linda Poitevin’s debut urban fantasy novel will grab you and take you on a thrillin
Spoiler Whore says calm your tits people, it's just a book
3.5 stars

It took me awhile to get into the storyline and characters. The last couple of chapters really got me hooked.


Alexandra Jarvis: Human but later revealed as Nephilim(half angel half human). She is a homicide detective and is involved in some gruesome murders that causes flashbacks on her childhood memories.

Aramael: A Power. A hunter of Fallen Angels. He is put with guarding Alex and is later revealed that they are soulmates. He has feelings for Alex but doesn't want them.

Kathy Davie
First in The Grigori Legacy urban fantasy series about all kinds of angels and free will in Toronto, Canada. A.K.A., Clichéd Sins of the Angels.

My Take
I'm conflicted on this one. I like the concept, but Poitvein has either the characters or events doing such stupid things, and there's a bit much of the same 'ol, same 'ol with it's blend of Thomas E. Sniegoski's Remy Chandler with a bit of Cat Adams' Blood Singer with a strong sense of Alex Hughes' Mindspace Investigations (which actually was pub
The problem with Sins of The Angels is that it's full of potential to be a great story, but it doesn't deliver. My problem is that I should stop looking for Elena and Raphael in every angel book out there.

Alex is a tough weary detective, who is ruled by her childhood fears. Her mother was a schizophrenic and killed her own husband. Alex found the body. The case she is working on now is getting to her and raises her old fears that she inherited her mother's illness.

She believes she is working on
3.5 stars

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
V.a. Dold
Since here at Tea and Book we focus on new authors for reading selections and reviews, we will quite often feature the first book in a new series. We all know what that means right?….The book is setting up a whole new series so not everything will be done the way you like but on a whole the series may end up being a favorite. (You all speak Vickie right? I understood what I meant lol)

I have never read urban fantasy before so this is a new genre, first book and new series all rolled into one for
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Linda Poitevin lives just outside Canada’s capital, Ottawa, with her husband, the youngest of three daughters, one very large husky/shepherd/Great Dane-cross dog, two cats, a rabbit, and a bearded dragon lizard. Turned down in her pursuit of a police career after a faulty height measurement, Linda vicariously lives out her dream of being a cop through her characters. When she isn’t writing, she ca ...more
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Grigori Legacy (4 books)
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  • Sins of the Lost (Grigori Legacy, #3)
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