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Sword of the Seven Sins (The Seven Sins, #1)

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From Emily Colin, author of the New York Times bestselling novel The Memory Thief.

Eva Marteinn never wanted to be a killer.

Raised in the Commonwealth, where citizens live and die by the code of the Seven Sins, Eva is sickened by the barbaric punishments the High Priests inflict. She sees the Bellators of Light, the Commonwealth's executioners, as no more than conscienceles
Paperback, 300 pages
Published August 3rd 2020 by Blue Crow Publishing
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Abbie | nerdyabbie
Aug 16, 2020 rated it liked it
This action-packed dystopian is filled with romance, thrills, and twists at every turn.

Fear is the enemy. Fear is the force that can break the strongest of men. But it will not break me.

It’s been a while since I dipped back into the dystopian genre (though thirteen year old me would have been raging - since that would be her favorite genre 😂), but I loved the tone of this one! The dystopian world, because of the code they lived by, was not necessarily futuristic, but regressive in many ways.
Thais • tata.lifepages •
Sep 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sword of the Seven Sins started off eerie and dark and I was hooked right away as the main character kills her first man. Eva has to become the one thing she despises: a Bellator. The pace only picks up from there, and the suspense killed me, I couldn't stop reading!

Her mentor Ari is introduced and a steamy romance is born. I was rooting for them from the start, and the enemies-to-lovers scenes were literally everything. I am so addicted to this trope as you guys know. But how could they be toge
Eva Taper-Boyd
Aug 18, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: my-name
the main character has my name.. it’s a given that i read this
Leigh Statham
Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
SWORD OF THE SEVEN SINS is a rollicking ride through forbidden love and deadly adventure. Collins has expertly woven elements of our modern society into a fantasy novel you will want to read more than once. I haven’t ached for love like this to conquer all since Tris and Four. Eva and Ari forever.
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a great start to the series! I love that it did not end with a cliffhanger; the ending was satisfying. I can't wait to see what's next for Eva and Ari. Such a thrilling book! ...more
"But if I have already sinned by wanting her, then perhaps what happens between us now doesn't matter. Perhaps we are already damned."

I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

When I first read the summary of this book, I was expecting a Roman-esque style fantasy novel involving assassins, but instead I got futuristic science fiction dystopian world wherein the Seven Deadly Sins are considered as the worst of all crimes and the Seven Virtues are the prime goals a per
Oct 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is one of the most special books I’ve ever read!! I finished it in one sitting and I was surprised and shocked in every single chapter. I was sucked in before I even finished the first paragraph! I absolutely love Eva, she is fierce, strong and so lovely. And Ari as well! He is the cutest mysterious boy I’ve ever read about.

So basically, in this world there are seven sins that no one should make otherwise their fate will be fatal! One of them is love and lust. No one is allowed to have a lo
Nicole Emerald Book Reviews  McCurdy
This new release from author Emily Colin is an absolutely mind-blowing, spinetingling, action-packed extravaganza. The level of imagination, passion, talent and poetry just flows out of each chapter like real life magic.

Everything is phenomenal but in particular our female protagonist. She is the embodiment of fierce, intelligent, diligent, courageous and strong. Not only in body but in mind. She complex and just when too think you have her character figured out, more twists and turns are added
Kristina W.
Aug 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When does the next book in the trilogy come out?! I am so glad I tried this new to me genre! This story is richly woven with details that pull you into Eva’s and Ari’s world. Then the story feels like it takes on a life of it’s own which makes the book difficult to put down. I completely enjoyed the experience of reading this story and can NOT wait for more!
Aug 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Couldn’t put it down once I started. Fast paced! The characters are brilliant and there is tons of action and anticipation! Emily Colins has created an incredible storyline, that has you on the edge of your seat! can’t wait wait for the rest of the series!
Aug 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is not a genre I normally read and am very happy to say I loved it! The plot is face-paced, the characters are well thought out, and the writing is great! I was engaged from the very beginning and now I can't wait to see what's to come of Eva and Ari in the next book!!!! ...more
Sarah Rudolf
Aug 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A masterpiece. Just finished The Testaments and Tamora Pierce’s Alanna series and this book was quite the mashup of both, but more action packed. I couldn’t put it down - the combination of Eva’s talented yet mysterious character and her fraught relationship with Ari plus the unfolding discoveries of characters and readers alike make this so fun to read.
S.E. Anderson
Apr 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, dystopian
An edge-of-you-seat, unputdownable roller coaster of a book. With So. Many. Feels.

This book took me completely by surprise: I assumed it would take place in some sort of medieval setting, but instead, it's in a dystopian, close-knit future society with 1984-level surveillance and a police-state run by the sword.

Imagine a society based on the Christian sins and virtues - but without belief. When a bastardization of morals are used to keep citizens in check. Eva and Ari live in the commonwealth
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Let me tell you--I am HOOKED.

This book is not only sizzling hot and exploding with tension, but the writing is crisp, clean, yet lyrically evocative.

Sword of the Seven Sins has it all—two badass assassins with heart who are forbidden to fall in love in their restrictive and cruel society--and yes—magic!

You will be on the edge of your seat and will fall in love yourself with the characters and this darkly romantic and thrilling novel. And like me, you'll already be waiting in line for books two
Lauren Faulkenberry
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book has a little something for everyone: adventure, a strong, smart heroine, a little genetic shenanigans in a post-apocalyptic world. The world building was wonderful, the adventure was delightful. There's a hint of romance and unforgettable characters. I can't wait for the next book! If you like dystopian fiction, shapeshifters, and kick-ass ladies, this is the book for you. ...more
Caitlin Sinead
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The world immediately drew me in with the intriguing mix of puritanical values and advanced technology. I'm also a sucker for heroes who are trainers, so I was instantly drawn to Eva and Ari's tense dynamic. I loved how they used wits and skill to fight for freedom and each other. This is a hot, fast-paced, beautifully written story you wont want to miss! ...more

Sword of the Seven Sins is the first book in a young adult fantasy romance series by Emily Colin. I loved this book so much you guys! I want the second book in my hands right now. My very next read is going to be the free prequel novella (more information on that below my review) This book was so interesting, and I was happy to learn that it was going to be a series by the time I finished reading. Although there is not much of a cliffhanger, which I appreciated, I am also super excited to j
Sep 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: dystopia, series, ya, romance
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"Sword of Seven Sins" throws the reader into the thick of it when it opens up with a 10-year-old Eva heading an execution.

Despite the constant brainwashing, Eva’s grown up to be wary of the way her society suppresses individuality, and this comes out in small actions that culminate in her breaking away from the Bellators. The scenes we get of her growing up help solidify her character in present time. The same can be sai
Delphine and Eyre
Dec 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“𝑆𝑜 𝑖𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑖𝑠 𝑠𝑖𝑛 - 𝐼 𝑠𝑎𝑦, 𝑙𝑒𝑡 𝑢𝑠 𝑠𝑖𝑛, 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑛, 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑏𝑒 𝑑𝑎𝑚𝑛𝑒𝑑 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑖𝑡. 𝐼’𝑙𝑙 𝑔𝑙𝑎𝑑𝑙𝑦 𝑔𝑜 𝑡𝑜 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑑𝑒𝑣𝑖𝑙 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝑦𝑜𝑢, 𝐸𝑣𝑎 𝑀𝑎𝑟𝑡𝑒𝑖𝑛𝑛“ 𝐴𝑟𝑖 𝑊𝑒𝑠𝑡𝑒𝑟𝑔𝑎𝑎𝑟𝑑

IS THERE A SECOND BOOK?! Someone tell me there is a second book coming?! Lord PLEASE!

Holy seven hells! This book is and probably will be my favourite book for 2020.

I have had this one sitting on my TBR stack for months on end, I always picked it up and thought nope, this one can wait. Why did I wait so goddamn long to give in to this delightful, sinful little t
Sep 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed for YA Books Central

What a ride!

The story:
Ari and Eva are young members of a society based on the seven deadly sins, and they are, in fact, quite deadly. One can be executed for exhibiting any of them or humiliated. Some are exiled, but that is considered to be the worst possible punishment because of the barbarians that supposedly live beyond the limits of their world.

When Eva is chosen to become the first female member of the exclusive warrior force, she is assigned to have Ari as her
Alison (theemptybookshelves)
This review might contain some minor spoilers.

welcome to the world where it is written if acts are sins or virtues

The Seven sins: Pride, lust, sloth, envy, Wrath, greed, gluttony

The first line of this book was so catchy. Ten year old Eva has to witness an execution of a condemned man in the Commonwealth. She lives in nursery in the Commonwealth, where execution is a honorable dead and exile towards the Borderlands is the worse.
The Commonwealth is this strict places with priest who punish people
Barsha Roy Chowdhury
Aug 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Forbidden Love

⚪Dystopian World

⚪Action packed thriller

⚪Deadly plot twists

⚪A badass female lead

Do we need anything more? You do? Fine.. I'll give you more reasons to pick up this book

In the Commonwealth, the citizens live and die by a code of SEVEN DEADLY SINS- Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Envy and Pride. These sins must never be displayed by the citizens. If by any chance they are found to be associated with any of these feelings, they are punishable by the code and the punishments are no
Jennifer K
Apr 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Let me start by saying I am addicted to dystopian stories but very few can hold my attention to where I stay up all night reading. This book absolutely did and only the fact that I have a (very active) two year old made me force myself to get some sleep.

Alright. So why I liked this book.

The world - it reminded me of a more developed, more detailed version of the world in The Giver. It was more restrictive than a lot of dystopian books out there now in the sense that intimacy (both romantic and
Michelle McFarland
Nov 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-reads
"𝐈𝐧 𝐦𝐲 𝐝𝐚𝐫𝐤𝐞𝐫 𝐦𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝐈'𝐯𝐞 𝐢𝐦𝐚𝐠𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐝 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐢𝐭 𝐦𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐟𝐞𝐞𝐥 𝐥𝐢𝐤𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐮𝐠 𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐡𝐚𝐢𝐫 𝐥𝐨𝐬𝐞 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐢𝐭𝐬 𝐛𝐢𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠, 𝐢𝐟 𝐢𝐭 𝐰𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐫𝐮𝐧 𝐥𝐢𝐤𝐞 𝐰𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡 𝐦𝐲 𝐟𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐞𝐫𝐬. 𝐈𝐟 𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐨𝐮𝐜𝐡 𝐰𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐛𝐮𝐫𝐧."⁣

Sword of the Seven sins is a dystopian fantasy novel that is action packed and filled with romance and twisted turns. In a world where love is a sin can Eva and Ari overcome this?⁣

I really enjoyed this novel and wanted to feature it on my page, I haven’t seen many people review this but I absolutely loved this book! It start
Tania Nunes
Sep 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What an incredible book! The world built is so good, Eva and Ari are great main characters. Eva is so strong willed and fierce, Ari is so skilled and I LOVE his thoughts! I love the relationship between them, the dynamic, the banter, all of it. And that Eva reveal left me shook, my mind exploding 🤯🤯🤯 since that reveal till the end of the book, it was action-packed!
Definitely a 5 stars read! Looking forward for the novella that came out about Ari and then wait till next year for the new book 😩
Oct 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book! The characters are amazing, dynamic and so easily liked. They battle what’s been engrained in them from before birth. A society with so many constraints and rules and they find each other. Even though they’re the perfect representations of what the society has spent years creating they find themselves.
The pace is perfect, not too fast and too detailed to bore the reader. The fighting scenes are amazing and I love their interactions. There’s twist after twist and I couldn’t pr
Apr 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Apr 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
3.5/4 stars for goodreads. Just looking at the synopsis had my attention. I was so excited to start reading this. I lost some momentum in reading this book around the middle of the story. I felt like the dystopian sub-genre was really nailed on the head. I wish that the main genre YA Fantasy was touched on a bit more. There was also some holes in the story that confused me. The ending really came through for me. The action scenes were written well, and left me wanting to know what happened next.
Sep 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was amazing from the haunting prologue to the last page. It had my attention and didn't let it go, and I loved it! The sizzling romance between the two main characters was everything, and I found myself wanting them to get together right away, which rarely happens when I read a book. Can highly recommend! ...more
Karissa Laurel
Jan 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is a series that starts out familiar (Hunger Games and Divergent immediately come to mind) but Colin then blends religion, science, magic, and romance to create a compelling story that is compelling and unique.

The next book in the series is coming out soon and you'll be glad it is if you read this book. Waiting for the continuation of Avi and Eva's story is torture! LOL
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Emily Colin's debut novel, The Memory Thief, was a New York Times bestseller and a Target Emerging Authors Pick. She is also the author of The Dream Keeper's Daughter and, for YA audiences, the Seven Sins series.

In addition, Emily is the co-editor and a contributing writer for two YA fiction anthologies: Wicked South: Secrets and Lies and Unbound: Stories of Transformation, Love, and Monsters.


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