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Grave Sins (Cin Craven #2)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  780 Ratings  ·  59 Reviews
In the arms of her lover Michael, Cin Craven has found satisfaction for her most primal longings, reaching heights of pleasure no mere human could ever imagine. She has also found a purpose for her unearthly powers. Cin is a member of The Righteous, a band of slayers that hunts down vampires who inflict evil upon the world. With Michael by her side, Cin's latest mission br ...more
ebook, 352 pages
Published February 3rd 2009 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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Laura the Highland Hussy
I have recently fallen in love with a new heroine.

Cin Craven is such a great heroine, and my favorite thing about this series is that she and her consort Michael stay faithful to each other. You don't get that too often in a UF series.

It's 1828, it's been about 14 yrs since the first book, since Cin died/became a vampire. In the beginning we see Cin taking her yearly 2 week long vacation back in her home to visit her family. What we see (that is usually touched upon but never utilized) Cin keep
Julie (jjmachshev)
Reviewed for; book release Feb09

I read and reviewed Jenna Maclaine’s first book “Wages of Sin”. When I did, I said I was looking forward to her next book and was interested to see where her characters were going. Well, “Grave Sins” was just as enjoyable for me as the first one and even with the glut of paranormals on the market today, I think Maclaine offers something a bit different and well worth the read.

It’s been 13 years since Cin ‘died’ and became a vampire in early 1800s
♥  Sam ♥ ~S2~Im made of awesomness
Ms. Maclaine I you!

I sat down to start reading Grave Sins and didn’t get up till I was finished. It was that fantastic.

The second Chapter in Maclaine's magical adventure series kicks off with Cin and Michael trying to have a vacation. When a murder mystery is thrown their way they have to end their holiday abruptly and head to the scene of the crime.

The trip turns heated and threatens to tear Michael and Cin apart at every turn while the mystery remains unsolvable.

Im pretty sure my stomach plu
This series is just a heck of a lot of fun. In this book, we got to find more out about the intricacies of vampire society. We got to see how Cin has found her place with The Righteous, and we got to meet a vampire king and queen. And we even got to see some more of Woof.

What I think I enjoyed best was seeing Cin and Michael work out their relationship. They utterly love each other, but as the newlywed-style passion wears away, they have to get down to the nitty-gritty of making a relationship
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
4.5 Stars

I really liked this one and prefer it a little bit more to the first one, maybe because we already the characters and aren't learning about a new world. Although I thought it was fairly obvious who the culprit was I still enjoyed the mystery and though I guessed most things there were still a few suprises. I liked that this went it to Cin and Micheal's relationship more and you got to see them as a couple, although they don't quite have the intensity of Cat and Bones from the Night Hunr
It helps to read the short story in the anthology Strange Brew called "Dark Sins" before reading this installment.

Strange Brew by P.N. Elrod
(Kelly)~Got Fiction?~ Oakes
I really enoyed this 2nd book in the series. The author had a captive audience with me, I was on the edge of my seat to find out what would happen next.
Cin, our heroine, is a vampire and a powerful witch. She is forced to use dark black magic deeply hidden inside her to save someone she loves.
Her feelings are compounded by a dark, very old and mysterious vampire that arrives on her doorstep with a job for THE RIGHTOUS. Cin finds herself at a crossroads in this novel, not sure what direction to
Feb 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome book! Looking forward to the next one!!
Sep 05, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

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Kathy Davie
Aug 30, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, urban
Second in the Cin Craven romantic urban-fantasy series.

The Story
The purpose of The Righteous is to preserve law and order throughout the vampiric lands and as such, The Righteous comes under the authority of the High King in Ireland. One of those laws is that no vampire may kill a human for fear of coming to the attention of humans. It seems that Marrakesh, the Queen to MacLeod's King of the Western Lands, is guilty of breaking that law for 17 men have died, albeit under mysterious circumstance
4,5 stars

The second book of Cin Crave. You can read the review of the first book here :

Take place 13 years after the event of Wages of Sin. Dulcinea Macgregor Craven, once human, now she is a vampire, change her name to Cin Craven. With her lover, a Scotland soldier when he still alive, Michael a.k.a Devil's Archangel, her close friend, opera singer and once a mistress of King Louise, Justine, a.k.a Devil's Justice. And with their leader, Justine's lover,
Jan 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: x-read-in-2011
I like this book better then the first one - but there were a few holes in it that bothered me -

I know sometimes when I'm reading I will skim over some of the details of how her Aunt is dressed today - or what the garden reminds her of from when she was 8 years old -
And sometimes I"ll skim over flashbacks in the middle of the book that may seem a little more important - but usually isn't - I skim it - I don't skip it -

Slight spoiler ...

Reading the first book I did this in a few places too -
Book Review Diva
“Grave Sins” by Jenna Maclaine

Once again Cin Craven and the Righteous are called into action to help find the truth and bring justice to all humans, vampires and all other magical kind. Cin Craven is part of the Righteous along with her gorgeous consort Micheal, and her friends. Cin and her friends are called upon to investigate a Queen named Marrakesh who has gone mad and is being accused of killing humans. The Highest King of Vampires forbids all vampires to kill humans and wants Marrakesh br
Aug 06, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-urban
Magic, murder and mystery, Cin is in trouble again. Only this time it's not quite her fault. Dulcie "Cin" Cravan is visiting her human relatives at her former home (Ravenworth Hall) while on vacation from her duties as one of The Righteous, when the Sentinel of the High King, Drake, arrives with a mission. Drake explains they must visit the home of the Queen of the Western Lands, Marrakesh, to determine if the report of her braking vampiric law by killing humans is true. The Righteous knows Marr ...more
Jun 25, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lots of fun! I really enjoyed Graves Sins as much as I did the first book in the series, The Wages of Sin, and I'm looking forward to Bound By Sin.
I like that this series is not very dark and doesn't seem to take itself too seriously. If you are a stickler for things like characters using language appropriate to the times they live in, though, you may be a little put off. In this case it doesn't bother me, because it seems to flow with the spirit of the story.
I feel I should also add that these
Jan 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I really enjoyed the first book quite a lot, but I loved this book! Cin is a character I love. She's kick ass but knows right from wrong. She's not at all struggling with what she is (a witch and a vampire) since 13 years have passed and I kind of enjoyed that. She does have some struggles regarding some of her witch powers, but it's a minor element to the story really. And her and Michaels relationship is great because after that many years you fall into a kind of familiarity but they still hav
Lynda Tatad
Feb 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me awhile, but I finally got a hold of the 2nd book in the Cin Craven series by Jenna MacLaine! I was able to remember what happened previously, as there were hints of that in this 2nd novel.

This is a brief summary that hopefully doesn't give too much away!

Set in 1828, Cin Craven is a witch, vampire, and an immortal warrior who is a member of the Righteous - a group of vampires who carry out judgement and punishment for the High King of vampires. Cin is still a fairly young vampire, onl
3.5 Stars

So I started this book and was a little confused and kept turning back pages whenever Venice was mentioned and the dark wizard fight. I felt like I'd missed a good sized portion of the story...which I did of course. I only found this out AFTER I finished the book though. There is a short story between books 1 and 2 called Dark Sins that apparently has this story in it. I'll admit it annoyed me to realize that reading that would have solved a lot of confusion. Anyway on with the review!

Feb 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This starts out with an aborted vacation. Then, what should have been a quick and easy mission, becomes complicated and almost tears Cin and Michael apart. There’s several different problems happening in this mystery that could or could not be connected. It's hard to navigate between all the red herrings that keep popping up, but well worth it.

There's a lot of references to previous adventures and occurrences in the 13 years since Cin's changing. While I understand that every minute of their l
Mar 06, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Liked this story featuring The Righteous, vampire enforcers for the High King. Cin Craven is the youngest member of the team, a powerful vampire witch. Loved her relationship with her consort, the sexy Michael. The other two members of the team are also a couple, Devlin and Justine. Enjoyed the interactions between Cin and the rest of The Righteous, as they seemed like real friends who worked well together.

This wasn't your typical romance, as Cin and Michael are already a committed couple. Didn'
There are not words to describe how much I despise that plot of "Let's introduce new characters and make the main couple think there's cheating going on." I hate how authors play around with such a serious topic. Cheating hurts everyone and I don't like worrying about characters I have put my trust in. I want to believe in the idea that a couple can trust each other unequivically. I want to believe that they believe in each other. I think that's why cheating bothers me so much, or even the idea ...more
Aug 02, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Synopsis: Cin, a witch/vampire, is a now member of The Righteous, a band of slayers that hunts down vampires who inflict evil upon the world. With Michael by her side, Cin’s latest mission brings her face-to-face with Marrakesh, a beautiful, half-mad vampire queen charged with slaughtering humans. If she’s found guilty, Marrakesh will pay with her life. But Cin is convinced that someone —or something—far more ruthless is trying to steal the queen’s throne.. It’s a mission that will pit Michael a ...more
Cin's story continues years after the events of the previous book, with the Righteous being summoned to investigate a vampire queen that's supposedly gone crazy.

The bad guy was pretty obvious to me from the start and I got pretty frustrated waiting for Cin and the others to put the pieces together. (view spoiler)
Barbara ★
I really liked this but felt that I had missed something important. About 14 years have passed since the end of The Wages of Sin and the events of an incident in Venice are discussed but not explained. I just found out that that story was in an anthology called Strange Brew. Guess I'll have to get my hands on that so this story will make a little more sense.

I liked the fact that Michael and Sin were still in love and that everything wasn't hunky dorey...jealousy and possessiveness...just like wi
Apr 25, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found Grave Sins much more entertaining in the mystery build up in the story than the Grave Sins. For me, the more mystery a story has to it, the better. This time around, all through reading, I was left trying to figure out who the actual villain was because everyone seemed suspect. In the end I did guess who it was but it was one of my many guesses.

Being that it's now 13 years later, Cin has become more sophisticated. She was also very appreciative of her consort in many thoroughly steamy wa
Jul 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I took a quick break from another book during an unexpected day off of work and managed to finish this yummy vampire romance/mystery before noon. Like the first in the series, I could not put this one down. Cin Craven is an excellent heroine, powerful but young and unsure. While her love affair is a bit over-the-top and unrealistic, it is also a wonderful fantasy (as long as you remember that is just what it is).

One of my favorite elements of this series, besides the strong females like Cin and
Rachel- Goodbye Borders
Feb 06, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2012
I really like Cin. I'm sad that there are only 3 (and 3 novellas) books in this series. I will add this- if you read this series- I highly recommend reading the novella in Strange Brew before this one. If you don't, I don't think it spoils anything, but you will understand things a little better. (And I won't get into my rant about novellas either).
I liked the story line. I liked the growth in Cin and Micheal's relationship. Things aren't always perfect and I felt this showcased that well. Crazy
Dec 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Righteous mendapat tugas untuk memecahkan masalah di Raja Vampir Wialayah Barat tepatnya di Marakesh yang di pimpin oleh MacLeod bersama dengan utusan dewan Drake (yang suka sama Cin)...

Di sana Sang Ratu Marakesh terkena semaca sihir gitu yang mempengaruhi keadaan mental nya. Cin and the geng pun mencari siapa yg melakukan sihir itu karena sang Ratu di tuduh telah membunuh manusia.

Selain menyelidiki masalah tersebut, Cin menghadapi masalah dengan Drake yang secara terang2an menunjukkan peras
Mar 06, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well that was just flipping infuriating.

Good story but Ms MacLaine really needs to avoid mysteries- she is not good at them. I saw this coming from the very first mention of the baddy. I think a bit more research on the part of the author into how not to make it blindingly obvious would be good.

Cin is fabulous but a few distractions especially jealousy-related ones, from the 'mystery' don't work when you have an intelligent heroine. I don't for one minute believe her character wouldn't have work
The BookWhisperer
Nov 13, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great book from Jenna Maclaine. The Cin Craven series, is a very interesting read. I exceptionally enjoye the mixture of Witches and Vampires. This book takes place thirteen years after the first book. I felt that Maclaine did a tremendous job linking the two novels with so many years in between. The future of Michael and Cin is gut wrenching with the conforntation that took place in this book, and the doubt that seems to be existing throughout the end of the book. I look forward to the ...more
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Jenna Maclaine has a BA in history from North Georgia College & State University. When she isn't writing she spends her time caring for the 80+ animals that share her family farm in the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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