Thursday, September 4, 2014

Review: Sins of Eden

Sins of Eden
Sins of Eden by S.M. Reine

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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

How could I not give this book 5 stars? It is the absolutely perfect and epic conclusion to a whole bunch of really amazing stories. Sure, there could still be some continuing storyline, but I couldn't have asked for a more fitting and satisfying read.

We join our usual band of characters still teeter-tottering on the edge of Armageddon. Elise is still reeling from the decisions James made at the end of book 6, which is a nice place to be. I'm still a little euphoric over the wonderful twisty-turny way that James might have managed to redeem himself. Of course, nothing ever goes as planned for this band of misfits, and sooner than I'd have liked, we are thrown back into battle. Poor James and Elise never get time to talk it out, but they kind of are at their best when they are covered in blood and at least slightly wounded. It was really interesting to watch the dynamic change, even in the first few chapters. These two characters are still my absolute favorite, no matter how they change and grow (or regress, or get reborn, etc etc).

Anthony and Bri are still alive (yay!... kind of... I still hate Anthony) and between all the other allies Elise has picked up along the way, I'm sure all the supernatural types are represented. In an odd sort of symmetry, everyone ends up trying to race towards a battle against god (or the end of the world, or a giant void, the options are endless). I could sit here and describe the battles to you, but it really doesn't matter. It's a hard fought journey that is filled with casualties and mistakes. The highlight is always the characters. Each one of them is beautifully written and ends up changed one way or another at the end.

The end of this book brings with it a truly satisfying ending. All of my questions are answered. All of my wishes have been answered. The author finally took pity on me and threw some truly great spins in the final chapters. Don't worry, no cliffhangers abound! There are true, solid changes that have left me a little stunned, a lot happy, and totally reluctant to even think about picking up another book. I'm still buzzing from a book high and don't want to diminish it with anything. I'd say that you should read this book, but if you're new to this series, you should really start with the first set. You will be greatly rewarded in the end!

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