Thursday, August 11, 2016

Born Sinner (Se7en Sinners #1) by S.L. Jennings



Goodreads Review






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.



And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And…. Then it all went to shite. 
Millennia later…….
“Turn around. Walk.” I should’ve known then that I was doomed. A good girl would’ve cried. 
Who wouldn’t want to continue reading after that sentence?
The Se7en roam the earth saving humanity. They sin so that we humans may find salvation.
What a bunch the Se7en are. Let me introduce the magnificent anti-hero se7en.
Toyol – demon of mystery and thievery, Phenex the conjuror, masters of all sciences, literature. The one and only famous Cain know in history. Jinn master of disguise, able to appear as one desires, Andras the demon of instigation and conflict, Lilly, a conniving and convincing bitch (I'm not going to give away who she really is) and last but not least L (the same applies here to who he actually is)
Why spoil the fun? The anticipation? The angst of the book? 
Read for yourself.
The Se7en are to stop the humans that have been CALLED to fulfill their duty. They live by the motto kill one and save a million. None of them have tried to stop it until a slip of a girl entered their lives.  
Eden lives on the edges of society and tries to be invisible. Her mother believed that she was seduced by the devil. Turns out she was right. Bred for destruction, a born sinner. She is nearing being CALLED. 
Kidnapped and forced to end the few ties that she made she cuts her sister out of her life. Leaving her with the hope that the Se7en can help her maybe even save her.
There is more to her just being one of the called though. After an accident when she was younger she was saved by an unexpected entity. Adriel. Complex yet intriguing.
The se7en well more specifically L thinks that Eden has a purpose to fulfill. She herself isn’t too sure. Her whole life she has never felt wanted or loved but more like a burden, insignificant, inconsequential until she starts to see a different side to herself with L’s help. She is brave, strong, and persistent. 
I like Eden. I rooted for her every step of the way. I still am. She has had it tough but has kept her humanity and with the shite hand that she has been dealt has survived. She needs to realize that she is worthy of love and that she does deserve forgiveness. Her nightmares are freaking scary though. 
For all L’s broodiness and hardness I love him. He is the ultimate bad boy anti-hero. What is better than a hero? Yes you guessed it any anti-hero. Even is the oldest tortured, battered soul out there. There is a certain kinship with Eden though. He sees her even before she saw herself. His feelings are real. 
“But you…you were born into sin. You were made for this darkness. And even though I know you are so much more than that, I feel at …home. With you, inside you, it makes me remember what it feels like to belong somewhere”
But he is lonely and his brethren aren’t what he needs. He needs Eden just like Eden needs him. 
“Eden, I submit to you daily. Every moment we’re together, every time you sleep with your cheek pressed against my chest, I am submitting to a side of me that was lost a long time ago. And in those moments, I remember what I was, and what I have lost. And I hate myself for missing it.” 
But not all is doom and gloom there are fun times and banter. 
“I swear, it’s bad enough that he challenges all my music choices. I have to be subjected to veggie chips and turkey jerky too? Turkey is already dry as hell. Why would you dry it out even more?” “I mean, she has a point” Toyol shrugs.  
“Toyol please tell your friend that Sour Patch Kids are totally healthy, and he should stop being the old fart that he is and live a little.” 
Or……
“Is your pissy attitude about what happened downstairs, I’m sorry,” I say with a heaved breath. “I’m not pissy.” “Really, so you’re not talking to me because you’re being your regular happy-go-lucky self, complete with sunshine and daffodils?”
To help with their predicament they seek advice at the watcher’s house. Eden wonders off to use the bathroom and stumbles into a real life fantasy of an orgy with a man who seems familiar. Kind of weird at first but hot as hell. I felt as if it didn’t fit in the end it does make sense though. This is the ultimate fight between good and evil. With several different factions included as well. The Watcher gives them a tip of seeking the Dark Fee, enter King Dorian. As if I don’t have enough books to read they have now made it onto my radar. Gah! Damn you woman!
Although Eden was betrayed by one of those she loved she still sacrificed herself for her family, friends and even without knowing it the love that she had for L.
My initial response to writing up some of my notes beforehand with the book was that I couldn’t give it the full 5 stars because of the non-existent/existent relationship between the H/h and for the fact is that Eden constantly doubts L and why he should save her. Yes, I get it. It all has to do with her insecurities but it was one too many times. I was only going to give it 4 stars. Let’s hope her sacrifice will be for nothing. But then….
In the end it is a 5 star read.
It has been a very long time that I have read a GOOD book about Angels and Demons. On top of that this is also my first book by Ms. Jennings and I think we hit it off with Born Sinner.  
Ms. Jennings has taken a topic that has been used on numerous occasions but has turned and twisted it in to something utterly unique. Her story telling is flawless, unique, riveting, spell binding. I could go on but you get my drift. When it comes to this genre I'm a tough customer and I don’t read everything. 
I would recommend this book and as there is no real date of the release of the next installment. My fate has been decided. Actually this is also a book that I am prepared to wait for. Hopefully. I think. Hurry up woman!