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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.
In the realm of angels and demons, sinners and saints, humans and others, there’s one idea that they all can agree on: the Almighty wields his powers for the pure of heart and hopes to keep the goodness of free will intact while Lucifer works to bring darkness to the world by any means necessary, sacrificing anyone who gets in his way in order to cover the world with evil, filth, and sins.
Eden Harris was born to sin…born to be a vessel through which the devil exacts his devious plans, so for most of her life, she has felt unimportant, inconsequential, and worthless due to her mother’s mistreatment and the voice inside her head. She’s an outcast in the world of sinners because her thoughts and her words are weapons and as much as she doesn’t want to be seen as the troubled girl with a dark past, she can’t help but be due to who she is at her core…who Lucifer wants her to be and who Adriel helps her to be.
Eden is haunted by a repetitive nightmare that seems to signify what her purpose is, and its message torments her and further exploits the reality of why everyone would be better off without her. She doesn’t feel she’s worthy of forgiveness for her past actions or of love in the present because of the horrors she’s created and the ability she has to twist people’s minds and make them copulate to her every whim.
This self-contained hell Eden’s in is further emphasized and somewhat exploited when humans and demons alike come hunting for her – some to end her life and others to use her for her dark powers. But here’s where the question of good vs. bad and angels vs. demons becomes quite paradoxical because the ones who are meant to end her life, choose a different path, sending Eden in a world that is quite different than the one she’s used to and forcing her to recognize who she is and what she’s meant to do, and along the way, the Se7en who were sent to kill her find out that there’s more to Eden than her “calling,” which changes the entire dynamics of who these demon assassins are and what they hope to achieve through their redemptive sins.
Boy does S.L. Jennings know how to write paranormal romance! Ever since her Dark Light series finished, I’ve been waiting for her to construct a new world and create extraordinary characters who are rooted in myth and history as well as her own set of ideas. The Se7en is a dynamic and lethal group of demons who chose a different path after their falls from grace, and as they battle the sin of the world, they also fight against their true natures, hoping to get back in God’s favor and be restored to their past lives. But as much as they yearn for salvation, Eden’s situation and their plan for her definitely shakes up the structure of the group and leaves their leader, Legion, wanting things he hasn’t craved in centuries and making decisions and sacrifices that focus on one person instead of many.
I absolutely adored Born Sinner; S.L. Jennings does a tremendous job of showcasing each one of the Se7en as well as the other worldly beings who are called upon to help as well as hinder the group’s actions. Each demon on the team has his/her own set of beliefs and own backstory that has driven them to take on the sins of the world, and by coming together, they’ve pledged themselves to the cause and fight themselves as well as any others who don’t agree with their calling.
Nothing is black and white in this world of men and monsters, sinners and saviors, and the gray area allows for each decision and each action to be as complicated and deceptive as possible. Battle lines have definitely been drawn in the fight to not only save Eden’s soul but also to allow the Se7en a chance at returning to heaven, but even those situations are manipulated and questioned by those who pledged their lives and those who no longer have anything else to lose.
Eden and the Se7en’s story has only just begun and with the choices made by three of them at the end of the book, payback is coming and hell hath no fury like one pissed off demon!
A complimentary copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
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About the Author
S.L. Jennings is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance, reality TV junkie, obsessive coffee drinker and collector of crazy.