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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Sinful by Sara Dailey and Staci Weber

Sinful by Sara Dailey and Staci Weber
Publisher: Mundania Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Young Adult
Length: Full Length (227 pgs)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 3.5 books
Reviewed by Poinsettia

After the death of her mother, seventeen-year-old Elizabeth Carrington is starting over. In a new city, at a new school, and with a dad she hardly knows, it isn’t going to be easy. Trying desperately to find her way and cope with her unceasing grief, she finds herself surrounded by a force so compelling, so comforting, so captivating that she can’t deny its presence and soon fears that if it were to leave her, she might lose her very self. But is it all really happening or has her wavering sanity finally found its breaking point?

Michael’s role in this world has been the same for centuries, but now something is different. He is inexplicably drawn to an intriguing stranger so alluring that he can’t force himself to resist her. Is he willing to risk everything to be with her, even falling?

A dark force, hell bent on destroying any chance of happiness for his arch nemesis Michael, is lurking in League City, TX, and there is no limit to his need for vengeance. How far will he go to seek revenge for his sworn enemy’s betrayal?

Caught in a clash of good versus evil, Elizabeth soon finds herself in the crosshairs of a battle that has been brewing since long before she was even born.

What happens when an angel of death falls in love with a mortal?

I thought the concept of Sinful was interesting. In all the reading I’ve done, I’ve seen humans fall in love with vampires, ghosts, faeries, werewolves, but a human falling in love with an angel was a new one for me. The story opens with a heartbreaking scene in which Elizabeth’s mother dies. This is also the first time that Elizabeth senses Michael, an angel of death.

When Elizabeth relocates to Texas, Michael does what he can to comfort her without becoming too involved. However, it isn’t long before he reveals himself to Elizabeth. The bond between the two was immediate. While I can appreciate a love at first sight connection, the relationship between Michael and Elizabeth moved extremely fast. One minute they were meeting each other for the first time and the next minute they were madly in love. I would have liked them to get to know each other a bit more before their relationship became so serious.

Elizabeth is definitely an entertaining heroine. She is the typical teenage girl just trying to survive high school. As I thought back to my own experiences as a teenager, I could relate to Elizabeth’s struggles to manage her appearance, navigate a new school, and make friends, and I’m sure many teenagers today can empathize with Elizabeth’s plight. At her heart, Elizabeth is a good person. She cares about her friends and family, however, like most teenagers, she makes plenty of mistakes. From taking old friends for granted to underestimating her Dad’s feelings, Elizabeth definitely has a lot to learn. Also, I was a little disturbed at the frequency alcohol played a part in the parties that she attended with her friends. Teenage drinking is a serious issue and can have dangerous consequences. I felt that it was treated a bit too lightly in this story.

Despite this issue, these flaws served to make Elizabeth a well rounded and interesting heroine. Michael was the perfect guy. He was kind, loyal, attractive, and unbelievably patient and understanding. While this made him a very likable character, I also felt he could have been a bit more rounded. Since most of the story is told from Elizabeth’s point of view, I didn’t get to know Michael as much as I would have liked.

The plot of Sinful definitely made it a page turner. Two major issues needed to be resolved. First, an enemy from Michael’s past needed to be dealt with. Second, how would Michael and Elizabeth find a way to be together? Ms. Dailey and Ms. Weber did an excellent job of balancing Elizabeth’s more common teenage issues with the more epic conflicts that she and Michael faced together. I eagerly turned pages wondering how it would all work out. However, I did think that in the end, both serious issues were wrapped up a little too quickly and easily.

Despite that feeling, I still found the ending to be satisfying. Overall, I thought Sinful was a good read. Elizabeth was a realistic heroine and the conflicts in the story were interesting. Fans of paranormal romance will certainly enjoy it.