Series: The Vessel Trilogy #2
Published by Samhain on April 21, 2015
Genres: New Adult, Romantic, Urban Fantasy
Sexual Content: Sex scenes
One demon prince may be festering in the bowels of the soul eater Cocytus, but Genevieve’s troubles are far from over. Prince Bamal, demon lord of New York City, still wants her. But this time, he wants her alive, to control her inherent power as a Vessel of Light.
With Jude Delacroix off searching for the prophecy, Thomas—a guardian angel with sea-green eyes and an aura of winter woods—steps into the gap, offering her the power to protect herself.
Yet she hesitates, for the transfer of that power comes through a kiss. While Gen’s love for Jude is true, Thomas stirs a desire where there should be none. Thomas also knows Jude’s darkest secret and plans to use it, if necessary, to win Gen for his own.
While her Vessel power grows and more demon spawn creep from every dark corner of the world, one thing is certain—the Great War between the angels and demons is quickly approaching. And Gen is in a race against time to awaken her full power before the storm breaks.
Warning: Contains a demon hunter with dark secrets, a sexy angel with ulterior motives, and demonic creatures running amok.
SEALED IN SIN is really a great urban fantasy. It's got it all, action, romance and plot twists, with some creative mythology included. Though SEALED IN SIN plays off of a lot of typical urban fantasy tropes - the girl who doesn't know she's special all of a sudden developing powers, the dark and mysterious protector guy, the possible love triangle- Cross really manages to take them and spin them her own way.
SEALED IN SIN introduces the reader to more of Cross's world full of angels and demons, and learning more about the demon hunters and how they come to be is very interesting. Plus, we get more background on the various characters and their stories are all fascinating, even more interesting than Gen's, in my opinion. She actually tends to be the most boring character in my opinion, not that she isn't well written, but that her inclusion in this world is solely by virtue of magically inheriting powers, as opposed to having a rich backstory that may or may not include various traumas.
The pacing was very well done, with action and romance equally sharing page time, and with the constant secrets and betrayals, my attention was held from start to finish. However, my one complaint is that the book ended on a massive cliff-hanger, which I generally dislike, even if I'm already clicking "Preorder" before I've digitally flipped the final page. Luckily, I don't have too long to wait, since BOUND IN BLACK, the final book in the trilogy, comes out in July.Series Titles:
- Forged in Fire - 4/5
- Sealed in Sin
- Bound in Black
- For a similar action packed with a bit of romance feel, try the Jessica McClain series by Amanda Carlson.
- For a book with similar features- one girl, a prophecy and demons- try the Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones.