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The Sinner Kindle Edition
★★★★★ With its claws deep in your soul, it won't let go. Valiant and compelling, it's one HELL of a story for sure! —Shabby, Book Bistro Blog
★★★★★ This stunning and spiritual love story is worth all the stars in all the worlds. Simply unforgettable. -Karen, Bookalicious Babes Book Blog
★★★★★ Once again Emma has proven that she can write and excel any genre. She has poured her heart and soul into this book and it is transparent in every word.—Diksha
★★★★★ The Sinner is a wickedly creative paranormal storyline with a beautiful love story at its heart. It truly is a tale about the redemptive power of love and its ability to overcome. -Michele, Goodreads
★★★★★Even if paranormal isn't your usual jam to read, I'd still recommend this book because the themes here resonate with anyone who has ever loved and lost and dared to continue to embrace that love despite the loss.—Michelle Chen, Goodreads
★★★★★ This book is about finding your inner strength. Believing that you are good enough. You are seen.—Sharon, Goodreads
★★★★★Emma Scott has created the ultimate second chance romance. It's a love story. An unconventional one but it packs one hell of a punch. It's a personal story. It's felt and experienced clearly. A thank you is not nearly enough so hopefully my words here will make do.—Malene,
★★★★★I never saw this book coming from Emma. It hit me like a truck. It made me a complete, beautiful mess inside. I didn't see it coming but it was everything I wanted and needed.—Viking Goddess
★★★★★ Raise your hand if you've ever been personally victimized by the Emma Scott experience. One minute, I'm minding my business, immersed in a world unlike any other, and the next, I'm crying real, actual tears because something on the page has ripped them out of me.
Y'all. This book is an EXPERIENCE.—Kandace
★★★★★ You'll want to savor every word, even slowing down a bit like I did, to embrace every moment of heartache and triumph knowing you just read a superb book that is like no other. My heart is full. Yours will be, too. - MJ
★★★★★ What a beautiful, haunting and evocative book. The Sinner kept me at the edge of my seat from the very beginning. It's a story about a timeless, epic love that was equally heartwarming and heartbreaking, intense, and very emotional. I loved so much about this book. - Jen
★★★★★The Sinner is an unconventional second chance romance that will make you feel an overload of emotions, it is a love story so perfect, EPIC, it is a direct blow to the heart, a masterpiece, and it reminds you of the most important things in life, love always wins, definitely a top read 2021 -Vanessa, When Vane Reads
- ASIN : B09CB34119
- Publication date : August 15, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 9870 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 307 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,361 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The Sinner is a standalone (that could potentially be a series starter, but more on that later) that introduces readers to This Side, the Other Side, and the extraordinary power of true love. We meet Lucy Dennings, a native New Yorker who blends into the crowded and bustling metropolis, meek and mild-mannered at all times. She doesn't stand out, barely noticeable and certainly not all that memorable. Then she finds someone in her backyard, and he's definitely more enigma than man. After all, Lucy's pretty sure he was dead when she first came upon him, but he seems to be regaining consciousness, weak but aware of his surroundings...and her. Pale skin, amber eyes, and black hair to go with his black...wings--Casziel is unlike any other creature she's ever come across. He insists on her help. He hopes for redemption, but in exchange, will it mean her eternal damnation?
Have you ever come across a story that dares to claim your heart, mind, and soul, so that by the end, all you want to do is experience it all over again? I'm not simply talking about re-reading a book. Countless readers do that, but usually it's after a certain period of time. In the case of Emma Scott's latest literary masterpiece, I wanted to read Lucy and Cas's story as soon as I was done. She's created this world that I never wished to leave, and she's made it to the point that it's brimming with potential for even more tales to be whipped up by her and devoured by her readers. This story is about faith but not about religion, even if it does have themes of redemption and absolution. It's about love, the kind that's everlasting and consuming and that truly prevails. Dare I say that The Sinner is one of the most extraordinary novels published this year? Yes, I do dare. Five-plus stars.
P.S. And dare I hope that The Muse is about a certain servitor and a particular artist? Yet even if it isn't about the aforementioned standout peripheral characters from The Sinner, I'd still happily read The Muse, which is naturally on my never-ending to-be-read list.
On the positive side, I liked our introverted heroine, whose inner demons of fear and self-doubt convince her that no man will ever love "Silly Lucy." So she loses herself in romance novels and a hopeless crush on Guy, a co-worker in her office, hoping to find a love that's real. Instead, Lucy finds something surreal--a gorgeous, wounded creature lying naked in an empty lot by her Manhattan apartment, partially wrapped in two long, black wings.
He looks human, but Casziel is really a demon from the Other Side, having "crossed over" to This Side in a final quest for redemption for his many sins. And Lucy--despite her fear--decides to help him. Though he craves redemption, Casziel's true goal is Oblivion, where he will cease to exist completely. Weary of crossing from one side to the other for thousands of years, he seeks "death for the dead." He makes a pact with Lord Ashtaroth, an Archduke of Hell, who gives Casziel eleven days to find redemption--a seemingly impossible task.
So far, so good. Casziel moves into Lucy's apartment, where they share food and come up with a plan for his redemption. Here's where things get rather silly. Casziel (who has loved and watched over Lucy for centuries in her prior lives) decides that he can only find redemption through her happiness, and she'll be happy if Guy--the object of her crush--falls in love with her. Casziel and Lucy form a fake relationship, pretending to be romantically involved so Guy will become jealous and want Lucy for himself. It's cute and humorous and naturally doesn't work, because Casziel is the only one bitten by the jealousy bug. He can't stand the thought of Lucy finding love with another man, because she's his wife! (Yep, Casziel married Lucy--then called Li'ili--in Sumer four thousand years ago.)
The fake relationship trope drags along through 70% of the book, until Lucy finally realizes she's Casziel's wife. They're both in danger from the evil Lord Ashtaroth, who wants Lucy for himself. Ashtaroth is a stereotypical villain: a hideous, decaying, foul-smelling creature who's surrounded by snakes and other revolting minions. Why are villains often portrayed as repulsive, grotesque beings? I prefer villains who are cold, calculating, and brilliant--even beautiful. But that's my opinion.
After Lucy and Casziel have sex at 70% in, he leaves her and goes to Ashtaroth, seeking Oblivion. This "sinner" is so burdened with guilt that he doesn't have the courage to fight for life and love. But Lucy does. In the final confrontation between good and evil, Ashtaroth is destroyed by "ribbons of white flame" after he kills Casziel. Lucy grieves for days, until she sees a body in her empty lot. Casziel has crossed over from the Other Side for the last time, magically saved by the light of forgiveness. Really? After all this fuss, that's all it took?
Anyway, our lovers are reunited, vowing to love each other in "this life and the next, and every lifetime to come." And so they do, as you'll discover in the best part of this story, the sweet epilogue, which raises my rating to three stars overall.
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I'm going to try to avoid spoilers as always but it's very difficult with a book like this one so there's possibly going to be some. People also have different ideas of what is spoilery and what isn't so read at your own risk and all that...
“I have loved you forever, through every century, with every lifetime that’s passed and every lifetime to come. There is only you. There will only ever be you. My love. My life.”
Firstly, I have seen this book around but honestly wasn't going to read it because I thought it might be a bit too heavy and gloomy but I seen the next book is going to be MM (Although not sure if the author is releasing it as a series but more so standalones?) so thought I'd download a sample last night and I was hooked lol. It's not as gloomy as I feared. It's well balanced and actually a lot of humour that I wasn't expecting but fit right in. It also feels both Insta love & slow burning.
This book is a love letter to love, to romance novels, to being introverted, to living with grief and slaying personal demons, to the unknown, to fighting for each other and the world we live in.
I'm not sure the synopsis really does this story justice, but basically this is a paranormal romance that deals with life and death, angels and demons, becoming lost and finding yourself again, finding love over and over again and always choosing love. Lucy and Cas are our main characters. Cas is a demon and Lucy a human. There's also a mix of tropes in here and one of them is actually a fake-dating one which was fun and hilarious because Cas was doing this *for* Lucy and then jealousy reared its head and it's actually quite funny. Also characters who love Schitts Creek!
As someone who is obsessed with/in fear of death every day. The unknown. Who lives with existential dread & existential crisis. These kind of books - angels, demons, life and death etc etc are always both calming and anxiety inducing for me. But I'm always fascinated like the answers are there in front of me. I enjoyed the journey of this one a lot and the small details the author has weaved into the story.
I love a PNR book anyway and I loved this world Emma Scott has created - is going to continue to create I hope? I think there's a lot of fascinating dynamics and characters to be explored here (and yes, I'm even fascinated to find more about Ash - I know, I know, probably not a good idea). I'm not going to lie and say that there are moments where I'm not scratching my head and wondering if I completely understood the whys or why nots. And, the whole soulmate thing, I get the romantic element to it but here I'm not sure if it sat right with me that there was absolutely no happiness without that connection. I don't know. I get it on a level but personally it's not sitting right with me. Also, there's times where the choice is taken from Lucy on certain things and I didn't like that But it is confronted by Lucy and we do get a moment of Lucy realising the strength of herself and that she matters but it still feels like the message is that she needed to fall in love with Cas to get to that.
We get extended epilogues and going to be honest I could have done without the third one only for how far along it moved, I would have preferred to stop at the second but that's just me. I do understand the relevance of it though.
I also wish we would have been able to see more of Lucy and Cole's friendship because that seemed like a very important one, I would have liked to see Cole pulled into what was happening but maybe that will happen in his book. And I'm so excited for his and Ambri's book. Ambri is flirty and cocky and I cannot wait because I'm 1000% gonna fall in love with him and maybe we'll even see more of his and Cas' semi-friendship too!
I'm glad I gave this a go and it will definitely stick with me. And now I impatiently wait for the next one!
One day she stumbles on a dead body behind her apartment. Except he’s not dead at all. Just a beautiful demon who has chosen her to help save his soul. To help him find redemption. She should be terrified. She should run away screaming. She definitely should not feel safe with him, but he feels…familiar. Preposterous though. Isn’t it?
I absolutely loved the premise! I’m fascinated by the idea of reincarnation and two souls being fated to find one another over and over again. And it was written so beautifully.
At first I kept thinking that Lucy was way too accepting of Casziel’s explanation. She believed him so quickly that it felt unrealistic. However she did have moments of doubt that she wavered back and forth over, which was probably more accurate for what anyone’s reaction to such news might be.
The glimpses into their past lives was gripping, their love so fierce it withstood the test of time.
Cas was so protective of Lucy, willing to do just about anything for her happiness. Even if that meant hurting her feelings in the short term. My heart broke for her every time he was cruel, but I totally understood his reasoning for it every time.
I loved pretty much everything about this book, including the epilogues. Well worth the read!
Cas & Lucy 😭❤️ my heart just about broke for Cas and that he was so trapped because he made a stupid decision based on his never ending and undying love for his wife and how grief makes you make a bad decision in the moment of loss.
I’m not ashamed to say I cried really big ugly tears at this love story but Emma Scott has a way of making me do that with her characters.
I don’t want to spoil this book by telling you too much but if you love epic love stories that transcend time and multiple lives over thousands of years this book is for you.
I also loved the bonus epilogue on Cas & Lucy and learning that little bit more of them and also the teaser of Ambri… well played.
I can’t wait to see what Ambri does in his book but I can imagine he is going to take us on a hell of a ride (pun intended).
The story of Cas and Lucy is magical and one that people need to read. The words are all there for a purpose and that’s to pull you in and not let you go. I wish I could go back to the start and read this again without knowing what’s going to happen, for all of you that haven’t read this yet enjoy and savour every single word.
I love getting lost in the paranormal world, especially those with Angles and Demons and other worldly creatures.
I was griped from the start and it consumed, me I couldn’t put it down.
The story unravelling like a jigsaw and watching Lucy picking up the pieces only for her to lose them again was heartbreaking, just when you think yes! It’s all gone.
The pain for Casziel is palpable throughout, he’s lived this pain so long, will it ever end.
The way this story unfolded was brilliant, heartbreaking at times, but so good.
This brought together so much of what I enjoy and way for Ambri’s book