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Sins of the Innocent: A Novella Paperback – June 28, 2015
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Jamie McGuire was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She attended Northern Oklahoma College, the University of Central Oklahoma, and Autry Technology Center where she graduated with a degree in Radiography. Jamie paved the way for the New Adult genre with the international bestseller Beautiful Disaster. Her follow-up novel, Walking Disaster, debuted at #1 on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. Beautiful Oblivion, book one of the Maddox Brothers series, also topped the New York Times bestseller list, debuting at #1. In 2015, books two and three of the Maddox Brothers series, Beautiful Redemption and Beautiful Sacrifice, respectively, also topped the New York Times. Novels also written by Jamie McGuire include: apocalyptic thriller and 2014 UtopYA Best Dystopian Book of the Year, Red Hill; the Providence series, a young adult paranormal romance trilogy; Apolonia, a dark sci-fi romance; and several novellas, including A Beautiful Wedding, Among Monsters, Happenstance: A Novella Series, and Sins of the Innocent. Jamie lives in Steamboat Springs, Colorado with her husband, Jeff, and their three children. Find Jamie at www.jamiemcguire.com or on Facebook, Twitter, Tsu, and Instagram.
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The Providence Series pulled me in from the start and I loved all three books. I was so excited when I found out she was writing this one about Eden. We fell in love with all of the characters in the first three books and this one was no different. I loved Eden and the way she didn't take crap from anyone. She stood up for herself but knew when to hold back. This family's love for one another is heartwarming and encouraging. We get introduced to Levi in Sins of the Innocent. He's supposed to be bad, Eden's enemy, but he's the complete opposite. I loved the way that Jamie added in her twists and turns, her surprises and holy sh*t moments. Eden is so strong and knows what she has to do. I had a death grip on my kindle and I may have even yelled at it a couple of times, thinking I could somehow change what was happening. It will pull you in and keep you in its grasp until the last page, and even after you're done reading it you'll still be thinking about it.
I was drawn into the fight between Heaven and Hell from the beginning of this series and this book just continued pulling me in. When I got to the end, I kept going back to the page before and the next page trying to find more. I didn't want it to be over, to end. Of course, I never do when it comes to Jamie's books. I hope this isn't the last book for this series, I love these characters too much and I can't wait to see where they go from here. (If there's another one) Thank you Jamie McGuire for giving us such truly magnificent stories, that stay with us long after we've read those last words, "The End."
Sins Of The Innocent takes place about 18 years after the end of the novel Eden. SOTI is told through Eden's POV. Having been born to a Merovingia and a half human/fallen angel; Eden has trained her entire life knowing someday she may need to save the human race. Eden has only one friend, Morgan; her best friend. Eden thinks that she will have a "normal" summer leading up to her first semester at Brown University. That is until Levi, a mysterious and dangerous guy introduces himself. Not able to trust Levi, and not able to get the whole truth from her parents, Eden seeks advice from an old powerful family friend. Given clues to what her true purpose is, Eden has to make a difficult choice. Continue not trusting the one person who she's been taught could destroy her, or trust him, and maybe find out what her truth is.
Wow, this novella by Jamie McGuire was just fantastic. I read the Providence series last spring and when I found out Jamie McGuire was writing this, I was ecstatic. Not only did I really enjoy meeting Eden and Levi, I loved seeing some of my favorite characters from the series years later. In true McGuire form, there were moments that made me laugh, swoon, and that last chapter really got me emotional. I'll leave you with one of my favorite lines: "You remind me why humanity isn’t a waste. My dad says that one is all it takes … and that’s you.”
“Forgiveness isn’t necessary. You can’t save everyone, Eden.”
I loved that Eden was a younger character who was trying to find her way. She was not only struggling with the normal teenager stuff, but she was dealing with the repercussions of being the Balance Keeper for the universe. I also adored that she was this sassy, kick-butt heroine! She was so strong, and at times cocky, that she stood out among a sea of characters. On the other side of the coin, we had Levi who came with his own backstory of complications. He had this dark, mysterious charm to him. As a reader, I was completely and utterly drawn to him, evil or not. I savored the way that readers got to only see pieces of him, which they then had to put together like a puzzle.
“In the horror show of gods and monsters, I was the star.”
I loved the underlying themes of good versus evil, as well as fate versus our choices in Sins of the Innocent. There was something about the events and they storyline that fascinated me. The book focuses on the consequences faced because of a prophecy made. However, it ultimately was the characters’ intentions and choices that would result in how the prophecy came true. I got lost in the pages and had the hardest time putting the book down. I know that paranormal romances aren’t for everyone, but McGuire is an artist and will make you feel comfortable with the settings and even fall in love.
“It’s incredibly beautiful to watch humans learn. It’s all about learning, Eden. That’s what life is. A hundred years of lessons disguised as experiences. Good and bad.”
I’m so glad that even after six years, McGuire has chosen to revisit these characters. It’s one of those worlds that I fell in love with as soon as I encountered it, and was enthralled even more with the continuation in Sins of the Innocent. This novella is a quick afternoon read, but I promise that it will not disappoint! Jamie, I kind of do want to throw things at you right now, but I can definitely say that I’m looking forward to whatever it is you produce next!
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its an interesting take on good an evil