Thursday, February 4, 2010

Review! Original Sin by Allison Brennan [+ Giveaway]

And the winner is.. Bethie! Congrats! I'll email you in a sec with the deets. Thanks to everyone who entered!

Original Sin
The Seven Deadly Sins
Allison Brennan
Ballantine Books
January 26, 2010
ISBN-10: 0345511670
ISBN-13: 978-0345511676

Haunted by chilling memories of demonic possession and murder, Moira O’Donnell has spent seven years hunting down her mother, Fiona, whose command of black magic has granted her unprecedented control of the underworld. Now Moira’s global search has led her to a small California town that’s about to become hell on earth.
Tormented by his own terrifying past and driven by powers he can’t explain, ex-seminarian Rafe Cooper joins Moira’s dangerous quest. But Fiona is one devilish step ahead. Hungry for greater power, eternal youth, and stunning beauty, the sorceress is unleashing upon the mortal world the living incarnations of the Seven Deadly Sins. 
Together with a demonologist, a tough female sheriff, and a pair of star-crossed teenagers, Moira and Rafe are humanity’s last chance to snatch salvation from the howling jaws of damnation.
While I was reading Original Sin, I kept going from thinking "Oh, this is really good!" to "Why am I reading this?" and by the end, I was still somewhat confused on how I felt about the story. Some parts I really liked, I think the premise for the story was really interesting. These aren't supernatural super-talented men fighting demons, they're plain humans trying their best and that was a nice change of pace. 

I liked Moira but it was obvious that she didn't want to have such huge responsibilities. She had her good moments but I felt like she was stumbling about in the dark a lot. The romance between her and Rafe was sweet, but not much explored and Rafe was one of my favorite characters. 

In the end, I think Original Sin is a pretty good start to a series that has the potential to be really great. If it hadn't been for Meryl (thank you, Meryl!) who brought the book to my attention I probably wouldn't have given it a chance. I will definitely be reading Brennan's next book in this new series, I'm interested in finding out how Moira and company will save the world next! 

Giveaway time! 

I have a copy of Original Sin to give to a lucky reader! Just leave a comment to enter! Open only to U.S. (Sorry, guys) and I'll choose a winner Monday, the 8th!


Cherry said...

*Sigh* US again. Neway, thanks for your review! By the way, if you were to give it a grade in a scale of 0-5 where 0 is the least and 5 is the best, what will you give it?

I find that most great serieses' first books are not 5 out of 5s. Like The Black Dagger Brotherhood by JR Ward for example, I rated Dark Lover (Book 1) a 3.5 out of 5. Or the Dark Hunter series by Sherrilyn Kenyon... Fantasy Lover (Book 1) wasn't a 5 out of 5 either. So I hope this is just a first book kind of thing and that the series would be good. It is something to keep an eye on...

And, oh, I am not in the US, so don't include me in your contest.

SusiSunshine said...

Hmmm...still not sure what to think and I'm such a lazy reader. LOL
And don't enter me, you know I have that one.

throuthehaze said...

I would love to read this! Count me in please
throuthehaze at gmail dot com

SiNn said...

I have yet tor ead anything by her and i been told its awesome just no book money in the budget yet lol awesome review please count me in the give away I live in the states

Kathy Martin said...

This sounds interesting. I would like to give it a try.

Mandi said...

Great review!! This one does sound like a good start.

(don't enter me :)

donnas said...

Please include me. I would love the chance to read it.

bacchus76 at myself dot com

Lady and Lion said...

I know exactly what you mean about finishing a book and not being clear how you feel about it. I just finished one like that myself.

I would definitely like to check this one out so enter me, please. :)

Alexia561 said...

Thanks for your honest review! Know what you mean about finishing a book and not being sure how you felt about it. I just received this one, so looking forward to reading it.

LiLi said...

It's interesting to explore something out of your comfort zone for a change, right? Great review and I would love to be entered to get my own opinion!

mindy said...

this sounds wonderful thanks for the giveaway minsthins at optonline dot net

Smokinhotbooks said...

Oh! I saw this one at B and N the other day, where I made the poor stock guy go in the back to get me AK.

Great Review!!!

Anna ♥ said...

Great review! It sounds really interesting, definitely a unique series to use ordinary humans. Sad it wasn't amazing but great that there's potential. :D

I would love to read this book, please count me in.

Anna ♥

E.J. Stevens said...

I would love a chance to win!

Mar said...

Uhhh enter me, I wants! Thanks!

jen said...

Awesome contest; I'd love to be entered.
Thank you for posting!(:

Aik said...

I'd love to enter! Thanks!

aikychien at yahoo dot com

Bethie said...

Please enter me. Thanks for the chance. I would love to win this.

lizzi0915 at aol dot com

Robin K said...

Awesome. Please enter me too :)

Lily of the Darkness said...

Count me in thanks for waiting for me!

Cats on the Shelf said...



Jason said...

Awesome! Thanks!

jaosn at jasonkivela dot com

jen said...

Sounds like a very interesting book.
Thank you for having the contest!

If you would, please include me?

Julie! said...

I will sign up! I'm from the USA, so yay!!

He can Chapter-32 me anytime!

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