Book Reviews

Born Sinner by S.L. Jennings

My edition: Kindle Unlimited
Series: Se7en Sinners #1
Genre: Fantasy, Dark
Rating: 5 stars
Buddy Read: With Felicia and Rae on Goodreads


Twenty-two years ago, I was cut from a cold, sodden womb, and cradled in the filth and poverty of Chicago’s concrete arms. Statistically I wasn’t supposed to survive these streets past the age of eighteen.

Fate had a different plan.

I was bred for one purpose and one purpose only: to unleash death and destruction on my world.

My thoughts are power.

My words are weapons.

Evil created me than graced tired to save me. But first… they tried to kill me.
They call themselves the Se7en. They are sin and salvation, and everything we’ve feared from the beginning of time. And their leader is the deadliest of them all.

He doesn’t lose.

He doesn’t compromise.

And most importantly, he doesn’t distract himself with mortal weakness.

Not until me.

Kill one to save a million.

That’s what he told me when he took me as his prisoner.

Kill one to save a million.

That’s what he’s been trying to tell himself ever since he took me into his arms.

Next book: End of Eden


At first I saw this cover and thought okay another New Adult book, awesome. Then I read the blurb and thought okay this has got to be a supernatural New adult. It is but that really doesn’t cover it.

Eden was born tainted. She can make people do whatever she wants just by saying it. While arriving at work early one evening, some mafia looking men come in to see her. What she doesn’t know is that they want her dead. Enter L. L saves her only to drag her back to his place and holds her prison.

This was amazing. I loved it. I was hooked the entire time. The quotes from this book. I had quite a few favorites. The author’s description is one of the best I’ve read this year.

There’s a stain that poverty leaves on everything it touches. It coats your palms when you’re cold. It bleeds onto your lips when you’re hungry. It paints your skin when you’re sick. You can try to scrub it away, but the result is always the same. You’re one of society’s forsaken.

The is only one POV which is Eden’s. She was a laugh riot. She made me laugh many times. There is one point that is of L’s POV but it’s not till the end.

Surely I’m seeing things. Murderers don’t play X-box One. They should be skinning cats or designing necklaces made of ears.

I know I’m right. Life is short, L. At least for me it is. I might as well die happy covered in orange Cheetos dust than waste away eating air-crisped cardboard.

Aw, come on. Sour Patch Kids are an American staple! And look- they’re fruit flavored. That has to be healthy.

There were also times when a character just says something that totally gets right to your soul. Eden says something like this for me.

Music has always been sacred to me, my escape from the crumbling world outside my headphones.

See what I mean. And the author put one of my points out I have mentioned to Wy a time or two. Lucifer is mostly cast as an old guy or a creepy horned guy. Why?

“I swear, they always depict him as some dark haired, old guy. Humans.”


“Lucifer,” he answers flippantly. “Doesn’t anyone crack a book these days? He was God’s favorite, the most talented and beautiful of all the angels. Why the hell would he look like an over-the-hill, saggy-balled, short dude?”

Makes sense doesn’t it. Why make evil always look ugly. If it looked like that evil wouldn’t be so tempting now would it? Now onto L. He is a puzzle but damn is he hot. And delivers one of the best one liners ever.

But he’s Kanye West. And trust me, it’s not an act. He sincerely believes his own bullshit.

Good thing I was home and not at work when I read that one. I was laughing out loud. Wy just looked at me weird till I read it to him. He agrees with L. Plus with L he is knowledgeable. When Eden starts to say he wouldn’t have her because of the things she does, he steals our hearts with this,

We’re all sinners, Eden. Some of us just sin differently than others.

Then when Eden is talking about her sister and he delivers yet another knowledgeable quote.

“There’s nothing false about hope, Eden” he says, his voice trembling with a nostalgic timbre, as if he once had felt, tasted, and held hope in his palms. “It can be blind-foolish, even- but it’s never false. Not if you truly feel it in your heart.”

Great start to the series. Can’t wait to start the next book.


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