Sep 3, 2010

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Review: Sin Undone by Larissa Ione (Demonica #5)

Paranormal Romance
August 24 2010
Mass Market Paperback
384 pages
Grand Central Publishing

Yummy Man – Conall Dearghul
Kick Ass Chick – Sinead Donnelly

From Goodreads
“As the only female Seminus demon ever born, master assassin Sinead Donnelly is used to being treated like an outcast. She spent decades enslaved, and now vows she’ll die before she’ll relinquish her freedom again. Then Sin’s innate ability to kill her enemies goes awry: She creates a lethal new werewolf virus that sparks a firestorm of panic and violence.

Half-werewolf, half-vampire Conall Dearghul is charged with bringing in Sin to face punishment for the plague. And she’s no stranger: He’s bound to her by blood, and the one sexual encounter they shared has left him hungering for her raw sensuality. Worse, Sin is the underworld’s most wanted and Con soon learns he’s the only one who can help her . . . and that saving her life might mean sacrificing his own.”

I cried on August 24th.  I couldn’t believe that the American book stores were releasing Larissa Ione’s “Sin Undone” but that the Canadian stores had it listed with a September 1st release date.  That’s eight days later.  Eight freakin’ days!  When I thought that I would have to wait eight days like a sucker before getting my hands on the 5th and final installment of one of my most favorite series, I cried…like a baby!  Okay, maybe I didn’t cry real tears, but I was certainly pissed!  But then, a couple of days later, I felt better because I located an ‘early’ copy in a little bookstore and I was finally able to sigh with relief because I felt whole again while holding that silver book with the groovy sexy cover.

Picking up where “Ecstasy Unveiled” leaves off, “Sin Undone” follows Sinead Donnelly and her trials and tribulations while dealing with a little issue that occurred in the previous book.  You see, Sin is a Seminus Demon (a type of Incubus).  She is half human and the only female Seminus Demon in existence.  Every Seminus Demon has a ‘gift’.  Shade can heal.  Lore can kill.  Sin’s ‘gift’ allows her to infect someone with a disease that will kill and kill quickly (if she so desires).  It’s quite a handy gift for a master assassin like herself, wouldn’t you say?  But Sin has inadvertently started a plague that is quickly wiping out the Warg community.  Oopsies!  Understandably so, everybody wants a piece of her.   But, it seems she is also the key to finding a cure, or at least finding a vaccine that will prevent the spread of the infection (affectionately called ‘Sin Fever’ or SF).  Those who want her dead or imprisoned for starting this epidemic don’t love the idea of Sin staying free.  They want her punished.

Enter Conall Dearghul.  Con is a dhampire – half vampire, half werewolf.  He has contracted the disease, yet it is not deadly to his system yet.  In order to heal and to prevent the infection from killing him, he must drink Sin’s blood.  He is not the biggest fan of this idea since, after just one hot and heavy encounter in “Ecstasy Unveiled”, Con is still thinking about the taste of her blood.  He knows that too much and he’ll be addicted to Sin and he doesn’t want to bleed her dry.   When ‘bad guys’ come for Sin, Con comes to her aid and helps her escape because without her, he may die.  Yup, that’s the only reason why he is suddenly inclined to helping her out.  *cough cough* It has nothing to do with the fact that he thinks about her a lot or the fact that he finds her sexy as hell.  Nope, it has nothing to do with that.  At.  All.

Sin is a fantastic character.  In fact, as soon as I was finished reading this book, I added her to my favorites page.  As with her siblings in the previous books, she has not had an easy life.  Enslaved by an assassin master only to become an assassin master herself, she has tried to block all emotion.  She’s been blocking the pain of what she does for so long that she truly believes she has succeeded in eradicating her heart.  She has been owned by unfavourable characters for too long, and now that she has some margin of freedom, she’s terrified of losing it.  She NEVER wants to be owned again.  She doesn’t realize that there is a difference between having someone care for you and having someone control you.  She’s also been left behind and abandoned many times by those she believed cared for her.  This has caused her to feel in the way and unwanted.  She refuses to let anyone in because “they always leave.”  But we know better.  We know that she is a genuine person with a heart of gold – even if it’s a little trapped and people have to jump a little hurdle to access it.

And we know that there is one man who is more than willing to jump over that little hurdle.  Actually, he’s willing to break demon law, escape a hell’s fire and fight Wargs for it.  Yes, I am talking about Con. *growl* Con.  He is Yumminess at its most delicious.  He is a fantastic hero, and he’s perfect for Sin.  He doesn’t realize that he is very much like her – well except for the fact that he’s not an assassin, he is a paramedic at Underworld General.  He feels as though Sin has missed out on too much love and life, so he has practically made it his mission to have her feel.  He knows that only then will she be able to understand that her brothers really do care about her and that they really do want her around.  Only then will she truly be free – at least that’s what Con thinks but Sin thinks he’s full of it.

These are two very passionate people and the fire between them is non-stop!  Goodness, they could just be brushing their teeth together and it would be sexy!  Their hook-ups are often raw and animalistic, but there is also an underlying tenderness to them.  Con truly wants to help Sin learn that there is a whole world out there just for her, and Sin truly cares for Con.  She’s just scared.  He is too.

Larissa started this series with an elegant and impactful style.  Her original installment was strong and really drew you in.  The world she created was superb.  And the details…magnificent.  She has never veered too far off course in her subsequent Demonica books and I for one am grateful for that.  The series has stayed strong from book one to book five. This is one of the two series that showed me what paranormal romance novels were all about.  Passionate characters with heart, compassion and wicked sinful mouths.  😉

If you have not yet discovered the ‘Demonica’ series and you are interested in the paranormal romance genre, give it a try.  You’re in for a real treat.  I am going to miss this series, but I take solace in knowing that the characters from these books will appear in Larissa’s newest series ‘The Lords of Deliverance’ – a series based on the four horsemen of the apocalypse.  “Eternal Rider”, the first book, is due out in March 2011.  As for “Sin Undone”, I just loved it!  For me, it was the strongest of the five books (and I gave every book 5 stars, so that’s really saying something.)  “Sin Undone” is the perfect ending to an incredible series.

5plus stars

Giggle worthy quotes

“’I’m a Seminus demon.  Think about what that means.’

Shade turned an interesting gray color.  Eidolon winced.

‘Yeah.  I need sex or I die.  So stop with the obnoxious chaperone shit, because I really don’t want you anywhere nearby while I’m doing it, and I don’t think you want that either.’  She gave them her sweetest smile.  ‘And know that the second you’re gone, I’m going to ride Con until he begs for mercy.’

Eidolon sighed.  Shade swore.  And Con muttered something that sounded strangely like ‘Mercy.’”

Drool worthy quote

“’I’m not done with you, sweetheart,’ he growled.  ‘Not.  Even.  Close.’”

Books in the ‘Demonica’ series –
Pleasure Unbound
Desire Unchained
Passion Unleashed
Ecstasy Unveiled
Sin Undone

  1. Great review Julie – this really was an amazing series!! I can’t wait to see what she does with her next!

  2. Great review Julie!! I could not agree with you more – I was in LOVE with Sin by the time it was over. LOVED THIS SERIES AND THIS BOOK!

  3. Wow! Brilliant review! Makes me want to read this so much right now!
    I love your reviews so much, they’re always light hearted and make me giggle. You’re my favourite reviewer for sure 🙂

  4. Mandi – I will be waiting on the bookstore’s steps the morning her next book comes out…well, it will most likely be Jason since he works in the city.

    Spaz – Thanks! I fell in love with this series almost immediately.

    Ally – Aw, shuck. You’ve made me blush. Thank you so much.
    Read this book as soon as it’s released for you!

  5. OMG! Squee!!! She liked it, she liked it! 🙂

    What a fabulous, well-thought out review! I’m so glad you liked Sin’s story…I’ve been so nervous about this book — tough heroines can be really unlikable, so it’s been nail-biting time for me!

    Thanks so much for taking the time to share your thoughts. You made my day!


  6. Larissa – What’s not to like? You did a perfect job with Sin.

    Can’t wait for the new series!

  7. I LOVED this one:) Loved your review, it was very thorough and gave a nice summary of the events along with your opinions. I can’t wait for the new series!

  8. Jenny – Yeah…phew, this was a long review! lol The book was just THAT good.

  9. I so loved this series, especially Sin Undone. It’s truly a sin that the series is over.

  10. Mina – It is too bad it’s done. But it’s not the last from Larissa – which is good.

  11. Why do9#&ns3e;t Mencius comment anymore? I just started reading UR and reading through the archives I noticed that Mencius commented and responded to a lot of the comments in the past. Was there a troll problem or something in the past after which he just stopped bothering? Or did he just stop cuz he felt like it?

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