Sealed in Sin by Juliette Cross

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Holy crap on a cracker! The ending of this book is wildly intense. I dropped my jaw in an audible gasp. No spoilers in this review, so let me get right to it.

Genevieve, our leading lady in The Vessel Trilogy, is a 20-year-old college student when she is forced into a war amongst angels and demons. She learns fairly quickly that she’s a prophesized Vessel of Good, meant to lead the angels to victory. It’s a lot to grasp while balancing school, teaching karate for her dad, and treading through her first true romantic relationship. Her caring nature for others is what keeps her in the fight. Genevieve endures the impossible life she’s been dealt for the sake of humanity.

Let’s quickly address the “love triangle”

I was nervous to start this book because I didn’t want to read an internal struggle of which man to choose. I was still a little mad at Jude from his missteps in book one, but that didn’t mean I was ready to give up on him. Well, I pushed through because I know the quality of Juliette Cross’ writing. She did have been jumping back and forth between Jude and Thomas. Much like young Genevieve. I can only describe it as a heady swoop of hero-ness that cause you to swoon for Thomas. Jude is dark, and secretive, which an make readers wonder if he’s truly right for Genevieve. Just because he came into book one doesn’t mean he’s the perfect match for our heroine.

Juliette Cross expertly weaves in the naivety of a young woman without belittling her character. Cross gives a good amount of time, and various types of conflict that basically propel her maturity beyond twenty years. Could anyone fighting amongst immortals not be insta-developed beyond their imagination? Along with her Vessel Sense developing (VS), so does her emotional and intellectual strength. It is because of Genevieve’s cleverness among the New Orlean’s ruling demon that her group is able to strike a deal and gain valuable information. Where as Jude and Kat would have used demands and violence to get what they needed, Genevieve used cunning. Ultimately it paid off far better than could be expected when striking deals with demons.

Sealed in Sin was quite the bridge to the final installment of The Vessel Trilogy

While I would love to sit here and brew in the final moments of book two, I’m very anxious to get to Bound in Black. I promised myself I’d finish this review before moving on. She has been loved and deeply betrayed in Sealed in Sin. This story goes to show how even people close to us can be too selfish to do the right thing. Love can be beautiful, but it can also push people into something ugly and unrecognizable. Genevieve comes out of this stronger, wiser, and the epitome of badass femme fatale. She’s heading into hell, and I’m not worried about her survival at all.

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