Sin and Sorrow

Sin and Sorrow

by Marion Croslydon

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ISBN-13: 9780993071669
Publisher: Carlux Publishing
Publication date: 11/09/2015
Pages: 292
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.61(d)

About the Author

Marion loves to share happy vibes, talk book crush, fictional boyfriends and sexual chemistry with like-minded people. And because she spends most of her days on her own deep inside her London writing cave, you are welcome to come and say "hello" from time to time. Just to make sure she doesn't sink into insanity. Her friends, family and arch-enemies (there are quite a few) will be forever grateful for your help.
Her debut novel, Oxford Whispers, a New Adult paranormal romance, won the IndieReader Discovery Award, 2013. Her contemporary romances, No Reverse and Fast Forward, were Amazon bestsellers, both in the New Adult and Kindle Top 50 charts.

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Sin and Sorrow 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Sue_H More than 1 year ago
What happens when you have wanted revenge for over 200 years but end up genuinely liking the two people you planned to use to get that? Marie Aberdeen has lost her husband, unborn child, and her vampire "father" to the MacLeod family of vampire hunters. All she wanted was to love her husband and raise their child but a MacLeod stole that from her. At the Battle of Culloden, Gabriel MacLeod killed her husband. Marie went into premature labor and lost the baby and almost lost her life. She is turned into a vampire and goes into hiding with her vampire father. She has survived in hiding and kept her vow not to feed from humans. Fast forward two centuries, and while she was away from the house, the latest MacLeod Hunter finds and kills those who remained including her father. Marie decides to finally act on her revenge on the Hunter by befriending his daughter and seducing his son. She didn't count on getting to know and like Gabriel and Lizzie. This book had me engaged from the start. Life isn't always straight forward and that was the case with the characters in this book. Even when you think you know the facts, there are always three sides to every story. Sin and Sorrow is not your typical vampire story. I don't think you'll be disappointed that you read this. I received an ARC of this in exchange for an honest review.
Xkoqueen More than 1 year ago
I was very intrigued by the synopsis of Sin and Sorrow by Marion Croslydon. The love the premise of a vampire created in Scotland during the uprising who is looking to exact revenge for her family two hundred years later. There are so many rich possibilities when Culloden is used as a cover-up for vanquishing Scotland of its vampires. There are an amazing number of characters in the relatively short book. Marie, the lead character and story narrator, was turned in 1746 when she is about to die from birthing complications. She tolerates her meager existence by plotting to avenge her husband’s death. Her life has been defined by resentment and the possibility of revenge. She should have been physically angry and singularly focused. She fizzles as a vengeful widow, and her physical weakness makes it all but impossible for her to follow through on any of her plans. Gabriel comes from a long line of vampire hunters. Clan MacLeod are known for their ruthlessness in ridding the world of the filthy bloodsuckers. Gabriel never doubted his family’s heritage as vampire hunters until his cousin, Tobias, shares his beliefs on how Gabriel’s mother really died. That seed of doubt makes Gabriel question everything he assumed about his family and his future. Gabriel should be a strong, sexy, dominant male, but I found him rather dull. I found the plot to be rather slow. There is a great deal of story set up as Marie tells the reader her history and why she wants revenge against Clan Macleod, the famed vampire hunters. There is also a great deal of the story devoted to Marie planning how she will execute her revenge. I was hoping for stealth, cunning and a building sense of dread as Marie executed her plan. However, when the action does start to take off, the storyline seems to take a detour. Marie becomes weak and unfocused, a victim of Lawrence’s games; she is just another simpering girl in love with Gabriel MacLeod. In some instances, one might call this a twist or a turn, but the divergence from Marie’s lifelong goal felt more like the author didn’t have an overall plan for the story. Potential conflicts were resolved too easily, and the resolution did not always feel plausible. Lawrence, one of the antagonists, could have been a stellar, evil foe, but his centuries-long love sickness for Marie leads him to cave when his ultimatums are not met. Life-long beliefs held by Gabriel and Lizzie about vampires are suddenly non-issues as they fall in love with or are enthralled by Marie and Lawrence respectively. Sin and Sorrow ends with some closure and happiness for Gabriel and Marie, and Lizzie and Lawrence are left at large. I imagine that the author plans to revisit their story in a future book. Overall, Sin and Sorrow was an okay read; the premise has a lot of unrealized potential. I didn’t hate Sin and Sorrow, but I couldn’t get excited about the lackluster characters and soft, meandering plot.
MBurton More than 1 year ago
I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley. I'm a huge fan of Vampire stories but it seems there are so many out there with the same old tired storyline. I'm very happy to say this is not one of them. This author kept me engaged in the tale she wove from beginning to end with its unique and original storyline. It was interesting to see Marie start out with nothing but hate and revenge as her motivation that turns to love and devotion to Gabriel, the son of her enemy. I also enjoyed the fact that both male and female leads where strong, independent characters and yet they still meshed cohesively. If your looking for a unique vampire tale, this is the book for you.