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REVIEW by @UrbanFantasyRev : The Sin Collector by Jessica Fotunato (@JessFortunato)

 
“The Sin Collector” follows the life of Liliana, a born Sin Collector. She has spent over 100 years absorbing people’s sins so they may rest in peace come death. However when she meets another Collector, one who insists everything she has been taught is a lie, Liliana must make her way from sunny L.A. all the way to the streets of Madrid. Searching for answers to a question we all share. Why are we here? The friends and enemies she makes along the way only seem to blur the line between right and wrong. Can Liliana fight the Castus, an organization whose sole mission is to kill every Collector? Should she trust her head or her heart when the two most important men in her life are fighting alongside her?  Then there is the worst question of all, who will be left when the dust settles?
 
The Sin Collector had me hooked from the second page, the story was fresh and new and I didn’t  put it down until I finished it.  Jessica Fortunato introduces to the paranormal world, Sin  Collectors.  Sin Collectors are a long lived race that absorb the sins of mortals so that they may find peace in the afterlife.  Being a Sin Collector is not easy, how would you like to know every sin of every person you come into contact with…talk about negative energy.  Sin collectors while they are long lived and difficult to harm or kill after the age of 20 they cannot be in each others presence without extreme paralyzing pain.  Of course there has to be a group that opposes them and that is the Castus, The Castus view the Sin Collectors as abominations and try to kill all they find.
 
The story follows Liliana, she is over a 100yrs old and has been living a quiet life as a librarian in America.  Since leaving her mentor Olexander at 20 Liliana has been on her own.  A childhood friend shows up and the death of her boss at the library interrupts Liliana’s quiet and solitary llife.  She goes back to Europe with her childhood friend and finds out that other Sin collectors are being murdered.  Her old mentor also shows up and Liliana must decide who to trust between the two men.
 
The book was fairly short so I read it very quickly, I finished it in an afternoon.  It’s packed with action from cover to cover with lots of twists and turns as Liliana tries to figure who she can trust and who is the traitor.  I especially like Lili, she was very easy to connect to from the very first page, her self imposed exile and her snark were easy to understand and relate to.  The two men in her life maintained their mystery, as it had been over a 100 years since she’d seen either of them, left you wondering until the very end who was the bad guy.
 
The only thing I would have liked to have seen more of was the process of sin collecting itself.  As this is unique I would have liked more detail on how Lili collects the sins of the dying.  Jessica also laid a good foundation for future books in the series without leaving the dreaded cliff hanger ending…much thanks for that.  All in all I thoroughly enjoyed spending the afternoon reading it and look forward to the next in the series.
 
4 out of 5 stars!   Great read!
 
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