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Envy of Angels – Sin du Jour #1 A slow start to a really good series

Envy of Angels (Sin du Jour, #1)

Goodreads average 3.87
★★★★✮  4.5 stars

I’m sure you’ve heard about this one. It’s another fun, ass-kicking and quite inventive Urban Fantasy series, right along the lines of Rivers of London and the like. Except this time, we’re talking catering. And not just any kind of catering.

I found out about this series from Tammy’s blog. I wasn’t going to pick up yet another new book (much less a new series), but it was so enticing that I had to give it a go. Come on, food, magic, urban fantasy? Demons? What’s not to like?

Plus, it’s quite cheap on Amazon. So I got it and started reading right away. And you know what? Yeah, it’s a first book in a series, it’s not written spotlessly and it does have some loose ends, BUT! I’m definitely picking up the series. What with all the insane laughing and quoting the absurd situations the characters found themselves in to my boyfriend and the internets and then laughing some more, I do recommend it.

And yes. Yes, those are chicken nuggets on the cover. Why is that the first thing everybody asks about..?

And yes. They are there for a reason. No spoilers, though.

The story begins with two young chefs (professional kitchen staff? Err, what do we actually call them…) They are out of work and rent is a pressing matter, so they’ll basically go work for anyone at this point. When unbelievably so, a former famous chef calls them and asks them to be his temps for a gig. When I say former, I mean, someone presumed dead. This is where you might start picking up on the fact that we’re not talking about a normal catering service.

Our main characters have their tryouts, pass them (more or less) and start working for the new boss. But, because one of them is a doof and can’t do what he’s told, they sort of… blunder into… a full-time position.

It’s kind of the thing that happens in this place when you see something you shouldn’t have seen.

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So, putting that aside, the responsibility of the whole big and important gig basically falls on these two. I don’t really understand how it makes sense in the story that two newbs would get to taste rare and very important ingredients and make decisions, as opposed to the actually seasoned kitchen staff, but it’s the way it’s done in this book. This was one of the things I had a problem with. But, things get better after this. They go from ‘slightly weird’ to ‘completely absurd’ in a matter of chapters, and in a really good way! Think giant birds and zombie clowns. God, it’s SO GOOD.

The story never stops being bonkers after that – up to the very end, where the book ends with quite a nice twist of perspective at things. I know I loved it. Brilliant ending. So good that it added a whole new star to the book! Also, the writing gets a lot better by the middle, so I guess this series just needed a little bit to kick off. Give it a chance before you decide to DNF, if you do start this.

As for why Envy of Angels? Well, the basic problem of this story is that the characters have to decide – do they or do they not cook an angel for demons to eat?

So there you go. I mean, if that’s not enough to convince you, then I don’t know what is.
As for what else we have to look forward to? Well, it’s an ongoing series and there are already three other parts of it! Here they are:

    

So have you read any of these? Do you read these kinds of urban fantasies at all? I would love to hear what you think.

15 thoughts on “Envy of Angels – Sin du Jour #1 A slow start to a really good series

    1. Really! You’ve seen them 🙂 actually, I’ve never seen them before I read the post on Tammy’s blog. Those are pretty snarky covers, eh.
      But yeah, this book was a fun take on cooking and adventure. There’s more adventure than cooking though 😀 don’t know if your wife would like it 😀

  1. I have not read a lot of urban fantasies. Cook angels or demons? I am glad you mentioned that the book is a slow start to the series. So potential readers who enjoy the genre can read a significant amount before deciding whether to continue with the book or not
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    1. Yeah, you seem to read more.. um, composed books 🙂 if you haven’t read more urban fantasy, I do recommend the Peter Grant (Rivers of London) series. Loooaaaad of fun. And magic.

  2. Hi Evelina – Thanks for stopping by my blog. I have been reading some of your posts. You have a very impressive site.

    This sounds like a very fun book. I like absurd humor and post. of handled correctly they can make for great books.

    The premise or “problem” that you describe for this book is awesome!
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    1. Thanks for visiting as well! I’m kind of wishing I had more serious books on my blog, just like you – used to read more of those in the past 🙂 and yeah, this series is fun fun fun, a quick read for when you want to relax 🙂

    1. Well, thanks for introducing me to this series 🙂 the giant hen and the clowns though xD it was so hard not to talk about this in the review cause I might spoil all the fun. But oh my god, seriously xD

  3. This sounds so quirky and I was totally not of it, although I’ve seen Lustlocked and had no idea it was part of this. Sounds bonkers and fun! And love the GIF with the pincers/ claws/ whatever they are. 🙂
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  4. Sometimes, absurd books are just what you need! This sounds like a lot of fun. I completely understand the confusion about putting newbies in charge of something important, but, well, that often is part of many books. A trope of sorts, I guess.

    I assume you plan on reading the other books in the series? I’ll definitely have to check out Envy of Angels (that’s for the GR rec!!), but I wonder if the other books build on each other. Do you know if these are more standalone novels with recurring characters (like some serial mysteries are), or if they are a proper series leading to a grand finale? I just don’t want to commit to another full series right now– but I could read a standalone! Either way, I’ll get to this book at some point. It sounds hilarious! <3
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    1. Yeah, I definitely plan to read the series 🙂 it’s my… leisure series 😀 easy on the brain… I think they’re more of a series-series, like a TV show maybe? I wouldn’t say they’re standalone, but I can’t tell yet as I haven’t read the next one 🙂
      If you DO commit to a series, commit to Rivers of London first 😀 priorities! And yeah, I chose this one to commit to cause it’s like.. A book for a few hours 🙂

    1. Hey Kristen 🙂 do give it a try! It’s incredibly fun, and it’s on the cheap side as well 🙂 it’s a good one-evening experience. Looking forward to your review then 🙂

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