Book Review: Envy of Angels by Matt Wallace

New York City is home to some of the world’s greatest food and restaurants, but none of them compare to Sin du Jour. A catering company on Long Island, Sin du Jour creates delicacies to please even the pickiest supernatural creatures. But catering for demons, goblins, and other monsters is dangerous business.

Two minutes after I finished Envy of Angels, I preordered the second book in the Sin du Jour series, Lustlocked. It was just that good.

I wasn’t too sure about it at first. Matt Wallace introduces a whole lot of characters in the first twenty pages, and I was a bit overwhelmed. There seemed to be too many personalities and names to keep straight. But Wallace made it work by allowing certain characters to fade into the background until I got a sense of others. Then when I was able to keep everyone straight, the cast got big again. Everyone was really well developed, and I could imagine meeting any of them on the street of NYC. (I also can’t wait to read more about them–especially Nikki and Lena–in Lustlocked.)

It’s pretty rare for me to get passionate about a story and want to talk about it all the time. I read a ton of great books, but only a select few have that special combination of story, character, and pixie dust. Envy of Angels had it. I’ve never read anything like this story, and all of the elements worked so well together. The characters jumped off the pages, the setting was easy to imagine, and the plot caught my attention. I’m so looking forward to seeing what happens next in Lustlocked.

Envy of Angels would be a great choice for anyone interested in urban fantasy.


Envy of Angels by Matt Wallace is published by as an eBook and a paperback. It is the first in the Sin du Jour series.


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