RIOT HOUSE by Callie Hart
Release Date: April 29th
4 Obsessive Love CROWNS
The synopsis for Riot House, a new book by one of my favorite authors, together with all the fantastic teasers, got me very excited and I couldn’t wait to dive in.
I loved the premise of the story, the twists and turns, and especially the intriguing and suspenseful elements. I enjoyed the characters themselves, their personalities and getting to know them over the course of the book. Whilst I don’t think it’s always fair to compare books like for like, Riot House is after all its own story, I did find myself referring back to the Raleigh High series by this author, simply because it is part of the same genre. Because of that, I was expecting the story here to unfold with a similar speed, to move forward with the same pacing as Raleigh High and that’s not the case. It’s slower paced and character driven, and much more angsty than I was anticipating. Although I enjoyed seeing their personalities emerge and develop, I would, however, have liked to have seen more of Wren’s dark and dangerous side. That part of his personality for the most part was implied, or eluded to rather than explicitly shown. I like the dark, explicit scenes this author normally writes and I feel that was one thing I didn’t get enough of here. We also didn’t get to “meet” Elodie’s dad. A somewhat shadowy character, there are many references to him, he was talked about a lot, his awful nature, and his terrible deeds, but we didn’t get to experience it ourselves by way of scenarios which actually included him in person. For me, the story would’ve had more of an impact if we had.
This author has a fantastic way with words and although I found the beginning rather slow paced, my favorite parts of the story were the edge of your seat moments that came towards the end of the book, when the events the plot had been leading up to came to fruition and took off running. The tangled web that had been woven, the twists and turns and finally the revelations, were brilliant. Wren and Elodie’s story is one of strength, perseverance and obsessive love. Although their journey may have reached its conclusion as far as this book is concerned, the ending leaves room for further books about the pupils of Wolf Hall academy and I can’t wait to see what other secrets lie behind its formidable oak doors.
5 Poe Crowns
If you’ve never read Callie before than I would most definitely start here. This book will consume you from the moment you read the prologue until the very last second of the epilogue. The way the Callie creates her worlds is done with such a sense of imagery that you can see yourself within her words. Everything that happens you can feel it as if it’s happening to you it’s such an amazing talent, and has you lost within the pages.
There’s a very real danger that he’ll hold his cup to my lips, and I’ll drink down his poison like I’m dying and he’s the cure.
Wren and Elodie are two characters that have had very similar backgrounds. The way they were raised and the type of people their parents are allow them to form a connection that neither was prepared for. They were both thrust into this Wolf Hall Academy and left without a second thought. This connection is what brings them together and it’s what binds them so intricately. I loved watching as their relationship evolved from one rife with tension and anger to one that they don’t even really understand. They’ve never had what they have with each other with anyone else before. It scares them and has them second guessing almost everything. But it’s that soul deep connection that allows them to see the truth.
“You are going to be mine, Elodie Stillwater. Of all my sins and misdeeds, making you fall in love will be the very worst of them all.”
Callie has created such an all-encompassing read that you will not be able to do anything else until you’ve finished. This story and these characters were created with such precision and with so many layers that you can’t help but get lost in them and everything that happens. I don’t want to give too much away but this is definitely a story that will stay with you long after you are done. The emotions that this story elicits and the connections that you have with the characters does not happen everyday and it’s something that should not be missed. This is a Must Read of 2020 without a doubt.
Voluntarily Reviewed an Advanced Complimentary Copy.
They might be richer than gods, but they’re morally bankrupt.As far as the boys who run America’s most exclusive international academy are concerned, I’m an unwelcome interloper, an inconvenience, and they’re determined to make my life a living hell.
When Wren Jacobi sets eyes on Wolf Hall Academy’s newest inductee, all he sees is an easy mark. A reserved little girl with a target painted on her back. He knows nothing of my troubled past, though. Nothing of my mother’s suspicious death, or the horrific treatment I’ve had to endure at the hands of my psychotic father.
And he has no idea of the lengths that I, unassuming little Elodie Stillwater, will go to in order to break the savage beast who dreams of breaking me first.
There’s a wolf stalking the forests that surround my new school.Little does he know…There are far scarier predators lurking out there in the dark.
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About the Author
Callie Hart is a USA Today bestselling author of dark romance novels. She is an obsessive romantic who loves throwing a dark twist into her stories. Her characters are imperfect, flawed individuals who dictate when she eats, sleeps and breathes. She loves to travel, and often pens her books when she’s on the road, drawing inspiration from her often unique and wild surroundings.
If she’s not writing, you’ll undoubtedly find her with her nose buried deep in a book, or binge watching Game of Thrones.
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