#Review “Exodus” by Kate Stewart

EXODUS, book two, is the explosive conclusion in The Ravenhood Duet from best-selling author, Kate Stewart, is LIVE!

Get ready for a sinfully ๐‡๐Ž๐“, ๐€๐๐†๐’๐“๐˜, ๐”๐๐‚๐Ž๐๐•๐„๐๐“๐ˆ๐Ž๐๐€๐‹, and ๐“๐—ช๐ˆ๐’๐“๐„๐ƒ love storyfilled with suspense, a little action, and ๐€๐‹๐‹.๐Ž๐….๐“๐‡๐„.๐…๐„๐„๐‹๐’!


Tricia’s Musings…

5 can you keep a secret CROWNS

Having read this authorโ€™s work before and knowing how wonderfully versatile she is when I comes to her writing, I wasnโ€™t at all phased by the vague blurb for this duet. On the contrary, I was hugely intrigued and couldnโ€™t wait to read what she had in store for us. Having read Flock, I realised that the first part of the story was just the tip of the iceberg and we really knew nothing of what was to come next. Exodus has everything and to say Iโ€™m blown away is an understatement. Mind blown, more like, wrecked even, by this clever, multilayered, well thought out and brilliantly executed plot that kept me guessing from the start.

The first half of the book was sheer psychological perfection. Itโ€™s mind bending, full of twists and turns which gave me a hugely frustrating feeling of being out of control. I still couldnโ€™t decide if Cecelia was being manipulated and managed for reasons other than pure entertainment and if she was, why and for what purpose.

The second half of the story was sheer raw emotion, thatโ€™s the only way I can describe it. I loved the intensity, the anguish and the drama. I loved Ceceliaโ€™s stubbornness, her drive, the way she grew in strength and resilience. Through all the heartache, she developed a real sense of self and made peace with what she saw as her place and purpose in the world. Even though I wished more for her, I nevertheless admired her for it.

I love how unusual and complex this whole story is. Itโ€™s unpredictable, unexpected and passionate, in more ways than one. As the tale began to unfold and secrets were revealed, I still had no idea how it all would end, if anyone would in fact get their happy ever after. They do say the best things in life donโ€™t come easy and if thereโ€™s one thing I realised about these characters, however, is that they certainly donโ€™t give up easily and most definitely play to win!

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Can you live a lie?

Itโ€™s a ghost town, this place that haunts me, the one that made me.
Itโ€™s clear to me that Iโ€™ll never outgrow Triple Falls or outlive the time I spent here.
I can still feel them all, my boys of summer.
Even when Iโ€™d sensed the danger, I gave in.
I didnโ€™t heed a single warning. I let my sickness, my love, both rule and ruin me. I played my part, eyes wide open, tempting fate until it delivered.
There was never going to be an escape.
All of us are to blame for what happened. All of us serving our own sentences. We were careless and reckless, thinking our youth made us indestructible, exempt from our sins, and it cost us all.

Iโ€™m done pretending I didnโ€™t leave the largest part of me between these hills and valleys, between the sea of trees that hold my secrets.
Itโ€™s the reason Iโ€™m back. To make peace with my fate.
And if I canโ€™t grieve enough to cure myself in my time here, Iโ€™ll remain sick. That will be my curse.
But itโ€™s time to confess, to myself more so than any other, that Iโ€™d hindered my chances because of the way I was built, and because of the men who built me.
At this point, I just want to make peace with who I am, no matter what ending I get.

Because I can no longer live a lie.

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Blurb:

Can you keep a secret?I grew up sick.

Let me clarify.

I grew up believing that real love stories include a martyr or demand great sacrifice to be worthy.

Because of that, I believed it, because I made myself believe it, and I bred the most masochistic of romantic hearts, which resulted in my illness.

When I lived this story, my own twisted fairy tale, it was unbeknownst to me at the time because I was young and naรฏve. I gave into temptation and fed the beating beast, which grew thirstier with every slash, every strike, every blow.

Triple Falls wasnโ€™t at all what it seemed, nor were the men that swept me under their wing. But in order to keep them, I had to be in on their secrets.

Secrets that cost us everything to keep.

Thatโ€™s the novelty of fiction versus reality. You canโ€™t re-live your own love story, because by the time youโ€™ve realized youโ€™re living it, itโ€™s over. At least that was the case for me and the men I trusted my foolish heart to.

Looking back, Iโ€™m convinced I willed my story into existence due to my illness.
And all were punished.โฃโฃ

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About the Author:

USA Today bestselling author and Texas native, Kate Stewart, lives in North Carolina with her husband, Nick, and her naughty beagle, Sadie. She pens messy, sexy, angst-filled contemporary romance, as well as romantic comedy and erotic suspense. Kateโ€™s title, Drive, was named one of the best romances of 2017 by The New York Daily News and Huffington Post. Drive was also a finalist in the Goodreads Choice awards for best contemporary romance of 2017. Her works have been featured in USA TODAY, BuzzFeed, and translated in five languages.

Kate is a lover of all things โ€™80s and โ€™90s, especially John Hughes films and rap. She dabbles a little in photography, can knit a simple stitch scarf for necessity, and on occasion, does very well at whiskey.

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3 Comments

  1. It doesnโ€™t sound like the usual book or series Iโ€™d read, but it seems interesting.

  2. I’m intrigued by this series. Can’t wait to read.
    Great review!

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