"Awful Intentions" by Elena Monroe
Updated: May 23
*Thank you Give Me Books for a free copy in exchange for a review*
I started reading this one immediately after finishing Awful Curse. I can't get enough of these characters, and that is exactly what I got. Awful Intentions features a lot of character and relationship building than plot-driven content. I usually find that boring, but I found it to be a great change of pace. I really go to know the characters better and see their friendship change.
The plot definitely takes a seat on the back burner for this one, but there is still progression toward a more significant conflict to come. I wish there was a little more action to satisfy my drive for drama, but I am satisfied with where the story is going.
The writing in this one feels slower, but in a good way. The style is still the same, even with the change of perspective. Everything is organized, and I was never confused.
The characters definitely took center stage, and I really enjoyed it. Monroe does a great job of giving the reader just enough to want to provide the characters with a sense of mystery, but still, give the reader a picture of who they are. She dives deeper into who these characters really are and how their actions and past experiences affect who they are today.
I loved the side characters as well. I find myself constantly being drawn to Caellum. I really hope we get to see his perspective as well as Kate.
Overall, I would say that this series is a character-driven paranormal romance that features elements of friendship, trust, and love. If you are looking for a steamy new adult romance, then this one is for you.
About the book:
I didn't know I was so set on truths until I realized my whole life was a lie.
Being banished to Arcadia Prep.
The myths we thought were just empty threats meant to iron out bad behavior.
All of it was a neatly packaged lie.
Hell raged in the pit of my stomach and now we were free to wreak havoc on humanity.
The truth was simple: I was a good girl meant to heal the wounded and help uphold the truth.
I'm the one who tore the truth down.
I stomped on it and set it on fire.
I did everything that didn't add up to the me I cultivated.
I was a perfectly packaged lie." (Goodreads)