• Ms. Coffey

"Awful Intentions" by Elena Monroe

Updated: May 23, 2020

*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.

4 stars

+.5 Plot

+1 Characters

+1 Organization

+1 Writing

+.5 World-development

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)

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