I received this book for free from Give Me Books Promotions in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Awful Intentions by Elena Monroe
Series: Celestial Bodies #2
on May 16, 2020
Cover Design: Maria, Steamy Reads
Cover Photographer: Michelle Lancaster
Cover Model: Thomas
Genres: Romantic Fantasy, New Adult, Mystery
Format: digital e-book, ARC
Source: Give Me Books Promotions
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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 though 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.
New Adult Romantic Fantasy, Mystery
First Person, Multiple-POV
This is book #2 of Celestial Bodies series and it can’t be read as a stand-alone.
*This story may be a trigger for some people.*
Where the light ends, the dark starts. I’m just well balanced.
This series has really started to take shape and I have ended this second book understanding a lot better the concept of the plot. I ended the first book a little confused and I was very glad that I already had the second story on my kindle.
I’m really enjoying the story arch of the series and all these gods and goddesses causing mayhem on Earth.
This is not an easy series to read, the plot is thick, there are a lot of background needed for better understanding and the characters are intense.
I loved all the characters and I have also loved how they have all been part of the journey and we have been getting glimpses into all of them. But if I had to choose, I would have to say, Arianna still is my favorite heroine, but Nyx, has become my favorite hero (they feel a lot like antiheroes).
Will next book be of Caellum and Kate? I don’t really know if they will become a couple. Can’t wait to find out!!!
Exciting story with fantastic characters!!!
31.5/35 STARS – 4.5 STARS (between 31.5 stars and 33 stars)
Addictiveness: 4.5 Character: 4.5 Cover: 4.5 Freshness: 5 Plot: 4 Romance: 4.5 Writing Style: 4.5
Action 3/5 Angst 3/5 Darkness 1.5/5 Humor 0/5 Romance 5/5 Suspense/Mystery 3/5
Would I recommend? Yes, if you like a story with depth and intensity!!!
Would I re-read this book/series? Yes!
Would I read more from the author? I’m looking forward to reading more from her.
Addictiveness: 4.5/5 This is not an easy read, but I was already hooked from the cliffhanger of the first book. It was really easy to connect with the characters and to embark on this journey with them. As addictive as ice cream!!!
Character: hero 5/5, heroine 3.5/5, secondary characters 5/5, growth 5/5, real 4/5 Complex characters that kept growing and evolving in this second book.
Luna was a good heroine. Not my favorite (Arianna still holds that title), but her character along with Arianna has had the biggest evolution until now. I understood that Luna’s path was to accept that nobody is all good, but she annoyed me a lot in this book. Her choices and the fact that she kept repeating the same mistakes were a bit hard for me to swallow. I don’t want to spoil anything, but some of her choices were really icky, in my opinion.
Nyx was hot and wonderful! I do like a bad boy… a bad boy with hidden heart is kryptonite for me. 🙂 What an amazing job Ms. Monroe did here. Nyx was multidimensional and had a lot of layers. His duality was so well explored and explained. Loved him!!!
Secondary characters They are all so complex and amazing. I really want to know them all. There is no one here that is all good or bad. Even though they are all gods/goddesses they feel very real and believable.
Villain/antagonists … there are a few villains here, but one clear one in part of the story. I feel like even in the group of friends they all antagonize each other from time to time. Too many gods together, too many egos…
There are no easy characters, but they are all lovable and can be understood.
Cover: art 4.5/5, title 5/5, color-font 5/5, buy 5/5 I’m obsessed with book covers. I love to find snippets of the stories within the art. I like this one. This is a gorgeous cover. Not only because I can totally see Nyx here, but I also loved the font and colors used. I loved the subtitle that sort of put a stamp of Luna also on this art work. I would easily buy this book by its cover without needing to read the blurb!!!
Freshness: 5/5 Yes!!! This is a unique read. The author’s creativity is fantastic and everything here feels fresh and one-of-a-kind. As fresh as water during the summer, in the middle of the desert!
Plot: believable 4/5, conflict 5/5, dialogue 4/5, ending 4/5, enjoyment 5/5, opening 5/5, pace 5/5, setting 5/5, subplots 5/5, twists 5/5 Great opening and exciting ending. Believable plot, with hot dialogues and great pace. Fantastic setting, interesting subplots with unexpected twists. High level of enjoyment!
This is a hard plot to follow. There is a lot information that the reader needs to understand the story, but is a very imaginative adventure filled with mysteries and suspense.
Romance: believable 5/5, chemistry 5/5, description 4/5, development 4/5, steam 5/5 Hot alert! The romance was full of ups and downs. Luna couldn’t make up her mind, but when together they were combustible. It was never a matter of lack of love, it was easy to see they loved each other. It was more a matter of accepting that we cannot always control our destiny, even when we are gods. Hot romance!!!
Writing Style: 4.5/5 Amazing characters, creative plot, steamy romance, cohesive writing and very well written dialogues. Great style!!!
Because I try to be very analytical and I don’t really believe in perfection…
I had a hard time with Luna for a while. Maybe because I had created too much expectation for her character from the glimpses of her on the first book, I ended up a bit disappointed.
I know this is a series with cliffhangers, but it doesn’t mean I have to enjoy these endings :).