RIOT HOUSE by Callie Hart
Release Date: April 29th
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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.
Elitist high school, hot students, bullying, and mayhem! What a fantastic setup for a new series by one of my favorite authors. I loved the fabulous group of students ensconced at Wolf Hall Academy. For teens their actions and behaviors are more of the maturity level of people in their mid-twenties. As Elodie joins the sophisticated students for her last half of the school year it changes the complexion of the group. Wren is immediately intrigued and that upsets several folks at the Academy. Elodie is a terrific heroine. Fierce, smart and a fighter. She is great, except for her love him/hate him obsession with the hottest of the bad boys, Wren. Now Wren is the ultimate bad boy. Rich, tortured, jaded, smart and too good looking. You just know when these two get past their squabbles it will be explosive. And it is! Sizzling chemistry between these two teens with a freaking hot level of sexual maturity. There’s a lot going on in this story. Evil parents and faculty, a missing student, several romances, murder, cover ups, revenge, evil twin, sex, sex, sex, and more. Almost too much and some was inconceivable to me. The bad boys of Riot House, Wren, Pax and Dash, are a strange mix. Most of the time they don’t get along but they have each other’s backs when it counts. For me there was too much happening and it seemed disjointed at times. The extent of Wren’s malcontent was a mystery. The thoughts of the person in the box was another element that interspersed in the book seemingly at random. The victim and the tormentor were not a surprise. The first half of the book moved slow and was mostly Elodie dealing with her love/hate emotions over Wren when he was just being a mean boy. The story picked up in the last half with our couple going hot and heavy and questions being answered. The twist at the end was fairly obvious but the was an OMG element that threw me. I guess the moral of the story is that love can change you if you find the right person and Elodie is Wren’s person. As much as I love this author’s storytelling (Zeth and Sloane forever!) this one was a letdown for me. Dang it! Still an intriguing read and I look forward to more stories in this series. I guess Dash and Carina are up next but the introduction of the new teacher at the end was an interesting addition. I can see her and Pax as an item. A little age gap anyone? Oh yeah!
About the Author:
Callie Hart is a USA TODAY bestselling author of contemporary and dark romance. Her Blood & Roses Series is currently being translated into multiple languages all over the world. Having spent the last seven years living in Australia, Callie now calls Los Angeles home, where she enjoys hiking, spending time at the beach, daily hot yoga classes, and generally pretending to be a hipster.
Callie is often asked, ‘What is dark romance?’ Her reply is always the same: Dark romance is a story that makes you fall for the anti-hero. It is a story that will make you walk a tightrope, question your sanity, and have you checking your moral compass at the door. If you love a good story about a very bad boy, then dark romance is for you.’
Under her legal name, Frankie Rose, Callie writes young adult fiction that has been globally recognized, and has received numerous awards for her ‘Halo’ series.