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"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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This review is for the new novel simply titled â€œWarâ€ by author Isabel Lucero. â€œWarâ€ is not this authorâ€™s first novel but it is her first in this kind of storyline with darker elements to it. The story delves into the fascinating, dark and violent-criminal world where enemies will do anything to rule everything and everyone they can. Readers will get to follow this story through the main female character Chevelley Reedâ€™s P.O.V.(point of view).
Chevelley Reed is the beautiful daughter of Memphis Reed, who started his own illegal protection racket business. Chevelley â€œChelleâ€ was taught and raised to know the business inside and out. Upon the death of her father, she gains the seat of leader and runs the business with nine others who follow her orders. When the head of a local crew decides that he wants in on Chelleâ€™s territory, her leadership and business is put to the test.
Roman Rios is the leader of another organization that deals in illegal dealings in the same city as the Reedâ€™s. When he decides to move his business into the area Chevelleyâ€™s crew protects, this causes tension between the two crews. Romanâ€™s only offer is to join forces and be a part of the same dealings but Chelle and her guys want no part of it. The tension becomes heightened and a war between the two crews seems inevitable.
Thereâ€™s one other problem that Chelle has to face when dealing with Romanâ€™s crew and his name is Xavier Delgado, Romanâ€™s 2nd in command. This man is fierce, dangerous and has a complex history with Chelle that left her years before feeling so confused and hurt. When Chelle and Xavier met when she was a teenager, the attraction was strong but short lived. After they reunite and get to know each other better, life seems to be going good between two people a part of such a dark lifestyle. When that violent life touches them, things are changed so much. Xavier changes even more.
Violence is hard to escape and people will die. But who? The story is entertaining from page to page in this book. I felt enthralled into this dark lifestyle with a strong female leading character who has to be in charge but still has to deal with emotions and heartbreak. She does it well which adds to the awesomeness of this story. The rest of the characters are also quite enjoyable and alpha-sexy. This has tons of suspense, drama and romance that all plays out in such an instrumental way. I recommend this if you like a good story with dark and sexy elements to it. Check this one out readers!
My star rating for WAR is: 4 out of 5 stars. :)
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Chevelley “C” Reed is probably one my favorite characters I have read about. She is the leader of a crime group (a hot group of guys) that is in the business of protection. Since her father’s death she has stepped up to the plate and taken care of business like a BOSS! When a rival leader Roman Rios is threatening to take her business, she does what any leader would do, devises a plan to take him out first, but there is one problem… Xavier “X” Delgado. Did it just get hot in here?
Xavier is Chevelley’s ex and first (and only) love but now, he works for the enemy as his number two and is as ruthless as they come. I’ve read about complicated relationships, but this is an all new kind of crazy. There is something mysterious and alluring about X and C’s relationship, even when they are mortal enemies, they have this pull towards each other that you can feel. The way Isabel writes will pull you into their past history, I am not usually one for flashbacks in books, but I felt like I was living the memories with Chevelley and Xavier.
This book is amazingly fast paced with some crazy twists and turns that I didn’t see coming. You need to take a ride in this fast paced, suspenseful, crime, drama romance. I can tell you, it is a crazy ride that will have you begging for more and wondering, “Is all fair in love and war?”
Reviewed by Tonya Nichols @ Eye Candy Bookstore
I'll be honest with you, this book has some good things, but it also has some problems. I'm not exactly a crime lord, but even I can tell that the book does not depict the criminal life realistically. Terrible things happen in this book, but no cops are ever seen. People commit mass murder with no consequences whatsoever.
However, that said, some of the characters are interesting, especially Xavier, the male lead. I kind of wish we got more of his story. He gave up everything for the one he loved, and I wanted to feel that sacrifice more. I'd love to learn more about his time with Roman, the bad guy in the book.
Chevelley is the female lead, and she is interesting, but again, not very realistic. She is supposed to be the leader of this group of rough and tumble men, but she's only 26 years old. Her father was the leader, and made her a boss before his sudden disappearance. I found it a bit unbelievable that these men would follow her. She seemed very impulsive and emotional at times. Yes, she's tough, and not afraid to use force when necessary, but I still don't think these men would just fall in line behind her.
The romantic relationship between Chevelley and Xavier was nearly nonexistent at first, except for a few flashbacks. For most of the book they are on opposite sides of the "War". But when it does finally kick into gear, it's very hot and sexy.
There are some exciting nail biting moments, and I really enjoyed them, even if they were unrealistic. I guess the point here is to not expect a criminal documentary. This is a fantasy depiction of the criminal life. If you can keep that straight going in, then you'll probably be fine.
The book is fully self-contained, no cliffhanger ending to worry about. I say give it a try if you just want a little fantasy crime with your romance.
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