Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Blog Tour & Review: The Prophet - Celia Aaron

The Prophet

by Celia Aaron 
Publication Date: May 1, 2018 
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Dark Romance, Taboo

I can’t save myself from the Cloister, and maybe I never could. The Prophet grows more dangerous by the day. His delusions are steeped in blood, and if I’m not careful, that blood will be my own. Despite the growing risk, I still continue the search for the truth, no matter if the thorny path eventually twists back to Adam, guilt in his dark eyes. I’ve seen glimpses of his soul, and I know there is more to him than the monster, but it’s so hard to reach him. I knew when I came here that I’d have to fight, I just didn’t realize the war would be waged on so many fronts. Author’s Note: If you have a trigger, this book will pull it.

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5 Stars
You know I like a book when I read it in one sitting, in under 5 hours, and ignore everything else in life, so what does it tell you that I read this one in just 2 hours? Pretty much obsessed with the crazy. The Prophet immediately follows after The Maiden and is book two in The Cloister series. These are not standalones and they should be read in order, so if you haven't read The Maiden yet you need to mosey on over to Amazon, linked here, and get to reading. 

"I reluctantly turn and follow him, though I leave far too many broken pieces of myself with Delilah, both us suffering in our own dark abyss."

Readers were left hanging, literally, with a cliffhanger and a sneak peak into The Prophet at the end of The Maiden and it was such a relief to open up the first page of this novel and dive right in. Thank you again, Celia, for NOT making us wait months and months for some answers. Delilah isn't quite as Delilah-y as she once was, her spark is dimmer, her will to fight lessening, while Adam's spark is only growing larger. Delilah has given him hope, and feelings, and his hatred towards his father threatens The Cloister with a wildfire that will burn its lies to the ground. We're given a lot of answers in this novel, like Delilah finally discovering just why the maidens are so important to the Prophet and Adam accepting he'd do anything for the girl who has stolen all his thoughts. I continued to root for Delilah and appreciate her unfiltered thoughts during her POV chapters. Adam, of course, is as handsome, twisted, and sexy as ever. Don't deny it, you love his murderous ways and his penchant for taking Delilah to the edge with a mix of pain and pleasure. Additionally, we're given a glimpse into who Noah really is and the torment he feels as he struggles with his belief of his father and with his brother Adam's plan to take the cult down. Plus, the secondary characters continue to have important roles in the novel and the direction it takes. I won't spoil it for you, but let's just say I am shaken up by some of the things that are revealed to us and I have a lot of thoughts about what is to come. 

"I hope you were worth it."

I loveeeeee anything about cults, so it isn't a big surprise to me that I am enjoying this series, but it is a big surprise to me how accurate the novels have been. The creepiness is on point, the sex side of it is very similar to previous (and current) real cults, and the characters are realistic. I really like Delilah's role in the novel, both as someone trying to uncover the truths and as someone who is falling for the lies that are given to them tied in such pretty bows. The Prophet definitely branches off from the original church-like front and shows us who really is running the show and what is going one behind all the doors of the various buildings. The Sunday morning church scene made me feel like bugs were crawling on me and don't get me started on the preparation the girls went through for their first big reveal with all the important men. It's all about the power and the money for many of the men and the disturbing things they do really get to you physically as you read. Celia makes you feel like you're a part of the dark cult as she continuously ramps up the depravity with each chapter knowing she's got you hooked and unable to walk away, desperate to know what happens next. The Prophet is a stunning, dark novel and a perfect follow up to The Maiden.

"We'd be like this even if we weren't here. I'd be yours no matter where we were."

I'm here for this.
The Cloister Series
by Celia Aaron 
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Dark Romance, Taboo
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I joined the Cloister to find the truth. But I've discovered so much more, and the darkness here is seducing me, pulling me down until all I can think of is him. Adam Monroe, the Prophet's son, a dark prince to an empire that grows by the day. He is tasked with keeping me safe from the wolves of the outside world. But the longer I stay at the Cloister, the more I realize the wolves are already inside and under the Prophet's control. If Adam discovers the real reason I'm here, he'll bay for my blood with the rest of them. Until then, I will be Delilah, an obedient servant of the Prophet during the day and Adam's Maiden at night.

About Celia Aaron
Celia Aaron is a USA Today bestselling author and recovering attorney who loves romance and erotic fiction. Dark to light, angsty to funny, real to fantasy–if it’s hot and strikes her fancy, she writes it. Thanks for reading.

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