Blood and Ruin ★★★☆☆

I read this book super fast and couldn’t put it down! I really enjoyed the idea behind this book and the idea of a fated reverse haram was super intriguing. I think this was a great debut novel from the author and I found myself really looking forward to the next book!

Goodreads summary:

Six years ago, my world was ripped from under me, and I was taken to Cardinal Three. A place where pain has been my endless companion.

Witches, demons, shifters and humans all live under one rule.


What he says goes.

So, trying to get the hell out of here hasn’t been easy.

No one leaves without his permission.

In fact, no one leaves at all…That is, alive.

But I have a plan.

One chance to get out of this nightmare once and for all.

One month is all I need.

One month to stay off King’s radar and get the last few items needed for the spell I’ve been working on.

Shouldn’t be that hard…right?

But turns out King has his own plan. One that involves trading me off to the five alphas of Manhattan.

With King’s ultimatum, I have no choice but to go through with it. But I’m still getting out of here, no matter what.

Or so I thought.

Turns out the five alphas are my mates…

And also, the boys I left behind six years ago.

My review:

To start with, I found the plot to be interesting and it really caught my attention. The evil stepfather who steals away his stepdaughter was interesting and I kept wanting to know why. We never fully understand why this is and I hope this changes in the next book. It seemed like something important that I wish would have been found out at some point in this book.

Speaking of the stepfather, King, I wish he had more dimension. He seemed to have all negative qualities that just wasn’t super realistic to me. I do get that the story is told from the perspective of his stepdaughter so it does make a little bit of sense. I think this is just something I wish could be done at some point, in order to make the plot seem a little more plausible. Maybe the characters could learn about his background somehow and this could give King more depth.

The world is very well described and easily digestible so I really enjoyed that. There isn’t a ton talked about outside of the hotel that the main character lives in, but once again, it makes sense. I look forward to her getting out of the prison she is in and learning more about the world. I think this will continue to add more depth to this story and the characters!

I think this was a good book and am excited to read the second book! I hope the connection between the main character and the alphas becomes more fleshed out so we learn more about each of the guys. I’m going to start the next book asap!!

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