Exodus by Kate Stewart
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
A Conspiracy of Ravens!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎
Character development: 😥😱😭😌😘
The heroine: Cecilia Horner – she is staying at her father’s mansion in Triple Falls and working at his manufacturing plant, in order to fulfill his terms for her inheritance. Her father didn’t raise her, nor does he live in the mansion now. In the first book, Cecilia learned that her father got where he is through dirty business practices and his part in covering up the murder of a husband and wife who worked for him. They were Dominic’s parents.
The Hero(es): Tobias, Sean & Dominic – Dominic and Sean were both in love with Cecilia in Flock, but they turned her away in a terrible way. They said it was for her safety, but they totally removed themselves from her life for a very long time. Tobias, the leader of the Ravenhood, and he never approved them to bring Cecilia into the fold, now he has to figure out what to do with her.
The Story: Cecilia is in mourning for her relationship with Sean and Dominic and determined to get over them though nothing seems to work. She hates Tobias for ruining things with her guys. Tobias hates Cecilia for turning his brothers against him, since they never told him about her. The hate between Tobias and Cecilia turns to something more and she uses that to get over Sean and Dominic.
I had mixed feelings about this since Cecilia loved Sean and Dominic so much, but also because they did her wrong in more ways than one, even if it was for her own good. But I also didn’t like her catching feelings for Tobias. I was so confused as to what relationship I should be routing for, or if I was hoping she would end up with all of them. The prologue at the beginning of Flock confused me even more, since it was Cecilia in the future, going back to Triple Falls.
Cecilia confounds me at times. I don’t know how many times in these two books she has said things like “No more”, “That’s it” and “I have had enough”. Yet she keeps going back for more. I like all of these guys, but sometimes I just want the girl to actually run from the cruel Hero and stick with it. Make him come running to her. I don’t know why books don’t do that more.
Like the first book, I really enjoyed the narration. I love Joe Arden, he does a great variety of voices. He is great as happy-go-lucky Sean, Brooding Dominic and Tobias “the frenchman”. Not to mention the fact that this series has both Joe Arden and Maxine Mitchell narrating their own parts within each chapter. Maxine is perfect as Cecilia, her voice is not my favorite but she does angst like nobody’s business.
This was a long book and some very surprising things happened. I was literally in tears and I thought it was the cliffhanger to the next book when I checked and there was still over 7 hours left. I cried for most of the rest of the book. This one wrecked me, it had all the feels. I give the author props for making this a trilogy instead of 5 smaller books.
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