Title: Riot House (Crooked Sinners #1)
Author: Callie Hart
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
Genre: YA Romance, Romantic Suspense
Narration: Dual POV
Primary Characters: Wren and Elodie
Source: Courtesy of Author/ Publisher – ARC
I voluntarily read an ARC of this book in exchange for honest review.
This is my first read from Callie Hart. I’m not sure if my mood and mind just wasn’t in it or if it was the book itself. I didn’t hate this book but I also didn’t like it. It felt like, book dragged for a long while. 400+ Pages felt too much.
Book starts with Elodie entering Wolf Hall as a new lateral entry student. It’s a high-profile academy where high profile people have dumped their kids. Elodie’s old man is military coronel posted in Israel and she is happy to get back to US just to be away from him.
Wren and Elodie has their own set of problems and they both deal with it differently. Wren is reclusive even though he has two best friends, whom he calls his family, he still prefers to be lonely and they stay out of academy campus in a house called “Riot House”. Elodie has lived under her military father’s absolute rule for years and being out is good reprieve for her. She is strong and it’s a welcome reprieve. Wren develops an obsession on her and tries to break her and make her his own. It’s not easy as Elodie is careful with boys like Wren and doesn’t trust anyone easily.
Author has tried to make Wren character cold and cruel, but I felt him honest and warm. The best part of the entire book was climax, I didn’t expect that at all. Writing style was good but plot dragged too much for my taste.
Reasons to rate low.
We got little burst of mystery, twist & turns woven into the plot here and there but there were so very few of those moments and they were spread too far apart to keep me invested in the long run. At certain parts I literally felt like skimming pages. There were several scenes which didn’t make sense in the entire plot. Like sending Morse code signal as PWC and entering the house in maze at cold midnight just to speak with her was too much.
Secondary Characters – Carina and Dash were warming. Pax was extremely intriguing. Mercy was ok, I didn’t understand the hype of her entry when she came back even though I understood it at the end, still I felt her character was over hyped to create intrigue than necessary. Fitz opening scene was good buttttt, I would leave it here for you to read and know.
Overall, if you are into YA slow paced romances with nice climax then pick this up. It was an ok one time read for me. Pick up and judge yourself.
Blurb as per good reads
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.