ARC Review: THE CHURCH by Celia Aaron

Trapped.
Beaten.
Broken.
Adam destroyed himself to save me. At first, I doubt if I have the strength to go on. But with every second that passes, I seethe and curse the Prophet. My time as a Maiden is over. I refuse to be a toy in his game any longer. But there’s always more ways for the Prophet to get to me, to use me, and to keep me under his influence. Will I be strong enough to break free?

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Author's Note: If you have a trigger, this book will pull it. The Maiden is the first book of The Cloister Series. The Prophet will release in May, and the conclusion to the series, The Church, will release in June.

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My Review


My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I had so many thoughts and hopes and wants and dreams when I started this book. As the conclusion to the Cloister trilogy, I wondered how the author would wrap it up.

✣ If/when Adam would get down from the cross… He was the hero of the story so I assumed he would find his way off that thing. And then what would he do? Work with his mother? Create his own plan with Noah? Help Delilah? I didn’t really care what his plan was as long as he was victorious in the end. I loved Adam!!
✣ Would Delilah finally achieve vengeance for her sister, Georgia? Her attempts so far were lackluster and I’m still not sure why she had to go so far in order to do what she insisted on doing. However, I admired her conviction. Can’t fault her for that. Despite the odds not being in her favor, this young woman continued with her struggles to get to the truth. Through pain and tears and sorrow and loss, she didn’t give up and I respected that.
No more lambs to the slaughter, not if I can help it.

✣ Would Delilah have to marry the depraved senator? As sick as the man was, he might be her only chance to flee the cult.
✣ Can someone please kill Grace? How about the prophet?

The author gave me all that I was looking for and more. This was a complex tale that deserved a complex end and Celia Aaron delivered. The Church brought me back into the darkness of the Cloister and with its many moving parts, I wasn’t sure what was going to happen next. It was full of surprises, betrayals, truths, and delusions. It ended up being a story of justice and redemption with an epic love woven throughout.
... a vow is created between us. A bond forged in pain and loss. A bond that cannot be broken.

The author’s prose was beautiful, the characters were incandescent, and the plot was not only dark, twisted and wicked, it was engaging, entertaining, and evocative.

This entire series was a haunting and emotional journey. It had moments of hopelessness and doubt. It generated feelings of vulnerability and self-awareness. It was also a startling and at times frightening glimpse of the lives of those who were victims and pawns of the one who manipulated many. They never stopped fighting and, best of all, they never stopped loving.

My reviews of the previous books:
The Maiden - Book 1
The Prophet - Book 2

Release: 06.05.2018 | Genre: Dark Romance | Multiple POV - 1st person | Heat: 3.5 | The Cloister #3

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