Review: The Initiation by Elena Monroe

Title: The Initiation
Series: The 4Horsemen #1
Author: Elena Monroe
Genre: Dark New Adult Romance
Release Date: August 4, 2020


The seals have been revealed and God’s judgments on the earth is in. The Clave is here to deliver the news.

LA wasn’t home… just home for now.
Transplanted here to model I learned Hollywood isn’t where dreams survive the harsh reality of millions all sharing that same dream.
Executive assistant is who I am now.
Hollywood’s darling took a liking to me. One not easily ignored when they give you a taste of the high life. 
I was supposed to give up hope and give in to LA’s bad reputation but I had rules. 
Well, just one: read the rules before you break them.
Unwilling to abandon all my morals, the filter came off my life to see the world I was one foot in was invitation only...

I’m not sure I was ever really Jason.
Whoever he was, was a distant memory now.
Grimm is who I am now.
I abandoned my birth name, companionship, happiness that wasn’t shaped like Xanax all because I was expected to be the kind of elite that pulls the strings.
Pull the strings but follow the rules. 
No distractions.
No serious relationships.
Keep what we do secret.
Born into a rite I didn’t ask for, a society of puppeteers.
An invitation I marked not attending...

The 4Horsemen is definitely an intriguing new world and I can’t wait to understand more of it and get more of each of the boys! Abigail and Grimm were amazing together. I love how they accepted each other so well, every side there was to them.⁣ Their monsters spoke to each other and I loved the moment when Grimm finally realised that there really could be someone out there who could love every part of him. Sigh.
Watching him fight for a future with Abigail after that was amazing.

There's a lot of mystery and darkness in this series and I mean the darkness is physical but there was a lot of spirituality too in the feelings the story evoked in you. It was definitely an experience. I can't wait to learn more about everything, from the cult to their stupid rules, to each of the guys and the history between them and their fates.

I think my fav guy was Khaos and I can't wait for his book. Vic is next and I truly hope he's redeemable. I did not like him much. I hated the dislike between him and Grimm and his actions ew. I truly hope his girl will bring him to his knees so he sees what it's like to fall.

I am super curious how this series will connect with Celestial Bodies. We only got a little taste of the connection and I need answers to what’s going on there. I hope we get more on the second book.⁣ It totally got me scared because I completely fell in love with Callum in Awful Intentions and I have been lusting for his book so I'm scared about what's going on but even more excited for his book now or the next Celestial Bodies book in general, I don't know if it'll be his. Here's to hoping it is.
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We were all related to monsters. 
All heir to corrupt kingdoms.
Forced to uphold some delusion that we are doing God’s will by ridding the world of the bad people when we should be included in that kind of purge. 
“It’s down to the right. There’s a bunker. That’s where they keep the sacrifices,” I was finally tired of wondering around when I knew exactly where to go.
I found them by mistake one year when I was ten, back when inviting your whole family was more common. They expected everyone to be present even if you weren’t weilding a musket and shooting real people down. 
The four of us used to play hide and seek on the grounds just to keep ourselves entertained. I always had the best hiding places, this was our vacation home when it wasn’t being used for some ceremony the Clave hosted. 
I was ten years old when I found people in cages in the bunker we were told to stay away from. They were all dugged, out of it like they were dreaming with their eyes open. I envied them. Dreaming with your eyes wide open seemed like the perfect antidote to life, too bad that kind of safety only came before you died.
It wasn’t until my first attendance I realized these people weren’t lucky at all. They were bait, aggression running wild, enemies of the Clave that we hunted for sport. 
None of them were going to survive - the least we could do was let them dream with their eyes wide open.

Author Bio

Elena Monroe grew up in Florida scribbling down stories from a very young age. These stories were really just wavy lines filling the paper, but she knew each word, each emotion, each character's name, and there was no tricking her into forgetting what each line signified. Just like her unconventional way of writing as a toddler Elena is setting her own rules and just telling stories.

Much like her debut novel, The Best Years, life certainly imitated art. Transplanting from the South to the East Coast, Elena currently lives in Connecticut with her soon to be husband, reformed bad boy.

Find her on her social media through Twitter at @elenamonroe, Instagram at @elenamonroewrites, Facebook at @elenamonroewrites, and more!
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