BLOG TOUR Review: Crooked Crows (Boys of Briar Hall, #1) by Elena Lawson

BLOG TOUR Review: Crooked Crows (Boys of Briar Hall, #1) by Elena Lawson


Unapologetically f*cked up. Heartlessly cruel. Broken beyond repair.

Corvus, Rook, and Grey – The Crows.

Bred in a world of gang wars, violence, and secrets, they rule the bloody town of Thorn Valley and all the people in it…too bad for me I’ve never been good at kissing ass or keeping quiet.

Even if their savage spirits awaken something inside of me I thought was long dead, I can’t break. I won’t.

They think they scare me, that I’ll run and hide, but the joke’s on them. The Crows aren’t the first monsters I’ve faced, and they won’t be the last. There are worse evils out there waiting to take their stab at Ava Jade Mason.

I say let them try. I’m tired of running. Tired of holding back my darkness. Thorn Valley isn’t ready for a new boogie man. Too bad I’m already here.

Crooked Crows is a dark enemies-to-lovers reverse harem romance, meaning the main character will have more than one love interest.

Warning: This series contains foul language, explicit sexual content, graphic depictions of gang violence, and jealous/possessive themes. Recommended for readers aged eighteen and up. Please read responsibly.

Release Date: August 20th, 2021 

Genre/Tropes: Dark romance/Enemies-to-lovers/Contemporary romance/Reverse Harem      

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Read the First Chapter HERE

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My Favourite Quote:
*subject to change*

We weren’t heroes.

My Review

A big shoutout to Candi Kane PR and the author for including me in the blog tour and providing me with an advanced reader’s copy in exchange for an honest review. 

The thing with dark fiction is that you have to drown in it. There’s no.. dipping your toes in the short end of the pool and walking away. It’s one straight dive into the deep end of the ocean and allowing what happens to happen. It’s always a risk, because you never know what you’re going to find or how you’re going to make it out of this. You may not even know if you made the right choice on diving here in the first place.

So, reverse harem isn’t a very easy genre to write—in my very humble, inexperienced opinion—because we’ve got three different personalities logging heads against one and we’ve got to like them all together and separately as well. It’s of sorts like an ensemble cast, however they’re all linked together and to one person in a different way.

That being said, I wasn’t sure what I was diving into with Crooked Crows and the beginning was a little rocky for me. But after perhaps three chapters (ish) I was definitely feeling the dark pulse of the read and had fallen head long into the story.

It took me a bit, I won’t lie, to get a feel of the male protagonists but soon their voices started to feel different. They’re… well they’re strangely similar and clearly different. I think this is something as a reader one must experience on their own and sort out the personalities in their own way.

Ava Jade was a character I found slightly more intriguing than the MPs. Which is not what often plays out in a book and that’s definitely a commendable part of the writing. All the protagonists remain a mystery and as the plot plays out some light is shed onto their secrets but not enough for us to understand everything.

Crooked Crows definitely delivers a dark and fairly gritty read without letting that away moments of humour and emotion. Five stars. 






About the Author: Elena writes stories full of feisty heroines and unforgettable heroes. She may also have a small thing for bad boys and often gravitates towards the darker things in life. When she comes out of her writing cave, she can be found obsessively rearranging her bookshelves, drinking an unreasonable amount of wine, or cooking overly fancy meals for her family and friends. 

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