Exodus Book Review

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In this Exodus book review I’m sharing my thoughts on the second book in The Ravenhood series by Kate Stewart. As usual, I will try to keep spoilers to a minimum. However, there may still be a few small spoilers in this review.

“Keep dreaming. Keep planning. Dream a thousand dreams and then make a thousand things happen.”

Kate Stewart, Exodus

The Ravenhood series is a contemporary romance series that takes place over the course of a total of 12 years from beginning to end. I started reading it because it came highly recommended on booktok.

Exodus Book Cover on Tablet

Trigger Warnings

Since we don’t always get trigger warnings on books I like to give trigger warnings in my reviews. This can help people avoid certain triggers that could hurt their mental well being.

Possible Triggers in this book are:

  • Alcohol
  • Assault
  • Attempted Murder
  • Blood
  • Branding
  • Death
  • Depression
  • Drugs
  • Gun Violence
  • Murder
  • Profanity
  • Sexually Explicit Scenes
  • Slut Shaming
  • Stalking
  • Violence

For a list of the triggers I look for you can check out this link here. This may or may not be a complete list of triggers for this book, I do my best to make sure I mark anything that could be a potential trigger but I may accidentally miss triggers.

Synopsis and Author

We return to Triple Falls to find out the rest of the story about the one year Cecelia spent working for her dad’s factory in order to earn her inheritance and the first loves she ever had. Her life is about to get even messier as plans are revealed, secrets are shared, and twists we don’t see coming hits us

Kate Stewart goes and does us in with the second book in The Ravenhood series. Get ready to be emotionally destroyed as we finally find out what happened that year that Cecelia lived, worked, and loved in Triple Falls.

Exodus Reading Experience

We spend a large portion of this book in Triple Falls, North Carolina with a few trips into Charlottesville and Atlanta. Once again we are getting the story completely from Cecelia’s point of view. 

With all the cliches that I saw in Flock I was not expecting to be emotionally destroyed by this book. This book holds onto you from the last book and doesn’t let go until the ending, which is a somewhat happy ending. 

Writing Style

The ebook version of Exodus is 438 pages with 52 Chapters which took me about 5 hours to read. We start off back in the summer and the year that changed everything for Cecelia, but the last half of the book we are six years in the future when she finally faces her past. 

Kate Stewart has done an amazing job with the character growth and development in this book. It’s in this book that I found myself attached to all of our main characters and I couldn’t let go. Even after finishing this book some of these characters still have a hold on my heart, which means Kate did a wonderful job of writing an emotionally charged story.

Exodus Book Review

Cecelia is still my favorite and I love seeing her growth in this book. She really finds out who she is and then faces those things in this book with determination and strength. I don’t want to spoil anything so I can’t dive in too much about why she continues to be my favorite.

I’ll say this, Ryan is awesome. He’s funny, caring, loving, and understanding. I seriously rooted for him even though I knew it wasn’t something that was going to happen.

Sean and Tyler still remain some of my favorite of the boys. Sean is still someone I adore and I can tell he has a lot of love for Cecelia. We don’t get a lot of Tyler in this book which had me sad but he’s a fantastic supporting character. 

Dominic has made it to my favorites list. He’s always been a bit of the quiet one but there are a few scenes in this book that make you realize what an actual softy and love he really is.

I hate the entire Miami chapter at this point, and that’s all I’m going to say about that.

The biggest surprise for me was Tobias. I was all for hating this man with a passion. I wanted to scratch his eyes out with my own nails, until I wanted to scratch my nails down his back, and then I wanted to scratch out his eyes again. Tobias is a complex character and he’s grown on me a lot in this book.

I did not see any of this happening the way it did. I was certain we were going to get cliche endings and we did not, at least not really. This book emotionally destroyed me. I still cry thinking about certain scenes. You will be taken on a roller coaster with this series that’s for sure.

Exodus Book Cover

Star Rating

Before I rate this book I want to give you a bit of background about what my rankings mean. I typically read books that I check out through the Libby app with my local library or through Kindle Unlimited. 

I rarely buy ebooks unless they are cheaply priced or on sale. I also very rarely buy physical copies of books. I’m a bit of a minimalist so I have to absolutely adore a book to buy a physical copy that will be proudly displayed in my home.

So my ranking system is as follows:

  • 5 Stars equals I am buying a physical copy of this book. I will read this book at least 10 more times, it is the best ever.
  • 4 stars equals a great book. I might buy an ebook version when it’s on sale so that I can re-read it at least one more time.
  • 3 stars equals a good book. I likely won’t read again but I appreciate the story.
  • 2 stars equals “Meh.” I will not read this book again, it had a lot of problems and I did not care for it.
  • 1 star equals a bad book. I barely finished this book and I will never recommend anyone waste valuable book reading time on this book.
  • 0 stars is a did not finish book. I will never finish that book and it is banished.

Exodus gets 5 stars from me. I laughed, I cried, I got pissed off, and I found peace. The book has a happy-ish ending that really depends on how you feel at the end. It’s absolutely a complete ending but there is one more book in the series. I will likely reread this book several times just for the emotional damage it causes.

Likes:

  • I like being emotionally damaged.
  • I love the character growth.
  • I want to read this book on repeat because it hits that hard.

Dislikes:

  • There are parts I was disappointed about, actions that characters took, and so on, but they were necessary for the story for the most part and it’s on me not on the author.

Final Thoughts on Exodus

This was a series I didn’t know I needed until I was reading it. I typically don’t go for contemporary romance but this book had me all up in my feels in a way that just absolutely devastated me. From this point on I know I will need to be careful reading anything by Kate Stewart because she is likely to destroy me again.

Have you read Exodus? What were your thoughts? Let me know in the comments below. Follow me on Pinterest for more like this and pin this to your favorite book boards.

Books That Cause Emotional Damage - Exodus Book Review - The Ravenhood Series by Kate Stewart

Exodus Book Review - The Ravenhood Series by Kate Stewart - Books That Cause Emotional Damage

The Ravenhood Series by Kate Stewart - Books That Cause Emotional Damage - Exodus Book Review

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