♕ REVIEW ♕ THE MAIDEN (THE CLOISTER #1) BY CELIA ARRON

TITLE: The Maiden
SERIES: (The Cloister #1)
AUTHOR: Celia Aaron
GENRE: Dark
PUBLICATION: April 03rd, 2018


THE MAIDEN: 
Is the first book within the ‘Cloister Trilogy’ series by ‘Celia Aarons’ Spoken in ‘Dual Perspectives’ Heroine ‘Delilah’ and Hero ‘Adam.’

"Only those who bow down before the Lord and his Prophet will have a place in the heavenly realm beyond this one, 

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Twenty-one year old Delilah has entered 'Heavenly Ministries' as a willing Maiden for a year long religious sect to seek answers to the death of her sister Georgia which is hidden within the walls of the Cloister. But nothing fully prepares her for the training that's expected of the Maidens on a daily basis as seen fit by The Prophet's Spinners in the art of becoming an obedient wife. Like a lamb to the slaughter she has no choice but to succumb to their teachings. I came here to destroy this place, but its breaking me instead. Corruption, brainwashing, lies, drugs, abuse. 

Once you are in there is no escape. The compound is encircled with wire fencing that similar to a prison with spikes and barbed wire at the top, it's patrolled by the Prophets own police force. 

Each Maiden is assigned a, 'Protector' a man who can teach the ways of pleasuring a man without actually taking the maiden's virginity, to get her ready for her future. Delilah has been assigned Adam, the Prophets oldest son. 

Adam isn't just any man. I know that now. He's my weakness, the one that could derail my search for the truth. 

Thirty year old Adam Monroe the sadistic prophets son is no less of a prisoner than Delilah is. He's trained maidens every year for the past five years with no mishaps but there's something so different and ethereal about Delilah. 

F#cking a 'Maiden' is a sure way to get kicked out of the Compound for good. And for me, the price is far, far higher. But I can do other things. 

In the beginning it was hard to get a grasp on Adam, I felt like he was just as twisted and as sick as his father, but as you progress further into the story, he's ruled by his father by an iron fist, if he steps out of line his mother harshly is disciplined.

The Prophets influence and control in the outside community is spreading, many are falling under his guise. 

What a wicked web of a sick twisted dark tale this turned out to be, once I started this I was drawn straight away into the story, I couldn't put it down, seconds, minutes, hours ceased to exist, the walking dead could've invaded my township and I would've been oblivious.

This was so good, and I'm so glad I took that plunge and one clicked this one. I've only read a few of this authors previous works but I can honestly say that this was one of my favourites by her. 
I didn't find this extremely dark as I have read some out there dark books but others it may cause triggers so read up on the reviews before you step into this one.

This is an author you need to keep an eye on because she's out done herself with 'The Maiden' and is definitely one I'll be following from now on.

I joined the Cloister to find the truth. But I've discovered so much more, and the darkness here is seducing me, pulling me down until all I can think of is him. Adam Monroe, the Prophet's son, a dark prince to an empire that grows by the day. He is tasked with keeping me safe from the wolves of the outside world. But the longer I stay at the Cloister, the more I realize the wolves are already inside and under the Prophet's control. If Adam discovers the real reason I'm here, he'll bay for my blood with the rest of them. Until then, I will be Delilah, an obedient servant of the Prophet during the day and Adam's Maiden at night.

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.

Celia Aaron is a recovering attorney who loves romance and erotic fiction. Dark to light, angsty to funny, real to fantasy—if it’s hot and strikes her fancy, she writes it. Thanks for reading.
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