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Monday, January 17, 2022

Book Review! For the Strange and Surprising by M.F. Adele

For the Strange and Surprising: Where the Mongrels Are (Where They Are #1) by M.F. Adele
Genre: Adult Fiction (Science Fiction / Fantasy Romance / Reverse Harem)
Date Published: August 27, 2021
Publisher: Self

I’m a catastrophe waiting to happen—I always have been.

When a waterspout drops me on the shores of a seemingly deserted island, I soon realize that I’m not on Earth, and I’m not alone.

This new world is full of dangers, from sea monsters and feuding tribes to poisonous food and beasts that lurk in the shadows. None of those things are as dangerous as the Mongrel men appointed to guard and teach me.

All I want to do is go home, but the island has no intentions of letting me leave.

I’ll be forced to interact with total strangers to survive this perilous land surrounded by treacherous waters.

My dreams of happiness sink into the dark depths below as I struggle to save myself from certain death.

The Mongrels will learn that fear makes a person reckless.

My name is Adelaide Storm.
But they’ll call me Ada Stormbrave.

For the Strange and Surprising: Where the Mongrels Are is the first book in the Where They Are Trilogy by M.F. Adele. This was a fun introduction to what seems like it will be an interesting and entertaining trilogy. We got to know several characters in a short amount of time, and I'm waiting for a couple to start standing a part from each other.  I know this is a reverse harem, and I'm not a big fan of those, because even in fiction, I'm monogamous, but this book's cover made me read it anyway. I just couldn't resist. We can see where the harem is building, but there hasn't really been any shenanigans yet, and I'm okay with that. I like them taking it slow and getting to know each other. Well, it's good and bad I guess, because I already have a favorite, and I don't want our little Ada to be messing around with other guys now. 

What is going on in this World though? What are mongrels? I mean, are they technically human but with extra powers? I'm still unclear. And the beasts?! And this world has its own consciousness? There is so much information I need to know!! We got a taste of a little bit of a lot of things.... enough for a big tease really. Consider me intrigued.

As a side note: Personally, I found all the disclaimer/trigger warnings mentioned on Goodreads to be unnecessary. I feel like they'll do this book more harm than good.

For the Strange and Surprising by M.F. Adele was kindly provided to me by Xpresso Book Tours for review. The opinions are my own.

M.F. Adele resides in the outskirts of the Rocket City in Alabama. She lives in her overactive imagination, often fueled by caffeine and no sleep. When she isn’t writing, M.F. is outdoors with her family, obsessing over spicy margaritas and cigars, or reading books by her favorite authors.

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M.F. loves to interact with her readers, hear character theories, and share embarrassing stories.

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