/ Arc Review / Periculum (Devil's Playground #1) / Natalie Bennett / – Beckie Bookworm

ARC REVIEW

Release Date-April 23rd 2020
Genre-New Adult Dark Romance
Kindle Edition-289 Pages

Tragic and twisted fell in love…

Ave Satanas, something wicked this way comes. It’s time for the reckoning to begin. Enter the Devil’s Playground wary where you tread, for demons are lurking with trickery up their sleeves. Here good and bad cease to exist, and not all will make it to the end. The price of freedom will be revealed only after bloodshed and rapture.

A claiming of one and purging of others.

That audio recording played exactly three minutes before the crash.
It was a riddle, a warning, and a promise. But they didn’t know that until it was too late.

Now stranded with two friends and a group of apprehensive strangers, Liliana Serpine must decide who and who not to trust as they navigate their way through hell in the form of an opulent city.

There’s one person who stands out among the others. He’s got a gorgeous face and darkly enigmatic aura. Being drawn to him is inevitable but staying by his side becomes necessary to survive.

When secrets start being revealed in blood, everything changes. From dabbling in the taboo, being tempted by the forbidden, and falling in lust with the carnage.

For those that make it out of this alive, they’ll never be the same people they once were.

Warning
Devil’s Playground is a dark new adult (not high-school) series. There are graphic situations and content some readers may find objective. If you need fluff and sweet romance this is not the series for you. Books 1 & 2 tie together. The remaining books in the series are individual standalones.

MY REVIEW
Periculum by Natalie Bennett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Woah this one was fabulous. This is up there with my favourite of this authors work to date. Depravity and darkness are this author’s middle name and I always appreciate what emerges from her twisted brain and this time around she really does bring the goods. It’s as usual unpredictable and wild and weirdly unique with such a strangely compelling quality overshadowing the whole carnival of insanity. This managed to pull me right into the delirium almost instantly and despite having no clue half the time just what the actual crack was I kept turning those pages unable to put this baby down. So after the shuttle bus takes a wrong turn on the way to the airport Liliana and her friends find themselves facing games and mayhem, dancing to the whims of some unknown entity. Also along for the show is Ciaran and his crew and some randoms also from the shuttle-bus. This takes us on a journey down a bizarre Rabbitt-hole which was equally as surreal as it was vicious. Red-herrings and misdirections abound especially from Ciarans camp as this strange entourage make their way through this nightmare city leaving death and disaster in there wake, their numbers dwindling along the way. So I have questions that need answers here. Who are the families? What is actually the FUCK going on? Why does Ciaran act like he knows Liliana but she has no recollection of him? This makes especially addictive reading almost slow burn but with such smouldering intensity and what this has in spades is absolute chemistry. This one had an almost purge feel to it and I could so see this one playing on the big screen. Come and play in the devil’s playground if you dare. Bloody loved this one a whole lot it was totally unique and the finale left me wanting the next bit like right now.

I voluntary reviewed a copy of Periculum (Devil’s Playground #1)