Emmitt’s Treasure (Judgement of the Six Companion Series #2) by Melissa Haag


29427404Blurb:
 After six years away from his pack, Emmitt realizes he has no idea what he wants from life. His parents want him to lead the pack, and the Elders expect him to further integrate his people into human society. His reluctance to take on the demanding responsibility of leadership has him dragging his feet to return home.

Finding his Mate changes everything. Michelle’s shy and beautiful and on the run. She needs somewhere to stay and someone to take care of her. Suddenly, responsibility doesn’t seem like such a burden to Emmitt. He’ll do whatever it takes to earn her trust and keep her safe…even from one of his own kind.

 

 

 

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4 Stars

I admit I was a little hesitant to read this companion novel.  I honestly don’t know why.  I love reading alternate POV’s but I guess I was nervous they wouldn’t be as good.  Especially since I didn’t like Clay’s character all that much to begin with and Emmitt left me a bit lukewarm in the original book.   But since I enjoyed the originals I wanted to give it at least two books before I made a decision to continue or quit.

I’m glad I did. I can say with honesty that this book was way better than the original.

I got to see how impatient he really was with wanting to claim her. The contrast between the books was very apparent.  And I liked that, because who wants to read the same book amiright? His feelings were so intense and wonderfully described. I got chills in some parts with how emotional he was.  And his control with his change was impressive as well. His natural werewolf tendencies tried to push through but he was able to suppress them in order to give his mate the time she needed to come to terms with her feelings.

It was a truly awesome book. Michelle seemed very much more withdrawn in this one and if I hadn’t read the original one already I would have said she was too guarded and skittish. And Jim!  Dammit Jim!  I really want a mate for you.  He is one of  my all time favorite side characters in this series.   He’s funny and wise and does whats needed even when no one seems to know what that is.  He is just all kinds of awesome and I hope he gets what he wants, even if its not what I want. ::sigh::

I would suggest reading this whole series.  They are a great read.

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It’s You, Book One by K.P. Kelley

Blurb:

30037207From New York Times bestselling author Katy Regnery comes her first duo of paranormal romances!

ONCE UPON A TIME…
the most beautiful boy in the world kissed me.
I’ve never been able to forget.
Perhaps it was his jet-black hair,
or the changing copper-color of his eyes,
the intense way he looked at me…
or the fact that he awakened my passion for the first time,
at once otherworldly yet heartbreakingly real.
After that kiss, I never saw him again.

His name was Jack Beauloup.
Jack, my “Beautiful Wolf.”

Twenty years passed. He has returned. For me.

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My Review:
4 stars — I received a free copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.

I think I picked the wrong time to start reading this book, but with the release date coming up I didn’t have much choice.  But reading it over Christmas with a bunch of company over so I couldn’t remain engrossed just wasn’t ideal.  When I started the book I was totally sucked in.  I LOVE books that while being for the adult audience, give you the teenage perspective too…when there’s a past, I don’t just want to know it happened, I want to be there and experience it.  And Ms. Kelley totally gave that to us, and I am in love with the past parts.  I could feel the chemistry drawing Darcy and Jack together, and Darcy’s anguish over the loss of that love when found was just perfect.  And I totally felt her confusion over why it should have such a profound effect on her for so long.  Seriously, the emotions in those sections were just spot on perfect.

But back in the present, I had an up and down relationship with Darcy and Jack…but mostly Darcy.  I had moments where I really enjoyed her…she was smart, she was sassy, she was fairly down to earth.  I liked her relationship with her bff Willow, and I am totally intrigued by that little side story with Amory btw….hope we get more in book two.  But while I enjoyed the continuing chemistry between Darcy and Jack, I wasn’t quite as enthralled as I was in the past parts.  Basically the steamy parts were good, but I wasn’t necessarily blown away.  And I was a bit dismayed with how long the discovery process took…ie, how long it took Darcy to accept that something was up with Jack, and put the pieces together.  I don’t know how it could have been done faster, but it was hard to see all the clues going together, and remember that normal people wouldn’t assume that shifters really exist.

I did THOROUGHLY enjoy the mythology in this one, and how Ms. Kelley chose to present the paranormal aspect.  As a Canadian, I was a bit confused with the way she initially described Métis, but that could have been me reading into things that weren’t there, because in the end it sounded correct.  I just never thought of them as a tribe per say.  But I’m not an expert, so I assume she did the appropriate research and it’s me that has it wrong.

I was a bit saddened by the way Part One ended (trying not to give spoilers).  I can’t help but have wanted Darcy to react differently.  She hurt my heart.  It’s funny, b/c it’s not that I don’t get it…but at the same time, it wasn’t what my heart wanted.

Jack was completely swoon.  I really enjoyed how sweet he was, and the choices he made throughout his past wrt Darcy.  I really enjoyed Part Two from his perspective, I was totally missing his POV and was so happy when we got it in the end.  It filled in so many blanks that I had, and yeah…just supremely satisfied.  I wasn’t quite as sucked in, but that could have been because of life stuff, and not necessarily the book, you know?  Or maybe I was still just mad at Darcy.  😛  Who knows.  I’m also not a Lela fan, I’m not sure how she’s going to be redeemed at this point.

All in all, really interesting paranormal take on the shifter story…love the backstory and mythology, love Jack, and had some amazing set up for the love story.  I enjoyed that there was a lot else going on besides the Jack and Darcy love story, and I’m super curious how it’s all going to end.  Hopefully when I get book two, I’ll have more dedicated time to devote just to reading and devouring it.

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Dragon Seeker Part One (Dragon Hunter Chronicles #5) by Carina Wilder


31117222Blurb
: Trix is a cheeky, redheaded Hunter whose mind is consumed with thoughts of sexy Dragon shifter Lyre. He’s gorgeous, amazing, perfect and doesn’t know she exists. Well, at least that’s what she thinks.

Lyre is an easy-going, good-humoured Dragon shifter, and has just one problem: he wants a certain red-haired Hunter, but he knows he can’t have her. And when secrets from his past start to rear their ugly heads, things get even more complicated.
Now he’s been assigned to find the next Relic, and that can only mean one thing:
He has to find his mate and claim her.

This is part one of three, and the two next books will come out every few weeks after release, with the box set coming shortly after that.

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3 stars

This book was more about physical attraction than a genuine one.  They both wanted to have sex with each other.  They couldn’t stop thinking about it.  But I didn’t really see who they were as people so I wasn’t able to connect with there characters .  And we never get to see them have a ‘real’ conversation so I don’t know if they were really compatible or if they were just hard up.

The chemistry was decent and I really liked the main plot of the story.  Honestly, their attraction for each other could have waited a bit and it would have had more depth to me. I was very interested to find out what happened with the bad guys but the author kept going back to the romance.  And while I’m a huge fan of romance, in a paranormal it is usually more underscored.

The bad guys powers were pretty cool and the dragons were awesome.  There were different kinds and powers.  They had an alliance with humans, which I thought that was cool. Most times the dragons are the bad guys but in this one they are good.

While I don’t usually tell people if its a cliffy or not I’m outing this book. It’s a cliffy. And the reason I’m doing that is because even though it is, I’m not reading the next one.  I wasn’t invested in the story enough to want to know what happens.  So that tells you something yeah.

It’s free so you can check it out and see if its something you might like, but for me the ride ends here.

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Clay’s Hope (Judgement of the Six Companion Series #1) by Melissa Haag


25176111Blurb:
 Clay is a man of few human talents. As a wolf, he hunts well and can fight off a grizzly twice his size, but has no aspirations. The idea of a Mate isn’t something he has ever seriously entertained. Dreamed about, maybe, but he knows the chances are nearly non-existent.

Then he meets Gabby, a human girl. She hates him at first sight, yet he can’t let her go. Who he was is no longer important. Now, who he needs to become to win her over is the only thing that matters.

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4 stars

This book is free!

I would not recommend reading this book without first reading Hope(less).  It is also free and you can get it here. This is a companion novel to that book told from Clay’s POV .  I found it intriguing because Clay was damn near mute in the first book so we really got a good idea of what he was feeling and thinking during their time together.

But really I think I may dislike him more than before.  He kinda just let life happen around him instead of actively participating in it himself.  Except for when he was about to lose her is the only time he reacted.  I don’t think he really gave her enough credit to listen to his side and hear him out.  He just kinda moved in and became a fixture.  And I didn’t really get his reasoning for that.

But that’s really the only thing I didn’t like.  Other than that he made a great transition on a personal level.  From being a loner and staying in wolf form to becoming a contributing member of the human world.  So I guess he did more than I originally thought.

Gabby seemed a bit of a brat in this book for some reason.  Reading the same events from a different perspective you can really see how the author can manipulate our emotions. That wasn’t a dig.  For an author to make me feel differently about a character is a tall order fir me.  I’m pretty stubborn when it comes to my first impressions.  So kudos for that.  Gabby took too long to let him in IMO.  But its been a while since I read the first book so I might have forgotten her reasoning for it.

All in all both books are free and well written, so what are you waiting for?

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Kara’s Wolves (Wolf Masters #1) by Becca Jameson

karas-wolvesBlurb: Kara Shepherd is about to compete in her last gymnastics meet and graduate from college. A week before graduation, her roommates drag her out to a country bar to live a little before entering the real world. She has no idea the course her future is on is about to take a sharp turn.

Justin Masters and his lifelong friend, Trevor Shields, share everything from their home to their women. At twenty-eight years old, neither has met their mate, nor are they in a hurry to find a woman who will end their long-standing arrangement with each other. Their dairy farm, a few miles outside of town, allows them the luxury of shifting to their wolf form any time they want in relative seclusion.

Justin’s world tips when Kara walks into the bar on a random Friday night. Immediately recognizing her scent as that of his mate, he is drawn to her by forces beyond his control. Nervous about sharing the news with Trevor, Justin is relieved to realize Kara is also his best friend’s mate. Now all they have to do is convince Kara she belongs in a permanent menage and track down a stalker who seems hellbent on taking Kara for himself.

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2 Stars

This book was mostly sex with little to no climax or plot.  I should have DNF’f it but I’m a sucker for erotica, especially shifter erotica.  I don’t know why I love it so much.  I’m a bit of a weirdo.

The MC’s had no depth but were very sexually active.  The threesome thing wasn’t all it was cracked up to be.  I would have like to seen more in that aspect; it really was just like the girl screwing both dudes.  The guys were best friends but never got involved, a fact I found hard to believe myself.

This review will be short cause the book wasn’t very good.  The end.

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The Bear Who Loved Me by Kathy Lyons

Blurb:
31843813WHEN AN ALPHA MEETS HIS MATCH . . .

Between singlehandedly running her bakery and raising her teenaged nephew, Becca Weitz thought she had a decent grip on “normal.” Then her nephew vanishes, and life as she’s known it changes forever. Local legends are true: bear shifters exist . . . and her nephew is part of their clan. As is Carl Carman, the sexy, larger-than-life man who has sworn to find her nephew-and the other young shifters who’ve gone missing.

As the leader of his clan, Carl is surrounded by enemies. He’s learned the hard way that keeping a firm leash on his inner beast is key to survival, though his feelings for Becca test his legendary control. Then danger stalks too close, and Carl realizes he must unleash the raging, primal force within to protect everything he holds dear. But can Becca trust his grizzly side with her life-and her heart?

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My Review:
3.5 stars — So I actually read book 2 first, having received it as an ARC…and you know what?  I’m kind of glad that I did.  Because I think if I’d started with this one, I’m not sure I would have been pulled into the world and I probably would have missed out on book 2.  Which is a long way of saying that this book was all right, but book 2 is DEFINITELY BETTER.  So if you finished this one and were kind of meh, but somewhat intrigued by Mark and the world, READ BOOK 2.

Unlike book 2, this one didn’t suck me in right away…  I’m not sure if it was that I wasn’t feeling particularly drawn to the characters, or if I had expectations of the story b/c of what I’d read in book 2, but it was a good start, but not a memorable one.  The characters were mostly the same — good, but didn’t blow me away.  I did really enjoy how sassy Becca could be, but sometimes I felt like there was a contradiction to her character…or maybe I just didn’t always *get* her.  And honestly?  I guess I would say the same with Carl.  He could actually be quite sweet, which was intriguing.  But I guess I didn’t quite *get* Carl, and in particular I didn’t feel like we got enough resolution with him and how he felt about his role as Alpha and the whole bear dichotomy thing.  There were a lot of conflicting feelings there, and I guess I just wanted a more clear resolution.

Which brings me to something that *did* interest me in the story — Ms. Lyons kind of dives into her take on what it’s like to BE a grizzly shifter, how the dynamic works in the head, and how a person manages that.  I loved when Becca got to “talk” to the grizzly Carl.  But I felt like the book was setting up a lesson and a learning moment there, and we didn’t quite get there with Carl.  And I really wanted that resolution.  I also feel like there was some set up with Becca being an outsider, and how that was going to be accepted in the clan, and I really didn’t get resolution there either.  Or at least not enough.  I know it’s a series, and so I know it could be addressed in future books, but since this is CARL AND BECCA’s book and it directly affects them, I guess I thought it would be resolved here.  So basically I really loved a lot of the set up of some of these little storylines, and the depth we were getting, I just wasn’t happy with what we got in the end.

And the little niggle that’s going to have me rounding down instead of up: Becca’s freaking nephew (that’s like a son to her) is kidnapped, and at a certain point that’s verified and it looks like badness is happening, and she’s having sexytimes?  I had a hard time getting into the sexy times as a result, b/c this stupid logical part of my brain couldn’t help but wonder how she could even think about that and relax enough to enjoy it when evil is happening to her “son”.  Is it just me?

So yeah, obviously I’m still totes dibs in for book 3 (Alan’s book), but I was a bit disappointed that this one did not live up to the standard of book 2 (which amuses me to no end).  Also: since this was not an ARC, but the final copy, I will say I was disappointed in the number of typos still in it.  I think I hold publishers to a higher standard than indies, and so I was disappointed so much slipped through the cracks.

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License to Shift by Kathy Lyons

Blurb:
31847091BEAR MEETS GIRL…

Julie Simon returns to Saginaw, Michigan, to find her ailing father’s missing research on local shapeshifter lore. Unlucky for her, the only person who can help her is the darkly sexy Mark Robertson, the guy who spent an entire summer giving her the cold shoulder-and one white-hot night of pleasure…

Mark is a hair’s breadth away from going feral. Soon, his grizzly side will destroy everything that makes him a man. And after years of fighting, Mark is ready to give in to the beast. Then Julie-the gorgeous, curvy book nerd who awakened his most primal desires as a young man-shows up at his door. Now, he’s fighting an insatiable longing to claim her as his mate. But Julie isn’t the only one after her father’s research. Someone-or something-evil is tracking Julie’s every move…

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My Review:
4 stars — I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.

You know what?  That was just exactly what I was looking for at this moment.  I will admit that the cover drew me to this book, but not for the reasons I think you might suspect.  I’m neither here nor there on “abs covers”, but the colours on this one really drew my eye.  I know, I know…I mean, the abs are nice too (though if you know me well you’ll know I’m strangely not a huge muscles kind of girl).  And I decided as I read the blurb that I don’t read nearly enough shifter romances, or really just paranormal books in general.  So I decided I needed some variety in my life, and I’m so glad I requested this book b/c it was hella entertaining!

I was seriously intrigued (and amused) right from the beginning.  We have this super confused hero who is fighting his grizzly side right from the start.  I found it fascinating to see how Ms. Lyons portrayed the inner battle between man and bear.  And seriously, Mark’s growliness was just sort of…adorable?  I don’t know.  Especially when we get to Julie’s POV and she makes her one request of him before they eat.  Had me laughing my butt off!  Mr. Pink Cheeks indeed.

And so it went like that, with two very likable characters, some fantastic chemistry, an intriguing world that was built, a mystery to keep me guessing and entertained, and of course some great steamy scenes.  All in all I was just entertained.  I felt like things got a bit more disjointed nearer to the end, but I hadn’t actually read the first book in the series…and while that did not really impact my reading whatsoever (ie, I do believe these can be read as standalones-ish), I felt like I didn’t get the full experience b/c I didn’t have the background from the first book.  AND in my ARC copy there were quite a few more typo type problems near the end of the book, but I wouldn’t doubt those are caught before publishing.  It just took me out of the story a bit more (but again, that was my early copy, not indicative of the final release).

So after all that, the result is that I’ve one-clicked book 1 and fully intend to read it next so I can get all the nitty-gritty about Becca and Carl.  And then I’ll be either stalking NetGalley for Alan’s book, or waiting until release to find out how it all ends.  So my foray back into the world of paranormals, and shifters in particular, was definitely a success.  😉

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Moon Spell (The Tale of Lunarmorte #1) by Samantha Young


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 Enter a world of fierce wolves, stunning magic and romance…

It’s bad enough feeling different among the human crowd, but feeling different among wolves?

No one said returning to her pack would be easy, especially after ten years without them, but seventeen year old Caia Ribeiro is unprepared for the realities of the transition. Raised in a world where kids aren’t scared by bedtime tales of the bogeyman but by the real life threat of enemy supernaturals who might come creeping into their community to kill them in their sleep, Caia is used to the darkness; she’s used to the mystery and the intrigue of the ancient underworld war she’s bound to by chance of birth. What she’s having trouble with are pack members treating her with wary suspicion, the Elders tucking secrets behind their backs out of her sightline, and her young Alpha, Lucien, distracting her, with a dangerous attraction, from her decision to uncover the truth.

But as the saying goes ‘the truth will out’ and when it does, Caia will only have so long to prepare herself before the war comes pounding on their door threatening to destroy the safe, secret lives of the wolves… and the girl they protect.

YA Paranormal Romance recommended for ages 16 and up.

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4 stars

I don’t like any of the covers.  I think they don’t really have any relevance to the story.  And I disagree with the age rating but that is just me.

Soooooo, this book really took me for a ride!  I thoroughly enjoyed it!  The only thing I had a hard time with was ALL the back story.  My goodness another book could have been written for all the information I had to learn. Why do authors do that? ::shrugs::

Lucien was a typical alpha male.  I admit to having a weakness for the shifter variety.  He came off as very solid and approachable to me.  Not necessarily the traits I’ve come to associate with alpha’s.  I really like how their romance blossomed naturally and slowly.  But, bad Lucien for keeping secrets, and not just like minor ones, but MAJOR ones.  If it was me, I would have dumped your ass with no looking back.  But I’m a cold hearted SOB.

Caia was a bit harder to read.  Having only known isolation her whole life I could really feel her apprehension with being thrust into this new world.  She handled it very well I think. Not really giving into what people thought of her.  She never caved or backed down from a challenge.   And although she had a hard time fitting in initially, she didn’t let that stop her from doing what she knew to be right. She risked others wrath to make sure people knew where she stood.  I liked that about her character

There was heaps of political intrigue and espionage.  I actually really love that in my fantasy books, it gives it a deeper layer to sink into.  More meat for the story ya know? At any rate, I’m really looking forward to the second one.

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(Dis)content by Melissa Haag

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discontentI hate. I thought I hated before the letter, before the werewolves, but now I understand that was nothing more than a chip on my shoulder. The urbat took what was mine. And, they will pay.

Isabelle leads a very normal life…for an emotional syphon. If not for Ethan and his bar, she would have lost her sanity long ago. But everything changes with the crash of her fighting cage and a man who transforms into a wolf. There’s something about Carlos—when he’s not growling at her—that makes her do things she wouldn’t normally do, like sigh and daydream.

Attraction aside, she is faced the very real evidence that werewolves and urbat exist, and the urbat are after her. And the only way she can keep Ethan safe is to join with the werewolves and Carlos. It’s a race against time to stop a war, fight for love, and find the last Judgement.

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My Review:
4 stars — Well I can tell you one thing right off the bat: this was the most emotional book of the 5 so far.  I bawled like a frickin baby in the middle of the book (and consequently rode my ass off on the exercise bike b/c I tend to bike faster when I’m in an emotional upheaval).  I hope my neighbours don’t think I’ve lost it.  So yeah, this book really got to my feels.  It’s weird b/c Isabelle was kind of a tough cookie to crack…she’s so angry and worked up all the time.  But maybe b/c we feel all her emotions, and feel the effects of everyone else’s emotions on her, it just ended up being very raw in places.

These poor girls really do go through trauma too…both at the hands of their powers, and at the hands of the Urbat.  But it was nice to have a kickass heroine this time who could really take care of herself at least physically.  She was kind of crazy powerful in that sense.

I LOVED the interplay between Ethan and Isabelle.  I loved how Ethan pushed her and knew what she needed and did everything he could to get it for her.  I loved the way they bantered too.  He brought some great moments of levity, almost as good as Jim.  Loved the little glimpses of Jim we got too.  I wonder if he’ll be for Olivia (the 6th Judgement).  The bar scene was really amusing.

Now Carlos…hmmm….  OK, here’s the problem.  I think that at this point Ms. Haag had already decided to write the full companion series (I’d have to look at the dates, maybe one was already even released at the point this book came out), and so this book kind of suffered from a total dearth of insight into Carlos.  I mean, yeah, I know it’s from Isabelle’s POV, but I still should have gotten a feel for Carlos a bit more than I felt like I did.  It was another one of those times where I felt like the pull was where most of the attraction came…but you know what, that wasn’t completely it.  I think I just sometimes have a hard time with these mystical pairings, b/c a part of me wants more.  But he was super kind and caring of Isabelle, very attentive, challenging, always there for her.  I just didn’t quite follow the romance train all the way to the station.  I end up liking these books a lot for their plot and action and world building, but I feel like they’re not my faves as far as the romance goes.  But that’s a totally personal thing.

Anyways, I was supposed to be talking about Carlos.  I think the problem is that I’m super intrigued about what happened in his past.  LIKE SUPER INTRIGUED.  And so I was disappointed to learn basically zero about him.  Like, doesn’t Isabelle want to know what’s behind some of his words and actions and why he seems to understand pain and how he keeps himself closed off, and why he’s different for her?  Because I do!!  And I know I’ll get that in the companion book…or at least I better get that in the companion book.  But if the companion book follows the exact same timeline, then I’m left wondering when *Isabelle* will find all this out.  Because after Carlos’s book, that’s it for them.  There won’t be more from their POV, so what then for the development of their relationship?  It’s like we end up seeing the beginning of their relationship, but I want more development…and that development for *ALL* the couples seems to happen in other people’s books, so kind of behind the scenes.  It’s a little dissatisfying.

Also, I still don’t get the chasing thing.  Like, I sort of get it, but I don’t completely get it.  But I might just be dense.

So yeah.  I loved the movement of the plot, the action, the emotional upheaval, and I honestly can’t figure out how they’re going to finish with only one book left, but I have faith in Ms. Haag.  However, the romance leaves me a little bit underwhelmed in this series as a whole.  I think Melissa and Emmitt were my favourite because I felt more of that with them.  I am a romantic at heart.  It’s going to be hard waiting for all the other companion novels to be finished and released before getting to find out what happens next.  But I will be here, impatiently waiting.  😛

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(Un)bidden by Melissa Haag

Blurb:
unbiddenI left home because I didn’t want to end up in a cage like a lab rat. Hitching rides, begging for cash, and sleeping on the ground got old fast. That was the only reason I braved an overgrown path to a group of buildings. I’d hoped to find a bed and a decent night’s sleep. However, what I found was a place overrun by werewolves.

While on the run, Charlene finds herself surrounded by werewolves, creatures she can’t control with her mind like she can humans. Their existence has her believing she’s found a safe place to stay, a place where secrets are okay. However, she soon discovers she’s anything but safe. Charlene must learn how to use her abilities to influence the strange new species because if she can’t, the next bite she suffers might just kill her.

Read how the cycle begins, and have no doubt. Charlene’s past will shape the future of the Judgements.

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My Review:
4 stars — Hmmmm…this book both answered a bunch of questions, and left me wanting more all at the same time.  I think I expected to get different things out of it, but that doesn’t diminish what I did get.

I loved seeing just how completely different the werewolf community was before Charlene came along.  Like, seriously people, crazy different.  It was crazy intriguing to watch them resist the change, but then listen to the rather wise things that Charlene was saying.  I loved seeing them find fulfillment from the human type things she had them doing.

And holy cow was it ever violent!!  Like seriously, you think Gabby had it bad with all the crazy Introductions, but seeing what it was like at the beginning when they didn’t even know how the claimings worked?  Charlene went through a LOT!!!  But I felt like all her thought processes, and the weighing of whether it was safe to stay there or find someplace else was very well thought out and realistic.  Charlene was in a crazy tough position.  I might not have gotten the full extent of her fear from one person, as she did from Penny…I couldn’t help but wonder why people wouldn’t be skeptical of Penny.  Why she needed to close herself off from humans altogether.  Why couldn’t she just not use the ability?  But I digress.

I must say that I am 100% with my blog partner Curly Carla — Charlene’s age bothered me.  I did not believe one little bit that she was 15.  I know some people are older than their ages, but it just did not feel authentic.  And so that was weird.

I enjoyed Charlene and Thomas’s long and complicated courtship.  There was a lot of strange conflict since it was such a bizarre situation for both of them, but we did get to some great sweet moments.  I will admit I must be a bit prudish, b/c I did have a problem with her age no matter how it was addressed in the book.  It was odd.  But if I ignored that, I really loved this beginning of their story.  I almost wished there was more of their lives than just the beginning.  I had so many questions of how things progressed.  But I suppose that wasn’t actually important, just me fangirling.

Now one other thing I absolutely adored was the cast of secondary characters.  I LOVED Mary.  What a great friend.  And Mary and Gregory were adorable.  It’s funny that Mary was the same age, and yet her age didn’t bother me as much.  And seeing early Grey was delightful.  I also liked seeing an early Wini too.  And Anton!  I know he had a tiny part, but what happened to him?  I liked him.

I was extremely surprised by the outcome of Charlene’s ability.  I can’t say more without spoiling, but I’m curious to see what the fallout is going to be.

Definitely a great addition to the series, and can’t wait to keep finding out what’s happening in the present.

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