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I was given an advanced copy of this book as a winner of a contest. I decided to review it, unsolicited. I recently requested to join in the release day blitz. The review is my own. The author has not requested anything other than 100% truth.
I 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.
In Hope(less) we meet Charlene and in (Mis)Fortune and (Un)Wise we get to see more of her, but we really don’t KNOW Charlene. Well, worry no more, THIS is her and Thomas’ story. This story touches the end of Bethi’s story in the forms of a prologue and epilogue, otherwise the entire story is set in Charlene’s past. It doesn’t mention the Urbat or anything like that. What it DOES do is give you a brief history of how different the werewolves of Nana Wini’s time is vastly different than they are when Gabby and them get on the scene. All of that is attributed to Charlene. In the book Thomas tells her that she is the heart of the pack, and truthfully, I believe it. This book is a back story book. It calms the action down from (Un)Wise and gives us some insight into the why and how things are the way that they are. Where Bethi gives us the history of the Judgements, Charlene gives us the history of the werewolves and just how far they’ve come.
Ms. Haag doesn’t fail to deliver in this book either. She could have easily have written this book first. I think it could have worked that way as well, minus the modern day chapters, but it works as this fourth book. It definitely calms the pace back down, because I have a feeling stuff is about to get busy really quickly with the next book. (If the Judgement is any indication. But you’ll have to read Bethi’s story to find out who that is….) You’d think because of the lack of forward motion that this would be her slump book. And honestly, if THIS is her slump book she still did a wonderful job at keeping the reader’s attention. In knowing some of the future characters (the children of those in this story), you see how Ms. Haag is able to draw personality traits from the parents/family members and plug them into those characters. This is a story that solidifies the world that Ms. Haag is creating. She’s given it some history, with those that we’ve met before. We can see how Charlene’s story shaped Gabby’s, Melissa’s, and Bethi’s story. All in all, another home run with this book. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I will warn you, there is nookie in this…but it’s so clean I almost missed it the first time I read it. It’s still clean enough for the teen girls in your life.
About the Author
Melissa Haag currently resides in Wisconsin with her husband and three children. Touch is her first published novel. She is currently working on book five of a separate six book series. To learn more about her upcoming projects, visit her at: http://melissahaag.com , and you can connect with her on: https://twitter.com/imagine2live & https://www.facebook.co
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Gabby’s brain is like a human fish finder. It comes in handy when she wants to avoid people. Mostly men. They seem to like her a bit too much. It’s lonely being different, but she’s adapted to it. Really. She just wishes she knew why she is different, though. In her search for answers, she discovers a hidden community of werewolves. She immerses herself in their culture, learning about their world until she meets Clay. He’s unkempt, prone to mood swings, intense without saying a word, and he thinks Gabby is his.
It’s going to take every trick she knows to convince Clay to go away, and every bit of willpower not to fall for him when she discovers the man beneath the rough exterior.
Delve into a riveting world of werewolves and young women with unexplained abilities, in Hope(less).
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