*I’d like to thank the author for providing me an ARC, in exchange for my honest review.*
After reading the first two books in the Judgment of the Six series, I just had to read book three (Un)Wise. In this story, there was darkness, romance, and angst. I appreciated it all, and thought that this was a good installment in the series, in which we got answers, questions, and…more romance of course.
Bethi was an interesting heroine. Her ability was intriguing, but it had awful consequences for her. It made her very untrusting of werewolves, and who could blame her? The fact that she saw all of her past lives and deaths, as well as all those of the other Judgments made a very dark, though compelling tale, and Bethi was perfect for it. She was smart, brave, and even when she was annoying, Bethi always redeemed herself.
It seems to be a trend for me to love the heroes of this series. Luke was no exception. He was very kind and loyal, and I loved how he had some morals that irritated Bethi. The fact that he wanted to wait before getting in a relationship with Bethi was just so sweet, and it irritated me when Bethi would try to force or trick him into it. However, I definitely think that these two made a good match in the end.
The side characters were interesting. We got glimpses of the past two heroines, as well as of the other heroines that are going to be featured in this series. I loved seeing Sam and Nana again, as well. We didn’t learn anything new about the characters that we already knew, but I loved those glimpses of future characters.
The plot of this story followed Bethi’s struggle with her dreams. I felt so awful for her when she ran from home and didn’t let her mom know where she was, just so she could keep herself and her mother safe. The book followed Bethi’s attempts to outrun Luke, and then their relationship as it deepened. I liked the travel aspect of the story too. In the end, Bethi and the rest of the main cast went on a journey to try and get to one of the other Judgments. I thought that this story was paced pretty well, although I think it got a bit slow in the middle.
Overall, I thought that this was a good story for this series. I loved Luke and how he was always looking out for Bethi. Bethi’s ability of wisdom was done really well, and it was interesting and sad to watch her learn and cope. My only real complaints about this book are the slow middle and that it ends very abruptly, and it’s going to be a bit odd to pick up the next book with the last scene in (Un)Wise being told from someone else’s point of view. Still, if you follow this series I definitely recommend picking up this one. You won’t want to miss it, though you may want to wait closer to the release date of book four.
*I received a copy of this book, in exchange for my honest review.*
After reading Hope(less) a couple of months ago, I was really excited to see where this series went. I knew this book would be about someone else, but I was too intrigued by this world to not continue. I’m definitely glad I stuck with the series, because this sequel was just as good as it’s predecessor.
Michelle was a great heroine. I felt really sorry for her because she was deprived of so many small things that are taken for granted, but I also thought she was realy smart and responsible. As a teen, she had to do the best she could to take care of her brothers, and her love for them was really evident. It was the deciding factor in every decision she made. I never really got annoyed with her, even when she wasn’t so trustful of Emmitt, since her life had been such a mess beforehand.
Speaking of Emmitt, I thought he was perfect for Michelle. Where in Hope(less) I loved Clay because he let his actions speak for him, I loved Emmitt because he said the right things to Michelle. I loved how he told her what she wanted to know, and that he didn’t want to lie to her. I thought that he was such a good balance for Michelle, because he taught her how to do more than just worry, and she definitely needed that.
The side characters in this story were great, as well. I loved Jim, and thought his teasing and humorous ways were wonderful. I also loved Nana, because not only was she a great grandmotherly-like figure, but she was also strong and kind. I loved Michelle’s brothers, as well. I was the most sad for them, because Michelle was all they knew as a parent, and they’d been locked up in their house for pretty much their whole lives.
Speaking of which, the plot was really interesting. It involved Michelle escaping from her captor Blake, with her brothers. Upon escaping, she met Emmitt, and things took off from there. I loved watching Emmitt and Michelle grow closer. I thought it was such a wonderfully developed story. I appreciated that Michelle’s issues with trust weren’t immediately swept away upon her meeting with Emmitt, and I loved how things progressed in general.
Overall, this was a very worthy sequel to Hope(less). While this is a standalone, it’s in the same world. It expanded upon the world-building begun in the first novel, and after the ending of this book, I can’t wait to see what happens next.
I’m not usually a lover of werewolf books, but this one totally changed all that. From the synopsis, I didn’t really know what to expect, but I certainly didn’t expect what I got. This book is a wonderful romance, and also a mystery about Gabby’s powers and what they do. This is a series, but Clay and Gabby’s story seems to be complete, because the next book is about someone else, and in their point of view. However, not all of our questions were answered, so I will unquestionably be back for more.
I loved a lot about this book, but my favorite part of it was undoubtedly the romance. It was really subtle, and in a great way. Gabby’s feelings changed so gradually that it was almost unnoticeable, but I thought it was perfect. Gabby didn’t want to be tied down, and she wanted to have a choice, and Clay was the perfect guy for her. He was so sweet and thoughtful, and the fact that he didn’t talk was just…wow. I thought that was really powerful, especially when we found out why. It was wonderful.
I also loved Rachel. She was a great best friend to Gabby. I loved how she took all of the weird things that happened around Gabby in stride, and she never got jealous of her. Of course, she does have her own romance, which could definitely make a difference. Either way, it’s great to see a best friend who’s there for the main character, despite not knowing everything about what’s going on.
The actual plot of this book was about two different things. It was about Gabby and Clay’s romance, but it was also about Gabby’s powers. The story was really well-paced, and it was hard for me to put down. I flew through it in a matter of hours, so it was really interesting.
Overall, this book was pretty incredible. Clay and Gabby were wonderful together, and I loved their slow-building romance. It honestly has become one of my favorite love stories, and I’d have to say that that was my favorite part of the book. The mystery aspect was pretty great, and by the end of this book, we don’t have all of the answers about Gabby’s powers, and if I had to pick a downfall of this story, that would be it. Like I said before though, I’ll be back for more in this series. This world is really interesting, and I can’t wait to see what happens next, since there are more answers to get. I highly recommend this book whether or not you love werewolves. If you love a great romance with solid characters, you should really love this one.