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My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars COVETED is the first book in the Cove

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

COVETED is the first book in the Coveted series by Shawntelle Madison. COVETED was provided to me by Random House Publishing Group for an honest review.

Natalya is a lone wolf, ousted by her pack leader. Most pack members view Natalya as a ...
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

COVETED is the first book in the Coveted series by Shawntelle Madison. COVETED was provided to me by Random House Publishing Group for an honest review.

Natalya is a lone wolf, ousted by her pack leader. Most pack members view Natalya as a liability that is a weak link for the pack. Natalya lives a solitary life with her only contact with the pack through her job and her family. Although the pack are aware of her mental illness, they are not aware of the extent it has gone. Contented to live on the fringes until the return of Natalya's ex-boyfriend. Natalya has decided that she needs to make a change to overcome the debilitating effects of her OCD. Her estranged pack is facing a possible overtaking and Natalya seems to be the target. With the help of friends old and new, she attempts to overcome her OCD and the threat of the infringing pack.

Overall I enjoyed the book and it was a quick read, but it wasn't very deep. I was expecting deep. I'm not sure why, but the description and cover seemed like the book would have a lot of meat to it. There was a lot going on and the premise of the story was good. I really liked the idea of an OCD werewolf. In most books they almost seem infallible. I also liked the idea that Natalya really isn't a kick ass heroine. She is a mentally ill individual dealing with the daily grind and all that it entails. I'm still kind-of unclear as to why she and Thorn are no longer together. The addition of Nick was a good move. Thorn didn't really seem to have a personality. He was just this mysterious guy watching and protecting from afar. We saw a lot about Nick and got a good picture of who he is and his relationship with Natalya. With all that being said, COVETED left me wanting more. I enjoyed the read overall.

posted by The_Readers_Edge on May 8, 2012

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

A werewolf with OCD that hoards Christmas ornaments?!?! Yep, you

A werewolf with OCD that hoards Christmas ornaments?!?! Yep, you read that right. A new twist showing that even super natural creatures can be normal too. And there are plenty of supernatural creatures in this book. There is even a support group for supernaturals with ...
A werewolf with OCD that hoards Christmas ornaments?!?! Yep, you read that right. A new twist showing that even super natural creatures can be normal too. And there are plenty of supernatural creatures in this book. There is even a support group for supernaturals with mental disorders.
I liked Natalya, but sometimes, I just wanted to shake her. She needs some confidence. Losing her boyfriend, sent her spiraling into her hoarding habit. Now, she has been pining for Thorn for five years. And now, that he is back, he is promised to another. That being said, I really enjoyed the book. You get to see a lot of the hierarchy of the werewolf clans. I liked the characters and the story line. Nick has me intrigued. I can't wait to find out more about him! I will be reading the second book, Kept, which is due out November 27,2012.

posted by RedheadedBookworm on June 4, 2012

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  • Posted June 4, 2012

    A werewolf with OCD that hoards Christmas ornaments?!?! Yep, you

    A werewolf with OCD that hoards Christmas ornaments?!?! Yep, you read that right. A new twist showing that even super natural creatures can be normal too. And there are plenty of supernatural creatures in this book. There is even a support group for supernaturals with mental disorders.
    I liked Natalya, but sometimes, I just wanted to shake her. She needs some confidence. Losing her boyfriend, sent her spiraling into her hoarding habit. Now, she has been pining for Thorn for five years. And now, that he is back, he is promised to another. That being said, I really enjoyed the book. You get to see a lot of the hierarchy of the werewolf clans. I liked the characters and the story line. Nick has me intrigued. I can't wait to find out more about him! I will be reading the second book, Kept, which is due out November 27,2012.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 21, 2013

    Coveted kept me mildly entertained but thoroughly underwhelmed.

    Coveted kept me mildly entertained but thoroughly underwhelmed. Natalya is a werewolf that for some reason has been kicked out of her pack, and mostly ignored by her family. She had a great job and a wonderful relationship with Thorn, the next in line to be pack leader. But for reasons that were never made clear, he ... left? And came back at some point, and they still want each other but can't be together because of politics? I never felt the tension during their scenes. I guess it has to do with the fact that I never got to see them together? That can't be all of it ... but maybe some of it. I don't know.

    What I thought was EXTREMELY well done was Natalya's mental illness. She is severe OCD and a hoarder of a specific kind of item. Fortunately I don't suffer from either of those, but the scenes where she is at her home, or when an attack is coming, my breath would become shallow and my heart rate would increase. I felt like I could at least empathize with her. I have a better idea of what people suffering from OCD & hoarding go through day after day. It isn't as easy as just stopping - they have to struggle every day, every moment.

    All in all - I don't have a whole lot to say, good or bad, about Coveted. It was ok. I didn't hate it, I didn't love it. I will give the next book, Kept, a shot, because sometimes it is me that isn't connecting with a book, and the second book really hooks me. I will let you know!

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  • Posted November 30, 2012

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    Coveted begins by jumping into the heart of Natalya Stravinsky.

    Coveted begins by jumping into the heart of Natalya Stravinsky. From broken promises to an in depth look at her strictly structured life Shawntelle Madison builds Nat's character and her unconventional lifestyle from page one. Nat collects holiday ornaments and etcetera that take over her home and solidifies her status as a low-ranking wolf. I thought it was going to be off-putting to read about a heroine who doesn't appear to be much of a heroine, but Madison gave Nat such a big personality that it was hard not to enjoy her story!

    While I did enjoy reading the story, I didn't feel that it made too big of an impression on me. Madison constructed a world with strenuous relations between supernatural species that was familiar but also unique. What's holding me back from being undoubtedly in love with the novel is the pacing. I love that it was witty and serious in a complimentary manner, but the unfolding of events seemed slow, as though it was taking its sweet time to be revealed. It was great for laying out the gravity of Nat's situation, but I would have liked for the story to just get to the point as soon as possible. Madison's writing style as a whole is noteworthy, though. She made me feel for Nat in every situation throughout the novel. Nat was so aware of herself, even though she had a condition that pretty much controlled her life. She made strides to better her relationship with her family and learned to let others in. Madison gives enough to keep me interested in the way Nat's life will unfold in he future.

    Coveted is only the beginning for Nat and I feel there's so much more to see from her. Kept, the next installment of the series, will be the perfect sequel to show the inner strength Nat has found deep within herself. She's definitely a character and one I'd love to see more of!

    *eGalley provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

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  • Posted November 16, 2012

    Before I read Coveted I read the free novella called Collected.

    Before I read Coveted I read the free novella called Collected. I am glad I did because it gave me better idea of who the characters were and what to expect from them. What it didn’t prepare me for was the lack of a plot.

    About 75% of the book was just about getting to know Nat and the world she lives in. Natalya Stravinsky is a New Jersey werewolf whose family has deep Russian roots. Nat apparently takes after her great-grandmother; they both suffer(ed) from a hoarding (collecting) problem. She also has OCD and has been kicked out of her pack because of all her problems. She is a very difficult character to like. In fact I don’t even know what her ex boyfriend Thorn even sees in her.

    That is another problem I had – the lack of romance. There was no spark between her and Thorn or even Nat and Nick. Thorn is a bit of a flat character, he just didn’t have much depth or personality. Nick had a bit more to him and was a little more interesting.

    Overall the story was just ok. It wasn’t an easy read but I stuck with it and I am glad I did. There was a bit of a surprise at the end that I wish had been a hinted at earlier in the story. It was a decent ending and I do look forward to seeing how the next book is compared to this one.

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