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Posted January 20, 2013
I won this book in a blog giveaway.
I enjoyed this one. It was a quick read and was a good continuation of the first book. This story takes place about a month and a half after the last one. It has all the same characters and a few new ones, most notably Meira and Natahala. In this installment, Racquel is confused about her feelings for Coy, to make matters worse she's dreaming of his missing brother. Life is getting back to normal, well normal for Racquel, when she gets a late night call telling her the kidnappings are starting again and this time it's on a massive scale. Racquel and her gang of shadows return to the Covenant for a much needed search and planning session to find Cerelia and rid the world of her once and for all. I enjoyed the parts where Racquel was forced to look inward and try to find some peace with herself, it added to her character. I really enjoyed the battle and the surprise it holds. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series. I am most interested in finding out more about Queen Kaya's cryptic warning.
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Posted April 23, 2013
With this installment in her series, Nacole goes further in depth with the histories of each of the races that make their way into her phenomenal story. The mythologies behind each of their belief systems are also thoroughly developed. One thing that I really appreciate about this novel (and the series so far) is that although Nacole walks the standard path with her supernatural creatures and their behaviors, etc. she gives everything just a little bit of a twist to make them her own.
Nacole continues writing in the 1st person, present tense with this novel. The congruency in the writing style makes for a smooth and easy transition between the two novels. It also continues the feeling of urgency that is prevalent throughout this novel. Not only that, but you find yourself immersed in the main character’s feelings with much more understanding of them than you would typically have. It does leave some gaps in the storyline as we can only be with the main character who is telling us the story, but Nacole does a brilliant job of remedying this. We get filled in on the missed action right along with the main character. It allows Nacole to remain fully in the 1st person without having to switch perspectives.
The characters in this novel are quite loveable. You want to see them succeed in all of their endeavours, be it the actual quest that makes up the bulk of the storyline or the smaller (but still) large problems that they encounter personally throughout their journeys. They become even more fully developed throughout this novel, allowing us a deeper look into their histories and a peek into their possible futures. Nacole also introduces us to some new characters in this novel. Because the cast was so well developed in the first installment she has much more leeway for development of these new characters without sacrificing those we’ve already come to love.
On the whole this was a brilliant sequel to Uniquely Unwelcome. Nacole draws you further and further into this world until you don’t want to let go. Luckily we don’t have to. Although this novel has a very solid ending, that does just that, end the story, it is also a new beginning.
Please note that I received this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review
Posted March 27, 2013
Blood Burdens picks up where 'Uniquely Unwelcome' left off, with Racquel, Addie, Danika, Ethan, and the rest of the gang doggedly pursuing the powerful & evil Cerelia. The characters develop more depth, with Racquel growing the most as she finally begins to feel accepted by some people within the Shadow World.
In preparation for the battle to come Racquel continues trying to learn what her powers and abilities are and control them at the same time. It is a constant and frustrating struggle each day, but she is determined not to let Cerelia win and unleash her heinous plan on the unwitting world.
Full of action and adventure, this book is an excellent sequel to 'Uniquely Unwelcome.' Definitely recommended, both for the physical action and the verbal sparring as Racquel is determined to buck the system and remake some rules.
Posted March 11, 2013
Racquel was completely unique in every way. No one ever really understood what she was going through, not even her best friend and sister Addie. Until now. Cerelia, evil witch has created a being just like Racquel. Micah, once a human feeder to vampires. He is haunting her dreams and plaguing her mind during her waking hours as well. And to make matters worse Racquel is trying to figure out her feelings for his human brother as well. Queue world travel, exotic private jets, big battle and spin off to what is supposed to be a happily ever after.
It is an excellent telling of a girl on the outs with herself trying to figure out where she fits in, only to discover that she doesn’t need to fit it. The imagery is amazing. I can see all the characters exactly as described. From mesmerising Merfolk to fluttering fae.
The Not so Good:
Okay I have said this before – but I really don’t like Coy. He kind of ticks me off in ways that can not be remedied. To me he is just a selfish little boy that needs to grow up. I know it sounds harsh but ohwell.
It was amazing how Racquel discovered herself. I am a big fan of self examination and discovery. I also enjoyed how all the characters grew together. I loved the big battle. Brandy Nacole did an excellent job of describing it. I felt like I was in there with them.
Oh – the epilogue. AMAZING. It was great how we got to see the end from everyone’s perspective, not just Racquel’s.
Posted March 7, 2013
Just like Uniquely Unwelcome I was given this book for an honest read and review. And just like the first book I really enjoyed reading it. I loved how the story flowed and picked up right were it left off in book 1. The fight to save the world continues and Raquel is the key but she is still trying to find peace with herself and who she is. All the shadows unite and together fight against Cerelia. There are new characters presented and they were brought in perfectly. I don't want to say more without making this a spoiler. And the ending I will say was perfect because there are so many questions left unanswered and now I sit here wondering how long I'll have to wait for book 3! LOLWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 20, 2013
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I loved this book. I thought that the first book, Uniquely Unwelcome was amazing, well this one just blew its doors off, its so darn good.
It starts pretty much where book one ends. So its like an ongoing story. I connected with the main character Racquel even more so in this book, I was sad at the strained relationship with her and the human Coy. But I was glad that she had formed a connection/bond, with Micah, he is able to communicate to her in her head, seems only one way, he hears and sees everything she does, but she can’t read him. This unique connsection has saved her from many mistakes along the way. He was a great “inner” voice for her. Too bad he was still being held by the evil witch Cerelia, who starts to kidnap more shadows again, trying to create her army, and make more like Racquel and Micah (he is like Racquel now)
Here is a part where Micah talks Racquel down from doing something stupid out of anger, I really, really like Micah. He is speaking inside her head.
“Racquel stop!” I stumble, gasping as the command screams through my head. “I can feel your anger. You have to stop what you’re doing before you do something you’ll regret.” Micah’s desperate voice pleads with me. “Please stop, Racquel.”My body shudders and I collapse to the ground. The rage withdraws from my body as a silent sob shakes my body. I can still hear Micah’s voice echoing through my mind. How? How does he keep reaching out to me? I could hear his voice as if he was standing right in front of me.
I was happy for the most part at the ending , but not so much that last sentence, which I will not tell you about, lol. Lets just say, I really want to get book 3 now, lol
This shadow world of supernaturals that Brandy created is unique and exciting to me. I really was able to delve into the story and really feel like I was there with everyone.
It looks like Racquel is going to try to change the way the rules are for the Shadows, not being able to mix the different shadows, its wrong she believes, heck she would not even be there if her parents and grandparents didn’t rebel and choose love. She is unique with 4 different shadows blood and abilities in her, which had made life hard on her, people treated her so bad. Now she is determined to change that. She believes if a witch and a Lycan want to be together, (Danika and Ethan) then they should be allowed that.
I enjoyed the sisterly relationship between Addie and Racquel, since we did not get much of that in the first book, as most of that Addie was kidnapped.
I highly recommend this book, and give it 5 out of 5 stars. It’s a must read for any paranormal lovers out there, like me.
I was provided a copy of this book by the author, for my honest review.