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Posted September 9, 2013
Although it is clear that Brandy Nacole has conceived her paranormal creatures in Uniquely Unwelcome using several literary cliches, this does not remove from the reader's enjoyment of the story.
Racquel is the first character we meet and perhaps the most imaginative of Brandy Nacole's creations. Racquel is a uniques Shadow with a bloodline from the strong Witch, Lycan, Vampire and Shifter species. Racquel has issues returning to her home town because of fear of rejection by the community, because of her 'differences', but her year away has left her both physically and mentally damaged. She constantly surprises the reader, one minute acting the Alpha female, the emotionally breaking down, then rationalising with the group. Racquel is the character who I felt most connected with because she is open with her emotions and has issues with her confidence, although she tries to stay strong. It will be interesting to see how Brandy Nacole develops her character in the second Shadow World book.
Brandy Nacole is very sensitive in the way in which she deals with the relationships in Uniquely Unwelcome because the two developing romances are 'forbidden'. I like the way Coy and Racquel begin as friends and though she doubts his feelings towards her because of her own self-confidence he persists.
Uniquely Unwelcome's plot has a twist which I found unexpected, and I thought Brandy Nacole executed it perfectly. I have already purchased Blood Burdens and am just waiting for a quiet few hours to read it!!
Posted August 12, 2013
I was super excited to read Uniquely Unwelcome by Brandy Nacole! I thought the cover looked really interesting and the synopsis is a what really drew me in. Unfortunately I was extremely disappointed. First off, Uniquely Unwelcome was really hard to read for the most part. There were so many grammatical and spelling errors it was distracting from the story. I read this book on ebook, and the layout was terrible! The sentences were broken up most of the time by a space one would use for paragraphs. Also, sometimes in the middle of a sentence, it would begin under that sentence. On top of these distracting qualities the sentences are really short for 90% of the book and every couple of words there is a "." or "?" or some other unnecessary punctuation. There were also these numbers that were in succession...I think they were page numbers but they were never at the bottom of the page. Here is an example of what I mean and please note that I am not exaggerating:
How hard do
you think it would be? You know. To
read an entire book 16 where every sentence and even sometimes in the 17
middle of the
sentence is a huge gap? On top of the gap thing there is this. The sentence begins and breaks up at weird intervals. Intervals that clearly do not correspond
to the 18
page layout. Or
how about this? The sentences are continually super short. Throughout
most of the 19
book. How about these? Those pesky numbers that are
flung around? They are in succession. I think they're page numbers. Only they are not at the bottom 20. Of
the page I mean.
Now I am not saying I am the English Queen, but I would think that this many errors would have been caught by BETA readers, editors, re-reading your own story, etc.
As for the actual plot of Uniquely Unwelcome...I feel like it was too unbelievable. I feel like it had tons of potential but it just did not reach it. I know it's a paranormal book, so some of you may say "Ah duh! It's not going to be believable because it's a paranormal!", but honestly, I have found many a paranormal book to be so believable I cry, laugh, or get angry right along with the characters. Because of this, I was not even close to connecting with any of the characters. Instead I found myself rolling my eyes a lot and looking to see how much of the book I had left. One example of this would be when Evan, who is a Lycan, transforms into a wolf...he is still able to keep his jeans on. His shirt is torn into pieces and is lost and his pants are torn too but somehow always manages to stay on. Nacole describes in the book how Lycans in wolf form are about chest high, and just really huge in general. How is it that Evan can keep his pants on but his shirt is always ruined beyond anything. Even when he changes back into a human his pants are still on. Yet when Racquel, the main character in Uniquely Unwelcome transforms into an eagle, she must be naked before hand or her clothes are worthless afterward!
It's not all bad with Uniquely Unwelcome, though! There was a reason I chose to read it! Well for one thing, I really really thought the cover was awesome! I am a bit of a cover snob...though I will still read a book with a less than desirable cover, of course! The book does pick up a bit towards the very end and there is a surprising twist at the end as to who is behind the world wide disappearances! I never guessed it until it was almost about to reveal it...and I feel that was a lucky guess...Nacole hid it well, I thought.
Racquel is my favorite character and I thought her character could draw sympathy from other readers, though not really from myself. She's been through a lot and is still standing, I give her that! However the almost instant love between Coy and her and even Danika and Evan is not appealing to me. Instant love never really has been.
Most of the book was slow and very predictable. I was just waiting for Jared to join the group because it seemed like every one of the Shadow worlds were going to be represented in the search. The immature way the characters interacted with one another, the way Danika ALWAYS had to call the Elders for help (did she make ANY decisions by herself), the slow paces and sometimes repetitive sentences were another big downer for Uniquely Unwelcome.
Like I said before, Uniquely Unwelcome had a lot of potential that it just did not live up to. I think the author should go back over it, do some serious revisions and change a couple plot lines and re-release it! I would totally re-read it if this was done because in my mind, the possibilities this book could be would be phenomenal. Even with the cons I have listed above, I would read something else from Brandy Nacole!
Posted July 29, 2013
I love this book cover and the name of the book. This story is chock full of vampires, witches, shape shifters, fairies, werewolves and even a leprechaun or two. This is also book One in the Shadow World Series. I was instantly connected to the heroine, Raquel. Have you ever felt like you haven’t belonged? Isolated from your peers for whatever reason? Well Raquel has been shunned by her peers and even complete strangers her whole life. Learning of the horrible life she’s had to endure being shunned by the whole paranormal community and the isolation she’s been forced into was heart breaking. She has no one to talk to, can trust no one, and the vampire community only wants to conduct painful experiments on her. Such a sad life and yet when her half sister and others of the paranormal community come up missing, she’s thrust into an unwanted leadership role to search for the missing and bring down the kidnappers. Raquel has to decide if she can start to trust the very people that have shunned her, her whole life. Or will she turn her back on the help offered and enter this terrifying mission alone? She’s also plagued by gut wrenching nightmares. I loved the vivid images that Brandy Nacole paints whether describing a fight scene, nightmares, or characters in the book. The action and mystery surrounding the story kept me turning the pages. There’s also plenty of love connections too. Maybe even a love triangle *grins*. I couldn’t put the book down and can’t wait for the next installment.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 23, 2013
Okay so let me start by saying that most ebooks have loads of typos and I'm tired of reading book reviews that have a bad rating due to typos.
That being said. I love the world created here by Brandy Nacole. I love the Shadow World full of witches, fairies, vampire, lycan and shapeshifters.
I am truly in love with this cast of characters and we meet them in great detail.
Racquel is strong and proud but wounded and guarded but ready to take on whatever she has to to save her sister Addie.
I just want to say thank you to Brandy Nacole for giving my imagination what it craves! You have gained a devoted fan!
Can't wait to read Book 2!!!!
Posted February 21, 2013
I received a copy of this book through the R2R Program in exchange for my honest opinion. Everything you are about to read is my full and honest opinion of the book.
I love to read and typically can finish a good book in a matter of days...this one took me awhile. Some of the book seemed so childlike yet I thought the characters were supposed to be young adults. I just didn't think that it was realistic. It was a decent story line and I can definetly see more books in the future. If I had nothing else to read or was just looking for something to pass the time, I would pick up another book by this author...but she is not on my HAVE to read list.
Posted February 20, 2013
I received a Copy of this through the R2R Program in exchange for my honest opinion. Everything you are about to read is my full and honest opinion of the book.
Wow! This book BLOW ME AWAY! I loved EVERY MINUTE of this book! It was unlike anything I have EVER read! The author has a wonderful way of sucking the reader in and keep them interested! This book really caught my attention from the Prologue and held it to the very end! I bought the second book before I was even half-way through with this one because I loved it that much, and I knew I was going to be finishing this series! I was very Amazed with this book! I have never read a book with a Supernatural Shadow being with bloodlines to 4 different races.
This book follows a four blood Supernatural girl named Racqel. She has four different mixes of blood Vampire, Shape-Shifter, Lycan (werewolf) and Witch blood and with the mixture of blood she also inherits the powers of each bloodline. An the other Shadow Beings look down upon her. They think of her as an abomination. So Racqel has not had it easy. She has been tortured and made fun of her whole life. Most of her family is dead except for her Vampire Grandfather and her half Witch Sister. But she is still feels alone. Her Grandfather ran out on her and her sister when their Grandmother, his wife died. Leaving both girls alone with no one else in the world except each other. But Racqel is determined to find others like herself. She sets out on a journey to find people of her kind. With Her Sister Addie with no one else and nothing else she decides it's time to start school at the Covenant studying Witch craft. But when Racqel comes up empty-handed and is tired of searching for something that doesn't exist she decides it's time to go back home. But when she gets home she finds out from her Witch neighbor that her Sister Addie in fact is not at the Witch Covenant anymore. Racqel receives the devastating news that her sister and several other Shadow Beings from different races are missing.
So with Racqel being a very powerful Shadow from 4 different bloodlines. The Witch Elders think she's the perfect Shadow for the job. Racqel finally agrees knowing her sister is out there and only god knows what is being done to her. So she sets out on a journey with a few other Shadow beings in search for her Sister Addie and the other missing people. From there on it's nothing but a crazy and tiring adventure, as she and the others have to overcome threats, attacks and many, many, more crazy things along the way. But what Racqel does find is something she least suspected, love! She never thought she would be lucky enough to find someone who would want her for her. Hell she never even had a friend let alone a boy that cares for her. So Racqel not only finds information about who's behind the kidnappings she also finds information about herself, things she never even know she was capable of.
This book is truly an original and intriguing story. I loved it! I enjoyed Racqel's character and how she was always guarded an then we slowly got to see her bring the walls down around her heart and open herself up. We also get to learn about the different Shadow beings and their powers, as they travel through all the different Shadow Territories. It's great to have all the different Supernatural races in one book and how their all equally important to the story!
This is a must read for anyone who enjoys Paranormal books. This has every Supernatural being you can think of, well almost all! So it will satisfy most! This is a great book and I can't wait to start the second. This book is DEFENTALLY worth 5 stars and a lot more. This is a hidden gem and once it's discovered it's going to blow up and ROCK reads like no other! Check it out, you won't be sorry!
Posted January 21, 2013
This was different from other books in this genre. The title is an extremely accurate description of the story. While the beginning was mostly information and there were a few plot issues that were unclear, overall it was a good read. Due to Raquel's uniqueness, her perspective was very insightful. You could feel her distress about how horrendously she has been treated her whole life. It was interesting to witness Raquel's growth as she struggles numerous times to determine what the right thing to do is in various situations. She was a bit sarcastic, which I can totally see someone who grew up the way she did being.
The author did a good job creating strong supporting characters for this story. As they all join forces to save the missing Shadow World creatures you get to them and appreciate their individual motivations for join the search party. I enjoyed the look into each of the other clans andespecially liked the Fairy Queen.
The twist in the book is a creative way to show how sometimes an individuals motivations and the course they choose to take are not anything you could have predicted, leading to intense emotional struggles.
Brandy Nacole is a creative author with a lot of potential. This was a good start to the series and I look forward to reading more from this author.