Uniquely Unwelcome: The Shadow World

Uniquely Unwelcome: The Shadow World

by Brandy Nacole

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Uniquely Unwelcome: The Shadow World by Brandy Nacole

Racquel is unique. The bloodlines of four of the most powerful beings in the Shadow World are intertwined within her DNA. She has never craved attention. She just wants to be able to live as normal life as she can. But she's about to find that even though she's uniquely unwelcome wherever she goes, her abilities also make her the best chance the Shadow World has to stop a threat to all the Shadow races.

Once arriving home, Racquel finds that greater evils exist and that the person she cares for most in this world, her half-sister Addie, has been kidnapped along with other Shadow World beings. Racquel finds herself facing horrible odds with those who would rather see her dead than alive.

As her journey continues, Racquel learns more about herself, what she is capable of, and that not every being looks at her as an abomination. Coy, a human captive that Racquel saves from the Vampires, starts showing kindness toward her. Racquel tries putting distance between her and the human boy but as they spend more time together it becomes harder and harder for Racquel to fight the affection she wants and needs.

But will Coy's friendship and her new found discoveries be enough to help Racquel unravel the strangest mystery that has ever plagued the Shadow World?

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ISBN-13: 9781480257771
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 11/20/2012
Pages: 322
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.67(d)

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Uniquely Unwelcome: The Shadow World 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
wiccawitch4 More than 1 year ago
Awesome book! I really enjoyed the characters and the storyline, it was unique and inspired. Brandy Nacole is a wonderful writer who pulls you right into the story and makes you never want to leave. Her stories are suspenseful heart-warming and full of spine tingling action.  Uniquely Unwelcome is about Racquel a mixed heritage supernatural or Shadow and the only one of her kind. Ridiculed by all other Shadows she goes off into the world in search of someone like her but never encounters another. Defeated she comes home to the one place she ever felt any love, only to find out that the one person she was looking for, her sister Abby, has gone missing. Her sister isn't the only Shadow to go missing there have been countless others taken as well and some people believe that she maybe the one responsible. Determined to get her sister back Racquel sets out on a journey to find out what happened to these shadows and her sister and get them back. Along the way she learns a lot about herself her powers and makes friends in the unlikeliest places. Its a journey filled with fright, flights, magic, and bloodshed and it all ends in a totally terrifying and unsuspecting twist that you don't want to miss! Usually I have a favourite character in a story but this one I didn't I loved them all so much! they were awesome each in their own ways. Brandy wrote them all so well and so strong that I really couldn't say that any one of them was a favourite cause they all were! The bad guys were AWESOME! I always say how important it is to have good villains in a book and this one rocked! I totally didn't see it coming!  The ending was the BEST EVER! and I totally yelled NO WAY....lol...and I can't wait for the next book! brandy is an awesome writer and you all need to be reading this book NOW!
PureJonel More than 1 year ago
This novel really is a multicultural melding pot of supernatural races. All of your stereotypical races are represented in utter clarity. Nacole gives a very in depth and interesting history of each of these races or species. This includes the species themselves along with the interactions and interrelations between the two. It is very difficult to write an entire novel in the present tense but Nacole does it well. She also does it without ever inadvertently flipping tenses or person all over the place. It lends an extra sense of urgency to this novel. Everything is happening now so you cannot help but get caught up in the action. She also works a large amount of detailed and vivid descriptions and narratives into this very well written novel. Nacole doesn’t just tell a story to her readers, she paints a picture for them. The main characters in this novel are very loveable. They make you laugh because they do the most realistic but ridiculous things. You want to see them succeed against all odds. Each of the characters has an entirely developed history, personality, and mentality. Not only are they individuals who act upon their own beliefs, but they are also bound by the beliefs and laws of their races. As a whole this novel was a brilliant introduction to the series. Nacole brings forward some remarkable characters who have embarked upon the quest of a lifetime. The ties that develop by individuals of races that do not interact on a regular basis warms your heart and creates a world that you’ve never seen before. Please note that I received this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review
Littlebookstar More than 1 year ago
While the human world exists, there is also the shadow world which consists of vampires, werewolves/shifters, witches, leprechauns, fairies, and other paranormal creatures. The main character, Racquel, is part vampire, witch, lycan, and shifter which makes her unique but feared and hated by many creatures. This is one of the things why I liked this book. The concept of having all those paranormal creatures in the book made it more interesting and fresh. The story starts off with Racquel arriving home and finds out that her half-sister, Addie, is missing and other creatures as well. She sets off a journey with Ethan (her enemy since she was a kid, can you believe it?) Coy, a human, and other creatures to find the missing humans, fairies, vampires, and of course, her sister. It is told in 1st person point of view of Racquel. I really liked her personality. She was funny and sarcastic at times, and such a headstrong protagonist. Even if she was treated as an outcast by her very own fellow creatures, she didn’t let them let her down. What I did not like in Uniquely Unwelcome though is the love interest between Coy and Racquel. Even though it was cute at times, I feel like it was rushed and just not realistic. I also did not like how the readers did not get to know why Racquel left. All we know is that at the beginning she arrives home. Hmm. Maybe we will get to know where she went in the sequel? I also wish there was more action and less talking of the characters because at times it kind of gotten a bit boring. There are also some glitches that could be fixed (typos etc. and awkwardly phrased sentences). What I do like is the ending. It made me tense and excited. I would have never thought the villain was that … creature? person? You have to read it! Overall I recommend it to lovers of YA paranormal
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I was reading through the introduction of the characters which included a lycan, a witch, and a hybrid, my first thought was a bad joke involving them all entering a bar.  Thankfully, the story itself was no where near this level of corniness!  It depicts the conflicts and alliances within the shadow world (that exists alongside the human world, sort of like The Mortal Instruments) that goes beyond the stereotypical vampire/lycan drama.  I can't give it a 5-star rating only because of the editing mistakes (a character is "internally grateful" to another), but I do give it 4 stars overall.  The story itself is interesting, and even down right addictive.  I found myself trying to steal moments to read, even if only a few paragraphs, to see what happened next!  It ends with a huge cliff hanger, but to my relief the second book is already available!  So pick up Uniquely Unwelcome now and add Blood Burdens to your to-be-read list... it is worth it.
coziecorner More than 1 year ago
Brandy pens "Uniquely Unwelcome" in an original plot that started out a bit slow for me but eventually picked up and kept my interest. Her characters were good and engaging but need a bit more developing. Overall it was a nice read that I did enjoy and would say a must read for all paranormal mystery fans. This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.
ToManyBooksNotEnoughTime More than 1 year ago
This YA paranormal story is surprisingly entertaining while still being rife with emotional pain, sorrow, and searing loneliness. Racquel and Addie are sisters who belong to the Shadow World - the world normal humans don't know about. It is a world consisting of Witches, Vampires, Werewolves, and other paranormal beings. The Shadow World has a bunch of hard & fast rules, with the second largest being that the different sects/species do not mix, and they certainly don't marry and have children. The first rule is not to let humans discover they exist. But for Racquel that is hard, as her eyes are silver with lavender pupils. But even without seeing her eyes people sense that she is somehow 'different,' unlike her sister Addie, even though she is a full-blooded Witch. Racquel doesn't fit in with the humans and is actively shunned, if not tortured, by those in the Shadow World. Since Racquel is a mutt with four different Shadow World blood types running through her veins everyone is terrified of her, even though none of them know exactly what she can do - herself included - they can all tell she is immensely powerful. Addie is suddenly kidnapped, forcing the Witches from the Covenant to work with Racquel to save her. In the process they uncover a nefarious plot, which Racquel vows to put an end to, even after learning some she loves dearly is involved. Sadly during the work to try and halt the evil Cerelia and her co-conspirators deadly plot, a vital Witch is killed, devastating all in the Covenant as well as Racquel. This book deals with the constant challenges of what it is like to be seen as different, which is an excellent theme to cover for the intended YA audience, as well as the larger audience. We all need to be reminded of how it feels when someone hurts us, be it emotionally or physically, so that we can do our best to treat everyone as we would like to be treated. A good story with fun characters and a creative plot. The end will leave you wanting more, and luckily there is a sequel called "Blood Burdens."
bubblegirl13 More than 1 year ago
i received this book for an honest review and so, i really loved this book. i loved the writing style, it was easy for me to read and in my opinion, its not slow paced, which is good. i was shocked at the ending and i can't wait to read the next book! :) i definitely recommend this book to everyone!!
Aplemtini More than 1 year ago
Well I will say that I was not disappointed while reading this book I enjoyed it immensely. Raquel is a very interesting character being “unique” is quite an understatement! In being a hybrid she is in my opinion a perfect paranormal character, having parts of all the shadows (Vampire, witch etc.) in her blood. I love how her life basically is what any normal teenager goes through; being teased, being kept isolated and prejudice all because of ignorance. She goes through a lot in life and has not come to terms with herself for “what” she is. She travels the world seeking someone that could be just like her and comes up short in her discovery. Upon returning home she finds out that there are several people in the different shadow communities around the world that have gone missing, including her sister. At first she is accused of being involved. Once they realize she had nothing to do with these incidents that have taken place she is asked to lead a group and help in the rescue. Raquel is a very insecure person and in her travels to find the missing shadows she little by little discovers herself and what she is capable of; her power, being a friend to other and others to her. There was never a moment while reading this book that I felt I didn’t want to continue. I was always eager to get to the end and the ending was perfect because there is no way anyone wouldn’t want to read the second installment. Very nicely written, now on to book 2! :)
shivapastures More than 1 year ago
R2R: Uniquely Unwelcome (I received a free copy, in exchange for a review) In a world where there are Witches, Vampires, Shape-shifters and Lycan, Racquel is even more than this. She is all. Looked down upon, ridiculed and taunted her whole life, she depends on her close family for the mental support and love. Her family is now just her full blooded Witch sister, who loves her, regardless of what others think of her.  Now, others of their world are disappearing, without rhyme or reason. One person who vanishes, Addie, Racquel's sister. Now, this has become a personal search, not just for her sister, but also part for herself. Along the way, she picks up a crew of unlikely people, to aid in her quest, to find all the missing begins. It also brings her to each groups headquarters, seeking as much information, on their missing. What they find in the end is nothing anyone, especially Racquel was expecting. "Take your place beside me Racquel. We will show them. Your rightful place is here not out there with those that treat you with revulsion." I stand there at a loss. I had come here expecting to bring some crazy psycho to an end, and bringing home those he tried to ruin. For a moment, I actually contemplate whether or not to join his ranks. To seek revenge on all those that brought harm to me and my family.  Great mystery story! Just enough details to make for an involving story line and appreciate the characters. I'm really excited for the next one, since there has to be one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book should read by anyone that feels the need to call people names, bully people, because they are different. In the Shadow's world you are not supposed to mix races, but Racquel's grandparents and parents changed all that when they married, but they were banned from their clans. Growing up in this little town she was tormented,abused and treated as a freak, only person who ever loved her was grandparents(are now dead or mia) and her sister. Then something was wrong people missing were from this place and so was her sister. The only way to find her sister and others she had to work with people who hated her. But can she trust them? Who trying to kill them? And why is school so important? Oh that my question, because she the stays school she would know things that she keep asking. This was a good and entertaining read, so I bought a copy for my sister
ConciseReviewsByMichelleL More than 1 year ago
Wow, what a great book, I was so captivated by this unique paranormal story. But besides the paranormal elements there is an underlying message in this story, which really touches your heart. Below is a few parts that show how she feels as an outcast that is different: My appearance is no different from any human girl. My face is framed with long black hair. I look like your average hundred and twenty pound girl but my eyes give me away. Unlike most of the other Shadows, whose eyes are a natural color, mine are pearly silver, outlined by darker silver. My pupils are dark purple, which really sets my silver off. The problem of course is that it’s not normal. I sigh. I didn’t want to walk through my hometown just yet. I wanted to go home, gather my courage, and then set out into the town. My presence wasn’t going to be that appreciated. And: I keep my head high as I walk down the streets. Humans just look the other way, afraid of conflict and attention. But the Shadows, they glare. A shifter jumps back out of my way, afraid of my touch. It doesn’t stop him from glaring at me. I want to use my speed to hurry up and get home. But the streets are too crowded with humans. Instead, I walk at a normal human pace. Once I round the corner to my street, I stop. A few Witches are out in their yards but once they sense me they hurry inside. I never understood why they agreed to let my family live on their block if they were afraid of me. I just felt so badly for Raquel, (her first name is Harmony, but she goes by her middle name) She has 4 different Shadows blood (a witch had helped her Grandparents conceive when it should not have been possible, and again her mother) She has Shifter, Werewolf, Vampire, and Witch coursing through her, which makes her different and powerful, and misunderstood. She is shunned for being “mixed” and its just really sad. It’s forbidden for a Lycan (werewolf) to be with a witch for instance, or any others for that matter. Anyway, we get taken on this very important journey with Raquel, where there are many Shadows that have to overcome their feelings, and someone has been kidnapping shadows from all the different ones, the 4 I mentioned plus the fairies too. During this journey that Raquel has set out on to find her half-sister who is full Witch, she has others join her, and she finally makes some real friends, who she finds out most are more curious of her, and some just scared as they do not know what power she holds. There are many witty funny parts to this story too, that I enjoyed immensely. Raquel is a strong minded person, and I really liked her a lot. I was glad to see she does have a forgiving heart too, even though the lycan, Ethan, whom she is traveling with, and who has always ridiculed her growing up, she has learned to get along with him, and he also gets a taste of what it was like for her. He feels the stares as they walk into the main residence of the Witches, and it gives him a taste of what her life was like for Raquel. I liked the touching relationship that comes up between Raquel and Coy, the human that escapes the Vampire lair where they meet with the head of them, he was a slave for his whole life, and wants to escape and also find his brother, who was also taken along with all those Shadows. Micah is one that I see playing a big role in upcoming books, which I can’t wait to read now. I can’t say enough at how much I love this story.
JacyR More than 1 year ago
I won this book in a blog giveaway.  I really found the story intriguing. Racquel was a very unique character and she was easy to connect with. I loved that she was willing to help people who she innately distrusted to save others. She makes for an exciting heroine. I also enjoyed the new relationship budding between Racquel and Coy. It gave me hope that she won't always be alone. I wish there had more interaction between Racquel and the original colonies. Something more concrete, but the story was fun regardless.  The only problem I had was that there were a few mistakes that took me out of the story. Overall, I enjoyed the book. I will be continuing with the series and hope to learn even more about Racquel and see where life takes her and Coy.