by Shawn Kirsten Maravel


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Volition by Shawn Kirsten Maravel

Charlotte Rush would be the first to admit that her life is no rollercoaster ride. Her days are laced with ordinary and at times boring monotony. But with a heart that finds itself frequently broken she's happy to say that she's content.

When her friends convince her to spend the night out at a club to let loose and maybe even find a guy, she finally admits that her life might be missing something.

No sooner does she let go of her inhibitions does she find herself waking up in a dark hotel room in the presence of Joel, a man who carries mystery in his eyes and familiarity in his smile. Against reason Charlotte decides to trust him based solely on one thing. Somehow, she is sure that she knows him.

In a race against time to find answers and to solve the crime committed against her Charlotte finds herself falling for him. However, with nothing but mystery surrounding him she can't even be sure that he's the hero at all. While knowing all of the right things to say he still manages to tell her nothing. As a battle is waged over the innocence of her cryptic stranger, Charlotte discovers that much greater danger awaits her. And the mysteries behind who and what Joel is will lead Charlotte to discover that heaven and earth are not so far apart.

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ISBN-13: 9781463604332
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 06/28/2011
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.68(d)

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Volition 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
nmcarlisle More than 1 year ago
I read Shawn's first edition of this book, and I have yet to read the updated version of it, but I'm looking forward to seeing the changes. I thought this was a good book over all, and a nice start to a new series. The ending was intense and I must admit I wasn't predicting it. I thought there was going to be a different ending so that was nice that it threw me for a loop. Joel is my favorite character in this book, and the mystery about him made you want to keep turning the pages. I am curious to see what changes were made to the second addition, but I did not think there needed to be a second one actually. But Shawn is just that good of an author that she took her fans consideration and critiques into consideration and went ahead and changed her story to make it even more enjoyable for her fans. That's real dedication to her work and her followers!! My only complaints for this book was there was just too much detail. I felt there was just too much explained and the court case was a little drawn out, however, that is also just personal preference. I am more a dialogue reader than a description reader. Each reader has their own taste. But this is also why I am looking forward to reading the changes she made in the second edition, because I believe that is one of the issues she had corrected. I look forward to reading book two in this series, very much. The ending is just insane and seriously does just make you think "whhhhhhaaaaaaatttt?"
Alaiel_Kreuz More than 1 year ago
Charlotte was the kind of girl that gave her all to her relationships. And so far all her rewards had been very painful... That's why she decided to stop dating and protect her heart. Her job at the bank and art college was everything she needed. But then everything changes when her roommates convince her to go party: in a far corner of the dancefloor she spots a breathtaking man looking at her. Without wanting to make a fool of herself she begins to dance and after a little bit she approaches the bar to get a glass of water (being the designated driver she is not going to drink any alcohol). When the awkward exchange of words with the barman (who gives her the creeps) finishes she turns around and looks for her friends. But suddenly she feels very dizzy and hears the voice of the barman approaching her and knows, instantly, that she has been drugged. The last thing she sees is the breathtaking man next to her and then her world goes blank. When she wakes up she is in a hotel room and across the room a pair of mesmerizing eyes looks at her. And her worst fears begin to raise... has she been raped?! Against all logic and reason she trusts her savior, Joel. Somehow she believes with all her heart that she can trust him, even if she evades almost all her questions. But her friends think very differently. And now she has to find the strength to put an end to that horrible barman before he tries to drug another girl. Personal opinion: It's been a while since I could enjoy a supernatural book so much for its lack of supernatural stuff... But maybe that's a little bit confusing, right? Perhaps a better way to explain it would be to say that the main plot in Volition was very human and the sub-plot had all the supernatural relevance. The fact that Charlotte's purpose was to stop the sleazy Matt after his attempt to rape her gave the book more deepness and meaning. At the same time that it touches a very sensitive subject Shawn manages to create characters with whom we can relate and cheer for. And then in the background, appearing in the right moments to keep our curiosity alive and eager for answers, the supernatural touch of the book would make its entrance. I can say without a doubt that the connection between Charlotte and Joel will warm your heart. It's true that maybe you will discover Joel's identity way before Charlotte but still, their dialogues are entertaining, very real and sweet. And the ending? I didn't see that coming! It was superb and incredible... a perfect twist that put the whole book in another level.
kimba88 More than 1 year ago
Volition is the first in a young adult, paranormal romance series by Indie author Shawn Kristen Maravel. This novel offers mystery, crime, and romance with a mysterious stranger. The main character of this novel is, Charlotte Rush, a conservative art student, and part-time banker. When she and her friends go to a night club, Charlotte is the designated driver. After dancing for hours, she heads off the dance floor to search out her friends. She decides to get a drink of water from the bartender and the next thing she knows, she is waking up in a dark hotel room. Her head hurts, her mouth is dry and there is a complete stranger sitting in the chair by the bed. This mysteries man, with heavenly green eyes and a body resembling a Greek god identifies himself as Joel and tells her that she is safe. Charlotte drifts to sleep again, and when she awakes she is home in her own bed. The tale that unfolds, deals with Charlotte learning about the crime that occurred that night. Despite, the fact that she knows nothing about Joel, she trusts him. ( she has this, niggling feeling, that she has known him forever) Together they gather clues to solve the mystery and stop a criminal. Overall I enjoyed Volition. The characters were well developed and it had plenty of suspense and mystery. At times, I felt details messed with the flow of the story, and in these areas I skimmed. For example, what everyone was eating or wearing. I will warn you, although this is listed as YA, there is some intimacy.( however no real details are provided).The romance between Charlotte and Joel at first appeared to be insta-love, but actually winds up being so much more. Volition was a wonderful start to a new series, and I am looking forward to reading book two entitled Severance. I recommend this to fans of paranormal romance. This novel is currently available in paper and eBook formats. I will be adding this author to my watch list. I want to thank the author for providing this ARC in exchange for my unbiased review. I gave this three point five stars out of five.
LovesAllThingsBooks More than 1 year ago
I really loved Volition! I stayed on my toes pretty much throughout the book. I totally recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a sweet romance. Charlotte Rush is a very ordinary girl, does the same ol same ol I guess you could say. But one night she goes out with some friends and ends up with a stranger. She knows that she has never seen him before but something about him feels so familiar. In her quest to uncover the mystery of Joel, Charlotte discovers something she didn't expect.
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FictionalDistraction More than 1 year ago
My Rating: 4.0 / 5 First thoughts: I was positively surprised by Volition and I'm definitely looking forward to start its sequel soon, especially since the ending broke my heart a little bit. Its exciting plot and Shawn's beautiful style of writing turned this into a fast and easy read and made me wish to find out more about Charlotte and Joel soon. More detailed: Volition turned out to be a complete surprise for me. Even though I had read reviews about it a while ago, I somehow believed it to be a contemporary story. You can imagine my surprise, when I detected the first hints for a paranormal story and my happiness when these paranormal hints turned out to be true. Charlotte is a quite intriguing character. One night changes her life completely and forces her to question herself and her decisions. I loved witnessing the story from her point of view, although at some points I grew a little bit tired of her mood swings: it seemed as though she couldn't really make up her mind what to feel/think. But at the same time she has a pleasant voice and this makes following her story very easy. Joel, Charlotte's saviour, is the big mystery of Volition. Despite various hints being thrown in the reader's direction, it takes about 80% of the novel until we definitely find out more about his secret. At that point it was no longer a surprise and I wished that it had been unveiled earlier. But he's definitely a very crush-worthy male fictional character, especially since it's nice to have a "nice guy" to swoon over. There are many things I'd like to know about him and I'm looking forward to see his relationship to Charlotte develop. Shawn Kirsten Maravel's writing style is absolutely gorgeous and I fell in love with it even before I started to crush on Joel. It's beautiful and detailed, but it doesn't overwhelm you with unnecessary information. All in all, I really enjoyed Volition and can definitely recommend this for others who are looking for a beautifully written, paranormal novel which doesn't rely on the bad-boy-cliché. Note: I would recommend this novel for an older audience (16+) since the topic of rape is mentioned at some points.
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
Volition has everything you'd want in a forbidden romance. There is the chemistry between the characters, the mystery surrounding the handsome stranger, the unexpected dangers, and the humor. Watching the relationship between Charlotte and Joel grow had a magnetism that kept me wanting more. I figured out pretty early what Joel was, and even though I thought it should have been pretty obvious to Charlotte as well, I was still unsure of his true motives. Themes are discussed such as rape that may be suitable for a more mature young adult audience depending on parental preference. This is a serious real life topic, and I thought the discussions were conducted very tastefully with minimal detail. The situations some of the women survived in the book may even offer comfort and support to women who have had similar experiences in real life. This was a highly entertaining and addictive story. There were twists and turns all along the adventure that was reading Volition. Even the ending will leave you with an unexpected twist that will have you running to read Severance, the second book in the series.
sb631SB More than 1 year ago
"You are mine to protect and I will never be apart from you" Volition is about Charlotte Rush, a college student, who lives with her two friends. One night her friends decide they want to take her out to a club. She is reluctant at first, but then decides to go. While at the club, Charlotte is drugged. All she remembers is waking up in a hotel room with a mysterious guy, Joel, whom she has never met before. At first she is scared not knowing what this man did to her, but for some reason she is certain that she can trust him. The novel takes us through the building relationship of Charlotte and Joel and the search for the man who drugged Charlotte. Throughout, Charlotte learns things about Joel that she would have never thought could ever be true. WOW! I really enjoyed this book!! Ever since I first heard about this book a few months ago I have been dying to read it. It was definitely better then I thought it would be. I really liked Charlotte and Joel as individual characters but I also loved them together! I could not put the book down. I had to know what would happen next. This was the perfect book to read while a hurricane was going on and we had no power. :) Charlotte was such a relatable character and Joel was an amazing guy! The ending was awesome. I was not expecting it at all. I am so glad I ordered both books at once because I will be reading Severance next! I can't wait to see what happens!
BellaStreet More than 1 year ago
Volition is a romance novel wrapped up in an angora sweater, to be savored like a warm fire and a cup of hot cocoa on a rainy day. Charlotte is a girl longing for more and when it comes, it's like a blessing from on high. Joel is everything a girl could ask for and more, but like the mysterious new man in her life, there's more going on in Charlotte's world than meets the eye, including a mystery and a breathtaking twist. So cuddle up with this book and enjoy a wonderful read. Highly recommended!
BooksAhoy More than 1 year ago
First off, I just wanted to say that this book is AWESOME!!!! I love every part of it. The romance, the action, and def the unexpected surprises. This books picks up right at the start. I love the relationship between Charlotte and Joel, it's so cute. Joel has to be the BEST boyfriend EVER! :D He's always so sweet and considerate. For some reason I just love forbidden romances because it just makes the books all the more romantic and interesting. All thoughout this book are twists and turns and ups and downs that keep you always wanting more. This book def has some surprising events happen. My favorite part has to be the very end, like the last two pages, because it was so surprising and it totally caught me off guard and made me want to read the second book to find out more and what happens. All I can say is, go buy this book right now!!! :D 5 stars for sure!
haley18 More than 1 year ago
"You are the sweetest sin" So where should I start with this book? Well it's amazing we could start there, or we could start with it's incredible ? hmm I think you get my point. Charlotte doesn't trust men, all they end up doing is causing pain, so what's the point? Well, all that thinking was before Joel..she doesn't know what it is about Joel, her friends don't trust him...and Charlotte knows there is something off about him, but she can't get past the feeling that she knows him from somewhere, maybe a past life? Maybe he just reminds her of someone? She's not sure. As things start to steam up between Charlotte and Joel more and more questions are left unanswered. Charlotte can't help, but fall for Joel though even with all the mystery that is surrounds him. This book was a little slow at first, but it picks up towards the middle/end, Charlotte has even more stress in her life than just trying to figure out what the deal is with Joel, she is also fighting a legal case against a scum bag club owner Matt Copper, trying to keep her parents calm, and finishing up her degree in art. Joel, is deff drool worthy in this awesome love story and I am sure if you pick this book up it will not disappoint (: I would deff Recommend this book if you like Hush Hush, or Fallen (: -Oh AND can I just say this book has the most amazing ending ever?!?! It will literally blow your mind (:
BookLove74 More than 1 year ago
This story is vivid and heartfelt. I've read a lot of books and I've come across quite a few critically acclaimed books that are given too much credit, as well as a few self-published and Indie books not given enough. This is one of the "little guys" who has simply not gotten enough credit! The characters are likable, the plot real--touching on serious issues in our society while also managing to sneak in a sweet love story...a match made in heaven. Pardon the pun. It's not often that I stop by and leave a review on books, I simply don't have the time, but this book and it's author both deserve the credit where it's due. I look forward to reading more from this author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I read this book I couldn't put it down. The imagery and dialog were so real I felt as if I was in the story myself. The characters were believable, their stories compelling and their personalities likable. Though this book falls under a popular genre it truly stands on its own. I won't lie, I was completely surprised by the ending! I can't wait to read book two and based on this one I have no doubt that it will be just as amazing if not more! I can't wait to see what happens next!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The hardest part of reading this book was putting it down. The story is as interesting as the people in it. Its a feel good story with an edge, leaving you wanting more. This new author has alot of promise and i cant wait to get my hands on her next book! The ending had such a twist and i am itching to read the second in the series!