Thursday, September 12, 2013

Hope(less) by Melissa Haag [Review]

Hope(less) (Judgement of the Six #1) by Melissa Haag
Format: ebook
Source: provided by the author for an honest review
Date read: July 21, 2013

Judgement of the Six
1. Hope(less) - Kindle
2. (Mis)fortune
3. (Un)wise

Melissa Haag
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
Our world is being judged and we remain unaware.

In a world filled with people, Gabby is uniquely alone. The tiny glowing sparks filling her mind that represent the people around her, confirm it as does the bizarre inexplicable draw she has on men.

Struggling to find an explanation for her sight while dodging unwanted male attention, Gabby meets Sam. The chance encounter leads to a startling revelation - werewolves are real.

Hoping the existence of something so extraordinary might lead to the answers she is seeking, Gabby enters into a hidden society where fur is optional. There she meets Clay, the werewolf delusional enough to think he has a chance with her. Gabby's plans for her future do not include a mate, but rather college, career, and then a huge 'we'll see'.

Gabby leaves the furry hidden society behind when she moves off to college, but trouble has a way of following and finding her. When other werewolves start stalking her, and anomalies in the sparks she sees begin to appear, she must count on Clay's help or risk loosing the chance to find the answers she searches for.
My Thoughts: I must admit that I ended up absolutely CAPTIVATED by Gabby and Clay's story. I don't quite know what aspect of it worked so well for me (and there are several things that stood out, so it might be a glorious mashing of all of them) but I'm still thinking about them and their relationship a day after finishing the book.

First off, Gabby's fear of abandonment is one of the driving forces in her relationships. Coupled with the uncanny draw she has toward men, she's afraid to reach out to anyone because she knows the pain she'll feel when they leave her. Allowing Sam into her life is a big step. She's a champ about going along with the things he asks -- meeting prospective werewolf mates, following the rules of the pack -- because she learns to trust him. When he breaks her trust by not telling her what was in store for her, she's shattered but it's almost like she expected it because, at some point, everyone has let her down.

Enter Clay. Gabby didn't want to feel a draw to ANY wolf, least of all one that lives in his fur more often than not. She makes assumptions about him and it takes her a while to wrap her head around the fact that she was wrong. And Clay... Clay does things in his own way and, OMG!, they're perfect. His non-verbal communication, the way he got her to slowly accept him into her life... ALL OF IT WORKED.

The world is intriguing. The differences that Gabby uncovers between werewolves with her sight sets the stage for something big and potentially deadly coming down the line. And Gabby and Clay stole my heart. I honestly want to reread their story so that I can experience it all again.

BIG *thumbs up*!

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