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- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 098885239X
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- Publisher: Shattered Glass Publishing LLC (November 18, 2013)
- Publication Date: November 18, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00BOCVOY4
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Hope(less) is a fan favorite for lovers of young adult paranormal romance filled with supernatural creatures, action, and men who have a little grr with their fur. Check out what critics are saying...
★★★★★ "Melissa Haag's unique voice and wonderful characters create a captivating love story, so beautifully different than any I have read. Once I picked it up, I could not put it down, and I had to read the whole book in one sitting. Love this series!" ~ Karen Lynch, New York Times bestselling author of the Relentless Series.
★★★★★ "...a beautifully romantic New Adult story..." - Martini Times Romance
★★★★★ "5 stars!" - Total Book Nerds
★★★★★ "Probably the BEST YA werewolf book I have ever read." - Book Butterfly
From the Author
Q What makes the Judgement of the Six series popular with readers?
A Hands down, it's Clay, the first werewolf love interest the reader meets. He's quiet yet alpha male all the way, and the combination checks all the boxes for the majority of paranormal romance readers. Clay is just the tip of the alpha male iceberg, though. Each book in the series introduces a new couple, so there's a lot of werewolves to love, each strong and book boyfriend material in their own rights. While I know that some readers dislike the abrupt shift away from Clay and Gabby in book 1, they quickly change their minds about the series as it progresses and all the couples get together. The reader gets to revisit the characters they love and journey with them as they find the answers to so many of the questions that have haunted (and hunted) them.
Q How did you come up with this world?
A It started with a dream. Not even kidding. It's the scene from book two in the series where Jim gets Michelle drunk and she sees Emmitt across the dance floor. The emotions were so realistic, that dream stayed with me for weeks. I had to write it. The scene evolved into an entire book. It was fast-paced, action-packed, filled with romantic tension, and was everything in that dream and more. Unfortunately, once I wrote it, I realized I couldn't just do one book. The plot continued to grow into this whole conspiracy of not just a hidden werewolf society but other paranormal creatures who were pitted against each other. I'm so glad I kept going and know that readers are too because I keep getting emails begging for more!
Q Will there be any more books in the Judgement world?
A (Sur)real is the final book in the Judgement of the Six series. It's written from a dual point of view and serves as the final Companion series book as well. However, my mind is already filled with ideas for a continuation in that world. It wouldn't be the original cast, but their descendants. I wrote a special scene at the end of the series that will help bridge the gap between the Judgement of the Six series and the After Judgement series (release still TBD). You can stay up to date on the progress of that series by signing up for my newsletter at melissahaag.com.
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She’s pissed! But does nothing. She’s pissed! But does nothing. She’s pissed again! And lets him walk right on in because there’s nothing she can do...? Like she can’t tell her roommate no or just say anything at all? Come on! The character thinks one way, but does nothing at all.
I just can’t.
Also, this book needs an editor to fix all the typos. It’s painful.
Where Michelle's driving focus is the safety of her little brothers, Gabby is fiercely set on having her independence and fulfilling her plans. I realize it's not easy being an orphaned foster kid, especially since she can't turn off the siren-like pull she has on almost every male of mating age, but someone who self-protectively keeps even those she feels a fondness for at a certain distance is hard for at least this reader to grow close to, too.
She not only judges Clay harshly and fearfully for quite some time as a filthy (as in grimy and smelly with actual dirt and grease), uncivilized weirdo — I can understand her rejection of the idea of becoming tied to him as he first appeared! — but also makes many assumptions about his utter ignorance and mental issues which take her far too long to realize are quite wrong.
I do think Clay's choice not to speak until after she had FINALLY accepted the claiming made things more difficult for himself than they needed to be, but it certainly created an interestingly unusual courtship/romance, with "actions speaking louder than words".
Back to Gabby, though, her persistent secrecy with even her grandfather-figure, the werewolf Elder, Sam, re. her sensing of life-sparks leads to the pack's not having important facts which could affect their decisions. (Oh, and minor <SPOILER> I guessed in (Mis)Fortune, when Nana Wini was discussing whether they should make Joshua an Elder, that he would turn out to be one of the other faction.</SPOILER>) To be fair, I would probably resent being obliged to put up with years of "Introductions", starting still in high school, too, and their agenda might affect my level of trust, but... (Michelle didn't realize what Blake was up to, among his other misuse of her ability, and she didn't meet any others of the "good" wolves until Emmitt had already found her, so the issue didn't apply.)
But the most immediate and pervasive annoyance was Ms. Haag's difficulties with subordinate clauses, address, dangling modifiers, tense mismatches, and occasional homonyms. I don't know whether she got a better editor for the second volume, and didn't have them go back and vet this one, too, or if her own writing skills greatly improved, but if I had a dime for every time I stopped to write a note beginning "Missing comma", I could probably buy book 3 w/o opening my own wallet, digitally speaking! (Goodreads tells me I made about 100 corrections, total, so make that a nickel!) I wish Kindle made it easier to share notes, since they're not the sort of "quotes" to be posted on Goodreads. I've had Hope(less) in my Kindle account for a while, but only had it delivered to my new(ish) Kindle for the first time just before I started reading, so I should have the latest version, right?
ETA: I double-checked About This Book, and it says "315 pages", which matches the "Revised edition", but on the copyright page, it still says "March 2013", which seems to be the first version's date. What's going on?
Before I close, I need to add one remark that I also made on book 2: the romance may have a happy ending (w/o sexy stuff, despite the cover art, BTW), but the action/ mystery element of the "different" wolves — who in this book may be merely puzzling and suspicious to Gabby, but who revealed themselves as ruthless baddies in book 2 — is left very much up in the air. In fact, this volume ends with a cliffhanger for a secondary character — I assume Luke's story is next?
Anyway, I do plan to continue with the series. I already have the Clay's-PoV companion story, since it was (I believe) also free, but I strongly hope the later volumes have editing more like (Mis)Fortune than like this one!
*** (If you'd toss me those metaphorical nickels or free read, Ms. Haag, I'd be willing to type up my corrections for you to apply. I'm one of those compulsive readers who can't help spotting — and annotating — most goofs, but it'd be nice to have my lost time do some good.) ***
The last handful of pages is when more occurs between Gabby & Clay. I truly enjoyed the silent-type Clay portrayed, but the main couple's relationship stayed in this annoying middle-ground almost the entire book. So to have an ending still not move forward to the mate aspect, is such a disappointment when the series is literally about werewolf mates. I honestly believe this series was written for a teen audience. While I've enjoyed many YA books, this series' introductory book just felt lacking. I saw other reviewers say something very similar to this, but given how petty some ppl are (by only giving 1-star for too many misspelled words & not even acknowledging the work of a well written storyline), I tend to ignore many.
My curiosity got to me & I had to check the reviews for the rest of the series. So, throughout the next 5 main books (I'm not counting the companion novels in this as it's only a diff POV of the same storyline), more info is revealed about things introduced in this book & more plotline info is brought out. All of that is an expectation of any book series, so no surprises there. My issue is still the same, almost all of the books have reviewers mentioning that the endings don't feel complete or resolved enough. It's also the reviews on the final book that has me contemplating my will to keep moving forward. Apparently, the finale & resulting Epilogue feels way too rushed & some plotlines are never resolved (not main ones, but enough ppl called this out so it must be obvious if you closely read the books).
Anyways, I'm missing that feeling of contentment after reading a PNR, even a series book, that I cannot justify giving false praise, for this book/series. Maybe I've been spoiled by my recently read PNR books that gave full/content endings & ensured no mentioned plotlines were forgotten along the way. I just don't think this series is meant for me, now that I've typed all this out.
Top international reviews
In a park Gabby meets an older man who reveals himself as a werewolf and explains that she is special and can help his species. Sam befriends Gabby and later offers her a home when she needs to leave her foster parents. This opening was the weakest part of the book for me; it felt if Sam was grooming Gabby, it could have gone either way; dark, brooding and bad, or the opposite.
Over the next couple of years Sam teaches Gabby about werewolves and their culture. Once she hits eighteen, Sam reveals his secret hope that Gabby will become a mate for a werewolf, integrating fully in their community. Angry and with a need to fulfil her own plans, Gabby agrees to meet the males; she’s adamant she won’t feel any connection.
Leaving the parade Gabby can’t believe that the dirtiest most unkempt example of the species, left guarding the door, is the one who ignites her link. Twenty-five year old Clay can’t believe it either. He wasn’t looking for a mate, but he can’t deny the pull of desire. Yet Gabby is filled with fear and a desire to run.
Clay must find a way to make Gabby his. He sees how determined she is and ends up following her to college, becomes her unwelcome pet dog, her friend and finally her protector.
After six months the situation reaches a crisis point for both Clay and Gabby. After a shaky start I really enjoyed this book. Clay’s refusal to speak to Gabby made him an interesting character and the author used his actions in place of dialogue. My faith in the werewolf clan which I’d lost with Sam was renewed by Clay’s devotion and loyalty to Gabby. I’m looking forward to reading more in this series.
In here we meet Gabby, an orphaned girl, who is telling us the whole story. At the beginning she is only 16, but the real story begins when she is 18 and is just off to go to college.
Gabby is not a normal human. She is special. Except her abilities, that no one knows about, she is one of few humans that are compatible to be a mate to...werewolves. In order to find out more about herself, she moves to Sam, Elder of Werewolves Community. She lives with him 2 years. Their deal was simple. He will give her place to sleep and will take care of her, and she will go with him to werewolves compound every few weeks for introductions to meet a potential mate. For the 2 years she lived with him, nothing happened. Until her last Introduction, where she met Clay. And despite the butterflies in her stomach, she groaned. She was so near her freedom. She is feisty, stubborn and knows what she wants. And it's no Clay. A man who is barely spending time as a human. He prefers being a wolf. Or that's what Gabby thinks.
Clay is one sweetheart. He is caring and is determined to stay with Gabby. He is perfect for her. Even if it takes time for her to see that. And it's not because he cleans, cooks and doesn't speak. No he is perfect with the way he is taking care of her. Of what he has to endure to just simply be with her.
Her words, when she said that sometimes you don't have to talk to someone to know them, moved my heart. Those words changed everything, as she was finally admitting that there is something between them.
When she starts her college. Everything changes for her. Her trust is tested. Her feeling are gradually changing towards one guy she was trying to run away from.
The book is amazing and I can't wait to pick up the next part in the series!
Amazing, huge, fat 5 stars!
Series: Judgement Of The Six #1
Genre: Paranormal Romance, YA
" Since I didn't have the stomach for out right murder, I'd break his coffee maker instead. -Gabby "
This books was awesome! I loved it. The best thing in the book was the romance between Clay and Gabby. I loved it!
So this book is all about Gabby and her strange discovery of power. Gabby is stuck doing an introduction to the other wolves in society and she's not all that happy about it. Especially when she meets Clay who just won't leave her alone. He believes she is his mate and follows her around like a love sick puppy and I fell for him quick and fast.
Gabby wasn't all that thrilled that this ape man was following her and not that happy that he wouldn't talk to her. But I loved the one way conversations she has with him, they were often quite funny.
Now Gabby was going off to college when she found out she had to do an introduction and I felt for her, it was easy to connect with her mixed feelings towards everyone. The characters were well written and you could connect with their feelings and emotions easily.
I loved Gabby's room mate Rachel she just took everything in her stride, even when Gabby was being strange. She would have to be my favourite character. Her bubbly personality just kept the book going.
I don't really know what else to write other than I loved it. I usually go with something that has a bit more action in it but this really did work.
The book reminded me a lot of Reviving Bloom and I would recommend this book to anyone who liked it! Sorry it's been a short review it's just that I liked the book and can't pick out very many key points because all of it was awesome. Plus it's free on the kindle store which was great! HAHA!
FIVE OUT OF FIVE!
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I took a chance of a free kindle purchase (like I do often) and was brilliantly surprised. I could not put these books down. It is a werewolf story with a difference/twist on the usual, which I loved (not another twilight copy).
The rest of the series is reasonably priced and well worth every penny.
I suggest you buy some of Haag's books because without money coming in she'll have to stop writing for a living, and I NEED the 6th book!
This story isn't all a about Clay and Gabby and their romance but also about Gabby trying to learn about her powers, the book in its self is a bit of a mystery which is great and there are also a few twists and turns.
I read this book in one sitting as I could not put it down, I would recommend anyone who enjoys all thing were and paranormal to download this book and give it a try.
I really enjoyed this book. Don't let the fact that it's part of a series put you off as this story can stand on its own merits. This was a refreshingly original take on what is, let's face it, an over worked genre. It didn't feel either tired or trite. I absolutely believed in the characters and in the way their relationships evolved. I had that amazing feeling you so rarely get when you want the story to end so you know what happens but you also don't want the book to end. I will be downloading the next book.
Thank you Ms Haag for a great story that will go straight into my favourites.
Then the lights came back into the story and became really significant, an integral part of the remaining story. The no speaking was explained in a very rushed cliffhanger ending. Curious.
A werewolf book with a difference.