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Strength Paperback – February 12, 2013
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Rena is sassy and fun, I liked her snarky attitude. She does have a couple dumb girl moments and not so great taste in friends, but generally she is very like-able. Wallace is a great match for her, he is a bit more churchy than I like, but it is not heavy handed. He does have major angst going on, but it is warranted.
The supporting cast is great, from the slutty roommate to the bad boy brother. They are all very intriguing and dynamic. The bad guys are bad, but are they evil? Not sure yet.
The story is very involved, there are a lot of things going on and plenty of detail. Almost too much day to day detail, the story tends to drag. A quarter of the way in I was wondering where it was headed. It just felt so long. The end is action packed, but it could have used a bit more conflict mixed throughout.
The book pretty much all comes from Rena's POV, which limits what you get to know and understand as a reader. It would have been great to have other characters in on the narrative. It would have helped to understand all the supernatural aspects and given insights into feelings.
The romance is quick, new adult has the same dramatic insta love connection as YA reads. They meet and within a week they know they are soulmates. Okay, I can except things are sped up because of the supernatural elements. Really, they seem to have a very sweet connection and I hope to see it grow through the series. There are some hot kisses and some very heavy petting, but nothing beyond that in the steam department.
I listened to the audiobook narrated by Nellie Barnett, she adds sass to the read. She has a really great pace that keeps the story moving. Her voices were great, the guys sound really similar but other than that they are terrific. She is very well matched to the read.
Overall, I enjoyed the book and am curious about the series. I really want to know where it is all headed. I will wait for the audiobooks to release, because this is a series I would rather listen to than read. The series shows promise and kept me entertained while I worked.
Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.
This book jumped of the computer screen at me the first time I read the description. I'll admit that I had a few reservations because while I knew it was paranormal, I wasn't sure what kind of paranormal it was. I was expecting werewolves or some other kind of shape shifter but I was pleasantly surprised.
This book held my interest from the first page and I didn't want to put it down. And when I did have to because life intruded on my reading time, I was counting down the interminable minutes until I could go back to Wallace and Rena. I honestly loved every moment of this book. I loved the chemistry between Rena and Wallace.
My least favorite aspect of the book was Cole. When he was first introduced, I was intrigued. Then I came to hate him. I wanted to throw him off a cliff, onto some very sharp rocks below. But he slowly grew on me. I can't say I loved him, but we came to an (uneasy) coexistence.
This is part of a series, but this book has a definite ending. THERE ARE NO CLIFFS. I definitely can't wait to read the next book in the series, and Carrie Butler definitely has a new fan!
I don't read very much Upper YA because I find the voices to be typically whiney or overly snarky in an effort to draw the reader in. Shatter Me is a prime example. It's like nails on a chalkboard to me. The author relies too much on this technique alone and the story suffers for it.
But Strength is different. Technically classified as New Adult rather than YA, its audience is a bit older, college-aged, and while protagonist Rena Collins definitely has attitude, it doesn't distract from the story. In fact, it strengthens and solidifies it. Rena's voice is so amplified, impactful, and mesmerizing, it pulls you through the story with effortless grace and authenticity.
The story itself is fast-paced and very fresh. I don't read too much paranormal anymore because so much of it feels the same--vampires and werewolves and zombies, oh my!--but Strength brings a new type of hero to the supernatural world, and yet, it's not overdone. It's not the entire story.
The very heart is the bond and relationship that develops between Rena and her exceptionally hunky dorm neighbor, Wallace Blake. It's very age-appropriate with just the right amount of sexual tension and suitable dialogue, yes, including a VERY slight amount of swearing, which, as the mother of a college-age son, I know is entirely relevant and pertinent. But it is in NO way obtrusive enough to distract from the story itself.
Now Wallace, oh yes, Wallace. He's exactly what most ladies love in their book-boyfriend--tall and dark, gorgeous and sexy, brooding and tormented--but more than anything, all he wants is to protect Rena, from his brother, the rest of his supernaturally charged family, and more than anyone, from himself and the very strength that could hurt or even kill Rena if he's not careful. But the two come to be connected in a way even they cannot fathom or understand. And that is where the soul of this adventure is grounded.
The secondary characters are equally dynamic and contribute a fair amount of comedic relief. I especially loved Gabby, Rena's roommate and best friend. And Wallace's brother. Cole, added just the right amount of bad boy we love in our romance.
I highly recommend Strength, especially to lovers of youthful romance, paranormal or otherwise.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. There were times when I didn’t know exactly where it was going, but it all came...Read more