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- Print Length: 353 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1491252251
- Publication Date: August 16, 2013
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00EMGAS46
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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 together in the end. At no point during reading it was I ever bored, but there were times when I had to really think about what was going on in the story, and I appreciated that. I like that this author made me think as well as entertain me.
This is a new adult story, very realistic and a bit steamy in places, but that’s what college is for. There’s nothing shocking in this story, but is very mature and sophisticated. The heroine isn’t a ditz who doesn’t know how pretty she is, but despite that, when she meets a man who looks like a god, she does drool a bit. Who wouldn’t?
Out of character for me, I fell hard for the strong, brooding, and dark Wallace. Not sure why, but who cares. We soon learn that there’s more to him than his brooding and there’s no doubt that he’s the type of dangerous that you want on your side, perhaps cuddling up with you at night… I digress.
Wallace’s family, not so alluring at first, but I won’t go into that.
Back to the heroine, Rena. I like her. She’s practical and smart. She’s more scared of going to church than she is facing a possible homicidal maniac, but she has her reasons. She also has a great group of friends. I want to say more about this but I don’t know how without giving away something.
This is thrilling from beginning to end. The slow parts add an edge of suspense to an already intense story and the action is amazing to the point where my superhero geek mind was definitely blown. Yes, there is a romance in this story, but it is second to the actual story and action. Got the next two books already.
Recommended to adult readers (teens with parental agreement) who like urban fantasy.
Plot: This plot really grabbed me. You have this guy who is isolated and strange. Everyone thinks he is a freak when really more is going on than what we see. I adore how the plot moved with the reader, pushing me along every bread crumb. Every chapter intrigued me more and only a quarter way through, I was ready to zoom through the book! There are plenty of plot twist and a evil struggle for power, so it kept me pretty entertained.
Love: I Love this LOVE!!! I like that this couple overcame a lot of trials. They went through social stigma, rumors and friends constantly on their case about their relationship. Yet, it blooms as at great pace starting with friendship to a love that I can bask in. Their day to day life is pretty normal except a few supernatural aspects going on...
Supernatural: I like that this is a small but big part of their life. I want to say exactly what it is but think of it this way. It's like a human but just a bit stronger. I like the back round history of where the powers come from. Anywhoo, its great! I totally read through this story super fast.
I love this story. I think it carries plenty of great elements without it being too much. Everything is balanced out well and of course has a great love interest that I could not get enough of it. An unexpected journey that I loved, Strength steps out from the pages, tantalizing the reader. The emotions are strong with supernatural elements that keep you at the edge of your seat. With the title living up to the story, do you have the strength to go on? Strength is a sharp start to an excellent series!
The plot is gripping as the author creates relatable surroundings and characters you can't help but fall in love with. I felt like I was in the story with Rena, Gabby, Aiden and Wallace during all of the exciting and regular college days. It reminded me of the dorm life which I still, to this day, think about and miss at times.
Rena is the protagonist and is extremely likable from the moment we meet her. I think she reflects well off of the other characters in the story; especially Wallace (and even Cole later on in the novel).
Wallace is super dreamy and I felt like his character had a mysteriously addictive persona. He was strong, and at times, too strong! I would have loved to have been Rena at certain instances in this book!
When Wallace's brother, Cole, was introduced, I didn't like him; at all! However, as the plot progressed, I learned about how much he truly loved his grandmother and he was only torturing both Wallace and Rena because he needed their help. AND, I didn't see any of this coming! I thought the kidnapping of Rena would have presented a completely different scenario.
The romance between Wallace and Rena is both warm and exhausting at times! I was on a rollercoaster between the two of them which is something readers need when trying to get close to the realness of a book's characters and their love. And my, was their first kiss intense!! My favorite lines during this kiss were, "Wet and heated, fighting for dominance. I couldn't breathe. He tasted of wicked innocence--darkness and light. I didn't want to break for air. Ever."
I also loved the ending and these three lines, "Being with him wasn't the sacrifice he'd claimed it to be; it was a blessing that'd came in disguise. It was hard to believe that, at one point, I'd been afraid of him. Now I would only fear what I'd be without him."
Carrie Butler's writing shines in this story. It is that "really good writing" which keeps the reader highly engaged and interested throughout the entire duration of the book. I look forward to reading her other works!
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Quiet, intense and gorgeous, Wallace has secrets he tries to keep Rena away from. Besides the Cluster Headaches he gets (an intense pain in his head that drives him to near insanity and drains him of all his strength in short bursts) he is also part of the supernatural. The Dynari are separate to humans in many ways, they have gifts and abilities superior to regular people, but they are dangerous people and some of them have other ideas about their existence and believe they should be above humans, that perhaps they can experiment on humans to make them better, not as weak. Wallace doesn't want to be a part of that world anymore, but when his twin brother Cole, who barely has a conscience, kidnaps Rena in an attempt to get Wallace to cooperate, he has no choice. Rena, despite being captured and terrified, proves she has strength and fights along side the supernatural beings, discovering something about herself along the way.
I will admit I found the first several chapters hard to engage with. Rena has a sassy, Mexican roommate who is...well...easy and I didn't like her and struggled to connect with Rena too. The other friend Aiden, the geeky misfit they befriended out of sympathy, is a bit bland though I think he might come to life later in the series. After the beginning, I really got in to the flow of the story, enjoyed the plotline and the characters. I adored Wallce and his brother Cole (personally I would get with Cole for his personality and cocky ways but he isn't the nicest guy)and Rena has skills and a mouth on her. The ending lost me a bit but I am looking forward to reading the second book in hopes it explains more about the last few chapters.
All in all, a good, fun read.(
What did stick a little in my throat was the religious side. I am 100% behind people having their own religion/doing their own thing. I don't think it should have such a strong place in this type of story. A couple of mentions is fine. It was laid on a little thick for my personal liking. Hence 4 rather than 5 stars x
I'm undecided about the next one I would like to know what happens so I'll try the sample and if it seems ok. This book is currently free and as such it's well worth a read.
What is unbearable is reading about a heroine who is judgemental, narrow minded, unpleasant, entitled and above all, stupid.
Her crazy crappy behavior is so obvious when she throws a tantrum at Wallace when he comes to rescue her from his twin brother whom he had explicitly told Rena to stay away from. She not only interfered in what was obviously a personal matter of someone she knew only for weeks, but she decided to go off with the unknown twin without having any clue what kinda guy he is. And when she realizes that he is a psycho, does she regret her stupidity in going off with a stranger? No, she expects Wallace to adore her for 'caring'about him enough to meddle in his private business. Wow. Just wow.