Uniquely Unwelcome (The Shadow World #1)
Release Date: September 20th, 2012
Rate: Loved it
Welcome to Brandy Nacole's world, in which all the fantastical creatures you have read about before: shape-shifters, witches, lycans, faeries, vampires... All of them live side by side in a world called Shadow World. With a organized society all the Shadows lived in their clans or sections in the city. The Vampires live in a part of the city with humans who might disappear some day without being noticed and where lycans are not allowed to go. Then there's the witches, the faeries, the shape shifters near de mountains, etc. But all the Shadows go a little bit crazy when one of each Shadow starts to disappear, randomly, and from everywhere.
That's where our main character comes in. Racquel is a crazy combination of Shadows. It all started with her great grandparents when they united a shape-shifter with a lycan. And now she's a vampire, a lycan, a shifter and a witch. Yep, pretty crazy. But imagine all the things Racquel can or could do.
The Shadow society is afraid of what they don't know about, what they are not familiar about, and mingling different species it's an aberration. Racquel has lived all her life feeling the hatred of his own kind, no matter what she did. They even experimented on her to see what she was capable of. And now they needed her help to save their loved ones.
She's not all convinced to saved the ones that made her life a living hell, but her witch sister (it's a long familiar tree. You'll have to read the story to know everything *wink*) has been kidnapped as well and she'd do anything for the only person that still has faith in her and doesn't treat her like a monster or some creature to be afraid of.
That's where Racquel's journey starts and along with a Lycan, Ethan. They travel to the different clans, finding new people to save or to help them, a witch, a human and a vampire and together they will save not just the Shadows that are missing, but the entire Shadow World.
This book promises a lot of action, love, unexpected turns and mysterious places and stories that would captivate you from the first page.
If you are looking for a supernatural summer read with a lot of action and badass characters, this is your book. Although we don't feel all supernatural in summer, we love to read romantic novels while resting on the beach, this book is definitely an exception to our summer routine. And we can assure you that it's worth it.
We're still concerned for the ending of the book and for the main character, Racquel, so we're looking forward to read the second book, Blood Burdens, and see what happens next, because it's blowing our minds just thinking about it!
Creating the Shadow World
The idea of Racquel’s character, who is a hybrid, actually started from a dream. In the dream, Racquel was an outcast not only with people like her, the Shadows, but also with the humans. Why? Because in the Shadow World, races of each being are not supposed to fall in love with one another and have children. But Racquel’s great-grandparents did, which led to one crazy, outcast bloodline. Racquel is part vampire, shifter, witch, and lycan. This shouldn’t have even been possible since each Shadow being is basically lethal to one another, but with the help of a witch, her family prevailed.
Racquel’s supporting characters weren’t really defined in the dream, so I decided that the characters I created would all be affected by the strict rules of the Shadow World, one way or another.
Ethan is a full blood lycan who hates Racquel, just like everyone else. But as the series progresses, we see how the laws affect him and all lycan families. Danika is a witch who is too dependent on the Covenant Elders. She always feels the need to report to them and obey their every command. Jared is a sarcastic vampire that tries to play it cool, but underneath that façade he can be rather serious. Addie is Racquel’s half-sister. She is a pure witch but she is very protective of Racquel, especially after they lose their parents and grandparents. Coy is the only human in the series. He’s a feeder, whose brother was taken captive along with Racquel’s sister Addie, and will stop at nothing to find him, even if it means death. Even though Coy is the only one without any sort of inhuman strength or power, he’s still determined to help.
As all the characters come together to fight a force that wants to gain control over all Shadows and bring them out of hiding to reveal to the world, they begin to learn and understand one another. And they realize that even if they can stop the all controlling villain, their fight isn’t over. The laws of the Shadow World cause just as much pain as any over-bearing, centuries old psycho, and Racquel becomes determined to change all that.
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1st Place: (1) Signed Paperback Of Uniquely Unwelcome
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