jeudi 25 octobre 2012

Collected ( Coveted 0.5 ) by Shawntelle Madison

Hello to all,

                 today will be a bit special because i've decided to share with you my opinion on two novellas, one from a universe i know and love and it will be in the next post, and a novella, this one, under the title Collected a prequel to Coveted a book i really hope to get one day. Both will be short reviews since i want to avoid too much spoilers.

I discovered Shawntelle Madison thanks to some reviews of her first book Coveted and it caught my interest. I've tried  i don't know how many contests to get it but so far luck wasn't on my side but i still followed her blog to keep me updated. Book 2 " Kept " will soon be released  but meantime she has released the prequel called " Collected" and at the moment it's even free so don't hesitate and give it a try! She is really an accessible author.

Happy reading!

Publication: 2012
Asin:  B009MQJ6HG
Genre: urban fantasy,romance
Violence: mild

Language: normal
sex: none
Public: 16+
Source: free novella 

Short description from goodreads :

 Natalya Stravinsky, the charmingly neurotic werewolf from Coveted, is featured in this prequel novella. Before Thorn Grantham returned to South Toms River, New Jersey, Natalya lived alone with her stash of holiday trinkets. Her life takes an interesting turn when she faces a difficult challenge: to find a stolen figurine she'd recently won from a magical creatures auction website. It should be simple, just demand for it back from the pesky thief. But a set of events occurs that puts not only her life at risk, but her family's as well.

My opinion:

        A surprising prequel. Coveted is a series that caught my interest months ago but so far I haven’t had the opportunity to read Coveted, book 1, I just enjoyed excerpts so when a few days ago, I saw Shawntelle offering the prequel for free I jumped on the occasion.

This prequel can be read without any knowledge of the world Shawntelle has created, it’s a funny introduction to it. Natalya is a werewolf really different from others first she lives alone apart from the pack, not that common, and she has quite a lot of compulsions: she is afraid- to say thing lightly- of germs, dirt, filth and collects trinkets in a compulsory way too, spending big amount of money of them . It(‘s the first time I come across a shifter  so maniac and clean, one who doesn’t like blood I knew – like Dali from the Kate Daniels series, white tiger , she faint or become frantic when smelling or seeing blood- but one like Natalya never.
Even more curious, it seems that she wasn’t always like that even though we don’t get a lot more information in this novella. I really would like to know more about that. This dichotomy between her wolf part: for which running in the wild is fun and great, and her conscious traumatized by the idea of touching something dirty gives us at least a smile if not a full laugh

We also learn that she is not completely over her ex, Thorn, who left her and it seems to be one of the reasons she choose to live alone.  She is a bit independent but is responsible enough to know when to ask for help even if her reasons can seem futile, with her personality getting that thing was a priority. No matter the risks.
However, those psychological flaws aside, she is not a werewolf like the others; she seems to be attuned to magic when her brother and his friend are completely blind to it.  I think it will be something capital in the future like the aquatic creature made an allusion to it.

I really spend a good time and I recommend it to fan of urban Fantasy, if you have read Coveted it will give you more insight in Natalya and if, like me, you still have to discover it, this prequel makes an excellent introduction. So enjoy it .

Score:  4/5

Disclaimer: All opinions are my own and no compensation was received in exchange for this review

If you liked this review and want to try this novella you can find all the links to retailers HERE

This book enter in the Romance and Me Challenge

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