Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Judgement of the Six series Review (Part 1)

Judgement of the Six Series
(Hopeless, Misfortune, Unwise, Unbidden, Discontent, Surreal)
By: Melissa Haag

Judgement of the Six is a series of 6 books and 5 companion books. Each of the original books is a story of each of the "judgments"; human girls who are gifted and destined to have their lives intertwined with werewolves. As the series evolves and more of the judgments are discovered and brought into the fold we see a larger story-line developing that involves a lesser known type of werewolf known as the Urbat and how the six gifted females are supposed to come together and ultimately end the attempted domination of the world by the Urbat. I loved some of these books and didn't love others, so instead of trying to encompass all 6 books into one review I've decided to break them up into two groups of three. This review will include separate mini reviews of the first three novels Hopeless, Misfortune and Unwise.

Gabby's brain is like a human fish finder. It comes in handy when she wants to avoid people. Mostly men. They seem to like her a bit too much. It's lonely being different, but she's adapted to it. Really. She just wishes she knew why she is different, though.
In her search for answers, she discovers a hidden community of werewolves. She immerses herself in their culture, learning about their world until she meets Clay. He's unkempt, prone to mood swings, intense without saying a word, and he thinks Gabby is his.
It's going to take every trick she knows to convince Clay to go away, and every bit of willpower not to fall for him when she discovers the man beneath the rough exterior.
Judgement has begun...

This book was my favorite of the series, which is a little disappointing when it's only the first. I found Gabby and Clay's story to be the sweetest romance and they remained my favorite characters of the series right to the end. 
I found the beginning of the book frustrating as Gabby seemed to fall into Sam's werewolf world a little too quickly and easily.....I don't know about you, but if someone stripped down in front of me and turned into an over-sized dog I doubt I'd be inviting them home for dinner. But maybe that's just me. Once I got past the awkwardness of the Gabby/Sam relationship I started to fall into the story more. I had a hard time with the author trying to make Sam seem like the father figure that Gabby always wanted but never had and then turning him into a villain by seemingly trying to mate her off to a werewolf regardless of how she felt about it. Clearly it was the angle needed to introduce Clay to the mix and create the backdrop for Gabby's hostility towards him but I wasn't all that into it and because of it I held onto those negative feelings towards Sam throughout the entire series. 
On the other hand, I loved Clay! I loved the creepy backwoods, mysterious, hermit vibe he threw off and even more so when he tried to integrate himself into the real world to get to know Gabby better. The cutest part of this story was how he was there for her in any way he could be, regardless of how much she thought she didn't want him there. Their relationship grew even without her realizing it, and I was totally there for it! As well as for all the descriptive narratives of Clay in various stages of undress. 
The underlying plot in this book is overshadowed greatly by Gabby and Clay's romance but the beginning of the conflict comes to light as the reader is made aware of a different type of werewolf known as the Urbat that no other race seems to be aware of. We are also introduced to the idea that there are other women in the world with powers, like Gabby. 
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Our world is being judged and even they remain unaware.
Michelle, another young woman with an unexplainable gift, finds herself surrounded by the previously undiscovered werewolf society. Kept prisoner for the predictions that torment her, she meekly follows orders waiting for her opportunity to run. When her stepfather dies, she takes a chance and escapes.

After witnessing Blake, her captor, grow canines, she knows he will do anything to find her. She needs a place to hide and someone to listen to her predictions so her head doesn’t explode, but knows there’s nowhere she can hide forever, and no one who can protect her… unless she can find someone just like him.

Part of the fur wearing faction wants to use her, another part strives to keep her safe. The second book of the Judgement of the Six series will raise more questions about the purpose of these gifted few and Michelle will need to fight for answers. Will what she discovers be enough to help her keep those she loves safe from an emerging evil?

I love any story or movie about women starting over, rebuilding their lives into something new and amazing. There's so much strength in those stories that they feel empowering. That is the main draw for me in this book. I didn't particularly like Michelle, Emmit, or their love story. It all felt a little bland in my opinion. If the author wanted to create the idea to the reader that the beginning of the mating process is the hardest and most volatile it should have been spoken of plainly, instead of assumed when we see Michelle as hesitant to mate with Emmit as Gabby was with Clay. Especially as Michelle really didn't have any reason not to follow her heart and claim Clay as her mate. 
The romance in this book took more of a backseat to the larger issue of who Michelle was trying to escape from. This book has a near constant aura of fear as Michelle is always afraid that Blake will catch up to her and her brothers and lock them up again. Werewolves also played a larger part in this book as Emmit's dad is the pack leader and a pack elder lives in the same house that Michelle takes refuge in. 
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The dreams start and Bethi’s very normal life goes down the toilet. Reliving past lives, where Dog-men chase her and she sees her eventual tormented death, Bethi sets out to find a way to live this time around. The dreams hint at an answer. She needs to be strong enough to find it, or die…

The third installment of the Judgement of the Six answers questions, questions answers, and risks the fate of the world.

I have to start this review by telling you how much I hated Bethi. She was constantly making stupid decisions without thinking about consequences to herself or anyone else and more often than not put herself and Luke in more danger than they would have been in otherwise. Had her story not been so important to the overall plot I may have given up on this book halfway through. However, her ability and resulting knowledge of the judgments and the dangers of the Urbat make this book a must read in the Judgement of the Six series. 
I have to admit that nothing really stood out in this book enough for me to commit to memory so I'm struggling right now to remember what happened in it. Which says quite a bit about the book right there....
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Thanks for reading!
Opinionated Bookworm

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