Judgement of the Six series Review (Part 2)
(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 last three novels Unbidden, Discontent, and Surreal.
I left home because I didn’t want to end up in a cage like a lab rat. Hitching rides, begging for cash, and sleeping on the ground got old fast. That was the only reason I braved an overgrown path to a group of buildings. I’d hoped to find a bed and a decent night’s sleep. However, what I found was a place overrun by werewolves.
While on the run, Charlene finds herself surrounded by werewolves, creatures she can’t control with her mind like she can humans. Their existence has her believing she’s found a safe place to stay, a place where secrets are okay. However, she soon discovers she’s anything but safe. Charlene must learn how to use her abilities to influence the strange new species because if she can’t, the next bite she suffers might just kill her.
Read how the cycle begins, and have no doubt. Charlene’s past will shape the future of the Judgements.
I actually took a 24 hour break between reading the third book and this one. We had already seen Charlene in the series and I was not at all looking forward to her story thinking it would be boring since we already know the outcome. I was surprised when this book became my second favorite in the series.
Charlene's character is so like-able and genuine that you can't help but root for her as she runs away from home and accidentally runs right into werewolf territory. She has the strongest character out of all the judgments and the best story, in my opinion. Although we know from the previous books that she mates with Thomas we get to see the struggle they go though while trying to figure out how the mating process works with a human like Charlene. The author also gave us insight into how the werewolves became such a large pack and how Charlene and Thomas structured their pack to integrate with humans and become contributing members of their pack. It was interesting to see it all come together from nothing to the biggest werewolf pack in the North.
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I hate. I thought I hated before the letter, before the werewolves, but now I understand that was nothing more than a chip on my shoulder. The urbat took what was mine. They will pay.
Isabelle leads a very normal life...for an emotional syphon. If not for Ethan and his bar, she would have lost her sanity long ago. But everything changes with the crash of her fighting cage and a man who transforms into a wolf. There’s something about Carlos—when he’s not growling at her—that makes her do things she wouldn’t normally do, like sigh and daydream.
Attraction aside, she is faced with the very real evidence that werewolves and urbat exist, and the urbat are after her. And the only way she can keep Ethan safe is to join with the werewolves and Carlos. It’s a race against time to stop a war, fight for love, and find the last Judgement.
After loving Charlene's book so much I fully expected not to like this installment, thinking that there's no way it could live up to Charlene's story. I was partially correct. It wasn't as good as Unbidden, but I really liked Isabelle's character and her gift. Her character is a big contrast to the other judgments and came across as hostile and independent. Which is probably why I liked her so much. This was also the first book in the series to make me cry. And not just cute little tears, like full on snot running, sobbing. It was not my most attractive moment.
I was disappointed with how much I didn't like her mate Carlos. I get the strong silent type thing, but to make the character void of any type of personality felt like a disservice to Isabelle's character. She deserved someone as emotionally strong as she is, and I don't feel like Carlos gave that to her.
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My sisters hate their gifts, but they don’t know how lucky they are. They have a home and family. I have nothing. But, I am Courage, and I know my purpose. I exist for one reason only: to complete the Judgement.
Olivia is blind, yet sees. And what she sees, she keeps to herself. Her father conspires for control while Olivia does her own plotting with forces that only she understands. Now, time is running out, and choices that will impact the world must be made.
This book is hard to judge. There was a lot more of the main plot as the conflict comes to a head, as such it really drowned out Olivia's character. I wasn't particularly fond of her character, but again her lack of personality made me regret Jim being her mate. Jim became a lovable character to us in the second installment and deserved so much better than what he got in Olivia.
Her character was very reserved, the other judgments nor the pack knew what to think of her and didn't trust her. Even the reader had a hard time gauging whether or not she was being authentic throughout her story. She does have the most interesting gift, which was the only thing I found interesting about her. The main factor in this book for me is the final resolution to the conflict and how the story progressed past the resolution. We had been waiting so long for all the pieces in the puzzle to come together and when they finally did I was ready for it. I was not, however, ready for the way the series ended. Why is it never the characters you don't like that die?
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