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Friday, February 22, 2013

ARC Review: The Charmed Fates by Christine Wenrick + Giveaway

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Release Date: March 1, 2013

Over a year has passed since Olivia Ann Greyson discovered that she is a Charmer, a Dhampir fated to be part of the violent supernatural world that surrounds our human one. In that time, she has strengthened herself physically, learned of her family’s secret past, and found a deep and abiding love with the strongest man she has ever met, Daywalker Caleb Wolfe. But Olivia’s biggest challenge still lies ahead of her . . .

Dark vampire lord Luther Davin has been obsessed with capturing Olivia so he can use her special gifts for his own reasons. As Caleb and Olivia try to make a new life together with their coven, the Nightwalker’s attempts to capture her only intensify and inadvertently bring an unwelcome visitor from Caleb’s past barging back into his life.

She is Caelestis—Celeste to the modern world—and she claims to be Caleb’s first and rightful mate. Although Olivia has grown confident and secure in her relationship with Caleb, she soon realizes that Celeste sees herself as no less than a goddess among mere mortals and will stop at nothing to get Caleb back—which means Olivia herself must die!

When these two threats collide and fate steps in to pull Olivia away from her new family, will she be ready for her darkest hour and her greatest battle?

As much as I try to avoid books told in first person, I couldn't help but fall in love with the paranormal world that author Christine Wenrick created with her first book, The Charmed. Her second book, The Charmed Souls kicked up the danger and now with the third and final book in her trilogy, The Charmed Fates brings about the battle for possession of Olivia Grayson, with the enemy wanting her powerful gift and her supernatural family wanting her safe and loved. This book is, in my opinion, a little darker than its predecessors but that was just fine with me. Paranormal romances shouldn't be easy, sweet and clean.

This time around, Olivia has more than just a power hungry vampire after her, she also has to contend with her beloved mate Caleb's ex, Celeste. Celeste is no ordinary, petty, jealous ex-girlfriend though, she's a 600 year old vampire who claims to be Caleb's true mate and she'll stop at nothing to get him back. As much as I despised Celeste, I have to give Christine Wenrick credit. She made Celeste more than just a blonde supernatural bimbo out for blood, she made Celeste sneaky, diabolical and so arrogant that at times it seemed like she would succeed in getting between Caleb and Olivia.

The Charmed Fates proved that Christine Wenrick isn't above getting her characters dirty, bloody and in a few cases, dead. Caleb and Olivia's love is stretched to its limits in this book but what was admirable about Olivia was that while she suffered from the occasional bout of suspicion and doubt, when it came to Caleb's feelings towards Celeste, she wasn't whiny or clingy, she had her pride, she was logical and she was tough. Caleb was patient with her, as he always is, though it was great to see him at times worried that he might lose Olivia's love and trust (after all no one likes an over confident hero). Even with all the emotional upheaval that came with Celeste's appearance, the passion between Caleb and Olivia was still present, the love and devotion that the two had for each other was still powerful but not sickeningly sweet. I loved the way they met (Olivia was 16, Caleb was 29 and still human) and how they reunited years later and fell in love.

Playing second fiddle but still managing to make big impressions are Jax and Gemma. The ever stoic Jax is now happily mated to the upbeat but feisty Gemma but their happiness is short lived. The only times I wished that The Charmed Fates, heck the whole trilogy hadn't been written in first person was when these two were involved. I would have loved to have gotten into their heads. Caleb's too.

The third and final book in Christine Wenrick's Charmed trilogy left me with a smile on my face and a special place in my heart for the characters that loved and lost throughout the series. At times, The Charmed Fates was predictable but there were a few scenes that left me with my jaw hanging open. Olivia and Caleb may have started out as the main characters in the first book (The Charmed) but in The Charmed Fates there's plenty of Jax, Gemma and later, Alec to go around. I was sad to see the end of this story as I've become very attached to the above characters as well as a few others. The ending was bittersweet but fitting. So as much as I hate to let go of such a fun cast of characters, eager to read the first book in a new series, The Men of Brahm Hill, featuring the very sexy and mysterious Kane. I can't wait to get a copy of the final version of The Charmed Fates for my Kindle.


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