Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Spotlight and Review of Hope(less) by Melissa Haag

Synopsis: Our world is being judged and we remain unaware.

In a world filled with people, Gabby is uniquely alone. The tiny glowing sparks filling her mind that represent the people around her, confirm it as does the bizarre inexplicable draw she has on men.

Struggling to find an explanation for her sight while dodging unwanted male attention, Gabby meets Sam. The chance encounter leads to a startling revelation - werewolves are real. 

Hoping the existence of something so extraordinary might lead to the answers she is seeking, Gabby enters into a hidden society where fur is optional. There she meets Clay, the werewolf delusional enough to think he has a chance with her. Gabby's plans for her future do not include a mate, but rather college, career, and then a huge 'we'll see'.

Gabby leaves the furry hidden society behind when she moves off to college, but trouble has a way of following and finding her. When other werewolves start stalking her, and anomalies in the sparks she sees begin to appear, she must count on Clay's help or risk loosing the chance to find the answers she searches for.

My Review:  5 stars
Melissa has outdone most other werewolf writers, in my opinion. She has taken the genre and made it her own. Writing her own world and how she believes things to be in it. I have never learned in such detail, the inner workings of a pack. The deliberateness of protecting the females who are unmated. The entire process just was spectaular to me. I love reading about werewolves - I love paranormal anything. And this was written so beautifully. The pace of the book was steady and measured, always ramping up for more. 

Gabby is a human who can be a mate for a werewolf. She's a bit different though. She sees everyone as sparks of different colors, most are the same - those are the humans. Then there are the others. Those are the ones that want her, and some are dangerous. Gabby meets Clay at the last meeting before heading off to college. She feels something for him that she hasn't felt for anyone. He's a bit different too. The many different ways that he shows Gabby that he cares are staggering. All without saying a word to her. I loved reading about how Gabby and Clay got to know each other. His firm, yet gentle, unwavering way of showing her that he cared. This is a love story that is just wonderfully written. With characters who were at different times stubborn, funny, fragile, caring, doubtful, frightened, strong, determined; so many adjectives I could write here. Beautifully done Melissa. I look forward to your next book with anticipation. 

Meet Melissa:

Melissa Haag lives in Wisconsin with her vivid imagination, husband and three children.  She began writing a few years ago when some ideas just refused to be ignored any longer, and finds writing in third person difficult.
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