Urban Fantasy Review: Bitter Disenchantment by Shawntelle Madison

Bitter Disenchantment (Coveted, #0.4)

Werewolf Natalya Stravinsky’s outspoken sidekick, Aggie McClure, is featured in this prequel novella. Before Agatha set foot in South Toms River, New Jersey, she had the fight of her life to face. Destined to be the alpha female over her Manhattan pack, Aggie was fully prepared to take on her role until her father arranges a marriage without her consent. She wants out–but the only way is with money–something her new controlling husband won’t give her to escape. But such odds never kept a wolf like Aggie down. To sever the twisted tie, she finds herself pitted against raging wood nymphs and backstabbing brownies in an underground supernatural fighting ring. With every victory, the sweet taste of freedom is closer, but her husband isn’t willing to let her go that easily. Until the very end, Aggie must fight for the one thing she’s never had: a choice.

Title: Bitter Disenchantment
Author: Shawntelle Madison
Series: Coveted
Publisher:  Shawntelle Madison
Format: ebook from NetGalley
ISBN: 0988798514
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Release date: April 23rd 2013
Number of pages: 156
 
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This was a nice little story, because we already know a bit about Aggie past and why she joined Natalya. But is different seeing things happening and how much it hurt Aggie to fight to get away.

 

I really liked her and the strength she demonstrated to save herself and her mother, because her cruel alpha father wants to boss everyone around him without thinking about feelings and other things.

 

But the worst part for me was her husband because the bastard was a two faced liar and after the wedding things changed completely and Aggie discovered herself locked in a wedding as bad as her parents had.

 

I really liked getting to know more of Aggie and wish we could see her finally finding a little happiness.

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Series in Order

#0.4 – Bitter Disenchantment
#0.5 – Collected
#1 – Coveted
#2 – Kept
#3 – Compelled (Expected publication: 2014)

 

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Review: Kept by Shawtelle Madison

Kept (Coveted, #2)Title: Kept
Author:  Shawntelle Madison
Series: Coveted
Publisher:  Ballantine Books
Format: ebook from Netgalley
ISBN: 0345529170
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Release date: November 27th 2012
Number of pages: 336

Fresh from defending her pack in battle, Natalya Stravinsky, a whip-smart werewolf with a lovable neurotic streak, wants a little rest and relaxation. Once an outcast, she’s now eager to rejoin the ranks of her New Jersey pack, and has even gotten a handle on her obsessive urge to hoard holiday ornaments. Yet Nat barely has time to revel in her progress before the next crisis comes howling at her door.

Nat’s father has suddenly gone missing, captured by the Russian werewolf mafia. And as Nat steps up to save her dad from a mob boss’s deadly game, two men step in to play another round for her heart: her gorgeous alpha ex-boyfriend, Thorn, and her new flame, the sweetly sensitive wizard Nick. With her life growing more harried by the minute, Nat must stay cool, calm, and collected . . . or else risk losing everything.

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This book was an improvement to the first on the series. Because Coveted was a bit to slow for my taste and Natalya was just annoying in some moments with her doubts about Thorn. Luckily we can see how much she changed and her therapy is helping her along with her new friends.
I loved the plot for the rescue and how Natalya needed to save her father life and the best part for me was she managed most of the book without Thorn help or his ability to just show up and try to save her.
I love a good road trip with friends and this one had some serious actions that made everything more surprising and dangerous. I still think she should stay with Nick, because he definitely shows more how he feels and it’s not stuck in some marriage.
The end was a big moment for me and it actually flew big for how fast I read it. The pace felt lighter and more attuned to the action, so when I discovered the last chapter was ending it was a great regret not knowing if or when I would see Natalya again.
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SERIES IN ORDER

#0.5 – Collected
#1 – Coveted
#2 – Kept
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Review: Coveted by Shawtelle Madison

Coveted (Coveted, #1)Title: Coveted
Author:  Shawtelle Madison
Series: Coveted
Publisher:  Ballantine Books
Format: ebook
ISBN: 0345529189
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Release date: April 24th 2012
Number of pages: 304

SOMETIMES WHAT YOU COVET IS IMPOSSIBLE TO KEEP.

For werewolf Natalya Stravinsky, the supernatural is nothing extraordinary. What does seem strange is that she’s stuck in her hometown of South Toms River, New Jersey, the outcast of her pack, selling antiques to finicky magical creatures. Restless and recovering from her split with gorgeous ex-boyfriend, Thorn, Nat finds comfort in an unusual place: her obsessively collected stash of holiday trinkets. But complications pile up faster than her ornaments when Thorn returns home—and the two discover that the spark between them remains intense.

Before Nat can sort out their relationship, she must face a more immediate and dangerous problem. Her pack is under attack from the savage Long Island werewolves—and Nat is their first target in a turf war. Toss in a handsome wizard vying for her affection, a therapy group for the anxious and enchanted, and the South Toms River pack leader ready to throw her to the wolves, and it’s enough to give anybody a panic attack. With the stakes as high as the full moon, Nat must summon all of her strength to save her pack and, ultimately, herself.

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I heard not so great things about this book, but I like werevolves stories and a alpha on the prowl is usually interesting to see, but I got a little confused at times during the book. Nat is a great characther and I felt sorry for her at times because she has a huge family and while she in crisis nobody helped her.

It’s interesting in this because I felt bad for her, but I understand her family position, because she is a liabilty to everyone while she’s lost and without control, but she’s also very sick and it’s nothing new for the family.

 

 

The relationship with Thorn was my biggest issue in this book, because they don’t look so in love, for me it’s more like a crazy moment together without more responsabilities. I don’t like him and the way he never choses but continues to use Nat’s fellings.

 

 

On the other end, I actually liked Nick and he showed several times that he’s more carefull with her condition and still showed a very softy side, but he’s very good in protecting her. I kinda prefer him and the werewolf laws are a bit insane for me.

 

 

The fight reasons were another problem, because we only got an answer at the very end and it’s nothing very substancial. I disagree with the whole fight and how the werewolves handled this invasion, it looked like they weren’t ready, but it sounds like a normal thing in their race.

 

 

It’s a good book, but confusing at moments and way too slow.

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SERIES IN ORDER

#1 – Coveted
#2 – Kept (Expected publication: November 27th 2012)