Friday, March 13, 2015

The Unleashing by Shelly Laurenston {ARC Review}

The Unleashing (Call of Crows #1)
by Shelly Laurenston

Coming March 31, 2015

Winging It

Kera Watson never expected to face death behind a Los Angeles coffee shop. Not after surviving two tours lugging an M16 around the Middle East. If it wasn’t for her hot Viking customer showing up too late to help, nobody would even see her die.

In uncountable years of service to the Allfather Odin, Ludvig “Vig” Rundstrom has never seen anyone kick ass with quite as much style as Kera. He knows one way to save her life—but she might not like it. Signing up with the Crows will get Kera a new set of battle buddies: cackling, gossiping, squabbling, party-hearty women. With wings. So not the Marines.

But Vig can’t give up on someone as special as Kera. With a storm of oh-crap magic speeding straight for L.A., survival will depend on combining their strengths: Kera’s discipline, Vig’s loyalty… and the Crows’ sheer love of battle. Boy, are they in trouble.

After coming off of a major book hangover I was in need of a fun, lighthearted read and that's exactly what I got with The Unleashing. 

Typical for the first book in a series, there is a lot of world building and character introductions and at times it was a bit confusing, especially with all the different POVs, but once I got past the confusion I really enjoyed this book.

After being murdered, Kera is brought back for a second life where she'll battle alongside the Crows. Being a former marine, Kera is used to battling alongside others but the Crows are nothing like her former marine buddies. Luckily, she has Vig, her Raven warrior and savior, to help her adjust to her new world. 

I absolutely adored Vig from the get-go. He comes off as this badass viking that everyone is afraid of but he's really super sweet, at least where Kera is concerned. At first I was a little disappointed that he wasn't all alpha possessive but that disappointment quickly faded when I came to realize what a sweetheart he was. Don't get me wrong though... He definitely knew how to take charge in battle... And in the bedroom. 

While Kera wasn't my favorite heroine ever, I really liked her. Thanks to her marine experience she wasn't all whiny and TSTL when it came to adjusting to her new life, but she still had some weaknesses that she had to overcome. I loved watching her stand up for herself when it came to the other Crows and I absolutely loved when she went to Vig for help... There's nothing worse than a heroine who's too "badass" to know when she needs to ask for help.

I definitely feel like the romance took a backseat in this one, which was a little disappointing, but the action definitely made up for it. Overall, this was a great start to what I'm sure will be an even greater series and I can't wait for the next book to come out.

Disclosure: I was provided with an ARC of The Unleashing through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


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