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The Unleashing (Call Of Crows) di [Laurenston, Shelly]
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Praise for Shelly Laurenston's novels

"Wild, crazy, humorous, and snarky." --Heroes and Heartbreakers

"Fast-paced action and smoking hot love scenes." --RT Book Reviews TOP PICK on Wolf with Benefits


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.

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  • Formato: Formato Kindle
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  • Lunghezza stampa: 385
  • Editore: Kensington; Reprint edizione (31 marzo 2015)
  • Venduto da: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ASIN: B00OEW75DK
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  • Posizione nella classifica Bestseller di Amazon: #166.457 a pagamento nel Kindle Store (Visualizza i Top 100 a pagamento nella categoria Kindle Store)
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189 di 203 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
2.0 su 5 stelle meh 1 aprile 2015
Di Zarah - Pubblicato su
Formato: Formato Kindle
Must be action packed and accepting of humour, violence and dogs.

This book is a mess. It has so much potential though. The idea is interesting. The characters, though shallow and undeveloped, are funny. The world, though inconsistent, could support a series. The first chapter sets the book on the right path, even if it does deviate immediately. There is material here to make something great.

Despite all of this, the book is a dud. Why? Because the closest thing it has to a plot, beyond ‘hey, here is a woman and here are a lot of volatile, hostile, RANDOM people she meets one day,’ comes out at 88% and is only introduced before the book ends on a cliffhanger. In other words, this whole 400-page book is essentially a prologue and not even a very good one.

In the introduction, the author states:
"The first book in my new series, Call of the Crows, and right off the bat, I want you to understand that this is not a rewrite of an old book nor is it a fleshing out of an old book. The Unleashing is a brand-new book and series, with brand-new characters, brand-new locale, and brand-new trouble. Although my book Hunting Season, which has been out since 2005, was the start of this idea…The Unleashing is me taking the whole thing to the next level, and it’s a definite stand-alone."

I mention this because I think the author doth protest to much and, though she may believe it, I don’t. Or rather, either this book does depend on the previous book to support this book’s world-building or this book’s world-building isn’t very well developed.

Here is an example. At one point two Crows are discussing their wings. One (Annalisa) states it took her wing 6 months to come out. The second (Maeve) said her’s took a year. Kera has been with the Crows 2 or 3 days, but someone decides her wings need to come out now. So, she arranges for the man Kera likes to accidentally walk in on her without a shirt on, somehow thereby forcing the wings to emerge.

But I sat there wondering how that worked. If one character waited 6 months and another a year, then is there something biological that needs to be waited on to develop wings? If not, if it’s just the odd hunching movement a woman would make to cover her breasts when walked in on that forces ones’ wings out, then why would other characters wait so long instead of just being taught how to get their wings? It makes no sense and isn’t explained at all. I mean this in the sense that the author doesn’t even try to explain it and as a reader I had no idea why or how a Crow’s wings come into existence. I was left wondering if it’s explained in The Hunting. I wondered this on several occasions.

This lack of teaching was a constant irritant to me. I understood that the Crows were supposed to be wildcards that didn’t do well with too much structure. But how is a 1,300-year-old institution supposed to survive if newcomers are treated with such open hostility, told NOTHING about their situation and literally expected to be able to fly without a word of instruction? (Especially when also being told repeatedly, “You can always trust a fellow Crow.” Um, pretty sure I saw no evidence of that.) It felt very much like all of the slapstick results of Kera’s lack of appropriate mentoring were only there for the laugh. Like, “Oh, look a topless woman is having a cat fight. Ha, ha, ha…” (And this after she already kicked some serious ass while naked.) Meh.

The book also starts with Kera waking up and being an awesome asskicker. I had such high hopes for the book at this point. That asskicker doesn’t show back up until around 85%. The whole rest of the time Kera just wonders around meeting random, vapid Crows more concerned with the thickness of Kera’s thighs than fighting, doing completely random things and falling gracelessly in love with Vig. And while there was a lot of humour in these women’s shallow comments and ridiculous antics, it’s all POINTLESS and often over played.

It was kind of like seeing Kera join a homicidal sorority (of the Legally Blond variety). And with the Ravens having conversations like this:

“Is p***y really worth what you’re about to do?” the Raven leader asked.
Vig’s brow furrowed as he immediately replied, “Yes, it is.”
“He’s right,” Stieg agreed. “It is.”
“Totally worth it, dude.”
“He’s right, bruh. It’s absolutely worth it.”
“I can’t believe you’re actually asking the question.”

the Raven’s feel disturbingly like a gang of marauding frat boys. (And you’re guess is as good as mine about how many people are involved in that discussion. It’s no clearer in context than in a floating quote.)

Then there is Vig, the love interest de jur and another inconsistent character. He’s said to be scary and dangerous. But we’re shown a quiet, introverted, nice guy. Don’t get me wrong, I liked him. He’s cute. But despite everyone saying how frightening he is, no one, not one single person, shows any fear of him and not once does he do anything to support this assertion.

There are also about a million faceless Crows. You are constantly meeting new ones and losing track of others. And in this endless flow of Crows you get a barrage of wealthy, successful, famous people. After a while it became cheesy (and not the good kind), as if each new famous face is only there for the effect instead of any importance.

All in all, I found this a weak, plotless Urban Fantasy that leans far too heavily on its attempt to be sharp and witty. Its effort is too apparent. It’s trying too damned hard and therefore fails miserably. The writing itself is fine (except for the constant head-hopping), the editing passed muster, and I appreciated having a POC as a main character (as well as most of the female side characters) but I have no desire at all to continue the series.

A note on the cover: I have to ask, considering the book is about a woman (Kera) as she joins and adjusts to an all female fighting unit, why is there a man on the cover? I assume it's mean to be Vig, but he's not the main character, so why does he get to be on the cover? It seems to be putting the emphasis on the wrong character.

Note: received a copy from the Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
6 di 6 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
3.0 su 5 stelle NOT the usual Laurenston story...low on romance but filled with girl power, sisterhood and violence 1 aprile 2015
Di WickedKarma - Pubblicato su
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
This cover model is YUMMY! Too bad he's not a character in the book. One thing I do know is this is NOT "Vig". Epic fail to the designer of this cover when it comes to representing the story. I'm not even sure a male should have been used on the cover at all. This book is not the usual Laurenston fare. The romance is barely a secondary plot line. As much as I loved Vig and Kera in their scenes together, they unfortunately were few and far between. We never really got to see the connection between the two grow, it just was. There was humor but not to the extent I had become used to with her books. This story is mainly sisterhood and girl power. I loved Kera, but she was a badass before becoming a Crow so I would have liked seeing her story more balanced with showing more vulnerability with Vig. And just a warning to those of you who are not a fan of violence...these are old school Norse Gods and their chosen....there is extensive and explicit violence. I don't mind it at all but once again, not exactly what I expected going into this book. It took a while to get into the groove with the other sister Crows. For a large portion of the book I found them annoying and was irritated every time we had to deal with Erin's POV. They eventually grew on me and by the end I mostly liked them. Fingers crossed Jace gets her own story in the future because she ended up being my favorite sister Crow. I will admit my absolute favorite character was Brodie Hawaii. Loved loved loved that dog. When she got her vengeance....bliss. I'll definitely pick up the next in the series, but now I'll have a better understanding of what I'm getting and adjust my expectations, because although I did like this book I'm aware that my enjoyment was negatively impacted because it wasn't what I anticipated it would be.
3.0 su 5 stelle Don't care for Amazon's new review format. 13 maggio 2017
Di Tina Wheatley - Pubblicato su
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
****This first paragraph knot about the booK**** It has been awhile since I have posted a review. When did Amazon change their format? I do not like the questions. Especially the one asking how is the author's writing? I can read a book written by one of my absolute #1 author and not enjoy the book/story. The author's style of writing may differ from time to time. Or is sometimes just the reader {me} meaning their may be somethings going on in the reader's life that impacts the joy of a book. For me, it does not determine an author's writing! I feel that is a bad question and while on record I don't like any of the questions. Anyhoo let me carry on with why I started writing in the first place.
The review above is not based on my dislike for Amazon's "new" review process.
had an extremely hard time finishing this book. This book is written by one of my absolute favorite authors who I would buy her books without hesitation. And she is writing about my favorites: Vikings! Say no more I'm in.

In fairness, I have been dealing with some health issues so that may have played a part in my difficulty of enjoying this book. (maybe) IMHO, there weren't any Shelly Laurenston 'signature' comedic scenes that are guaranteed to get me to LOL. (sigh)

I was excited about this book because I have been wanting and waiting for this series since Hunting Season. OMG! I love that book. That's why The Unleashing fell short for me. It felt like it was missing something. There were times when I go confused throughout the book.

If you have not read Hunting Season, 'run Forest run' and go get it. Preferably read it before reading this one.

Eeeh! Ms. Laurenston is allowed to write a book every now and then that falls under the radar. I am still a gold card member of the Prides and Magnus Pack.
11 di 12 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
1.0 su 5 stelle Confusing!!! 18 aprile 2015
Di sheart - Pubblicato su
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
Sorry, but I hate to leave a bad review...but when I waste $10 on a book, I have to!!! I read the first 3 or 4 chapters, and was totally utterly confused! Too many characters, then switching and calling them by their last names, just left me floundering! I normally like most of her books, but not this one. I truly looked forward to reading this, but after going back and forth in it trying to figure out who was who, I gave up! It was a major waste of my money and I am so very disappointed especially with the high cost of this book! I don't recommend buying it to anyone! Sorry
3 di 3 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
2.0 su 5 stelle round and round confusing with no point 11 aprile 2015
Di Neko - Pubblicato su
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
Many others have given a better listing of what isn't right with this book. I'm not going to go over those points because they've been made quite well by others who have read this book.

This felt like a set up book. Which is fine except there was no real development for the realm Laurenston was building. We're told these groups work on behalf of the Norse gods or other pantheons and yet, only meet a couple and aren't given any reason why these people work for them.

There is "bluster" about not obeying the gods but that is just thrown out there and no real wrap up because the romance isn't even wrapped up. If Odin is going to be pissed off about something, perhaps Odin should show up in the book? Just a thought.

There were too many characters. The reader is constantly introduced to an endless group of crows. By the time Sherri came along crying about losing the dog, I thought, really another character and the only reason she's there is fake drama of finding the dog and discovering its changes.

Too many subplots that didn't go anywhere and were not needed for this story. This book would have been better had the crows been tailored down to one team, reference others if need be. The gods and actual villain addressed with motivations. We got some clues as to the presence or that something evil was coming but with all of the other characters involved it was buried.

We're told there are 9 clans and others but all we needed in this book was Crows and Ravens. The Protectors didn't serve any purpose other than to get beat up. The maras your auto enemy when needed. And the Giant Killers who are in the beginning are never seen again until much later. What was the point of having them in the beginning.

This book had potential, the series will probably get better now that all of set up and randomness of this book it out. Hopefully Laurenston will focus in better on future books.

I also would not have bought this if I had known it was a cliff hanger ending. I'm not a fan of that and no matter how much I like an author, I don't want to pay for that sort of story ending.

BTW - I'm a fan of her work in general, especially her dragon kin series. Though there is a couple of misses in that series too. Knowing she is capable of better, I'll check out the next one.
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