The Unleashing by Shelly Laurenston
Series: Call of Crows #1
Also in this series: The Undoing, The Unyielding
Published by Kensington on March 31, 2015
Genres: Paranormal, Fantasy
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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.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
When I received my ARC for The Unleashing, I was doing cartwheels (imaginary but the thought was there), cabbage patching, nanny nanny fufuing to all the DG’s who didn’t get one, all those fan girl things. I love Shelly Laurenston aka G.A. Aiken. She makes me laugh so hard I snort, she writes total alpha asshole characters and truly warped and quirky women who love them. All my favorite things. I hoard her books for when I’m in a book funk, because her books can bring me out of one lickety split.
So about The Unleashing. I loved it but I didn’t love it as much as I usually do an SL book. The book focused less on the romance between Vig and Kera, and more on Kera’s integration into the Crows and I felt like I missed out because of it. Also, at times the book felt like it was all over the place. I found myself re-reading some passages when I felt like I missed something, especially at the end.
Also, Vig wasn’t my usual favorite kind of alpha hero. Yes, he was supposed to be mean and scary, but I didn’t really see any of that. He was actually really sweet when he wasn’t maiming and killing people who got on the wrong side of a God. Again, I really liked him, I just didn’t love-love him.
Kera was badass and fearless, which I loved, but she came off as maybe not the sharpest tool in the shed with her refusal to see the Crows for what they were and her constant attempts to organize the unorganizable. This was frustrating at times.
Of course, the rest of the Crows and the Ravens were zany and quirky and all you would expect in a Shelly Laurenston book. I loved the craziness of it all and spent a lot of time laughing out loud. Really loud. Brodie Hawaii stole the show. I love it when a book has a hilarious pet that takes over every scene they are in.
Overall, I loved it. I think the main problem was first-in-a-series-itis. There was a lot of world building and set up which detracted from the story, but the snarky quirkiness saved the book. I am definitely looking forward to the next in the series.
Rating: 4 Stars
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