Today is my review of Strength. You’re not even reading this are you? You’re looking at the half naked guy on the cover. Well. I don’t blame you. Click the banner to follow the tour (Orginised by Xpresso Book Tours.) and see his half nakedness in more tabs and windows.
Strength (Mark of Nexus #1)
March 7th 2013
New Adult Paranormal Romance
When college student Rena Collins finds herself nose-to-chest with the campus outcast, her rumor-laced notions are shattered. Handsome, considerate, and seemingly sane, Wallace Blake doesn’t look like he spends his nights alone, screaming and banging on the walls of his dorm room. Hell, he doesn’t look like he spends his nights alone, period.
Too curious for her own good, Rena vows to uncover the truth behind Wallace’s madman reputation–and how two seconds of contact had left her with bruises. Of course, there are a few setbacks along the way: guilt, admiration, feelings of the warm and fuzzy variety…
Not to mention the unwanted attention of Wallace’s powerful, supernaturally-gifted family.
They’re a bloodline divided by opposing ideals, two soon-to-be warring factions that live in secret among us. When Rena ends up caught in their crossfire, Wallace has no choice but to save her by using his powers. Now they’re really in trouble. With war on the horizon and Rena’s life in the balance, he needs to put some distance between them. But Rena won’t let go. If fighting is what it takes to prove her own strength and keep Wallace in her life, then that’s what she’ll do–even if it means risking a whole lot more than her heart.
I rated this book a three star, although I think that I 2.5 might have been more appropriate. However, I don’t rate books in halves. You have five perfectly good numbers, why not use one of them? Just saying.
This book had many things going for it…most of those things just weren’t to my taste. I found Rena to be very slow on working things out for herself, even when it was staring at her right in the face. This happened a few times throughout the book.
Wallace was a difficult character to like, he reminded me of Travis from Beautiful Disaster. I thought that there wasn’t enough information on Wallace, so I couldn’t connect with him.
But saying that, Rena and Wallace did have feelings for each other and in a strange way, it was sweet. They did care for one another.
Cole, Wallace’s brother, reminded me of Damon Salvatore. The bad brother that has good inside of him, but you’re not sure whether you can trust him or not. I think that Cole was the best character from Strength. I wish that he had a bigger part to play!
There was barely any romance in Strength, okay a few scenes, but I wouldn’t describe this as a romance novel, because Wallace is pushing Rena away for half the book.
The scene where Cole lured Rena into trusting him was bizarre and unnecessary. Especially afterward when Rena, Wallace and Cole take a happy trip down to see their grandmother and STAY THE NIGHT?
Rena basically had a sleepover with her kidnapper. And yes, she was uncomfortable with the situation but, really c’mon?
There are still many questions about the Dynari floating around, so I hope that they’ll be addressed in the upcoming books in the series. Hopefully Cole will have more air-time too!
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Carrie daydreamed her way through college—until they thrust a marketing degree into her hands, slapped a summa cum laude seal on the corner, and booted her out into a less-than-stellar job market. Instead of panicking at the prospect of unemployment, she used her Midwestern logic to steer into the skid and point her life in the direction she really wanted to go: writing out those daydreams.
Thanks for reading!
Charlie “Star” xx