Review: Unleashed

Author: Sara Humphreys  
Release Date: October 1, 2011
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Amoveo Legend #1
ISBN: #978-1402258435
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format(s): Paperback (320 pgs), e-book
Book Source: Publisher

About the book:

      What if you suddenly discovered your own powers were beyond anything you’d ever imagined…
Samantha Logan’s childhood home had always been a haven, but everything changed while she was away. She has a gorgeous new neighbor, Malcolm, who introduces her to the amazing world of the dream-walking, shapeshifting Amoveo clans…but what leaves her reeling with disbelief is when he tells her she’s one of them…
      And shock turns to terror as Samantha falls prey to the deadly enemy determined to destroy the Amoveo, and the only chance she has to come into her true powers is to trust in Malcolm to show her the way…

What G & U are talking about:

      Unleashed is the debut novel of Sara Humphreys and the first in the new Amoveo Legacy series.  This is a new take on shapeshifters and a blend of intriguing urban fantasy with rich romantic overtures.
      In general, we enjoyed the novel.  The balance of the novel is more weighted towards romance and less urban fantasy/paranormal, but it was still quite an enjoyable read.  The world that Ms. Humphreys has built is unique and fascinating and we look forward to finding out more about this ancient race of shapeshifters.  It is difficult to discuss too much of the novel without giving portions away, so we apologize if this review is a tad brief.
      As with many newly published artists, it does have the feel of a “first” book but it does not detract from the overall enjoyment of the story.  Samantha and Malcolm’s story was enthralling.  The mystery was not entirely surprising, but it did have some interesting twists and neatly set up the next book without sacrificing the happily ever after.  We found Unleashed to be a quick read.  The writing flowed, albeit a little overly romanticized at times, but with vivid imagery.  We were easily able to immerse ourselves into this world.  The character development was a little rough, but not a distraction or detriment to overall enjoyment of the storyline.
      We look forward to reading the next book in this new and fresh series, Untouched due out in April of 2012.  If you are looking for a fluffy romantic story in an intriguing urban fantasy world, try Unleashed.

Their Rating:

Liked it a lot – recommend (B+)

4 Responses to “Review: Unleashed”

  1. I’m glad to hear it was good! I have this book to read next week. I’m always looking for a new take on shifters.

  2. Thanks so much for leaving such a nice review if Unleashed! I’m very grateful that you didn’t reveal any spoilers. I hope you’ll enjoy Untouched in the spring.

  3. Una says:

    @Diana – yes, it is a very different take and I hope you enjoy it as well.

    @Sara – thank you for the opportunity to review. We do look forward to reading Untouched…I like those two “characters” from when they were first introduced!

  4. Tyraa says:

    Oh a new take on shifters? Yay, this looks good. Especially liking the cover ;))


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