Friday, March 15, 2013

Strength by Carrie Butler Blog Tour: Review

Strength (Mark of Nexus, #1)Strength by Carrie Butler

Series: Mark of Nexus #1
Publication date: March 7th 2013
Publisher: Sapphire Star Publishing
Genre: NA Paranormal Romance

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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.

My thoughts:

The plot:
This book started great. Rena was trying to understand a guy that was considered crazy - he used to have episodes in which he was screaming and banging the walls. I was dying to know the explanation to these episodes and to Wallace's extraordinary strength. The problem was that from the middle of the book on, the story started to drag... I felt like it was not going anywhere. Once in a while, something has happened, but it was mostly too out of the blue and hard to believe. I really wish the author would provide much more satisfying explanations.
The characters:
Rena, the main character, was presented very well. I felt like I really got to know her, and that she was a good person. she was very brave, she wasn't afraid of anything and she didn't believe the rumors like everyone else. I also liked it that she excepted Wallace the way he was - psychic and all.
Wallace was a little too sophisticated and perfect-looking to sound real, but I liked him well enough. He was  lot like Edward Callen from many aspects.

The Setting:
This book was set in a college, and I really loved it! College students are much more mature, and they do everything wild they want. It was very interesting for a change. I will definitely check out more college books.
Overall, this book was ok. I has some plot issues, but I still enjoyed it.

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