Friday, March 15, 2013

Strength by Carrie Butler Blog Tour: Review + GIVEAWAY!

Welcome to my post for the Strength book tour! I have a review of this wonderful book coming up, as well as a giveaway of 5 e-book copies. So, allow me to get started and introduce the book:

Strength (Mark of Nexus, #1)
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 Rating: 4/5

A wonderful New Adult paranormal romance! Strength was a lovely book that featured a mix of paranormal elements, romance, mystery, and secrets.

This is the first New Adult paranormal romance that I've read. I've read NA contemporary romance, but, since NA is a relatively new genre, I haven't read any other type of NA. However, I'm really glad that I decided to give Strength a try, because it was so good.
And, may I just say that the cover alone is perfection-that cover model is a seriously attractive guy, don't you think ;)

Rena was a good heroine, but I sometimes wanted to shake some sense into her. She wasn't one to back down no matter what. However, sometimes I wanted to yell at her "don't just charge into a situation because you want to be tough-you are seriously out of your league!" She was a little inconsiderate of her safety-and her life. But, that was just a slight annoyance. Despite what I just said, I found her strength admirable-most of the time. She proved to be clever, determined, and selfless. After seeing how wrong she was about Wallace, she did her best to make amends. She was a lovely, likable heroine.

Wallace was even better. He immediately came off as a great guy-he was so sweet and gentlemanly. His paranormal ability, however, keeps him from getting close to anything because he fears hurting someone by accident. Which was why his relationship with Rena didn't come to be very easily. But, I though he was a perfect hero and love-interest. He was determined to protect those he loved, though Rena wasn't going to have any of it.

Rena and Wallace, as I mentioned, had a slow building relationship. Wallace's fear of hurting Rena kept their relationship from actually achieving couple status. However, their relationship still developed during that time.  The story didn't' focus as much on the romance as on how that romance initiated the actual conflict. I suspect that the romance will play a much bigger part in the next book.

The plot was steady, though a little slow at some points. Nonetheless, I was kept interested and the constant action had me hooked. The revelation of all the secrets had my jaw dropping. And the ending had me anxious to find out what will happen next.

*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review
Up for grabs are 5 e-copies of Strenth! Ends April 1.
Good luck!

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About the Author:
Carrie Butler
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.

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  1. So happy you enjoyed it! I've been hearing a lot about Wallace he sounds like a great male character! Awesome review, Farrah!

  2. Glad you liked it :)