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Volition (Volition #1)

3.57  ·  Rating Details ·  121 Ratings  ·  40 Reviews
Charlotte Rush would be the first to admit that her life is no rollercoaster ride. Her days are laced with ordinary and at times boring monotony. But with a heart that finds itself frequently broken she's happy to say that she's content. When her friends convince her to spend the night out at a club to let loose and maybe even find a guy, she finally admits that her life m ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published June 28th 2011 by Createspace (first published February 26th 2011)
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Jun 08, 2011 Shawn rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Writing this book for me has been a great experience. I've had to go back and revise it multiple times, missing a lot the first few times even after publication but through my experience in writing and revising I have gained a better understanding of my literary voice and I am constantly improving my abilities as an author.

This story was really fun to write, it was my honor to create and get to know the characters, and I know that readers will enjoy the story as well.
Donna {Book Passion for Life}
"The longer I looked into his eyes the more I felt that he was leading me down a road that I was determined not to follow."

***Possible Spoilers! ***

3.5 Rating - I’d wanted to read this book for a while after seeing a few good reviews around so I was more than thrilled to receive it for review and I’m glad it didn’t disappoint.

This story follows Charlotte Rush, a college student who lives with her two best friends and doesn’t trust men. On a night out, Charlotte is drugged in a night club but
Nina Life of a Bookworm
I'm so happy to finally read this book! And I must say: it’s great!
Here’s something short about the book: Charlotte is young lady who goes to collage (finally main girl character who is not teenager!!!) and works in bank. One night her two BFF’s convince her to go in one club and have fun… but bartender slips drug in her drink and after that she wakes up in hotel room with this gorgeous and mysterious guy Joel (hands of girls, he’s mine!! <3). And then story goes on, I won’t tell you the rest
Haley ~ YA-Aholic
Jun 01, 2011 Haley ~ YA-Aholic rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"You are the sweetest sin"

So where should I start with this book? Well it's amazing we could start there, or we could start with it's incredible ? hmm I think you get my point. Charlotte doesn't trust men, all they end up doing is causing pain, so what's the point? Well, all that thinking was before Joel..she doesn’t know what it is about Joel, her friends don't trust him...and Charlotte knows there is something off about him, but she can't get past the feeling that she knows him from somewher
Jul 17, 2011 Janosch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Do you have someone at your side who gives you comfort? Someone you can rely on and trust wholeheartedly? Not only Charlotte, our main character in this fantastic story, is going to ask herself this question. The reader as well will find himself thinking about themes like trust and friendship. I am not going into detail or spoil anything, you have to enjoy and read it on your own. Lets just say Charlotte has an encounter which is going to change everything and soon decisions are to make which ra ...more
Books Ahoy
Aug 18, 2011 Books Ahoy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First off, I just wanted to say that this book is AWESOME!!!! I love every part of it. The romance, the action, and def the unexpected surprises. This books picks up right at the start. I love the relationship between Charlotte and Joel, it's so cute. Joel has to be the BEST boyfriend EVER! :D He's always so sweet and considerate. For some reason I just love forbidden romances because it just makes the books all the more romantic and interesting. All thoughout this book are twists and turns and ...more
May 11, 2011 Becky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If I had to describe this book in one word it would have to be captivating. This book blew me away. I am not a reader, and never have been. However when my friend recommeneded Volition to me, I thought I would give it a chance. When I began reading this book I just knew that I was hooked. Shawn Maravel's unique styling of writing allowed me to relate to the characters and their feelings. I felt as if I was with Charlotte every step of the way. I could not put the awesome read down. I would recom ...more
Jul 27, 2011 Cassandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
From my review blog:

""I always thought the world made sense, Charlotte, that there are certain things that will just never be," he leaned his head against mine "that the sky and the earth run parrellel to one another, never meant to touch. But that's not true. They've always been embracing it's just so natural we never notice it before.""


I have been waiting to have Volition and Severence ever since Shawn Maravel befriended me on Goodreads, and when I rea
Alaiel Kreuz
Jun 19, 2012 Alaiel Kreuz rated it really liked it
Charlotte was the kind of girl that gave her all to her relationships. And so far all her rewards had been very painful... That's why she decided to stop dating and protect her heart.

Her job at the bank and art college was everything she needed. But then everything changes when her roommates convince her to go party: in a far corner of the dancefloor she spots a breathtaking man looking at her. Without wanting to make a fool of herself she begins to dance and after a little bit she approaches th
Heather Book Savvy Babe
*I received this book for review at Book Savvy Babe blog*

Volition is the kick-off book to a new series, by a new author, featuring Charlotte, a conservative young woman whose life is drastically changed one night when she is slipped a drug at a club and rescued by a handsome, mysterious stranger. While everything about the stranger is unclear and Charlotte knows she should be wary of him, she can’t help but trust him and her attraction to him. The stranger, Joel, is suddenly a big part of Charlo
Aug 30, 2011 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
"You are mine to protect and I will never be apart from you"

Volition is about Charlotte Rush, a college student, who lives with her two friends. One night her friends decide they want to take her out to a club. She is reluctant at first, but then decides to go. While at the club, Charlotte is drugged. All she remembers is waking up in a hotel room with a mysterious guy, Joel, whom she has never met before. At first she is scared not knowing what this man did to her, but for some reason she is ce
Aug 14, 2011 Ottilie rated it it was amazing
I have never read a book in this genre, and was not really sure what to expect. I found that the main character was relatable (good to read a character who is just as cursed as me at times). She was real, funny, and like the rest of us just trying to understand love while figuring out who we are as we leave the world of college. I found myself giggling to myself at the author's wit, and one of the conversations that the main character has with a friend of hers, I had with one of my friends, nami ...more
Bella Street
Aug 23, 2011 Bella Street rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Volition is a romance novel wrapped up in an angora sweater, to be savored like a warm fire and a cup of hot cocoa on a rainy day.
Charlotte is a girl longing for more and when it comes, it's like a blessing from on high. Joel is everything a girl could ask for and more, but like the mysterious new man in her life, there's more going on in Charlotte's world than meets the eye, including a mystery and a breathtaking twist. So cuddle up with this book and enjoy a wonderful read. Highly recommended!
Literary  Chanteuse
From the beginning of the book I was drawn into both the story and the anticipation of where the story was leading me. I instantly liked the characters of Charlotte and Joel and I wanted to get to know them. There were a few turns that I definitely did not see coming and honestly am so anxious to get to the second book!

Find my reviews on Blogger ~ Reviews by Bookish Sarah

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Charlotte Rush is a 23-year old college student and bank teller. She's also a quiet, laid-back kind of gal.

On a rare outing to a night club with her girlfriends, Charlotte is drugged. The last thing she hears before passing out completely is the skeevy bartender's voice, than everything goes black. Charlotte then wakes up in a hotel room with a mysterious stranger who calls himself Joel. Joel doesn't hurt her, and claims that “protectin
Amber at Fall Into Books
This book was pretty good, and I will be reading Severance, but there were a few negative things that stood out to me. First of all, Maravel gives way too much detail about, well, everything, from Charlotte's daily life to the snow on the ground. She just over does it, and it pulled me out of the story a lot. Because of the over-describing, the novel moved slowly up until the end. The ending, however, was intense.

Charlotte is a bit of a boring character. She reminded me of myself, just more nor
Jan 18, 2012 Jena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Volition is romantic, exciting, and full of brilliant morals. I went into it not really sure what to expect, and I ended up loving the story as it was revealed.

We start off with Charlotte, who is what you would call the all around good girl. She works her butt off, attends college, lives with her friends, while not getting into anything "bad". Her friends finally convince her to let it all go for once and go out clubbing. Realizing it may be exactly what she needs, Charlotte goes. But everything
Aug 02, 2012 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Warning: this book deals with some darker themes of a serious nature.(rape/attempted rape)

I really enjoyed Volition. I know that may sound strange after you just read the warning above, but this book isn't so much about rape and the victims as it is about love and becoming a strong, good person. Charlotte has been through a lot. She doesn't even like to go out to clubs, and the one night that her friends finally drag her out, something awful almost happens to her. The rest of the book deal with
Nov 12, 2012 Kristin rated it really liked it
First, let me start off this review by saying that I am not a huge religious person. There is a lot of talk about God, higher beings and how everything happens for a reason. I was a little nervous when I realized this since I'm not a fan of these types of books. However, I am happy to say that I enjoyed this book and found the story to be engaging regardless.

Without giving too much away, I will say that I liked Joel's character. Charlotte meets Joel the night that a bartender spikes her water wi
My Rating: 4.0 / 5

First thoughts:
I was positively surprised by Volition and I'm definitely looking forward to start its sequel soon, especially since the ending broke my heart a little bit. Its exciting plot and Shawn's beautiful style of writing turned this into a fast and easy read and made me wish to find out more about Charlotte and Joel soon.

More detailed:
Volition turned out to be a complete surprise for me. Even though I had read reviews about it a while ago, I somehow believed it to be a
my rating 3.5

Volition is the first in a young adult, paranormal romance series by Indie author Shawn Kristen Maravel. This novel offers mystery, crime, and romance with a mysterious stranger.

The main character of this novel is, Charlotte Rush, a conservative art student, and part-time banker. When she and her friends go to a night club, Charlotte is the designated driver. After dancing for hours, she heads off the dance floor to search out her friends. She decides to get a drink of water from
Oct 11, 2011 Lexy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Volition is like a giant present filled with awesome surprises. It has a little bit of everything, humor, fantasy, realistic events, and relatable characters.
This book was extremely captivating. It's written very well and when I started reading I'd just lose track of time and get sucked into the book. I loved the plot it wasn't like anything I've read before. Plus, I found the relationship between Joel and Charlotte to be absolutely ADORABLE.
The characters in this book were very realistic and
Gabby (What's Beyond Forks?)
Volition has everything you'd want in a forbidden romance. There is the chemistry between the characters, the mystery surrounding the handsome stranger, the unexpected dangers, and the humor. Watching the relationship between Charlotte and Joel grow had a magnetism that kept me wanting more. I figured out pretty early what Joel was, and even though I thought it should have been pretty obvious to Charlotte as well, I was still unsure of his true motives. Themes are discussed such as rape that may ...more
Stacy Eaton
Aug 28, 2011 Stacy Eaton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book.

While it was based on serious circumstances that can and do happen in our society, it had a heart warming feel to it that kept you grounded.

The characters in the book were very well thought out and worked nicely together. The plot line moved along very smoothly and seamlessly.

The author, Ms. Maravel, did an excellent job of capturing me into her story and keeping me riveted to it. I immediately finished this one and started on the second one because I was excited to
Jun 28, 2012 Jane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this e-book from a give-away on Shadow Kisses blog. What a lovely story and so romantic. It rolled along quite nicely, even with the not very nice events but you knew that something much worse was going to happen. What suspense to have to wait until the very end! I shall be reading Severance very soon and I am dying to know if our hero survives and above all, that good overcomes evil. Charlotte is the ideal heroine, portrayed as a lovely person, and a talented artist. The type of girl that ...more
Jan 12, 2013 Dora-lee rated it it was amazing
Do you have someone at your side who gives you comfort? Someone you can rely on and trust wholeheartedly?Charlotte is young lady who goes to collage (finally main girl character who is not teenager!!!) and works in bank. One night her two best friends convince her to go in one club and have fun… but the bartender slips a drug in her drink and after that she wakes up in hotel room with this gorgeous and mysterious guy Joel . The growth and changes that happens between these two will keep you on y ...more
Scott Wesley
Hi - I've not yet read "Volition", hope to soon... based on the comments left. Congrats! Just found "Goodreads" by accident, and then clicked my way to your page. Question if I may? Having read your profile - I see that you are a twin. I hope you are close twins - and really value the relationship as with most twins. If so, have you ever thought of writing about that unique separation when you moved overseas? It could be VERY helpful to alot of people. Just a thought. Thanks. Scott.
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I really loved Volition! I stayed on my toes pretty much throughout the book. I totally recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a sweet romance.

Charlotte Rush is a very ordinary girl, does the same ol same ol I guess you could say. But one night she goes out with some friends and ends up with a stranger. She knows that she has never seen him before but something about him feels so familiar. In her quest to uncover the mystery of Joel, Charlotte discovers something she didn't expect.
Jan Marquart
Apr 14, 2011 Jan Marquart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shawn Maravel's first novel Volition reveals her talent for storytelling. This is a fast-moving read, spellbinding with a surprising ending. I hear she is writing a sequel to it and I can't wait. Her characters are rich and alive on the page. Need a summer book by the pool? This is it!! Jan Marquart
Apr 15, 2012 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: virgins-r-us, whoa
Great book, although towards the end I found myself skipping pages. The part where Charlotte confronts the others in the diner..well it had me in tears. I love Joel, what a great guy.
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“The longer I looked into his eyes the more I felt that he was leading me down a road that I was determined not to follow.” 34 likes
“His eyes darted over the surface of my face. Like a moth to a blaze he was hesitant, seeming to crave my warmth but not its inevitable burn. He explored me from a distance with his unspoken desire, with the fear that touching me would set him to flame. I wanted nothing more in that moment than to prove very much the opposite.” 29 likes
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