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Coveted (Coveted #1)

3.41 of 5 stars 3.41  ·  rating details  ·  974 ratings  ·  254 reviews

For werewolf Natalya Stravinsky, the supernatural is nothing extraordinary. What does seem strange is that she’s stuck in her hometown of South Toms River, New Jersey, the outcast of her pack, selling antiques to finicky magical creatures. Restless and recovering from her split with gorgeous ex-boyfriend, Thorn, Nat finds comf
Paperback, 291 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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3.5 stars

Natalya Stravinsky is a werewolf living in South Toms River, New Jersey and making her living working at a flea market. Five years earlier her boyfriend Thorn Grantham left her, but now he's back in town taking over as alpha of the pack. Thorn has his hands full with the Long Island pack trying to take over the area, and for some reason Nat is targeted for extermination. Nat suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder which has led to her being rejected, a rogue werewolf with no pack.

Carolyn (Book Chick City)
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This is a "DID NOT FINISH" (DNF), which is why I haven't rated it.

“Coveted” is my first DNF (did not finish). I’ve always made a point of pushing on to the bitter end, even if I wasn’t enjoying a book, even if the book was unremarkable or unimaginative. But there are so many aspects to this book I didn’t like, I made the decision that this time I wouldn’t put myself through it. Hence the DNF.

The blurb about this book really piqued my interest – it sta
GENRE: Urban Fantasy
THEME: werewolves, wizards, necromancer, goblin
RECEIVED: Received for Review from Author

Coveted is the first book in a new Urban Fantasy series by debut author Shawntelle Madison. I’m a big fan of werewolf novels and always looking for something different with that genre. Madison does just that with creating a lead character having a unique habit of collecting Christmas ornaments, which made me laugh. I can only image what her hous
Some thoughtful and neat twists on the paranormal world and its inhabitants, but the story is weakly plotted and flatly written, and the romance aspect is unengaging.

I saw an ad for this book on a romance novel blog months ago and clicked on it eagerly simply because of the heroine's attire on the cover: she's wearing a collared, button-down shirt and a pencil skirt. Have you seen what paranormal heroines usually wear on covers? It's all tight leather pants and tank tops and black black black. A
This was a really great book and not a typical UF/PNR. I was surprised and delighted by the characters, especially Natalya. first and foremost because she has the mental illness of OCD and hording. I've never seen an fantasy character portrayed with an illness quite like this. Lot's of them are nurotic and have emotional issues, but Natalya is quite different. But she's also strong, smart and even funny. the story is strong and will leave you ready for the next book, just to see more of Thorn an ...more
Amanda Bonilla
I was lucky enough to snag an early copy of COVETED. A great book by a fantastic new author! I'm always anxious to find new werewolf series and Shawntelle Madison's South Toms River pack is a great addition to my werewolf list.

The story follows Natalya, a were who's been cast from her pack because of OCD tendencies that come in the form of collecting and hoarding Christmas ornaments. In order to take control of her life and gain re-entry into her pack, Natalya joins into therapy with a group of
Alana ~ The Book Pimp
I have to admit... it was slow going at first. Natalya is a hard character to sympathize with initially- at least for me. OCD female, Russian werewolf and hoarder of beautiful Christmas ornaments. It's much to take in and grow fond of. But somehow, by the end (despite my doubts) I eagerly read and even open up book #2 upon completion. A solid 4's on this first installment of the Coveted series.

What I really liked about this series:
While it's not a traditional romance by any means, there are stil
I read this book without many expectations. I had heard about it in the buzz world of blogs and I was tempted into buy it.

It has potential, I can't deny it. I'm not even sure if two stars is a fair rating, but the nits were strong enough to overcome any positive reaction. Moreover I really wanted to DNF it for over half the book. :)

It has a nice world, even if shallow (there were many unexplained points (view spoiler)

Originally posted at: Confessions of an Opinionated Book Geek

4.5 Stars

There are many werewolf/pack/shifter stories out there. Many of those stories have multiple supernatural creatures like fae, witches and necromancers. What makes Shawntelle Madison’s debut series “Coveted,” stand out is her unique, completely messed up and incredibly entertaining characters. This book has a motley crew of obsessive compulsives, hoarders and germaphobes. Natalya, the heroine of this story, is at the top of the
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I went into COVETED knowing very little about it and I was pleasantly surprised. Shawntelle Madison has created a unique and engaging world that I am excited to learn more about.

Natayla Stravinsky isn't like most UF heroines. Even though she is a werewolf, she is considered useless by her pack and has been kicked out. Nat suffers from extreme OCD and she copes by excessively cleaning and hoarding Christmas ornaments. She is a wounded, f
Alright, I just have to say that as a debut novel for Shawntelle Madison this book is amazing and I think more authors should follow her example. Her writing and characterization is fantastic. It kept me interested throughout and made me want to continue even after finishing the last pages. What happens to these characters? Where will the storyline go from here? Not surprisingly, I am watering at the mouth in expectation for the next book in the series.

My favorite characters in this book were ba
Coveted is advertised as a paranormal romance. It has these elements, but I think it makes quite a nice urban fantasy, as well. I enjoyed the lead character, not to mention her good friend, Aggie. Many of the other characters improved as the book went along, and I'm deeply intrigued by the world beginning to peek out from under the covers. All in all, I'm looking forward to the sequel!

A nice little read!
This was a bit of a frustrating book to be honest and I really wasn't sure what to rate it. There are some good bits of funny and ironic humour and then we get a lot of boring bits that slow the story down and make my mind drift off to other places.

OK we'll start as always with the good. I liked the fact that our heroine was a werewolf with OCD and a desire to hoard Christmas related items. She has panic attacks over dirt, dust, people being untidy and the thought of parting with her stash. I li
Andrea Heltsley
I'm not sure where to start... I adored this book. This was an incredibly riveting read. My soft spot for all things werewolf aside, this was a must read.

The main character was so flawed and believable, you couldn't help but love her. She is a mess, but trying to turn her life around. Her illness has caused her to lose her place in the pack and now she is treated like an outsider, a weak link.

The supporting characters were well written and creative. There were wizards, necromancers, zombies, suc


For werewolf Natalya Stravinsky, the supernatural is nothing extraordinary. What does seem strange is that she’s stuck in her hometown of South Toms River, New Jersey, the outcast of her pack, selling antiques to finicky magical creatures. Restless and recovering from her split with gorgeous ex-boyfriend, Thorn, Nat finds comfort in an unusual place: her obsessively collected stash of holiday trinkets. But complications pile up faster than her ornam
Morwa Pal
5 Stars- Spellbinding

Natalya Stravinsky is just your everyday, average hoarding werewolf with a major case of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. When the love of her life, Thorn, abandoned her five years ago, her world dissolved. Cast out of her pack, Natalya’s only true joy comes in the form of her many Christmas decorations. When Thorn returns to South River Toms to assume role as the pack’s alpha, Natalya must confront the pain of his abandonment, cast aside her pride and turn to him for aide as
I immediately took a liking to Nat. I felt so bad for her being an outcast and getting treated so badly even by her own family just because she wouldn't succomb to the life that was intended for her as a werewolf. She also has an unusual hoarding condition for collecting an exorbant amount of holiday ornaments. It's so bad that she has let them totally take over her life and her house by the boxfuls and is ashamed when anybody comes to visit.

On top of all this she is still very much infatuated w
Sue Grimshaw
Awesome newness for the paranormal crowd & readers who love fun, new books. Very cleverly written by debut author Shawntelle Madison. Great story, characters & emotion -- with even a Zombie for fun! Highly recommend this book - Sookie Stackhouse, move over!
One of the most original stories I've read in quite a while.

Natalya Stravinsky is a werewolf with "issues". While she's always had some mental instability in the form as anxiety and social issues in her teens, she suffered a blow which really wreaked havoc on her mental state. Now suffering from OCD, which affects everything from what she wears to where she eats, she's also become a hoarder. Now the source of her anguish is back in her life, which just adds more stress to her already stressful
Review from Backchatting Books

When Natalya Stravinsky was abandoned by her lover, she fell apart and was cast out of her pack. Now she spends her days organising things at an antique market and avoiding the attention of the Long Island werewolves who want to kill her.

Case for the Prosecution

I struggled to work out the purpose of the book because much of it revolves around Natalya's hoarding of Christmas items, her OCD nature and mooning over her ex boyfriend Thorn. The tension built up by the i
The premise of the story involves a werewolf with OCD. A main character with anything like OCD, hypochondria etc. draws me in so I was rather curious. I was hoping for a werewolf story that would be along the lines of Carolyn Crane's Mind Games. Unfortunately the story was far from meeting Crane's series' level.

The main character of Natalya has OCD. Sadly I felt like we were told rather than shown the impact the OCD has on Nat's life. I prefer when I can feel the character cringing at the though
P. Aaron Potter
Shawntelle Madison's debut urban fantasy novel is enjoyable for reasons which have, interestingly, very little to do with the urban fantasy genre.

Since Joss Whedon rewrote the landscape for UF with Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I think it's been pretty clear that the paranormal functions for us here circa the turn of the 21st century just as it did for the Victorians at the cusp of the last fin de siecle...that is, it's a convenient shorthand for talking about what's *actually* bothering us, a way t
I won a free copy of this book from a Goodreads First reads Giveaway, and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I tend to prefer straight fantasy of a more medieval type, but lately I've been trying some urban fantasy.

Plot overview: Natalya is a werewolf who hoards Christmas ornaments. She also has OCD. She attends a therapy group in an attempt to gain some control over her life. Partway through the book Nat finds herself as the focus of a turf war with a rival clan. She is a rogue wolf and
Jessica  `~Blahyze~`
This book took me by surprise with just how much I loved it. Once I picked up this book and started reading, I didn’t want to put it down, I had to keep reading; I needed to find out how everything was going to unfold and what this book had in store for me and the characters. The main character Natalya I loved, I instantly developed a connection with her, right down to her quirky OCD and hoarding. I don’t recall ever coming across a read where a main character had either of these disorders and t ...more
Jessica  (My Not So Vacant Shelf)
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You hear about people that have OCD, but this book smacked me in the face with reality. I’ve thought multiple times that I have a small form of OCD, and I might, but Natalya has a whole other level and it is crazy. Throw in the fact that she is werewolf and her pack sees her as weak and BAM I’m done like Christmas dinner. In the beginning I felt like her OCD took the front seat to her life, but as I kept reading I r
This is an urban fantasy that tickles your funny bone while at the same time exposing the fear that resides in your heart including the fear of being alone and getting accustomed to routine to the point that it is a problem. It is also a story about family and friendship as well as the lengths you will go to protect what is yours.

Coveted is the first book in a new quirky urban fantasy series. The story unfolds through Natalya’s, main character, point of view. Some people do not like first person
J.B. Miller
Wow, what can I say, I was sucked into this one!

Stayed up to after 3 am this morning reading it, and then finished it off once the kids and hubby were gone for the day!

(spoiler alert!)

OK, I'm standing by my orig. thoughts on this one. Thorn, im just not feeling him as a mate for Nat. He acts like he is there for her, and is always guarding her from a distance. Her grandmother goes on about what he would do for her if he could.

His idiot of a father, who happens to be Alpha, just will not give
Pamela / SpazP
Rogue wolf Natalya has found herself back at home in South Thoms River. We learn very early on that she has a very extreme anxiety disorder manifesting itself as Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. It's not far-fetched to see how this compulsive behavior has led her to her ejection from the local pack. Her addiction is shopping for holidays items; be it Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa, shopping for these ornaments and trinkets gives her a sense of control, and yet to everyone on the outside, makes he ...more
What I really liked about Coveted was that the main character Natalya Stravinsky is not like the usual heroines from werewolf books. Let’s face it they are either the strong kick ass chicks or the lucky girl who has caught the eye of the alpha male or mate. Nat is completely different and I quite liked that.

Nat is broken, as her relationship with Thorn (the alpha’s son) ended Nat left her New York life behind and moved back home to South Toms River, spending her days watching the shopping channe
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Shawntelle Madison is a web developer who loves to weave words as well as code. She’d never admit it, but if asked she’d say she covets and collects source code. After losing her first summer job detassling corn, Shawntelle performed various jobs—from fast-food clerk to grunt programmer to university webmaster. Writing eccentric characters is her most favorite job of them all. On any particular da ...more
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