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Hope(less) (Judgement of the Six #1)

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Gabby's brain is like a human fish finder. It comes in handy when she wants to avoid people. Mostly men. They seem to like her a bit too much. It's lonely being different, but she's adapted to it. Really. She just wishes she knew why she is different, though.

In her search for answers, she discovers a hidden community of werewolves. She immerses herself in their culture, le

Kindle Edition, Revised Edition, 352 pages
Published November 18th 2013 by Melissa Haag (first published March 3rd 2013)
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Karen Lynch
Mar 30, 2014 Karen Lynch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I didn’t know what to expect when I started to read this book and I was prepared for another girl-meets-werewolf type story. But this book took me by surprise and knocked me backwards with its different approach to a usually typical love story. It was one of the sweetest, most beautiful love stories I’ve read in a long time. The characters, the voice, the pacing all blended to make this book so captivating for me that I could not put it down.

The beginning was a little weird for me, how easily G
T.J. Shaw
Jan 04, 2015 T.J. Shaw rated it really liked it
What a delightful book this turned out to be! I got it on a whim (it was free on Amazon and the blurb sounded interesting) and really didn’t know what to expect. I decided to read a few pages before going to bed and two hours later, I was still in my chair with Kindle in hand, reading!

HOPE(LESS) is written in first POV from Gabby’s perspective and I loved Gabby’s voice. She is a young woman coming into herself who has the ability to see people in different colors. Because of this second sight an
Nikki Jefford
Feb 11, 2015 Nikki Jefford rated it it was amazing
He cooks. He cleans. He makes sure there's chocolate cake in the fridge.

In short, I love Clay!

Just the name. He's the silent sexy type. And loyal. There were so many cute, humorous parts when Clay is in fur form. Those bits reminded me of the 1959 version of The Shaggy Dog. At least Clay has control over his transformations!

Gabby was sweet and kind. Instantly likeable.

Overall, the story really flowed. I like fast, fun reads so Hope(less) was right up my alley and I look forward to digging into
This is a case of it's not you, it's me. I don't think I am the right audience for this book. I do think it is well written and creative. I am not into the paranormal genre but overall, I was entertained by the fantasy world in this book. I am thinking a teenage audience would eat this up.

I could not connect with the heroine. She was so self-centered, annoying, and a total Mary Sue. To top it all off, she is "cursed" with the ability to attract the entire male population. *eye roll* Meanwhile,
Vanessa Vendrasco-Aere

Now, in exchange for a free copy of her novel, I am to give Melissa Haag's book an honest review. And anyone who reads my reviews knows that I am nothing but brutally honest. Melissa told me that she had read in one of my previous posts on my blog where I had mentioned that there weren't any REALLY good werewolf books anymore, most aren't even decent. She wanted the change to prove me wrong. And it is to my GREAT pleasure to say that not only did she prove
Kathy * Bookworm Nation
Pretty good.

So, I was just reading some other reviews on Amazon and came across this description that made a lot of sense and I think if I had read it before I started the book I would have enjoyed it better. I figured I'd share in my review so others might have a better understanding going in. Anyway, from LSparkles review: "There are basically two paranormal elements in this series. The obvious one is shifter/werewolf aspect. The other is that the six female counterparts to these male shifters
Jul 30, 2015 Katrina rated it did not like it
What I found hard to deal with:
• The main character is a vulnerable 16yo with an unnatural ability and a trend to attract constant unwanted male attention but which appears to manifest itself only when it is convenient for the plot.
• She meets an old man with a hidden agenda who insinuates himself in to her life under a guise of assisting her with her specific characteristic.
• He is a member of a hidden group and her characteristic would help to find a particular member of his group to imprint
Okay so first and foremost I would like to Thank Melissa Haag, a ton a ton, not only for directing me to her book but also because she asked for an honest review. Which i will give. As I always do, and just because i got this book for free does NOT make me sway in any direction, if you don't believe me check out the link at the bottom of this review and you can see other books i have done this for. So with that said, one more time Thank you Melissa that was very kind of you. Lets start this ...more
Fangs for the Fantasy
Gabby has always had some strange abilities, the ability to sense people as lights in her mind as well as her disturbing attractiveness to men. She has never known what that means – until she met Sam and was introduced to the world of werewolves

While not a werewolf, she is one of the few humans who can be the mate of a werewolf. Not that she wants to – in fact she does her best to have nothing to do with the whole process and focus on her own life and ambitions

The werewolves have other plans

I th
Dec 06, 2014 Jessica rated it really liked it

As a general rule I find werewolf based fantasy hard to read. The overall culture is exhausting. With overbearing male characters all but forcing themselves on women and the women submitting with barely a sideways glance, the typical tone goes against everything I learned from a strong and opinionated mother. That being said, Hope(less) has come as a pleasant surprise and changed my opinion of this sub-genre, allowing me to look further than the cover of future books.

To be honest, the plot and
Melissa has outdone most othe werewolf writers, in my opinion. She has taken the genre and made it her own. Writing her own world and how she believes things to be in it. I have never learned in such detail, the inner workings of a pack. The deliberateness of protecting the females who are unmated. The entire process just was spectaular to me. I love reading about werewolves - I love paranormal anything. And this was written so beautifully. The pace of the book was steady and measured, always ...more
Jul 08, 2015 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hopelessly Devoted

I loved this story! I've never read a couple like Gabby and Clay, but they were amazing. I'm on the edge of my seat, ready for Book 2!
Sep 01, 2013 Leary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am admittedly a paranormal romance junkie, no joke..I get totally consumed by this genre. I was about 20% into Hope(Less) last night around 9PM and decided to lay in bed and read one more chapter and then maybe watch a movie. I wasn't that into the book and was having a hard time staying connected. The next thing I knew, it was 2AM and I was at 80%. Clearly, I got over the hump of not being connected. Those 5 hours seriously felt like 30 min.

I felt the beginning of the story was a little slow
Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)
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I'm not a big paranormal fan but this book was fantastic! I was pleasantly surprised.

Gabby is an orphan who ended up in foster care and is a loner. She doesn't like to be touched and has an ability to see people in colors, almost like seeing their aura. She doesn't tell anyone she has this ability because along with seeing colors, she attracts unwanted attention from every male she encounters so she's always kept her distance and tries to inter
Nothing wrong with this I just don't feel like traversing the YA self discovery drama factor.
Kathy Jo
Jul 24, 2015 Kathy Jo rated it really liked it
Gabby lost her family when she was young and has grown up in foster care. She is different from everyone else. She has a second sight that gives her the ability to see the people around her. When she focuses, she can see tiny sparks of light that tells her the exact location of others. It comes in handy a lot. Especially when she is around men. You see she has this strange pull when it comes to them. It's like they are drawn to her and they don't know why. They just have to be near her and have ...more
Selena Yukino (The Lioness: hear me roar)
To sum up this book:
Main character attracts men.
Main character doesn't like the attention.
Main character finds werewolf.
Werewolf helps main character.
Werewolf deceives main character.
Main character is upset, but forgives werewolf.
Main character finds her mate, which is unfortunate for the main character.
Main character finds out that mate doesn't talk. At least, for now...
Main character runs away from mate.
Main character goes to college, and finds a house to stay in with a dumbass room
I originally saw reviews for a book called "clays hope" and was impressed with the high reviews. After researching this I realized that it was a companion novel so I looked into this series. I was quite pleased to see book 1 was offered as a freebie. I liked it and will continue this series.

It was definitely Young Adult (no sex, no profanity, etc.) but I'm glad to say the characters didn't feel juvenile. I would have personally preferred the heroine had been older. She was 18, but at least was o
Tara Greenwood
Nov 01, 2013 Tara Greenwood rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book! After I read it I read the 2nd book in the series and cant wait until the 3rd book is out. I highly recommend reading this book!
SN the Viking
Our world is being judged and we remain unaware.

In a world filled with people, Gabby is uniquely alone. The tiny glowing sparks filling her mind that represent the people around her, confirm it as does the bizarre inexplicable draw she has on men.

Struggling to find an explanation for her sight while dodging unwanted male attention, Gabby meets Sam. The chance encounter leads to a startling revelation - werewolves are real.

Hoping the existence of something so extraordinary might lead to
Aug 29, 2015 Lorna rated it it was amazing
( For almost two years, this little gem of a book hid in my to be read pile, until recently when I decided to finally read it. Definitely kicking myself, because I could not put it down.

Werewolves. Yes, they have been written about in just about every way imaginable. Not much new out there, but lately I have found a couple of series that are really different, and this is one of them. This is book one and I have every intention of reading them all, and the best part is four ar
Dec 25, 2014 Lucille rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars
This review is based on the Wattpad version of the story.

This is really one refreshing book to read! I am constantly on Wattpad, looking for gems on the werewolf genre. And they're really hard to find! I'm always drawn to the "mate" aspect of werewolf stories. They fascinate me to no end, but the problem in almost every single werewolf Wattpad story is that the Alphas always reject the MC because of her outward appearance and disposition. Then the Alpha begs her to take him back, and she always
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The original review can be found here....

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This was a new paranormal romance book for me. I have just recently jumped on the shape shifter bandwagon. After all of the hype with Vampires I decided to try something new and this is where shape shifters and wolves come into play. I have been trying different paranormal books lately and this blurb caught my attention and held it. I don’t regret it either. This book was good and I am still considering reading the next books in the rest of the series.

Nov 10, 2014 Tracy rated it it was amazing

My full review is there.

I will be honest. I wasn’t sure what I would think when I picked it up. I am generally “meh” on a lot of the paranormal romance stuff. Most of them just use it as an excuse to write porn to be honest. So, imagine my surprise when there is a story in this book. An honest to goodness story. Actually, it’s a story within a story. This is the story about Gabby and Clay. Their story is complete and you COULD stop there. But really? Why w
Ashley Graham
Apr 29, 2015 Ashley Graham rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants a good read
Recommended to Ashley by: Karen Lynch and Melissa Haag herself
Gabby's jumped from foster home to foster home most of her life, Until she meets Sam, who eventually she concentrates as her grandpa (they're not blood). She lives with him for a couple years, only on one condition, that she goes to the compound once every 6 weeks...

***Contains some spoilers***

Gabby is not your normal everyday teenager, she special, she has this unique gift, she has a second sight, she can see color variations for people, until she meet Sam. He has a different color variation, s
Jan 03, 2016 Sarah rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2016
Nope, this didn't do it for me. I've given 2 stars as it's not terrible and I can see why people like it.

I personally found it a bit slow and not very interesting. The plot was quite repetitive, especially during the second half of the book. I didn't especially care why Gabby could see other people's 'light.'

It was quite a good twist having Clay spend most of his time as a werewolf, that made a few scenes funny between him and Gabby. (view spoiler)
How do you know when you've found the one?

This book answers that and so much more! It was a sweet, slow-building, romantic love story!

I really wish I could have read the story from both Gabby AND Clay's POV, though, as he is mute. The descriptions of his actions and expressions were thorough enough that I had a good feel for what he was "saying", but I think there was still more that could be learned from reading his thoughts.

Although there is plenty of romance, it is pretty mild in the steam
Anabel Stargazer
Oct 24, 2015 Anabel Stargazer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: english
He podido leer el libro completo en Wattpad, pero lo empecé sin saber que era una novela de 300 y pico páginas. No tardé en darme cuenta de que el estilo y el argumento distaban mucho de lo que suelo leer en la aplicación, pero hasta hace poco no supe que se trataba de este libro y de una saga.

Me ha impresionado, emocionado y apasionado como poco libros han hecho en los últimos seis meses. Ha sido una lectura de lo más adictiva y gratificante. La volvería a leer, sin duda, y me tiraría desespera
Oct 18, 2015 Lena83 rated it it was amazing
I recommend this if you like werewolves (who wouldn't) and violence, romance and also there are funny scenes.

This book is about a eighteen year old gabby. Who hates when 15 to 60 flirt with her, or ask her out. until a man called Sam phases into a werewolf, and then after explains he wants to help her.

At first she wants to meet in public, to make sure he telling the truth. After the third meeting, she decides she can trust him. until she finds out he planning to match her with a werewolf.

I sta
Sep 28, 2015 Aisha rated it it was ok
I'm being really generous with those two stars considering I only got three chapters into this book. Between the uneven pacing (from things moving too quickly to things slowing to a crawl within a page) and the massive telling-not-showing, it's a wonder I even got that far.

From the very beginning, this book was nothing but exposition. And not even exposition in an interesting way. The main character relays the important conversations she's had but the reader doesn't get to be privy to them firs
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Melissa Haag currently resides in Wisconsin with her husband and three children. Touch is her first published novel. She is currently working on book five of a separate six book series. To learn more about her upcoming projects, visit her at:

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