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(Mark of Nexus #1)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  1,979 ratings  ·  288 reviews
**Winner of "Best New Adult" and "Best Series" in the eFestival of Words - Best of Independent eBook Awards**

When college student Rena Collins finds herself nose-to-chest with the campus outcast, she's stunned. Wallace Blake is everything she's ever wanted in a man—except he can't touch her. His uncontrollable strength, a so-called gift from his bloodline, makes every inte
Paperback, 389 pages
Published March 7th 2013 by Sapphire Star Publishing (first published March 5th 2013)
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V.J. Chambers
Mar 13, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: new-adult
Would have liked to have been warned about the heavy Christianity stuff in the book.

I did not finish it, but that's REALLY off-putting for me, and I think if authors are going to warn about sexual content, they should also warn if they're going to go all church-y on me too.
3.5 stars

Usually when I read a book, I re-read the synopsis first, because by the time I've finally managed to get hold of it, I've forgotten what it's about. If I don't read it, I find that before I can get too far in, I feel like I have to read it. With Strength, however, I felt no such compulsion and as such, I had no idea what to expect going in, bar the fact that this was paranormal. What I got, then, was a unique add to the paranormal genre, a healthy smearing of sizzling romance and a sna
Lisa Regan
Sep 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I could not put this book down. That is saying a lot considering that I don’t normally read paranormal romance or paranormal anything for that matter. But Carrie Butler’s debut novel is brilliant, riveting, imaginative and seamlessly written.

Rena Collins is an average college student, albeit quite a bit spunkier than most young women. When she meets Wallace Blake, a reclusive and mysterious suitemate of one of her best friends, sparks fly. She and Wallace get to know each other, scrupulously av
Dec 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars

I had gotten myself into a New Adult book funk and was looking for something different. I had Strength on my reader for a while and decided it was time to give it a try and I’m so glad I did. I absolutely loved it!!! Even though it still falls into the New Adult genres it had a paranormal twist to it. That twist is exactly what I needed to pull me out of my reading funk.

Strength is told from the point of view of Rena Collins, feisty, strong, independent college junior. I loved Rena, sh
Mar 15, 2013 rated it liked it
****This book was part of a blog tour, I received a copy for my honest review****
I have to start by saying from the front cover, I was expecting a totally different sort of book,maybe more romance and passion than mystery .
The beginning of this book starts out exactly like the blurb says, with Rena bumping head first into the chest of outcast and all round mysterious character, Wallace. I must admit with all the nighttime going's on in his room I was thinking this book was going to take a comple
It's official. I have a new book boyfriend. I'm officially claiming him in public. I'm in love with Wallace.

This book jumped off the computer screen at me the first time I read the description. I'll admit that I had a few reservations because while I knew it was paranormal, I wasn't sure what kind of paranormal it was. I was expecting werewolves or some other kind of shape shifter but I was pleasantly surprised.

This book held my interest from the first page and I didn't want to put it down. An
Lynn Rush
Nov 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: new-adult, favorites
GREAT read. Really strong characters. Captivating story concept. Loved Wallace the best. Such a unique character. Love the world Carrie Butler created. It's new and refreshing. Nicely done, Carrie Butler!! ...more
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I thought Strength was a great New Adult book and I loved the paranormal twist to it. It was different to other books of this genre that I have read and I loved that about it. The characters are great, the romance is sweet whilst also being incredibly steamy and the background to the story is very interesting.
Rena is such a fiery, powerful character. Although she doesn’t possess any powers, her emotional st
This first novel of the Mark of Nexus series was a refreshingly different story, and I really enjoyed it. The characters weren't predictable, the plot twists kept me guessing, and there was a steamy romance building that had me swooning!

Sassy Rena Collins had far more bravery than her small frame would imply, and I loved what a little spitfire she was. When Wallace crashed into her life, it opened her eyes not only to this strange world of the Dynari, but also to her own faults. This man is one
Mar 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Strength follows the story of Rena. A normal college student, who one day walks right into social outcast, Wallace. It only takes one meeting with him to realize that everything she thought she knew about him was wrong. She desperately wants to know what's wrong with him and to prove the theories about him wrong. She soon finds out that there is so much more to Wallace than meets the eye and will have to decide if being with him is worth possibly risking her life.........

Strength had me drawn in
Emily Elizabeth
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4.5 Stars

I must be honest and say that I wasn't sure that I was going to like Strength, but I requested to be a part of the blog tour because it sounded so interesting and I wanted to give new adult another chance to blow me away. I am so glad that I did because Strength was a delightful surprise!

Rena is a college student, who until she runs into outcast Wallace, is pretty normal. Intrigued by his reputation for having psychotic breaks in his dorm room, Rena begins
Mar 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting take on the paranormal romance set in a college environment, a genre which has been overdone but this provided an fresh outlook.

I liked every character especially Wallace, such a sweetheart. Also love Cole and his bad boy ways.

Humour, drama and decent sexual tension between the main characters

I will definitely read the next book

Ohhh..this is such a fun and surprisingly amazing read! I loved it and the ending was splendid! :)

Full Review To Come....
Oct 02, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Tracey (Life and Literature)
It was all I could do to suppress a shiver as the warmth of his breath danced over my skin, his scent clouding the air between us. God, it smelled so familiar, like the air before a downpour.

The word around campus is that Wallace Blake is a madman. And if the strange noises that come from his room each night are any indication then those rumours are true. But when Rena Collins runs into Wallace in the hall she is shocked to see that he is incredibly gorgeous, as well as considerate and carin
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
First can I just say that this series is going to take the NA New Adult genre by STORM! This story had the elements I love about a supernatural world. The flow of the story was so incredible that I could not put the book down once I started reading it. I first came across the book doing the cover reveal and then it was released on my son's birthday. I was so excited to be a part of this tour because the book cover SCREAMS red me and the blurb had me hooked on he screams at night.

Rena is your ave
Cecilia Robert
This book is all about Strength. It starts with Rena running into Wallace, known as the madman around campus. But Wallace isn't what people think. This guy is a whole level of awesomeness. He's broody (yeah, we all love that type. :D) kind and his heart is as big as the universe. Rena takes a chance to get to know him and their relationship builds from mere friendship to best friends to lovers. (EEP! See, I just love these kind of stories, so thanks for hooking me with that one, Carrie) oh where ...more
Emma Adams
Apr 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Rena, like everyone else, has always thought of Wallace Blake as the campus resident psychopath - the strange noises coming from his room have led to rumours getting out of control. But when she meets him, he seems like a normal guy. I liked reading about a love interest who isn’t an asshole for once – and is the campus outcast rather than popular with everyone! I loved all the characters. Rena is spunky and strong, and even though she’s in way over her head with the supernatural world she’s lan ...more
Justjay Go
Mar 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
love it!!!!! a gentle giant and a nosy girl. great combination. can't wait for the next series! ...more
Melissa Levine
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Strength (Mark Of Nexus #1) by Carrie Butler
March 23, 2013
Sapphire Publishing

Favorite Quote: “So help me, as long as I live, I’ll never get tired of seeing that man without a shirt on. How he stays so humble, I’ll never know.

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 spen
Teresa Mary Rose
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It is no secret that I have taken a real liking to the New Adult genre, mostly because the characters are around my age. That being said, with the exception of the Providence trilogy by Jamie McGuire, all the New Adult books I have read have been heartbreaking emotional contemporaries. When I got the review request for Strength, a paranormal New Adult, I knew right away that I wanted to give this book a shot. I love a good paranormal book, so throw
Jan 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
When I first heard about this book, I instantly knew that I had to read it. The fact that it was about a girl meeting someone who was an outcast, and who was believed to be a madman was really intriguing. Not to mention the supernatural powers that the synopsis referenced. . Just those two elements alone made it too much for me to resist. So when I finally was able to buy and read this story, I was extremely happy to not be disappointed.

The character of Rena was awesome. She was relatable, an
Nancy Thompson
Jul 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
As a writer, I’m jealous of Carrie Butler’s ability to bring her characters, not only to life, but practically jumping off the page. It takes significant skill to create such a credible and truly vivid voice, precisely what Butler has managed to do in Strength.

I don’t read very much Upper YA because I find the voices to be typically whiney or overly snarky in an effort to draw the reader in. Shatter Me is a prime example. It’s like nails on a chalkboard to me. The author relies too much on this
Donna Weaver
Sep 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Originally reviewed at
When I first read the blurb of this book, I was pulled in by the idea of magic and mystery that it suggested. I absolutely could not resist the idea of the two warring magical bloodlines. I was every bit as curious as Rena to find out what Wallace's secret was, why he was screaming and banging on the walls of his room at night. I was certain he was battling some sort of demon, or evil relative trying to suck him into a magical war or somethi
Feb 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
I'm sooo late in posting this review! I was given an ARC copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review. So here goes...

Strength is a good starter novel to a series. While it was slow to pick up on the paranormal elements, it was none the less a refreshing take on the paranormal. I enjoyed all of the characters, especially Cole and Gabby...they made me chuckle and snort a few times. Although this book is about the developing relationship between Rena and Wallace those two stood out for
Apr 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Let me start by expressing how grateful I am for having the chance to read Strength for free~ which by the way is totally worth buying!

After reading Strength I was like~

Strength is a very fun, refreshing, enjoyable read. I feel so good while and after reading it. I am definitely adding it in my to-re-read and favorites bookshelves.

No dull moments! Rena Collins is one hilarious heroine, I loved her!!

I ended bitching out the whole
Mar 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-reads
I read a lot of books. So, eventually a lot of them end up sort of running together. It's hard to surprise me. And, it's rare that I find something that's unique. So, on one of the occasions that I find one of these special books, it's such a treat.

Butler does a really nice job of creating an air of mystery around Wallace. She makes him seem scary and evil and very mysterious. From that aspect, I was sucked into the story almost immediately. Rena literally runs into him in the hallway and gets
P.A. Warren
I was given a copy of Strength for an Honest Review.

I am always a fan of a great Paranormal YA/NA book.Carrie Butler Hit Strength out of the ballpark.Strength is the story of Rena who is in college.She and her friends are terrified of the crazy guy,Wallace upstairs.He has cluster headaches and from the rumors he may or may not be harming people.Rena Literally bumps into him on accident when meeting a friend.Nothing out of the ordinary,right?Nothing but the fact that Wallace left major bruising
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Carrie Butler is an award-winning author and graphic designer. Time away from her desk is spent attempting to garden, yelling at the TV during hockey season, and indulging in various forms of geekery—not to mention wielding a thousand-degree pen!

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“Rena?” I looked up as a figure emerged from the white void of snowfall. The snow dusted his broad shoulders as he took long, measured strides toward me, his black coat flapping in the wind.

As he neared, I made out his startled features. “Wallace?”

His gaze burned with indiscernible emotion. “Are you hugging the lamp post?”
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