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Uniquely Unwelcome

(The Shadow World #1)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  137 ratings  ·  77 reviews
Being unique isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

After searching all over the world for someone as unique as she is, Racquel finds herself back in her home town where she’s treated like a monster ready to kill. Racquel is one of the most unique beings ever created. Four of the most powerful beings in the Shadow World are intertwined within her, making up her unique DNA. But no
Kindle Edition, Second Edition , 267 pages
Published August 2013 (first published June 2012)
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Whitney Greene
Nov 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Highly Recommend This Book!

I loved this book and the new perspective I got from a paranormal beings point of view.

Racquel is a Shadow being who had been outcasted from her society because her family "heritage" isn't up to the Shadow Worlds standard traditions. Racquel is bitter from being treated as if she's an abomination. After returning home and finding out that Shadow beings are missing, Racquel is asked to save them. On her journey, Racquel grows and even starts to open up just a bit. The
Aug 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The first time I got this book, I didn't read it because due to previous reviews, the author decided to modify some things. So I waited a while and then signed up for the "new book".

I loved the story. Loved it! It's totally original and unique as Racquel.

The premise is well developed and except for the first few chapters, the rest of the book is packed with action.
There is a little romance, not with the person I was expecting, so t
Aug 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read2review
I received a free copy of this book in return for an honest review.

First, let me say that Uniquely Unwelcome has potential. The basic plot is good and the characters are relatively likable. That being said, I did find that there were a couple plot holes or things that didn’t quite make sense. For instance, Racquel’s origins. It’s stated in the first chapter that her grandfather was a vampire, and in order for him and her grandmother to conceive a child, a witch gave him life for 24 hrs. To me th
I read this book for the Read it & Reap program by the Shut up& read group.
When I started reading it I didn't think I was going to enjoy it. I thought that maybe it was a bit too much paranormal/fantasy stuff going on in one book and that it wasn't for me. But hey you have to try something new sometimes right?

Well.. when the story in the book became clear I got completely lost in the book. I couldn't stop reading. I had to force myself to stop reading and go to bed in the middle of the n
Laura Sims
Nov 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

I really liked this story. The book is well written and keeps you interested.

I know there has to be more and I reeeaaallly want to read the rest of the story.
she has lived a life alone and ridiculed no friends and losing her parents and then her grandparents, life has been full of pain for her. In a
quest to find out who has kidnapped the people of her world (which by the way it seems she is a vampire, a lycan, a shape
Alicia Batista (Addicted Readers)

I received a Copy of this through the R2R Program in exchange for my honest opinion. Everything you are about to read is my full and honest opinion of the book.

Wow! This book BLOW ME AWAY! I loved EVERY MINUTE of this book! It was unlike anything I have EVER read! The author has a wonderful way of sucking the reader in and keeping them interested! This book really caught my attention from the Prologue and held it to the very end! I bought the second book before I was even half-way through with
Char ღ Denae
This was actually a really great story. It was very original and I loved the characters. It did take me a while to get into, though, and I found quite a few typos and misplaced words. I read a notice that it has been edited but I don't think I received that edition. Please keep that in mind as you read this review. I also did receive a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I really feel that this could be an exceptionally wonderful story with some polishing. The writing style in th
Aug 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: r2rs
I participated in the R2R campaign for the book ‘Uniquely Unwelcome’ by Brandy Nacole.
This book has an intriguing storyline, and I think that it has a lot of potential. The descriptions of the Chimera are pretty neat, and it is easy to picture what they look like. The lead character, Raquel, is angry and bitter for the first half of the story – to the point where it really seems that the author is projecting a little too much bitterness into her character. Raquel softens up in the second half of
Jan 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, arc-drcs, ya
This is an honest review from a copy provided by the author....

At first I really wasn't sure of the premise of this book. I've read other paranormal stories concerning inbreeding between the various species and the torture and emotional toll it can take on the hero or heroine of the story. As the story progressed, I found myself wondering when Raquel displayed a particular attribute which of the 4 beings she possesses was she using at any given time. Raquel is quarter vampire, quarter lycan, qua
Feb 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
This novel really is a multicultural melding pot of supernatural races. All of your stereotypical races are represented in utter clarity. Nacole gives a very in depth and interesting history of each of these races or species. This includes the species themselves along with the interactions and interrelations between the two.

It is very difficult to write an entire novel in the present tense but Nacole does it well. She also does it without ever inadvertently flipping tenses or person all over the
J. McClain
First, a major disclaimer: I participated in the first Read to Review for Uniquely Unwelcome, where I was introduced to this novel. After reading a third or so of it, I contacted the author to suggest she take another pass at editing. As it turned out, I became her editor. So I will admit to some bias, take that as you will.

Though I haven't read a great number of YA Urban Fantasies, one of the elements that appealed to me about Uniquely Unwelcome was Nacole's decision to create a character who h
Jan 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: r2r
R2R: Uniquely Unwelcome

(I received a free copy, in exchange for a review)

In a world where there are Witches, Vampires, Shape-shifters and Lycan, Racquel is even more than this. She is all. Looked down upon, ridiculed and taunted her whole life, she depends on her close family for the mental support and love. Her family is now just her full blooded Witch sister, who loves her, regardless of what others think of her.

Now, others of their world are disappearing, without rhyme or reason. One person
Feb 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was given this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Where do I begin at how much I loved this book? I loved the main protagonist and heroin Racquel! I love that she is a hybrid of all the supernatural YA heroins that I've read combined together. It's such an original idea, I'm surprised no one has come up with that idea sooner (if they have I'm sorry, I just have yet to read your book).
The plot and story line were fantastic, even if a tad predictable in some areas, l
Mar 25, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 013, ya, book-tour, paranormal
Rate: 3.5/5

While the human world exists, there is also the shadow world which consists of vampires, werewolves/shifters, witches, leprechauns, fairies, and other paranormal creatures. The main character, Racquel, is part vampire, witch, lycan, and shifter which makes her unique but feared and hated by many creatures. This is one of the things why I liked this book. The concept of having all those paranormal creatures in the book made it more interesting and fr
Jul 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.
First off, I just want to say how freaking amazing I think this cover is! It is both beautiful and powerful and makes me want to dive right in to the book. Uniquely Unwelcome is one of those paranormal books where you don't just get one type of creature, you get all types. But this book has something extra that makes it special, it also has hybrids. There is also a very creative backstory to how they hybrids came to be. B
Kirsty Bicknell
Although it is clear that Brandy Nacole has conceived her paranormal creatures in Uniquely Unwelcome using several literary cliches, this does not remove from the reader's enjoyment of the story.
Racquel is the first character we meet and perhaps the most imaginative of Brandy Nacole's creations. Racquel is a uniques Shadow with a bloodline from the strong Witch, Lycan, Vampire and Shifter species. Racquel has issues returning to her home town because of fear of rejection by the community, becaus
Ayanami Faerudo
Mar 16, 2013 rated it liked it
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There has been many attempts to get together all the paranormal creatures in one story and to weave all of these distinct elements into one cohesive plot and in some way Uniquely Unwelcome did just that. I entered a world were all the monsters are in one place told through the exciting but harrowing adventures of one who's burdened by it all.

I initially liked Racquel at the beginning of the story. Okay, I thought, her heritage is what's keep
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
***3.5 stars***

Racquel is different from anyone else in the world. There isn't anyone else like her. She has the blood of four different shadow world lines running through her veins. She is part Vampire, Lycan, Shifter, and Witch. No one trusts her, everyone taunts and shuns her.

Her solitude comes to an abrupt end when she is accused of kidnapping members of the Shadow World. The kicker for her is that one of the kidnapped victims is her half sister. This propels her to take action and to find t
3.5 stars

I liked this book. I didn’t love it, but I liked it. The story is pretty original and I really like Racquel.
The book starts of a bit slow, but the further you read, the better it gets. It’s written pretty good and I always give a thumbs up for that because writing isn’t as easy as some may think. So good job Brandy!
Yeah, there is a little romance and I always love that. Even better is that it doesn’t lead the story. It isn’t the main thing here. The main thing is Racquel, who has to re
Kathryn Romeo
Mar 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
When I was reading through the introduction of the characters which included a lycan, a witch, and a hybrid, my first thought was a bad joke involving them all entering a bar. Thankfully, the story itself was no where near this level of corniness! It depicts the conflicts and alliances within the shadow world (that exists alongside the human world, sort of like The Mortal Instruments) that goes beyond the stereotypical vampire/lycan drama.

I can't give it a 5-star rating only because of the editi
Mar 06, 2013 rated it liked it
I received a free copy of this book in return for an honest review.

When I first started reading this book, I wasn't really sure if I was going to like it. I love Vampire/werewolf books but the main characters have all been starting to run together for me. I like Racquel. She was witty and sarcastic and I love when the main character has spunk to her and isn't a Mary sue. But she was also very angry and bitter for a lot of the book and I get why but it really started to annoy me and I found mysel
Jacquelyn Smith
Jan 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone that wants a good book
Recommended to Jacquelyn by: goodreads
Shelves: own, r2r
This book should read by anyone that feels the need to call people names, bully people, because they are different.

In the Shadow's world you are not supposed to mix races, but Racquel's grandparents and parents changed all that when they married, but they were banned from their clans.

Growing up in this little town she was tormented,abused and treated as a freak, only person who ever loved her was grandparents(are now dead or mia) and her sister. Then something was wrong people missing were from
Deborah Sastroredjo
Jan 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2013
I received this book and I thought I would just glance in it before work. Bad bad decision. I read and I read, author Brandy Nacole owes me a night's sleep lol!

It has a good mix of adventure, fairy tales and romance. (I loved that it was not too heavy on the romance. Something I could give to a teen yay!). The characters were thought out very well and you could see the "flow" throughout the story

It was a very good book, great storyline and I loved the heroine and her friends. Without giving too
Dec 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Dvora by: Brandy Nacole
What did I rally like about this book?? It was different and unique. Something I have never read before and I enjoyed it from cover to cover. Brandy does a great job and describing the scenes so you can have a clear picture in your mind about what is going on. One of my favorite things in a book is a twist! Oh boy is there a twist!!! I am really looking forward to see how the author works this one out!!
Feb 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
i received this book for an honest review and so, i really loved this book. i loved the writing style, it was easy for me to read and in my opinion, its not slow paced, which is good.
i was shocked at the ending and i can't wait to read the next book! :)

i definitely recommend this book to everyone!!
Michelle's Paranormal Vault of Books

Wow, what a great book, I was so captivated by this unique paranormal story. But besides the paranormal elements there is an underlying message in this story, which really touches your heart. Below is a few parts that show how she feels as an outcast that is different:

My appearance is no different from any human girl. My face is framed with long black hair. I look like your average hundred and twenty pound girl but my eyes give me away. Unlike most of the other Shadows, whose eyes are a natural
Patricia Hamill
Jun 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of ya, shifters, werewolves, witches, vampires, and romance
Uniquely Unwelcome takes the werewolf, vampire, shifter, witch thing to a new level. The story opens with Racquel returning to her hometown, and dreading it. From her earliest memories, she has faced ridicule and fear, a side effect of her mixed heritage. Mixing of the shadow world races is discouraged, and in some cases dangerous or impossible, but her family found a way. With years of trauma to deal with, the last thing she wants is to be noticed when she arrives in town, but she is.

This is ya
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Aug 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Welcome to Brandy Nacole's world, in which all the fantastical creatures you have read about before: shape-shifters, witches, lycans, faeries, vampires... All of them live side by side in a worl
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Jul 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Have you ever had one of those books that just simply jumps out of nowhere and slaps you with a big bag of awesome? No? Well then you haven't read Uniquely Unwelcome by Brandy Nacole. Nacole's masterpiece is one in which you have never seen before in any fantasy novel ever written. Imagine taking all the creatures you love to read about and squashing them together into a single badass character. That is what this author did. As hinky as that may strike you and cause you to doubt whether it ca
Heather B (Owlnestly Reviews)
Mar 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
What if there were people in this world that were different from others? What if they were called Shadows all stayed together with those that were the same and had close bonds? What if you were a blend of four of these Shadows? This is exactly the scenario that Harmony Racquel finds herself in. Racquel is unique, very unique. So unique in fact that either the Shadows hate her or find her fascinating (most are the former). Racquel has had a hard life fighting those all around her. The humans find ...more
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Gemini Brandy Nacole is a writer of urban fantasy books. She is the author of the Shadow World series and the Spiritual Discord series published by Ponahakeola Press. A reader from a young age, Brandy has always loved folklore and stories of beings that go bump in the night.

Brandy lives in Arkansas with her husband, three never stopping kids, two snooty cats, two very lazy bearded dragons, and on

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“You do know that I am a Fae, correct?"
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“Why aren't you afraid of me?"
Coy looks at me, baffled. "Why would I be afraid of you?"
I shrug, not getting a chance to answer before he continues.
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