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(The Protector #3)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  795 ratings  ·  70 reviews
After uniting the shifters and calling in reinforcements, Chase has to face his toughest challenge yet: learning to control his emotions. But as tensions rise and his powers grow, controlling his emotions becomes the least of his problems.

Terrorized by a multi-shifter who is hell-bent on turning him, Chase questions just how far he’s willing to go to stop his father. Mean
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Published December 8th 2012 (first published November 21st 2012)
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Sep 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012-reads

5 stars - Action and imagination explode to make this one unforgettable!

I love the imagination of M.R. Merrick. The world he has crafted in The Protector series is Urban Fantasy at it's best. There's enough real life in it that I'm comfortable, not overwhelmed trying to keep track of a whole different existence. Next he adds all my favorite kinds of paranormal creatures, vampires, shifters, demons and more. Add to that a few demon hunters, witches, and some magic. Mix thoroughly with trips to ot
An Electronic Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher for review. Quotes have been pulled from an ARC and may be subject to change.

Chase Williams is back trying up stop his father Riley from collecting soul pieces. As he gets stronger day by day, Riley is strong but Chase has more than one element and in the protectors eyes that makes him one of the strongest.

Chase has grown a lot from the previous books, I can’t say I generally like him for a character that is arrogant isn’t worth th
*****FINAL RATING: 4.80 STARS*****

Release was, without a doubt, one of my most favorite recent reads. I adored it. There's such wonderful and thrilling development in this installment, and the action is enough to give any adrenaline junkie a high. Seriously. It has a little bit of everything. Some romance, major battles, and and some serious hurdles to overcome. Essentially, I want to crawl into this book and live there. Hypothetically, because although it is awesome to read about ma
Stephanie Ward
Nov 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars

'Release' is the third book in the young adult fantasy Protector series. It continues where book #2 (Shift) left off, with Chase and the crew trying to find Riley and stop him, while tons of other crazy stuff keeps happening. I know that this sounds like a really flimsy summary and it is. But if I were to try to explain everything that happens in the book, let alone the series so far, this post would take 3 days to read. So, I'm improvising and making the summary really generic, which I
Well, this is definitely not a trilogy.

In this third installment (of there definitely better be more series), Chase finds himself dealing with the issue that is Riley, and his journey to find the soul pieces. Of course, much more than that occurs.

I am so incredibly happy with how the characters have developed. Tiki and Vincent in particular - Merrick did a fantastic job making these characters project off the page and into my life. But you see, I may have started to smile every time Tiki stood u
Dec 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
I'm having a hard time writing this review. Like, my thoughts are all scattered and every time I try to pin them down, I get a little angry at Chase for the way he's acting. I know he's conflicted, I know he's just learning the ropes, I know he's having issues but... sometimes I just want to shake some sense into him. Chaaaassssse. Don't be a douche to the people you're supposed to be protecting.

I think his treatment of Vincent and his vampires is the thing that bothers me. Yeah, Vincent was a g
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Release is the third book in The Protector Series and M.R. Merrick has got the lock down on this series. Man oh man poor Chase is going through so much. He has finally come to terms that his father is evil and wants to destroy the world by letting the demons in. And if that isn't enough he has Riley who is also out to destroy him and keeps attacking him. But Chase is determined not to let this get to him. He watches everyone and everything and the one thing he is sure about is that people are no ...more
Dec 03, 2017 rated it did not like it
The first two books were great because of the relationship between Chase and Rayna and their adventures together. I loved having them adventure and fight alongside each other as they slowly fell in love. They made a perfect couple and Rayna was the perfect love interest. However, in this one Rayna's role is greatly reduced and it ruins not only this book, but the entire series.

And as Rayna is sidelined, Vincent takes over the book. Vincent is easily the most irritating character ever and it's re
Chapter by Chapter
Nov 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Okay, so you know those series’ where once you start the first page of the next installment, you are instantly pulled back into the work and its characters as though you had never left? Release by M.R. Merrick did just that. I was thrilled to have been able to come back again in to this fabulous world created by M.R. Merrick. The characters have become ones that I have come to love reading about and following, and am in constant need to know what is happening, or going to happen, with them!

The f
Oct 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, for-review, blog-tour
Originally posted at City of Books -

I absolutely loved Release - it was spellbinding, intense and thrilling. This is the third book in The Protector series by M.R. Merrick - one of my favourite series of 2012. The stakes are higher than ever in this captivating installment, and I read the entire book with my heart in my mouth and my eyes glued to the screen.

Chase has grown so much over the course of this series. He learns a lot about himself, and he's a lo
Ishaal Ramroop
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really guys? Why isn't this series more popular? It's wayy better then Cassandra Clare's shadowhunter franchise and the books are much longer too, hopefully when I'm done with this series kobo will have atleast 1 more series similar to this one in the recommended tab 😅
ReadingDiva Book Reviews
Dec 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
*** Originally posted @ ReadingDiva's Blog - Rating 5 of 5

REVIEW: I could use many words to describe The Protector Series, but only one does it justice…EPIC. Release is the 3Rd book of The Protector series and it is so far the best book in the series. The plot follows the same awesome path as Exiled & Shift; now that paths have been taken and relationships and partnerships have been formed the time to break evil has come.

Release is perhaps the best of all 3 books. I loved how much drama and acti
Alaiel Kreuz
Sep 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Third books in a series are always dangerous because they have the power to make you love the series even more or hate it so much and so suddenly that chances are you will never continue with it.
If that is your fear then don't worry. You will experience a lot of different emotions while reading this book, but you will embrace them.

Let me start with the hero of the story because yes, Chase deserves a whole paragraph more than anyone. I mean, if you've read the first two books you know how much he

I went into this book thinking it was the final book, but that was obviously not the case. We get one more! Of course, this means I now must wait to KNOW WHAT HAPPENS. Ugh. THE ENDING! Oh, the ending will leave you so verrah sad. I was anticipating the event and was extremely touched. I was at lunch in a restaurant, and started getting sobby at the table. Alone. Reading a book. Creepy cat lady? NOT ME! I’m creepy book lady! Oh wait. I’m creepy cat lady too. Boo. Anywho, t
Completely mind-blowing.

As this is the third instalment in a planned four book series, I won't be discussing the plot in detail. I don't want to spoil this awesome story for anyone, it's something you need to experience for yourself. I will, however, tell you just how extremely entertaining, action-packed and thoroughly jaw-dropping it was! You couldn't pry this book from my hands, it was THAT good. Merrick expanded the already rich and complex world even more, exploring different dimensions,
Reeka (BoundbyWords)
Oct 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-paranormal
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I literally JUST finished reading this. So my emotions are still pretty damn raw right now. Oh man..ok..let me try to breathe here so I can write something you can comprehend. I go..

I won't go into too much detail storyline-wise, as that could get a bit spoiler-y, very fast. This book was a continuation of SPECTACULAR (Book #1) and AMAZING (Book #2), so I didn't doubt for a second that this book would be less than either of those things-of course, it exce
Nov 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"You want to hug, don't you?"

What an ending! Yeah, that was rude. I bawled my eyes out. I can't believe you did that, Merrick, but I have to say, it really did up the ante!

"I'm melting!"

I love Vincent. I was very happy to see him again in this book. He is my favourite quasi villain of the series. I especially loved the scene of Vincent and the sun. I was laughing my ass off. And I couldn't help but side with chase...I would have been hard pressed not to do the same thing.

I kind of feel like a d
Nov 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
For someone so young, Chase has seen a lot of death and destruction and it doesn't look like it's going to be ending soon. This time around in the third installment of Merrick's Protector Series, Chase's title as The Protector is heavily challenged as he's hunted by the psychotic multi-shifter Arian, while racing his father Riley from dimension to dimension to get to Ithreal's soul pieces to prevent worldwide annihilation and keeping his friends breathing. But after the events of Exiled and Shif ...more
Alexa (Once Upon a Chapter)
Nov 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted at Pages of Forbidden Love

My Thoughts:

I couldn’t wait to dive back into this series since I really liked the first book and was in all out love with the second book. I really like that the author wrote a young adult book that was told in the male pov and it is a fantasy book. As a huge YA reader I hardly can ever find fantasy in the YA section that interests either interests me or exists in the first place! The same goes for YA books with a male lead! So I alw
Amy Fournier
Sep 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wow! M.R. Merrick has done it again. This book is just as fantastic, if not better than the first two. As with the first two books, this one starts of with a bang, throwing you right into the action. Then it keeps going strong from beginning to end leaving just enough time between events to catch your breath and let things absorb. Along with that, the character growth is amazing. We really get to know more about the characters and their pasts too. This was such a great continuation of the story ...more
Oct 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
So, what’s my barometer for giving a book a 5* review? I haven’t really discussed this with my readers and followers, but the answer is pretty simple. The book has to be one that grabs me from the beginning, has characters that I honestly and truly care about, and keeps me emotionally invested in those same characters throughout not just the first book, but the rest of the series. If that same book or series brings out the ‘Mom’ in me, makes me want to reach through any of my social media networ ...more
Teresa Mary Rose
Oct 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal, arc, ya, blog-tour, 2012
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Exiled was good, Shift was great, but Release was even better. I don’t know how, but M.R. Merrick has outdone himself yet again. It seems that each book in this series just gets better and better. I am thoroughly enjoying taking this journey with Chase.

Chase has come a very long way since Exiled. When we first meet him, he is a bit whiny and always wondering why bad things happen to him; almost as if bad things never happen to anyone else. Now thou
Vi (like the letter)
Oct 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-arcs, 4-stars
Merrick has done it again with this installment in The Protector series. In Release, we venture to even more mysterious and dangerous worlds and see a bunch of new creatures, as well as run into a few familiar ones. Most of Release is about Chase finding the remaining soul pieces and destroying them before Riley and the Dark Brothers get their hands on them.

Chase has changed a lot since the beginning of the series and it really shines through in this Release. Things are even tougher for him now
Brittani (Hope, Faith & Books)
You can find more reviews, along with this one on my blog Hope, Faith & Books

I definitely thought this was the best book yet! Still filled with tons of action! There was definitely things I didn't see coming in this book! So I guess I'll start with how many people Marcus and the group got to work together. They actually managed to get a huge amount of people to agree to work together! That's definitely not easy since a majority of those people were at odds with each other. I was disappointed how
Dani Morales
Dec 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
So I completely was hyped up on Shift that I couldn’t wait to read Release. Usually when I do that I get majorly disappointed…. So not the case here, I was absolutely blown away again. That’s right AGAIN! I also have to say I cried in this book, specifically at the end. If you haven’t read Shift, then stop right here!!

So I love WILLY, he keeps getting better and better. He’s developed a tough skin and stands up for what he thinks is right. Since he’s become a wolf, he hasn’t been able to see Ch
Kayleigh {K-Books}
Dec 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal
Wow. M.R Merrick is fast becoming one of my favourite authors of all time. Ever since I got the first book in this series, Exiled, I was completely obsessed with it. Shift was even better and I didn't know how Matthew was going to bear it... but he did. Release was an epic and phenomenal installment to one of my favourite paranormal/fantasy series. I was completely captured right from the first page and I couldn't stop reading until I had finished and found out what happened. It was just incredi ...more
Sep 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Anything I say could possibly spoil future reader's experiences. So my thoughts here will be brief.

The hardy band of misfits continues to unite towards their single common goal, stopping Riley. It is a long haul though as faith is low, numbers are down, and time is running out. Chase reacts instead of responds and this is a deadly trait for a leader. He has seen the results of his actions, and desperately desires to gain control over his emotions and powers, but this takes time and training. Ray
Mandy (I Read Indie) Anderson
Merrick!! Don’t know how you do it…but you did it…and with each book the series just gets better and better. All of your characters absolutely exploded (that’s a good thing) in this one and we get so much more of them it seems. Rayna…love her more and would love my girls to grow up just like her. Well, just minus the fur. But really, the girl is fierce, confident, brave and bold. Again, I say…LOVE her. And to mention all the history we learn about Tiki and Vincent and sweet Willy…all pulled toge ...more
Emily (All in a Book)
Release, for me, felt a bit slower than the previous books. It's getting to the point in the series where shit's gonna get real, but you're not quite there yet and the anticipation is killer. That being said, there's still plenty of drama unfolding. Chase's powers seem to be, quite literally, trying to destroy him from the inside out. His father is still at large and getting closer and closer to what might be too powerful to beat. Not to mention the strain of seeing his friends risk themselves f ...more
Oct 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is another fantastic adventure book by M.R. Merrick. He has an enormous talent for creating a world that you can fall straight into, with vivid imagery and characters that you want to egg on to be better people and fall in love.

Chase continues on his journey to find the soul pieces of Ithereal. He is trying his hardest to stop his Father, Riley from finding them and also stop him from killing any more Underworlders. With the help of Marcus, they are gathering their own army to help bring do
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M.R. Merrick is a Canadian writer and author of The Protector Series, and The Rise of Genesis. Having never traveled, he adventures to far off lands through his imagination and in between cups of coffee. As a music lover and proud breakfast enthusiast, he's usually found at the computer between a pair of headphones and a large bowl of cereal.

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