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message 1: by Steph, Serious series addict (last edited May 01, 2015 01:06PM) (new) - added it

Steph (angel4492) | 29024 comments This is the discussion thread for our May BOM: The Unleashing by Shelly Laurenston.

Some details you may wish to include in your discussion:
* How would rate the character development, originality, and action?
* What did you think of the world building?
* Did you have a favorite quote or scene?
* Would you recommend the book to others?
* Do you plan on reading the rest of the series?



Dahrose | 10 comments I love Shelly Laurenston... but honestly this is a bit of a dud.
Let's take a step back - Hunting Season, a book previously published by Shelly was set in the same Crows/Raven world - it was a great book and several of the characters were kind of paired up - so I was hoping they would feature in future books... unfortunately that is not the case here.
With The Unleashing, we start in a new city - L.A, with a whole new raft of characters and for some reason the author treats us like newbies to this world and dumps information on the reader that we already learnt in Hunting Season (though with little sign of the deft touch she used in that novel) and proceeds to dump a whole lot more info on us about nine other clans, an other groups that kind of didn't sink in because it was too much too soon.
But that was just the starting point with this novel.
- The main character Kera, starts off all kinds of kick ass and we are told her special Crow power is extra strength. Okay, but then Kera quickly becomes this rudderless wishy washy mess, unsure of herself, harping on about her past with the Marines but seemingly unable to move on in this new second life she's been granted. Considering all her training, you'd think she'd pull herself up by her bootstraps and take over the whole damn mess of Crows.
- And the Crows! What a bunch of vapid bitches. They treat Kera so very badly from day one, they refuse to answer her questions or provide her any training, then laugh at her when she throws up after her first flying experience. The Crows declare constantly they are a sisterhood that have each others backs - but honestly they treat Kera 'new girl' like she's the enemy. I'm all for bitches who have your back and would die for you (Hunting Season) but in this book they're more likely to tell Kera her thighs are too big and then ignore her.
- If Kera's power is super strength then why, when she and Erin are fighting, are they so well matched? Doesn't make sense.
- Why do Kera's wings appear only after 2-3 days when it took most of the girl's 6 months or longer - is that an adjustment period it takes to be a Crow? If so, why doesn't Kera get it? And what actually brings her wings out, is it Vig seeing her bare breasts or her flinging herself accidentally out the window? Still confused on this one.
- Vig, the hero. Super large and super scary, but really just a big old marshmallow who follows Kera around like a puppy dog
- Brodie, the dog. Didn't get why this was added at all. Interesting, but adds nothing to the actual story
- Kera hesitating to kill - scared she'll turn out like her crazy mother. Problem is, to get away from her mother Kera joined the Marines, did she not think she might have to kill someone in that line of duty? So the Seer shows her the first Crow/Slave who has no name and this memory somehow gives Kera the fortitude to kill? Ummmm.... really think I missed something.
- Let's get back to the Crows for a moment, in L.A, their all superficial actresses and models, and we're to believe that's what the Goddess Skuld would want for her warriors? Then we meet all these famous dead past Crows... actresses, first lady's, etc This just felt forced and wrong.
- Lastly, too many characters are thrown at us too quickly. We get first names and last names and shortened nick names and the author jumps around those names, tossing them out faster than I can keep up and connect to which person is actually speaking. And because the women are all bitches and the men are all horny there is little to tell me who is speaking, so I had to back tread a couple of times to work out who a character was or who was speaking - never a good sign.
I've loved everything written by Shelly in the past - Shifters/Dragons - but this book - I kind of find it hard to believe the editors or beta readers didn't try to rein this in. It had the bones to be great (Hunting Season proves that) but unfortunately it's a misfire and a bit of a mess.


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Steph (angel4492) | 29024 comments Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Dahrose. I really enjoy Shelly's books as well. I haven't read Hunting Season, but I'm sorry to hear you didn't feel the story in The Unleashing was as well told. Big info dumps are hard, I know. Sounds like her attempt to get new readers up to speed was an overload for someone who'd read the other book and didn't need as much info. Hopefully this one suffers only from first-in-series syndrome and will smooth out with the second installment.


Christina T (crysteena73) | 180 comments I've been half way through this book for ages now (keep putting it aside to read books that were more important to my SS team.) I'm hoping to finish it in the next couple of days though. The biggest issue I have at this point is the changing POV. It changes without warning and sometimes makes me confused as to who is telling the story at any given time.


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Steph (angel4492) | 29024 comments Yeah, that bugs me.


message 6: by Christina T (last edited May 07, 2015 10:02PM) (new) - rated it 2 stars

Christina T (crysteena73) | 180 comments Turns out I've only been 25% into this book forever instead of the half way point I thought LOL.

Here are my thoughts so far at 30% into the book.....

So, a huge number of characters to keep track of, right? Not only do I have to keep track of their first names but their last names too because the author will refer to them by first and then a paragraph later by their last name. I got confused at one point (view spoiler)

Also there seems to be an unnecessary excessive use of cuss words. I'm not prudish about swearing. I do it all the Effing time! But it seems really unnecessary for the 3rd person narrative to use swear words to describe the scene. (view spoiler).

Now at 57%....

Who is on the cover? Isn't Vig a huge hairy man with a full beard? Why is Vig being portrayed as a simpleton? How is Kera able to learn to fly within a few minutes of being "trained" by Vig? It doesn't seem feasible that she not only learned but can all of a sudden zip back and forth like a pro.

Despite some of these issues I'm actually enjoying the book. Every once in a while I find something that actually cracks me up. Conversation between Tessa and Erin: Tessa's eyes widened a bit before she shifted her gaze to Erin. "You did't teach her how to fly?"
"No. But we got her a new phone. It's a sassy red."

and this one between Vig and Kera
V:"You're going to have to learn to control your wings when you sneeze."
K:"Yes, I know."
V:"You can't sneeze in the middle of Macy's and let your freak flag fly."



Debbie's Spurts (D.A.) | 1943 comments I've seen so many mixed reviews and status updates about this one. I put on hold at library rather than buying (her other books have been okay for me but not an author I preorder).

If I get in time, I'll join in the discussion. The premise does interest me.


Debbie's Spurts (D.A.) | 1943 comments Well, I kniw it's not May anymore. But I just got the book and have wolfed through it for some reason really enjoying.

But it's really bugging me that 97% into a library ebook borrow of "The Unleashing" — I can't figure out what the heck is needed from Hel?

unleashing Hel screenshot

Anyone have a different edition of the book who can fill in the missing piece?


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Steph (angel4492) | 29024 comments :/ Sorry Debbie, I checked my copy (which I haven't read yet) and it's the same as yours. What a bummer. Maybe pose a question to the author on her GR page?


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Debbie's Spurts (D.A.) | 1943 comments Steph wrote: ":/ Sorry Debbie, I checked my copy (which I haven't read yet) and it's the same as yours. What a bummer. Maybe pose a question to the author on her GR page?"

Nope; I'm against how goodreads has done the author and book Q&As. Just drown out my updates feed so I'm not adding to the mess.

Plus, the Q&A isn't searchable so I'd never find the answer anyway unless online and looking at updates right when she answered.


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Steph (angel4492) | 29024 comments Yeah, that wouldn't be too helpful, I guess. Maybe email the author directly either thru GR or their website? Never know, maybe you'll hear back.


Christina T (crysteena73) | 180 comments D.A.—just a reader wrote: "Well, I kniw it's not May anymore. But I just got the book and have wolfed through it for some reason really enjoying.

But it's really bugging me that 97% into a library ebook borrow of "The Unl..."


DA that is weird but the paperback copy that I could peek at on amazon had the same typo. My copy might have had it too but mine was an eArc from NetGalley so I probably just skimmed over it figuring it was a typo that sometimes occurs in ARCs.


Debbie's Spurts (D.A.) | 1943 comments I'm still mentally playing a game of Mad Libs trying to fill in the blank with a noun ...


Christina T (crysteena73) | 180 comments D.A.—just a reader wrote: "I'm still mentally playing a game of Mad Libs trying to fill in the blank with a noun ..."

LOL you totally made me smile!


message 15: by Sandra, Kindle Operator Licence Required (new) - rated it 4 stars

Sandra | 23887 comments My paperback has the same typo, so I've asked the question on SL's webpage. Just waiting on the answer :)


message 16: by Sandra, Kindle Operator Licence Required (new) - rated it 4 stars

Sandra | 23887 comments I got a reply from Cheryl, SL's webperson - army.

"I need an army. Hel can provide one."

Makes so much sense when you know.


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Steph (angel4492) | 29024 comments Yay! :D I'll have to remember that if/when I read the book.


message 18: by Debbie's Spurts (D.A.) (last edited Jul 17, 2015 01:48PM) (new)

Debbie's Spurts (D.A.) | 1943 comments Thanks! Army is perfect!


message 19: by Sandra, Kindle Operator Licence Required (new) - rated it 4 stars

Sandra | 23887 comments I think I'll write it in my paperback. LOL


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Steph (angel4492) | 29024 comments Sounds like a good idea ;)


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