Saturday, March 02, 2013

Review: Uniquely Unwelcome by Brandy Nacole


Title: Uniquely Unwelcome
Author: Brandy Nacole
Series: The Shadow World #1
Release Date: November 20, 2012
Publisher: Createspace
ASIN: B009E96084
Format: eBook, 241 pages
Genre: YA, paranormal, urban fantasy, romance
Source: blog tour
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 matter how unique her bloodline is, she’s considered an outcast by the entire Shadow World.

Once arriving home, Racquel finds that greater evils exist and that the person she cares for most in this world, her half-sister Addie, has been kidnapped along with other Shadow World beings. Racquel finds herself facing horrible odds with those who would rather see her dead than alive.

As her journey continues, Racquel learns more about herself, what she is capable of, and that not every being looks at her as an abomination. Coy, a human captive that Racquel saves from the Vampires, starts showing kindness toward her. Racquel tries putting distance between her and the human boy but as they spend more time together it becomes harder and harder for Racquel to fight the affection she wants and needs.

But will Coy’s friendship and her new found discoveries be enough to help Racquel unravel the strangest mystery that has ever plagued the Shadow World?
Uniquely Unwelcome is an urban paranormal story of Racquel, a serious mixture of nearly all the supernaturals around and therefore an anomaly no one wants to associate with. When supernaturals start disappearing here and there, who's the prime suspect?

Duh. Racquel.

So, of course, the story begins. The plot, I would have to say, is quite generic. Special supernatural must endure hostile acquaintances around her and discover her true purpose. Yes, it's a bit cliché, but I like stories like that. I truly did enjoy the way Racquel had to live with little to no support from her family members, and with literally no friends at all. That takes serious strength. But in the end, I still didn't get a fresh new idea from Brandy Nacole, since Uniquely Unwelcome seemed so similar to some other paranormal reads I had gotten before.

Moving on. Racquel. Not only is she strong, as I mentioned earlier, she can embody emotions. Nacole wrote her in such a way that I can feel her . . . lost-ness in the beginning, if that's even a word. By doing so, she had me immediately sold. Besides, Racquel actually sounds like a teenager, with necessary sarcasm and wit here and there. Of course, the list of things I love about Nacole's character building can go on and on and on and on . . .

But that's not all. I really love Racquel and Coy's relationship with each other. Understandably, there were some awkward bits here and there, where I felt like "Wait, what?" but the bubbly, fizzy chemistry between those two is really just amazing. Besides, Coy is pretty sweet . . .

Final verdict? Great story, great romance, and an incredible protagonist. I wish I can somehow wind back time and read this all over again and relive each and every moment in the book. Uniquely Unwelcome, while it's not a five-star read in my opinion, is an easy read I'd recommend to anyone wanting a paranormal fix with a strong heroine.
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