Sunday, June 16, 2013

REVIEW ~ (HOPE)LESS by Melissa Haag

Our world is being judged and we remain unaware.
In a world filled with people, Gabby is uniquely alone. The tiny glowing sparks filling her mind that represent the people around her, confirm it as does the bizarre inexplicable draw she has on men.
Struggling to find an explanation for her sight while dodging unwanted male attention, Gabby meets Sam. The chance encounter leads to a startling revelation - werewolves are real.
Hoping the existence of something so extraordinary might lead to the answers she is seeking, Gabby enters into a hidden society where fur is optional. There she meets Clay, the werewolf delusional enough to think he has a chance with her. Gabby's plans for her future do not include a mate, but rather college, career, and then a huge 'we'll see'.
Gabby leaves the furry hidden society behind when she moves off to college, but trouble has a way of following and finding her. When other werewolves start stalking her, and anomalies in the sparks she sees begin to appear, she must count on Clay's help or risk losing the chance to find the answers she searches for.

I'm not a big paranormal fan but this book was fantastic!  I was pleasantly surprised.  
Gabby is an orphan who ended up in foster care and is a loner.  She doesn't like to be touched and has an ability to see people in colors, almost like seeing their aura.  She doesn't tell anyone she has this ability because along with seeing colors, she attracts unwanted attention from every male she encounters so she's always kept her distance and tries to interact with females only if she can.  The story closes with her finally understanding and making sense of her strange abilities and what it means.
Clay is a werewolf but doesn't belong to a pack.  Gabby meets him during one of her "introduction" weekends and they have a connection that neither can fight.  Gabby lays down the ground rules to Clay with how they have to get to know each other but Clay refuses to speak to her even though he has the ability to.  She thinks he's mute so she ends up talking to him all the time and he nods or makes facial expressions & she reads his body language as a way of communicating.  His way of courting her is to stay in werewolf/dog form so he can live with her and her roommate while she goes to college.  She ends up relying on him and feels safe and protected.  It's really neat how they learn to talk to each other without Clay actually speaking.  She finally "claims" Clay in the end and then he finally starts speaking to her telling her he couldn't speak until she accepted him, or claimed him, otherwise she would have known from the beginning his true feelings for her. 
I wasn't sure where the story was going in the beginning with Gabby's "sparks" and then the weird, old guy who is a werewolf.  I really thought the book was going in a creepy direction and almost didn't continue reading but then it started getting very intriguing with the werewolf introductions and Gabby finally finding her own connection with a werewolf even though she fought it for two long years.  Clay, the werewolf, not speaking but listening is what all men need to do.  Gabby really found herself in this wonderfully romantic, strange story of how to learn to trust and fall in love.  
I can't wait to read the second book in this series.
Rating: 5
Release Date: March 4, 2013
Book Length: 285 pages
Source: Author
Reviewed by: Julie
Reading Format: Available only in eBook

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