ARC Review: The Unleashing by Shelly Laurenston

Posted March 30, 2015 by Suzanne in Reviews / 5 Comments

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ARC Review: The Unleashing by Shelly Laurenston
The Unleashing
by Shelly Laurenston

3 Stars


Released: March 31st 2015
Series: Call of Crows #1
Published by Kensington
Pages: 400
Format: eARC

“I did like the world that Shelly Laurenston has created and although the romance may have been a bit lacklustre, I would read the next in the series” ~ Under the Covers

I feel like I am having a torrid and stormy love affair with Shelly Laurenston. Like all good love affairs we have our giddy highs and earth shattering lows; when we first met, I couldn’t get enough of her, I devoured her. There wasn’t anything that she had a hand in that I didn’t immediately gobble up and enjoy immensely. However, recently, I feel we are in a dip, she just isn’t satisfying me like she used to.

When reading The Unleashing, I felt like I was having a flashback, all her books a very similar and her characters bare a remarkable resemblance to one another so I was on very familiar and oft trod ground when I was reading this. But, I do happen to enjoy Shelly Laurenston’s stable of characters, even if she does trot them out in various new images on a frequent basis, so The Unleashing was just the read I was expecting; funny and full of action.

I did feel that the romance was lacking, the main characters Vig and Kera were great together, I just wish I had a chance to see more of their impending coupledom; it all seemed to resolve very quickly. I would have liked to see more interactions between them, one, because they adorable and hilarious, and two, so that this paranormal romance book was a bit heavier on the actual romance.

However, I did like the world that Shelly Laurenston has created and although the romance may have been a bit lacklustre I would read the next in the series, just to see what happens and to learn more about the clans. So, although the romance between Laurenston and I may be at a low ebb, we aren’t on the rocks quite yet.


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About Shelly Laurenston

Originally from Long Island, New York, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shelly Laurenston has resigned herself to West Coast living which involves healthy food, mostly sunny days, and lots of guys not wearing shirts when they really should be. Shelly Laurenston is also The New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author G.A. Aiken, creator of the Dragon Kin series. For more info on G.A.’s dangerously and arrogantly sexy dragons, check out her website at


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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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Thanks Suzanne!


Love the “who we are”


I may wait for your review of book 2 then…thanks

Amy R
Amy R

Bummer, I’m looking forward to checking out this series.

Melanie Simmons @mlsimmons
Melanie Simmons @mlsimmons

I loved the world that was built here. One thing that I really enjoyed was bringing up the charity that Kera is starting. For the past few years, a very similar charity has been my charity of choice. I love how they take homeless/deathrow dogs and pair them with former soldier who need a companion. I also loved Brody. She stole the show for me. 🙂