ARC Review: The Undoing by Shelly Laurenston

Posted March 29, 2016 by Suzanne in Reviews / 4 Comments

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ARC Review: The Undoing by Shelly Laurenston
The Undoing
by Shelly Laurenston

3.5 Stars


Released: March 29th 2016
Series: Call of Crows #2
Published by Kensington
Pages: 400
Format: eARC

“I did enjoy reading this book, it was funny, had some romance and some delicious viking sexy times”
~ Under the Covers

Everyone thinks that Crow Jace Berisha is shy, however, they couldn’t be further from the truth, she isn’t shy, she just doesn’t like to socialise with people. She prefers to watch…and hide when she see someone may want to do the dreaded “small talk”. That doesn’t make her a coward though, even large hard headed Viking know to get out the way when she goes into her berserker rage. Ski Eriksen is from the Protector clan and in general he prefers books to a fight. But, he knows he will fight for the reclusive, intelligent and beautiful Jace. If only she would notice. However, with an ancient Goddess clawing her way into the world all the clans are going to need to work together to stop her, including the Protectors and the Crows.

There are many things I love about Shelly Laurenston, her sense of humour, her feisty and often volatile heroines and then of course there is her males. The Undoing has all these elements and I am pleased to say that unlike the first book in this series where I was distinctly underwhelmed, I very much enjoyed it. This series still isn’t capturing quite as much as I would like, but I am starting to enjoy it more.

There are several things I like about this series, but what I enjoy most is how she shows the friendships between the Crows. The relationships between the women is just as important as the romances and I love seeing the crazy personalities of all the Crows mashing together and all the trouble is brings. I also like the idea of this series of all the Norse gods having their own Clan and how they all fight and work together. It is in interesting premise for the series, which allows for all sorts of madness and mayhem. Then, there’s the humour, Laurenston has always been excellent at delivering a funny story and The Undoing is no different, she had me grinning from start to finish.

Now, on to why I feel I can’t quite give this book 4 stars. The romance. Like the previous book the romance was sidelined. I wanted to see more of Jace and Ski together, I didn’t doubt their validity together as a couple, and I liked that there were no real false dramas between them preventing them from coupling up. Yet at the same time, I would have liked to have seen them together more. Although, I did love seeing Jace interact with his crazy OCD clan of huge bookish vikings.

I did enjoy reading this book, it was funny, had some romance and some delicious viking sexy times so it kept me happy, I also enjoyed it more than the first book, I believe that is because I now know what to expect from this series, so when I cracked it open my expectations weren’t quite as high. But, I do recommend you give this series a go, and I will be on the look out for the next book! spacer


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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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I wasn’t a fan of book 1 but I’m going to try this because I have loved other books by the author.


I have one of her books on my tbr (not fom this series)….I may have to bump it up

Tanya @ Rantings of a Reading Addict
Tanya @ Rantings of a Reading Addict

I love the clan dynamics. I think the romance between Jace and Ski was at the pace it needed to be to fit their personalities. However, I need to brush up on some Viking history. Or maybe mythology altogether. I get confused on what God is what. I did really enjoy this one. Definitely kept me laughing.


Thanks for the review Suzanne