Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Unclaimed by Laurie Wetzel (Unclaimed, #1)

by Laurie Wetzel

My rating: 5 stars

Series: Unclaimed - Book 1
Publication Date: August 10, 2014
Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing
Genre: YA Paranormal Fantasy
Print Length: 361 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Abandoned by her birth parents and ignored by her adoptive family, Maddy Page believes she is unlovable. She only allows herself to dream of falling in love. That changes when she meets MJ; handsome and kind, MJ penetrates Maddy's defenses. Maddy soon finds herself confiding in MJ like she has with no one else, revealing secrets even her closest friends don't know. He makes her feel safe--a feeling she's never experienced except in her dreams.

When Maddy witnesses MJ disappear and reappear in thin air, she realizes she might have been wrong about him. He could be dangerous--maybe even a killer. Determined to uncover the truth of who--or what--MJ is, Maddy ignores her instinct to run. But she soon realizes that getting close to MJ could cost more than a broken heart--it could cost Maddy her soul.

Unclaimed by Laurie Wetzel (Unclaimed, #1)

Unclaimed (Unclaimed, #1)Maddy has walled herself off from anyone who could possibly hurt her, again. She thinks she is unworthy of love, having been abandoned at birth and feeling like her adoptive family doesn’t want her. But are they ignoring her because of her actions or is what she’s feeling real? Is there a place in the world where she can belong? Since she was younger she’s had strange dreams of love and safety, almost as if she were living in another body, but when MJ appears in her life, he manages to carve her defenses down and smooth out her prickly edges. MJ is a safe haven in a world that feels cold and uncaring; his hold over her is almost magical or ethereal.

But MJ has secrets that will either bring Maddy’s heart healing salvation or will shatter it, and steal her soul. He is not human and he has a job to do, but meeting Maddy, he knows there is something more to her, something untapped, untouched and he will do anything to protect her from the evil that is coming for her.

Prepare yourself for angels, demons, lies, hurt, and even budding love as Maddy is thrown headfirst into a world she never imagined where dreams may not be dreams at all, but are they designed to hurt her or help her? The stakes are high and Maddy’s soul is the prize.

Unclaimed by Laurie Wetzel is like looking into a pool of water, where one ripple will change the surface into a myriad of circles that all expand out in all directions. Full of mystery, with so many questions raised and while most are answered, or hinted at, the big mystery is who or what is Maddy and why is she on every list from heaven to hell and in between? It takes masterful writing to pull out everything but the rabbit from a hat, holding us mesmerized and waiting for it throughout each scene. Ms. Wetzel’s characters each hold a bit of mystery behind them and I love it! No info dumps here to spoil the plot, just a perfect crumb left at the precise moment we need it! Wonderful dialogue, wonderful characters, wonderful reading…I just wonder what will happen next!

Take this one to the top of the hidden gem pile!

I received a review copy from Laurie Wetzel in exchange for my honest review.