Hope(less) [The Judgement of the Six] by Melissa Haag (Book and Audiobook Review)

 Gabby’s brain is like a human fish finder. It comes in handy when she wants to avoid people. Mostly men. They seem to like her a bit too much. It’s lonely being different, but she’s adapted to it. Really. She just wishes she knew why she is different, though. In her search for answers, she discovers a hidden community of werewolves. She immerses herself in their culture, learning about their world until she meets Clay. He’s unkempt, prone to mood swings, and intense without saying a word, and he thinks Gabby is his. It’s going to take every trick she knows to convince Clay to go away – and every bit of willpower not to fall for him when she discovers the man beneath the rough exterior.

 

Ok, So I’ll be honest: when I first read the sample for this book I was kinda iffy about it.  However, I like to give each book a chance to redeem itself later in the book and this one did just that. Also with the audiobook version of this book, the narrator didn’t really put a lot of emotion into the main character’s voice. But, again, later on in the book I could better imagine Gabby’s expressions through the author’s descriptions.

    With the written (or Kindle version in my case) of Hope(less) I was a little disappointed at first. Why? Well. with most books on shifters the book is usually written in third person omniscient to hear the sides of all the characters. Not in this case.  Also, any book on werewolves that I read the pack or even just the alpha is very well off. Having a house with too many rooms for even the pack and there is lots of “intimacy” in the book between the two main characters.  Not with this Melissa Haag book! Now, remember that I gave this book a chance to remdeem itself from not going with the norm of werewolf books?? This one, I believe, rival’s the norm on shifter books!  Though the book summary is a bit deceiving.  She doesn’t really “discover” anything.  Right off the bat, she see’s a man turn into wolf. It later goes into how she and a selct few human women are compatible with the wolves and how they “introduce” the female wolves, or Gabby, to the single males, young and old, and how each knows that they are meant for each other.  However with Gabby, it’s different as that she doesn’t have the sense of smell that the wolves do and she has to go on a gut feeling.  

    The man that transformed in the beginning of the book, Sam,  takes her in at age 16 because her foster parents are about to have a baby of their own and have no room for Gabby.  He looks like someone old enough to be her grandfather and they spin a story that he’s a friend of her real grandfather and that helps with Gabby moving from one home to another. (No, this is not a old guy gets the young girl story, YUCK!!) Sam takes Gabby to the community where he’s from, in Canada, and “introduces” her to two young men her age and when neither find her their mate they become her friends.  They are the ones that explain how mates meet and when more males come to meet her throughout her visit to the Compound, she. gets upset with Sam…she’s does this a lot and with the way it’s written you can’t help but get upset yourself! She makes a deal with him when they head home that after two years she would go through meeting wolves and if nothing happens, she would go off to the college of her choice and then be done with the whole thing.  Sam agrees.  Luckily we don’t have to go through chapters of how she met and had a second meeting with some worth two years of reading. It comes to chapter three that we find the two years have come and gone (she had to be “introduced” every six weeks) and she has one visit left before going off to get a higher education. 

The last trip was different and when Gabby finds out why she again gets upset with Sam and his not telling her the WHOLE TRUTH.  So, sick of the waiting, she breaks the rules and does things her way and after meeting all the wolves that came to see if she was their mate finding that they weren’t, she turns to leave and that’s when she meets Clay Lawe.  He’s not what she expected for a mate or future and I won’t ruin why, but know at his description you’ll go “NO!! SHE WAS SO CLOSE!!”  Later on she tells him that she doesn’t know what she wants and that she’d like to go to school and if he wanted her that he’d let her do that and get to know her in the process.  Two words: CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!!

She doesn’t have contact with him as she moves to the home she rents with a roommate, that being he refuses to speak with her for his own reasons that he explains in the end, and the day she gets to her future home for the school year and meets with her roommate, Rachel, she finds Clay in his fur (with a tag and note) and spends time with her and learns many things along with Gabby.

Time passes and there come other wolves that challenge Clay for Gabby as a mate.  Gabby has another gift and it’s interesting and I’m glad I don’t have it!! Not gonna tell you what it is though!!  But after learning something more about her secondary gift she and Clay return to the compound and she has questions that need to be answered.  She also believes that she found another girl like herself, but with different gifts, as a mate for another wolf as she shakes his hand.  She gives him directions on where to find him and then she goes back home with Clay and she is almost kidnapped by a different pack of wolves who have plans unknown to them for her.  Clay fights and wins and they go back to the Compound and she then claims Clay and he finally speaks!

I didn’t LOVE the narrator for the book, beccuase she didn’t differentiate the voices as I would have liked.  However, I got used to her reading and since it was in first person, I didn’t mind too much.  It’s definitely a leisure listen or road trip kind of audioibook!

 

I can happily recommend this for readers thirteen and up! I recently checked my Kindle version for swearing and it is few and far between and there is not “intimate” details in the book other than the mention that someone spent the night at their girlfriend/boyfriend’s house.  Melissa did a good job at keeping it at a PG rating and after I finish listening to the second book I will review it here for you my readers!!  As with all my other reviews, let me know if you agree or disagree and what you would recommend!!

 

Love💜,

Wordie

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