The pacing for me was initially slow but soon picked up, I was so anxious for Joel to spill the beans on who or what he was. The investigation with the nightclub owner was interesting although at times too detailed. I enjoyed the twists and turns in Volition and was truly shocked by the reveal at the end. We are left with a cliff-hanger so I am now eager to get started on Severance , the sequel. I truly hope there is some way Charlotte and Joel can find a permanent way to be together.
Volition is romantic, exciting, and full of brilliant morals. I went into it not really sure what to expect, and I ended up loving the story as it was revealed. We start off with Charlotte, who is what you would call the all around good girl. She works her butt off, attends college, lives with her friends, while not getting into anything "bad". Her friends finally convince her to let it all go for once and go out clubbing. Realizing it may be exactly what she needs, Charlotte goes. But everything Volition is romantic, exciting, and full of brilliant morals.
But everything seems to fall down hill from there. Charlotte gets drugged and ends up in a hotel room with a mysterious guy named Joel. He saved her, and he asks her to trust him So when Joel starts showing up more in her life, she believe that he did really save her, but if that's true, then that means that someone else is after her. One of the things that I absolutely loved about this story was even though it has it's paranormal side to it, it is SO real. And I absolutely loved that fact.
The main character is 23, attending college and working her butt off, and I can completely relate to that. I also really enjoyed all the characters. I loved Charlotte's hard-working personality. Her strength in everything that she's thrown into in such a short time. The fact that she's always been capable of handling herself. Charlotte's roommates Emily and Tara also made the story what it was. They're both beautiful and outgoing, yet they're the type of friends you'd always want to have around you.
On the work side, I have to admit I loved Heather! I thought she was so funny yet understanding when she needed to be. Another character I found myself liking was Alex.
I know, I know Not only is he sexy as heck with bright green eyes. His soul purpose is protecting Charlotte, and he always does it in the sweetest ways. You cannot help but fall for him. I loved watching Joel and Charlotte become closer. Overall, this book was a quick, charming, yet intense read. I have to admit the ending was a jaw-dropper. I honestly didn't see it coming at all.
And, I absolutely love being pleasantly surprised like that! Cannot wait to read Severance!
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I know that may sound strange after you just read the warning above, but this book isn't so much about rape and the victims as it is about love and becoming a strong, good person. Charlotte has been through a lot. She doesn't even like to go out to clubs, and the one night that her friends finally drag her out, something awful almost happens to her. The rest of the book deal with Warning: The rest of the book deal with the aftermath of this night, including a strange new addition to her life- Joel.
Joel is one of those guys that is so perfect. He is too good to be true. I love how innately good Joel is and how much he cares for Charlotte, but I would have liked to see a few more faults in him. Something to make him seem a little more realistic. But it is pretty hard to not like Joel; he is just so loyal. I'm glad that even though Charlotte was smitten with Joel from about day 2, she still realized how strange his appearance in her life was. I would like to think I would act logically too and not get swept up in the romance of it all if a strange man "saved" me and promptly took me straight to a hotel room and then proceeded to have many unexplained occurrences surrounding him.
But even though Charlotte tried to act rationally, she just couldn't stay away from Joel. But the more I got to see the two of them together, the less it bugged me. I really liked that the whole trial process was explained and that we got to know some of the other girls that this had happened to. And then the end of the book was like a whirlwind. Most of the book is set at a moderate pace, but the ends sped things up considerably.
All of a sudden a bunch of stuff was happening that I totally didn't see coming! The ending totally shocked me, and left me really wanting to read the second book to see how the story would all end. Even with its serious themes and nature, Volition was a really sweet romance to me.
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I really hope everything works out for Joel and Charlotte in the next book. Nov 03, Kristin rated it really liked it Shelves: First, let me start off this review by saying that I am not a huge religious person. There is a lot of talk about God, higher beings and how everything happens for a reason.
I was a little nervous when I realized this since I'm not a fan of these types of books. However, I am happy to say that I enjoyed this book and found the story to be engaging regardless. Without giving too much away, I will say that I liked Joel's character.
Charlotte meets Joel the night that a bartender spikes her water wi First, let me start off this review by saying that I am not a huge religious person. Charlotte meets Joel the night that a bartender spikes her water with the date rape drug. Joel sees the bartender putting something in her drink and is there to save her for a potential raping. In her efforts to get her bearings, she enlists the help of Joel and they meet up to talk about that night.
It doesn't take long for these two to become friends. I must say that I liked the struggle that Joel dealt with when it came to his attraction to Charlotte, it made him more human in my eyes. He doesn't quite understand his attraction to her but with every moment they spend together, he finds himself falling more in love with her.
The trial that ensues from the whole club incident, takes up the length of the book. Joel is convinced that something bad is going to happen to Charlotte and he remains by her side throughout the trial. The connection between these two characters didn't feel rushed or forced. Although I did find a lot of the trial part to be a bit lengthy and not overly necessary. The only bad thing I have to say about this book is that it could use a good editing. There were a lot of grammar issues.
There were words that were missing in a sentence and words that were misspelled. I found at least two mistakes in every chapter. There was also a lot of inner dialect and parts that weren't overly important to the story that could have been cut out. I am still looking forward to reading the second book in the story. The ending totally surprised me and I'm always happy when a book can do that. This may seem like a strange quote but considering my place of employment where I deal with hundreds of people a day from all over the world.
I really thought this was funny. I was positively surprised by Volition and I'm definitely looking forward to start its sequel soon, especially since the ending broke my heart a little bit. Its exciting plot and Shawn's beautiful style of writing turned this into a fast and easy read and made me wish to find out more about Charlotte and Joel soon. Volition turned out to be a complete surprise for me. Even though I had read reviews about it a while ago, I somehow believed it to be a My Rating: Even though I had read reviews about it a while ago, I somehow believed it to be a contemporary story.
You can imagine my surprise, when I detected the first hints for a paranormal story and my happiness when these paranormal hints turned out to be true. Charlotte is a quite intriguing character. One night changes her life completely and forces her to question herself and her decisions. I loved witnessing the story from her point of view, although at some points I grew a little bit tired of her mood swings: But at the same time she has a pleasant voice and this makes following her story very easy.
Joel, Charlotte's saviour, is the big mystery of Volition. At that point it was no longer a surprise and I wished that it had been unveiled earlier. But he's definitely a very crush-worthy male fictional character, especially since it's nice to have a "nice guy" to swoon over. There are many things I'd like to know about him and I'm looking forward to see his relationship to Charlotte develop.
Shawn Kirsten Maravel's writing style is absolutely gorgeous and I fell in love with it even before I started to crush on Joel. It's beautiful and detailed, but it doesn't overwhelm you with unnecessary information. This novel offers mystery, crime, and romance with a mysterious stranger. The main character of this novel is, Charlotte Rush, a conservative art student, and part-time banker.
When she and her friends go to a night club, Charlotte is the designated driver. After dancing for hours, she heads off the dance floor to search out her friends. She decides to get a drink of water from my rating 3. She decides to get a drink of water from the bartender and the next thing she knows, she is waking up in a dark hotel room. Her head hurts, her mouth is dry and there is a complete stranger sitting in the chair by the bed. This mysteries man, with heavenly green eyes and a body resembling a Greek god identifies himself as Joel and tells her that she is safe. Charlotte drifts to sleep again, and when she awakes she is home in her own bed.
The tale that unfolds, deals with Charlotte learning about the crime that occurred that night. Despite, the fact that she knows nothing about Joel, she trusts him. Overall I enjoyed Volition. The characters were well developed and it had plenty of suspense and mystery. At times, I felt details messed with the flow of the story, and in these areas I skimmed. For example, what everyone was eating or wearing. I will warn you, although this is listed as YA, there is some intimacy. The romance between Charlotte and Joel at first appeared to be insta-love, but actually winds up being so much more.
Volition was a wonderful start to a new series, and I am looking forward to reading book two entitled Severance. I recommend this to fans of paranormal romance. This novel is currently available in paper and eBook formats. I will be adding this author to my watch list. I want to thank the author for providing this ARC in exchange for my unbiased review. Volition is like a giant present filled with awesome surprises. It has a little bit of everything, humor, fantasy, realistic events, and relatable characters.
This book was extremely captivating. It's written very well and when I started reading I'd just lose track of time and get sucked into the book.
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I loved the plot it wasn't like anything I've read before. The characters in this book were very realistic and Volition is like a giant present filled with awesome surprises. The characters in this book were very realistic and I liked every one besides one evil man, but you aren't supposed to like him. All the characters were thought out very well and they each had their own special personalities and they didn't all blur together.
Charlotte was a great main character, I could relate to her feelings and I liked her right away. Now, Joel on the other hand is hot. He was the perfect gentlemen and I kept smiling whenever I read about his relationship with Charlotte. The plot was very smooth and unique, there was one thing that was pretty obvious I'm not going to say what because I don't want to spoil anyone, but I'm not sure if it was supposed to be obvious to the reader or not.
Hopefully if you read the book you know what I'm talking about. The only small complaint I have is that sometimes the book was a little slow paced, but the bright side is those slow parts got to show us more of Charlotte's life and we got to know her better. It's not like those parts were boring either, I was too captivated by the writing to notice if it was slow, but looking back I realize some parts were. There was one big twist at the end and the cliffhanger will make you crave the second installment right away, I can't wait to read it!
Oct 19, Gabby What's Beyond Forks? Volition has everything you'd want in a forbidden romance. There is the chemistry between the characters, the mystery surrounding the handsome stranger, the unexpected dangers, and the humor. Watching the relationship between Charlotte and Joel grow had a magnetism that kept me wanting more.
I figured out pretty early what Joel was, and even though I thought it should have been pretty obvious to Charlotte as well, I was still unsure of his true motives. Themes are discussed such as rape that may Volition has everything you'd want in a forbidden romance. Themes are discussed such as rape that may be suitable for a more mature young adult audience depending on parental preference.
This is a serious real life topic, and I thought the discussions were conducted very tastefully with minimal detail. The situations some of the women survived in the book may even offer comfort and support to women who have had similar experiences in real life. This was a highly entertaining and addictive story. There were twists and turns all along the adventure that was reading Volition. Even the ending will leave you with an unexpected twist that will have you running to read Severance, the second book in the series.
This book was sent to me from the author for review. The opinions are my own. I really enjoyed this book. While it was based on serious circumstances that can and do happen in our society, it had a heart warming feel to it that kept you grounded. The characters in the book were very well thought out and worked nicely together. The plot line moved along very smoothly and seamlessly. Maravel, did an excellent job of capturing me into her story and keeping me riveted to it. I immediately finished this one and started on the second one because I was excited to I really enjoyed this book.
I immediately finished this one and started on the second one because I was excited to see what would happen between Charlotte and Joel! Maravel and I look forward to reading more of your books! I won this e-book from a give-away on Shadow Kisses blog. What a lovely story and so romantic. It rolled along quite nicely, even with the not very nice events but you knew that something much worse was going to happen. Though after having friends, who I considered family, gain up on me and stop being friends with me I think there could have been a little more meat there, words of an agruement.
But again that might be just me because I have been in a spot where friends have turned on me for something that wasn't my fault. Oct 19, Gabby What's Beyond Forks? If you enjoyed Volition, you will love Severance. Just like the first book, twists and turns will keep you glued to the pages. The story and characters are truly lovable. In the beginning of this book, I did want to slap Charlotte around quite a bit.
To avoid a spoiler, there was something she really should have told her friends as soon as she knew the information herself. So, I was glad when they stopped speaking to her later in the book. Aside from her lapse in judgement, I fe If you enjoyed Volition, you will love Severance. Aside from her lapse in judgement, I fell in love with all the main characters. Even the antagonist grips you with his conflicting emotions and behaviors. Surprisingly, you'll even feel bad for him at times. Severance will have your blood pumping as you fight to survive with Charlotte. Depending on parental preference, here are a few intimate moments that are better suited for a more mature young adult audience.
The writing style was consistent with the first book. Shawn Kirsten Maravel has a way of writing that grabs you into the world of her books. This book was sent to me from the author for review. The opinions are my own. May 12, Stephanie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Severance takes place right where Volition leaves off.
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Joel is currently in a coma for the bullet he took that ultimately saves Charlotte's life. There are so many questions running through Charlotte's mind, the biggest one is when will Joel wake up? When Joel finally wakes up, Charlotte and Joel have to face reality together. While Charlotte is happy Joel is alive, Alex, on the other hand, is furious. He will do whatever it takes to make Charlotte his. Severance was just as good as V Severance takes place right where Volition leaves off. Severance was just as good as Volition, if not better!
We got to learn a lot more about Joel, and I loved him so much more. I was always dying to know what happened next. The ending was beautiful! Severance is the sequel to Volition. I think Shawn Kirsten Maravel had it going on with Severance. Severance picks up where Volition left off. Joel's injuries left him with a big surprise, one that changes the world for him and Charlotte and allows them what they want most But on the other hand it Spoiler Alert: But on the other hand it sort of puts a handicap on his ability to protect Charlotte. In Voltion Charlotte learns that the one person she thought would never betray her trust is actually the reason her world has flipped upside down.
He wants her and he will stop at nothing to have her. I won this e-book from a give-away on Shadow Kisses blog. Yes, this is bone-chilling and packed full of adrenaline as the synopsis on Amazon states. I could not put this book down. The narrative gallops along at such a pace, full of twists and turns, you don't know who or what is going to pop up next. I actually wonder how I stopped reading this book to eat my tea!! I am still reeling from it all.
At the end of Volition we were left wondering if Joel would survive and if he does, what inju I won this e-book from a give-away on Shadow Kisses blog. At the end of Volition we were left wondering if Joel would survive and if he does, what injuries does he have and how do they affect him? Naturally we get the answers. If you enjoyed Volition, as the author says, you will enjoy Severance even more!
Jan 12, Dora-lee added it. What an amazing read this book turned out to be for me with alot of action really kept me on the edge of my seat.
The character Alex turned out to be more in Charlotte's life after the last book I read called Volition. I highly recommend you take the time to come and get to know the characters I am learning and loving in this book. Well worth your time and efforts pull up a chair What an amazing read this book turned out to be for me with alot of action really kept me on the edge of my seat.
Well worth your time and efforts pull up a chair and a nice cup of tea and do not forget to keep the lights close by wink wink. In the sequel to "Volition" we get an epic movie ending for the story about Charlotte and Joel. With the nice build up in "Volition" with its focus on relationship and love with well formed characters, the final book is packed with drama.
You will have a hard time catching your breath for all the things that Charlotte has to face for her so wanted happy end. Will she get it? Is there a place for true love? The book has its main focus on the emotions jealousy, love and the two characters. No spec In the sequel to "Volition" we get an epic movie ending for the story about Charlotte and Joel. No spectacular side events or sub stories. I am pretty sure you will like it. This book was just as great as the first book, Volition, jam packed full with action, suspense, and romance.
The beginning really had me teetering on edge because I had no idea what would happen. There were so many surprises in this book it definitely keeps you on your toes and wanting more. The romance is still very very romantic. Tension definitely builds up more in this second book and makes the books all the more great! This is definitely a must read and you go buy it right now. I just finished reading Severance today and let me tell you I was beyond pleased.
The ending was exactly what I wanted it to be. From the first book Volition, I knew I loved all the characters. In Severance you really do see more of the characters and what great lengths they are able to go through with love on their side. In my opinion every woman should have a Joel. And if they dont, well then they just need to keep on searching. Joel really is the perfect man.
I can only hope that Shawn Marave I just finished reading Severance today and let me tell you I was beyond pleased.
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I can only hope that Shawn Maravel continues to writing more books such as this. Everyone should buy this book now! Towards the end it was a little over the top in terms of how many events were being out into the story, but it was well done. There are enough twists to keep the story fast paced but not too many to keep track of. A nice touch is that Shawn ties everything together and leave no loose ends. This is something many famous authors often forget to do. There were multiple laugh out loud moments and the ending left me with a happy glow.
I highly recommend this book to others. Shawn Maravel did it one more time! Severance is great and it goes right next to Volition on my shelves of favorites! All twists in the book were great… and in the end of the book my face was like: O WOW haha and little Chloe is sooo cute: I was in anticipation for this book and it did not let me down! It had as much excitement as the first but again threw me for a few turns which I did not see coming. I only fell more in love with the characters and was able to understand their story with more complexity. Loved little Chloe and the surprise with Alex in the end!!
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