March 29, 2013

Review # 15 : Release by Nicole Hadaway

Publication date: January 4th, 2013
Publisher: Visionary Press Cooperative
Genre: Adult Paranormal Fantasy

“The ends justify the means”...

For vampire Miranda Dandridge, using her supernatural abilities to rescue children from impossible circumstances is her means to be a part of the human world that she loves so much, despite the atrocities of WWII.

For doctor Ben Gongliewski, saving his fellow Jews from the horrific death camps is an end for which he risks his own life every day, hiding his Jewish heritage while feigning loyalty the SS.

Neither Miranda nor Ben expects to find love in World War II Europe, but that is exactly what happens as they work for the Resistance. When the war draws to a close, it seems like the vampire and the doctor are free to start a future together. But just how far the Nazis will go to further their own evil ends?

Desperate times make for ruthless men as loves and lives are threatened, but, Miranda and Ben know that their world cannot go to hell, not by any means

I was hooked after the first chapter. 

Hadaway is very talented at creating not only a fresh, engaging, and haunting plot in a genre in which original ideas are hard to come by, but also at creating multi-faceted characters who are at turns both well-defined and surprising.

I loved the background of the world in the throes of WWII.  It was a refreshing story line to add to a paranormal story.  I also liked that the werewolf, Rose and the vampire, Miranda, were friends instead of enemies.  If there is one thing I am over it is the whole vampires v. werewolves scenario.  We get it already. 

I also appreciate how Hadaway included brief descriptions and backgrounds for the characters and circumstances in between dialogue.  I loathe when books go on and on giving descriptions for pages at a time.  It is a quick and surefire method in dropping my attention and probably not retrieving it.  

My favorite character was definitely Miranda, but I was probably most intrigued by Vanessa, the demon, the third in the trio with Rose and Miranda.  Miranda is the rational one with the soft spot for humans, Rose is the werewolf who is still very much human and is still grappling with her existence as such and depends on the other two for support in many ways, and then there is the demon, Vanessa, who is the wild card in the bunch.  She has her own reasons for sticking with Miranda and Rose but the reader is never quite sure about her.
Ben is just a sweetheart who any woman would fall for because he is risking his life to save Jewish children and now he is risking his life twice over because he is working with supernatural beings in order to save even more children.  Now the girls are risking exposure of their kinds in order to help these innocents, but they are also risking exposure by working with Ben.  Not to mention Miranda drinks human blood and one or two nights a month during the full moon Rose wants to eat him, too.   It’s dangerous all around.  With so many elements going on, the reader is not sure which element is going to be the one that snaps and leads to the climax in the plot.  I like that.

Thanks to Nicole Hadaway and Giselle at Xpresso Book Tours for this book.


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As a lawyer, Nicole Hadaway knows all about bloodsuckers and deals with the devil.  She currently lives in Texas where she pens such tales involving the supernatural, featuring her heroine, the vampire Miranda Dandridge.

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  1. I am so over the vampires vs werewolves thing, too. Snore.

  2. I kind of aw-ed after reading that Ben was risking his life to save Jewish children-I love anything that involves the Nazis as villains and ordinary people defying them.

    1. Me too. Ben is Jewish, though he doesn't define himself as such and really doesn't look it, and it helps that his grandparents adopted a Polish last name. So, he takes it personally. But that he is doing it when he is at such high risk himself makes it even more inspiring, in my opinion.


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