Review of “Hope(less)” by Melissa Haag

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Author: Melissa Haag
Series: Judgement of the Six, Book One
Release Date: November 18, 2013
Pages: 315
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance


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, 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.

Judgement has begun…

Chronicle Review by Wendy

This is my second time starting this series.  I thought I remembered the story for the most part, but after getting several chapters in, I realized how many details I had forgotten!

Melissa Haag incorporates unexpected elements into the supernatural realm of werewolves, creating unique factors and situations within a topic that can sometimes turn predictable. In the midst of Gabby’s story, the core elements of this continuing saga are established throughout Book One. 

Gabby is such a relatable character for me.  I like that she is so practical minded.  Her actions are consistent with a girl who has dealt with the loss of her family, unstable foster families, frugal living, everyday unwanted advances and at the same time silently grasping to understand her unique abilities.  The way the relationship develops between Gabby and Clay is unconventional, to say the least, but it is thoroughly entertaining.  Gabby has more than one epiphany about her feelings and about Clay.  Some of the scenes are just funny and picturing them is quite amusing.

The supporting cast in this story satisfies and each individual serves to bolster the over-all plot.  Contending with their own struggles, we interpret each person through Gabby’s inner monologue and actions.  I prefer when all the characters in a story have strengths and flaws.  Realistically, no one is all bad, even though some stories have adversaries I completely love to hate!  Because I know what is to come in subsequent editions of this series, the groundwork is distinguishable throughout Hope(less) and will acutely intensify this saga as it continues.

The ending is a bit sudden.  I had to sit with it awhile after finishing, although it still brings a smile to my face.  I did not remember the abrupt ending the first time I read it.  Good thing, books 1-5 are currently released (Oh, and I already read them all once) so I won’t agonize thinking…”Now What?”   I am still highly anticipating Book Six, (Sur)real. It will be released November 14th!  I am attempting to review all five before I read and review Book Six after its release.  

Wendy’s Rating: 5/6
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