Review of “(Mis)fortune” & “(Un)wise” by Melissa Haag

Judgement of the Six 2Title: (Mis)fortune
Author: Melissa Haag
Series: Judgement of the Six, Book Two
Release Date: April 29, 2013
Pages: 314.
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance

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Our world is being judged and even they remain unaware.

Michelle, another young woman with an unexplainable gift, finds herself surrounded by the previously undiscovered werewolf society. Kept prisoner for the predictions that torment her, she meekly follows orders waiting for her opportunity to run. When her stepfather dies, she takes a chance and escapes.

After witnessing Blake, her captor, grow canines, she knows he will do anything to find her. She needs a place to hide and someone to listen to her predictions so her head doesn’t explode, but knows there’s nowhere she can hide forever, and no one who can protect her… unless she can find someone just like him.

Part of the fur wearing faction wants to use her, another part strives to keep her safe. The second book of the Judgement of the Six series will raise more questions about the purpose of these gifted few and Michelle will need to fight for answers. Will what she discovers be enough to help her keep those she loves safe from an emerging evil?


Judgement of the Six 3Title: (Un)wise
Author: Melissa Haag
Series: Judgement of the Six, Book Three
Release Date: November 25, 2013
Pages: 304
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance

BLURB:
The dreams start and Bethi’s very normal life goes down the toilet. Reliving past lives, where Dog-men chase her and she sees her eventual tormented death, Bethi sets out to find a way to live this time around. The dreams hint at an answer. She needs to be strong enough to find it, or die…

The third installment of the Judgement of the Six answers questions, questions answers, and risks the fate of the world.

Chronicle Review by Wendy:

I decided to condense my reviews a bit since I am reviewing an entire series of six. The following is a review of both Books Two and Three…

Reading these books again reminded me of details and additional elements to the story that I had forgotten and had not really considered since the last time I read this series.

In (Mis)fortune, Michelle is a gifted young lady trapped in a horrible situation.  She is unable to trust anyone, a consequence of her unique abilities being exploited by her captor for his great financial profit and means of control.  Like Gabby, in Book One, Michelle’s actions are usually practical and come from a place of responsibility.   She has a sense of self-preservation but more importantly, her protective actions are driven by the need to safeguard her little brothers as much as possible.  

In (Un)wise, Bethi is even younger than Gabby or Michelle.  Bethi is a high-school student also bestowed with a powerful ability, but her unique ‘gift’ imposes on Bethi’s mind and body so much, that her everyday existence mutates into agony.  The potency of her capabilities influence her actions beyond any of the other Judgement’s burdens.

Each of these ladies anointed with a special power, conducts herself with a maturity  beyond her young appearance. Gabby is just starting college, Michelle is only 19 and Bethi is a junior in high-school!  They all display a level of integrity revealing a willingness to forego self-preservation in order to protect others.  

Melissa Haag is a wonderful story teller, slowly depicting tidbits of color throughout each book in the series to reveal details which will make-up her intricate grand illustration. Through the struggles of each gifted Judgement, critical information is painfully discovered to slowly reveal their ultimate purpose.  I personally enjoy the romance angle to each girls’ story.  Potentially compatible with werewolves and urbat alike, the intense bond these ladies invoke with their possible mates stirs up all kinds of action and drama. The protective instinct of their werewolf partners inadvertently brings together the Judgements, helping them break through the confusion to discover their purpose.  In a situation where only the enemy seems to have a grasp on the impending future, these unique, more-than-human ladies, are beginning to understand the need to combine the use of their abilities and endure for what is right…whichever side they determine that is.

I am ready to re-start Books Four and Five in this series, and more than anxious to read the recently released Book Six, (Sur)real. Watch for my reviews to follow soon! 

Wendy’s Rating: 5/6
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