Choices by J. L. Mcfadden
Published byCreatespace Independent Pub on January 20th 2015
This book is written in such a way that it can be read as a stand alone or after the first book of the series- The Guardian. After so much more loss Adela finds herself in the middle of a love triangle and the fight for the head of Covens.
Adela and John both have their fair share of choices to make. Adela must think of her coven, but at the same time she feels a burning desire for her great, great niece’s Guardian John. She is torn because though fate has blessed her great, great niece with a Guardian that is connected to her by Mother Earth to protect her from anything, she keeps rejecting him. John is torn between the woman he is fated to and Adela. He fears that it is Adela’s powers of seduction that is tempting him. He feels a desire to protect Gala, but also feels a yearning for Adela. At the same time Adela must search for the secret journal known as the Guardian journal and protect those she loves from the dangers that lurk in the shadows.
*I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*
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JENNIFER’S REVIEW OF CHOICES
Choices is an interesting story about a vampire coven that is in danger because a past coven member stole a book that others want. Also, the coven’s leader, Adela, is becoming the strongest vampire in the world and wants to unite the covens. As it says in the author’s blurb about the book, this can be read as a stand-alone. However, I feel that it is better to read “The Guardian” first because readers need to know the relationship development between John, Gala, and Adela.
I really liked the action scenes and the overall premise of the story. I thought Choices is well-paced and has enough depth of characters and world-building. I liked how this book included more typical aspects of vampires, including their feeding habits, which wasn’t in the first book. Additionally, I found it humorous how the romance turned out to be so different than I would have expected in a paranormal story. If you are looking for mushy and sappy, this wouldn’t be the book for you. But, if you like stories where love can turn to hate, you should check out both “The Guardian” and Choices. (If you wonder why I put one in quotations and the other in italics, it’s because my way of determining what is a novella and what is a novel is if it is below or above two hundred pages. Since Choices is exactly 200 pages, I had to decide which it is, and I went with novel, albeit a short one.)
I was surprised to Adela’s lack of emotional response to what happened with Vitally and John’s lack of emotional response to what happened with Gala. I don’t want to say more about that and give something away. I’ll just say that I expected more from both of them. I was also surprised by some statements that characters made, especially ones made by Gala. In the first book, she says on more than one occasion that she loves John, but in this book she says, “I never wanted him.” If she never wanted him, why did she save his life from the car accident? Why did she say repeatedly that she loved him?
Although the characters have a lot of interesting backstory, I never got attached to any of them. Out of all the characters, I liked Priest (a vampire hunter) the best. If there was a book just about Priest, I would read it.
Overall, I enjoyed reading Choices. I would recommend it to readers who want something different in a vampire story instead of a perfect happily-ever-after.
I give Choices 4 stars.