Review: The Unleashing (Call of Crows #1) by Shelly Laurenston

March 28, 2016 Review 1

Review: The Unleashing (Call of Crows #1) by Shelly Laurenston

Kera Watson never expected to face death behind a Los Angeles coffee shop. Not after surviving two tours lugging an M16 around the Middle East. If it wasn’t for her hot Viking customer showing up too late to help, nobody would even see her die.

In uncountable years of service to the Allfather Odin, Ludvig “Vig” Rundstrom has never seen anyone kick ass with quite as much style as Kera. He knows one way to save her life—but she might not like it. Signing up with the Crows will get Kera a new set of battle buddies: cackling, gossiping, squabbling, party-hearty women. With wings. So not the Marines.

But Vig can’t give up on someone as special as Kera. With a storm of oh-crap magic speeding straight for L.A., survival will depend on combining their strengths: Kera’s discipline, Vig’s loyalty… and the Crows’ sheer love of battle. Boy, are they in trouble.

Title: The Unleashing
Author: Shelly Laurenston
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Wolf With Benefits, Bite Me, Bite Me, The Unleashing
Series: Call of Crows
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: The Unleashing, The Undoing, The Unyielding
Published by Kensington
Source: Publisher
Published: March 31, 2015
Genres: Fantasy Romance, Paranormal Romance
Pages: 373
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Stars: five-stars
Flames: three-flames
I received this book for free from the Publisher or Author in exchange for an honest review, or I purchased it with my own funds. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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“Come for the camaraderie, stay for the never-ending entertainment.”

That sums up everything you need to know about a Shelly Laurenston book. I love her books. I love her bad ass, completely off their rocker heroines even more. My goal in life is to be as awesome as a Shelly Laurenston female.

Kera has been trying to get used to life as a civilian. For the past eighteen months she has been trying to find her place in the world outside of the Marines. She has her dog Brodie and a job at a coffee shop. She’s trying. Doing the right thing is something that is just ingrained in her to do. That is why in an attempt to rescue a woman from an abusive boyfriend leaves Kera with a knife in her chest while her favorite customer screams for someone she doesn’t even know exists to help her.

Kera’s even newer life is more confusing than civilian life. The craziness of the Bird House is something her Marine mind can’t comprehend. The life of a Crow is something she doesn’t understand for reasons she cannot control. Her sister Crows don’t seem to understand that some things need explanations. The manner by which the mentor Crow trains her mentee Crow is mind boggling to all. Finding her place in another new world has Kera at her wits end. There isn’t time for her to do things her way though as there is an ancient evil trying to make its mark in her world by any means possible. The Crows have their work cut out for them here.

You’ll notice I don’t mention Vig, the hero too much. The Unleashing isn’t a romance where the guy is going to chase and woo the girl. The Call of Crows book may have a romance element to them but the chase that leads to happily ever after is not within these pages. Yes, you’ll get a happily ever after but minus the love story. Vig is of course worthy of someone as bad ass as Kera. He and his Raven brothers have their own level of amazing but really this book is all about the remarkable female characters.

There are a few similarities to Hunting Season, the only book in Laurenston’s Gathering series. If you love the Call of Crows books as much as I have and you want some more Crow and Raven crazy while impatiently waiting for another book in this series to come out you should definitely check that one out as well.

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