Tuesday, September 24, 2013

REVIEW: Forged by Greed (The Forged Series Book One) By Angela Orlowski-Peart

Forged by Greed

(The Forged Series Book One)

By Angela Orlowski-Peart

Publication Date: September 20, 2012

Young Adult paranormal romance/urban fantasy novel.
Two Seattle 16-year-olds, Jatred and Jasmira, are not your typical star-crossed lovers.  They are not even your typical Shape Shifters. Sure, they try to live an ordinary life. At least, as ordinary as the Prince and the Princess of the rivaling ancient Races--the Winter wolves and the Summer leopards--can live. But eventually they learn that not much about their existence can be normal. Especially when the Races' two commanding Goddesses are involved.

One of the Goddesses is on a quest to tilt the scale of power to her side. The other will never let it happen, even if it means kicking Jatred and Jasmira's love to the curb. Nothing is off limits, including removing Jatred's memories of Jasmira.

To complicate things even more, there are the Universe's powers to consider. They are trapped in an ancient Amulet in order to protect the stability of the world. But the Universe has a mind of its own, and when the powers are unleashed, the forces of nature are disturbed; earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions shake the Earth. All Shifters of both Races are summoned by their respective Goddesses to fight in the name of, or against, the normalcy of the world.
The water retreated toward the ocean from under her feet, as if sucked by a gigantic invisible vacuum, foaming and bubbling. And then she felt it: an accumulated energy of something huge, approaching recklessly, unstoppable. She closed her eyes and listened, feeling the gentle breeze quickly becoming a wild wind, tugging on her hair and clothes.

When Amber looked again, she saw a massive angry wave stretched over the horizon. Dark water rolled forward, piled up over sixty feet tall. A murmur-like hum declared danger, replacing the calming sounds of the regular waves.

Tsunami, the Goddess thought calmly. She turned her body to face the ocean, watching the wall of water bowl forward, toward the beach, toward her. White streaks of foam rolled on top of the surf, like strands of blond hair on a livid giant's head. And then the sirens began to blare out, warning the people to run for safety.

The humans saw the wave but instead of moving, most of them stood, pointing. All of the teens whipped out their cell phones and started to take pictures. Two older couples ran in the direction of the houses, the women screeching in terror. The teens followed, finally realizing the impending threat.

The roar of the tsunami became like thunder, as if enraged by a lack of response from the peacefully quiet shore. Amber lifted her arms, palms forward, her eyes on the approaching danger. She shouted a long phrase into the deafening sound of the tsunami in a language that hadn't been spoken on Earth in a few thousand years. She enunciated each word, repeating the phrase three times, her strong voice carrying over the violent wind.

The wall of water was almost upon her when she felt another powerful presence. Amber's face contorted in rage when she saw Crystal standing on the sand about a hundred yards away, her feet bare. The other Goddess's pose was identical to Amber's--her arms outstretched in front of her, palms flat, the eyes on the ocean.

Crystal's voice boomed over the storm. She kept bellowing in an ancient form of Gaelic. Her long hair wafted around her head, the color changing from dark-brown to silver and back. She turned her face toward Amber, and her lips curled in a vicious smile. The Winter Goddess's eyes had no irises. They appeared to be all black pupils. Her heavily tattooed skin gleamed silver, creating a bright halo around her. The red and black tattoos seemed to crawl over her skin, pulsing in and out of sight.

The wave slammed onto the Goddesses' open palms. It couldn't penetrate the invisible wall they created in front of them. The wall stretched for miles along the shore, the water crashing with unearthly force upon it. A loud rumble like an airplane engine enveloped them. Both Goddesses kept up their chanting, their voices lilting over the deafening noise.
Ok, so I received Forged by Greed on NetGalley and went searching on Amazon and found that there was a prequel... SO I decided to purchase the prequel and read/review before reading this one so that I would have a better insight and understanding..
Now, with that said, and the prequel read... here goes this one...
Another wonderful story from this author! I loved the hilarity or Erik... oh and Pen too!!
There were many ties in this book I became emotional and found myself laughing and even crying almost a couple times.
I loved these amazing characters and I was hooked from page one! Getting to know Jasmira and Jatred was unreal and I loved how I was able to see that there was such an amazing depth between them and their friends. Jasmira and Jatred are like Romeo and Juliet... Summer and winter.... not supposed to be together.... but find love and I so got into this story!! This book kept you guessing what was going to happen to these characters from page one and you couldn't help but become attached.. I surely hope this isn't the last book in the Forged Series because I was so longing for more!!

I give this book 5 of 5 Shields!!

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