(Un)Wise by Melissa Haag
Series: Judgement of the Six #3
Published by Indie
Published on: November 26, 2013
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Werewolves, Young Adult
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The dreams start, and Bethi’s very normal life goes down the toilet. She soon realizes the dreams are actually memories from past lives…and not just hers. She sees the lives of other women like her.
The recalled memories follow the same terrifying pattern: Dog-men chase her, and she sees her eventual tormented death. Learning from the past, 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…again.
This is one of those series that continues to get better as it goes. Not that the first books were bad, because they definitely weren’t, but that the story line gets more. More everything- answers, romance, running for your life moments, action, new characters. But because this is wisdom’s book, we do get more answers than anything else- well except for the romance. Just a heads up, since this is the third in this series, there could be some spoilers ahead if you haven’t started the series yet.
Bethi Pederson has a problem. She can’t allow herself to sleep, so she spends her time buying pills to keep herself awake, and trying to stay awake even with the pills. When she sleeps, she dreams, only these aren’t your everyday dreams. These are dreams of herself in many different time periods, some from a millennium before, or even older, and without exception, she dies. Bethi feels every death, every horrible second of it, and the reader goes with her in the dreams, but there’s nothing really horribly explicit as far as the violence, although I could have done without the being burned alive dream. She also knows from her dreams that she is being hunted by a group of men that can change into horrible wolf like creatures. She knows that if she is found, they will kill her, just like in all of her dreams. So when she is at the mall and is approached by a young man who seems extremely interested in her, she runs. She leaves everything she knows behind, including her mother, and her senior year of high school.
If you have read the first book in this series, Hope(less),then you know that Luke, one of the good guy werewolves, is searching for Bethi. So when he finds her and she seems to know what he is and runs, he is understandably upset because he knows that Bethi is his mate and she has spurned him. So he follows her and helps her, without her knowledge. The read turns into an on the road adventure and I must say, it was both filled with action and bad moments, but it’s also the story of Luke and Bethi’s romance, eventually. The premise of this series involves two separate types of werewolves. The regular werewolves are the good ones, and the second group, Urbats, are a delusional group of werewolves that want the six women for their own nefarious reasons. Or evil reasons, whichever works. Bethi doesn’t know there are two groups, so of course she thinks Luke is going to kill her.
As with the other books in this series so far, I literally could not stop reading, so it was a very fast read for me. This is the book where the characters from the previous books all come together, so I really liked that part. Now with Bethi, they are all learning what they are and why they exist. There really is an interesting back story to their existence, and why they keep getting born again. All this added a lot to this author’s world building for me. I could have done with a little less of the dreams, and more of the romance however.
Three books in, and I already have the fourth one to read, (Un)Bidden. The main character from that book has already been introduced in both of the previous books. I recommend these books to paranormal romance readers ages 16+ due to sexual situations mentioned, but not really shown.
FYI As of the writing, book one Hope(less) is free on some if not all outlets.