Sunday, 13 January 2013

The Charmed Souls (The Charmed Trilogy, #2) by Christine Wenrick (+ Giveaway)

The Charmed Souls (The Charmed Trilogy, #2)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Olivia Ann Greyson is a Charmer, a Dhampir with the power to lure the supernatural world’s most dangerous of creatures – and she’s in an impossible situation. She must leave behind Caleb Wolfe, the strong, protective vampire she has fallen madly in love with, in order to learn how to protect herself from the vampires, shifters and demons that will be drawn to her for the rest of her life.

Human Guardian, Alec Lambert, has been assigned to see to Olivia’s training by the organization he belongs to, which is known simply as The Brethren. He takes Olivia to the group’s stronghold in the mountainous regions of Alberta, Canada, where she discovers the answers to her family’s painful past and the extent to which those hunting her will go to capture her. But she also uncovers many secrets and even more questions about this mysterious group she has trusted to protect her – secrets that will have her fighting to get back to the man she left behind.

. . . but will it be too late?

This is the second book in 'The Charmed Trilogy'.

The Charmed Souls by Christine Wenrick

My rating: 8.25 out of 10 stars

The Charmed Souls (The Charmed Trilogy, #2)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Christine Wenrick!)
This book is the second book in the ‘Charmed’ Trilogy, and kicks off a few days after the end of book 1 – ‘The Charmed’. **Warning – some unavoidable spoilers for book 1**
Olivia has agreed to go with Alec and the Brethren following the end of ‘The Charmed’, and they have taken her to a hotel (The Oracle), on a consecrated site where the Brethren stay and train, and vampires will be unable to track her.

Olivia is still in love with Caleb, and their separation makes her unhappy. Alec continues to try and convince her that Caleb will have forgotten her, and that he never really loved her, but Olivia is sure that he is wrong.

Davin is still searching for her though, and turns up just outside of the consecrated grounds, trying to get to her, and threatening to harm Caleb if Olivia doesn’t go with him.

Davin isn’t the only threat though, when it seems that at least one of the brethren means her harm.
Will Olivia and Caleb find their way back to each other? What do the Brethren intend to do with her? And will Olivia ever be truly safe from persecution, when so many people want to use her for their own devices?

I really enjoyed this book, and it was a great sequel to ‘The Charmed’, no second book syndrome here you’ll be pleased to know!

I really felt for Olivia during this book. Not only was she being kept away from Caleb who she loved, but she was also being followed by Davin, and wasn’t being well treated by every member of the Brethren either.
It was nice that Olivia got to learn more about her family though, and exactly who her parents were. There was even a surprise for Olivia in the form of her maternal grandfather, who she had never expected to meet.

Olivia and Caleb when we eventually find them back together are hot, and even more loving towards each other than they were in the first book. It’s also great to see that time apart has only strengthened their love for one another, and that even with Olivia’s ‘Charmer’ powers, they are committed to each other, and don’t stray. There’s also plenty of beautiful scenes between them which aren’t purely focused on their intimate relationship, which is nice.

The storyline was great. I totally didn’t guess the twist and turns that this book took, and I was really impressed with the new ideas that the author had come up with in regards to vampires, dhampires, and their relationships with humans. It was also nice to see a relationship where the female was feisty enough to stand up to her vampire partner, and didn’t let him step in to protect her all the time.

Once again this book was beautifully written and a joy to read, and I was really happy that it had an ending! Even though this is the middle book of the trilogy, the book had a beginning, a middle, and an end, with no nasty cliff-hanger, but still plenty to make me want to read the next book. Well done to the author for that!

Overall; a beautifully written book, and a great second instalment in the trilogy.
8.25 out of 10.

Christine Wenrick

About the Author:

Christine is a graduate of Washington State University where she received a BA in Interior Design. And true to form of using mostly her ‘right brain’, she splits her time between her commercial design career and her imaginary world of writing. She lives in the scenic Pacific Northwest where she enjoys hiking, camping and photographing many of the wonderful places that served as inspiration for her Charmed Trilogy. Her biggest reward in life is any given day when one of her books connects with a reader because she herself is such a lover of reading. Some of her favorite authors include Lisa Kleypas, Julia Quinn, and Kimberly Derting.

You can find Christine here:

Thanks so much to Christine for stopping by the blog, 

for writing her amazing book, 

and for making this giveaway possible!

1 lucky winner will win their choice of 'The Charmed' or 'The Charmed Souls' in ebook format
(So if you can't wait to read it - don't worry, you can win the sequel☺)

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  1. Love that necklace on the cover! *grabs through screen*

  2. Oh this is another series I haven't heard of! I'm glad this book doesn't suffer from second book syndrome like a lot of books do nowadays! Brilliant review Sarah! :)

  3. Oh yes I agree that necklace on the cover is stunning. I am glad to hear that this book doesn't fall prey to the second book syndrome since I had one of those the other day. looks like in fact it was an even better read for you. That is always nice!

    1. I hate it when second books aren't as good as you were expecting. So glad that that wasn't a problem with this one!

  4. It's exciting to learn that there is no middle-book syndrome here :)

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    1. You're welcome. I really enjoyed this one ☺

  5. Yaaaaa! So happy this one was just as good as the first. It's decided. I am reading this series.

  6. I thought you might like this second one after reading the first. I'm so glad that you did! I hate it when a second book is dull :) Thanks again for the giveaway Christine and Sarah!

  7. I have a loaner copy of book 1 can't wait to read... flad you reviewed it because the cover was almost a turn off. But the cover on book 2?? Beautiful, and I agree I love the stone in the necklace.