(Un)bidden by Melissa Haag — Book Review
(Un)bidden by Melissa Haag Book Review
In a genre where werewolves have been written about over and over again, Melissa brings a new twist to something readers love. The fourth installment of her Judgement of the Six series certainly doesn’t disappoint!
Books one through three introduced us to the modern werewolf society that Melissa has carefully and creatively built. We learn what werewolves are up to and hear about women who have special abilities. Book three, (Un)wise, gets into the details of these abilities and explains the reasons for the war Melissa hints is coming. However, there is still a lot of backstory that isn’t covered in these three books. That’s where (Un)bidden comes in!
(Un)bidden is Charlene’s story along with the story of how the werewolves became a tad more civilized than they were previously. Up until this point, readers didn’t really get to see what werewolf society had been like or how wild they were. Here, Melissa shows us how difficult it was for Charlene to understand and survive in their world. I really liked how Melissa put the two different societies side by side and didn’t make one seem better than the other. Both sides made compromises and tried to understand each other. There were a few bumps and bruises, mainly for Charlene, but I think it was really well done.
Apart from the occasional grammatical error, Melissa’s writing is really smooth and fun. She holds your interest throughout and makes it nearly impossible to put the book down. I knew this from the previous books, so I waited until the weekend to start this one:) After the wildness of book three, I was wondering how Melissa would hold my interest with Charlene’s story, but she managed! Even though the entire story happens in one place, I never got bored.
The only issue I had with this book was the age difference between Charlene and Thomas. Well, it wasn’t so much the age difference as it was the disregard for it. Yes, werewolf society does things differently, and, yes, Charlene points this out and attempts to make Thomas understand. But I still believe Melissa may have taken it a tad too far. Her other books I would say are fine for all YA readers, but this one I suggest readers are 16 and older.
That being said, I highly recommend this series. Melissa is a great story teller and she really adds something to the werewolf discussion. Her story isn’t like anything else you’ve read before!
Melissa Haag lives in Wisconsin with her husband and three children. An avid reader she spent many hours curled in a comfortable chair flipping pages in her teens. She began writing a few years ago when some ideas just refused to be ignored any longer.
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