Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Review: Strength (Mark of Nexus, #1) by Carrie Butler

(Mark of Nexus, #1)

Carrie Butler

New Adult/ Paranormal/ Romance

4 stars out of 5
When college student Rena Collins finds herself nose-to-chest with the campus outcast, her rumor-laced notions are shattered. Handsome, considerate, and seemingly sane, Wallace Blake doesn’t look like he spends his nights alone, screaming and banging on the walls of his dorm room. Hell, he doesn’t look like he spends his nights alone, period.

Too curious for her own good, Rena vows to uncover the truth behind Wallace’s madman reputation--and how two seconds of contact had left her with bruises. Of course, there are a few setbacks along the way: guilt, admiration, feelings of the warm and fuzzy variety…

Not to mention the unwanted attention of Wallace's powerful, supernaturally-gifted family.

They’re a bloodline divided by opposing ideals, two soon-to-be warring factions that live in secret among us. When Rena ends up caught in their crossfire, Wallace has no choice but to save her by using his powers. Now they’re really in trouble. With war on the horizon and Rena’s life in the balance, he needs to put some distance between them. But Rena won’t let go. If fighting is what it takes to prove her own strength and keep Wallace in her life, then that’s what she’ll do--even if it means risking a whole lot more than her heart.

*Upper YA/New Adult*

My Thoughts 

I loved this book! Yes, I really, really did! It was such a different kind of paranormal read, one I haven’t really encountered before.  From the first page I was sucked in, I couldn't put this book down.  Now, I haven’t really read any New Adult paranormal kind of books before, so all I can say now is, I want more! Strength was amazing. It was gripping and thrilling, yet sweet and beautiful. It’s a book world I would love to get lost in again and again.

Carrie created, in my opinion, a very interesting and unique book.  She took her own mythology and intertwined it stunningly into her own story, creating a world exclusively its own.  Then she added a spunky female, a dark yet sweet guy with some special talents. A dash of supernatural. A twist of mystery. And bam, magic! A book that I still can’t get out of my head even after days of finishing it.
 “Are you hugging the lamp post?” 
Rena was one spunky girl, which is why I enjoyed her so much. But not only is she spunky, she’s a girl who owns up to her own words, and if she makes a mistake, she’s not afraid to fix it. She had her flaws, but she tried her best to do what was right. That made her feel even more like a real person, not just a character in a book. Rena also proved to be strong, and to be there for the ones she loves and cares about, I really liked that about her.

Now! I get to talk about Wallace! Oh, I really, really (seriously) loved this character. I don’t know if it was his ‘strength’ his personality-shy and a bit tortured- but I really enjoyed everything about him. Yes, he is a bit of a tortured soul, but that gives Wallace his depth. Being who he is, and having to live with what he is makes Wallace, to me, a strong character in many ways.  And seeing him struggle with everything just made me wish I could hug him!

One character did get on my nerves, and I just have to vent about. Gabby. She was, to me, that annoying friend who you just wanna shake or probably slap. Though she meant good, Gabby just ended up being annoying. Hopefully in the next book she’ll have grown and become more of a less self-centered kind of girl.

Another character that made this book, and took me by surprise, would have to be Cole. Wallace’s brother.Now, this character definitely went through a transformation in the book. At first, I thought I was not going to like him, especially when he pulled a certain stunt. But low-and-behold Cole became a character I just adored.  I wasn't sure if I could forgive for what he done, but his true personality pulls you in, and captures you! Plus that humor of his!
“All because I fell in love with a madman.” 
I loved the characters (most of them), I enjoyed the story-line and I was sucked into the world of Strength.  Though sometimes the situations didn't feel natural, or that the characters didn't reaction in a way that felt normal, this was an amazing read! The pacing was done wonderful, and I saw some amazing character development in most of the characters.  I fell head-over-heals in love with Rena and Wallace’s struggle and love. I’m also very intrigued by how Carrie’s supernatural/mythology mix she put within her story.

I couldn't get enough of Strength, and days after finishing it, the story and characters still consumed my thoughts. I definitely recommend this book to lovers of the New Adult genre who also love a good paranormal mix and romance! 


  1. This sounds like a great read. The cover isn't half bad either.

    Marilyn @ Marilyn's Mystery Blog

  2. YAY I'm so happy you liked this one. I totally agree with you on Gabby! She made me crazy. I didnt think she was that great of a friend. And Cole... love him even if I cant forgive a certain stunt he pulled. Great review Magen!

  3. Rena and her spunk sounds amazing!

  4. Great review Magen! I know Teresa really enjoyed this one so I'm glad you did too! Definitely going to push it up higher on my TBR! :D

  5. I kinda enjoyed this one too. It was different and unexpected. Cole was my favorite!


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