Wednesday, October 16, 2013

BLOG TOUR: Review: (ARC) Courage (Mark of Nexus, #2) by Carrie Butler

Welcome to my stop for the Courage blog tour, organized by Grapevine Book Tours.

Title: Courage (Mark of Nexus, #2)
Author: Carrie Butler
Series: Mark of Nexus #2
Expected publication: October 15th, 2013
Category: New Adult (NA)
Genre: Paranormal Romance (PNR) 
Rating4  stars out of 5
Making a deal with the bad guys wasn’t the highlight of Rena Collins’ semester, but, hey, it saved her boyfriend. Now, in order to appease the human-altering organization known as ERA, she’ll crawl under their microscope while they study the Mark of Nexus and plot their eye-glazed version of the future—until she realizes that’s not all they’re plotting.

Wallace Blake has always known his girlfriend is unlike most girls. But now that information has surfaced regarding the two bloodlines that balance his supernatural race, he finally understands why. Rena belongs to one of them. She’s been augmenting his power, all along...

Enter: Corynn Catley. Brought into the country under the guise of an internship, she’s intended to become ERA’s secret weapon. Kind of. Her abilities cancel out Wallace’s, rendering him powerless, but that’s exactly what he’s always wanted. Too bad it only works when his girlfriend’s not around.

All the while, Rena fails to notice the crush her geeky best friend, Aiden Ross, is nursing. He’d give anything for her to see him in a new light—even reinvent himself through questionable means--but there’s a reason people are told to be careful what they wish for. Finding the courage to tell her could put everyone’s lives in danger.
 Courage (Mark of Nexus #2) is a New Adult paranormal romance that features four unique points-of-view. While the novel stands alone, it is best enjoyed after Strength (Mark of Nexus #1).
 (ARC received from Author in exchange for an honest review)

 My Thoughts              

I have so many feels for this book, so many emotions all tumbling around. Okay, so I adore this series, I adored this book, I adore the characters. A lot of adoring going on! And I feel that Courage was a perfect second book in the series. It didn't have that second book drag, or feel like nothing important was happening. Oh no. Courage was filled with intense situations, powerful powers, and wonderful, much needed character development.

What first drew me in to read this book (other than the amazing things I heard), was the mythology. Carrie throws in her own delightful mythology. Made it feel real, and very believable. She created a world that could sustain it, and then wove a brilliant tale around her mythology. I love mythology, and I feel that Carrie did an amazing job creating her own mythological world.
We's been together for almost three months, but every kiss felt like the first.
Now, I do love that the book is told from different POVs. Getting inside Wallace’s head, dear lord almighty, did that make me just fall even harder for the guy. But it also allowed me to understand him, to really experience just what he feels. However, I didn’t really care too much for Aiden’s or Corryn’s POV. Though it was nice, and brought a nice element to the story, I just didn't really care about being in their heads that much. It did help, though, for me to understand their actions and situations.

Wallace and Rena really surprise me in Courage. And, boy, do they get tested in more ways than one. But I felt the challenges they endure really helped them, and it was something they needed. I felt that they are stronger in so many ways now. Their love is still beautiful to me, maybe even more so now.

I also saw a lot of character growth in both Rena and Wallace. I am very proud at where they are by the end of the book. Rena is still stubborn and very strong, a girl who can really handle herself. And Wallace is still that lovable guy, though I can tell he is really coming into his own. Though there where some things that happened that made me want to shake them, ripped my heart out, and literally had me yelling at my e-reader, it was all worth the experience!

Even though I know Corryn played an important part in the book, I just couldn’t really like her that much. Though she didn’t get on my nerves like Gabby does, she still isn’t my favorite. I also got to get inside of Aiden’s head. Which helped a lot to see who he is as a character, but in all honesty, I can’t really like this character either. No matter what happened to him, some of his actions made me want to get a piece of board and jam it into his eye.

I also have to mention Cole! I think I adore that guy even more now! He’s so funny and every scene he appeared in, made me happy. I did see some character growth with him as well, and I loved it! And I cannot wait to get to know Cole even more :)
For the first time in my life, I felt like a man. Just a man. And that stirred something inside me. 
Carrie also throws in some great twists to the story, and a few things are clearer now. I really enjoyed the twists, along with the action. It kept me flipping the pages like a crazy person. And , like I have mentioned, I just love the mythology Carrie plays throughout her story. I also liked that a lot of the supernatural is explained more in this book.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed Courage. I felt, in a way, that it was even better than the first book. It was a great adventure of a read. Rena and Wallace’s love is beautiful. And the emotions this book brings out of me, had my feels all over the place!

I definitely recommend this book if you love a great New Adult with a supernatural twist. A book that challenges characters, and delivers a great adventure to the readers. Courage brings all the feels. 

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Title: Strength
Author: Carrie Butler
Series: Mark of Nexus #1
Publication: August 16th, 2013 (First publication: March 7th, 2013 by Sapphire Star Publishing)
Category: New Adult (NA)
Genre: Paranormal Romance (PNR) 
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.

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About the Author: 

Carrie Butler daydreamed her way through college—until they thrust a marketing degree into her hands, slapped a summa cum laude seal on the corner, and booted her out into a less-than-stellar job market. Instead of panicking at the prospect of unemployment, she used her Midwestern logic to steer into the skid and point her life in the direction she really wanted to go: writing out those daydreams.

Her passion for New Adult fiction led her to co-found NA Alley—a widely recognized informational hub for the category. She is the author of STRENGTH (Mark of Nexus #1) and COURAGE (Mark of Nexus #2).



One (1) signed paperback of Courage by Carrie Butler {US only}
Five (5) eBook copies of Courage {INT}
One (1) limited edition Mark of Nexus pillowcase {US only}

End date: November 3rd, 2013



    Second---- amazing review! You nailed it! I love this line "No matter what happened to him, some of his actions made me want to get a piece of board and jam it into his eye." We just see eye to eye (haha) on that one! And Cole! Oh my heart I love Cole!

    You know my feels on this one and I am so glad you have come to love this series too! Great review!


      And yeah, I felt like shoving a board in his eye... a lot... hahaha And Cole! Oh my! He is amazing :)

  2. Gasp! Happy Birthday Magen!!!! Gah! You and Teresa are killing me with this series! I want to read it so bad! I totally got Strength for free too! Hopefully (fingers crossed) I can get some free reading time soon and then I will read these since you guys have me completely HOOKED. Great review hun! I can't wait to meet Rena, Wallace, and this Cole!

  3. Happy Birthday, Magen. Didn't know it was your birthday!

    Hope your wishes will come true!

    Great review. This does sound like a great series and I am so happy that you loved the second book so much!


  4. The character growth sounds great! I need to look into this more

  5. Great review, luv! I really like the cover for this one. Liking the sound of getting into Wallace's head, I'll have to pick this one up soon!

  6. You and Teresa have me DYING to drop everything and start this series! I recently snagged book one while it was an Amazon freebie, and I am so glad I have it now. Your review is beautiful; those quotes -- swoon! And I love, love, love character growth! Gah -- I have to meet these guys!! Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful thoughts :D


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