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Review of Strength

11 Feb 2013

Synopsis - from goodreads

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)


I thought Strength was a great New Adult book and I loved the paranormal twist to it. It was different to other books of this genre that I have read and I loved that about it. The characters are great, the romance is sweet whilst also being incredibly steamy and the background to the story is very interesting.
Rena is such a fiery, powerful character. Although she doesn’t possess any powers, her emotional strength and unwillingness to give up makes her very special. Not many people would be able to remain as strong as Rena does during the things she goes through nor would they try to fight people that basically have super powers.
Wallace is another amazing character; sexy, smart and a social outcast due to being misunderstood (yes you heard me right; this is an NA book where the guy ISN’T a popular bad boy who sleeps around all the time). He is also mysterious and secretive with a dark past. Together Wallace and Rena make a couple that you just really want to be together and you root for their relationship.
There are some very interesting secondary characters that I really want to read more about especially Cole. I detested him to start but I did grow to like him slightly and there seems to be lots of depth to his personality.
I really loved the second half of the book as this is where the paranormal aspects starts to come into play and the action really gets going. The heat between the two main characters also becomes scorching. The sex scenes, well, almost-sex scenes, sizzle with lots of passion and sexual tension.
I can’t wait to see what happens next for Wallace, Rena and all the other characters in the next book in the series. After how the book ended I can’t wait for more and I am also looking forwards to finding out more about the Dynari. This is a book I would definitely recommend and I think everyone should mark their calendars for its release in March.
*I received an e-arc copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, this has not affected my opinions of the book in any way”
I am also part of the blog tour for this book next month so keep your eyes open for that.


  1. yaay! glad you liked it too! I can't wait for the blog tour. I am hopelessly waiting for the second book! :D

    1. I can't wait for the second. I just hope we don't have to wait too long :)

  2. This sounds just like my type of read, Laura. I'm adding it to my TBR now! :)

    Lyra @ Defiantly Deviant

  3. Liking the fact that Wallace is a different type of NA character. Thanks for pointing that out in your review, Laura.

  4. I like a neat paranomormal twist as well. Great review.
    Happy reading,
    Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog

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