ARC Review: The Undoing by Shelly Laurenston (Call of Crows #2)


The Undoing (Call of Crows #2)
Author: Shelly Laurenston
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Paranormal
Release Date: March 29th, 2016
Published By: Kensington
ISBN 13: 9781617735103

WHR Synopsis

A risk worth taking…

No one would ever accuse Jace Berisha of having an easy life—considering her husband…you know…killed her. But that was then! Now she fights for mighty Viking gods with the spectacular and vicious Crows.

But things are turning very bad, very quickly because a vengeful, ancient goddess has come into the world with just one thing on her mind—ending it. And the only way they can hope to stop her is if the Crows join forces with their one-time enemies, the Protectors. A Viking Clan created to do nothing but kill every Crow they see.

Thankfully, Protector Ski Eriksen is a peace loving kind of guy. Because the woman he is desperately trying to get close to is the beautiful and not-very-chatty Jace. Battling Nordic clans? Unkillable goddesses? Jace’s mean-spirited dog? None of these things would ever get in the way of a true Viking!




The Undoing by Shelly Laurenston is probably one of my favorite books so far in 2016. I’m pretty familiar with her work, and writing style, but to be fair, I rarely pick up her books these days. Typically I have to be in the mood for them, because while hilarious (Really, I dare you to read one of these and not burst out laughing at least once.), the multiple POVs  in her books can take some getting used to.

To delve into this one, it took me longer to review this one because I actually went back and read The Unleashing first. This is absolutely not required and The Undoing can be read as a standalone, however, for myself, I’ve found that I enjoy Ms. Laurentson’s series more when I read them in order. I love the back story she puts into her books, the circumstances, situations and the interwoven plots. She’ll also at times throw back something in a current book you’re reading, that happened in one of the books before that you will only get the humor of if you’ve read the previous book. Typically, it is one of those side stitch moments of laughter too.

The main characters in this book are beyond amusing. Jace is one I was rooting for, right off the bat. Even in the first book, I just liked her. Ski was one of those characters that just made you laugh out loud. It isn’t something a person would realize right off, but he’s a caretaker and the more you read him, the more likable he is. I can frankly state, that I loved them both and probably couldn’t choose between them.

Because of the multiple POVs, it can sometimes be confusing. Just realize that you have a story, within an overarching story plot. So, yes, you’ll get an HEA for the two main characters and their story, within this story, but that doesn’t end the overarching plot line. That alone is enough to keep me coming back for more with this series. Fabulous job once again, Ms. Laurenston, on dragging me into a series that I can’t put down.


4 star

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NetGalley ARC post


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