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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Xpresso Book Tours Presents - Indie Book Review: Release by Nicole Hadaway

Author: Nicole Hadaway
Format: ePub
Release Date: January 4, 2013
Pages: 285
Publisher: Visionary Press
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Historical Fiction

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Synopsis from Goodreads 

The old saying goes, “The ends justify the means”...

For vampire Miranda Dandridge, using her supernatural abilities to rescue children from impossible circumstances is her means to be a part of the human world that she loves so much, despite the atrocities of WWII.

For doctor Ben Gongliewski, saving his fellow Jews from the horrific death camps is an end for which he risks his own life every day, hiding his Jewish heritage while feigning loyalty the SS.

Neither Miranda nor Ben expects to find love in World War II Europe, but that is exactly what happens as they work for the Resistance. When the war draws to a close, it seems like the vampire and the doctor are free to start a future together. Yet the two forget just how far the Nazis will go to further their own evil ends.

Desperate times make for ruthless men as loves and lives are threatened, but, Miranda and Ben know that their world cannot go to hell, not by any means…


      Release is a story that follows a woman named Miranda. She and her friends, Rose and Vanessa, help rescue children bound for concentration camps. The kids have been left behind or in hiding. Since it is during World War II, they must be careful or the children will be killed. But Miranda and her friends can take care of themselves just fine. Miranda is a vampire who cares about humankind. Rose is a werewolf and Vanessa is a demon. They do what they can to survive, but they also help those who need it especially during such a terrible time. A doctor named Ben helps to move the children to a priest that helps them. He works for the SS, but it is a front to help the kids. While working with the women, he can't help but think that the women are different. They are bother trying to survive in this hellish world with the Nazis on their back. They will do what they must to help each other.

      Well this is a different take on a vampire tale. World War II, the Holocaust, Hilter, the SS with vampires and werewolves. I know that may sound like a strange read, but Hadaway handled this beautifully. I was so invested in this story. I really liked Miranda. She is a vampire and must do what she can to survive, but she wasn't a monster. I loved that even though she was born a vampire, she cares about humanity. I loved that vampires are born in this world. Things we know about them aren't accurate. Same for werewolves. I really liked Rose. She hated that she was a werewolf. She hated herself and her parents for making her what she was. She was born a werewolf. I loved that Hadaway did something different with the vampire and werewolf mythology. That it was a curse because their ancestor made a deal with a demon. We also had Vanessa. I wasn't sure about her. She was a demon and it was obvious that she was. But she had some nice moments...surprisingly. This was quite interesting.

      I loved this story. Hadaway did such an incredible job with weaving in the history with the paranormal. This story does a great job of really presenting humanity vs. inhumanity. There may be actual supernatural creatures, but they are not the real monsters. I love that we got a lot of real things that did take place during the Holocaust. I loved that Hadaway added such great backgrounds for the supes as well. She added very interesting religious aspects to their stories especially with Rose the werewolf. That is definitely new. I loved the relationship between Ben and Miranda. Although I didn't like that once he saw Rose get a little furry, he sort of bolted. I thought something would have sparked between them.

      I know you all are familiar with this piece of history. Hadaway did a great job really putting us in the middle of it all. The mix of paranormal and history is amazing. There was definitely a lot of work put into this. There are a lot of characters to love and hate, but they all add so much to the story and even some of the history. Release is a complex read with many layers that blend well put together in the end. I really enjoyed this. This is my first read from Hadaway and I intend to read more from her. Definitely check this out.


*This book belongs to the following challenge*
Under The Covers Book Blog 2013 Immortal Reading Challenge!

About Nicole Hadaway
Avid reader, lover of education, and total geek, I make my living with my law degree, but love to indulge my creative side through my novels. I've written RELEASE, which is due for re-publication through Visionary Press in January; hopefully soon after will follow RETURN (the sequel) and REDEEM. All follow my main character, the vampire Miranda Dandridge, as she makes her way in the world owned by humans, envying them and loving them, at great sacrifices of her own. Hopefully soon, things will settle down for her, but she's got alot to redeem first...

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