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July 16, 2014

Liked It: Black Rook by Kelly Meade

Series: Cornerstone Trilogy 1
Format: eGalley
Release Date: July 15, 2014
Publisher: Intermix
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Recommended By: Rabid Reads
Genre: Paranormal Romance
She never saw this coming…

Brynn Atwood is a low-level Magus whose unpredictable precognitive powers have made her an outcast among her people—and an embarrassment to her highly-regarded father. After a frightening vision in which her father is murdered by a loup garou man, Brynn decides to prove herself by finding the killer, and stopping them at any cost.

Her target is Rook McQueen, the son of a small-town loup garou Alpha. Despite being the youngest of three, Rook is first in line to inherit the role of Alpha, a duty he isn't sure he's capable of fulfilling. When Brynn finally meets Rook, she doesn't expect the attraction that draws her to him—and him to her.

No longer believing him a murderer, Brynn and Rook strike an alliance to find her father's real killer. But when his older brother is targeted by an unknown enemy, Rook will have to choose between his growing feelings for Brynn and his duty as the future Alpha of his community.



Carmel of Rabid Reads sort of recommended BLACK ROOK by Kelly Meade to me so I know I'm in good hands especially as Cornerstone Run Trilogy is a werewolf series. I'm not sure how deep the plot goes series-wise but as far as BLACK ROOK is concerned, it's packed with action, magic, and mayhem. I love the Cornerstone pack, their werewolf hierarchy and mythology and I will read the next one for sure.

  • First off, I want to personally answer Carmel: Yes beech, I'm slacking! Hence the bulleted review. You should read her feedback for BLACK ROOK at Rabid Reads, I implore you to do so because mine is very condensed and hers has more meat... because I'm slacking!

  • I love the wolf hierarchy, you have white wolves, black wolves, and grey wolves, and each wolf color determines your position in the pack, each  is determinant of a unique ability. For example, black wolves means you're the dominant and can be pack Alpha; white means you can breed with other otherworldly creatures and can calm other wolves; gray is just a level or two up from being chopped liver. 

  • I love the names of the brothers, it's very rock 'n roll: Rook, Bishop and Knight McQueen.

  • Didn't really connect with Brynn Atwood and her romance with Rook. It can be slow burning because it happened towards the last third of the book but as BLACK ROOK's events covers a 3-day period so it's kinda insta-love-ish but as these are wolves, it's expected that there will be insta-mating. Although "insta" is a peeve of mine, it's part and parcel of a werewolf story. Their beasts just knows their mate and between you and I, I'm envious of that. If only it were that easy in real life, right?

  • The hook in the blurb about Brynn's vision and Rook possibly killing her dad was revealed almost immediately. I hoped KMeade made the characters work for it more. 

  • Brynn is also the lone Magi amongst a pack of werewolves. Her father is a high-level Magus and despite the twists and turns in the story, I wonder why her father or their congress didn't send even a small contingent to "rescue" Brynn or exploit her connection to the pack. 

  • I disliked Brynn's father. I can't sympathize with him regardless of his reasons why he kept a lot of secrets from Brynn. 

  • I loved the real conflict of BLACK ROOK, it has a dash of mad science to and who doesn't love crazy conspiracies? Although I wish these Magus and the congress were made to be more threatening. They're after werewolves but it felt like the killing spree was more of a rogue mission than a sanctioned one.

  • The secondary characters, especially Rook's brothers, were well fleshed out too. In fact, BLACK ROOK doesn't feel like it's just Rook's story except for this being his HEA. Knight and Bishop played important roles here and were carefully and thoroughly introduced to us by KMeade. I look forward to reading their respective books in the future. 

  • BLACK ROOK gave me old-school PNR feels. I missed reading old-school PNR.



32 comments:

  1. I want to read this and probably will but ahh insta-love is a pet peeve of mine but then again, it's kind of a given when it comes to werewolf romances. You cannot have it all :P

    Lovely review (EVEN if it's bullet points), Braine!!! :)

    Rashika @ The Social Potato

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    1. I'm happy you enjoyed the bullet points. I can't write cohesive paragraphs right now for some reason.

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  2. I really don't like Brynn"s father either. But I think I liked the book more than you maybe because it was easier for me with Brynn but I confess I was annoyed how she accepted that she was useless and was happy about it but well otherwise I was ok.

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    1. Ooh I forgot about that! Yeah, she wasn't the fierce female I expected her to be. She did go to Cornerstone with an agenda and that took a lot of balls. I guess that was a fluke?

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  3. I'm 10% into this, but put it on hold for my spontaneous Kate reread. I'll dive back into it immediately when I finish, but already, I can kind of see what you mean. I haven't met Brynn's dad yet, but he definitely seems like a real jackhole, and I haven't bonded with Brynn or Rook yet, but then again . . . only 10% in, so we'll see ;)

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    1. Let me know what you think when you're done with it. I'm sure you won't like the dad either

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  4. Insta love is really starting to bother me as well lately, more so than it ever has. I think for now, I will pass on this one.
    Great review though, I appreciate how honest you always are. ;)

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    1. I guess it's a given when it comes to shifters. Their beasts know better when it comes to "love" so it was expected and didn't bother me as much.

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  5. I'm not a fan of insta-love, but I accept it without a problem in this kind of books.
    I like what you said about the hierarchy, it makes this book sounds interesting and Camel's recommendation add to it.
    I'll add it to my TBR, but don't have a clue when I'll have the time to read it.
    Great review.

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    1. I hope you get to it soon... speaking of which, I still need to read Cold Iron 3...

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  6. I miss old school PNR sometimes, too. I like the world-building as far as the wolves go, especially the designation by colors. Very cool.
    I'm glad you liked this overall, Braine. Thanks for the review!

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    1. You need to read some PNR, Andrea, mix it up a bit ;)

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  7. I'm not a fan of insta-love. Insta-Love turns me off on most books that have it. The World building is essential to werewolf stories. Nice review. I'm not sure if this is for me.

    Grace
    Books of Love

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  8. Heh - sometimes I prefer reading reviews in this format because they're easier see the points. ADD <-- I have it. ;) Seriously, this sounds interesting. I don't usually jump on wolfie books though.

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    1. It's easier to write too! No need to express my thoughts like a story

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  9. I am so bias when it comes to werewolf books. I will totally pick up a three star werewolf book but wouldn't even consider any other three star book. I just have a special place in my heart for werewolves. I have been seeing this one around lately and most people like it.

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    1. I'm a werewolf girl myself and I'm with you on the 3 star books, I skip 3 starred contemporaries.

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  10. Maybe, maybe not, I could try it :)

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  11. Slacker!

    I often get impatient wanting the IT to happen, thinking it's taking forever but then you realize it's only a week heir time since they met. lol

    I've been looking for a good werewolf series so I'll have to check this one out.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

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    1. You can also try Amanda Carlson, her werewolf series is good too!

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  12. I have this one on my TBR. I'll get to it one day, need more werewolf books in my life :)

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  13. what Melissa said...well except I don't have it in my TBR pile ;D

    I also like fact that the color of their wolves determine how they stand in their packs...interesting.

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    1. Yeah, I love the color coding too! Very unique

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  14. I read Carmel's review and totally bought this after reading it. I am excited to try it!

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    1. yay! Can't wait to read your thoughts.

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  15. LOL I read Carmel's review the other day. In fact, I'm pretty sure I one-clicked Black Rook already. I still want to read it but I understand what you're saying about it. I hope I can fit it in soon so we can chat while it's still fresh in your mind. ;)

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  16. Ugh. I'm so tired of all the insta-love these days. I'm happy you were able to enjoy this one overall despite the issues you had with it. :)

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    1. Thanks for checking this out despite your issue with insta-love. I feel you on that one

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