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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

BBReview: "The Alder tales 3: Hale and Gemini" by R.S. McCoy

Genre: Young Adult - Paranormal/Romance/Re-Telling
Publisher: Self Published
Publishing Date: July 18th, 2017
Page Count: 388
Source: Sent for review
Format: Paperback

Description from Goodreads.com:
*A Paranormal Romance reimagining of Hansel and Gretel*

The third son of the Bear Clan, Hale thought he had his life figured out. He had a stunning bride, his iron faith in the Mother, and has spent the last five years training to be the future clan leader. But when his life comes crashing down around him, Hale knows he can’t stay home.

Leaving behind everyone he’s ever known, Hale is alone with his thoughts as he crosses the Alderwood in search of his sister. Then Gemini—the clan flirt and known gossip—follows him, demanding his protection. She’s just as determined to leave her life behind. Hale doesn’t know what made her leave her sisters or suitor, but he has no choice but to continue with a helpless girl at his side. Neither ever expected just how dangerous the Alderwood could be.

Oblivious of Hale’s departure, Parson and Raene travel to Terrana to ask political favors in exchange for their clan leader’s freedom, but lingering injuries threaten their arrival—and their lives. They’ll need the help of an unlikely ally if they hope to succeed.

A new paranormal romance from RS McCoy, author of The Sparks Saga, The Luminary Chronicles, and The Extraction Files series.

Book Three of The Alder Tales.
Review:
I honestly cannot get enough of this series! Just when I think nothing else can possibly go wrong, R.S. McCoy finds a new way to shake things up. I need resolution in my life and all these "wait till next time" endings are killing me! Why can't everyone just be happy, safe, and intact!?

Ok so let's start with the main characters in this book, Hale and Gemini. My feelings for Hale have evolved over the course of the books. In the first book, Blossom and the Beast, I thought Hale was a caring, protective brother. If you told me then that he was going to get his "own" book, I would have been fine. In book two, Raene and the Three Bears, I was not on team Hale. He was not at all right for Raene and I didn't like how instead of embracing her differences, he tried to change them. Now, in Hale and Gemini, I have come to respect him. I have gotten to know his thoughts and feelings, seen how he is with Gemini, and saw how he had made huge realizations and personal growth. I definitely think Hale is a good guy now.

Gemini is a character who has played such a small role in all of the books that I really never formed an opinion of her. When I saw what the title was going to be for book three I had to remember who Gemini was. After reading  Raene and the Three Bears I was still really confused, because she has always been with Asla, but once I started reading this book it finally all made sense. Now that I have gotten to know Gemini, I love her. She is such a great friend and she deserves all the happiness in the world. I can't wait to see what her future has in store.

Now, let's get to our returning characters: Raene, Parson, Blossom, and Kaide. I honestly cannot get enough of these characters. Obviously Blossom and Kaide are the stars of the series, and my personal favorites, but I am so happy to see how things are progressing. The ending of Blossom and the Beast cracked my heart open, and the ending of Raene and the Three Bears ripped my guts out. Luckily, we are finally starting to see some real progress between these two and I can't wait to see what will happen next! Raene and Parson are great together. I couldn't have picked a better couple and am so happy they are together. They are SO made for each other. I have a feeling they might be having babies soon ;)

Lastly, the action. Just like in the two previous books, this one was packed with action and drama. I feel like it took me forever to get through book two because I was just so devastated by the ending of book one. This one I flew through because I was so invested in all of the characters and storylines.

Overall:
I am so sad that the next book will be the last, but I am also so excited to read it too. I don't want this series to end, but I cannot wait for some resolutions! You would think that adding two more characters in this alternating POV series would be seriously confusing, but it was actually very easy to follow. The characters are very easy to identify and are vastly different. I didn't have trouble following it at all. Hale and Gemini were great characters to add in the mix and I am excited to see where their lives take them. I CAN'T WAIT TO READ THE SNOW OWL!!!

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 5/5


**The books cover, description, and info was all found on Goodreads. A link back has been provided. All other work and ideas are of my own creation. This book was sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.**

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