Wanderlove (Wanderlove #1) by Belle Malory

Title: Wanderlove
Author: Belle Mallory
Series: Wanderlove
Published: September 20, 2011
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services

Book excerpt from Amazon: Lola Moori is hiding a secret she doesn’t know she’s keeping.

She begins to remember someone. Someone important. His name is Gabe…and whatever they shared, she could feel that it was epic.

Yet it seems Gabe wanted her to forget him. Forever.

The curse that repressed Lola’s memories for the span of several lifetimes is coming undone. But unfortunately, she discovers that some secrets are better left buried.

Celeste’s review: *throws indie gem shaped confetti* a 4.5 star review!

We’ve read books about vampires, wolves, fairies, angels and witches…..but how about gypsies? Stunningly beautiful people who are reincarnated over and over again, have a love of traveling, and many times have a special magical talent. This book was so refreshing and so well done, with a way about it that entranced me and drew me in.

The beginning: In order to avoid being betrothed Lola Moori runs away from her father and clan that she has been traveling with. (I at first thought her father would be a cruel heartless man, but after reading the novel maybe he is just old fashioned since he has been reincarnated so many times, maybe we’ll see more in the next book). All gypsies have many past lives, but for some reason Lola can’t remember any of hers. Maybe it’s because she isn’t 100% gypsy, but either way she keeps this secret to herself…although she suspects some may know it.

Secondary characters: There were some fabulous secondary characters that had just enough face time but didn’t take the stage from Lola and Gabe. When Lola leaves her father and clan to move in with her grandmother, she meets two of her cousins: Dakota and Annika. Dakota is very welcoming to Lola (someone you would just love to be friends with in real life), but Annika seems quite cold towards her (hmmmm). Lola’s grandmother makes her attend school where she is befriended by Cam, who seems like a great guy, and is one of Gabe’s brothers. (Ahhhhh, Gabe, the male lead in the story, see the next section). I also hope to see more of her best friend Lina in the next book. They have been best friends many lives over and seem to have a fabulous relationship.

Swoontime: Lola finally meets Gabe and for some reason he is terribly rude to her. Of course he is totally gorgeous, chiseled, and amazingly sexy, not to mention brooding. He has dark thick hair and gray eyes. *heart fluttering*  Even with his awful behavior Lola still has some type of pull towards him, as well as a strong possessive feeling she can’t explain. She knows it doesn’t make any sense, but she still feels that he is hers. Yes, this chemistry totally worked for me. I loved it!

The story itself: This novel tells the story of Lola getting her memories back, why they were lost in the first place, and what it all means. It was written so well that I flew through the pages savoring the of clues along the way, not just one lump at the end-it was a marvelous progression. As Lola’s memories come back to her in bits, she also grows more confident as she sees there is a reason she can’t remember her pasts, which helps her embraces who she is in this lifetime. I loved the way Lola seemed to mature given her circumstances, she is truly a heroine I could love.

Flashback: There is a section in the middle that goes into the history of Lola and Gabe…..at first I thought it was a different story line to learn, but it really completed their relationship for me. I ended up loving it! I swooned over that part as much as I did the present. Here though, is my only tiny criticism of the book: the different names some of the characters had in past lives versus today….I couldn’t keep track of who was who, especially when we returned to the present. However, it didn’t take away from the story, it just made me feel a little frustrated since I’m a lazy reader and don’t like to have to think too hard to remember facts. Regardless, I loved this section and the book wouldn’t be the same without it.

Title: The title was perfect. Perfect! I absolutely squee a little when a title is worked in so perfectly with the book. Ms. Malory does that.

The ending: WOW! What an interesting direction the story is going to go! *zips lips*

Final Thoughts: Loved it. If you are looking for something different than your vampires or faeries, this is a fresh take on the paranormal. I love where the story ended, and now that I know the characters I can’t wait to see how they tackle “the situation” together. I wish there had been a bigger reunion at the end….while I love paranormal I absolutely must have romance….I’m a sucker for it every time. Still, I was very happy with how it wrapped up.

I would totally recommend this book and can’t wait for the next one, Foretell, which Ms. Malory says should be out soon. Stay tuned too for an up coming author interview too. 🙂

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Posted March 30, 2012 by celeste in Gypsies, Indie, Magic, Paranormal, Reincarnation, Reviews, Romance, Series, Swoonworthy Book Boyfriends, Top Shelf Books, Young Adult / 0 Comments

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