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Balance (The Balance Series Book 1) by [Stalder, Janelle]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2749 KB
  • Print Length: 346 pages
  • Publisher: Black Quill Publishing (29 Nov. 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01LWUZA49
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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Thank you to Netgalley, Red Coat PR and Janelle Stalder for the opportunity to read this book for an honest review.

You can find my review on both Goodreads and Amazon from today. On Goodreads under my name Karen Whittard and on Amazon under my name k.e.whittard.

I love Ya books. I love dystopian fantasy books. So this book ticked the boxes for me. It is a good introduction to what I think sounds like a promising new series. I must find the next book now and read it.

The book focuses on the difference between good and evil. And focuses on the devil himself as a fallen angel. There is a lot of romance in this book, throw in some good old fashioned action, suspense, mystery, religious history and you have yourself a pretty decent debut series book.

The cliff hanger in this book is a really good one which makes you want to read the next in the series like now.

All in all a great beginning with some fantastic characters that you will love and hate but doesn't that just make a great book.

Anyway happy reading everyone
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5.0 out of 5 stars More! 29 Nov. 2016
By rvmisura - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I loved everything about this book
And i cannot wait for more!
This was definitely a unique take on angels, demons and humans even ;)
This really sets us up for more, and for a very exciting new series!
The relationship between the characters was fresh, new, and exciting
There is mystery, intrigue and excitement. This is definitely a fantastic start to a new world and series by an amazing author!
I will....*patiently* wait for more.....
3.0 out of 5 stars Viv got the chance of a lifetime to intern with a great defense attorney Dermont Banks before she starts law school 7 April 2017
By Angel Hatfield - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Vivian/ Viv is a H S graduate and wanted to be a prosecutor. Viv got the chance of a lifetime to intern with a great defense attorney Dermont Banks before she starts law school. Dermont Banks has a reputation for representing the worst of offenders. Also the Banks sons are there and they are hot. The Banks family has a big secret and Viv doesn’t know it. Then Viv develops feelings for silent Caleb which will change her life forever. Caleb is not used to feeling thing things as he is quiet, unfriendly, and cold except for his mother who he loves deeply and understands why his mom feels as she does.But Caleb and Viv are deeply attracted to each other but Viv doesn’t want to jeopardize her internship by having a relationship with Caleb. Caleb does change as he develops feelings for Viv and he gets very protective of Viv. Everyone in Caleb’s family especially Dermont are against Caleb's and Viv's relationship. Caleb is a fallen angel. Viv also doesn’t know that she is the subject of an prophesy for her association with Caleb who is the son of the devil and this will bring about the end of the world. Every few centuries a woman is born to be the devil’s mate and is the only one who can have his children. Being close to the devil brings a long life and eventually insanity. A secret society does watch the devil .
I have mixed feelings about this story. Some things I like about the story and some I don’t really care for. First of all I HATE I will repeat that I HATE cliffhangers. So that didn’t help how I felt about this story. I was pulled into the story from the start and stayed there until the end of this story. I thought Viv and Caleb were a great couple considering once Caleb starting responding to Viv. I was definitely scared of Dermont. The plot was great but I felt Viv and Caleb fell in love/ lust to fast especially for someone who basically didn’t have feelings- except for his mom of course. Pacing of the story was good. But at times did feel this was a little rushed. This did remind me of twilight but that was ok because i loved the whole Twilight series. So that wasn’t a big problem. So as you can see there were something I did like and others not so much especially that cliffhanger. I hated that as already mentioned.
3.0 out of 5 stars Sweet romance and an engaging storyline make up for the first-book-ever-written flaws of this story 30 Dec. 2016
By Kriss - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I have several feelings about this book; on one hand, I though this a pretty enjoyable new adult romance with a paranormal aspect thrown in that I actually want to see to the end, but on the other hand there were several flaws (I made a list; there were 17 little issues I flagged as I read) that made me think “bleh.”

There’s some context flaws (like in terms of tropes and the heroine being like dismissive of Blake’s gender because he’s not into girls as if that’s the only reason why they could be friends because if he was straight he’s be a real boy and therefore not friend material or something; then there was also her being like grossed out by the word hormone being used in a sentence as if she’s 11 and embarrassed by puberty) and there were some writing flaws in terms of characters and plot projection (like not fleshing out the characters well, relying on very convenient plot devices to propel things forward, and not all the pieces of the plot being as explored as they ought to have been, like the prophecy for example, forward, though I suppose this could be counted towards the fact that this book cuts off very sharply in the middle of a scene and is truly more like “part 1” than “book 1” since no plot arc was completed). Though since this is, by the author’s own words, the first book she ever wrote, I’ll dial back my criticisms a little since a rough first try is acceptable and to be expected.

The romance, while very sweet and the male lead not abusive or anything and the heroine generally pretty likeable, had an air of insta-love or lust-mistaken-for-love that gave things a sort of puppy-dog infatuation feel rather than a true love feel. The lead also falls into that “once I was cold but loving her changed me” trope that’s not super well executed; it’s like he saw her, touched her, then suddenly had a conscience and cared and I’m like it doesn’t work that way it takes time. It was still all warm and fuzzy to read about, but didn’t really feel especially mature or emotionally deep, which I would have expected more of in a new adult book.

The story offered a bit of a new spin on the classic fallen angels mythology without getting heavy on the religious tones (in fact outside of a few mentions the plot doesn’t have any ulterior motives in trying to enforce Christianity) and overall my attention was kept and I want to read the next book to see how it unfolds, but because this book didn’t feel especially well fleshed out and suffers from a few newbie flaws, I can’t rate it higher than 3 stars. I feel like this is a very casual read despite the blurb trying to make it into something much darker; it touches on a few darker themes (mentions a rapist and pedophile and torture and murder and death) but nothing gets very detailed. The sex scenes are very chaste, very mild, but still tasteful. Not hardly erotica; more like just a few paragraphs of acknowledging that they’re having sex and how connected and in love they feel the whole time. There’s no descriptive words that tell you graphically what’s happening, just a few short, vague insinuations like “he slipped inside me.”

My feelings are more on the neutral end, but I think I liked it well enough for what it was. I read the whole book in a single sitting and felt engaged the whole time. I will likely read the next book when it comes out. I know this review sounds a bit more negative than this final statement reflects, but it’s just that these points are easier to discuss at length, whereas the merits of the book are much simpler and quicker to list and seem more evident just through the nature of the book and don’t need to be listed or spoken about as much to be praised. I think if you’re after a casual paranormal book about demons that’s suited for a bit of an older audience (like 16+ if not 18+) and don’t mind the jarring cliffhangers, then this is something to look into definitely. I wouldn’t call it a grand piece of literature or anything, but as a quick little read to scratch that itch for a fantasy with sweet romance it serves its purpose very well.

*I received a free copy via net galley but in no way does that affect my opinion*
5.0 out of 5 stars Great start to a series! 29 Nov. 2016
By Chanda Reads - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Overall Assessment:
I finished this book in less than a day because I spent every spare moment reading this. I haven’t been consumed by a book like that in a long time. I have read the New World Series by Janelle Stalder and really enjoy her writing style. If you haven't checked that series out, you definitely should! Link to first book: Switch (New World Series Book 1)

This is a paranormal romance, but it’s not overly graphic. If you don’t normally read romances, this could be a good one to ‘dip your toe’ into.

Oh, and it ends on a massive cliffhanger. As I’ve said in previous reviews, I don’t mind cliffhangers but for those of you who do: You’ve been warned! Don't worry though, Stalder is releasing book two hopefully in the beginning of next year so we won’t have to wait long to find out what happens.

What I liked:
– The characters are likeable. I know this may seem like a silly thing, but if I can’t connect to the main characters I can’t stick with it. Vivian is relatable and isn’t your ‘so pretty, but doesn’t know she is’, clumsy, aloof female like soooooo many other female lead characters in new adult/paranormal romances.
– This is a new spin on the Devil. In most fallen angel stories God is also a central part of the storyline, but this one focused mostly on the devil and the world he has built around him. I’m curious to see if God is incorporated at all in the next one.
– The progression of the story was constant and never made me feel bored or want to skim ahead. It flowed smoothly and transitioned to different points of view fairly seamlessly.

What I didn’t:
– There were a couple of inconsistencies that I can’t put in here because of spoilers. They aren’t major, but enough that it distracted me out of the story for a few moments.
– Not really a ‘didn’t like’ because I think I understand why it was like this (spoilers if I told you), but the whole relationship moved very fast. Too fast to believe they held a real connection.

Would I recommend this book to family and/or friends?

I was provided an ARC by the author, but chose to write a review of my own volition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 29 Nov. 2016
By Jacqueline - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Janelle Stalder is a new author to me. I'm glad I got the opportunity to read this book. I love books about angels and took a chance with this one. I'll say I don't regret it and I need the second book soon.

I didn't know what to make of Caleb and his brothers Kellan and Collin. Let's say I don't like Kellan. I'm not sure about Collin but Caleb I'm so happy was the one for Vivian. I liked how things developed between them and how Caleb's feelings developed. Caleb is someone who is not use to feeling things. Except for his mother. He cares deeply for and understands why she feels the way she does. I can't stand his father.

I like how Caleb changes and will do anything to protect Vivian. Vivian is sweet and innocent. But she doesn't listen to what people tell her.

I can't stand Artem. I don't know about him in the next book but I hope he's not forgiven. He's a fool and the worst. I sort of liked him when he first appeared not anymore.

I can't wait for the next book. This book ends in a huge cliffhanger that makes me want to scream because o want to next book now. I highly recommend this book. I absolutely loved it.

Received ARC from Netgalley for an honest review.
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