Uncharted: Volume 3 (Unexpected) Paperback – 21 Jul 2015
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About the Author
Born on the mystical day of October 30th in the not so mystical lands of Mexico City, Claudia grew up with a childhood that resembled a caffeine-injected soap opera. Seventeen years ago she ventured to the lands of her techie husband—a.k.a. the U.S.—with their offspring to start a new adventure. She now lives in Colorado working as a CFO for a small IT company, managing her household filled with three confused dogs, said nerd husband, two daughters wrought with fandoms and a son who thinks he’s the boss of the house. To survive she works continually to find purpose for the voices flitting through her head, plus she consumes high quantities of chocolate to keep the last threads of sanity intact.
Top Customer Reviews
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Genre: New Adult, Romance
When I started reading this I was soo disappointed – the characters were just 17 and 18....and I was expecting them to be in their early twenties at least. I’ve read a few with teens as leads but it’s rare they work for me, just seem too exaggerated and this started this way, with storm in a teacup dramas and Jacob’s chat-ups being really juvenile seeming. I hate too the way their parents were introduced – the “we’ve got two dads” bit and then a couple of pages later ( I was still only at 4%!) in a conversation with his brother, Jacob quotes his dad Chris saying something like “ I can’t get my husband to stop playing the Beatles” when talking to one of the triplets. When I talk about my husband to my kids I’ll call him Dad or by his name, but somehow it always seems that if people are GLBTQIA they have to get called Husband or Wife on every possible occasion. It just seems odd to me, not realistic but maybe that’s me out of step – who knows? Anyway that was it – the first third annoyed me, I almost gave up but thankfully didn’t as there was then a gap of a few years before we followed them again and that part covered several years during which much happened to both Jacob and Pria. Drama after Drama after Drama, and I do love those. Really tragic plots!! Nora, she was a great introduction – I do love someone to dislike and I was wary of her right from the first. Poor Jacob was ripe for the taking and he fell in neatly to her plans, and her effect on him lasted so long.Read more ›
Pria and Jacob meet as college students. They fall in love during one blissful week together before Pria has to return home to help care for her sick sister. What follows is a series of mishaps that completely diverts the course of true love, and they end up losing one another for many years, until a coincidence brings Pria back into Jacob’s life. However, Jacob is no longer the cheesy, romantic guy that Pria remembers. He’s broken and soulless. Pria has had her fair share of heartbreak, too, but she’s also a commanding and capable woman.
This story was angsty and emotional but, ultimately, rewarding and wonderfully life-affirming. The Colthurst-Decker clan are so tight-knit and I love Jacob’s relationship with his fellow triplet siblings. I love the thread of familial warmth that’s woven all through this story, and how Jacob’s family adopt Pria and her sister into their lives. Love and loyalty are big themes in this story, as well as second chances.
Such a wonderful read – made me laugh, sigh and cry but I finished it with a big smile on my face! Thoroughly recommend!
Jacob and Pria met in college and had a whirlwind, week long, romance before fate tore them apart. Ten years later they meet again but they are now very different people, both having gone through difficult and life altering times. This enjoyable second chance romance is very emotional and is so well written that the pain that the characters go through radiates off of the page; It excellently portrays the devastating effect of losing your soul mate. You will be routing for Pria and Jacob's HEA from the start and be hooked on their journey as they rediscover their love and battle their demons. This is the first book that I have read by Claudia Burgoa and I will definitely go back and read the rest of the Unexpected series from the beginning.
Uncharted can be read as a stand-alone, but to better understand the family dynamic and the characters, I would recommend reading the whole series in order.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
That's us: our love and our life. Simple. Nothing complicated.If it's meant to happen it'll flow, like the sound of the music through the wind. We’ve already had too much drama to last us a lifetime."
" Since the first time I laid eyes on you, our souls entwined with each other. They interweaved together like the roots of a redwood tree's grasp onto the ground."
" I believe every person has a soulmate." My fathers say that when you find that person that makes you want to become a better version of yourself, you've found your other half."
“One moment, my life was under control and the next, boom.” I clap my hands and stretch them out while simulating the magnitude of the explosion that destroyed perfection.
I immensely loved it!!! This is the first novel I have read by Claudia Burgoa
Uncharted is an exceptionally written story with the right elements that will take you to the heights of finding your soulmate and having them ripped apart from you.
The setting of the novel begins at UW where MJ an JC are seniors. This is where Jace and Pria's story begins at the campus bookstore.
The Universe brings them together only to tear them apart.
Perhaps the Universe had a different stratagem for both of them before it decides to intervene?
Is there hope for Jace and Pria? Do first loves or true soulmates ever find there way back and able to stand the test of time after so many years apart?
Sometimes without knowing our own promises made to others in life keep us bounded to a non-existent entity and unable to move on. We end up living in misery when in reality Life is about the choices we make and how we handle and respond to the outcome.
We either make the best of it and live life to the fullest or live a miserable stubborn existence.
I thought for sure their paths would cross at certain points in the story. No matter how hard they tried to find each other something always kept them apart.
I fell in love with Jace's and Pria's story.
The growth and development of the relationship between Jace and Pria is outstanding.
The trials, errors, compromises and sacrifices they both encounter. Jace and Pria have this picture-perfect of how a relationship should be, but every relationship is work.
Author’s writing skills are powerful. She is able to lure you in slowly and seize you page after page.
So many gripping twist in this novel.
Through it all we have to make the final decision and make choices in life. An extensive well written novel. Characters are perfectly written throughout the story
Without reservation, I wholeheartedly recommend this book..
(After I finished reading this novel went to Amazon and purchased the whole series.)
Uncharted is the third novel in The Unexpected Series.
A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.
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*** 2015 Favorite ***
Wow…Wow…Wow ! Uncharted by Claudia Burgoa took me by complete surprised. I was captivated, mesmerized, and a hostage of this book. I could not put it down. I loved every moment of this book. It was a powerful story of two young people’s life journey from being naive college freshmen to cynical adults that had experienced too much and not enough along the way. They both have went from searching for rainbows and chasing unicorns to dancing in the darkest storm waiting for lightening to strike. The only thing that has kept them semi glued together is their families. For one it was their curse in life. For the other it was their only anchor in turbulent times. Their precious memory of their young love wasn’t enough to hold onto hope. Their paths will cross once again and both of these people will find a new meaning to love, life , and happiness. It’s not what they dreamed of or what they thought it should be. Their new path was exactly what they needed. This time around they have life experience to draw upon and new dreams to follow.
Jacob Colthurst-Decker is one of the three Decker triplets. He has never had to do anything alone in his entire life. His unusual family is strong, solid, loving, and encompassing. His parents careers have kept him and his siblings sheltered and hidden from the world. At eighteen he and his brother are venturing into the world on their own. Their sister chose to go to another college and start her life adventure on her own. For Jacob and Mathew, they are biding their time in college before they pursue their musical careers they have dreamed of all their lives. College is the opportunity to expand their horizons, get acquainted with the opposite sex and have sex. It’s all about the beer, sex, and fun.
Jacob meets Pria in line while buying books for their first semester. It is love at first sight. He is intrigued with her dark beauty and proclaims they are going to get married, have a golden retriever named Max, and two children; one named Gabrielle.
That is the start of a beautiful star crossed love that enraptures both Jacob and Pria. Their short romance spirals out of their control. The world butts in and tears them apart.
Pria is forced to withdraw from school and return home to take care of her sick sister.
Jacob and Pria spend one week together in each others arms. They have an enchanted week that will forever touch their hearts. They will find magic in the stars shining brightly on their love with the promise of unicorns & rainbows in the future. The give their bodies and souls to one another. They make promises to keep their relationship alive once Pria leaves for home.
Jacob and Mathew are forced to leave school when they are almost exposed to the media. In a panic Jacob sets out to find Pria before he is forced home. The results will forever change his life and send him in a downward spiral for ten years.
This bright and shining boy will become a resentful, hateful man that no longer cares about himself, his family, or life in general.
Pria has lived in the shadow of her sick sister all her life. She was forced into home schooling and seclusion because of her sister’s illness. When the opportunity to attend college presents itself, she is running as fast as she can. She wants to have a life that is her own and not overshadowed by illness, pending death, and a controlling mother.
College is more than the opportunity to get an education. It’s the opportunity to live life. A life of her own. She wants to experience everything she has missed out on. When she meets Jacob in line at the book store, she is almost afraid to open up and start a new friendship. Her mother is already starting in on her to return home.
Jacob is charming and has a way of drawing Pria out of her shell. He shows her the beauty of life, music, and romance. He steals her young heart. When her sister’s health begins to decline she is forced to return home to help with her care. This time it does not seem so bad because Jacob has promised he will be there for her and that their relationship doesn’t have to end because of distance.
Pria quickly learns that promises are made and promises are easily broken. Her young heart will be shattered by this. It will change her outlook for years to come. She will become her mother’s dream child. She will live someone elses dream. She will experience heartache, death, loss, pain, and still be tied down by her family’s chains. She dreams of escaping these chains one day but the only escape will be another death. Another loss.
In another heartbreaking day Pria will have to give up one thing she loves the most but will gain something else. She will make a friend that is very special. This friend will change her life. This friend will bring back the promise of hope and happiness. This friend will bring her back in the path of the Colthurst-Decker family once again. She will once again be a part of Jacob’s life. This time she is a different person. Jacob is a different man. Can they find that they love the new people they have become or was their young love rainbows & unicorns? Are they star crossed lovers or is their love written in the stars?
This book was an amazing journey. After I finished this book I had to go and buy the first two books in the series. The family dynamics in this series is astounding. The triplets themselves are intriguing. They have their own special way of communicating with each other. They have their own language. They are an integral part of each other. Watching these three grow and learn to become individuals on their own paths has been an incredible journey. Their famous parents are one of the most stable, loving, supportive, as well as protective role models that truly guided their children and taught them the true meaning of family. It was refreshing to see a stable home life / family life in an unusual environment. Their lives are very complicated and in many ways deceptive.They never took the the easy road and met the road blocks head on. How they handled their lives and family issues was admirable.
Claudia Burgoa is an extremely talented writer. She delivered an emotional story that will touch any reader that opens her books.
Uncharted can be read as a stand alone novel. I started out with this book but became so mesmerized by this family that I had to go back and read the first two books. It has been a powerful reading experience.
I can’t wait for Mathew’s book, titled Uncut.
The Unexpected Series has become one of my 2015 Favorite series.
This is the third story in the Unexpected series. Let’s just say, Claudia Burgoa does not disappoint. Her ability to weave a tale that ensnares you so thoroughly is astounding. A chance meeting and young love for Pria and Jacob Christian (JC) quickly devolves into a tragedy. Each person has their own unique story and their solitary struggles until they fall back into each others loves. What makes it so compelling is the fact that the situations are realistic. Their pain, personal evolution, and coping mechanisms - you feel their intensity and trauma right along with them. There is such beauty in their suffering and journey – both individually and together.
There is a hint of JC’s pain in Book 2 (Unsurprisingly Complicated). I love the fact that JC is a triplet and how they all rely upon each other. JC’s love for MJ and AJ is amazing, and they truly hold each other up. Their family dynamic is so filled with love and support. I love every single member of that family.
When you add in Pria (a.k.a Ana), the story explodes. Her experiences are tough. Everyone has their struggles, and sometimes we forget to live. Regardless, Pria is amazing. I have to state that I am not a fan of her mother. At all. While I do understand her thinking and perspective, I sincerely cannot agree with how she has chosen to raise her daughter. The fact that she cannot see how her depth of achievement and strength is incredible. The remarkable change in this woman is commendable.
While it is not necessary to read the first two books, I would strongly suggest picking them up. The characters show up in each installment, and knowing them from the beginning makes it for a more enriching read. I wish I could give this book 10 stars. I can’t wait to read the remaining books in the series once they are written. You’ll ache with the characters, but be uplifted by their love. This is your next series to read…update your TBR list…now!
I absolutely love this family. Claudia, you have created this amazing family full of unconditional love and support. The characters are so well developed they jump out of the pages as real characters. Their stories so poignant and each prominent in their own right. Starting with Gabe and Chris' story all the way down to JC's. Gabe and Chris love each other so much and have taught their children how to love out right. I can literally see Mace's scary scowling face turn to loving and soft towards AJ. Gabe and Chris kissing each other and the kids being afraid of walking in on them doing the dirty.
JC's heartbreak in AJ's story (sorry Claudia - not Mason's story) is so prominent that although it is his sister's story Claudia does a fabulous job of intertwining JC's heartbreak so well that you want to reach out and hug him. Although AJ and Mace's story ends with a HEA it almost seems incomplete because I could literally still feel JC's family's pain in seeing his heartache. Especially through Matty and Mace's eyes. They kind of keep it between the two to save AJ the worry due to her illness.
In the beginning of the book Claudia explains that she felt she needed to break this book in two. At first I thought it was going to be a cliffhanger but much to my delight she just separates the past from the present and I love the way that she made it work. She doesn't go back and forth like some books throughout the book to the point that it gets confusing therefore the story flowed flawlessly. Pria went through so much in her life it was great to see JC come to his senses through his family's love and support to live his life as his parents were. Perfect in their own right. Love the non-traditional family that proves a family does not have to be traditional to be a family.
I can't wait for Matty's story, I have a feeling I know where that one is going to go based on his introduction to JC's business partner and that makes me look forward to it even more.
BRAVO Claudia. Not comparing here but my favorite next to Tillie Cole - absolutely brilliant authors!!
Please, please, please do not stop at Porter's story. This family is to fabulous to stop writing about.
Although these stories are stand alone, I do highly recommend they are read in order.