I’ve decided to take this time on #throwbackthursday to write a review of one of my favorite series of 2011 and 2012. Without further ado, here is my review of the wonderful, extraordinary Indie Series, The Wanderlove Saga!
Wanderlove by Belle Malory
Genre: Magical realism/science fiction
Published: September 20, 2011
Blurb: Lola Moori is hiding a secret she doesn’t know she’s keeping.
She begins to remember someone.
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.
The world that Malory creates in Wanderlove is absolutely enchanting. The idea of a somewhat secret society of Gypsy’s, as well as long lost and forgotten love pulled in my middle-school-aged heart. It’s also refreshing to read a mystery love story without a love triangle. And that’s the awesome thing about this book, while it is a wonderful love story, it is also a fantastical mystery based in magic.
I especially love the flashback to Lola’s life so many lifetimes before. I have to admit I cried a few times reading this book, and have gone back to read it multiple times.
Gabe is also the perfect love interest, a compassionate and hard-working man who wants nothing but the best for his love. The way he treats her is some portions of the book is somewhat reminiscent of Daniel Grigori in the Fallen series by Lauren Kate, however I believe it is a tad more relatable in this instance.
While Wanderlove is an amazing book, it was really the second one in the series that really blew me away. Remember how I said that it was a mystery mixed in with a love story? Well that mystery doesn’t get resolved in the first one; for that you have to read on….
Fortell by Belle Malory
Published: June 24, 2012
Blurb: If you could provide anyone with the path to their deepest, darkest desires, would you?
Estelle Spencer has no choice.
With just a simple touch of her hand, wishes and dreams are instantly fulfilled. Her voice speaks of its own accord, lighting the way to good fortune.
But not everyone’s fortunes are desirable.
For most of her life Estelle hides in fear, living as a recluse in her sister’s shadow. Until the day comes when her existence is remembered.
Forced into running, Estelle meets Rex, a Romanian gypsy, and the only person who can help her hide. Together they search for a way to end the curse that controls Estelle’s life.
Before she destroys the world.
While Wanderlove was a sweet story of eternal love, this story focuses on Rex, the brother of Gabe, who is hung up on a past love of lifetimes past. Insert Estelle, a charming a cursed individual who has always done what is best for everyone else, until she becomes hunted for her gift.
It is not really necessary to read the first book to understand this storyline, but if you choose to skip it, some of the people and other background info might be a bit confusing. Lola and Gabe show up again, as I said this book is basically the resolution of that mystery from Wanderlove, and it’s great to be able to revisit certain aspects of their past that remain unanswered as well as see them find happiness. While they do show up and are instrumental in beginning the events of the book, they are not really seen throughout. Instead, it focuses on the characters mentioned earlier, Rex and Estelle.
Rex is a cynical person, and somewhat of a bad boy (and artist) which is always appealing to me. I mean, who doesn’t want to root for the bad boy? I also loved how this book was not about a first, eternal love, but in many ways overcoming an old one to welcome the new. There still isn’t a real love triangle though, as the book is told in Estelle’s view, and she is only ever interested in Rex. The only real thing holding them back is the curse, and to defeat that Estelle cannot rely on anyone else.
I will have to say that I sobbed multiple times during this book, but I am also a complete sop for love stories. Especially ones where the female finds herself and comes into her powers.
As always, feel free to comment with your thoughts. Happy reading!