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Wolves, dragon shifters, and a fallen kingdom destined to rise again. Evie Callahan is positive there's something strange going on in Seaton Falls, her new home. The locals are bigger, stronger, and faster than most. That includes Nick, the boy next door who's become her silver lining in this godforsaken town. She wants to trust her instincts--about Nick, about what she susp Wolves, dragon shifters, and a fallen kingdom destined to rise again. Evie Callahan is positive there's something strange going on in Seaton Falls, her new home. The locals are bigger, stronger, and faster than most. That includes Nick, the boy next door who's become her silver lining in this godforsaken town. She wants to trust her instincts--about Nick, about what she suspects in Seaton Falls--but rumors of wolves and dragon shifters makes it hard to tell what's real. With a history of odd dreams and the nagging sense that she's never belonged, Evie fears she's losing touch with reality. Her concern only grows when someone who's haunted these dreams is suddenly tangible... and claims to hold the key to unlocking her true identity. Finding out her entire life has been a lie is scary enough, but what's downright terrifying is discovering who she's destined to become. Evie's much more than your average, seventeen-year-old girl. And this is her genesis.


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Wolves, dragon shifters, and a fallen kingdom destined to rise again. Evie Callahan is positive there's something strange going on in Seaton Falls, her new home. The locals are bigger, stronger, and faster than most. That includes Nick, the boy next door who's become her silver lining in this godforsaken town. She wants to trust her instincts--about Nick, about what she susp Wolves, dragon shifters, and a fallen kingdom destined to rise again. Evie Callahan is positive there's something strange going on in Seaton Falls, her new home. The locals are bigger, stronger, and faster than most. That includes Nick, the boy next door who's become her silver lining in this godforsaken town. She wants to trust her instincts--about Nick, about what she suspects in Seaton Falls--but rumors of wolves and dragon shifters makes it hard to tell what's real. With a history of odd dreams and the nagging sense that she's never belonged, Evie fears she's losing touch with reality. Her concern only grows when someone who's haunted these dreams is suddenly tangible... and claims to hold the key to unlocking her true identity. Finding out her entire life has been a lie is scary enough, but what's downright terrifying is discovering who she's destined to become. Evie's much more than your average, seventeen-year-old girl. And this is her genesis.

30 review for The Genesis of Evangeline

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    Ugh I wrote a whole long review and it wasn’t saved and posted. Let’s just say absolutely no world building. I get the characters are in the dark but there is no understanding given to us once they seem to get information only more questions because the editor or author didn’t spot the giant plot holes. #1: the therapist was apparently just a plot device to get Evie introduced to Beth. In the beginning it seems that the therapy visits are a major part of the story, even having Evie open up to he Ugh I wrote a whole long review and it wasn’t saved and posted. Let’s just say absolutely no world building. I get the characters are in the dark but there is no understanding given to us once they seem to get information only more questions because the editor or author didn’t spot the giant plot holes. #1: the therapist was apparently just a plot device to get Evie introduced to Beth. In the beginning it seems that the therapy visits are a major part of the story, even having Evie open up to her. But after the therapist makes Evie talk to Beth you don’t hear anything else about her. Although she apparently still goes to sessions as that is mentioned. I mean with all the changes and self discovery supposedly happening it would be nice to see how she deals with the therapist. But nope... #2: my biggest issue, Evie’s past! Editor where the hell are you! Ok let’s break it down; she is, in the present, been adopted from birth by human parents. She was left, as a baby, on a church doorstep. So she has lived this whole 17 years.... but once Liam starts explaining her past “centuries” he say’s, it explains she feels this completion with learning about her parents. Ummmm... was she reborn? If so that means there is a whole new level of explanation missing here. But that’s the only thing that makes sense. Then what about Liam? Do shifters not age? Do they live forever? Apparently the lycans in the town don’t because if they did the town would be huge, right? But they must because this Sebation, king, is still around. Again.... oh editor, were you sleeping here? #3: her origin. So Liam says she is an original. She is the daughter of the first dragon shifter and one of the first lycan ones. However Liam mentions she had brothers... so how is she an original, something new, and not them? She apparently does not shift into a dragon just fire. Confused... #4: what is Liam? He mentions that he was part of the warrior class and that Evie’s father saved him from a town in Egypt, bringing him to be raised as one of his own at the age of 3. Ok.... however, he has the power of a dragon shifter right? Evie’s mom is the first dragon shifter. See where I’m-going here? Not there with me? Ok, how bout this; how is he a dragon shifter from Africa and the mom is first, ever, and she’s from France? How much time passed between her finding out of her powers and what she was to Liam? Hello? Editor??? You here. There is SO much more to complain about. I mean it’s ridiculous. Maybe this author just doesn’t care. But damn, what the hell? Also very confused with all the positive reviews. Does no else notice these glaring holes?

  2. 5 out of 5

    Runningrabbit

    Wow Epic Paranormal Fabulousness KU Let me just say WOW. This is an epic adventure and at over 500 pages there's a lot to enjoy. I would like to take the opportunity to say that I consider the blurb ruined a significant portion of this novel by providing way too much information concerning aspects of the tale that instead of titilation simply acted as a spoiler, turning moments of discovery into something almost mundane. Evangeline displays the ups and downs of the average teenager and is on the c Wow Epic Paranormal Fabulousness KU Let me just say WOW. This is an epic adventure and at over 500 pages there's a lot to enjoy. I would like to take the opportunity to say that I consider the blurb ruined a significant portion of this novel by providing way too much information concerning aspects of the tale that instead of titilation simply acted as a spoiler, turning moments of discovery into something almost mundane. Evangeline displays the ups and downs of the average teenager and is on the cusp of a gently burgeoning relationship with next door neighbour and school jock Nick. I have to say, not being on the same side as a jock ever (but I expect my selective deafness helps together with bad press), I find Nick's character difficult to believe. Evangeline, however, provides a character of true depth and complexity. The tall, dark, broody and mysterious sexy older guy swaggers into the picture answering to the name of Liam. The novel is a bit of a slow burner with good attention to detail and atmosphere. The plot thickens and leaves the reader panting for more on the slippery slope of an almost cliffhanger.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Gallegos

    I love to read but reading a 500+ page book in one day is a new record for me! However, The Genesis of Evangeline is really that good! If you liked books like Twilight, Divergent, etc, you’ll love The Lost Royals saga by Rachel Jonas. It takes everything we love about these paranormal romantic YA series and takes it one step further! I just can’t get enough!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Christa

    Evangeline is adopted, when her family moves her to Seaton Falls from Chicago. She has some unresolved issues about being adopted, mainly that she loves her family but she felt lied to for her whole life. Side note - as someone who knows quite a bit about this since I am adopted, always be honest with kids about this and let them knew as early as possible. They won’t understand right away, but it’s something that’s a part of them that makes them special, and hopefully won’t make them feel lied t Evangeline is adopted, when her family moves her to Seaton Falls from Chicago. She has some unresolved issues about being adopted, mainly that she loves her family but she felt lied to for her whole life. Side note - as someone who knows quite a bit about this since I am adopted, always be honest with kids about this and let them knew as early as possible. They won’t understand right away, but it’s something that’s a part of them that makes them special, and hopefully won’t make them feel lied to. I can’t imagine the crazy I would have gone through my teen years if I had found out then. Evangeline is in therapy for those feelings. She also has recurrent detailed dreams about a tattooed guy, which is pretty unusual. She meets Nick, her neighbor, who is kind to her and they start to get to know each other better. Nick has his own secret, he finds out when he has his first shift on his eighteenth birthday that he is a lycan shifter. They normally shift at 20, so his family thought they would have more time to warn him. Evangeline’s dreams are getting more vivid, and the scenery in her dreams is becoming more and more familiar as her dream guy is in town. They eventually run into each other, and Liam knows a lot about her past and birth family. So yeah, there’s a love triangle, but it’s resolved by the beginning of book two. It’s not too bad honestly, love triangles can be good or bad, and I thought this one was well done. I loved Liam, but Nick is a good guy too. Also props for having a character in therapy, working through issues about being adopted. All in all, it’s a fun ya shifter romance. You might want to pass if you hate the love triangle trope, but this one didn’t bother me, maybe because I really liked the main character. The books has mysteries left for the rest of the series to explore. The first book was free when I bought it, the entire series is available on kindle unlimited.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jadyen (jayjaysbooknook)

    Where do I start with this book? OMG!! It was absolutely amazing...I literally picked it up in the morning and started it before work and had devoured it before bed that night. If Rachel continues to write this story the way it is going I can easily see this becoming one of my favourites all round! I loved the complex characters and the roles they played. I loved how each detail was revealed and how it all fit together. Overall I just loved this book. I can see Evie becoming a kickass character. Where do I start with this book? OMG!! It was absolutely amazing...I literally picked it up in the morning and started it before work and had devoured it before bed that night. If Rachel continues to write this story the way it is going I can easily see this becoming one of my favourites all round! I loved the complex characters and the roles they played. I loved how each detail was revealed and how it all fit together. Overall I just loved this book. I can see Evie becoming a kickass character. Nick is adorable. And I just love Liam, it totally helps that he sounds gorgeous... I’m totally shipping him and Evie! I cannot wait to see where this story leads us and how it evolves!! Everything has already gone to hell so it can only get better (or worse?) from here! Bring on book 2!!!,

  6. 4 out of 5

    Agroca AWOL

    The book is totally amazing.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Carter

    3 - 3.5 stars "Evie Callahan is positive there's something strange going on in Seaton Falls, her new home. The locals are bigger, stronger, and faster than most. That includes Nick, the boy next door who's become her silver lining in this godforsaken town. Finding out her entire life has been a lie is scary enough..." The Genesis of Evangeline starts out like most -teen girl, out of the ordinary, nobody understands me- type books. The narration flows well and Evie's inner monologue is easy if not a 3 - 3.5 stars "Evie Callahan is positive there's something strange going on in Seaton Falls, her new home. The locals are bigger, stronger, and faster than most. That includes Nick, the boy next door who's become her silver lining in this godforsaken town. Finding out her entire life has been a lie is scary enough..." The Genesis of Evangeline starts out like most -teen girl, out of the ordinary, nobody understands me- type books. The narration flows well and Evie's inner monologue is easy if not a bit unsure and anxious. She starts off by letting us in on her background and what has happened to get us to this point in time, the counsellors office in her new school, Seaton Falls. Rachel gives enough description to aid in imagining the surroundings and people but also leaves enough for you to make your own mind. The story is told in first person and has multiple points of view, Evie and Nick. As the story goes on you are given bits of information to start piecing together. You can pick up most of what the hints are getting at but still need to read on to get the full picture. There is very much a "chosen one" vibe coming from the characters and can be a bit distracting from the overall story. I started getting a bit bored with Nick's point of view which seem to take up a lot of chapters. The wait for Evie and through her, Liam, was a struggle for me. And it felt like i slowed down and couldn't concentrate much on the story. Once past the half way point things start to get interesting and towards the end it picks up enough to need the second book right now. There is a bit of a love triangle/star crossed lovers storyline but its handled well enough. At times it almost gave me a Twilight-ish type vibe but Evie is not the "woah is me" girl that Bella is. Overall i quite enjoyed the story, especially after the 60% marker and am quite interested in the next book if only to see more of Liam.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Deana The Queen

    The algorithm gods have been remiss in their duties. For how, after thousands of searches over a number of years, have I only just now learned of this series?! Evangeline is struggling. She recently discovered she’s adopted. Her family has suddenly moved them to Seaton Falls. And she’s been seeing through the eyes of some random guy named Liam in her dreams for years. Who wouldn’t be struggling? But Evie thinks her luck may be changing when Nick, the guy next door, becomes her first friend. But t The algorithm gods have been remiss in their duties. For how, after thousands of searches over a number of years, have I only just now learned of this series?! Evangeline is struggling. She recently discovered she’s adopted. Her family has suddenly moved them to Seaton Falls. And she’s been seeing through the eyes of some random guy named Liam in her dreams for years. Who wouldn’t be struggling? But Evie thinks her luck may be changing when Nick, the guy next door, becomes her first friend. But things are strange for Nick, too, especially since he saved a girl’s life by stopping a runaway truck and didn’t get a scratch on him. In fact things are weird all over now - Violent weather, random sinkholes, strange sounds, strange sightings. But not weird enough, apparently, because Evangeline is about to learn that Seaton Falls is home to a large population of wolf shifters. What follows is an amazing beginning to a book about dragon shifters, wolf shifters, ancient royalty, and fated love. It’s also a book with one of my favorite tropes - the love triangle. Nick isn’t the only guy in Evangeline’s sight. Liam is the one Evie feels drawn to, attached to, and home with, as if she’s always been with him. The romance between Evie and Nick is sweet and just getting started when all the shifting comes about early due to some higher craziness. Liam is the one guiding Evie through what she is and has the potential to become, while Nick is more like the super hot football star and boy next door who also happens to shift too. There are five parts to this series, and I’m looking forward to the next four to see where the journey will lead.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Megpie

    *SPOILERS* 4.5 STARS I read this book followed by the sequel several days ago. I haven’t written a book review in a long while but even after almost a week I can’t get this story out of my head so I had to come and at least leave a few words. This is the most original book I’ve read in a long time. I absolutely love the world the author has created. And I loved how as the main character grows and matures, so does the story, it starts as a YA but slowly by book two turns to NA. This story is about *SPOILERS* 4.5 STARS I read this book followed by the sequel several days ago. I haven’t written a book review in a long while but even after almost a week I can’t get this story out of my head so I had to come and at least leave a few words. This is the most original book I’ve read in a long time. I absolutely love the world the author has created. And I loved how as the main character grows and matures, so does the story, it starts as a YA but slowly by book two turns to NA. This story is about shapeshifters. Specifically Lycans and Dragons though there are witches and magic as well. The Lycans are ruled by an evil Sovereign and are the most common. The dragons are rare and their Queen and King died hundred of years ago. All shifters shift for the first time when they turn 20. However it is against shifter code to tell your kids that they are shifters. They grow up completely clueless until that first shift. At the beginning Evie is just a 17 year old girl who has learned she is adopted and is forced to move to a new town when her Dad gets a new job. She starts a new school and is struggling socially (refuses to make new friends), emotionally (she is having a hard time dealing with the fact she is adopted), and mentally (she’s been having strange “dreams” of a man whose eyes she sees through in her “dreams”). However the town and its people aren’t what they seem and neither is Evie. The story is told in two POV’s. Evie and her sweet/sexy/ neighbor Nick. At first I wasn’t feeling the two POV’s but I eventually got used to it and realized it was crucial to the story as Nick is a big part of Evies future. Our 3rd main character is Liam. He is the man that Evie has been dreaming of for most of her life. Except these aren’t dreams at all but she is actually seeing through his eyes. Evie and Liam are connected in a way that is unexplainable and Evie fights it the entire time. My biggest pet peeve was the rage inducing love triangle. If you know me then you know I HATE love triangles. But by the end of the book it really didn’t bother me as much. I liked Nick but loved Liam and by the end I could tell who she would eventually end up with. Which brings me to my favorite part... Liam and Evangeline’s love story. WOW. It’s butterfly inducing EPIC. Liam is... amazing. I’m not a fan of the star crossed lovers trope but Liam and Evangeline are my one exception. However Evie remembers NONE of their past or that she once loved Liam enough to tie her soul to his for eternity... so things get interesting, especially since she just started opening up to Nick. I actually liked that Evie didn’t remember, it made the story much better because she gets to learn and explore all these things for the first time. And the plot. Soooooo good. The beginning was slow, but as Evie, Nick, and their friends find out who they really are... the story really took off. The twists were soooo goood. My heart broke for Nick, and swooned for Liam, and sympathized with Evie. I just couldn’t get enough of these characters! (And book two is even better!!!) I highly recommend!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Coco.V

    💝FREE on Amazon today (9/17/18)!💝 Blurb: Wolves, dragon shifters, and a fallen kingdom destined to rise again. Evie Callahan is positive there's something strange going on in Seaton Falls, her new home. The locals are bigger, stronger, and faster than most. That includes Nick, the boy next door who's become her silver lining in this godforsaken town. She wants to trust her instincts--about Nick, about what she suspects in Seaton Falls--but rumors of wolves and dragon shifters makes it hard to tell w 💝FREE on Amazon today (9/17/18)!💝 Blurb: Wolves, dragon shifters, and a fallen kingdom destined to rise again. Evie Callahan is positive there's something strange going on in Seaton Falls, her new home. The locals are bigger, stronger, and faster than most. That includes Nick, the boy next door who's become her silver lining in this godforsaken town. She wants to trust her instincts--about Nick, about what she suspects in Seaton Falls--but rumors of wolves and dragon shifters makes it hard to tell what's real. With a history of odd dreams and the nagging sense that she's never belonged, Evie fears she's losing touch with reality. Her concern only grows when someone who's haunted these dreams is suddenly tangible... and claims to hold the key to unlocking her true identity. Finding out her entire life has been a lie is scary enough, but what's downright terrifying is discovering who she's destined to become. Evie's much more than your average, seventeen-year-old girl. And this is her genesis.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ksandra

    5/5 Stars Holy hell.... That is the thought that keeps circulating through my mind. In this novel, we follow two high school seniors-Evie and Nick- as they live their lives. The world is experiencing high levels of natural catastrophes, and each is dealing with their own insecurities and issues. I will admit that there were a few cliches in here. However, they were dull compared to the rich and imaginative story that fills these pages. Rachel Jonas brings lycans and shifters to a whole new level. An 5/5 Stars Holy hell.... That is the thought that keeps circulating through my mind. In this novel, we follow two high school seniors-Evie and Nick- as they live their lives. The world is experiencing high levels of natural catastrophes, and each is dealing with their own insecurities and issues. I will admit that there were a few cliches in here. However, they were dull compared to the rich and imaginative story that fills these pages. Rachel Jonas brings lycans and shifters to a whole new level. And she eases her readers into this world by way of conspiracies. Because how else would these myths come to light? Her characters were beautifully written. Evie is an adopted girl dealing with her past. Nick is a jock that is interested in her but dealing with his own newfound abilities. As they grow throughout this novel, my heart feels like its gonna burst. I want the next book now!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kalli Bunch

    Have you ever found a book so epic that even when you're not reading it, you're thinking about it? That's how fantastic this book is. The author takes your hand and leads you into this world of shifters, she gets you invested in Evie, Nick, and Liam's lives, their hopes, their well-being. Roz is a wild card I haven't quite figured out yet, but I hope she becomes a main character. I had to force myself to take my time reading this because otherwise I would have blown right through it. It was such Have you ever found a book so epic that even when you're not reading it, you're thinking about it? That's how fantastic this book is. The author takes your hand and leads you into this world of shifters, she gets you invested in Evie, Nick, and Liam's lives, their hopes, their well-being. Roz is a wild card I haven't quite figured out yet, but I hope she becomes a main character. I had to force myself to take my time reading this because otherwise I would have blown right through it. It was such an amazing book!! I can't wait for book 2!!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jeanny

    DNF I just couldn’t get into this book idk why. 1 don’t read into it star

  14. 4 out of 5

    ♡Meme♡Reads love♡

    Whoa..... Review2come

  15. 4 out of 5

    Deloris

    This is just the beginning, but it reels you in, I can’t wait to read book two ! Like Nick and Eve are to each other I’m hooked !

  16. 5 out of 5

    Bookish_Haze

    Disclaimer: I willingly received an ARC of this book from the author or publisher of this book in exchange for an honest review, this doesn't in any way affect my opinion on the book. For a more detailed review please check my blog. The book starts very real, depicting Evie's actual predicament of baring herself to a new psychologist, in a new school, in a new state, far far away from her old friends. And though a psychologist appointment doesn't seem like a very interesting place to start, mo Disclaimer: I willingly received an ARC of this book from the author or publisher of this book in exchange for an honest review, this doesn't in any way affect my opinion on the book. For a more detailed review please check my blog. The book starts very real, depicting Evie's actual predicament of baring herself to a new psychologist, in a new school, in a new state, far far away from her old friends. And though a psychologist appointment doesn't seem like a very interesting place to start, most of all if you actually don't share anything relevant in the process, this particular beginning gives light to Evangeline's personality, and to her thoughts about herself. Evie starts this story in a somewhat uncomfortable position of having to adapt to new surroundings and still dealing with finding out about being adopted. But as the story progresses these issues become insignificant in comparison to the new ones that arise, to her confirming she didn't quite belong, finding out she may not be what she originally thought she was; and that in Seaton Falls, most residents weren't either. The character stories progression was superb and done expertly. So much that I actually felt part of the story. A silent ethereal part, but part of it nonetheless. This book was a hard punch in the gut to what I'm used to reading, and I liked it! Of course, I'm waiting for the release of the 2nd book in this series!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Corrie DeWolfe (Corrie's Book Nook)

    *** 4.5/5 *** When Rachel was looking for a few more ARC readers for TGoE, I read the blurb, and jumped at the chance! I was certainly NOT disappointed!!! Paranormal Romance about shifters, more specifically Wolves and Dragons, ummm, YES! Being written in both Evangeline's and Nick's POV, it was interesting to see the internal dialogue and struggles they both face, not only as coming-of-age teenagers (and falling for one another), but learning about who they truly are, and how they play integral pa *** 4.5/5 *** When Rachel was looking for a few more ARC readers for TGoE, I read the blurb, and jumped at the chance! I was certainly NOT disappointed!!! Paranormal Romance about shifters, more specifically Wolves and Dragons, ummm, YES! Being written in both Evangeline's and Nick's POV, it was interesting to see the internal dialogue and struggles they both face, not only as coming-of-age teenagers (and falling for one another), but learning about who they truly are, and how they play integral parts in each other's lives as their destinies unfold. And then, we have Liam. Oh my word. The connection he shares with Evangeline ... I cannot wait to get my hands on book two, and read/review it!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Adeola Olatunji

    What can I say?? I loved loved this book. It’s so amazing, I was surprised to discover that it is the authors’ first book. I was so enthralled by the world she created, I hated the times when I had to take a break from the book. I am an all time lover of all things fantasy but sometimes there’s this one book that blows you away. The Genesis of Evangeline is one of them. I particularly loved that the story was written from more than one characters’ point of view. If you love books where you are a What can I say?? I loved loved this book. It’s so amazing, I was surprised to discover that it is the authors’ first book. I was so enthralled by the world she created, I hated the times when I had to take a break from the book. I am an all time lover of all things fantasy but sometimes there’s this one book that blows you away. The Genesis of Evangeline is one of them. I particularly loved that the story was written from more than one characters’ point of view. If you love books where you are aware of what’s happening with the main characters, this is the book for you. Whilst I had fallen in love with Nick and believe him to be perfect for Evie, I love Liam’s character particularly his fierce protectiveness of Evie. I honestly can’t wait to read the next installment in this series.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Note: I requested an ARC from the author and was given one in exchange for an honest review. OMG! I loved it so much, I can not even tell you how much I loved this book. The Genesis of Evangeline was everything I could have wanted in a story and so much more. The characters were written so well and had depth while the story was intriguing, it pulled me into that world and kept me invested in the story until the very end. The Genesis of Evangeline is all about shifters and not just lycans (werewolv Note: I requested an ARC from the author and was given one in exchange for an honest review. OMG! I loved it so much, I can not even tell you how much I loved this book. The Genesis of Evangeline was everything I could have wanted in a story and so much more. The characters were written so well and had depth while the story was intriguing, it pulled me into that world and kept me invested in the story until the very end. The Genesis of Evangeline is all about shifters and not just lycans (werewolves) no there are also dragon shifters and who doesn't love dragons. Add in action, weird occurrences, rogue wolves, a shifty shifter government, a dramatic past, a problematic present and a super hot shifter love triangle and you will have a book so good that it will have you begging for the next book as soon as you have finished the first. The story is told from two point-of-views one being Evangeline who is new to town and the other being Nick who is on the football team and is more than what he seems. Evangeline (Evie) has a just moved to town and is having a bit of difficult not only fitting in but also at home as well. Evie is brave, stubborn, kind, funny and a little feisty. She is a good person with a good head on her shoulders but girlfriend was in denial for a while. Evie did note the strange things but choice to totally ignore the situation at times until she couldn't ignore it anymore. However I do love the fact that when she messes up she owns it and she tries to figure things out. Including the many things Evie has to figure out and face she also has to come to terms with her place in the supernatural world, because Evie is something special in more ways than one. As I mentioned before the other pov is Nick, he's not what anyone let alone Evie expect him to be. Nick is not only on the football team but he is a bit of a closet geek and likes things that he doesn't share with anyone because he didn't feel anyone would understand. He is also cute, kind, a loyal friend, has a good relationship with his family and is totally ga-ga for Evie. When it comes to Evie, Nick is so adorable, he is a big softy who deeply cares for Evie and wants to protect her. He is also very understanding in certain situations and he also has a place in the supernatural world that he will have to figure out if he has any hopes of being with Evie. The love triangle.... this is one of those triangles where I like both of the guys and I can't possible chose. Liam is the other third of this triangle and let me just say he is amazing. Liam is stubborn, loyal, dependable, sweet, and fierce when it come to Evie, not to mention he is very handsome. I can't get into too much detail without revealing to many things but he and Evie share a connection that neither can deny for long. I both envy Evie and wouldn't want to be her because there is no way I could chose between the two. The world in The Genesis of Evangeline is an alternate world from ours. Not only do shifters, witches and other supernatural exists but so do magic. The shifter world is complex with origin stories (partial told in this book), past lives, an evil sovereign, a people trying to stand up and fight back against oppressors, with mysterious pasts and a future they will have to fight for. I was so involved with this story it killed me when it was over, I am addicted to the story and I have to find out what happens next. I plan on buying the book in print (yes it was that good) and I will get the next one as soon as I am able to. If you enjoy really good stories with shifters, magic and dragons then I highly suggest that you pick this one up.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Paradoxical

    Overall, disappointing. At first I was pretty excited. I'm a sucker for shifters and secret backgrounds and a special main character. Add in a great love interest and I'm alllll ears. That said, the more I read The Genesis of Evangeline the less interested I became and the more I noticed the flaws. This book was slow, god it was slow. I'm all for slow builds, but this just never seemed to ramp up my attention beyond a middling interest. It really did feel like an extended introduction to Seaton F Overall, disappointing. At first I was pretty excited. I'm a sucker for shifters and secret backgrounds and a special main character. Add in a great love interest and I'm alllll ears. That said, the more I read The Genesis of Evangeline the less interested I became and the more I noticed the flaws. This book was slow, god it was slow. I'm all for slow builds, but this just never seemed to ramp up my attention beyond a middling interest. It really did feel like an extended introduction to Seaton Falls and to Evie. Then there's the first person POV shift between Evie and Nick and I HATE that, ugh. I can't say Nick's portions were meaningless, because you do get information and plot through them, but I have never been fond of switching POVs, especially when they're first person POVs. Then there's the author's propensity for telling instead of showing. I kept getting told Evie's or Nick's emotions and I was never really convinced about their budding interest in one another, among other things. It was weirdly flat even with the writing being otherwise all right. It was a bit sad I wasn't sold on either romance (or... beginnings of romance) between Evie and Nick or Evie and Liam. Nick and Evie spend more time thinking how hot the other is and less time actually talking about things and being open with one another. Liam is the guy in Evie's head who you'd think I'd be all over (being hot, strong, I'll-protect-you-with-my-life), except again, weirdly flat. Just no real interest in either of the two characters. The background story is a bit... eh... I try really hard to believe it. I'm still not sure what makes Evie special, other than (view spoiler)[she's the only female born of two Original shifters. So. What's great about being female versus her brothers... also... why... (hide spoiler)] . Then you get that Seaton Falls has a huge shifter (mostly lycan) population but is controlled by the Council, who in turn is supposed to be beholden to the Sovereign, except undercurrents of rebellion and the like. Except the Council is also filled with a bunch of jerks. Stereotypical robe wearing, old smug men villain types. Meh. I just didn't like it so much. It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't good either. It doesn't help that the characterizations seemed weak, and when I read a book like this I'm all about characterizations. I can at least hand wave the world building, but let me believe in the characters. Or even let me like them better--Evie, Nick, and Liam I can tolerate (I wanted to love them so bad though), but Roz? She definitely gives off annoying sidekick vibes. The rest of everyone else? They're not one of the main three, so they're kicked off to the wayside. 2 stars.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lyn Mckenzie

    This is the first book that i have read by this author but i believe that this is her first book and what a first book it is!!!!! It didn't get me long to completely fall into this world that she has created to so many unknown aspects, so many secrets in a magical world! This book is amazing and i am now dying to read the next book and i can genuinely say that after reading this book i am a fan for life!!! The storylie to this book is amazing, so addicting and compelling and so many aspects that This is the first book that i have read by this author but i believe that this is her first book and what a first book it is!!!!! It didn't get me long to completely fall into this world that she has created to so many unknown aspects, so many secrets in a magical world! This book is amazing and i am now dying to read the next book and i can genuinely say that after reading this book i am a fan for life!!! The storylie to this book is amazing, so addicting and compelling and so many aspects that we as the reader can relate to, especially in our own younger years, of course without the paranormal/supernatural world. There was one other thing i could really relate to in this book and that is the topic of her adoption and how she found out as i was also adopted and found out at a young age from someone other than my parents, so i completely understood Evie’s thoughts and emotions throughout this about that topic. This tale is extremely exciting and have you on the edge of your seat the whole time, you can't stop reading this it's so addictive! And thee way that this author writes this tale is so vivid that you can see the story in so much detail in your own imagination!!! The first character i was to mention is Liam…. I adore his charachter and can't wait to read more about him! He is strong and even as you are reading about him he has a strong sense around him of safety, that is he is around nothing bad can happen. He is fierce and protective to those he cares about which there are few. He has a wealth of knowledge and you just want to tap into that and find out more about everything he has done and experienced. Then we have Nick… I really liked reading about him too especially going through all the changes he is going through abd learning about it all with him, he has a quietness to him that is very calming, he is also very protective of those that he cares for and loves and will do anything for them. But as much as i like Nick i am definitely on Team Liam. Then we come to Evie, i loved her character and i think this is because i really relate to her on a lot of things. The main thing that i loved about her is the inner strength tht she has no idea that she has and you can see and you can see the potential of who she could be especially as the boo gets further on. I love how she cares about people and never wants to hurt anyone even if she is going through inner turmoil and she will always do what she feels is the right thing to do. It is probably obvious by now how much i adore this book and how this author writes so it will be no surprise for me to say how highly i recommend this book, it's a must read for everyone!!!!!!

  22. 5 out of 5

    The Mysterious Reader

    “Finding out her entire life has been a lie is scary enough, but what's downright terrifying is discovering who she's destined to become.” Yes, that pretty much says it all in this book that morphs from teen love angst into top notch urban fantasy romance, complete with the requisite love triangle. The Evangeline of Rachel Jonas is Evie Callahan, a spunky, smart, good souled high schooler in a new town who slowly grasps that the denizens of said town are not at all average. It’s a true pleasure w “Finding out her entire life has been a lie is scary enough, but what's downright terrifying is discovering who she's destined to become.” Yes, that pretty much says it all in this book that morphs from teen love angst into top notch urban fantasy romance, complete with the requisite love triangle. The Evangeline of Rachel Jonas is Evie Callahan, a spunky, smart, good souled high schooler in a new town who slowly grasps that the denizens of said town are not at all average. It’s a true pleasure watching Evie grow in realizing all of this, what it means to - and about - her and dealing with all that (along with that love triangle between her, Nick and Liam, both of whom are delicious in different ways). The Genesis of Evangeline is a really wonderful novel with a well crafted cast of characters, a well executed plot and a wonderfully built world full of wolf, dragon and other shifters. As the Goodreads blurb says, a “fallen kingdom destined to rise again”. I’m looking forward to the next book in The Lost Royals Saga so that I can happily follow along. Highly recommended.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    3.5⭐️

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jackie Sigerson

    Dnf 35% - not bad, just too young for me I think

  25. 5 out of 5

    Katara Johnson

    Wow!!! Just wow!! I love how this story first started as a high school teen moving to a new town to a queen who needs to be trained to reign her territory! Can’t wait for book 2!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Felicia Mathews

    I received an ARC of this book in exchange for a review. I absolutely loved this book! I got halfway through it and then my kindle died and it was a little tortuous to have to wait for it to charge so I could continue to read it. This book starts out with Evie baring herself to a new psychologist. She's in a new town, at a new school, and has recently learned that she was adopted. Though an appointment with a psychologist is always the most entertaining way to start a story, when this story start I received an ARC of this book in exchange for a review. I absolutely loved this book! I got halfway through it and then my kindle died and it was a little tortuous to have to wait for it to charge so I could continue to read it. This book starts out with Evie baring herself to a new psychologist. She's in a new town, at a new school, and has recently learned that she was adopted. Though an appointment with a psychologist is always the most entertaining way to start a story, when this story started out this way it really shed light on Evie's personality. I definitely got Twilight vibes from a lot of this story, which I don't find to be a bad thing at all. I've always loved aspects of the Twilight series, but I honestly think The Genesis of Evangeline is so much better than Twilight. The characters are so fleshed out and felt so real that I felt like I was in the story with them. I love how the story alternated between two character point of views. It really shed light on more things that were going on than if the story was just told from Evie's point of view. The love triangle did kind of throw me off a little at first, but after learning more about Evie's past, I totally understood it. Overall, I highly recommend this story and seriously can't wait for book two!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mandy Stump

    I received this book for an honest review. This book was fantastic. I loved it. Loved Evie and Nick. Hell even loved Liam. I really hope that Evie and Nick get back together they cant fight love. They need to be strong. The end was a shocker. Can't wait for the next book. I received this book for an honest review. This book was fantastic. I loved it. Loved Evie and Nick. Hell even loved Liam. I really hope that Evie and Nick get back together they cant fight love. They need to be strong. The end was a shocker. Can't wait for the next book.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sherry

    Amazing!! This book is amazing!! Great characters with lots of heart. The storyline is so interesting, I couldn’t put it down!!!!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Cc

    Evie is new to this school. She and her family have just moved to Seaton Falls. She has no friends at school. The boy next door, Nick, offers to walker her to school and then asks her to sit with his friends during lunch. Maybe this place isn’t as bad as she first thought. Strange things are happening in the world as well as Seaton Falls. Then the children in the area are effected. Their world isn’t what they thought, they’re not what they thought. Good basic story. Long book with lots of intern Evie is new to this school. She and her family have just moved to Seaton Falls. She has no friends at school. The boy next door, Nick, offers to walker her to school and then asks her to sit with his friends during lunch. Maybe this place isn’t as bad as she first thought. Strange things are happening in the world as well as Seaton Falls. Then the children in the area are effected. Their world isn’t what they thought, they’re not what they thought. Good basic story. Long book with lots of internal thoughts and fears of these kids. It was ok but I’m not sure I’ll read further.

  30. 4 out of 5

    DJ

    I was lucky enough to receive an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. This books is completely different from what I expected, and I mean that in a good way. Its intense and interesting. Evie Callahan moves to a new town and start to notice things are little weird. She's introduced to the world of shifting, and that takes her on a roller coaster ride. The author does a great job of getting the reading to connect with her characters. I really enjoyed Evie's character development t I was lucky enough to receive an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. This books is completely different from what I expected, and I mean that in a good way. Its intense and interesting. Evie Callahan moves to a new town and start to notice things are little weird. She's introduced to the world of shifting, and that takes her on a roller coaster ride. The author does a great job of getting the reading to connect with her characters. I really enjoyed Evie's character development throughout the book, and she really became badass. Nick and Liam were fun, and adorable. The ending was amazing and left me wanting more! I can't wait for the next book!

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