{Tour Stop} Uniquely Unwelcome (The Shadow World #1) by Brandy Nacole – Review

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Genre: YA Paranormal
Published: September 20, 2012
Series: #1 (The Shadow World)
Length: 267 pages
Source: author (review copy)

Being unique isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

After searching all over the world for someone as unique as she is, Racquel finds herself back in her home town where she’s treated like a monster ready to kill. Racquel is one of the most unique beings ever created. Four of the most powerful beings in the Shadow World are intertwined within her, making up her unique DNA. But no matter how unique her bloodline is, she’s considered an outcast by the entire Shadow World.

Once arriving home, Racquel finds that greater evils exist and that the person she cares for most in this world, her half-sister Addie, has been kidnapped along with other Shadow World beings. Racquel finds herself facing horrible odds with those who would rather see her dead than alive.

As her journey continues, Racquel learns more about herself, what she is capable of, and that not every being looks at her as an abomination. Coy, a human captive that Racquel saves from the Vampires, starts showing kindness toward her. Racquel tries putting distance between her and the human boy but as they spend more time together it becomes harder and harder for Racquel to fight the affection she wants and needs.

But will Coy’s friendship and her new found discoveries be enough to help Racquel unravel the strangest mystery that has ever plagued the Shadow World?”


While the human world exists, there is also the shadow world which consists of vampires, werewolves/shifters, witches, leprechauns, fairies, and other paranormal creatures. The main character, Racquel, is part vampire, witch, lycan, and shifter which makes her unique but feared and hated by many creatures. This is one of the things why I liked this book. The concept of having all those paranormal creatures in the book made it more interesting and fresh.

The story starts off with Racquel arriving home and finds out that her half-sister, Addie, is missing and other creatures as well. She sets off a journey with Ethan (her enemy since she was a kid, can you believe it?) Coy, a human, and other creatures to find the missing humans, fairies, vampires, and of course, her sister. It is told in 1st person point of view of Racquel. I really liked her personality. She was funny and sarcastic at times, and such a headstrong protagonist. Even if she was treated as an outcast by her very own fellow creatures, she didn’t let them let her down.

What I did not like in Uniquely Unwelcome though is the love interest between Coy and Racquel. Even though it was cute at times, I feel like it was rushed and just not realistic. I also did not like how the readers did not get to know why Racquel left. All we know is that at the beginning she arrives home. Hmm. Maybe we will get to know where she went in the sequel? I also wish there was more action and less talking of the characters because at times it kind of gotten a bit boring. There are also some glitches that could be fixed (typos etc. and awkwardly phrased sentences). What I do like is the ending. It made me tense and excited. I would have never thought the villain was that … creature? person? You have to read it! Overall I recommend it to lovers of YA paranormal!

3.5 of 5

3 Responses to “{Tour Stop} Uniquely Unwelcome (The Shadow World #1) by Brandy Nacole – Review”

  1. 1 Jeannius March 27, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    Sounds like a great book!

  2. 2 Janina (@Synchro_Reading) March 27, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    Sounds really interesting and that cover is a tad bit creepy! lol

    Janina @ Synchronized Reading

  3. 3 Brandy Nacole March 28, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    Thanks Leigh for being a part of the tour and for reviewing Uniquely Unwelcome. I loved reading your review and getting your insights on the likes/dislikes. That’s one thing I love about reviews, hearing the different opinions on Racquel’s story and her supporting characters.
    Thanks again!!

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