Sunday 5 May 2024


Hopeless by Melissa Haag
Book 1 of the Judgement of the Six series
Narrated by Julie McKay
Genre: urban fantasy
Format: ebook & audiobookAudiobook

About Hopeless:
Gabby's brain is like a human fish finder. It comes in handy when she wants to avoid people. Mostly men. They seem to like her a bit too much. It's lonely being different, but she's adapted to it. Really. She just wishes she knew why she is different, though.

In her search for answers, she discovers a hidden community of werewolves. She immerses herself in their culture, learning about their world until she meets Clay. He's unkempt, prone to mood swings, intense without saying a word, and he thinks Gabby is his.

It's going to take every trick she knows to convince Clay to go away, and every bit of willpower not to fall for him when she discovers the man beneath the rough exterior.

Judgement has begun...
Source: Info in the About Hopeless was taken from GoodReads at on 19/08/2019.

My Thoughts:
I first met this author with the Of Fates and Furies series and I liked the way she tells a story. So I thought I'd seek out her other works... Thus this book got bought and read. Like the other series, the books in this one also has multiple cover arts. For this particular book, the cover arts are apropos to the story but not high up in the "grab-me-now-and buy-me" scale.

I like the way Julie McKay reads. She sounds so much like Therese Plummer, another favourite narrator. Kudos to the narration! However, even with the convenience of the audiobook format, I would still say that this book is not a fast "read". I find myself needing breaks from it from time to time. I contribute this to the tstl (too stupid to live) and whiny-ness of the heroine which I find royally annoying! However, the premise of the story is intriguing enough to keep me reading until the next book.

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 3.5
Character development = 3.5
Story itself = 3
Writing Style = 3.5
Ending = 4
World building = 4
Cover art = 3.5
Pace = (10 hrs and 55 mins)
Plot = 2
Narration = 4.5

Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5 cherries

Books In The Judgement of the Six Series:

Meet The Author

About Melissa Haag:
I love to write! Sharing the worlds I've created is beyond amazing . Want to read a book for free? Check out my website at:

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I also write adult books under the pen name M.J. Haag. Happy reading!

The Narrator

About Julie McKay:
Julie is an Audie-nominated audiobook narrator of nearly 300 audiobooks. Her work has also been favorably reviewed in the industry magazine Audiofile.

FTC Disclosure:
The ebook and audiobook copies of the book were purchased with private funds.
No money received for this review.

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