New Release Review: Carlos’ Peace by Melissa Haag
Today is release day for Carlos’ Peace, the 5th companion novel for the Judgement of the Six series by Melissa Haag. The companion novels should be read after you have read the main books of the Judgement of the Six series, in this case the main book is called (Dis)content, but it is also the 5th book in the series. If you are looking for a unique, shifter paranormal romance, with a special twist, be sure to check out The Judgement of the Six series. Hope(less) book one, and it’s companion novel Clay’s Hope, are both free on all ebook platforms! Check out my spoiler-free review for Carlos’ Peace below!
Category: Young Adult, Paranormal Romance
Carlos has spent his entire life avoiding attachments to individuals and has devoted his time to protecting his race. His childhood taught him that something is out there, threatening the existence of werewolves, and he will let nothing interfere with his vendetta to stop the threat.
Physical attachment and vendetta collide when he sees Isabelle. She’s meant to be his Mate and instinct demands that he protect her above all else. However, letting go of his past is as impossible as embracing a future filled with love. Isabelle wants nothing to do with him, except fight with him. Carlos must find a way through her emotional armor and hope, together, they can heal and face the threat.
*minor spoilers from books 1-5 of the Judgement of the Six & Companion series may be present in this review.[book rating=4.5/5]
“The things you fight for are the most worthwhile.”
Carlos’ Peace is another fantastic addition to the companion novels of the Judgement of the Six series by Melissa Haag. I will admit that when I read (Dis)content, I wasn’t much of a Carlos fan. He was quiet, brooding, and a bit macho at times. As a reader, you literally have no idea what is going through his head, because he never expressed much. All you knew was that he was carrying some serious baggage from his past that made him this way. I was intrigued by him none the less. Therefore, having the chance to read this story from his point of view was enthralling. There is so much we don’t know about Carlos before this book, and we are finally able to add some more pieces to this Judgement puzzle.
As with most alternate POV novels, there is some repetitiveness, but Carlos brings a whole new perspective to himself. We learn so much about him, but is it weird that I still wanted more! We get in depth insight to why he is so closed off, what happened to his family, and how he started on the path of becoming an elder. When he is helping search for the missing Judgements he discovers one to be his mate. In a true twist of fate he must now learn how to let someone inside the walls he has built to keep every emotion out, but his wall does help him realize he is the perfect match for Isabelle, who is an empath that steals emotions from anyone around her. Not only that, but Carlos is a big, beefy wolf, and although he is quiet-he is mighty, which means he is perfect for sparring with Isabelle, whom needs to burn off the energy that she has consumed. It is almost like they are perfect for each other.
I have changed my mind and I am now firmly in the Carlos camp! I am still a little weirded out by his overbearing nature, but I think that is just my personal preference. It was hard to relive some of this book, as there is a lot of emotions, and a lot of plot furthering, but I am still extremely excited over coming closer to the end game. There is also an epilogue in this book that gives you insight into a certain beloved and important side character that you would be missing out on if you don’t read this book!
The Judgement of the Six series needs to be read in order, but you can immediately read the companion novels afterward each book. These companion novels can hold their own, but if you have only read the main series, I can’t recommend them enough. This series is some of the most fun and unique YA werewolf stories I have ever read, and I definitely highly recommend! The next book (Sur)real, will be the final installment in the Judgement of the Six series, and there will not be another companion novel, as the final book will be written in dual POV instead. I am so excited to finally figure out more about our final Judgement, as well as to see the Urbat get whats coming to them (I can only hope!). If you like action, mystery, and paranormal romance, this series is for you!