- Publisher: Ballantine Books Inc.
- Format: Paperback | 304 pages
- Dimensions: 107mm x 173mm x 23mm | 68g
- Publication date: 4 May 2012
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0345529189
- ISBN 13: 9780345529183
- Sales rank: 157,644
"A smart, sexy, rip-roaring good time."--"New York Times" bestselling author Angie Fox "I'm obsessed with Shawntelle Madison's fantastic urban fantasy debut, featuring hoarding werewolves, magic, and mayhem! More, please!"--Michelle Rowen, bestselling author of "That Old Black Magic" SOMETIMES WHAT YOU COVET IS IMPOSSIBLE TO KEEP. For werewolf Natalya Stravinsky, the supernatural is nothing extraordinary. What "does" seem strange is that she's stuck in her hometown of South Toms River, New Jersey, the outcast of her pack, selling antiques to finicky magical creatures. Restless and recovering from her split with gorgeous ex-boyfriend, Thorn, Nat finds comfort in an unusual place: her obsessively collected stash of holiday trinkets. But complications pile up faster than her ornaments when Thorn returns home--and the two discover that the spark between them remains intense. Before Nat can sort out their relationship, she must face a more immediate and dangerous problem. Her pack is under attack from the savage Long Island werewolves--and Nat is their first target in a turf war. Toss in a handsome wizard vying for her affection, a therapy group for the anxious and enchanted, and the South Toms River pack leader ready to throw her to the wolves, and it's enough to give anybody a panic attack. With the stakes as high as the full moon, Nat must summon all of her strength to save her pack and, ultimately, herself. "If you like your urban fantasy original, quirky, and offbeat, this is the series for you. Natalya is the craziest heroine since Carolyn Crane's Justine Jones, and you will love her just as much."--Ann Aguirre, bestselling author of "Devil's Punch"
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Shawntelle Madison is a Web developer who loves to weave words as well as code. She'd never admit it, but if asked she'd say she covets and collects source code. After losing her first summer job detassling corn, Madison performed various jobs--from fast-food clerk to grunt programmer to university Webmaster. Writing eccentric characters is her most favorite job of them all. On any particular day when she's not surgically attached to her computer, she can be found watching cheesy horror movies or the latest action-packed anime. She lives in Missouri with her husband and children.
By Dani Chapman 16 Nov 2012
Before I read Coveted I read the free novella called Collected. I am glad I did because it gave me better idea of who the characters were and what to expect from them. What it didn't prepare me for was the lack of a plot.
About 75% of the book was just about getting to know Nat and the world she lives in. Natalya Stravinsky is a New Jersey werewolf whose family has deep Russian roots. Nat apparently takes after her great-grandmother; they both suffer(ed) from a hoarding (collecting) problem. She also has OCD and has been kicked out of her pack because of all her problems. She is a very difficult character to like. In fact I don't even know what her ex boyfriend Thorn even sees in her.
That is another problem I had - the lack of romance. There was no spark between her and Thorn or even Nat and Nick. Thorn is a bit of a flat character, he just didn't have much depth or personality. Nick had a bit more to him and was a little more interesting.
Overall the story was just ok. It wasn't an easy read but I stuck with it and I am glad I did. There was a bit of a surprise at the end that I wish had been a hinted at earlier in the story. It was a decent ending and I do look forward to seeing how the next book is compared to this one.
By Cara Crabtree 10 Oct 2012
Summary: Natalya Stravinsky is a werewolf who suffers from OCD. She hoards Christmas ornaments and has a strong compulsion towards super cleanliness. To top this all off she is now living outside of the pack; having been kicked out. When she was in the pack she ranked among the lowest of the low. Even, her family barely puts up with her existence.
Aggie her old best friend stops in to stay for a couple of days, and ends up staying for the rest of the book. She has recently left her husband.
Her ex-boyfriend, Thorn, comes back into town from being gone. He was the main reason for her hoarding breakdown. Now he insists on hanging around, even though he is engaged to another werewolf.
This all forces her to accept the reality she needs to go back to therapy. She wants to get out and start dating again. Her therapy group consists of a mermaid, succubus, muse, dwarf, minor deity, and Nick; who is a white wizard. Nick becomes a close friend, and helps her when she needs it.
On top of all this, a group of werewolves is challenging for her "ex-packs" territory. This pack is bigger than her pack. They have managed to single her out on top of the to-kill list. But the question remains, why they are after such a low ranking werewolf? Between her brother being kidnapped, and her being banishment from her city, will she be able to pull it together to help save her family and friends?
Review: This book was pretty good. I enjoyed reading it. The problem is she never actually stood up for herself all that much. She always needed help or a spell in order to do anything useful. Then I think about everything that happened in her life, and no wonder she is a wounded bird. Everyone treats her like she is the gum stuck to the bottom of their shoe.
I don't even like Thorn as a person. He sits there and leads her on with all his advances, and it drives me crazy. He is engaged, and needs to let her move on. At the same time, Nick was my favorite he was there for her, and the support she needed to get through everything. If only she could get over Thorn.
The world building took up a lot of the book, but it is building itself up for a series. So that tends to happen in first books. From the sounds of it the women are actually inside the ranking system, which I liked. I have read werewolf books that have the hierarchy rank them near the bottom if they are unmarried, or they take their mates rank. That always bugs me.
I suggest anyone who loves werewolf books to give this a try. If you are a person who needs constant action in a book, this one does not. It actually has very little. I don't mind that personally, because I don't need that much action to keep me happy. I never lost interest in it. It had parts that made me laugh and smile. It was definitely a different spin on a werewolf book. I have never encountered a werewolf book whose main character has a disorder like that. I am going to read the second book, and I will let you guys know how it goes.
Rating: out of 5
FTC: This was review copy provided to me through Netgalley for an honest review.
By ParisAja13 09 Oct 2012
I've been looking for a new urban fantasy to fall in love with; something with a kick ass heroine and an interesting world...and if the heroine happened to have issues (ala Justine in the Disillusionists Trilogy or Chess in the Downside Ghosts series) then even better. When this book was recommended to me by my friend Cinnamon I had a feeling it was going to be exactly what I was looking for. And it was.
I fell in love with Natalya immediately. She is everything I want in my uf protagonists. She's vulnerable, yet kick ass, she's got issues, but when push comes to shove she can overcome them...sort of. On top of a great leading lady, there are hot men (yummy Thorn and delicious Nick), hilarious secondary characters and an intriguing world that expands beyond the werewolf pack.
I look forward to delving deeper into Natalya's world, learning more about her and her eccentricities and her friends and family. I also can't wait to see how things develop between her and her love interests. While I'm totally team Thorn, I don't know if there is anyway to get that relationship back given everything that is against them. In the meantime, Nick might be a fun distraction. Thank goodness I have the next book ready and waiting to be read courtesy of Netgalley.
By Jodie Lane 24 Sep 2012
- I straight away became enthralled in Coveted.
- I really liked the main character, Nat. She is a strong character but is also sensitive and takes things to heart.
- The storyline is fast paced.
- There are many different characters who are different sorts of paranormal creatures in this book. It really made Coveted unique.
I haven't read a werewolf book for ages so when I was asked whether I would like to review Coveted, I jumped at the chance. It sounded perfect for my werewolf 'fix' which was very much needed. Before I started Coveted I had started a few other books which I hadn't been able to get into, Coveted was the total opposite. I straight away found myself enthralled in the story which was a pleasant surprise.
The storyline is really easy to get into because it's all quite fast paced. I really liked how I was thrown into the story but in a way which still enables you to get to know the characters and what's going on without jumping into anything too quickly. Everything was gradual, like how I knew that Nat was an outcast but I didn't know the reason for this and the details involved. It gave me something else to hold out for and to keep me interested in the book as well as the main storyline.
The characters really compliment the storyline, there are all types of characters, some which I loved and others which I disliked. The characters are all different paranormal creatures which was great because I loved seeing them together it made the whole book feel unique and different. I am not always a big fan of the creatures which seem too far retched, luckily I never felt that with Coveted and these creatures actually add to the book.
Nat, the main character, is definitely a character I liked. She is very strong but also has her weakness which made her feel very much real to me. I straight away really liked how kind and sweet she was, she always means well but ends up getting herself into some sort of 'bother'.
Coveted is a great read, I found myself really getting into the whole story as well as involved with the characters, especially Nat who I felt like I befriended. There is so much going on with the relationships developing, the storyline going in different directions as well as the aspects of the pack with their ranking and dynamics.