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Young Adult paranormal/urban fantasy romantic thriller.Two Seattle 16-year-olds, Jatred and Jasmira, are not your typical star-crossed lovers. They are not even your typical Shape Shifters. Sure, they try to live an ordinary life. At least, as ordinary as the Prince and the Princess of the rivaling ancient Races--the Winter wolves and the Summer leopards--can live. But eveYoung Adult paranormal/urban fantasy romantic thriller.Two Seattle 16-year-olds, Jatred and Jasmira, are not your typical star-crossed lovers. They are not even your typical Shape Shifters. Sure, they try to live an ordinary life. At least, as ordinary as the Prince and the Princess of the rivaling ancient Races--the Winter wolves and the Summer leopards--can live. But eventually they learn that not much about their existence can be normal. Especially when the Races' two commanding Goddesses are involved. One of the Goddesses is on a quest to tilt the scale of power to her side. The other will never let it happen, even if it means kicking Jatred and Jasmira's love to the curb. Nothing is off limits, including removing Jatred's memories of Jasmira. To complicate things even more, there are the Universe's powers to consider. They are trapped in an ancient Amulet in order to protect the stability of the world. But the Universe has a mind of its own, and when the powers are unleashed, the forces of nature are disturbed; earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions shake the Earth. All Shifters of both Races are summoned by their respective Goddesses to fight in the name of, or against, the normalcy of the world....

Title : Forged by Greed
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ISBN : 15829176
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Number of Pages : 420 Pages
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Forged by Greed Reviews

  • Fabio
    2019-06-11 09:35

    I couldn’t stop reading this original YA urban fantasy! The Shifters live in our society, and an important event is coming. There are intrigue and mind games, and loyalties are tested. At the center of it all is the beautiful love story between Jatred (my favorite character) and Jasmira. The author weaves life in high school with a rich fantasy world that uses mythology in a smart, unique way. It reads like a great movie: lyrical romantic scenes, stunning settings, sharp dialogue, and amazing action scenes. The final third of the book is breathtaking! I don’t remember reading anything like this. It could be a new classic.

  • Elisabeth Wheatley
    2019-06-15 09:24

    So I picked this up as part of a Black Friday bargain because I really liked the sound of it and I just couldn’t resist. I caved and did not regret it! This is an interesting twist on shifters, involving long-forgotten deities, ancient pacts, magic (YES!), and romance. I did a great deal of worrying about the characters and how things would turn out and I will certainly be keeping an eye out for the next book, Forged by Synergy. One thing that did bug me was the omniscient perspective. You could be reading from the POV of Jatred one moment, and his uncle’s in the next paragraph. It did get a little bothersome, but as you can see, I still gave 5 stars!The plot:The plot was fascinating. I had a hard time figuring out whether the Goddess of the Summer race or the Winter race was the one who was evil and came to the conclusion that I hate them both. There was plenty of suspense and it was a rather clean story, particularly for being a romance. Jatred and Jasmira aren’t acting out on their hormones and that’s something I liked, but their relationship is still very intimate and sweet.The characters:I could get frustrated with both Jasmira and Jatred. If you check my Goodreads updates, you’ll see that I was getting very passionate in my protests against some of their actions. Nonetheless, it was a good kind of frustrated—the kind that comes from caring about the characters, not hating their guts. I thought they were both very interesting and well-developed, not cardboard at all.There is a sort-of love triangle between Jatred and a human girl named Savannah who knows about the shifters. Oh, Savannah… On one hand I hated her because she was (inadvertently) getting in between Jatred and Jasmira. But at the same time, I loved her because…because she’s just so freaking lovable! I empathized with her completely when we heard about her and her ex being forced to break up by his family who didn’t approve of him being with a human. (He still has feelings for her, by the way.) She essentially raises her alcoholic mother and works very hard. I really hope to see her again in the next book because I really hope her life gets better and I sort of feel bad for thinking all those nasty thoughts about her.Here is where it is customary for me to divulge my opinions on the villain. The problem is, I can’t divulge my opinion without divulging spoilers. I will only say that I was kept guessing and that the villain is done very well.Overall, a neat YA urban fantasy romance that has a healthy dose of suspense and more than enough sweet “aww” moments. I certainly recommend!

  • Jillian Dodd
    2019-05-31 10:18

    Absolutely gorgeous cover!! Can't wait to read this!!

  • Mary Beth
    2019-05-24 09:26

    How I dislike writing a negative review even if the book warrants it. Unfortunately, there were so many issues with this book that I just couldn’t overlook them. So let’s get to it. To start I had such a hard time with the names. It was if the author tried to find names that had never been used before or she was trying too hard to have a mini United Nations in her story. The main characters are named Jasmira and Jatred (conveniently they call each other “J” because even they can't stand to say their names) and they are not only a mouthful, but are really pushing the limits of naming. Jatred kept translating as Jared or hatred depending on how you pronounce the J. Other names included Bogdan, Lusia, Kaliope, Jousenne, Asteron, Ivona, and Tyrrell. They were a huge distraction to the story. Another huge distraction was the name dropping. Honestly, I don’t care if the main character is wearing Prada shoes or True Religion jeans. Makes me wonder if the author was paid for product placement…The story itself could have been really interesting, except at times it would take giant leaps into the fantastic. I really liked the idea of separate groups of shifters – leopards and wolves, and even that the two groups each had a goddess that led them. (Goddesses’ names Crystal and Amber – sigh again the naming problem.) I even liked the idea that the heads of these “races” were dating and uniting them. Then the ridiculous started to happen. (view spoiler)[The hero and heroine who are supposedly taking the helm of their “races” in a few short months are not told anything about their dark history or what is expected to happen. Aren’t most monarchs raised their entire lives in order to be able to lead. Who can lead when they are clueless? Imagine the conversation – ok so now you are queen we need to go over a few things… Second, deadly earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes and tornadoes appear out of nowhere and other natural disasters all happen within a span of a week while none of their friends and family is really affected (yes, a few broken bones but otherwise really superficial). Even after two huge earth-cracking and building toppling earthquakes happen, they are still able to drive no problem to each other’s houses. OK just a little bizarre. And the clincher, one moment they are discussing history and how to combat one of the goddesses evil plans and the next moment everyone (tens of thousands apparently) are sucked into an epic battle – out of nowhere! (hide spoiler)] Just a little too far-fetched for me. Finally, we come to the writing. The writing was just flat. It felt like I was either reading a first draft or a script. “Erik closed his locker and swung a backpack onto his shoulder. He wore a bright red t-shirt, tightly hugging his muscular chest. A head of a gray, snarling wolf was screen-printed on the front of the shirt. A tall Samoan girl took a book from the locker next to Erik’s. Thin bracelets of thorns were tattooed around each of her wrists.Hi Maeva. Erik smiled, revealing white straight teeth. “What’s up?””I never really figured out the purpose of this scene. To show how white Erik’s teeth are? Or that he is a wolf? This is the only time I recall ever seeing Maeva.(yes little UN like I said) The writing and the characters just needed to be developed better, the story(not the character’s looks or what they were wearing) needed to be described better. The book could have been great. The author clearly had an interesting idea; unfortunately it just fell flat in the delivery. I will never know what happened to Jasmira and Jatred as I will not be continuing this series and I urge the author to find a new editor. And just a pet peeve – the word “race” appeared far too much and was not really the correct word in my opinion to describe the different groups of shifters. Perhaps tribe, breed (we are talking about wolves and leopards) or clan would be better. And just to note I received a copy of this title from NetGalley and Indie Inked in exchange for my honest opinion - which you just received in all its honesty.

  • Jaime Radalyac
    2019-05-27 10:41

    I bought this ebook for 2.99 via Amazon. I give this book 4.5 starsWow. Such a different shifter story! We follow lovers Jatred and Jasmira. Jatred is from the Winter race of shifters run bythe Goddess Crystal where as Jasmira is from the Summer race run bythe Goddess Amber. Two shifters from different races. Lovers. They aren't supposed to be. It is looked down upon by the Goddesses. Think Romeo and Juliet in a way. Only here after Jatred is forbidden to stay away from Jasmira by Crystal and he doesn't listen. She removes his memory of Jasmira completely. (I couldn't imagine my husband not remembering me. I would be devastated.) I could feel the pain that Jasmira was going through of her love not knowing who she was but that he could remember everyone else.The ten thousand year mark is upon them. The Goddesses are against each other to gain THE power from the amulet that the Royal of the Winter race has under their protection. Did I mention that the royals from each race was Jatred and Jasmira? No? Yes,well it is true.This story so wonderfully written allows you to follow their journey, destruction, power, losses, and pain. It is up to you to find out if they can ever be together again or if they are doomed to fail in the battle.

  • Shambhawi P.
    2019-05-27 14:27

    Forbidden love between members of two enemy Shifter races... and not just any members but the Prince and the Princess themselves. Lies, treachery and trials between them - will their love be strong enough to survive?My reaction: Meh. Hmm.... Aha! *cough* *sputter* *cough* [repeat process]This book had too much PDA for my liking... especially in the first few chapters. I was sort of confused whether I did read the story from the middle of a series and there is another book before it on how Jatred and Jasmira fell in love. Also the conversations... the conversations seemed forced, not something people who were Shifters from the very beginning would have. Awk-ward sentences and references (though I do understand they were to make us understand about the entire story but I wasn't supposed to figure that out :/)As I kept reading it kept getting better. I enjoyed the other love story better though rather than that of the protagonists. Story wise this book was okay - fairly predictable but sweet nonetheless. The writing could use a bit of touching up but it wasn't loaded with errors that would put off the reader. I liked the way the scenes where the characters had shifted had been described from the quasi-animal point of view.A good book... it is really worth a read. I am really interested to know what happens next, especially with that ending. This ebook was provided to me by the author in exchange of an honest review.

  • Lindsay
    2019-05-27 13:19

    I'm sorry to say this is a DNF, so it would be unfair to give it a rating. And as always, I feel the need to explain why I didn't finish it.The concept of this book is intriguing. One couple, bound by love, though separated by their rival clans. Star-crossed love is an age-old story, and still classic. Unfortunately, I just couldn't get into it. I found that I was inundated with details, right down to the brand of clothes they were wearing, which distracted from the story. I also had a difficult time relating to the plight of the characters. I've never been in a forbidden relationship (nor am I a shifter), and I needed to want them to be together. Instead, I was a little lukewarm on the whole subject.The writing style, itself, is quite good. It has a smooth and easy flow to it. I believe that this writer can make great things happen, and I'll be sure to keep her on my radar.

  • Anna N.~Take A Shot In The Face Of Fear!
    2019-06-05 10:21

    4.5Well first and foremost I'd like to thank Angela Orlowski-Peart for sending me a copy of her book to read. She just proves that not only is she a very good writer but also a very nice person. ;) Now here's the review I promised her I'd write after reading her book. :)Forged by Greed may at first feel like many other YA books when you start reading it but I found once you get really into the book that all changes and its story and world really pull you in. With likeable characters, a interesting plot, and a fascinating new world. Which in the end makes you want the next book in the series to come out. It's a book I'd definitely recommend and I know that many of my teen friends would love. If not only for the romance in it but for the great amount of action and humor as well.

  • Diana Murdock
    2019-06-08 11:36

    I’ve always loved tales of shape-shifters living a dual life amongst us, because after all, who really knows? But teen-aged shape-shifters finding the balance between the two worlds was what drew me to Forged by Greed. Angela Peart integrates both worlds seamlessly and amps up the tension and conflict between the warring worlds of the Winter and Summer races as well as the conflict between love and duty. When push comes to shove, and evil threatens the good, there is some serious butt-kicking, but who – and what – will prevail? This was a great escape and I looked forward each night when I could curl up with her story and get lost in another world…

  • Carrie (Book Fairy) Fort
    2019-06-06 14:43

    I couldn't put this book down once I picked it up!Jared and Jasmira (love that name) are great charachters whos love can't be taken away. Not even by the goddess who likes to throw tatrums! It was just a great read from beginning to end. I know if I start telling you about my favorite parts I will reveal to much so, let me just say winter and summer aren't suppose to love each other but, 2 of them do! Will it last you gotta read the book to find out but, believe me IT IS SO WORTH IT!!!!JUST A FABULOUS STORY! CAN'T WAIT TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS NEXT.BRAVO BRAVO!!!I was given this book by Author for a honest review!!I'm so glad I was too!!

  • Jodi Brooks
    2019-06-01 13:23

    I was gifted this for a honest review and all I can say is I LOVED IT!!!!!The story line and the detail to the characters are astounding.I hope you love this as much as I did :)Here is a little info on the book,but it is just a little,because I do not want to give too much out ;)Jatred and Jasmira are in love and their romance is forbidden,because their families are sworn enemies in the shifter world of the winter wolf and summer leopard.When the Goddess get involved,what can happen......This book has dramatic twists and turns and keep me reading a 5 Star read if I say so and I do.Hope you enjoy it. Get it Read it,Love it and review will not be sorry. :)

  • Wanda Hartzenberg
    2019-05-30 06:47

    This book is as a-typical while still falling smack right into a readers comfort zone as I have ever come across. It is interesting, the twists are both expected but executed in a way the reader cannot foretell and the characters are like-able. The book reads amazingly fast and is a really good call for a YA reader.

  • Veronica Morfi
    2019-05-26 14:42

    Forged by Greed is the story of Jatred and Jasmira, two shape-shifters from opposing sides. Both of them are the future King and Queen of their races and their Goddesses have very special plans for them. With a very important date closing in on them the Summer Goddess will trap Jasmira in her plot to control both races and the consequences of her actions will fall on Jatred. When the future of their world means they should be apart, what will Jasmira and Jatred do about their love?The promise of the book was great. Wolf and leopard shape-shifters of opposing sides that are in love, a great plan their gods have set in motion even before they were born. Every thing sounded great, but the novel itself didn't really match my expectations. I really enjoyed the world that the author created. The Summer and Winter realm and the history of each race, with their goddesses being around the world for millenia, but that was pretty much it for me.The book starts with Jasmira and Jatred already in love. I thought I'd be cool with it but I found myself wondering about how they met and fell in love and later on I didn't really care about their relationship, at all. Also, the pace of the story was a bit slow. There were so many descriptions that even when something was actually happening you weren't really allowed to get lost in the action. And then after something major happened we would get the Soap Opera treatment. What do I mean? One character will tell another one what happened then they will tell someone else what happened, then someone else, all the while we get to read the same conversation over and over again and during the conversations the same questions will be asked, repeatedly. It kind of reminded me of all those soap opera dialogs.Then there were the charactes, so many of them that you had to like someone...or at least that's what I thought. I didn't like any of them really. They all felt a bit spoiled and immature. Also there are so many PoVs that it's a bit confusing. Lastly, from time to time it felt like the dialogs didn't really flow either.

  • Kristina
    2019-05-19 07:42

    I had a very hard time settling on a rating for this book. There were things I liked about it, and things I really didn't. In the end I settled for the midpoint - 2.5 stars.I liked the idea behind the story - two races of shifters being manipulated by ancient goddesses, but figuring out how to work together and save the world. The world Ms. Peart created was intriguing.That being said, there were elements I just didn't care for at all. First and foremost, Jasmira. I found her to be whiny and clingy, and generally just annoying. I was glad when Jatred forgot about her. I also didn't care for the multiple POV's. I generally don't like multiple POV's, I prefer to follow one person throughout the story, but I especially didn't care for how this book jumped from character to character to character, and on and on. I think it's harder to develop a connection to the main character that way.Down to the nit-picky...there's a ton of description about elements, clothing in particular, that add nothing to the story and I found annoying. Is it really that important to know Jasmira and Penelope wear lots of Prada? *shrugs* I also felt that at times the sentences were disjointed and lacked flow. And, in the beginning of the story, I felt like I was jumping into book two of a series instead of book one. I would've liked to see how Jatred and Jasmira got together in the first place, then I might've cared more when they were broken up.Overall, especially for a first novel, I thought the story was good - not the best thing I've ever read, but certainly not the worst. I look forward to seeing what Angela comes up with in the future.

  • Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
    2019-05-26 06:23

    I received this book from Goodreads First Reads in exchange for an honest review. I award this book between 2-2.5 stars.Forged by Greed by Angela Orlowski-Pert is about two teen lovers: Jasmira, the Princess of the Summer Race (leopard shifters) and Jatred, Prince of the Winter race (wolf shifters). On top of their Romeo and Juliet romance are two Goddesses, Amber of Summer, and Crystal of winter, who battle for ultimate domination. There is a powerful Amulet shared between the races that may be the answer or end to all that Jasmira and Jatred know and love.There are some great things about this book. Orlowski-Pert definitely has a great imagination and this world has wonderful scope. Once we get past the halfway point in the book, we learn a whole lot more about both of the Shifter Races, the Goddesses, etc. The problem with this book is the delivery. I almost stopped reading after the first 20 pages, because the dialogue and the prose are so choppy. The characters sound very formal, too much so for teenagers. We get Jasmira and Jatred who apparently are deeply in love, but since we didn't see them fall in love, I wasn't invested in them as a couple. We get a ton of other characters who flit in and out of the pages, but I never get interested in any of them. The lore of the Shifters is interesting, but it all comes in chunks. Also, I am not a fan of shifting perspectives, so the third omniscent tense doesn't work for me. Lastly, Jatred's name is so close to "hatred," in a book where there is a lot of dissent, so it was confusing to read at times.Overall, the ideas are intriguing, but the delivery fell short for me.

  • Lauren
    2019-05-30 13:36

    Jatred and Jasmira are two shifters that are sworn enemies declared by their leaders thousands of years ago. You follow this story thru a forbidden romance with dramatic twists and turns. This review may contain spoilers.Things I enjoyed about the book, excellent descriptions of the people and amazing story line. I enjoyed the end battle; however I do wish it would have happened earlier in the book so you could find out more about it. I wish you were given less clothing descriptions I thought they took away from the storyline. I noticed the same issue in the battle with the weapons; you were given tons of different weapons that seemed extra to the story line. I was confused on how Jatred's memory had been wiped of Jasmira and he kept pushing her away then out of nowhere he wanted to start over with her. Overall I enjoyed the story and look forward to finding out more about their relationship.WaAR

  • Eskimo Princess Jenkins
    2019-06-04 08:27

    I was given this book by the author for an honest review.This was my first real shifters book and YA book. I did enjoy and truly give four stars. I found the story, the characters and the writing intriguing and after the half way point I didn't want to put it down.The story involves two races of shifters, the Summer and Winter races; a romance (not quite forbidden but frowned upon); a big event to come and friendship.The title of the book fits the story wonderfully, because in the end it all for Greed, but the teens are forged together and luckily all the friendship and bonds are there.I do recommend this book to teens and adults. The only thing I didn't like it that, there was a lot of emphasis on the details and brands of clothing. For the YA readers that may be ok, but for older readers annoying.

  • Celsey Seivert
    2019-05-22 09:26

    I received this book for an honest review...This is an amazing story about shape shifter's. You have Jatred who is soon to be the Winter Prince (Wolf) and Jasmira who is soon to be the summer princess (leopard) who have been in a secret relationship. They are not allowed to be together because they are from the rival tribes, thus making the goddesses very mad. You have Crystal who is the winter goddess and Amber who is the summer goddess. Amber is power hungry and causes a huge battle between both rival tribes who have been trying to work together to take Amber down. I love this book, yes it is kinda long and takes a min to get into all the action but the author had to give you everyones side of the story. So i say you did a fantastic job!!! Cant wait to read more from you!

  • Jennifer Treviño
    2019-06-15 09:19

    So intriguing!This tale of shifters, goddesses, & demons is quite unique! If you enjoy a fast-paced, action-packed, paranormal, romantic thriller that is sure to have you giggling before long then this would be the book for you! ;) The characters are full of life, questions, & mystery. I really appreciated getting to hear the different POV's as the conflicts became more intense. It helped me to re-evaluate who's side I was truly on.I also found myself relating at times (as a parent) to the fact that much too often we don't give our kiddos enough credit. If we'd just open up, share, & listen more ... many times we'd be amazed! ;•DThroughout the last few chapters I was totally in lip biting suspense ... all the way to the end!! Now I must impatiently wait for the sequel! =)

  • Kj Partridge
    2019-06-16 11:20

    If you like shifter novels as much as I do, I highly recommend this book to you. As you start reading you join Jasmira and Jatred, a young shifter couple who seem to be very happy, they are the princess and prince of opposing races. You then continue on to see a story of two races of shifters, their Goddesses and how this affects them all. The story is beautifully written and keeps you involved right to the end, where you groan and say “oh no, not yet, more more please!” I would like to thank Angela Orlowski-Peart, first for giving me the book to review and secondly for such a wonderful start to The Forged series.

  • Kami
    2019-06-04 11:44

    Jatred, the Winter Prince and wolf shifter is in love with Jasmira, the Summer Princess and leopard shifter. They are members of rival races so this is a true star crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet type story. I liked the characters in this book a lot. I liked the dialogue and interactions between the teen lovers. I thought the pacing of the story was really good and how the story came together was really interesting. The story immediately grabbed my interest and held my attention. There were a lot of interesting, magical elements in the story. There is a Winter and Summer Goddess whose intentions don't seem to be in the teen's best interest. 4 stars.

  • A.O. Peart
    2019-05-22 14:41

    Link to Amazon. paranormal/urban fantasy romantic thriller. If you like Mortal Instruments and the Shiver series, you will love Forged by GreedI encourage you to read the free excerpt (10 chapters) here, on Goodreads. Click on "download excerpt" on the green bar, right under the synopsis.

  • Suma Subramaniam
    2019-06-13 13:37

    This is a great fantasy novel. Angela truly transports the readers to a different world with her writing. Her attention to detail in covering massive plot lines in this story is amazing. I'm so lucky to have her as my critique partner! Go Angela!

  • Alexia Purdy
    2019-05-31 11:17

    *Possible spoilers* Just sayin!This story follows Jasmira and Jatred two royals just living their teen lives. Jasmira is the princess of the Summer Shifters, ruled by a Goddess whose name is Amber. Jatred is the prince of the Winter Shifters, ruled over by the Goddess Crystal. Both Jasmira and Jatred are destined to be Queen and King of their respective races, but a twist of fate has them in love with each other, something that is forbidden by both races and their Goddesses.Both races have come to critical point in the exchange of power between them. An amulet created by Crystal must be transferred to the Amber’s shifters as agreed upon thousands of years ago. But Amber isn’t satisfied with just the exchange of the amulet, she wants more, and she’s willing to use Jasmira and Jatred and their love as her unwilling pawns in a scheme that could destroy them all.What I liked: There was a ton of world building to achieve the evolution of this story along with the intense task of characterization of a huge cast of characters, details and even weaponry which was done well. I loved how the teens seemed very at ease with each other, regardless if they were winter or summer shifters. The Winter shifters can turn into wolves, while the summer shifters turn into leopards. I loved how they could communicate without speaking and seemed to embrace their shifting abilities without a second’s thought. They also were fiercely protective of the regular humans, but humans did not play a huge role in this book.What I didn’t like: It was definitely not easy to read through it all and make sense of it until later on in the story, where all the loose ends were tied. I also highly suggest reading the prequel to this book before you read this one, it’s called ‘Forged by Magic: Origins’ and it explains a lot more background than couldn’t be crammed into this story, but helped explain a lot of the Goddess’ actions more clearly. The enormous cast of characters was fun to read about, but their exact roles were often overlooked or dismissed just as quickly as they were introduced, which left me a little confused. Not quite sure yet what Savannah’s role was in all of it, but she seemed to be important, but we don’t find out why.Would I recommend it? Yes. If you like attention to detail and high fantasy made for teens with an entirely different take on Goddesses, realms, magic and shifters, you’d love this. I really loved the mythos and background of the summer and winter shifters. It’s an alternative reality that took an interesting look at earth’s past Deities and included a nice twist of the Romeo and Juliet tale. If you like paranormal fantasy adventures with intricate world building, shifters and lots going on in it, this is it.

  • Alisa
    2019-05-26 10:27

    I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. What is it about stories of forbidden love that makes it so fun to read about? It seems like no matter how many of these stories I read I am still a huge sucker for a good one, and this book is pretty darn good. This story follows the basic outline of any story about forbidden love. A boy and girl fall for each other but for some reason they are not supposed to even talk to each other, let alone fall in love. In this book the boy and girl come from different species of supernatural shifters. Throughout all of time these different shifters have not been permitted to mingle but Jatred, the prince of the Winter Shifters, and Jasmira, the princess of the Summer Shifters inevitably find themselves head over heels in love with each other. Of course there are forces at work that are trying to split them up. Unlike most stories, not only are their family and friends trying to keep them apart, but these kids each have a Goddess to whom they owe their allegiance and each Goddess has their own agenda. I fell in love with the characters in this book. Jatred and Jasmira are such sweet kids. You would think that with both of them being royalty they would be stuck up and spoiled but this was not the case. They were both pretty humble and very kind, especially to those that they are to rule. They care so much for each other and you can tell by the lengths that they go to in order to be with each other, even if some of the solutions turn out to be disasters. I was rooting for them to be able to truly be together throughout the book. Their friends were also great characters and were very supportive despite the rules that say they shouldn’t associate with one another. I loved that these teens were able to be examples to the older shifters of either tribe and were able to show them that despite being from different places and taking different forms when shifting, they are more alike than they are different. That is such a great message for teens to hear. There are many twists in the plot that keep the story fast paced and keep you guessing at the outcome. Between crazy Goddesses, crazy fight scenes, strange natural disasters and the drama of young love there is never a dull moment. I can’t wait for book two so I can find out what will happen to Jatred and Jasmira. I am really hoping that they can find a way to be together.

  • Liz* Fashionably Late
    2019-05-19 09:35

    2.5 StarsI received a copy of Forged by Greed by Angela Orlowski Peart in exchange for an honest review."The Shifters, the humans, and the deities alike are driven by greed. No matter if it’s love or power or money we desire. Greed for something that we want more than anything else makes us determined and blind to everything else." Forged by Greed is the story of two teenagers, Jatred and Jasmira, both shape-shifters from opposing races getting ready to take their roles as King and Queen. And now is when Romeo and Juliet meets shape-shifters and you have love, mistery, treason, paranormal romance, some action, a good battle and a nice touch of mythology, all in one book.I must say that I found this book very intriguing in the beginning. I think the author built a great world and the storyline was really good.What I did love:*The cover, the title. Man, I love that title.*The plot itself was brillant. Wolf and leopard shape-shifters of opposing sides who share a forbidden love? Magicians? I'm all for it.*The world construction, the mythology included in the story, especially in the final battle, when each goddess revealed herself as different entities. The Summer and the Winter realm and the story of each race.What I didn't love:*I love pnr (my bookshelf is full of it) and I can stand insta-love sometimes, but even if I tried I just couldn't connect with the main characters. We found them already in love at the beginning of the story and I could not tell why were they in love in the first place. Jasmira was a little immature and sometimes she was just too much whiny for my taste. I would've loved to see the beginning of their relationship so I might've felt a little more sad/happy about them.*Details: lots and lots of them. Too many descriptions. It was kind of distracting, actually.*The retelling. I think it was a good story but because of the retellings I felt it too much slow. OverallIt was Mrs Orlowski-Peart's first novel and it was good. I'm glad I've read it. But I must say that sometimes I had to force myself to keep reading. However, I look forward to seeing what the author comes up with in the future.

  • Julie
    2019-06-16 12:26

    Ebook: Forged by Greed Author: Angela Orlowski-PeartFiction, Paranormal,This review may contain spoilersI was given this by the author for an honest reviewSummary: Young Adult paranormal romance/urban fantasy novel.Their choice had been taken away long before they were born.Two Seattle 16-year-old Shape Shifters, Jatred and Jasmira, are torn between following their hearts and protecting the order of the world. The path of the star-crossed lovers leads only to destruction. The ancient Shape Shifter Races--the Winter wolves and the Summer leopards-- live among humans and fit perfectly into modern life, while keeping secret societies with their own laws and traditions.Two Goddesses, Crystal and Amber command their respective Races. One is on a quest to tilt the scale of power to her side. The other will never let it happen, even if it means sacrificing Jatred and Jasmira's love. The Amulet commissioned to bring stability into the world remains hidden and concealed with the help of advanced technology. Jatred is the guardian of the Amulet and key to the Goddesses' conflict. When the forces of nature are disrupted, earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions rake the world. The Goddesses go to war and summon all their Shifters to join in the conflict. Jatred and Jasmira must fight not only for their love but to protect the future of both Races and humankind.The ReviewI loved this book, I love shifter stories and this one was just that, a great shifter book, there was intrigue, drama, funny moments, I love all this in a book, it kept me hooked from the get go, I loved the plot of the story, there is usually a conflict when it comes to a love story, but this one was so much more than that, I thought the main characters were very well portrayed, I would love to sit inside the authors head, I love a happy ending but would love to have another outing with Jasmira and Jatred and all their friends, so hopefully this won’t be the end of them and the author has another book inside her head, I would gladly read it, infact I will look forward to it, Highly recommend this, already recommended to my daughter, she will love it, 5/5Reviewed by ~Julie Newberry~ for "Confessions of a bookaholic"

  • Crissy
    2019-06-08 11:37

    Amber is the Summer Goddess to the leopards. Crystal is the Winter Goddess to the wolves. Each Goddess protects her shifters and has her own realm. Both Goddesses may choose to live among humans such as their shifters, who choose to live life as normal as possible. The shifters are allowed to live among each other but they are not allowed to romantically involved. The Winter King is Jatred and the Summer Queen will be Jasmira. The King and Queen duty is to protect the amulet which was created to keep a balance of power among the Goddesses. Jatred is now protector of the amulet but soon Jasmira will become the protector. The amulet is traded between King and Queen every one thousand years. Every ten thousand years a window is opened, which could cause a shift in the balance of power. A Goddess plans to take advantage of this opportunity and try to gain maximum power and control of both worlds. Jatred and Jasmira have now become pawns in a game that will leave them fighting for their life. What happens when the Goddesses you thought would protect you would be the same one to put you in danger? Lines will be crossed, people will be betrayed, hearts will broken and powers will be tested. How do you fight for the ones you love without betraying who and what you are? “Forged by Greed” started off slow but ended up being a fantastic book. It was hard to put the book down once it really started going. The chemistry between the characters was believable and the flow of the story was fantastic. It was almost like watching a movie instead of reading a book. I have no idea what took me so long to read this book. I highly recommend this book to any and every one; you will not disappointed. Author Angela Orlowski-Peart has done an amazing job. I look forward to read the next book in the series and future books by this Author.

  • Kimberly
    2019-05-17 13:29

    What I really liked about this book was it's unique twist on shifters. There are no traditional alphas, no traditional 'bonded' mates, as in only one mate meant for each shifter. Instead there's a bit of a fae twist on this- The Summer shifters which are panthers and the Winter shifters which are wolves. The head of each race is a goddess, or rather a deity. They are referred to as a goddess yet they take the form of many different mythological gods throughout history, male and female. The author does a wonderful job with the various mythologies (especially in the battle! wow!!) Bonds can form in any close romantic relationship.And like the fae, the Winter and Summer shifters are on opposite sides. Jatred (Winter) and Jasmira (Summer) are in a relationship when this story starts and are both approaching the day when they'll take over as the royal leaders (king and queen) of their respective race. They know their relationship will be frowned upon but neither have any idea to what extent others will go to separate them.It's a really great teen paranormal read. You've got a prophecy to drive the story, forbidden romance, two deities that are preparing for a power struggle, hint of a romantic triangle, tragic events that bring all the characters together and one heck of a battle at the end of the book. I really, really look forward to book two of this series.I didn't give it five stars because at times you can't tell who is speaking and the time frame (the title of the chapters are dates and time) are often really off. Chapters will end disjointedly, the story won't continue into the next chapter but rather goes past it and then it continues. Despite the editing issues it was a really great read!!

  • Nichole McKim
    2019-05-31 13:37

    This book was an interesting read about shifters that live in the everyday world. It shows the difference between the Summer Realm teens and the Winter Realm teens trying to get by in everyday life. What would happen if the next in line to be king Jatred of the Winter Realm and queen Jasmira of the Summer Realm would fall in love. You see what the Goddess wants the heirs to see. The story line follows the Romeo and Juliet format that every girl seems to love the forbidden love that is just out of your reach. Hiding their love from everyone and not realizing what a huge impact it will have on both of their races and the humans have to live with.Hidden away is an amulet that is passed between realms every thousand years, yet this being the ten thousand mark something is wrong when Jatred and Jasmira seemed to have fallen in love. What can Crystal the Winter Goddess do? How will she help keep Amber at bay who is the Summer Goddess?Pretty soon the Winter Goddess has to step in and start a battle she did not want to do however to protect her realm her race and the human one she must keep Jatred and Jasmira away from each other no matter how strong their bond is to one another. For their own protection and the protection of everyone else. Learning that the Goddess from each realm also takes part of the different goddesses that man has portrayed over the years and the detail of how they look each time someone sees them takes my breath away.I took my time to read this book as to not miss any of the details. There is a lot of details describing how differently each shifter is from the different realms and humans to prove a point. I enjoyed this book and will recommend anyone who likes Young Adult paranormal romance/urban fantasy to read it they won't be disappointed.