Review - Undone by Jessica Roe

Posted on Sunday, October 12, 2014 5:12 PM
Book Title: Undone
Author: Jessica Roe
Series: The Guardians (Book 1)
Rating: 5 stars

Nicky is trying to be a good guy... All Gable wants is to be bad.

Fresh out of prison and down on his luck, Nicky is trying to be a good guy. With a past overrun by darkness and shadows, he's willing to do whatever it takes to change. He just never dreamed his road to redemption would open his eyes to a world full of magic and mystical beings.

All Gable wants is to be bad. Because only a bad person would do the things she's done and not even care. She's not looking to be saved, not from her world, not from herself. Not even by Nicky.

At sixteen, Nicky and Gable were in love, but eight years apart is a long time and people change. After the tragedy that once ripped Gable from Nicky's world, they never expected to see each other again, especially not on the opposing sides of a fight between good and evil.

They will rescue each other, they will betray each other, they will be undone.


is a fast-paced, captivating, and innovative urban fantasy. From the awesome cover to the first few opening scenes, I was hooked. Nicolas (Nicky) Pierce is newly released from prison and is attempting to turn over a new leaf, trying to avoid falling back into the bad habits that got him thrown into jail in the first place. Simply put, he's trying to live a normal life. However, it soon becomes clear that Nicky's life will be anything but normal because he is painfully attuned into the presence of an alternate world that most people are unaware exists. Author Jessica Roe does a great job in developing Nicky's character and describing Nicky's life-long struggles to cope with his abilities. It is this gift (or curse) that puts him on the radar of a highly secretive government department that wants to employ him in order to utilize his talents. The level of tension in the story builds with new revelations about the "Outcasts" , "Shadows", and the importance of "Shadow Guides."

Intermingled in the danger and intrigue that is Nicky's new occupation, is his complicated relationship with his former flame, Gabrielle (Gable). Nicky has known Gable since they were teenagers and has been in love with her for almost as long. There's just one problem for this reunited couple: Gable is walking on the wrong side of the tracks... in fact, she's actively working against Nicky and his new employer. I absolutely love anything with romance and Jessica Roe does a great job developing believable romantic tension between Nicky & Gable.

This author did a wonderful job in creating a fresh new paranormal universe, constructing realistic and witty dialogue, and creating relatable characters whom readers can root for. Here's an example of some of the snappy writing that can be found throughout the novel:

"Why do we need to go down to the wine celler?" He folded his arms and glared.
"So we can murder you and bury your body there. Trust me, we'd be doing everyone a favour."

Overall, I thought the characters were well-drawn, particularly Gable's inner resistance against the person she'd become and her road to redemption. The captivating writing pulled me in and made me want to know why Gable had decided to work for the criminal elements in the story. I also loved how this author provided enough detail to fully pull me into the story and made this intriguing setting come alive. If you are a fan of Kim Harrison, Patricia Briggs, or Kat Richardson, you MUST read this book! Jessica Roe is definitely a talented new author to look out for. I look forward to reading more books in this series!

Note: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. 

Loren Mathis


  1. Look at that WOW cover! Love the red as well as that snarky quote! If the dialogue is like that then I can see why this was a stellar read for you.

  2. Thanks so much for your comment! I definitely thought that this was a great read, and I loved the author's writing style. You have an awesome review blog by the way!


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