by Courtney Shepard

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Asha is fire.

Every generation four sisters with power over earth, air, fire, and water are born to fight against a fanatical, secret faith. The Order exists only to sacrifice the sisters for their power. With each success their strength and control grows. They have never failed, for their rule depends on it.


The sisters, separated at birth, are unaware of what hunts them...but they are coming.

A handsome stranger discovers Asha in hiding, and swears allegiance to her cause. She falls for him; though he is not who he says he is. Betrayed and imprisoned inside the Order, Asha is without her power for the first time in her life.


As the war heats up haunting secrets and true motivations are revealed, but the sisters must unite and override their instincts and trust the untrustworthy if they are to fight their terrifying destiny.

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BN ID: 2940152219685
Publisher: Champagne Book Group
Publication date: 06/01/2015
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 430 KB

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Unbalanced 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unbalanced is a story repeated throughout history between the powers of Dark and Light, a story of destiny, a story of elemental magic, and of being persecuted simply for being born different and surviving thus far. It is also a story of ill-fated love and the precarious balance of self-protection versus trust that plays out in the lives of all of us. Unbalanced is the opening book to a series by the same title. It is fast-paced and packed full of interesting turns of events that keep the reader engaged. Courtney Shepard is a master of description in matters of both love and battle. Both types of actions scenes are vividly written while, at the same time, not being overly done. While I was at first a little disappointed with the name, hair color, and eye color matching to the corresponding element, thinking these choices lacked imagination, I changed my mind after realizing that I would probably be more upset if there were no outwardly visible connections. For those who usually avoid books written in a series due to the high rate of abrupt unsatisfactory endings, this book stands well and ends well on its own. There are actually more characters than I introduced here, leaving Shepard with many options for continued writing. I would recommend this book and I would definitely be interested in reading the next book in this series.
ReadersFavorite4 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Stephen Fisher for Readers' Favorite Unbalanced by Courtney Shepard is a modern day fantasy about four sisters that were each born with power over one of Earth’s elemental forces: Fire, Earth, Water, and Air. Beginning with Asha : a superhero vigilante commanding Fire. Clay Brent has her in his gun sights, but can’t bring himself to pull the trigger. She is literally the woman of his dreams. So here she is in the flesh, and he just has to meet her. He scores points when he does an emergency appendectomy on a young girl named Maria. Brent explains that he is a part of the program Doctors without Borders. Go figure. A doctor who poses as a sniper? As the story heats up, so does the relationship between Asha and Clay. Instead of killing her, he knocks her out and brings her in. His organization, The Order, is looking for the elemental Sisters. Meanwhile Earth moving Ivy learns about her sisters, and that she has the ability to find them. She meets up with Mere, and Avia, after Avia escapes her pursuers when her concert performance is over, like she is an international secret agent. Ms. Shepard does a fantastic job of moving this story along at a fast pace as Ivy races to reunite her estranged sisters, and then seek out Master Miles. Courtney’s story is flawlessly written with characters that jump right off the pages. She inserts her characters into the plot in an enticing way to introduce them. You find yourself easily getting caught up in the race against time. Unbalanced has little bit of everything a reader could want in this action packed fantasy adventure, including some tastefully written romance. I give the story two thumbs up, and anxiously await the next book. Brava!
ReadersFavorite3 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Marta Tandori for Readers' Favorite Unbalanced is a wonderful paranormal fantasy that has just the right amount of romance to keep both lovers of paranormal and romance intrigued with this unique offering by talented Canadian writer, Courtney Shepard. Since the Middle Ages, each generation has produced four unique sisters that have the power over the four essential elements of life: earth, air, fire and water. Hunted by a fanatical secret sect called the Order, each generation has tragically lost their lives to the Order and, with each conquest, the Order’s power grows exponentially. Now it looks like history is once again about to repeat itself. Sister Asha, who controls the element of fire, falls for the charismatic Clay, who has his own agenda where Asha is concerned. It isn’t long before she’s betrayed by him and imprisoned and stripped of her power. Asha, separated from her sisters since birth, is eventually reunited with them and together they must join forces to change their fate and prevail against the evil that is the Order. Unbalanced is a fast-paced paranormal romance that will leave its readers somewhat 'unbalanced' as the story unfolds. At its most basic, it may be said that this is a story about good versus evil but essentially, it’s so much more. This is a story that’s peppered with danger, mystery, betrayal and intrigue. The author has a wonderful imagination and a solid creative bent that lend themselves well to this kind of story. As indicated earlier, Unbalanced will leave its readers ‘unbalanced’ – but in a good way. It’s engaging, well-written and intoxicating, the perfect trifecta for a good read – and a good read is exactly what is delivered!
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite Elemental powers infuse this amazing story with depth and excitement as four young women fight against The Order, which is only interested in eliminating them and stealing their strength. Unbalanced by Courtney Shepard starts with a historical look at the required deaths of each generation of four sisters with supernatural powers. Moving to the present, the story focuses on Asha with the power of fire as she is tracked down and imprisoned by members of the mysterious Order. Fortunately for her, though, Clay discovers he has strong feelings for Asha and questions the motives of Master Heath and the Grand Master. Circumstances take Asha and Clay to a cabin in Switzerland where Mere, Avia and Ivy, three more sisters who have only just found each other, are discovered. Against a paranormal army, they hold their own with the combination of their earth, wind, water and fire powers, as well as help from Clay and his brothers who also possess such strengths. Now that the young women have met, the clock is ticking on their lives. Will they get the help they need or are the brothers just a diversion to make sure they fall to the power of The Order? Excitement and intrigue jump off virtually every page in Unbalanced by Courtney Shepard. Each character is unique, well developed and exciting to see in action as they discover the depth of their abilities. Their bonds are also intense and this brings out traits in them they had not realized existed. Together with Clay, Rio, Aron and Cole, they set out to understand what is happening and how they can prevent it, making for interesting relationships and adding more questions that don’t have easy answers. Unbalanced is a great book for paranormal romance fans with just the right touch of intimacy and tremendous depth of emotion, and a great beginning to what promises to be a great series.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite Unbalanced by Courtney Shepard is a good fantasy read, a well-imagined and brilliantly executed story with a complex plot, a story that features magic, the unbridled quest for power, greed, and betrayal. There is a powerful and fanatical sect operating across the world and only four sisters, born every generation and gifted with power over fire, earth, air, and water, can stop them from taking control over the earth and subjecting humanity to untold horrors. The order craves nothing more than to make sacrifices of the sisters because it is in sacrificing them that it grows stronger. Now, when Asha, the fire, lovely and fair, encounters a stranger, she falls in love. Little does she know that her blind love will strip all her powers and make her the most vulnerable to the order. Can the sisters unite once again to save their kind and take control over their destiny? Unbalanced is an engaging story with an international setting, covering different countries and spanning from the Middle Ages till the present time. I loved this story for one great reason: It is character-driven. Courtney Shepard pays a lot of attention to the detail, and this does not distract her focus from the plot. Readers will enjoy how she explores the psychological conflicts in characters, unveiling powerful emotions. The characters, though strange in a way, are believable and they have emotions and attitudes that will resonate with many readers. Fast-paced, Unbalanced doesn’t lack the surprises that make readers want to read more. From the very beginning, it is packed with action and very interesting dialogues. I enjoyed this one a lot.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Sherri Fulmer Moorer for Readers' Favorite It's a battle as old as time, and the intensity of the battle in this generation is complicated by intense new factors. Four sisters hold the power of the Earth elements of earth, fire, wind, and water. Throughout the ages, they have been successfully hunted by The Order, which grows in power through the death of the sisters. This time, they've made it further than ever before, surviving into their mid-twenties, but they can't avoid the battle that comes to them as they're drawn together, only to be pulled apart. This time, though, there's another factor: four brothers with similar powers who seek them. But what is the brothers' intent? Unbalanced, by Courtney Shepard, takes you on a whirlwind, mind-blowing journey across the globe as the eight seek the truth, as well as the survival that has eluded them up until this lifetime. Unbalanced is a unique, fast paced story that draws readers into a world of magic and mysticism that's different from what you typically see in modern fiction. It's a breath of fresh air from the popular dystopian view of the future in that it focuses more on how discovering the past can help to make the present better. Courtney Shepard gives readers a thrilling story with plenty of twists, turns, battles, magic, and intrigue to keep you guessing right until the end. It's the beginning of an amazing journey, and I look forward to discovering where it takes the sisters (and the brothers) next. An excellent read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unbalanced offers everything a lover of paranormal romances is looking for. The story follows one of four sisters as they discover each other and their own awesome powers. Tasked with responsibilities that will affect all of humanity, the sisters are kept ignorant of their enemies; enemies whose own survival requires the death of all four. On every page I had to wonder how Asha, the main character, could possibly survive, let alone help her sisters defeat their dark enemies, both human and otherworldly. The riveting action continues right up to the exciting conclusion, while at the same time Asha falls in love with a gorgeous hunk—who may or may not be plotting to kill her. Unbalanced is first in what will prove to be an exciting series.