Forged by Greed by Angela Orlowski Peart.
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Publication November 2012
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.
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. I don't want to give away any spoilers for those who are interested in reading. The description above is plenty
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.
I am looking forward to the next book in series, to see how things have turned out.