Catalyst by Amanda Uechi Ronan

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Date of publication: January 6, 2016

Genre: Historical Fiction

Purchase Links: Amazon | WorldCat

Goodreads Synopsis:

Loyalty and Friendship define Hannah Anders, an uncommon young woman fighting for freedom and family. A skilled warrior trained by the Comanche, Hannah’s journey begins in October 1835, when the stirrings of revolution are first heard in the Mexican territory called Texas. She follows her mentor, James Bowie, into battle with hopes of finding her first love, Morgan. Surprises wait around every corner though, for it is Will Redding, a young volunteer from New York, who just may lay claim to her heart first. Catalyst, the first book in the Hannah Anders trilogy, shows the beginning of the Texas revolution up to the siege of San Antonio de Bexar in December 1835. These events eventually lead to one of the greatest American legends and tragedies: the fall of the Alamo. From the perspectives of Hannah, Will, and Morgan, readers will meet historical heroes such as James Bowie, David Crockett, Sam Houston, and Stephen F. Austin all while witnessing the birth of Texas.

So along with my fantasy/sci-fi obsession, I also love historical fiction. For some reason, reading a historical fiction book gives me a case of the warm fuzzies. And this book is no exception. It has a little romance in it, a lot of action, and a ton of the legendary James Bowie, which I found fascinating.

I loved the fact that the author made Hannah an oddball. I mean, a Comanche-trained female warrior? I also liked that the author made Hannah relatable too. Abusive childhood with awful dad still around, check. Torn between two loves, check. Self harms whenever she kills someone, check. Pushes everyone away, check.

While I liked Will’s character, I do wish that he acted more like a man. I loved that he kept getting friend-zoned by Hannah until the middle of the book. For some reason, it kept giving me giggles. I also liked his Uncle. You need to read the book to understand why I loved him!!!

Morgan, I couldn’t stand. He rubbed me the wrong way. Not going to give away anything but if my SO left me after something significant happened to me, I would be fighting mad. I wanted to smack Hannah upside her head and say “Girlfriend, he’s no good. Move on!!

Will, I reread this? Yes, yes, yes!!!!! Even though it ends in a cliffhanger…which, I detest.

Will, I recommend this to family and friends? Absolutely!!!

If you do decide to buy the book (which I highly recommend you do), I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!!!

Author: Jolie

I love to read. My favorite genres women's fiction, romance (including erotica), psychological thrillers, fantasy, young adult, steampunk, dystopian, LGBTQIA, and paranormal. I am also a busy mom of 3 kids.

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