Wednesday, May 28, 2014

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Book: Awakening

Author: Catrina Burgess

Published:October 30, 2013

Pages: 251 e-book

Rating by Katie:4 out of 5 stars

Received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. 
Colina has just been through a horrible ordeal. Her family has been murdered and there is only one thing she can do about it. She must get revenge. She heads over to a magic shop and finds a man there who she knows can help her. When she arrives she meets Luke, a death dealer, who is anything but willing to help. As certain things take place he changes his mind and is ready to do what he needs in order to give Colina what she wants. However, as she realizes what she has to do in order to achieve death dealer status, she begins to change her mind. Now Luke has to convince her she is strong enough to succeed.

Wow, so where do I begin... Well let me begin this by saying that I have always stayed clear of books like Awakening. The reason why is because demons, the dead, ouija boards, possessions and anything having to do with conversing with the dead, has always scared me. Period. However, I gave this book a try. At some points I actually felt guilty reading it. Probably because of my own personal beliefs on this particular subject. Would I continue the series? I do not know. This is not because I didn't like the book. The book was actually great. I do feel though that I wasn't able to get really involved with it. This might go back to the guilt part, the question kept arising "Should I keep reading this?" It is sad I know. I did complete the book. There was just so much going on that kept pulling me in. The surprises and the characters. What will happen next? What is the next step she has to take in becoming a Death Dealer? I mean these questions were always on my mind. I read the book in 24 hours. I was actually surprised at how much I really enjoyed it. The author clearly states in the beginning of the book that there is some romance involved and so I looked forward to that. I really liked what I read when it came to Colina and Luke's relationship. It was sweet and very romantic. I did not like how Colina asked Luke for his help in making her a death dealer and then she complained about the process the whole time through. That bugged me a lot.

I was actually afraid sometimes, while I was reading, that some of the scenes would cajole a spirit to come to me in my room. I was a bit creeped out. Well, most of the time I was more than a bit creeped out. This was a good creeped out, not so much as something that would make me put the book away and then hide under the covers, afraid of the dark. I jumped a few times when I heard a noise or when my cat decided to jump up on the bed :). The author did well describing these scenes and so it was almost like me watching a movie. I liked that.

Now there are several things that I did not like. For instance, the fact that the author never really described what kind of world or environment the plot takes place. Is it in the future? Is it a whole different world entirely? Are there other groups with different powers around? She talks about police and humans but then she talks about guilds, death dealers and healers.I just wish there was more information on the world that the characters live in.
"A shiver ran up my spine." This was used a lot throughout the book. So much so that it began to bother me. Also, "Ghost of a smile" was used a lot as well.

In the end I really liked the book. Thank you Catrina for allowing me to be apart of this Read for Review!

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