Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Review: Awaken

Title - Awaken
Author - Kristen Day
Series or Standalone - Book 2 in the Daughters of the Sea
Genre - Young Adult Fantasy
Publication - October 2nd 2012


The sacrifices we make have the power to shift the very fabric of who we are, and ultimately who we are meant to be…

After learning of her true destiny as the intended Leader of the Tydes, Anastasia Whitman must now embark on a perilous quest to the Underworld before the age of eighteen in order to plant the seed of immortality and complete her essence to become a true Sea Goddess. But before she can make her legendary journey, an unexpected new student transfers to Lorelei; initiating a sequence of events that will unravel Stasia’s new life, and test the boundaries of her relationship with the mysterious, dark, and sexy Finn Morrison. The line between the Underworld and the Living begins to blur as gruesome ghosts, morbid reveries, and pure evil haunt her waking hours as well as her sanity. Once the details of Finn’s own startling destiny are revealed, the dangerous secrets he’s been hiding will threaten the very love Stasia believed to be indestructible. As time begins to run out, she will be forced to choose between the one she loves and the destiny she cannot escape.


I received Awaken as part of the blog tour hosted by YANovel Reader in return for a honest review. In the next chapter of Stasia's journey we have learned that she's to be the next leader for the Tydes. She will need to complete her essence and become immortal which requires her traveling to the underworld. In this book Stasia has her roommates for support as well as her boyfriend Finn who she feels she can really be herself with. A new girl shows up in school Nadia, after accidentally getting a look into her mind she sense's she filled with darkness but it may be more evil. As the day gets closer for Stasia to make her journey into the underworld she starts seeing ghosts. She's also being haunted by the reveries of a man who her soul knows but she doesn't.

When Stasia overhears Nadia talking to to the Sire leader about her she knows something is up and that Finn knows something she doesn't. When asked about the secret he denies knowing anything and plays it off that she's using it to get at Stasia. As the story progresses Stasia has several encounters one where she learns why Nadia is really tormenting her, one that could change her future forever. With the help of her friends Stasia will take a incredible journey into a world full of mystery and danger only to have to make the biggest decision of her life. 

This book is so much darker then the first one filled with twists and turns that kept me guessing. I really liked Forsaken but Awaken had to take it to another level wow. Stasia grows so much as a character from where she started in the first book I felt I really could connect with her. The whole cast of character are great they add so much to the story and I kind of wish I had friends like Stasia that would follow me into the underworld. At first I wasn't sure how I felt about Stasia and Finn as a couple but now I can't see it any other way they just have to be together. I found Awaken to be a little darker more intense than the first book, but I really like that it was hard for me to put it down. I loved the fast paced draw you in that I got from Awaken it just kept me wanting more even at the end with the cliffhanger it's still all I can think about. It's such a well written series that takes a new twist on mythology creating a complex story. I just really loved this book; it's driving me crazy to not have the next book.

5 out of 5 Stars

About Kristen Day

Kristen Day is a southern belle at heart with a crazy streak that desperately tries to escape at every opportunity.  She loves all things nostalgic, rustic, and quirky.  She’s been told she sees the world through rose-colored glasses, but she prefers to think of them as kaleidoscope glasses - swirling and morphing reality into something she can digest (who hasn't pretended those pasty lima beans were really kiwi strawberry jelly beans?). 

She is the author of the DAUGHTERS OF THE SEA trilogy, which includes FORSAKEN, AWAKEN (Oct 2012), and CHOSEN (Winter 2012).  She loves all books, but really enjoys writing young adult, paranormal romances.  She’s loved to write for as long as she can remember.  Her first published work was her poem RED in second grade (you guessed it - it was a poem about the color red - life altering, right?) that won her 5 gold stars and a spot in her elementary school's poetry book. That's when her addiction to the written word officially began.  She was the only kid in fifth grade that actually enjoyed diagramming sentences. Go ahead and laugh - its okay.

When she’s not writing she’s making jewelry, painting, feeding her addiction to sweet tea, watching the Discovery Channel, or going on random adventures in the mountains of North Carolina with her amazing husband. She was born in Boone, NC and graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in Marketing in 2001.  

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1 comment:

  1. I'd like to check out this series, it seems interesting! Great review and thanks for sharing! :D

    Sarika @ The Readdicts