Friday, October 14, 2011

Book Review: Awake at Dawn

Release Date: Oct. 11, 2011
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Pages: 400 pages
Genre: Paranormal
Source: Publisher
Goodreads Summary: Now that she’s settled in at Shadow Falls Camp, Kylie Galen’s determined to discover the extent of her supernatural abilities. But with a ghost insisting someone Kylie loves is about die, a rogue vampire on a murdering rampage, and her sixth sense telling her someone is watching her, Kylie’s quest for answers is quickly put on hold.

To make matters worse, just when she’s about to give her heart to Derek, a half-fairy, he starts pulling away. When Lucas, a werewolf with whom Kylie shares a secret past, returns, Kylie’s feels more conflicted than ever. Her weekend with her mom should have been the just the break Kylie needs, but it turns out to be her breaking point. Someone from the dark side of the supernatural world has plans for Kylie--and it'll take all her resources to get back to Shadow Falls alive...
There are many YA books out there about boarding schools for paranormals but this Shadow Falls series is my favorite. Not only are these books very character driven (which I love) but the plot is solid as well.

Awake at Dawn is the perfect follow-up to Born at Midnight. The book picks up shortly after where Born at Midnight ended with Kylie at Shadow Falls Camp trying to figure out what kind of paranormal she is and working through the other drama that surrounds her life.

This book is all about relationships: Kylie’s relationships with her parents, with her friends Della, Miranda and Holiday and of course, with the two love interest, Derek and Lucas. Kylie is such a likable character. Her issues are legitimate and I never felt that she was being whiny or that the angst was overdone. While I don’t usually like love triangles, Ms. Hunter does this one well and even I could not choose between the boys, they are just so great. It also helps that the romance was not the book’s main plot which centers firmly on Kylie finding out who and what she really is. While the relationships and characters are awesome, I love the paranormal aspects of the book as well.

If you like paranormal YA fiction, you will love this series, it’s just so good. I cannot wait to read the next book in the series, Taken at Dusk, which comes out in April 2012.

Content: Kissing, sexual situations and violence. There are some steamy scenes in this book that may be more appropriate for more mature teens.  

My Rating: Really Good!


Amber I @ Awesomesauce said...

Great Review. I agree with you I am not big on love triangles but this one doesn't bother me that much. And Kylie is never over whiny or anything.

Can not wait until the next book comes out!

Oh I should while the love triangle doesn't bother me, I am all for Lucas!lol :)

KM said...

This has nothing to do with your review, but...OH! OH! You're reading DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE! OMG IT'S SO GOOD!!!!! haha ...that was a lot of caps lol But it really is that good :)

Alexis @ Reflections of a Bookaholic said...

You had me at "character driven." :)


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