Friday, 29 June 2012

Review and Giveaways: Awakening by Karice Bolton (The Watcher's Trilogy #1)

Title: Awakening
Author: Karice Bolton
Publication date: September 27th 2011
Age group: Young Adult
Genre: Paranormal
Cover rating: 4/5
Content rating: 3.5/5
Buy: Amazon
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Description via Goodreads:
Alone in snowy, remote Whistler village, Ana tries to build a new life since losing her parents. With a cozy condo, a sweet-faced bulldog and an evening job to leave the days free for the slopes, life slips into a great routine. If only she could shake the guilt for not remembering anything about her parents and banish the night terrors that haunt her every dream. 
On a whim, Ana goes out with Athen, a guy she’s just met in the Grizzly Pub... The only problem is that she feels like she already knows him.  
Within 48 hours of meeting Athen and his family, Ana’s world implodes. She falls for Athen quickly and before she knows it, a past life begins to resurface. As thrilling as the revelations appear at first, she fights against the chilling information that Athen is from the underworld. Soon she begins to struggle as her own supernatural gifts are slowly unveiled, and she realizes that the nightmares she’s been having might be premonitions and not dreams at all. 
It is up to Ana to decipher between fact and fiction before it is too late, and her new love, Athen, follows in her same fate - one that is lost between two worlds.
My thoughts:
Awakening is a book I've been interested in reading for ages, so I was happy to be part of the blog tour and to finally get to sit down and check it out. I love the premise and the pretty and was hoping it'd live up to them! It didn't disappoint me and really enjoyed the time I spent reading it- something I actually did in one sitting because I really got sucked into the story! One of my favourite things about the book would have to be the characters names; I just find them really intriguing and different!

Awakening had me hooked from the beginning and I was rushing forward to find out how it was all going to go. I was skeptical about the insta-love at the beginning and was really interested in seeing the reasons behind everything. Karice Bolton has created a wonderful paranormal world full of fascinating characters. I really enjoyed the dialogue between them all and liked getting to know them more as the story went on. It's a very intriguing world full of mystery!

What I liked most about this novel was definitely the writing! The author certainly has a way with words and I found it really easy to relax and get into the novel. I found the words flowed really well and it turned out to be a really quick read, which I hadn't been expecting! The sentences read with ease and I found myself smiling a lot while reading it. Overall, Awakening was a unique first book and of course I'll be reading the rest of the trilogy!

If you want to check out the series for yourself, Awakening is free on Amazon and Smashwords. It's definitely worth the read! 

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  1. Awakening sounds like a great read - I'm so glad you enjoyed it and that it lives up to the super pretty cover! I think I'd enjoy it, especially since you loved the writing style so much :)

    Fab review as always, Nicola<3

  2. A great review! This sounds much better than I thought it might be. It's nice to here the author has a way with words and you enjoyed the characters. I will have to read this soon! :)

  3. Thanks for the heads up on this one! I hadn't heard of it before but I downloaded it and I'm going to give it a read. :)

  4. Wonderful review, Nicola! I have seen this one on Amazon but I think I might have to give it a go myself! Glad you liked the authors writing style so much, that makes the book all the more worth while! I also love the book covers! :)

  5. Just downloaded this, thanks for sharing. Sounds like a good one, great review :)

  6. Oh, I adore beautiful writing so I need to pick this one soon! Plus, it has lovely cover and I love the premise! I hope that although this is another case of insta-love, it's sweet enough for me to tolerate it! :)

    Awesome review, Nicola! <3

  7. I haven't heard of this but after reading your review I went straight to Amazon and got the Kindle version. I love that you got sucked into this book right away and couldn't put it down, always a good sign!

  8. This sounds really good, Nicola! I love it when a character must unravel a mystery about their past. Lovely review! I'm popping over to Amazon now for my copy. :)

  9. A flowing writing style, that sounds great! :) I already has an example from this book, so I'll put this one higher on my To be read list. Thanks for the nice review ^^


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