by Jaime Guerard
Series: Awaken #1
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Publication Date: March 31, 2013 by Self-Published
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Three things run through my mind at this very moment…
ONE, my life as I once knew it will never be the same.
TWO, the person I’m in love with might not even exist.
THREE, the deception that has unfolded before me has the power of life and death.
Sixteen year old, Breanna Davis, has heard the saying; life isn’t always what it seems…well, that saying rings true now more than ever. As horrifying visions appear before her, revealing tragedies that will forever change the fate of those she loves, she realizes that she may be the only person who can stop them from becoming reality.
Amongst the chaos of this new discovery, Bre is faced with a stranger, Eve, who moves in on Bre’s friends and begins to follow her every move. As Eve’s true motives begin to surface, Bre must fight against, not only the visions, but the dangers Eve holds close.
There is another secret kept- Collin, a boy held captive in Bre’s dreams, the boy she is secretly falling in love with but isn’t sure he even exists. As she tries to make it work with Austin, an old friend who could possibly be more, Bre battles against her feelings for Collin.
Bre is faced with an almost impossible decision, to choose her life or follow her destiny. If she doesn’t intercede, people will certainly die. If she does, her own life could be at stake. In the end, if she fails, she’ll lose everything.
Let me start off by saying that this book is filled with pure suspense. Not the kind that makes you feel scared during the night, but the kind that leaves you sitting on the edge of your bed and biting your nails because you don’t know what is going to happen next.
Breanna “Bre” is a teenage girl that starts getting visions and dreams. She learns that she can change the fate of the visions but not the fate of the dreams. Bre has a total of three boyfriends during the book. Josh, who is a jealous and controlling boyfriend and cheats on Bre numerous times. Austin, whom is a childhood friend and is there for Bre and cares for her. Then Collins enters the picture, but there is something wrong. Collins is the guy that Bre keeps dreaming about and is Adonis Incarnate, as Bre puts it. How can Bre be together with a boy she has only seen in her dreams?
What does a book about a teenage girl most-always has? High school drama and Awaken isn’t the exception. Josh loves receiving the attention of any girl that walks by. When Bre starts noticing, she gets furious. That is something I didn’t quite get of the story. If Bre wanted to get away from Josh, why not do it since the beginning? She wanted to leave Josh because her relationship is toxic and it ruins her.
Bre is not only dealing with high school drama but she is also dealing with an absent mother. Bre’s mother is always off at work. Bre only lives with her working father and her younger brother, Caleb. When Bre’s mother comes to stay home, fights start escalating and both sibling’s hearts are broken.
But this book isn’t all about high school drama, boyfriend problems or just family drama. It is far from it. Enter Eve, the mysterious girl always watching Bre’s every move, to the point where she almost kills Bre in an accident on one of the visions that Bre was trying to prevent. During a party that is being held at Eve’s house, Bre finds things inside Eve’s room that leads her start asking questions. Something happens that night that Bre has to leave the house but she returns and finds a whole lot more that she couldn’t understand.
The ending…I am still recovering from it and I read the book last week…it was intense. The cliffhanger it has…if you have read my review of The Key then you will know that I considered that book’s cliffhanger intense, but Awaken‘s cliffhanger was more if that’s possible. On the second to last chapter, I was screaming and crying. The last chapter, I was so shocked I couldn’t even scream nor cry. I kept staring at the last few words without blinking for a few minutes. I have never wanted the second book as bad as I want Lost, the sequel to Awaken.
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