Blog Tour Book Review – Between Gods: A Memoir by Alison Pick

Between Gods (397x600)About Between Gods

• Paperback: 400 pages
• Publisher: Harper Perennial (October 20, 2015)

Profound, honest, and masterfully written—Between Gods forces us to reexamine our beliefs and the extent to which they define us.

Growing up in a tight-knit Christian family, Alison Pick went to church regularly. But as a teenager, she discovered a remarkable family secret: her paternal grandparents fled from the Czech Republic at the start of WWII because they were Jewish. Tragically, other family members who hesitated to emigrate were sent to Auschwitz.

Haunted by the Holocaust, Alison’s grandparents established themselves in their new lives as Christians. Not even Alison’s father knew of his parents’ past until he visited the Jewish cemetery in Prague as an adult. This atmosphere of shame and secrecy haunted Alison’s journey into adulthood.

Drowning in a sense of emptiness, she eventually came to realize that her true path forward lay in reclaiming her history and identity as a Jew, and she began attending conversion classes. But the process was far from easy as old wounds were opened, and all of her relationships were tested.

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Happy Thursday everyone and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Between Gods: A Memoir by Alison Pick. I’d like to send a huge thank you to the author, the publisher Harper Collins and TLC Book Tours for the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review! I am super excited because today is actually my Friday, tonight a video game I have been waiting for is finally coming out AND most of all I am excited to be sharing this book with you today.

Between Gods is one woman’s memoir about her personal and spiritual journey battling depression and crisis of faith and identity. Alison has been raised in a Christian home but stumbles upon the family secret that they are originally of the Jewish faith and that her ancestors had been killed in Aushwifz. It is almost as if a puzzle piece has clicked into place and she embarks on a journey that changes her forever.

I loved this book. I loved the writing. It is wonderfully expressive with beautiful language and details, almost poetic. I think the reason I love reading Memoirs so much is because this type of writing touches my soul and pick does it so well. There is nothing more interesting to me than a persons struggle with identity and faith and I was drawn into Pick’s story from the get go. Reading this reminds me of the quintessential human dilemma of “where do I come from?”, “where do I belong?” This book was really interesting to me and I read it in a few hours because although the subject matter was heavy it was a really fast read. I felt like I learned a lot in those few hours and it even made me start to explore my own spiritual journey. Books that do that are rare and grand…this is one of those books.

I highly recommend reading this if you are into reading memoirs or reading about spirituality and Judaism. It was very moving. 5 stars from me!

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Alison Pick APAbout Alison Pick

Alison Pick was the Bronwen Wallace Award winner for the most promising writer under thirty-five in Canada. Her first novel is The Sweet Edge, and her second novel, the bestseller Far to Go, was nominated for the Man Booker Prize, won the Canadian Jewish Book Award for Fiction, and was named a “Top 10 of 2010” book by the Toronto Star. Between Gods, named a “Best Book” by both the Globe and Mail and CBC, has been nominated for the prestigious BC National Award for Nonfiction.

Find out more about Alison at her website and connect with her on Facebook.

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Blog Tour Book Review: The Great Christmas Knit-Off by Alexandra Brown

The Great Christmas Knit-Off coverAbout The Great Christmas Knit-Off

• Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (October 13, 2015)

When life unravels, it’s time to knit . . .

Sybil has always taken comfort in her passion for knitting, creating beautiful garments stitch by stitch. But her world suddenly unravels when her fiancé ditches her for her identical twin sister at her Star Wars–themed wedding, leaving Sybil at the altar sporting a Princess Leia do. And things go from bad to worse when an incident at work jeopardizes her job.

To escape her woes and forget that she’ll be alone for Christmas this year, Sybil sets off to visit her friend Cher in Tindledale—a winter wonderland of quaint shops and snowy rooftops. When she arrives in the idyllic town, she can’t help feeling like she’s in a Hallmark greeting card. She’s embraced by welcoming—if eccentric—locals wearing handmade sweaters that remind Sybil of her own creations and her unrealized ambitions of selling them. So when the owner of a vintage-clothing boutique asks her to make an assortment of knits for their display window, she’s thrilled. And hoping to heal her broken heart, the hot town doctor has even taken an interest in Sybil.

But just when Sybil thinks she’s going to have her fairy-tale Christmas after all, an unexpected turn of events threatens to unspool her happily ever after.

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Happy Wednesday! Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Great Christmas Knit-Off by Alexandra Brown. I’d like to send a thank you to the author, TLC Blog Tours and Harper Collins for giving me the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

The Great Christmas Knit-Off is about a young girl who was left at the altar at her Star Wars themed wedding. Trying to get over her heartbreak after her fiance ran off with her sister and also wanting to escape a scandal at work, she travels to the little, quirky town of Tindledale which brings all sorts of unexpected people and events into her life

This is book is a first of many things for me. It is my first book centered around knitting, my first book by Alexandra Brown and also my first Christmas themed book! It’s also something that I normally wouldn’t pick to read but I really wanted to try something different and I liked the synopsis and I also thought the cover was really cute. I did not regret my decision to try something new at all, I am actually really glad that I gave this book a try because I ended up really liking it. I thought it was really cute, fun and funny. I think it was the perfect book to get me into the holiday spirit which was something that I really wanted to start getting in the mood for and this was absolutely the most perfect way to do it. I kind of wish it were a little more cold outside while I read this but I live in Texas so that may be asking too much but this is literally the perfect book to snuggle under a blanket with holding a your favorite cup of hot chocolate. I thought it was cozy and fun and I loved all of the characters. I thought quite a few were really quirky and fun. One of my favorites is Basil of course because I love an animal in a story, especially one as cute as Basil. I really enjoyed quite a bit about this book – the romance, the friendships and Tindledale in general. It seems like a magical winter wonderland filled with friendly, inviting people. I am excited to say that this is going to be a series so yes, I will be looking forward to reading another book in this setting in the future.

I really loved our main character Sybs, and I especially enjoyed her friendship with Hettie. I found that I was able to really relate to Sybs and enjoyed seeing her blossom throughout her time in Tindledale. I loved that the story centered around a hobby/passion like knitting. I am definitely someone with alot of hobbies so I thought it was a really cute idea. I, myself don’t knit but it has always intrigued me and I have a few friends who do. It sounds like so much fun and such a stress reliever that I may end up trying to pick it up in the future if I can.

I am giving this book a 4 out of 5 star rating as I thoroughly enjoyed it. I recommend giving this a read if you are looking to launch yourself into the holiday spirit. It is a fun, light, cozy read that you can read in an afternoon at home snuggling under a blanket with your dog (which is exactly what I did)!

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Alexandra Brown APAbout Alexandra Brown

Alexandra Brown began her writing career as the City Girl columnist for the London Paper. She wrote the weekly column—a satirical diary account of her time working in the corporate world of London—for two years before giving it up to concentrate on writing novels and is now the author of the Cupcakes at Carrington’s books. Set in a department store in the pretty seaside town of Mulberry-On-Sea, the series follows the life, loves and laughs of sales assistant Georgie Hart. The Great Christmas Knit-Off is Alexandra’s fourth book and the first in a new series set in the fictional village of Tindledale, following the lives of all the characters there. Alexandra lives in a real village near the south coast of England with her husband, daughter and a very shiny black Labrador retriever.

Find out more about Alexandra at her website, and connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Blog Tour Book Review & Giveaway: Smorgasbord by Jagjiwan Sohal

Smorgasbord PicTitle: Smorgasbord written by Jagjiwan Sohal
Genre: Middle Grade/Young Adult Comedy Horror
Publisher: Mythos Press (Imprint of GMTA Publishing)
Page count: 179
Format: Ebook (read on Kindle app for Microsoft Surface)
Released: March 2014
Rating – 5/5

When Anna Lopez’s zombie attack video goes viral, no one could believe that the high school cheerleader had taken a bite out of the undead monster – and liked it! Now nothing will ever be the same for supernatural beings…because humans have discovered they taste freakin’ DELICIOUS!

 

And when a zombie boy gets in the crosshairs of a gang of hungry-human hunters, Julie, a young vampire loner, jumps in for the rescue. But now Julie’s got more than she bargained because taking care of a rambunctious undead creature who only knows one word (“brains”) is NOT easy. And when Julie and her zombie pal stumble upon on a crazed soccer mom, they find themselves on the run from a trigger-happy family who want nothing more than to grill them up for a neighborhood barbecue bash!

I knew I had to read this book when I caught a glimpse of the cover. It just looks like it would be a fun book to read (who doesn’t love a good zombie story?) and I’ve been trying to hunt down books that my ten year old niece may enjoy as well.

Smorgasbord is a totally unique spin on what could happen if the Zombie Apocalypse were to occur that features a zombie apocalypse gone wrong. Instead of the traditional uber scary, uber panic driven zombie attack on mankind, this story presents us with a zombie apocalypse in which, through an accidental bite, humans discover that zombies (along with other paranormal creatures) are fingerlickin’ good. It is the zombie apocalypse gone awry where humans are now doing the hunting while zombies and other paranormal creatures are doing the running.

The story is original and fresh in a market that seems at times a bit oversaturated with zombie novels, but Smorgasbord is not your “run of the mill” zombie story, it is a fresh of breath air. I couldn’t put this book down it was so fun to read. Lately I’ve been reading some pretty serious books so it was great to take a break from that and just go on a fun ride that suprisingly had me rooting for the paranormal creatures instead of the humans.

It had sort of a Shaun of the Dead type of humor vibe for me, except our protagonists are from the other team, which was great and it’s a story that is suitable for older kids and teens as well. I enjoyed it as an adult and it actually made me seriously think about how mankind might react to zombies and paranormal creatures if we somehow gained the upper hand…would we find a way to exploit them?

I hope to read more from this author in the future as I really enjoyed his style of writing, the dialogue he created, and the characters he created.

If you like zombie themed books or are looking for a  light, fun read where you might find yourself siding with the zombies and not the humans…Smorgasbord may be just the book for you! I have twenty copies to give away for free so leave a comment and let me know you are interested!

I’d like to thank GMTA Publishing and the author for allowing me to read and review this book!!

Also check out this rad playlist for the book! I love it!

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Born and raised near Toronto, Canada, Jagjiwan Sohal works in the Canadian film and TV industry as an up-and-coming screenwriter and producer. His short stories have been published by The Horror Zine, Scribal Tales and Hello Horror. Smorgasbord is his first novel.

 

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Blog Tour Book Review: Harvesting Space for a Greener Earth by Greg Matloff, C. Bangs & Les Johnson

Harvesting Space for a Greener EarthTitle: Harvesting Space for a Greener Earth written by Greg Matloff, C. Bangs & Les Johnson
Genre: Nonfiction
Publisher: Springer
Page count: 268
Format: Paperback
Rating – 5/5

What was our planet like in years past? How has our civilization affected Earth and its ecology? Harvesting Space for a Greener Earth, the Second Edition of Paradise Regained: The Regreening of the Earth, begins by discussing these questions, and then generates a scenario for the restoration of Earth. It introduces new and innovative ideas on how we could use Solar System and its resources for terrestrial benefit.

The environmental challenges that face us today cannot be resolved by conservation and current technologies alone. Harvesting Space highlights the risk of humankind’s future extinction from environmental degradation. Population growth, global climate change, and maintaining sustainability of habitats for wildlife are all considered, among other issues.

Rather than losing heart, we need to realize that the solutions to these problems lie in being good stewards of the planet and in the development of space. Not only will the solutions offered here avert a crisis, they will also provide the basis for continued technological and societal progress. Tapping the resources of near-Earth asteroids will lead to methods of diverting those asteroids that threaten Earth. Space-based terrestrial power generation systems will work synergistically with Earth-based conservation.

This book needs to be read urgently and widely, if we are to save ourselves from environmental disaster, reduce the risk of catastrophic cosmic impacts, and build a prosperous and sustainable future for all the creatures of Earth.

 

Hello everyone! Thank you for visiting my stop on the blog tour for Harvesting Space for a Greener Earth, a text I was really excited about reading. I’d like to thank the authors as well as TLC Book Tours for providing a review copy as well as granting me the opportunity to read what I think is such an important book.

Harvesting Space for a Greener Earth is made up of three sections, each containing a plethora of valuable information, some of which may be review if you were like me and took an astronomy class for fun in college but all of which is interesting and essential. The first section focuses on discussing our solar system and the formation of our earth; the second section discusses the history, failures, and successes of humans; and the last section discusses and proposes what we can do to ensure the health of longevity of our home, earth.

I found many of the proposals for conservation and the use of space technology to divert catastrophes and exploit space resources to be really interesting and I can see how they could be beneficial to us and the earth. One thing that I thought was really interesting was the proposal of using space for the byproducts of human civilization for example, waste. The theory is that since space does not have an atmosphere like earth and such that we wouldn’t be polluting it or “harming” space in any way.  Not only that but we would also be avoiding the pollution of our atmosphere which we see from the review of human impact on the earth in section 2. One thing I really take to heart from this book is the fact that many of us need to wake up. Something that was mentioned a bit in the book was the fact that the earth is our one home and that it’s a fragile, lonely creature (insomuch as there is no duplicate of earth that we can turn to in the event that this one can no longer house us). Living our everyday lives going to work and coming home playing games or reading books or whatever we do, it’s easy to forget what the earth is going through and consider our own contributions to the problems we are facing. This book is a wake up call and a proponent for change and innovation that we all must take to heart! I see this book making a great impact and I think it should be considered for inclusion in higher education courses or even high school courses. The information is written in a way that easily understandable, interesting and with beautiful, evocative illustrations. One thing I was really impressed with was that although the text gave factual, authoritative information it was also able to convey the care and passion that the authors have for the subject which was surprising and beautiful to me in a text like this.

This was such a great book for me to read at this point in my life and I’m convinced that everyone should read this book if only to become more familiar with the problems facing the earth and how serious these problems actually are. Reading a nonfiction book like this with the appearance of a textbook is really out of my normal comfort zone and I’m so glad that I read it. The authors of this book have done a wonderful job of discussing not only these problems, but in giving us an overview of earth before humans and earth after the human touch. The differences are so startling and so heartbreaking. I think reading this book really puts the earth’s plight into perspective and the fact that the need for change, really is a desperate need.

I recommend giving this book a read, I think everyone can learn something from it whether it be something from the history of our solar system, the history of human impact on the earth or the problems facing us and possible solutions for our future.

About the Authors

Greg MatoffGreg Matloff
Dr. Greg Matloff,  is a leading expert in possibilities for interstellar propulsion , especially  near-Sun solar-sail trajectories that might ultimately enable interstellar travel. and is an emeritus and adjunct associate astronomy professor with the physics department of New York City College of Technology, CUNY, a consultant with NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, a Hayden Associate of the American Museum of Natural History and a Corresponding Member of the International Academy of Astronautics. He co-authored with Les Johnson of NASA and C Bangs Paradise Regained (2009), Living Off the Land in Space (2007) and has authored Deep-Space Probes (edition 1: 2000 and edition 2: 2005).  As well as authoring More Telescope Power (2002), Telescope Power (1993), The Urban Astronomer (1991), he co-authored with Eugene Mallove The Starflight Handbook. (1989). His papers on interstellar travel, the search for extraterrestrial artifacts, and methods of protecting Earth from asteroid impacts have been published in JBIS, Acta Astronautica, Spaceflight, Space Technology,  Journal of Astronautical Sciences, and Mercury. His popular articles have appeared in many publications, including Analog. In 1998, he won a $5000 prize in the international essay contest on ETI sponsored by the National Institute for Discovery Science. . He served on a November 2007 panel organized by Seed magazine to brief Congressional staff on the possibilities of a sustainable, meaningful space program. In 2011, he co-authored with C Bangs an artist’s book entitled Biosphere Extension: Solar System Resources for the Earth.

C BangsC. Bangs
C Bangs’ art investigates frontier science combined with symbolist figuration from an ecological feminist point of view. Her work is included in public and private collections as well as in books and journals. Public Collections include the Library of Congress, NASA’s Marshall Spaceflight Center, The British Interplanetary Society, New York City College of Technology, Pratt Institute, Cornell University and Pace University.  I Am the Cosmos exhibition at the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton included her work, Raw Materials from Space and the Orbital Steam Locomotive.  Her art has been included in eight books and two peer- reviewed journal articles, several magazine articles and art catalogs.  Merging art and science, she worked for three summers as a NASA Faculty Fellow, and under a NASA grant she investigated holographic interstellar probe message plaques.   Her recent artist’s book collaboration with Greg Matloff, Biosphere Extension: Solar System Resources for the Earth, was recently collected by the Brooklyn Museum for their artist-book collection.  

“The artist C Bangs and astronomer Greg Matloff are long time partners and collaborators whose mutual interests and complementary talents serve them well.  For many years, Bangs has been the artist who provides the graphic interpretation of their scientific books, they have achieved another level; their work has never been so well integrated, as they have found a method where text and image become one, rather than one illustrating the other.  The more esoteric points of Matloff’s research find an accessibility, while Bangs more than ever seamlessly offers us, through imagery, a lyrical telling of their story for the quest to access solar system resources for the Earth.” – Maddy Rosenberg, Central Booking Gallery, NYC

Harvesting Space for a Greener Earth, published by Springer, is due out this year.

Visit Bangs at her website, www.cbangs.com.

Les JohnsonLes Johnson
Les Johnson is a physicist, and the author of several popular science books about space exploration, Living Off the Land in Space, Solar Sailing: A Novel Approach to Interplanetary Travel, Paradise Regained: The Regreening of Earth, Sky Alert: When Satellites Fail, and Harvesting Space for a Greener Earth, as well as three science fiction books, Back to the Moon, Going Interstellar, and Rescue Mode.

He is also the Senior Technical Advisor for NASA’s Advanced Concepts Office at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.  Les is the NASA Co-Investigator (Co-I) for the European Union’s Deploytech Solar Sail demonstration mission planned for launch in 2015. He was the NASA Co-I for the JAXA T-Rex Space Tether Experiment and PI of NASA’s ProSEDS Experiment. During his career at NASA, he served as the Manager for the Space Science Programs and Projects Office, the In-Space Propulsion Technology Program, and the Interstellar Propulsion Research Project. He thrice received NASA’s Exceptional Achievement Medal and has 3 patents.

Les is a frequent contributor to the Journal of the British Interplanetary Society and a member of the National Space Society, the World Future Society, and MENSA. He serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for the British Interplanetary Society and is Chairman of the Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop. Les was the featured “interstellar explorer” in the January 2013 issue of National Geographic magazine and a technical consultant for the movie Europa Report.

Les earned his Master’s degree in physics from Vanderbilt University in 1986 and his Bachelor’s degree from Transylvania University in 1984.

Visit Les at his website, www.lesjohnsonauthor.com.

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Blog Tour Book Review: Lemonade Revealed by Will Chluho

Lemonade RevealedTitle: Lemonade Revealed written by Will Chluho
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Twiitaga Press
Page count: 248
Format: Paperback
Rating – 4/5

FICTION: A boy is swept ashore on a faraway island into the embrace of three powerful men: a priest, a warrior, and a trader. Estranged, and tossing about in the undercurrents of abandonment, abuse, and betrayal, he finds sense in life, still.

NONFICTION: Peppered with dashes of metaphysics, phenomenology, existentialism, and a naturalist and pragmatic approach on the questions of “faith” and “hope,” this little yellow book “offers philosophical contemplation on a sunny island” (Indie Reader): “A relaxing, thoughtful read…” (Kirkus Reviews).

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Lemonade Revealed. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Upon reading the synopsis for this book I was instantly intrigued. Lemonade Revealed is definitely outside of my comfort zone as a reader. I don’t typically gravitate towards books that are heavy with philosophical, religious and moral undertones but this book just really captured my attention from the beginning.

At first glance the book itself is beautiful, it is small and has a beautiful yellow cover that is embossed with the title and a crest on the back. Simply gorgeous.

This is definitely a book that keeps you on your toes, you must pay close attention or you will miss things and it’s easy to get confused if you don’t. I love how the story unfolds. The timeline sort of blurred for me but in the end I felt like everything made sense. I feel like this is the kind of book that you can read multiple times and learn something different from it everytime. I think some of the greatest books are the ones that teach us things that we can take away to better ourselves and use in our daily lives. Lemonade Revealed is one such book. It’s thought provoking and inspirational but also manages to be light.

My favorite character was Pami. While easily the most misunderstood character, he seemed to be one of the most inspirational characters. I would read a book dedicated solely to his story, it would be so interesting.

While Lemonade Revealed is not my normal read, I am very happy that I was able to read this book. While I don’t think it’s a book for everybody, I do think everyone can learn something from it or at least be reminded of something. If you are looking for something different than your normal everyday fiction book definitely give this book a read! I ended up really enjoying it and the wisdom it imparts. The book, the writing and the character building were all just beautiful. I can see this book being required reading in a college philosophy or ethics class…but enjoyable required reading!

Also, I am giving away two copies of this book, leave a comment if interested and I will get back to you. The books will not be sent out until later in June.

Will ChluhoAbout the Author

A spiritual romantic, of sorts, Will Chluho had lived 4 years in a Franciscan friary, majoring in philosophy and theology. An urban pragmatist, he’d served—as a creative director—several multinational brands in Southeast Asia, such as BlackBerry, Mercedes-Benz, and Singapore Airlines. “Lemonade Revealed,” his debut title, had taken him two years to put together. He’s 44, married, and advancing his philosophical studies with the University of London.

 

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Blog Tour Book Review: Awaken by Jamie Guerard!

 
Synopsis via Goodreads:
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.
 
Released: March 2013
Purchase: Amazon
About the Author

Jaime grew up in a small town in Northern California. Having a passion for dance and music, she never would have thought herself to become an author.
 
In late 2008, Jaime found the pieces of her novel beginning to take form and a story was born. Soon she had a full novel in her hands and a writer was developed. Awaken is Jaime’s first published novel. With many features still in the works, this debut novel is just a taste of the action-packed romantic thrillers to come from this aspiring new author.
Jaime now lives in Nevada with her husband and three boys. Loving life, and living a dream.
 
 

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Hello all! Welcome to my stop on the Awaken by Jamie Guerard Blog Tour! I am really  happy to have been able to take part in this blog tour and would like to thank both Jamie Guerard and Shane Morgan for allowing me to be part of it!

I loved Awaken! I was really excited to read it because the synopsis just sounded so different from anything I’ve read lately (plus I love me some good YA books!).

One of the things that first captured me about the story was the main character Bre (super cute name by the way). I really liked her as a character right from the start. She is one of those great characters that you instantly like and is very relatable and real. I think this is really great because it made me feel like I was experiencing this story as Breanna and not just reading it from the outside looking in which is something that not every author can do so it’s great when I find a book that is like that.

The story itself was awesome. There is so much going on and so many different aspects to the story that it never fails to be interesting. I was on the edge of my seat for most of this book and once I got reading it was really hard to put this book down because I just had to know what happened next. Another thing that I really enjoyed about this book that makes it really stand out in a crowd is that it is NEVER predictable which is awesome!

I love also the romantic elements in the story and how well they are worked into the main plot. As a reader, I just felt so torn along with Bre. Sometimes when there is a love triangle I am just so sure of who I want the character to pick and I think Bre has some really great choices so I hurt alongside her which is really surprising in a good way! One thing I liked looking into during my read of this book were the relationships. I think the relationship dynamics between characters are so interesting in this book! Not only the love triangle aspect of it (which is super interesting and had me just swooning, heartbroken and happy at different moments of the story) but also to the mother/daughter, father/daughter, best friends and frenemy relationships too it was all so interesting.

The story just flows really nicely and the timing of it is perfect. It’s not a light read, I consider a light read to be under 200ish pages and Awaken sits at over 300 which is great for this book. It’s definitely a good thing because it’s so interesting and once again, the pacing is perfect. Sometimes when I am reading a long book that I’m not super invested in I catch myself looking forward to the ending (which is not too often but it does happen) and I NEVER once caught myself doing this during Awaken.

I have some unanswered questions about the story but I’m sure it was designed this way because yes everyone this is the first book in a series, yay! This is one of the books where I don’t mind at all about having unresolved questions because the story is so good and we are promised more story especially with that awesome ending! The ending is a total cliffhanger which if you’re already at the edge of your seat you will absolutely fall over! It was brilliant and the ending was crazy!!!

Lastly, I did want to mention the cover because I love the cover to Awaken. I think this cover is just so perfect for the book. I especially love that it shows the roman numerals around her pupil illustrating the race against time which is so exciting and heart pumping in the book. The color scheme is really beautiful as well with the contrast of colors, the brightness of the yellow against the muted colors is shocking and breathtaking. Definitely an attention catcher!

I, like I’m sure most of you will also, will definitely be waiting to read the second book because I absolutely need to know what happens next! I gave Awaken a 5 out of 5 rating because that’s how much I enjoyed the story and how much it kept me interested in the story from the very first page to the very last sentence. This is definitely a great read and I recommend picking it up especially for fans of YA Paranormal!

Favorite Quote from Awaken: “He was like an addiction to sweets; no matter how bad they were for me or how hard I tried to stop eating them, the craving returned, that much stronger, overriding all sense of reasoning and will.” H-O-T, hot!