Title: The Awakening
Author: Karice Bolton
Publisher: I think this is self published. I have an electronic version, and it doesn’t have a publisher’s name anywhere.
Format: Electronic- Kindle.
Date Read: August 4-6, 2013
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.
Withing 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 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 on her same fate- one that is lost between two worlds.
First Impression: I will be completely honest- I downloaded this book because it was free and had an interesting title/cover art. I actually found it on a list of free Kindle downloads on Goodreads. As I started reading it, it seemed to be a slow builder, but a lot of books are. I was also not a big fan of the sentence/paragraph structure or the writing style, but I pushed through.
Things I Liked: The story. I thought that the story itself had tons and tons of potential. I haven’t really read a lot of angel/demon books because I have heard that most of them are kind of awful, but like I mentioned before- I didn’t have the slightest clue what the book was about when I downloaded it. The story was interesting, and I think it really could have been developed more.
Things I Didn’t Like: At first it was little things. I didn’t like that the author didn’t bother telling me where Whistler is (I think it’s somewhere in Canada?). I am not from the Pacific Northwest, and I have no idea where anything is located out there. Honestly, I was geographically lost until she mentions Seattle. I also didn’t like the names. I am not usually a stickler about these, but this book bugged me because I had no idea how to pronounce anything! They are almost all names that could be pronounced a variety of different ways. I mean, I will admit then when reading Harry Potter I just sort of mumbled over Hermione. But I would rather an un-pronouncable name that I had to mumble than a name I could say a million different ways. And finally, the big one: the writing style. I will give you some examples of things that bugged me:
1. “All I could hear was light buzzing.” (Page 158)
2. “Well, I’m kind of glad I did. It makes me realize you aren’t kidding about being a bad ass. I only saw the end. It was a big blur right up until you grabbed him.” (Page 161)
3. “They could care less about us.” (Page 185)
1. Light doesn’t buzz. I know some of you might be thinking that she meant “just a little bit of buzzing,” but that doesn’t really make sense in the context of the book. So… 2. That is one of the lamest pieces of dialog I have ever read. 3. If you could care less, you at least care a little. The example of dialog is pretty accurate for the dialog in the rest of the book, and looking back, I honestly don’t know how I got through this book.
Overall: Disappointment. The story seemed pretty good, but even that turned out to be kind of anti-climactic and was slow to develop. I didn’t have the faintest clue about the main plot until I was at 30%. The writing style for me was full of pet peeves, and I thought it was awful. I am not usually so harsh a reviewer, but I really, really disliked Bolton’s use of language and structure. Really. Usually I do a little section on the main characters and how I felt about them in my reviews, but the characters in this book were too shallow for me to even have much of an opinion of them. The dialog made them seem pretentious and naive, and a lot of the time they just seemed creepy. The whole book fell flat for me.
Rating: 2.5 stars. And that is simply for the story’s potential. And even still, I’m being generous.