Awakened by Anna Applegate 4.5 STARS (2 of 3 in the Aryia Adams Trilogy)
Synopsis--Nothing is ever quite as it seems, at least not for Ariya Adams. She’s only recently discovered the supernatural world is real, and that world wants something from her. Her blood. Her unique ability to heal both werewolves and vampires with only a few drops gives Ariya a great power. However, that power has put her in unfathomable danger. James, her sexy vampire boyfriend and Protector, has done well keeping Ariya safe in the past. When a new, more powerful and manipulative evil comes into play, it may prove to be more than they can handle, especially when their forbidden affair makes Ariya more vulnerable to the deceptive new enemy seeking to control her. Her grasp on reality will be tested and twisted as she battles to save James, her friends, and herself. Despite her determination, she may be faced with a pain greater than she ever imagined. Even the most powerful abilities have limitations, and this time, the power of her blood might not be enough to save those she loves most. If all else is lost, will Ariya survive?
* I was given an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Overall- Holy crap! I Loved this book!!! It really kept my attention throughout. There was plenty of action, mystery, romance and intrigue throughout that I didn't put the book down once!! I admit that I docked half a star though due to the first few chapters. I think the first few chapters are a bad representation of the rest of the book, instead of weaving the last books' story line into this book, I felt like the first couple of chapters were awkwardly reminding me what happened, and the flow felt a little off. This issue didn't last though, once we get to the first plot point in this book, the story line takes off, and truly captured my attention! Honestly though, I think the most difficult part of being an author-especially in a series- is figuring out how weave in the background without making it feel awkward, and in this instance, I don't think it detracted any in my overall feel of the book, or interest. I am so looking forward to the third book now, even more than I was the second!!!
I love the Ariya and James relationship, I can see how torn Ariya is over everything, and I feel just as torn! I love how the characters are so loyal and that friendship is such a major theme. It really makes me miss college and reminds me of all the good memories (though we didn't have vampires or werewolves where I went…that I know of!) COME ON BOOK 3!!!!!
Rating: PG 13
Overall: mystery, romance, adventure
Characters: Ariya, James, Riley, Caroline, Nick
Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont.? Yes
Book Boyfriend: James Riley and Nick.
Genre: New Adult /Paranormal/Vampires
Sex Scenes: Yes
|Rachel Melvin as Caroline|
|Aaron Tveit as James|
|Trevor Donovan as Riley|
|Dustin Milligan as Nick|
|Dianna Argone as Ariya|