Book: Awakening by Karice Bolton
Book Info: Published by Purely Persistent; 220 pages; purchased for my Nook
Genre: YA: Paranormal- Angels
Goodreads.com Summary: 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.
I really struggled to get through this book. I liked the angel lore, but the story seemed confusing at times.
I really felt like I was missing part of the story, like all the parts we needed were edited out or something. It did feel like a lot of it was filler, and I kept waiting for something interesting to happen. The love story was pretty unconvincing too. There’s no explanation about what happens to Ana’s parents and how she ended up in Whistler with her own condo while working at the diner.
We were told what was happening, which made it hard to be engaged with and care about what was going on. I didn’t feel like I was present to what was going on. And the characters were really bland. I just didn’t care about them, and I certainly didn’t care that Athen “died” at the end.
Everything just felt so forced, and that is why I have to give a 1 out of 5. Interesting idea, but unfortunately, it didn’t keep me interested.