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The Awakening (The Bloodlines Series Book 1)

The Awakening (The Bloodlines Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Apryl Baker
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Snap...crackle...pop. The sounds of bones breaking and shifting and of muscles tearing haunt Alexandria Reed.

For the last five years, Alex has been locked up at Compton Academy, a "school" for the emotionally challenged. She calls it the politically correct way of saying they’re all nuts and Alex has no doubts she’s insane. She comes home to Jacob's Fork to face the demons she left behind her after deceiving the doctors into believing she’s well. Soon after her arrival home though, news of her estranged mother's death brings her uncle back into her life and she and her brother, Jason, learn a terrifying secret about their family.

After questioning her sanity for the last ten years, she discovers the night terrors she's suffered for so long has become a reality. She and her brother are now being hunted because of the secret her family has killed to protect. Her world has been turned upside down, every belief she held true destroyed. Aided by her new friends, who have some dark secrets themselves, can she and Jason survive long enough to figure out the secret behind the secret?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 432 KB
  • Print Length: 203 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007ZY4ILG
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent!!! 5 May 2014
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Intriguing book, kept me wanting more, excellent read from start to finish. Suspense, romance, drama all in one. Brilliant book
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great story 28 Dec 2013
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This is an enjoyable read. An exciting tale of adolescents, teenage awakening and the added pressure of that awakening coinciding with the supernatural.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it 5 Sep 2013
By La
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I really like this author's style of writing and the storyline is pretty good, i really loved it and will read the next! Check out ghost files by her too!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good 5 Jun 2013
By Fiona
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Not my normal type of book but by the time i realised what it was about i was hooked. Look forward to reading more.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best YA paranormal romances I've read lately 10 Aug 2012
By Delsheree D. Gladden - Published on
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Losing her mother, losing her mind...Alexandria Nicolette Deveraux has overcome terrible trials in her life already. Unfortunately this is only the beginning. Alex is about to face down centuries-old secrets about her family that will bring not only danger, but truths Alex may not be able to survive, as well.

In, The Awakening, Apryl Baker combines mythical beings from across the world and mixes different mythologies together in order to create her cast of characters. At first glance, one might think a witch, a necromancer, a cursed gypsy, a shifter, and a Seer might be too much to pack into one book, but Baker blends them together seamlessly. The reader isn't inundated with everyone at once. I think this was key to handling so many different characters. The readers gets to enjoy the mystery of each character, seeing each one's secrets revealed at just the right time.

Alex's family is messed up, that's a given from the first few pages, but they're also hiding some deadly secrets as well. The mystery surrounding Alex's family secrets is very good, not only for the mystery itself, but also because for the timing of revealing each new bit of information. Alex's uncle shows up partway through the book, and it is clear from the beginning that he knows much more about what is happening than he is willing to tell. Baker let's the reader agonize over the knowledge that he's holding back answers long enough to drive you crazy, but not so long that it becomes irritating. The pacing of the mystery was well done. My only complaint about the mystery was that there could have been a little more lead-in to the final confrontation. I think the tension could have been increased with just a little more of a hint about who was behind the attacks.

Finally...the romance! As I mentioned in my post yesterday, the romance in The Awakening was fabulous. Definitely an emotional battlefield. Alex is so easy to relate to because she is struggling with the same things so many teen girls face in the form of rejection, starting over, family problems, heartache, and facing the unknown. Alex's trials happen to be a bit more dangerous than most, but still easy to connect with. This is especially true when it comes to Alex's feelings for Devon. Devon is impossible to figure out, but Alex knows she's meant to be with him. The fact that Devon won't let that happen sends Alex into an emotional tirade. What will really break the reader's hearts is when Devon actively tries to distance himself from Alex by dating another girl. Alex's absolute agony had me tearing up again as I read it this time. And that's really saying something because this is the fourth time I've read this book counting first drafts and revisions. This book has so much going for it, from a good mystery, fascinating characters, and a romance that will suck you in.

Would I recommend this book? Absolutely! I could turn around and read it again next week if I didn't have so many other books to review. Even after having read The Awakening several times I am still eager to read it again. I can't wait for the next book!

Who would I recommend this book to? YA readers of all types will enjoy this book. There are elements of the paranormal, fantasy, urban fantasy, and even mystery. Adult readers who are also fans of these genres will love the book as well. It definitely has crossover appeal. And of course, those readers looking for a great romance, pick up your copy today!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book that kept me entertained. 31 May 2012
By Amanda - Published on
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This was a decent book with an excellent concept that has a few problems. I'll pick up the next one and see what happens to these characters. I did enjoy it

The Good

There is plenty good about this book. I enjoyed the plot line with the various characters and their secrets. It did pull me in and I finished it in almost one sitting (I had to work for a few hours in the middle of the sitting). There were some twist and turns in the book that I didn't see coming and that was fabulous. Too many books these days are very predictable, and this didn't go where I thought it was headed.

The characters were really great. I loved the relationship between Alex and Jason. You could see his protectiveness of her and the sibling bond. I enjoyed the conflict between Morgan and Devin and the rest of the characters.

The Opportunities

There were a lot of proofreading errors. I saw in another review where the author was working on that. It did cause me to stumble over the book in areas.

I also felt there was some repetitiveness in the book. There was one part of the story (that tells of what happened to Alex on the day her mother left) that was repeated almost verbatim in the book. I actually stopped reading to make sure I hadn't accidentally set my Kindle back several pages. I also noticed that descriptions of characters were repeated throughout the book several times.

The arc of the book didn't seem fully formed. The main threat (or the climax) of the book didn't feel like it built through the story but was more forced out in the end. I also didn't feel the relationship building between the characters. That seemed told to us more than shown to me as the reader. The love was very quick and not explained. It just happened. I felt that the main story took a backseat to the love story. Conner and Sadie seemed like throw away characters. You learn a little about them, but they aren't essential. I'm wondering if the author does something with them in the next installment.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Mysterious! 13 Jun 2012
By Natasha House - Published on
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Alex finds herself coming back to her hometown where she faces her past with a brave face. Dealing with inner demons she battles her nightmares, her own insecurities, as well as a snobby girl who made her life miserable just before she was shipped to a school for the "emotionally challenged." On the first day back home she bonds with a group of friends who help her deal with her past. Alex holds a secret that is wrapped up in her nightmares as well as the mystery of her family's past.

Good Parts I loved
I really enjoyed Alex's sarcasm especially when she would think things like "no one smells like wet grass, Get a grip Alex." I found Alex's background very interesting, because she'd gone to school for the "emotionally challenged" that made me feel like she wasn't just the typical main character in all teen books. The mystery of Alex and her mother held my attention, the untold story of what happened to Alex when she was young. I loved the relationship between her brother and her, and their reliance upon each other with dealing with the abandonment of their mother. Though Morgan and Devon's relationship with her was sudden, I found Morgan to be a very sweet character that I loved. Very well written book overall! I think this author will go far. There are very few books that hold my attention all the way through, and The Awakening held mine the entire time.

Parts that I was unsure about
The grammar errors were something the author might want to work on, there were quite a few I spotted. I also was confused by the quick attachment she made with the different boys and her quick love of Devon. They seemed a bit too sudden. Also the nicknames that the boys gave her "Bessie Mae, and Cara" seemed to annoy me, because it was never explained why they called her that.
Overall excellent job! Intriguing characters and mysterious! Liked it!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story! 3 Oct 2012
By Haley Beasley - Published on
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Great story! Different from most things out there. It pulls you in. I couldn't put it down!! I'm definitely addicted to this series!:)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the awakening 7 Oct 2012
By star - Published on
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The awakening was a very enjoyable story. I enjoy this authors works and recommend her. Start with her first book.
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