Thursday, December 29, 2011

The Dawn of A New Era

Published: October 11th, 2011
Awake at Dawn
By: C.C. Hunter
St. Martin's Griffin
ISBN-13: 9780312624682

Now that she’s settled in at Shadow Falls Camp, Kylie Galen’s determined to discover the extent of her supernatural abilities. But with a ghost insisting someone Kylie loves is about die, a rogue vampire on a murdering rampage, and her sixth sense telling her someone is watching her, Kylie’s quest for answers is quickly put on hold.
To make matters worse, just when she’s about to give her heart to Derek, a half-fairy, he starts pulling away. When Lucas, a werewolf with whom Kylie shares a secret past, returns, Kylie’s feels more conflicted than ever. Her weekend with her mom should have been the just the break Kylie needs, but it turns out to be her breaking point. Someone from the dark side of the supernatural world has plans for Kylie--and it'll take all her resources to get back to Shadow Falls alive...


   Kylie has finally begun to settle in at Shadow Falls, but she still feels like she doesn't quite belong.  Still unsure of what supernatural subcategory she belongs in, Kylie feels at loose ends.  She still has her friends Della and Miranda to try and help her figure it out.  Also, Kylie has decided to search for her birth father Daniel's biological parents, by finding his adoptive ones.  She's having a hard time tracking them down though.  Derek is confusing her and Lucas is still on her mind even though he's gone.  Kylie is also getting creeped out because someone's been following her and she has no idea who it is.  When she starts growing up and out overnight, she freaks out.  Her new super-strength is a little much to process.  Holliday is desperately trying to find funding to keep the camp open while rebuffing offers from Burnett, the vampire that she shares a mutual attraction with.  Kylie is in constant conflict, trying to keep the peace between her best friends Miranda (a witch) and Della (a vampire).  Oh and her cat Socks keeps getting transformed into a skunk - don't ask.  Her best friend from home, Sara, is ignoring her and she doesn't know why.  There's also a ghost trailing her, warning her that "she'll die if you don't save her."  Will Kylie find her grandparents, learn what she is and be able to save 'her', whoever that may be?  I did enjoy this book and I honestly loved the change in Kylie's relationship with her Mom (although the 180 did give me a little bit of whiplash).  The things that really bogged this book down for me were the constant crying jags, misunderstandings with Derek, problems (mean insults) between Della and Miranda, and the general angstiness of the book overall.  It definitely has sequel syndrome, but it kept me reading despite that.  I am going to read the next book and would still recommend the series to newcomers.
VERDICT:  3/5  Stars

*No money or favors were exchanged for this review. This book is now available in stores and online.*

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