Rating: 5 Stars
Genre: YA Paranormal
Release Date: October 2, 2012
Blurb: The sacrifices we make have the power to shift the very fabric of who we are, and ultimately who we are meant to be…
After learning of her true destiny as the intended Leader of the Tydes, Anastasia Whitman must now embark on a perilous quest to the Underworld before the age of eighteen in order to plant the seed of immortality and complete her essence to become a true Sea Goddess.
But before she can make her legendary journey, an unexpected new student transfers to Lorelei; initiating a sequence of events that will unravel Stasia’s new life, and test the boundaries of her relationship with the mysterious, dark, and sexy Finn Morrison.
The line between the Underworld and the Living begins to blur as gruesome ghosts, morbid reveries, and pure evil haunt her waking hours as well as her sanity.
Once the details of Finn’s own startling destiny are revealed, the dangerous secrets he’s been hiding will threaten the very love Stasia believed to be indestructible. As time begins to run out, she will be forced to choose between the one she loves and the destiny she cannot escape.
*HERE is my review of Forsaken, the first book in the Daughters of the Sea series.*
After obsessively completing Forsaken, the first in this series, I was anxiously awaiting Awaken's release...and Kristen Day did not disappoint. Another beautifully written, intriguing, and well-developed novel that goes much deeper than the first.
Awaken began right where Forsaken left off. Stasia is preparing for her venture to the Underworld while simultaneously building her relationship with Finn, going to school, and keeping her adoptive parents in the dark about her new life.
While practicing, Stasia's powers continue to grow and reveal themselves, giving her the opportunity to learn much more about her past. And she's caught the eye of creepy Nadia, the Princess of the Underworld, who stalks and abuses Stasia in her reveries. Nadia is clearly a villan, though the extent of her nature is slowly uncovered throughout the book.
I was really hoping to uncover more about Finn in this book, and although we learn a bit about him, he is absent in the second half of Awaken. Interestingly enough, I enjoyed the journey that Stasia has without him and it gives her the opportunity to grow on her own, without complete dependency on Finn.
I cannot WAIT until Chosen is released - shame on you for that cliffhanger! ;) Awaken is an amazing story with honest characterization, and beautiful imagery. I continued to adore Day's unique paranormal additions and her ability to constantly keep you flipping pages. Most definitely add this one to your library!
About The Author:
About The Author:
Kristen Day is a southern belle at heart with a crazy streak that desperately tries to escape at every opportunity. She loves all things nostalgic, rustic, and quirky. She’s been told she sees the world through rose-colored glasses, but she prefers to think of them as kaleidoscope glasses - swirling and morphing reality into something she can digest (who hasn't pretended those pasty lima beans were really kiwi strawberry jelly beans?).
She is the author of the DAUGHTERS OF THE SEA trilogy, which includes FORSAKEN, AWAKEN (Oct 2012), and CHOSEN (Winter 2012). She loves all books, but really enjoys writing young adult, paranormal romances. She’s loved to write for as long as she can remember. Her first published work was her poem RED in second grade (you guessed it - it was a poem about the color red - life altering, right?) that won her 5 gold stars and a spot in her elementary school's poetry book. That's when her addiction to the written word officially began. She was the only kid in fifth grade that actually enjoyed diagramming sentences. Go ahead and laugh - its okay.
When she’s not writing she’s making jewelry, painting, feeding her addiction to sweet tea, watching the Discovery Channel, or going on random adventures in the mountains of North Carolina with her amazing husband. She was born in Boone, NC and graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in Marketing in 2001.