REVIEW The Awakening.

TITLE. The Awakening
AUTHOR. Melissa A. Craven
PUBLISHER. Midnight Hour Studio
RELEASE DATE. March 31st 2015
PAGES. 440
GENRE. Young Adult, Fantasy

I’ve got this review through NetGalley, thank you Xpresso Book Tours/Midnight Hour Studio for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book.

Allie Carmichael has always believed life is simple.
You’re born. You live. You die.
She has no cause to believe that equation works differently for her, but there has to be a reason the world treats her like a pariah.
When an unexpected move to Kelleys Island brings Aidan McBrien crashing into her life, Allie is thrown by his reaction. He doesn’t shrink from her touch. He doesn’t stutter or make a quick exit. He smiles and welcomes her into his circle of friends, who aren’t exactly comfortable with Allie, but they seem to get her in a way most people don’t.
Finally, Allie has a real shot at normal and rides that high right up to her sixteenth birthday when she wakes in agony—an experience Aidan insists they have all faced. She struggles in ignorance, uncertain of what is real and what isn’t. When she emerges, Allie is different. She has always been different, but even among her extraordinary friends, she and Aidan are special.
As Allie struggles to maintain her tenuous grasp on the power that threatens to overwhelm her, she worries she will lose herself in this strange new world. A dangerous world where she will have to fight tooth and nail to defend the power and freedom that is her birthright.
…only Allie hates to fight.

DNF – 25%

So, this is the first book in the Emerge series, and so far there is only a novella released after this one and I have no idea if there will be a second book. And, to be honest, I do not really care..

The description of this book sounded quite interesting and I was curious what kind of supernatural creatures they would turn out to be. In the end, that was the only thing that kept me reading as far as 25%, because I did not like this book at all. 

Normally, I check some reviews on the book before I request it, and this book had a lot of positive reviews ! Like, after some searching I only found one negative review.. and it turns out, I completely agree with that one ! I just don’t get how it got so many positive recommendations. 

In Dutch, we have this saying: “Van de hak op de tak springen”, I don’t know if there is a saying about this in English, but it means that someone (or in this case the story) is constantly straying from one subject to the other, talking about all kind of things which don’t connect to each other at all. Which is exactly the right way to describe this story.
We go from one moment to the other without any connection. One moment she is here, the next she is over there.. without anything to connect it together. 

I found that very confusing and had a lot of “Wtf is happening!?!?” moments. Everything is just there in a moment and is just doesn’t make any sense or I don’t know how they got there to begin with ?

The same with the characters, all of the sudden she has best friends and two guys who are both fighting for her.. and I just don’t know how they got there or how it happened ? They are just there all of the sudden and best of friends.. Very weird and confusing. And well, I just don’t like reading a book like that.

This book is not for me, I find this way of writing very annoying and I’m more confused about what is happening instead of following the plot. Because everything just happens out of nowhere I got no connection at all with any of the characters or the story itself. I really dislike giving another bad rating so soon, but I cannot give this book more than 1 Freyja and I cannot recommend this book to anyone.


  1. Sorry you had to DNF this one. I'm not sure it would be for me either. I hate being too confused.

  2. At least I have one book less to read now XD

    A.S Damea @ Reviewing Dreamer


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