What’s The Awakening about?
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Title: The Awakening by S.D. Vieau
Series: Wolf Creek Falls #1
Published by Self-Published on 28th March 2018
Genres: Paranormal Romance (PNR), Erotic
No. of Pages: 180
Witches, a guardian dragon, and sexy wolfshifters, Oh My!!
CARA WEATHERLY was a vivacious 24-year-old Vet Tech on the fast track to success. Focused on her future she never gave much thought about her childhood, until the death of her Grandmother changed everything. Learning she was a sun witch and having her once stolen childhood memories returned to her fractured and incomplete; Cara made the unexpected decision to uproot her life and move to Wolf Creek Falls. Plagued by dreams of her childhood and struggling with her shattered memories, Cara tries to control her rapidly returning powers.
From the second LUCIAN and LUCCA CALVETTI walked into her life, Cara was inexplicably drawn to them. At 6’2 with muscles to spare and molten amber eyes a girl could drown in, the brothers were hard to forget. Acting as if they had known her all her life, Cara couldn’t deny feeling the same way. Will Cara ever be able to piece together her fragmented memories? What else will she find waiting for her in Wolf Creek Falls?
********For Mature Audiences Only*** 18+years of age ********
***Can be read as a stand alone novel***
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Read: 9th – 17th May 2018
The Awakening is the début novel and the first book in a new paranormal romance series, Wolf Creek Falls. Set in the American town of Wolf Creek Falls it features an assortment of magical beings including fairies, witches, shapeshifters and dragons.
What did I like about The Awakening?
I requested The Awakening through NetGalley for a number of reasons. Firstly, the front cover caught my eye. You’ve got to agree, it is beautiful. The story description piqued my interest. Buried memories, secret magical powers and a couple of rather delicious brothers, yes, please. Finally, of course, I love supporting début authors.
Unfortunately, The Awakening didn’t turn out to be quite what I expected.
It was after reading the first half a dozen chapters that my enjoyment wained. I felt that if you removed the explicit sex scenes from this story, the way the characters thought and reacted to situations, how the plot evolved, the good sun witch versus the evil moon witch plus the general writing style throughout the book all screamed adolescent/YA genre. I am not a YA fan.
Having said that, as the first novel in a new series, what I could appreciate was the world-building.
I think it sets up the series nicely. The readers also get the first chapter of the next book in the Wolf Creek Falls series The Tree Of Light as a teaser at the end of this one. This is a lovely idea and a nice way to build up the anticipation.
If you’ve read any of my reviews before you’ll know that I do enjoy a HEA ending.
I wasn’t disappointed here. The baddie is bested (for now), the hostages rescued and the girl gets her guys. However, enough clues are revealed regarding Clara’s past and the mystery surrounding her family to lead on to book 2.
Was there anything I didn’t like?
Ok, I’ve already said that young adult stories are not my cup of tea. However putting that aside, there were a few other niggles not related to the YA genre that continually cropped up while reading this book.
The first relates to the prose used. There was too much description regarding the mundane activities in this book. I don’t need to read every detail. It slows the narrative down. For example, if a character is having a bath I assume it won’t be with their clothes on. An author doesn’t have to list every item (describing it in detail) that they remove. I found myself skim reading and getting bored.
The second niggle is that my eye picked up a lot of spelling, grammar and punctuation errors throughout the book. I understand that I read a NetGalley digital copy that obviously hasn’t been proof-read and I did try to ignore them. These errors just added to my overall struggle with this book.
Basically what I’m saying is…
I think that Ms Vieau has found a new niche. Erotic young adult. It wasn’t the book for me. However, I can see from the ratings received so far that plenty of readers are loving the mix.
Due to the explicit sexual content – it’s definitely very steamy at times – I’d rate this book 18+, I’d recommend The Awakening to adults who aren’t offended by content of this nature but are fans relationship/romance tales where the heroine goes on a journey of self-discovery within the paranormal YA genre.
Although THE AWAKENING (WOLF CREEK FALLS #1) was not the book for me, I hope my review still may encourage you to find out more? Just click on any of the links to check it out yourself.
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