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Awakening (The Geis Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Christy Dorrity
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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Book Description

“AWAKENING is a wonder and a delight. Christy Dorrity is a talent to watch!”
- DAVID FARLAND, New York Times bestselling author of Nightingale


. . . because some Celtic stories won’t be contained in myth.

A little magic has always run in sixteen-year-old McKayla McCleery's family—at least that’s what she’s been told. McKayla’s eccentric Aunt Avril travels the world as a clairvoyant for the FBI, and her mother can make amazing delicacies out of the most basic of ingredients. But McKayla doesn't think for a second that the magic is real—it’s just good storytelling. Besides, McKayla doesn’t need magic. She recently moved to beautiful Star Valley, Wyoming, and already she has an amazing best friend, a solo in her upcoming ballet recital, and the gorgeous guy in her physics class keeps looking her way.

When an unexpected fascination with Irish dance leads McKayla to seek instruction from the mute, crippled, janitor at her high school, she learns that her family is not the only one with unexplained abilities.

After Aunt Avril comes to Star Valley in pursuit of a supernatural killer, people begin disappearing, and the lives of those McKayla holds most dear are threatened. When the janitor reveals that an ancient curse, known as a geis, has awakened powers that defy explanation, McKayla is forced to come to terms with what is real and what is fantasy.

A thrilling first novel, Awakening is a gripping contemporary fantasy, based in Celtic mythology that is rife with magic, romance, and mystery.

Amazon #1 Bestseller in Teen & Young Adult Mysteries & Thrillers

"Dorrity invites her readers to a céilí that will quicken the pulse of anyone with Ireland in their blood! AWAKENING will draw you deep into the mysteries of the Celtic worldview—and leave you wanting more of McKayla and her fascinating Aunt Avril!"
- KERSTEN HAMILTON, author of Tyger Tyger and the Goblin Wars books

"I thoroughly enjoyed AWAKENING, a captivating and unique debut novel that creatively integrates Irish dance."
- CHRIS NAISH, Riverdance member and Creative Director of Fusion Fighters Irish dancers.

5 stars: "AWAKENING is an exciting mashup of fantasy, action-adventure, and mystery, with a touch of romance thrown in for good measure."
- KATE MCCURRY, top 100 Amazon reviewer

5 stars: "I can't think of the last time I've read a debut novel that was this polished. . . it far exceeded my expectations."
-JAMES DUCKETT, top 1000 Amazon reviewer

5 stars: "I could not put it down.The ending was so perfect. I wish it was coming out tomorrow so I could just finish the series."
- R.K.GROW

Awakening is a clean young adult fantasy
Language: None
Violence: Moderate
Sexual Content: Low to None


Editorial Reviews

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"AWAKENING is a wonder and a delight. Christy Dorrity is a talent to watch!"
- DAVID FARLAND, New York Times bestselling author of Nightingale


"Dorrity invites her readers to a céilí that will quicken the pulse of anyone with Ireland in their blood! AWAKENING will draw you deep into the mysteries of the Celtic worldview--and leave you wanting more of McKayla and her fascinating Aunt Avril!"
- KERSTEN HAMILTON, author of Tyger Tyger and the Goblin Wars books

"I thoroughly enjoyed AWAKENING, a captivating and unique debut novel that creatively integrates Irish dance." 
- CHRIS NAISH, Riverdance member and Creative Director of Fusion Fighters Irish dancers.

About the Author

Christy Dorrity lives in the mountains with her husband, five children, and a cocker spaniel. She grew up on a trout ranch in Star Valley, Wyoming, and is the author of The Geis series for young adults and The Book Blogger's Cookbooks. Christy is a champion Irish dancer, and when she's not reading or writing, she's probably trying out a new recipe in the kitchen.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2995 KB
  • Print Length: 300 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Mythic Studios (January 22, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F996AGU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #707,915 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic debut novel September 23, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I had no idea until I reached the end of the book that this was Christy's debut novel. It is well written and the editing is very clean. I can't think of the last time I've read a debut novel that was this polished.

Two things really stood out for me. First, the characters. I read so many books where every characters is a cookie-cutout from about two or three molds, but Christy did an excellent job of giving each character their own voice. Conversations went so well that she didn't really need dialogue tags to know who was talking (or, sometimes, not exactly talking...). If you do read this book, you are going to love Aunt Avril. Christy must have had a blast writing that fun character!

And the magic system was very unique and interesting. One of the better ones I've seen. It left me very intrigued. My only disappointment is that I wish we could have seen more of it, especially from McKayla, the protagonist. However, she sets up the ending very well for a sequel, which does seem to promise showing more of the magic system. I can't wait!!

Speaking of the ending... on the last chapter I was thinking to myself, "You know, it would be so cool if we saw x." (x is hidden to avoid spoilers) Well, she didn't give me x. She gave me x squared. Maybe cubed. Anyway, it far exceeded my expectations.

Bravo to Dorrity for writing such a brilliant debut novel and I'm looking so forward to what comes next in what promises to be an amazing series.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Officially a fan! January 17, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I am officially a fan of Christy Dorrity! My all-time favorite series is Karen Marie Moning's Fever series. Awakenings has many of the qualities seen in Moning's work. An average girl gets thrown into an anything but average world. Her characters are intriguing and Dorrity's writing style makes it easy to relate to these individuals.

I love that Christy was able to take something she is passionate about and integrate it into her writing. It surprised me to discover this gem was Dorrity's debut novel. I found it extremely well written, well thought out, and well rounded. The only criticism I could give Awakening is that it was lighter on the magic than I would have expected.

I can easily see Awakening growing into a great series, and longer than a trilogy. It's got the intrigue needed to sustain it's momentum and I'm excited to see where it goes from here.

It's characters are believable and plausible. I find myself agreeing with the majority...Aunt Avril was a standout character for me. I enjoyed her quirkiness. The setting was appropriate, and I can't wait to see if Dorrity introduces the other world in future books. While it hints at romance, she does a wonderful job not overwhelming readers with long, drawn out descriptives.

If you enjoy the genre, you will certainly enjoy Awakening. Visit bookie-monster.com to read my full review.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
First off, I just loved the cover the first time I looked at it. It truly grabs your attention! Christy's husband designed it and he did a fabulous job.

Awakening has a fantastic lead character in McKayla. She is a very bright and bold character. Her love of dance in this novel is almost contagious. Her feelings were written so clearly that you experienced everything with her. I wanted so much for things to work out for her as she was going through so many hard things.

The most outstanding character would have to be crazy Aunt Avril. I loved her! She was everything that McKayla needed in her life right now. She is one of the most colorful characters I have read in a long time! I also thought the mysterious and sometimes strange janitor, was a wonderful addition to this book.

One thing I loved about this book is how it starts out as just a normal book about a teen girl. Then it becomes a murder mystery, and then the paranormal comes into play. It truly has something for readers in all genres. Awakening has great action scenes and very heart warming scenes too. I love the addition of the Celtic Mythology to the story and the Irish Dancing. I wish I could dance! The author also is an Irish Dancer. This was evident from the great descriptive writing about McKayla's very emotional dancing scenes.

The most amazing thing that will blow readers away after reading Awakening, is knowing that this is Christy's debut novel! It does not feel like a first novel. Her writing is smooth, characters are rich,and the storyline and plot are full and engaging.

I'm very excited to see what comes next for all of these characters. You will be hooked and wanting to read more. If you like to read YA paranormal fiction, with a lot of mystery and some romance thrown in, Awakening will keep you in your seat reading until the very end.

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun read. September 19, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed this one. The author used Irish dancing as a doorway into the broader world of Celtic mythology, which I loved. She also obviously knew her setting very well.

The quirky Aunt Avril made me happy. I love characters that are quirky without being over-the-top. I also love the scene where McKayla first sees the janitor dance. Actually, all the descriptions of dancing were fantastic, and I could really relate to McKayla, who was pulled to Irish dance even though her background was in ballet. My training is almost all in Ballroom, but I've always been drawn to the energy of Irish dance, and I'm just waiting for the day when I have the chance to finally try it.

I thought McKayla was a very believable teenager. The things she noticed, the way she acted, and the way she sometimes just didn't quite catch on to the subtleties of relationships with people around her, even when her magic abilities started giving her clues about that. I'm glad she didn't start suddenly knowing everything, because that, for me, would have taken away some of the very real struggles of being a teenager. I did appreciate, however, that it was all handled without excess drama--I can't handle books that get too 'teen angsty' on me.

I would have liked a little more from the villain; I didn't feel like I got much insight into her personality, so it was kind of hard for me to understand/sympathize with why she did things the way she did. From the way it ended, though, I think the next book will probably get more into that, and since the heroes were developed more in this book, maybe the focus will be more on developing the villains in the next installment.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm awake!
Nicely written story. I enjoyed this adventure and look forward to more. Young adult fiction/fantasy can be fun even for those of us who are not so young.
Published 1 month ago by C. Pratt
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this storyline
I loved this storyline, from the beginning the unique way she spun her tale held my attention. I love how she used Dance and Song in the way she did. Read more
Published 1 month ago by TypicalYankGirl
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
good
Published 1 month ago by bridget paquette
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read.
A surprisingly good debut book. An excellent YA book. I enjoyed this story and can't wait for the sequel. Keep up the great writing Christy Dorrity. A new fan from Gillette, WY.
Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
I love books that pull me into a new world of fantasy. Christy Dorrity did exactly that. I hope to read more from her soon!
Published 2 months ago by dawn warnick
5.0 out of 5 stars For Celtic Mythology and Irish Dance Lovers!
I loved this book!

This book was so different from anything I have ever read.

Apparently, after reading the author's bio, I learned that she grew up in the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by lisa
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good book
Published 4 months ago by Iambas
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly Surprising!
This novel was such a pleasant surprise to me. I picked it up drawn a little to the blurb, then I read a little of it and decided to take a chance on it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by bluecastlewaters
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good!
This definitely left me wanting more - in a good way. I loved the characters and plotline. I can't wait to read more by Christy.
Published 5 months ago by Pamela Hall
3.0 out of 5 stars I liked it.
I liked it, but I did not love it. It's hard to put a finger on it, but I felt something was missing. I thought the premise and characters were good. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Douglas Braford
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Christy Dorrity lives in the mountains with her husband, five children, and a cocker spaniel. She grew up on a trout ranch in Star Valley, Wyoming and is the author of The Geis series for young adults and The Book Blogger's Cookbooks. Christy is a World Champion Irish dancer and when she's not reading or writing, she's probably trying out a new recipe in the kitchen.

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