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Awakening (The Watchers Trilogy) [Kindle Edition]

Karice Bolton
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Book Description

Book 1 of The Watchers Trilogy
Paranormal Romance

Alone in snowy, remote Whistler village, Ana tries to build a new life since losing her parents. With a cozy condo, a sweet-faced bulldog and an evening job to leave the days free for the slopes, life slips into a great routine. If only she could shake the guilt for not remembering anything about her parents and banish the night terrors that haunt her every dream.
On a whim, Ana goes out with Athen, a guy she’s just met in the Grizzly Pub... The only problem is that she feels like she already knows him.
Within 48 hours of meeting Athen and his family, Ana’s world implodes. She falls for Athen quickly and before she knows it, a past life begins to resurface. As thrilling as the revelations appear at first, she fights against the chilling information that Athen is from the underworld. Soon she begins to struggle as her own supernatural gifts are slowly unveiled, and she realizes that the nightmares she’s been having might be premonitions and not dreams at all.
It is up to Ana to decipher between fact and fiction before it is too late, and her new love, Athen, follows in her same fate - one that is lost between two worlds.

REVIEWS


“The plot in Awakening is very intricate. There is an elaborate backstory and complex Nephilim lore. I found the take on angels really well thought out.” Giselle

“It was so different from the standard in YA right now that I am shocked to put it lightly. I really didn’t even see the ending coming and that cliffhanger, OH MY GOD!”

“Another thing I really enjoyed about this book is the author’s incredible use of imagery, from the snow on the ground and trees, to the crisp feeling of the cold air. Karice Bolton paints the most perfect holiday picture with words, making this a must read over the holidays.” Danielle

“I enjoy anything paranormal and a story about angels and demons is perfect. The suspense that is given through Ana’s dreams really kept me thrown off at wondering what is real and what was simply just a dream.” Heather

“Ana's emotions all make sense and feel very organic to her as a character, and early on in the book it was very easy to identify with her.” Kate(Urban Fantasy Reviews)


Awakening - Book #1 of The Watchers Trilogy
Legions - Book #2 of The Watchers Trilogy
Cataclysm - Book #3 of The Watchers Trilogy


Editorial Reviews

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"The plot in Awakening is very intricate. There is an elaborate backstory and complex Nephilim lore. I found the take on angels really well thought out." Giselle @ XpressoReads

"It was so different from the standard in YA right now that I am shocked to put it lightly. I really didn't even see the ending coming and that cliffhanger, OH MY GOD!" Moonlight BookReviews

"Another thing I really enjoyed about this book is the author's incredible use of imagery, from the snow on the ground and trees, to the crisp feeling of the cold air. Karice Bolton paints the most perfect holiday picture with words, making this a must read over the holidays." Danielle @ Bookwhore Blog

"I enjoy anything paranormal and a story about angels and demons is perfect. The suspense that is given through Ana's dreams really kept me thrown off at wondering what is real and what was simply just a dream." Heather @ Nightly Reading

"Ana's emotions all make sense and feel very organic to her as a character, and early on in the book it was very easy to identify with her." Kate @ Urban Fantasy Reviews

January 2012 B&N Staff Pick: Nook Books Under $5

About the Author

Karice Bolton lives in the Pacific Northwest with her awesome husband and two wonderfully cute English Bulldogs. She enjoys the fact that it rains quite a bit in Washington and can then have an excuse to stay indoors and type away. She loves anything to do with the snow and seeks out the stuff whenever she can.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1652 KB
  • Print Length: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Bulldog Press (November 30, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005R5GX9A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Book one December 30, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I was sad that this story didn't draw me in. My emotions and thoughts were surface level only. I can't blame it on the writing but I am thinking that maybe I have read one too many books with Nephilim/angels. The writing is detailed and that is what I like. However, in some parts of the story I felt that some of the transitions from one scene to the next were not smooth. I found myself halfway through and losing interest because of lack of action or romance at that point. I feel that the book got a little redundant at times and dragged in some places. It didn't hold my attention and I would put it aside and read something else. I did come back to it hoping to get some connection to the characters.

There was a lot of inner monologue on Ana's part but that is to be expected since she is the one reawakening to her old life. She has to figure things out and get memories back. Every time Ana would want to get close to Athen he would tell her to wait. There really was no explanation for this. This family that Ana was so happy to have wasn't very forthcoming with the info and I found myself getting frustrated. I would have liked to see some more chemistry between Athen and Ana.

Even though I wasn't engulfed with emotion for this book it had a good story line with an interesting take on angels. The explanation of dark demon v. white demon is one that I have not read before and found that to be the best part of the book for me. The ending was where I finally got interested. It had the emotion and action that I waited the whole book to see. The ending should lead nicely into the second book. If you like books that have angels as characters then you may choose to read this book. It wasn't for me but it may just be something for you.
*I received a copy for an honest review
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41 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Paranormal Read February 6, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Originally Reviewed at: Mother/Gamer/Writer
Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers
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Reviewer: Heather

Awakening is the first part of The Watcher's Trilogy where we meet a young woman named Ana. She works as a waitress in a resort town, but has no knowledge of her past accept a handful of newspaper clippings. Ana is frequented with disturbing nightmares that haunt her, no, torment her to no end. She knows not why these dreams occur until Athen enters into her life.

Athen, nor his family, are what they seem to be, and Ana quickly learns that she is a part of their world: the underworld. Athen has been searching for his lost soul-mate, Ana, since the demons erased her memory back in the 40's. Our main character struggles with this new-found knowledge that shakes her very core, and sends her into the realization that her nightmares are a reality. However, she is surrounded by love, friendship and most of all a family that would die for her. But can Ana learn to be a white demon again before it's too late? Will the Awakening process work, thus reuniting Athen and Ana again?

I'll be honest here folks. I wasn't entirely sure about this book when I realized it was about demons/Fallen Angels, and an intricate force of good versus evil with a race that is supposed to be punished by God. These characters - Ana, Athen and the rest - are the children of Angels that fell in love with human women. As punishment God forbid entry to heaven to the Angels that fell as well as their children, but what made the story unique was that not all the angels or children are evil.

This doesn't stop the race of white demons from doing good deeds, and helping to guide the human race to live their lives righteously.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NightlyReading Review January 6, 2012
Format:Paperback
Ana lives a lonely life. She only has one friend and no family to speak of. One night while working in the pub, a group of mysterious strangers turn her world upside down and what she finds is everything she has ever dreamed of, but at what cost?
This book really took me by surprise. I was not sure how much I would like it, but it turned out to be so much better than I had imagined!

The Family

I loved the fact that Ana had finally gotten the family that she deserved. I really enjoyed the times when all four of them were together, but, I would have to say that my favorite would be Arie. She kind of reminded me of Alice from Twilight. The sweet but knowledgable sister type that is everybody's friend. Except the bad guy.

The Romance

The romance was fairly quick to start and then it seemed to come to an abrupt halt. Ana and Athen had met quickly and were in each others arms fairly quickly, but, the romance basically went no further until almost the end of the book. I LOVED IT!!! The anticipation build up was perfect and actually kept me not wanting to put the book down.

Matilda

Okay, so I will admit it. Matilda was the only reason that I was interested in reading this book. Well, the paranormal aspect was good too..LOL I love bulldogs and as many of you know, I have recently lost mine, so, when I saw this book. I just had to read it. Matilda only plays a small role in the story, but it was enough for me to get my bulldog fix.

The Storyline

I enjoy anything paranormal and a story about angels and demons is perfect. The suspense that is given through Ana's dreams really kept me thrown off at wondering what is real and what was simply just a dream.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It was good
Published 2 days ago by Desiree Johnson
1.0 out of 5 stars WOW! What a great read! NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Let's just say, I've had better. The characters are not well thought out, they are too perfect even for being otherworldly. The writing is sub-par at best. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Kasey Sterling
2.0 out of 5 stars The beginning started out great. I was excited and intrigued to figure...
The beginning started out great. I was excited and intrigued to figure out what was going to happen. The whole book overall wasn't that bad. I wasn't a fan of the main character. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Janis R
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a pretty good story
I got this book just because I ran out of something to read and this was on the suggested list. I am glad I read it, the story is different, entertaining and captivating. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Lau
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Amazing!
Beyond captivating. The story line, the lost memories, the love between Athen and Ana is breath taking. Karice Bolton is a genius!
Published 11 days ago by Kati LeBlanc
5.0 out of 5 stars Dream
True Love holding on in a fantasy way. I would recommend this to people whom like love stories n hope.
Published 13 days ago by Rose
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
I enjoyed this. Series good story and cool characters
Published 13 days ago by Chris
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of my time
This book was very repetitive. I found it hard to finish. Juvenile and not very interesting. I will not read any other of her books.
Published 26 days ago by R. Ault
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor writing, CONFUSING, INCREDIBLE gaps in the plot and mid-sentence...
...make for an unending "book." I have never quit a book before but to waste another second on this book/series would nd unforgettable! Read more
Published 29 days ago by Kim
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
Knowing this is the first in a series helps curb the disappointment that set in when I finished. I enjoyed the spin on this enchanting and fast paced romantic read and look forward... Read more
Published 1 month ago by B.Kelley
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More About the Author

Karice received an MFA in Creative Writing from the U of W. She has written fifteen novels and has several exciting projects in the works. Karice lives with her husband and two English Bulldogs in rainy Washington.

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