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Birthrights: Book One of The Awakening Trilogy Paperback – August 1, 2011

4.1 out of 5 stars 97 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Awakening Trilogy Series

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About the Author

Christine M. Butler was born into the life of a military brat in Dec. 1975. She has been a soldier, a prison guard, wife, mother, store manager, and an editorial assistant for a local newspaper. All of it has been fodder for her creative mind. She currently resides in South Carolina with her children and a very wild lion-head rabbit named Mr. Fuzzy Bumpkins. Christine's first book, Birthrights and the bonus edition (which includes 3 bonus short stories) are available now! She also has a short series, The VooDoo Follies, that is underway. The Source, part one of The VooDoo Follies, is available online now. Christine is also a book blogger. To check out her book reviews or to find out more about Christine or her books head on over to www.moonlitdreams.org
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Moonlit Dreams (August 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615499600
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615499604
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,789,427 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. Paul on June 6, 2011
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In Birthrights you will find Vampires, Lycans, Werecreatures, Witches, Fae's and the like, co-existing in a parallel world to that of us mere human's.

In the beginning something goes terribly wrong (no spoilers here) and Caislyn sets out determined to find her missing parents. The family lawyer and others believe them dead, but Casilyn refuses to believe it. In her quest to find them she joins forces with Jax, a very strong individual who is just beginning to learn what she is fully capable of.

The two main characters in this story come across as being very relatable to the reader. As I read along, I found myself nodding my head as the character's mannerisms and quirks felt real. I know someone like that...

I also felt as though I was fighting and struggling right alongside the two main characters. Oh, and there's that troublesome, meddlesome vampire who... well I don't want to give anything away.

All in all, I found this book to be an entertaining read which left me wanting more.
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Don't you hate when you get to the end of a book, and you are so into it, that you find yourself checking to make sure there are no more pages to read!? This is what happened to me at the end of Birthrights. The extreme detail, and the vivid description of each character and creature ranging from Feys to Lycans to Weres to Vamps, and last but certainly not least in this story -Witches-, left me feeling like that author is indeed a witch herself -living among us in our human world-. How else could she have written so specifically about the many different powers that each of the character had, their way of life and the story behind it? *Shaking my head in awe*

In my mind, I was living the story with the two main characters -Caislyn and Jaxon-. I laughed with them through their discoveries, and my heart went out to them at their human like need to search for answers to what had happened to the both of them that brought them to the point in the book. By the end, I found my self wishing that the second book in this trilogy was already out so that I keep on reading. I want more! More answers, more story, more Witches!

With so many books out here today focusing on the Vampire world, I was pleasantly surprised to see how the author -Christine Butler- incorporated `Vamps' in such a way that they played more of a background role throughout. I, personally have never fallen in love with a Witch story like I did this one, and it has really opened my mind to wanting to check out more book like this.

I can only imagine what Caislyn and Jaxon have waiting for them in book 2 of the Awakening trilogy, and I'm anxiously waiting for its release in September 2011!
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The story is unique and almost enough to make up for the horrendous errors in grammar, punctuation, and spelling. It's as if the author wrote it without even rereading it, much less editing it. High school English teachers would not give this writing a good grade. Also, the dialogue between the characters was frustrating at times, and left much to be desired.

That being said, I did really enjoy the characters and the story. It moved at a good pace, the story was interesting and exciting, and it was overall a good read.

I would NOT pay for these books again; wait until they are free, or the author does some serious editing.
It was really frustrating to read through something so rough, especially since I paid for it. The story would be so much better if you didn't have to work so hard to read it.
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I rather enjoyed reading this instalment of the trilogy and will certainly consider reading the others. The plot is entertaining and is unmasked at a decent pace so you won't be snoozing. However, the book would be a great deal more palatable if it received serious editing; basic spelling and grammar throughout was poor, the dialogue sometimes went into decline where it became almost "tweenish", and there were occasional hiccoughs in the flow. (Had visions of the authors rushing to meet a deadline thus neglecting the finer points of writing). All in all though, it was an entertaining read if you can stomach the poor editing - hope the others are an improvement on this.
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I did not finish this book. When I realized I was 87% complete and still unable to follow the storyline because of the bad writing I gave it up.
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"Birthrights" (The Awakening Trilogy) is the first book in this series by authors Christine M Butler and Jennifer L Oliver. This Kindle e-book was a 383 Kb download and was free at the time of writing this review.

SPOILERS... general theme, no specific details revealed

A young witch (Caislyn) has just had her both parents (also magical inclined) disappear under somewhat unusual and disturbing circumstances. In her ongoing attempts to learn of their whereabouts she makes some intriguing discoveries and a few new friends and enemies along the way.

END SPOILERS

The Pros:

1.) a superb beginning... tense, exciting and full of promise for a great fantasy read.

2.) cover art... an attractive, appealing cover. Caught my eye and esthetically seem to nicely portray the story within.

3.) action scenes were well written with a nice sense of timing, pace and description.

The Cons:

1.) dialogue... often came off with a feeling of being force and contrived.
Many of the conversations between Cais and Jax had a silly school girl quality, bordering on the inane. This one major and recurring flaw gave the entire work a Young Adult feel.

Conclusion:
A story that started off very well and appeared to have great potential. However, conversations between characters left me feeling that this was a book intended for a tween female fantasy audience.

I gave up on this book about 1/2 way through.

2 Stars

Ray Nicholson
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