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Wide Awake - Academy of the Fallen Series Kindle Edition
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- Book 1 of 4 in Academy of the Fallen (4 Book Series)
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More About the Author
Daniele started writing as a hobby, but it didn't take long for her to be consumed by her stories. That is her passion, and she now has several projects under way.
She also works at multi-media company, Rocket Science Productions, and studies digital cinematography at Full Sail University.
She enjoys watching hockey, playing Rock Band, Guitar Hero and spending time with the family.
Top Customer Reviews
I had high hopes for Wide Awake. The cover art was professional and the book blurb was intriguing. A main character that was adopted and would have some dealings with other worldly beings promised to be fast paced and engrossing. Regrettably, it did not take long for my hopes to be dashed.
Several things kept me from enjoying this novel. First, the author's vocabulary was simplistic (in the opening paragraphs the adjectives used to describe the main character's boyfriend and closest friends were: awesome, okay, great) and not very descriptive. Unfortunately the lack of detail kept me from getting to know, connect, or care about any of the characters, with the possible exception of the main character, Kayla.
Secondly, connections between characters, facts about events that occurred, and descriptions of the Otherworld were often vague, leaving me confused. For example, why isn't Chase welcome at the Academy? What characteristics do the Fallen have? What in the world is a Nephilim? The author "assumed" I'd know or understand what these character types were; they were never described or explained.
Lastly, an abrupt POV change in Chapter 28 (from Kayla's to Hunter's) and then back again in Chapter 34, left me feeling disconnected. Multiple point of views are fine, but should follow some kind of pattern.
Although the story premise had promise, in my opinion the author failed to deliver and I was left with more questions than answers.
Review Disclaimer: Book was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review.
Before I start this review, I just want to say WOW, isn't that cover lovely? This is what initially attracted me to the book. I love the cover! And as you all know, a great cover doesn't make a great book but this is the case, Wide Awake......is a GREAT book!
Kayla is a normal 16 year old girl who was adopted at a young age. She goes to school, has a crappy boyfriend and has a group of close friends. When Kayla starts seeing a teenage girl called Carolyn, she doesn't understand what's going on at first, well, not until she realises she can see ghosts and can command them at will. When Hunter, a handsome outcast at school reveals he can also see the ghosts, he and Kayla team up to try and help Carolyn but trouble suddenly arises when a dangerous threat gets in there way......revealing that the supernatural world is very much real and leaving Kayla in more danger than ever.
Wow! This book surprised the hell out of me. I'd actually spent three quarters of the book thinking that this was a ghost story. Of course, I've seen the title of the book but there was just no real indication of `The Fallen' but then WHAM! And suddenly I was thrown into The Fallen world and now I need to know more. From the first page, I was sucked into the deadly supernatural world that Daniele has created and then next minute, I'd finished the book. Honestly, it was that good.Read more ›
I loved this book. It is def a different take on something I have not read before which I like. It did not make me think of any other books, which is a problem that I have had reading some books lately. I definitely can't wait til the next book
The whole story started off with this creepy vibe, and the fact that Kayla is haunted really made me want to stick with it. Add to that the outcast hero, Hunter, who holds a considerable amount of mystery himself, and the story moved along in the same direction any teenage romance would, which is good. However, for all we do learn about what is really going on, we are left in the dark on so much more. What is the secret surrounding Hunter, exactly? That is the biggest question for me, and I feel like I was running around in circles, close but never able to figure it out. And there were other things I took issue with.
One problem for me was the considerable amount of typos and grammatical errors. No book is perfect, and I have made this clear in any review I have ever written where I run into this problem. Only if they are plentiful does it ever really bother me. Fact is, I was surprised that the author had an editor or was even traditionally published. The language the characters used was not how people really talk. There was a huge lack of contractions, which would have made it so much easier to read instead of jerky as it was. Punctuation was also a major problem, which affected readability. Finally, the so called cliffhanger was weak. Instead of, say, revealing Hunter's secret, we were left with *SPOILER ALERT* a confession that he "might" be in love with Kayla.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great book! Looks to be a start of a series. You won't be bored with it that's for sure. Read more
When I first started reading this I almost stopped, God I am happy that I didn't The book was good, really good. I can't wait to find out what happens next.Published 3 months ago by Bbates
I was surprised how easily I read this book. It's long but it's not scary long.
The dialogue was short and normal sounding. The story was gripping right away. Read more
I just finished finished reading book one Wide Awake and all I can say is this it totally not what I was expecting. Read morePublished 7 months ago by rach71
At first it was interesting, I don't like the protagonist. The story is not the norm and you think it's innocuous, but then it gets very very dark. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Mo
This story was good enough to keep me reading, but I have no desire to follow up with any more of this series.Published 12 months ago by Donna stevenson
Pretty well written and paced appropriately. Great read, and can't wait to see what happens in the next book.Published 14 months ago by malicm18
Ok so this book was quite a "roller coaster"?
Hell i'm not even sure how to explain all that I'm feeling towards this book, but I'll try. Read more
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