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"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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The main female lead seems to have absolutely no backbone and even more odd, no curosity. "I am a vampire." says male lead. They have a little fight and then she takes a nap. Yeah. A nap.
Not a single question crosses her lips. Like when did this happen? Was it against your will. Who did this to you? How old are you? Do you have family? How do you live? Hey, how can you go out in sunlight? Do you really live forever? Will you age? Can you have children? (Sub annoyance, sex without condoms or even a discussion about it? Sera is a numbskull. Even with her "major issues" she can't be that stupid!-But she is. Sex over and over again without any protection or even a tiny discussion about it). How is it possible for a person to be so incurious?
Also the setting? A frat so that they have easy access to blood? Really? That is the answer? I kept wondering how old they really were... living with drunken teenagers would get old so quick. Sharing this disgusting and filthy house just to eat seems odd. No real privacy. Were they poor? Are they really attending college? Going to class? Did they have school loans? Fill out a FAFSA every year? Did they create new identities every 4-5 years and move to a new school?
They did not seem to work, so they must have some money. Why not open a nightclub (ready access to blood) and live like adults? With some privacy? Of course, they have the ability to cloud minds, so they could eat whenever they wanted and erase the memory so why the stupid frat setting?
The male lead? Don't really know a single thing about him. Where is he from? Where does he get money from? How did this happen to him? Etc. Is he so possessive cause he is a super jealous stalker type or is it some vampire thing? Who knows. Author leaves us in the dark. His friends defer to him...why? Is it just a friends thing?
Michelle/Jacob was odd. Not well done at all. Male lead can just "feel" things about female lead? Why? How?
Female lead agrees to provide blood to male lead without any real discussion about it. Just kinda goes with her gut. How often does he need to eat? What else can he eat? They can certainly drink alcohol. Just not well thought out.
Had to dump this book at the mountain/stuck in the snow. I had already given it 2 hours of my life that I cannot get back.
At least it did not cost me anything.
The book started off well enough, college girl who is a little reserved with boys and of course EVERY boy at the college wants her and she has no idea why. And then it is like invasion of the body snatchers or something. All of the sudden there are vampires- a crazy stalker ex that just won't let go, and of course the clichè trip to the winter cabin and the snowed in group of friends who will fear for their lives.
There are way too many similarities to Twilight that just bothered me to no end. I was not really a fan of Twilight per se- but I read it before it was huge- and I find now that many authors are trying to copy that formula and fail miserably at it- this `Awakened' is no exception. Seriously, it is like the whole Twilight Saga condensed into one book, with enhanced sex scenes and language.
I would go on and on about the problems of this book- but I feel that warrants more of my time and I refuse to give this lackluster piece of writing any more of my time.
I would not recommend this book to anyone- unless you want to re-read Twilight with heightened sexuality- but be warned, you may curse yourself when it finished...
Warning: High levels of sexuality, including descriptive sexual writing
This book is problematic. I thought this would be a Kindle freebie that I would finish, but the first three chapters made my head hurt from an array of different problems. I'll just list out some things that I highlighted from my notes and describe why I feel confident that this not novel is not for me (but you made love it, so don't let my opinions sway you!).
"Not to mention there would be plenty of girls here tonight. Plenty of easy, drunken girls."
I get it, dude, you are a horny college male trying to live it up, but can you not think sleazy, degrading thoughts about women in your opening POV. I'm not rooting for you and I definitely don't think you are a gentleman upon reading this quote. Granted, he doesn't seem to be on the prowl to take advantage of these "easy, drunken girls", but I still don't like this douche.
You know that really annoying popular trope where the main heroine is the most special snowflake in comparison to all the special snowflakes in paranormal literature. This is no different.
"I don't know; there's something about her, something that I can't put my finger on, or describe. Something different."
This is aforementioned douchebag's friend describing our heroine and why he hasn't attempted to have sex with her because she's different and gives a weird vibe.
I don't even care or feel the urge to know why she's so different because I just hate this trope so much.
Special Snowflake Names. Some fantasy heroine's have weird names, but I believe that it adds elements to the world in showing the differentiating concepts of our world and another. Paranormal romance novels, whether they are YA or adult, usually either have a mundane human name or some over-the-top dictionary picked name. Another name can be added to the list of what-were-these-parents thinking? list is Serendipity. That's right, folks, our heroine is named Serendipity, but prefers to go by Sera. Sera not Sarah or Sara, but Sera. Please don't associate this absolutely ridiculous name with mine. The joke is made in a conversation when douchebag and Snowflake meet where the DB makes the comment of her name Sera being unusual and she has to prove to him how special she is by saying that's not my full name, here's my absolutely ridiculous name to prove how different I am from the rest of human society. I AM NOT LIKE OTHER FEMALES, but don't notice me because I'm not special.
The basic concepts of grammar are thrown out the window. Here are some examples of why you should proofread before publishing, "To loud to talk" "You too Kathleen." I'm sure there are more, but these are so easy to fix and it's unacceptable that they weren't because as a writer you should know the difference between to and too as well as when it is necessary to use commas. Also, it's alright not all right! Seriously, it's not hard to distinguish the difference.
The portrayal of jealous women is a problem. Our special snowflake has a bestie who is more outgoing and enjoys going to parties. She also has a friend who is the complete opposite and is portrayed as an ice queen. As the party progresses throughout the night, the ice queen friend does a complete 180 and decides to approach Snowflake as she's leaving with Douchebag,
"I've never known you to leave a party with someone, has Kathleen finally succeeded in making you a slut?"
I'm sorry, what?! This girl thinks it's okay to call her friend a slut because the guy she wanted to go home with preferred her friend. Not only that, but she goes to apologize and stupid drama ensues. I just don't get the point of having this "friend" be apart of the story if she's only there to be vilified and slut shame whoever she disagrees with. It does nothing for the story and I hate reading girl-on-girl hate that promotes slut shaming.
I'm parting ways with this novel. Hopefully someone else enjoys it a lot more than I did.