Awakening: Book One of the Geis Paperback – September 24, 2013
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"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
- Item Weight : 10.4 ounces
- Paperback : 300 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1940427029
- ISBN-13 : 978-1940427027
- Publisher : Mythic Studios, Inc. (September 24, 2013)
- Product Dimensions : 5.24 x 0.63 x 7.99 inches
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,487,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 same town that she wrote her book about, and she is a champion Irish dancer, which is why her lingo for the dancing was accurate, which really placed you into the novel because the author really knew her stuff. No flaky descriptions. This was well written.
So on that note, if you don't care for Irish dancing, or Celtic mythology, then this book might not be for you. Like I said before, I have never read a book like this, but I loved it. It was amazing.
Our protagonist is a teenage girl, McKayla. She loves to dance, has a typical high school crush, sweet best friend, loving family, and crazy aunt. But McKayla is special. Strange things are going on, and through the help of McKayla's gifted aunt, she learns of her own special abilities. A creepy woman is sneaking around town and has a foul purpose that McKayla's aunt is trying to unearth.
There is just something so unique about this story. The author focuses a lot on dance and the emotions behind it. A mysterious lame janitor has a remarkable ability to dance, and McKayla is drawn to him and the emotion behind his moves.
The scary lady keeps showing up, and circumstances become dangerous. We never really learn anyone's motivation right away. I think that is why I was drawn. I feel that the protagonist's own emotion at discovering her music and her new gift pulled me along.
Until all of a sudden, disaster strikes, and that's when I knew I loved this novel. Hero's emerge, magic reveals, and the mysteriousness blossoms. I hope you like banshees. They are in this novel, and it is cool and scary. The author brought in the element of mythology and a whole other world. Oooo, and there is a dragon. I think that gives too much away. But the novel is so magical. I think that some readers might be put off by all the dancing, but it only made the novel better. The dancing was a way for the main character to learn her abilities, so for me, it worked, and I grew with the character.
I will most certainly be reading the next books and checking out more by this author.
Written very well, smooth language, quick read. Clean read. Great for 13 year olds and up.
It also jolted me initially that the point of view switched back and forth between first person from a teen perspective to third person omniscient. Once I got used to it, though, it didn't bother me much.
Overall, I liked the story, thoughI kept waiting for it to grip me a little tighter. About half way through it did, and then it didn't let go! A worthwhile read for YA/paranormal/sweet romance fans all the same.
I felt like I was given a gift when I began reading this yesterday. The adventure only got better today when I finished. It's an easy read, only taking a few hours, but for those few hours I found Christy had raised the bar when it came to writing the right combination of magic/adventure/clean romance. I hope the world's authors are cursed with the same inspiration she has and that they will never recover!
One of my favorite things is how she wove mystical adventure in the modern world without entering a world of moral compromises. This book proves that you can write a book without pushing the moral compass to point to sex. It was also refreshing to read a book where teens aren't potty-mouthed selfish deviants.
This book, the debut story from Christy Dorrity, is a great story. I don't usually feature a lot of YA on my blog, because I do review quite a few books that are targeted to 18+, however I must say, I cannot wait for book two: Displaced.
McKayla is an average 16 year old girl, with a baby brother Benji and an eleven year old sister, Zoey. However things are not as they appear. Once Aunt Avril appears on the scene, average is the last word you would use to describe 'Kayla (as Zoey calls her).
There is so much that I want to tell you, but as my favorite character in Doctor Who says, "Spoilers!"
Check out this amazing YA debut novel today!
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They say not to judge a book by its cover - but I LOVED both cover and novel!!!
The characters become so alive and real through wonderful writing and storytelling. It is set in America and is a mystic tale of celtic mythology that left me spellbound. I was completely enraptured from beginning to end and couldn't put it down. It has everything: romance, mythology, adventure, triumph and Irish dance (though you don't need to know about it to love the book).
I cannot recommend this book highly enough. I cannot wait for the second book in the series!