- File Size: 1087 KB
- Print Length: 332 pages
- Publisher: Full Fathom Five Digital (October 7, 2015)
- Publication Date: October 7, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B013XH2CTS
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- Word Wise: Enabled
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Awakening (The Dark Rituals Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Boring characters, boring story, and way too many contrasting thoughts and lines. I will not be continuing the series.
After a terrible loss, Colina sets out to find the Death Dealers, determined to have them teach her their dark magics so that she might get revenge on those who wronged her and her family. She finds Luke and Darla, a brother and sister who are Death Dealers. Luke is reluctant to teach Colina, but when trouble comes to his and Darla's doorstep he reluctantly agrees so that Colina can help him recover something that is taken from him. As they struggle to finish the necessary rituals, and enemies dog their every step, Colina and Luke also find themselves facing a growing passion. Colina will find that she has more to lose than she thought, and that revenge doesn't come without consequences.
I would rate this as a 3.5 for the majority of the book, with the ending having perhaps 4 stars because I did not see that coming. This book reminded me a little bit of Marie Lu's The Elites books in that the main character is a young girl forced to learn dangerous powers or magics and who is motivated by a burning need for revenge.
I found the beginning of this book to be much weaker than the end, and found myself enjoying it more as it progressed. The only thing I really disliked was the "instanta-like" the heroine felt for Luke, mostly because it felt inappropriate that she would be thinking such things so quickly because she truly should have had other things on her mind. I also felt that the characters were not as well developed as I like to see, however since this is the introductory book of a planned series (the second one comes out Oct. 14, 2015) I am willing to concede that the character development may be planned to be spread out over several books. The main character is not unlikeable, but I never really felt I connected with her. I also prefer when a book hows more than one perspective, but in this book we only get Colina's perspective. I always feel this limits the scope of the worldbuilding and limits my ability to connect, but that is merely a personal feeling! The quest they were on was original, and the world seems to be a good urban fantasy type where magic users live among non-magic users. We didn't get to see a lot of the politics involved in this segregated society yet, so I'm hoping to see more of that in book two. When the book started I was not feeling it, but by the end I was committed and I will be giving the second book in the series a try, especially since it comes out in just a couple of weeks!
There is action, suspense, and romance. I like romance in my books but I did feel Colina was a bit too focused on the romantic angst, considering her situation and how the two didn't know each other very well. Despite the "insta-like" that started their relationship, however, they did face several obstacles throughout that kept it interesting, and the ending included a major obstacle I am interested in seeing how it is resolved.
Major cliffhanger ending warning!
The cover looked so bad-ass that I had to read the blurb. I was captured. I needed to know what would happen next.
Colina’s life was destroyed in one fateful night and she loses everything, barely escaping with her life. Now, if she wants to survive, she must put her peaceful existence as a healer behind her and learn the dark arts of becoming a death dealer. The instant she meets Luke, she’s conflicted—he’s dark and moody and dangerous, everything her family warned her to avoid—so why can’t she get him out of her mind? As they struggle to stay one step ahead of the killers hunting them, she must pass three dark rituals or lose the one last person she’s come to care about…Luke.
The world building in this novel was fantastic. It’s unique and gritty and fascinating. Unfortunately, I didn’t like Colina as much as I would’ve wished. She was just too wishy-washy and full of tears for me to relate to her. Luke on the other hand captured me from the first page. I loved his need to do the right thing no matter what despite being a death dealer, not to mention his hotness. Unfortunately, I don’t think Colina was strong enough to match Luke. Not that all things were bad about Colina. I loved getting to know about her growing abilities. My disappointment stemmed that she wasn’t the least bit kick-ass. *bummer* It could’ve really made it a top-rate book. The ending didn’t go the way I would’ve wished. I won’t say that I was disappointed, but I had hoped for more of a happy ending. Though Colina wasn’t my favorite person, the world was fascinating enough for me to want to read further. I’m hoping she’ll continue to grow into a stronger character in the following books.
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Colina goes through some horrific trauma and the author portrays her going through PTSD in a such a raw way. It is a very realistic portrayal of someone going through so much pain at once. Colina undergoes quite the change as tragedy molds her into someone much stronger. I feel like witchcraft is portrayed exactly as it should be in this book, it doesn't come easy.
One thing I can say for sure is that this book is nothing like what I expected. I will be looking forward to more from this author.
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