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Awakening (The Geis Book 1) by [Dorrity, Christy]
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"AWAKENING is a wonder and a delight. Christy Dorrity is a talent to watch!"
- DAVID FARLAND, New York Times bestselling author of Nightingale


"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

Christy Dorrity lives in the mountains with her husband, five children, and a cocker spaniel. She grew up on a trout ranch in Star Valley, Wyoming, and is the author of The Geis series for young adults and The Book Blogger's Cookbooks. Christy is a champion Irish dancer, and when she's not reading or writing, she's probably trying out a new recipe in the kitchen.

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  • File Size: 3624 KB
  • Print Length: 300 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Mythic Studios (January 22, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 22, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F996AGU
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #790,798 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By James Duckett VINE VOICE on September 23, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I had no idea until I reached the end of the book that this was Christy's debut novel. It is well written and the editing is very clean. I can't think of the last time I've read a debut novel that was this polished.

Two things really stood out for me. First, the characters. I read so many books where every characters is a cookie-cutout from about two or three molds, but Christy did an excellent job of giving each character their own voice. Conversations went so well that she didn't really need dialogue tags to know who was talking (or, sometimes, not exactly talking...). If you do read this book, you are going to love Aunt Avril. Christy must have had a blast writing that fun character!

And the magic system was very unique and interesting. One of the better ones I've seen. It left me very intrigued. My only disappointment is that I wish we could have seen more of it, especially from McKayla, the protagonist. However, she sets up the ending very well for a sequel, which does seem to promise showing more of the magic system. I can't wait!!

Speaking of the ending... on the last chapter I was thinking to myself, "You know, it would be so cool if we saw x." (x is hidden to avoid spoilers) Well, she didn't give me x. She gave me x squared. Maybe cubed. Anyway, it far exceeded my expectations.

Bravo to Dorrity for writing such a brilliant debut novel and I'm looking so forward to what comes next in what promises to be an amazing series.
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I am officially a fan of Christy Dorrity! My all-time favorite series is Karen Marie Moning's Fever series. Awakenings has many of the qualities seen in Moning's work. An average girl gets thrown into an anything but average world. Her characters are intriguing and Dorrity's writing style makes it easy to relate to these individuals.

I love that Christy was able to take something she is passionate about and integrate it into her writing. It surprised me to discover this gem was Dorrity's debut novel. I found it extremely well written, well thought out, and well rounded. The only criticism I could give Awakening is that it was lighter on the magic than I would have expected.

I can easily see Awakening growing into a great series, and longer than a trilogy. It's got the intrigue needed to sustain it's momentum and I'm excited to see where it goes from here.

It's characters are believable and plausible. I find myself agreeing with the majority...Aunt Avril was a standout character for me. I enjoyed her quirkiness. The setting was appropriate, and I can't wait to see if Dorrity introduces the other world in future books. While it hints at romance, she does a wonderful job not overwhelming readers with long, drawn out descriptives.

If you enjoy the genre, you will certainly enjoy Awakening. Visit bookie-monster.com to read my full review.
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I found this novel a relaxing read. Aimed at older teens, it is not a cliff-hanger as such -which is great - but it is definitely awaiting its promised sequel. A bit predictable, perhaps, and lacking depth in characters but a good story nonetheless, perhaps more so for girls than guys.
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I loved this book!

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.
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I read a lot. I've delved into novels about Norse mythology, Egyptian mythology, greek mythology and more. I have never read a book that delved so much into Irish Mythology. I absolutely loved it. The characters were strong and had great development throughout the story. This book actually kept me guessing through the entire thing. Normally about half way through a novel I can predict the ending or at least foresee certain events. Not so with this book.

Looking forward to the next installment of the Geis series. Hope it comes soon!
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