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Dreaming Awake Paperback – January 3, 2012
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Gwen Hayes lives in the Pacific Northwest with her real life hero and a pack of wild beasts (two of whom she gave birth to). She is a reader, writer, and lover of pop culture (which, other than yogurt, is the only culture she gets).
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It has only been a short time since Theia came back from the Under and Mara is at it again and she will stop at nothing to get what she wants. Threats arise and the gang seem to be a little bit in shambles. Haden and Theia are keeping secrets from not only their friends but from each other as well.
The love between Theia and Haden is so powerful, magical and magnetic, it's the kind of love everyone wishes for but few ever get it. Everything is a total mess and they have to go through a lot in Dreaming Awake. However through it all they make it back to each other and I think a love like that is why this series is so captivating.
I am not going to lie, during some parts of this book I was like are you kidding me. I was frustrated and near the end of the book I was crushed; something happened that I did not see coming so I was more than a little upset. However Gwen did make it up for me by having a lovely ending.
I love this series so much and even though it does feel complete with the two books, I really wished I got at least one more book with Theia and Haden. I am telling you read this series, it is most definitely part of my favorite book collection.
Theia now has demon blood in her and she's trying to continue as if she was completely human. She manages to escape from Mara and Under, but that doesn't mean Mara won't go after her. As Theia starts to shut people out to protect them, things keep getting worse and worse.
Once again, the relationship between Theia and Haden had me smiling. I may have been a little put off by the insta-love in Falling Under, but in Dreaming Awake there's enough of a relationship there to make it wonderful to read. The only aspect I didn't enjoy was Theia's insistence on breaking up with Haden to protect him. I'm getting a little tired of Young Adult novels using this as a way to separate characters, instead of having them work on the relationship and its problems together.
Theia's best friends, Donny and Amelia, are still fantastic people in this novel. They don't let Theia ignore them or push them away. They tackle problems as a group, making sure they use their individual strengths to cover each other's weaknesses. They're some of the best written friends I've read in Young Adult fiction lately.
Varnie takes on an even more important role in Dreaming Awake and I loved him so much it hurt at times. Gabe is also a little more prevalent in this novel and I enjoyed reading about his and Donny's relationship and their struggles to be together yet not lose who they were and what they stood for.
Dreaming Awake is a fantastic novel that really delves into the consequences of the characters' actions in Falling Under. It makes the characters grow up and deal with the future they have written, while still maintaining a sweet, touching quality. Falling Under and Dreaming Awake are a wonderful pair of books that anyone who likes a touch of the supernatural mixed into the romance needs to read.