Author: Karice Bolton
Series: The Watchers #1
Publication Date: September 27, 2011
Alone in snowy, remote Whistler village, Ana tries to build a new life since losing her parents. With a cozy condo, a sweet-faced bulldog and an evening job to leave the days free for the slopes, life slips into a great routine. If only she could shake the guilt for not remembering anything about her parents and banish the night terrors that haunt her every dream.
On a whim, Ana goes out with Athen, a guy she's just met in the Grizzly Pub... The only problem is that she feels like she already knows him.
Within 48 hours of meeting Athen and his family, Ana's world implodes. She falls for Athen quickly and before she knows it, a past life begins to resurface. As thrilling as the revelations appear at first, she fights against the chilling information that Athen is from the underworld. Soon she begins to struggle as her own supernatural gifts are slowly unveiled, and she realizes that the nightmares she's been having might be premonitions and not dreams at all.
It is up to Ana to decipher between fact and fiction before it is too late, and her new love, Athen, follows in her same fate - one that is lost between two worlds.
Here is another book I went into somewhat blind. I wasn’t sure what exactly Awakening was about, so it was nice to really discover the story for myself. Bolton takes an interesting turn with a popular genre, and I actually enjoyed that. Awakening wasn’t mind-blowing, but it was a nice, quick read.
The story starts off with Ana working in a pub in a small Colorado village with no memory of her family or childhood. But her life completely changes when she has to serve a couple at the pub that seems to be so different, and leaves her feeling strange. It’s not just them, though, when another man joins them he throws her of guard too. Ari, Cyril, and Athen are connected to Ana in a way she could never imagine. At first I was skeptical of their extremely fast friendship with Ana, especially what I presumed to be a bout of “intsa-love” between Ana and Athen. However, as I kept reading, it became clear that there was actually a lot more to it. It did take some adjusting to how Ana was suddenly integrated with the 3 of them, but it makes sense once you know why.
Ana was a character I both liked and disliked. She was really nice and caring, and I liked how she at least questioned certain things. I would’ve liked her to be a little more persistent in her questioning, though And usually I don’t like male characters who come across as stalker-ish, but Athen felt genuine in his love for Ana. I really liked Ari and Cyril, Athen’s sister and brother-in-law. I think they added a good dynamic to the story.
There were some interesting aspects in this book that I really liked. For instance, what exactly Ana, Athen, Ari and Cyril are, how they can influence people, and how they are connected. I also enjoyed the mystery of Ana’s dreams and their connection to what was going on. Also, the ending added a great twist to the story, which definitely makes me want to read the second book.
Overall, Awakening is a light, supernatural read that is a nice start to an interesting trilogy. I plan to read the second book, Legions, very soon.
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