Morning Mortals! Today I’m reviewing a book that I almost passed by when I saw it up for request on Netgalley. I’m beyond glad that I didn’t as Awoke turned out to be an enjoyable read! If you’re into awesome protagonists, diverse authors and characters and a bit of the paranormal then you should enjoy this book!
Katya leads a normal life any teenager would be envious of – popular, pretty and dating the high school elite. Not she enjoys the spotlight, mind you. She wants everyone to believe she is normal.
But when Katya sees the real reason behind the earthquakes plaguing everyone in Boston, the truth rattles and shatters the perfect normal illusion Katya created for herself. An ability to see unearthly creatures and manipulate waves of life energy labels her as anything but normal. And it’s an ability that attracts unwanted and dangerous attention.
She reluctantly finds herself in the company of Gregor, a handsome member of an international spirit military team called the Kyrios. Her simple decision to help thrusts Katya in a world of the undead spirits, betrayal and a perpetual battle between undead monsters and the wardens that keep them in their place.
Katya must decide whether she values the simple and easy life she created for herself over the complex and difficult world now asking her to stand and fight.
This book reminded me a lot of The Epic Crush of Genie Lo which was one of my favourite quick reads of 2017. They both have epic Protagonists who discover they have powers they never knew, they both have to balance life in the ‘real’ world with the new paranormal dimension that has become their reality, they both have to battle ridiculously huge levels of evil and also somehow function as human beings. They definitely aren’t the same books by any stretch of the imagination but there are a lot of similarities there and I think it’s safe to say that if you liked The Epic Crush you’ll probably enjoy Awoke.
The biggest thing that Awoke does that I don’t remember in The Epic Crush is the romance element. Quite a large portion of the plot is dedicated to romantic elements which for me, wasn’t particularly bothersome but I know that’ll be a deciding factor for other readers.
If I could have had one wish for this book it would have been slightly more concrete worldbuilding. It’s not that the ideas aren’t there, a lot of thought has gone into how the paranormal world and the human world interlock, but there is occasionally a lack of detail that stopped me from being able to completely immerse myself in this world.
I make a point of recognising when I’m reading a ‘diverse’ book and when I’m not, because it helps me to be accountable in my reading life, what I want to stress is that this is not a good book because it is diverse. Nor is it good despite being diverse (though I don’t know what arse badger might ever suggest that!). It is diverse and it is good and together that makes for a wonderful read. I’ll be excited to see what else K.T. Conte produces in the future!
My rating: 4/5 stars
By the way, I received a digital advanced review copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
What say you? Had this book crossed your path? Let me know in the comments below!