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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Blog Tour: "Awaken" by Kristen Day (Review/Giveaway)

Welcome to our Virtual Book Tour stop of "Awaken" by Kristen Day brought to you by YANR Blog Tours.
(Daughters of the Sea Novel #2)
By: Kristen Day
Publishing Date: 10/2/12
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: Young Adult (Paranormal/Mythology)
Source: Provided by YANR (from the Author)

The sacrifices we make have the power to shift the very fabric of who we are, and ultimately who we are meant to be… After learning of her true destiny as the intended Leader of the Tydes, Anastasia Whitman must now embark on a perilous quest to the Underworld before the age of eighteen in order to plant the seed of immortality and complete her essence to become a true Sea Goddess. But before she can make her legendary journey, an unexpected new student transfers to Lorelei; initiating a sequence of events that will unravel Stasia’s new life, and test the boundaries of her relationship with the mysterious, dark, and sexy Finn Morrison. The line between the Underworld and the Living begins to blur as gruesome ghosts, morbid reveries, and pure evil haunt her waking hours as well as her sanity. Once the details of Finn’s own startling destiny are revealed, the dangerous secrets he’s been hiding will threaten the very love Stasia believed to be indestructible. As time begins to run out, she will be forced to choose between the one she loves and the destiny she cannot escape.
My Review:
Seriously...I was left hanging at the end of this book and now I have to wait for the final book in the trilogy to find out what happened.  (cue in screaming)
I love Kristen Day's Daughters of the Sea Novels.  I am in love with her characters that she created and I secretly wish Finn was REAL.

In "Awaken", Anastasia aka Stasia, is supposed to travel to the Underworld before her 18th birthday to make a trip to a river that will help her become an immortal when she does turns 18.  She must prepare for this trip ahead of time and her roommates/best friends help, as well as her boyfriend, Finn, she should be able to conquer it.
Instead she's having to face some truths that are about to come out that may break her heart before she goes.
She learns to be able to go to the Underworld, she needs to know exactly when to go.  It's kind of hard when she does not know her true birthday.  She will have to learn how to control her reverie's to find out her birthday and find out the truth of what is actually going to happen.
Stasia is going to deal with one crazy Princess and her Mother who is the Queen of the Underworld who actually has to let her pass into the Underworld.
She also has to deal with other people not wanting Stasia to become a true sea Goddess  and intended leader to the Tykes.

Be prepared to go through some heartache in "Awaken" because Kristen Day definitely place some bombshells in this book that made me love/hate some characters and certain situations.  (One being Finn, but only for a little while)

Stasia definitely grew even more in this book and is definitely ready to take the place of the Leader of the Tykes.  If she can handle what she handled in this book, she definitely can take on anything.  She's going to have to since there was a cliff hanger in "Awaken".
The secondary characters, I loved as well....especially Ricker and Carmen.  They sound like a old married couple who just will not admit they like each other.
I love how Stasia's friends were there for her, especially towards the end.

I definitely was not prepared for what happened in this book. I loved Forsaken, and now I love Awaken.  I was not expecting to love it as much as Forsaken, but Kristen Day definitely proved me wrong.  Her Daughters of the Sea has become one of my FAVE Young Adult books this year and I'm anxiously waiting for the finale, Chosen.
If there is one thing I love about Kristen Day is how she can make my emotions go haywire when reading.  I about through my iPad across the room when Stasia got the biggest bombshell in her life from that wicked Princess Nadia.  (Poor Stasia)

If your a fan of the young adult genre and love paranormal and mythology, you will definitely love this trilogy from Kristen Day.
The last book in the trilogy comes out real soon and I'm definitely counting down to it.
Thanks to YANR Blog Tours for introducing Kristen Day and her fabulous books to me.
I received a complimentary copy of "Awaken" in exchange for an honest review.

Kristen Day is a southern belle at heart with a crazy streak that desperately tries to escape at every opportunity. She loves all things nostalgic, rustic, and quirky. She’s been told she sees the world through rose-colored glasses, but she prefers to think of them as kaleidoscope glasses - swirling and morphing reality into something she can digest (who hasn't pretended those pasty lima beans were really kiwi strawberry jelly beans?).
She is the author of the DAUGHTERS OF THE SEA trilogy, which includes FORSAKEN, AWAKEN (Oct 2012), and CHOSEN (Winter 2012). She loves all books, but really enjoys writing young adult, paranormal romances. She’s loved to write for as long as she can remember. Her first published work was her poem RED in second grade (you guessed it - it was a poem about the color red - life altering, right?) that won her 5 gold stars and a spot in her elementary school's poetry book. That's when her addiction to the written word officially began. She was the only kid in fifth grade that actually enjoyed diagramming sentences. Go ahead and laugh - its okay.
When she’s not writing she’s making jewelry, painting, feeding her addiction to sweet tea, watching the Discovery Channel, or going on random adventures in the mountains of North Carolina with her amazing husband. She was born in Boone, NC and graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in Marketing in 2001.

Now here's your chance to win some amazing prizes from the Author, Kristen Day.
The prizes up for grabs are 7 copies of Forsaken and Awaken (winners will get both), a Stasia inspired original necklace and a Finn inspired original necklace.
Just fill out the Rafflecopter below to enter.  
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Hi! I loved your review! Carmen and Ricker's relationship is my favorite simply because we all know a couple who's exactly like that! Plus Ricker is just so funny you can't help but love him! I think I'm going to create a rubber kindle/nook cover in the event one gets thrown across the room (I've had those moments, too). But seriously, I greatly appreciate you taking the time to read and review Awaken:) Only a month and a half until Chosen!

PS: I made a Chosen countdown widget that's available on my blog! :)

Kamla L. said...

Great review and awesome giveaway. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Thanks.

I haven't read the books yet but I'd love to. They sound great!

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