Thursday, September 15, 2011

Review: Awake at Dawn

Synopsis:Now that she’s settled in at Shadow Falls Camp, Kylie Galen’s determined to discover the extent of her supernatural abilities. But with a ghost insisting someone Kylie loves is about die, a rogue vampire on a murdering rampage, and her sixth sense telling her someone is watching her, Kylie’s quest for answers is quickly put on hold. To make matters worse, just when she’s about to give her heart to Derek, a half-fairy, he starts pulling away. When Lucas, a werewolf with whom Kylie shares a secret past, returns, Kylie’s feels more conflicted than ever. Her weekend with her mom should have been the just the break Kylie needs, but it turns out to be her breaking point. Someone from the dark side of the supernatural world has plans for Kylie--and it'll take all her resources to get back to Shadow Falls alive...

My Review: When I first read Born at Midnight I was rather on the fence about the novel.  I'm happy to say that after reading Awake at Dawn I've officially moved into the "like" category.  Now that Kylie has accepted who she is (even thoughs he still doesn't know what she is) she's a lot more likeable.  Her spunk and constant refereeing between Miranda and Della is still entertaining as hell. She still tends to over react about things.  Okay, more like a lot, but hey that's just her personality. 

I even wasn't too bothered with her reservations with Derek. I actually really like Derek.  Kylie's being cautious because of what happened with Trey, and with Lucas running off with Fredericka.  She's scared of getting her heart broken, and still not sure if Derek is manipulating her emotions.  This is all pretty understandable.  All in all though, she choses Derek and what does Derek do? "Come back when you're sure your not hung up on Lucas." Granted, he was justified in saying that because Kylie does have unresolved feelings towards him, but the way he treated her afterwards was not okay.  Blatantly ignoring and avoiding her? Not cool. 

Throughout the book Kylie keeps discovering new powers.  And throughout the book Holiday continues to try and guess what species she is.  "Well I'm just speculating here, but you could be a vampire." Or a werewolf, or a shape shifter, or a faery.  Pretty much the only species she's not similar to are the witches.  It was like supernatural musical chairs.  Though I have to admit when she got a growth spurt (hair, height, and bust) it was pretty funny.  Throughout all of this she's dealing with her issues with her dad and her mother.  Not to mention the ever present freaky ghost who wakes her up at dawn every day.  With the ghost's ominous message every morning of "Someone you love will die." Kylie's freaking out just a bit.

I have to say that the climax, yet again, was a let down.  I just couldn't help but feel it was shoved off till the last minute and it was kinda lame.  It wouldn't be as bad if it wasn't so rushed though.  Instead of it being twenty pages, make it a good chunk of the novel.  Alas, the bad guys got away, again.  So we'll be seeing more of them in the next one.  Which I'm really looking forward to.  I really want to know what the frick she is. 

And to wind things down. Three things I just need to add.  Perry and Miranda just need to shut up and suck face.  (love the two to death, but this is ridiculous) And Socks being turned into a skunk is the single most hilarious and adorable thing to happen in the entire novel.  Especially when he sprayed Fredericka right in the face.  Go Socks! I now want a pet skunk.  ^.^ And finally, another odd coincidence between Kyleigh and Kylie! She finds out her grandfather's name is Kent.  My dad's name is Kent! WEIRD! Seriously feel like there are camera's following me.  *cue Twilight zone music*

So yes, I know this review was really sort of random, but I'm having an odd morning.  :P Can't wait for the next one!