Thursday, March 1, 2012

Review: Awakening The Nightmare by Lanie Malone

I received this novel from the author(through Making Connections on Goodreads) in exchange for an honest review

Awakening the NightmareIn a world filled with preternatural beings, Corrine DeLacy stands alone. For centuries she has hidden her heritage and powers from the rest of the world. Then Nick is forced into her life, Turning it upside down. Standing in her way at every turn, he watches her suspiciously. Circumstances landed them together and now they must fight to save all that they hold dear.

Authors Warning: This book contains content that is not suitable for young readers 17 and under, and which may be offensive to some readers of all ages

Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

Awakening The Nightmare is an enjoyable story that continues to pique your interest as you continue to read.

The characters each had their own quirks and mannerisms that make them stand out from each other. Some were more delightful, than others, as is the case with most books. Cory and Nick were likable, but I found myself a little more curious about the secondary characters. I'm crossing my fingers that we will see more of them! Cory is a fierce female protagonist that was fun to read about as she battled the physical and emotional struggles. Nick was a refreshing male character, for me, because the roles were reversed as he was the one wearing his heart on his sleeve as Cory ran away from her feelings. It was a nice change. In my opinion, the secondary characters added immensely to the overall feel of the story, making it more rounded out.

Awakening The Nightmare has a little of each preternatural such as vampires, werewolves, other weres, witches, shifters, demons, fae and even ghosts. A lot, I know, but it works for this book. The mysteriousness of Cory and her past help to sustain curiosity, propelling readers to continue forth in the adventure. The history of each species was added in evenly, never bogging down the story. The downfall for me, was that the writing seemed to fall flat. It was simple and plain, which can work for some stories, but I needed more from this book. The descriptions of the scenery were adequate, but everything in between left me wanting for more. I wasn't transported into the story and I so desperately wanted to be. There was a slight predictability, but also some things that were a sneaky surprise.

Overall, this was a fast, fun read. Loose ends were nicely tied up, but with the set-up of possible future stories of this cast left open.

Awakening The Nightmare is currently available at Smashwords 

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