A review of Awaken by Sarah M. Ross from guest reviewer Virginia Tesi Carey

Rating 5

This is a great book!  Lucy is a girl on her way for a weekend away with her best friend to celebrate their upcoming graduation from college.  Her last memory is of being in the car singing and thinking about her life and the next thing she knows she opens her eyes and has no idea where she is or what happened.  She looks around and sees a small group of people in the room that she does not recognize.  She questions who they are and where she is and they introduce themselves (they are Max, Cassie, Adam and James) and explain what happened to her.  It turns out a drunk driver hit the car she was in and she was killed.  They explain that her soul has been chosen to do a specific job- to be a Patronus.  A Patronus’ job is to protect the souls of people who pass away and to help them reach their final destination.  They explain that souls must be protected from evils such as vampires and werewolves.  As the story unfolds Lucy learns what is needed to do the job of a Patronus (the training involved) and she takes on the job of protecting one soul she does not want to lose- her sister’s.  Even though the training is exhausting both, physically and mentally, Lucy trains hard and does very well.  She takes on vampires in a fierce battle to save her sister.  From the start, she is drawn to one of the other Patronus- Max.  Max is gorgeous- his hair, his eyes, his dimple- Lucy loves them all and cannot stay away from him.  She feels drawn to him and so happy and relaxed in his presence and she does not understand why.  When he pulls away, she feels empty and lost.  It is evident that Max and Cassie know why this is but they keep from telling her.  At the very end of the book, we find out the reason.

This is Sarah’s first book and I was very impressed.  It was well-written and easy to read.  Lucy is such a sweet, strong, determined girl and Max is so sweet to her.  She could have very easily not dealt well with the path that has been chosen for her but she accepts it and handles it well.  I loved the attraction/pull between them.  Since we do not know the nature/reason for their attraction until the end and I couldn’t wait to find out what it was, I could not put this book down.  My only complaint about this book was that it is too short!!  I am patiently awaiting book 2.  I want to learn more about the connection between Lucy and Max and I want to see where their relationship goes.  I also want to read more about Lucy’s job as a Patronus as the story goes on.  A definite must read!!

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