Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Review of Dead Awakenings by Rebekah R. Ganiere!!

Title: Dead Awakenings
Author: Rebekah Ganiere
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance / New Adult
Publication Date: January 3, 2014

Evaine, a struggling theater student in New York, enters an unsanctioned drug trial in an effort to pay bills.  She wakes in a derelict hospital, chained to a bed with no memory of who she is, or how she got there.

A band of pale skinned men, led by the gorgeous Luca, burst in, whisking her away to safety. Evaine's attraction to Luca is instantaneous, but he's so hell-bent on stopping the experimentations, he has no time for the feelings she's awakening within him.

At Haven House, Evaine is introduced to The Family and told that she, like all of them, have become a Deader. A reanimated Undead.

Evaine struggles not only to fit into her new world, but also with desires, cravings and powers she has never felt before. The connection between Luca and herself intensifies when suddenly she remembers not only who she is, but also her human fiancé, Tristan; who is still looking for her.

Torn between her first love and her new heart’s desire, Evaine runs back to Tristan putting everyone in danger. And when a rogue faction of Deaders, called Feeders, attempts to kidnap her, Luca suspects Evaine is the key to the experiments. Can everyone band together to keep Evaine off the cutting table of those she escaped from? Or will second death tear her away from Luca and Tristan forever?


I gotta say... when I first started reading this I thought it was another Zombie story... and I hate Zombies.  Honestly...I could only get through to the second episode of The Waking Dead before I couldn't take anymore!!  So, I was fully prepared to stop reading if there were Zombie like things happening.

Man, was I wrong!!  I love when that happens!!  This isn't your typical Zombie book, and I really love that!

Evaine is a struggling college student trying to make ends meet.  She does have a rich fiancee in Tristan, but refuses to ask him for money.  Her pride won't allow her to.  

When a teacher suggests she do a drug trial to make some money, she decides to give it a try.  She doesn't expect it to change her life forever.

When she wakes up in a closed up hospital, with no memory of who she is or where she came from, all she wants to get out.  What she doesn't expect is to be saved by a bunch of pale skinned men who call themselves Deaders.  Humans who are dead, but still have their sole.  They don't know who she came back to life, or who is infecting humans in the first place. This is where she meets smexy Luca.

She is drawn to him right from the start, and it's obvious he's drawn to her.  He just fights it constantly.  He's confused by his feelings for her, and is shocked when she's able to enter his mind.  He wants to protect her, but knows it's not safe.  She is a newborn, and very unstable.  

When Evaine starts having dreams of her what her life was, she's torn between her new life and the one she left behind.  Tristan is constantly in her memories, and she finds herself torn between her growing feelings for Luca and her feelings for Tristan.  When she makes the decision to go back to Tristan, it is one that puts not only her life in danger, but everyone she has come to care about.

This book totally through me... I love it when that happens.  I loved both Tristan and Luca!!  They both loved Evaine, and would do anything to protect her.  

Rebekah's love for stories began as a child with Shel Silverstein poetry. She began writing her own poetry and short stories in junior high and high school. She then went on to study theater in college and ultimately ended up going back to writing. When she isn't spending time telling the stories of the characters constantly chattering inside her head, you can find her hanging out with her husband, four children and menagerie of pets. Rebekah is a member of Romance Writers of America as well as the Fantasy, Futuristic, & Paranormal Chapter, her local Los Angeles chapter, Orange County chapter and Young Adult chapters.

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