Monday, February 3, 2014

Review: Awakened (Vampire Awakenings #1) by Brenda K. Davis

18478034Release date: August 1st 2012
Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis via Goodreads:
Traumatized by her past, and struggling to move on from it, Sera has spent the past three years of college hiding herself from the world and content to stay that way. A chance encounter with Liam shatters her sheltered world, leaving her stunned and shaken by the strange feelings and emotions he arises in her, feelings she never thought she would experience and that frighten her in their intensity.

Harboring a dark and deadly secret of his own, Liam knows that he should stay away from Sera; that he will only bring her more hurt, but he is irresistibly drawn to her and unable to deny himself the pleasure that only she can bring to him. But when their pasts collide with their present, and Liam’s true nature is revealed, will their love for each other be enough, or will they be torn apart forever? 

This book

*Got for free on Amazon Kindle

Honestly, I don't know where to begin my review, probably because I have so many mixed emotions about the book. The main thing is that for a vampire story, I expected a lot more vampiric action. The first half dragged a bit, focusing on raging desire instead of establishing why this was a fantasy book to begin with. The story had so much potential to be great, but sadly it didn't give me the fireworks...oh, I should add there was plenty going on between the sheets of the main characters so if you're sensitive to intimacy on overload then you might want to pass on this one. 

There were good points to Awakened, like Sera's roommate Kathleen, and Liam's friends Mike and Jack. I felt like I didn't get to develop a connection with Doug, Danielle, or David: the 3 Ds. As for Sera and Liam, I'm iffy. While I did like them in the beginning chapters, I got put off the more I read. There were times I was utterly annoyed by Sera and felt she should relax some of her dramatic reactions. Where Liam's concerned, I would think he was crazy just like Kathleen with the way he acted. I can understand the whole soulmate thing and having an intense need to protect and mark the one you love, but wow, he freaked me out...a lot.

The story wasn't bad.I liked the writing, and yes, even how descriptive the heated scenes were, I just wish it could have been more fantasy aspect from start, and I wish I could have connected more with Sera and Liam. Even their romance didn't pull me in. It's suppose to be instant in their case, but it just couldn't convince me. Still, I'd like to give the series a chance, with the hopes it'll improve on the intrigue and get me hooked. 


  1. Great review! I'm always on the lookout for new Vampire novels, but like you said, I love them with a stronger Fantasy element with Vampire action scenes :)

    1. I feel like this could've been so much better had it not swayed that much to the romance side.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. It sounds like it would be a pretty good read. I'll have to keep it in mind. Thanks for sharing it, great review.

  3. Oh Shane, it seems like you really wanted to like this. But based on what you've described, I honestly don't blame you for your mixed reaction.
    Thanks for the review!

  4. Thanks for the review. I'm sorry it wasn't as good as you'd hoped.


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