awaken by skye malone (awakened fate, book 1)
overall rating: 3.6/5
genre: YA, fantasy, romance
Running away from home was never Chloe Kowalski’s plan. Neither was ending up the target of killers, or having her body change in unusual ways. She only wanted a vacation, someplace far from her crazy parents and their irrational fear of water. She only wanted to do something normal for once, and maybe get to know her best friend’s hot stepbrother a bit better at the same time.But the first day she goes out on the ocean, strange things start to happen. Dangerous things that should be impossible. Things to which ‘normal’ doesn’t even begin to apply.
Now madmen are hunting her. A mysterious guy with glowing blue eyes is following her. And her best friend’s stepbrother seems to be hiding secrets all his own.
It was supposed to be a vacation. It’s turning out to be a whole lot more.
*i received this book in exchange for an honest review.*
i have to admit that the synopsis isn’t the most original, but there are a lot of twists in this book, and skye malone makes this story pretty unique.
i don’t LOVE the characters, but i do think some of them are very interesting, especially the love interests. both of the main guys in the story have interesting personalities, as well as mysterious backstories. i’m definitely curious about their secrets, since both of them have abnormal origins. i really want to see all the characters develop in the other books, since most of them are pretty flat in this book. hopefully, the next book will reveal a lot more about their personalities and motivations.
i mostly found the relationships between the characters lacking. the relationship between chloe and her “best friend” doesn’t seem like it should, and there’s a lot more distance between them than i would have expected. it would have been nice to see what really made them best friends, but they lack trust and communication. the romance also feels very insta-lovey, and it’s very superficial and shallow at first (probably part of why i wasn’t a huge fan of chloe). there is a bit of a love triangle, which feels unnecessary, and i hope it doesn’t cause problems later on. of course, it probably will, but i am curious to see who chloe actually ends up with.
the plot is fast-paced and kept my interest, and it was pretty hard for me to put the book down. the pacing is good for the most part, but things start feeling a little rushed near the end. however, awaken reads easily and quickly, and the ending makes you curious for more. skye’s writing style is very simple, but it really fits chloe’s character, and the narration feels realistic.
although this is a fantasy novel, there isn’t much world-building (yet). i’m 100% sure that the next book will reveal a lot more about this world. i did enjoy the fantasy elements, but i feel like some parts were just thrown in there, and it’ll be interesting to see how they develop.
overall, awaken is an interesting story with a few unexpected twists. although the characters aren’t very well-developed, they are intriguing and keep the story lively.
have you read this? what did you think?