Monday, January 20, 2014

Review - Dead Awakenings - Rebekah Ganiere - Rebecca

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

Being dead can be a great way to find yourself… 

Struggling to pay her bills in New York, theater student Evaine Michaels sees an opportunity to make money by taking part in an unsanctioned clinical trial for a new drug. But things don’t go as planned. She wakes up in a derelict hospital, chained to a bed with no memory of who she is or how she got there. Then a band of pale-skinned men, led by the gorgeous Luca, bursts in and rescues her. Evaine is instantly attracted to Luca, but he’s so hell-bent on stopping the experiments, he has no time for the feelings she’s awakening within him. 

Safely back at Haven House, Evaine is introduced to The Family and learns that the drug trials have made her a Deader, a reanimated Undead. Evaine and Luca find themselves getting close, until Evaine remembers not only who she is, but that she’s engaged. And her fiancĂ©, Tristan, is probably still looking for her. Torn between her first love and her new heart’s desire, Evaine has some hard choices to make. 

But when a rogue faction of Deaders, called Feeders, attempt to kidnap her, Luca suspects Evaine might be the key to the experiments, and everyone must band together to keep Evaine off the cutting table…

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4.5 stars

Dead Awakenings... where to begin?

This is one of the books that I was most excited to review in recent times.  I'd watched the trailer and read up on the posted Amazon reviews and scoped out the author's FB page (you know, like any good book stalker does, right?)  
First things first -- Rebekah Ganiere has a way of putting things into words that really keeps you glued to the book.  I didn't want to put it down from the first few words in.  I just had to know what happened next and I may or may not have taken my Kindle everywhere I possibly could have to finish the book up in one day.  I couldn't put it down!   Her style of writing is superb, and kept the suspense up. 

I couldn't help but relate to Evaine -- she's an independent woman, who although she didn't have the greatest upbringing, strives to do the best she can and make sure she's self sufficient.   She has the perfect Fiance, that realistically she could have leaned on for support, more than just emotionally, but financially as well, but she chooses not to.  She chooses instead to participate in a drug trial in order to make a few bucks to survive.   This is where everything in her world changes.  When she wakes up in the hospital chained to a bed with no recollection of her life, things start coming into play.   You can check out the synopsis below for the rest of the basics, of course! 

The suspense is gripping throughout the story and as the Deaders bring Evaine into their family, the plot really begins to thicken.   This isn't your typical, every day *yawn* of a "zombie" book... this takes the human factor into account, and the fact that this particular Deader has a past life and a love determined to find her when she disappears.   This complicates things, especially as the story goes further.   

Although I do love a good steamy scene once in awhile, I was very glad that this book didn't have anything too graphic.   This is a book I can share with my teenage son, and know that nothing is going to tarnish his "angelic" brain... hey, let this mom believe he's innocent still, ok! ;)  I love when we can share a book and discuss it, and this is one he'll be reading in the near future, for sure! 

I HIGHLY recommend reading this one.    I love a good paranormal book, and this one doesn't cease to deliver.    Amazing characters, a great story line, fabulous writing... it's all there and you won't be disappointed! I can't wait for the next one!! 

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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