Awakening the Nightmare

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Rated 3.60/5 based on 7 reviews
In a world filled with preternatural beings, Corinne DeLacy stands alone. For centuries she has hidden her heritage and powers from the rest of the world. Then Nick is forced into her life, turning it upside down. Standing in her way at every turn, he watches her suspiciously. Circumstances landed them together and now they must fight to save all that they hold dear.

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Review by: Pepper Owens on March 12, 2012 :
Nature abhors a vaccuum. This comes in as a 4star read for me. I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Cory DeLacy has spent a great deal of her life atoning for mistakes made in her youth. She also hasn't forgotten those that have helped her during her very long life. Cory's adoptive father comes to her, hat in hand for a favor-please watch over an assassinated councilman's daughter (and her security team), who is slated to take her fathers place on the council. However the attraction to (Nick) Ehlena's head of security threatens to unleash all of Cory's secrets.

This is very solid paranomal romantic suspense, but it is also a solid urban fantasy thriller - that careful mix is perfect throughout. The mystery and ongoing "joke" of what kind of preternatural being is Cory is well drawn and is definitely appropriate within this story. The characters both primary and secondary are strongly drawn and each contributes to the overall story.

Again I say, nature abhors a vaccuum and Ms. Malone should get to writing. This story works well as a stand alone as all the strands are tied off - but it works just a well as the initial story for a series. I would read more for this series and this author.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Charina on March 10, 2012 :
ENJOYABLE.
When I first saw the title of this book, I was expecting a horror book. I don’t get to read many horror stories, and this one had me really excite. If there was any horror in the book; I couldn’t find it. However what I did find were very interesting characters and a unique plot.
This was an enjoyable read. This book has a lot of interesting characters. They are very different from each other. They all come from a different kind of preternatural. They all have their own troubles. They all have their own story.
I like the plot. It was different. I’m a sucker for the happy endings, so I did like the happy ending. I like that it sort of kept me guessing. I wanted to know what Corinne really was. By the time the book revealed it, I kind of had an idea about it already.
In some parts the book felt like it was going too slow. There were parts were the details just felt a little too much. I also would have liked to get to know some of the characters better. Because the book was so focus on a number of characters; we didn’t get to see what was going on with some of the other characters that seemed important. By the last chapter we find out about a romance between two of the important characters and we never know why, where, or when did it happened. We just know it is happening.
Over all is a good book. I recommend it. It has a little bit of everything. It has werewolves, vampires, demons, fae, romance, fighting, and kidnapping.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Julie Odron on March 01, 2012 :
Awakening The Nightmare is an enjoyable story that continues to pique your interest as you continue to read.

The characters each had their own quirks and mannerisms that make them stand out from each other. Some were more delightful, than others, as is the case with most books. Cory and Nick were likable, but I found myself a little more curious about the secondary characters. I'm crossing my fingers that we will see more of them! Cory is a fierce female protagonist that was fun to read about as she battled the physical and emotional struggles. Nick was a refreshing male character, for me, because the roles were reversed as he was the one wearing his heart on his sleeve as Cory ran away from her feelings. It was a nice change. In my opinion, the secondary characters added immensely to the overall feel of the story, making it more rounded out.

Awakening The Nightmare has a little of each preternatural such as vampires, werewolves, other weres, witches, shifters, demons, fae and even ghosts. A lot, I know, but it works for this book. The mysteriousness of Cory and her past help to sustain curiosity, propelling readers to continue forth in the adventure. The history of each species was added in evenly, never bogging down the story. The downfall for me, was that the writing seemed to fall flat. It was simple and plain, which can work for some stories, but I needed more from this book. The descriptions of the scenery were adequate, but everything in between left me wanting for more. I wasn't transported into the story and I so desperately wanted to be. There was a slight predictability, but also some things that were a sneaky surprise.

Overall, this was a fast, fun read. Loose ends were nicely tied up, but with the set-up of possible future stories of this cast left open.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: aytak44 on Feb. 28, 2012 : (no rating)
3.9/4 Stars

This is a dark story of a girl who is fighting to live with the shame of the atrocities she committed in her youth and of a vampire who is set to ascend the powerful political position of councilman and her security team, also made up of vampires.

The girl,Cory, is a pre-natural/eternals bounty hunter and bar owner who takes in other beings (Fae, Were, Ghosts, Demons and Witches)who were either shunned or expelled form family or social group. They have been rejected by their own kind. So it is no surprise when an ancient vampire who once protected and nurtured her, from her birth, reaches out and asks her to hide his this very important vampire and her security team which is headed by his son Nicoli.

They arrive and move into the upper quarters of the building which houses her bar. And instantly Cory and Nickoli(Nick) are attracted to one another. None of the vampires Cory is harboring know what type of creature she is. They are perplexed by her as we are, the reader. The author keeps us guessing until the end of the story and only reveals what Cory is and the extent of her past when it is revealed to the characters in the book.

Another story was the battle to protect Elenah, the vampire who was to become councilman and was being hidden for her safety. The vampire who was trying to eliminate her was every bit as formidable as Cory and her gang were. The interaction by the two factions planning and scheming to resolve the threat made the story fascinating.

Another aspect that I enjoyed about this story was the descriptions of the places, the body language, the clothing and the way different characters interacted and communicated. It all helped to make me feel drawn into the story and a part of their motley crew. When one of the secondary characters jumped onto the page, I found my self interested and amused, I really connected with the primary and secondary characters.

I related to Cory's reluctance and shame in revealing her past and am glad that I did not know her secret. This book would have read so differently and I probably would not have liked Cory as much as I did had I known. I am sure I would have labeled her as beyond redemption. As Cory's relationship with Nick heated up, she increasingly worried about what he would think once he knew about her past. How many of us have been in her shoes?

The enemies were just as fun to read about. As with other characters in this book the author made them larger than life and interesting. I hated to see them be defeated....as in most vampire books that only happens when someone is killed. I was actually wishing the main evil arch enemy (Tremayne) would live to terrorize this group again.

I did not skim pages in this book to get to the interesting parts. It had amazing flow and from one scene to another I made sure I understood and experienced it all. If I could do anything over I would have asked for a bit more humor or light banter between the secondary characters and maybe a little more tug-a-war between Cory and Nick would have been fun.I would have liked to have gotten to know Nick a little better. I think he got a little bit lost in this group of fantastic characters. I also like (personal preference here) a more feral vampire...these vamps were very 'human-like' to me.

What I loved? Edge...I hope the author writes a book about him. He is a carefree, slap-happy, "edgy" guy (Okay, I said it-Ha, ha.) Van the bartender and Devlyn and so many other of the secondary characters. I enjoyed the descriptions of the places and body language. I feel as though I was actually there-a fly on the wall. And everything came together at the end, some shockers and it all made sense...no unnecessary side stories and very satisfying ending. Plus, it is perfectly set up for book #2 if the author wishes to write it.

All-in-all...a good read (more UF than PNR) and well worth the time invested in reading it. If Vampires, demons and all sorts of other paranormal beings are your thing, you will enjoy this book.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: aytak44 on Feb. 28, 2012 : (no rating)
3.9/4 Stars!

This is a dark story of a girl who is fighting to live with the shame of the atrocities she committed in her youth and of a vampire who is set to ascend the powerful political position of councilman and her security team, also made up of vampires.

The girl,Cory, is a pre-natural/eternals bounty hunter and bar owner who takes in other beings (Fae, Were, Ghosts, Demons and Witches)who were either shunned or expelled form family or social group. They have been rejected by their own kind. So it is no surprise when an ancient vampire who once protected and nurtured her, from her birth, reaches out and asks her to hide his this very important vampire and her security team which is headed by his son Nicoli.

They arrive and move into the upper quarters of the building which houses her bar. And instantly Cory and Nickoli(Nick) are attracted to one another. None of the vampires Cory is harboring know what type of creature she is. They are perplexed by her as we are, the reader. The author keeps us guessing until the end of the story and only reveals what Cory is and the extent of her past when it is revealed to the characters in the book.

Another story was the battle to protect Elenah, the vampire who was to become councilman and was being hidden for her safety. The vampire who was trying to eliminate her was every bit as formidable as Cory and her gang were. The interaction by the two factions planning and scheming to resolve the threat made the story fascinating.

Another aspect that I enjoyed about this story was the descriptions of the places, the body language, the clothing and the way different characters interacted and communicated. It all helped to make me feel drawn into the story and a part of their motley crew. When one of the secondary characters jumped onto the page, I found my self interested and amused, I really connected with the primary and secondary characters.

I related to Cory's reluctance and shame in revealing her past and am glad that I did not know her secret. This book would have read so differently and I probably would not have liked Cory as much as I did had I known. I am sure I would have labeled her as beyond redemption. As Cory's relationship with Nick heated up, she increasingly worried about what he would think once he knew about her past. How many of us have been in her shoes?

The enemies were just as fun to read about. As with other characters in this book the author made them larger than life and interesting. I hated to see them be defeated....as in most vampire books that only happens when someone is killed. I was actually wishing the main evil arch enemy (Tremayne) would live to terrorize this group again.

I did not skim pages in this book to get to the interesting parts. It had amazing flow and from one scene to another I made sure I understood and experienced it all. If I could do anything over I would have asked for a bit more humor or light banter between the secondary characters and maybe a little more tug-a-war between Cory and Nick would have been fun.I would have liked to have gotten to know Nick a little better. I think he got a little bit lost in this group of fantastic characters. I also like (personal preference here) a more feral vampire...these vamps were very 'human-like' to me.

What I loved? Edge...I hope the author writes a book about him. He is a carefree, slap-happy, "edgy" guy (Okay, I said it-Ha, ha.) Van the bartender and Devlyn and so many other of the secondary characters. I enjoyed the descriptions of the places and body language. I feel as though I was actually there-a fly on the wall. And everything came together at the end, some shockers and it all made sense...no unnecessary side stories and very satisfying ending. Plus, it is perfectly set up for book #2 if the author wishes to write it.

All-in-all...a good read (more UF than PNR) and well worth the time invested in reading it. If Vampires, demons and all sorts of other paranormal beings are your thing, you will enjoy this book.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Midu Hadi on Feb. 26, 2012 :
Amazing book! It is more UF than PNR.
I loved how Nick was the one doing the wooing (if it can be called that) and how he seemed to respect her privacy.
I really liked Cory's character-how kickass and selfless she was and still unsure about her control.
The story was exactly the right length but it does have potential to be developed into a series.
I would love to read more about Edge and whether he finds his match. And whether it goes alright for the Alpha of the werewolf pack and Kendall.
The humor was done well.
The mystery surrounding Cory's lineage only made the book more interesting.
And there was just the right amount of love scenes!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: A.M. Sawyer on Feb. 25, 2012 :
This is a story with an incredible flow, so much so, I was surprised at how fast I was able to read through it. Don't take this as a negative, because I'm already planning on reading it again. Such a dark tale, both from an internal struggle view, and a very real sense of danger view. Cory, such a tragic, witty, and sarcastically amusing character, even without great supporting figures, she would keep you drawn in. I absolutely loved how the author didn't give away who, or even what, she really was until the end, it added that sense of mystery that keeps readers focused. I'm not usually one for supernatural books that involve romantic elements, but this is a definite winner. So get it, read it, love it, and read it again. Enjoy!!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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